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By now most people know what the rainbow flag represents, but what about those other striped flags you see waving at Pride events, online, or -- more recently -- painted on the handles of sledgehammers, across baseball bats, and as ceramic coatings on everything from assault rifles to handguns?

This post rounds up the most common pride flags and briefly summarizes their origins.
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The State Gaze: the intersection of gay visibility, U.S. immigration policy and post-revolutionary Cuba.

Download [PDF]: http://www.utw.uj.edu.pl/documents/6082181/c40ec470-b87a-4d37-b69a-573eb0a3844d

"Obvious Gays" and the State Gaze: Cuban Gay Visibility and U.S. Immigration Policy during the 1980 Mariel Boatlift by Susana Peña
Journal of the History of Sexuality
Vol. 16, No. 3, Latin American Sexualities (Sep., 2007), pp. 482-514
Additional paper details: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19256101
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Excerpt: By now you’ve probably heard Donald Trump’s remarks about same-sex marriage being “settled.” And yet, he’s also said that he’ll appoint conservative Supreme Court justices who’ll want to change the Roe v. Wade ruling affirming abortion rights.

It’s hard to imagine a conservative judge that meets Trump’s approval who is against abortion but not equal marriage. We certainly know that at least one of his prospective Supreme Court nominees is no fan of the LGBT community: William H. Pryor Jr.

Lambda Legal, an advocacy group for LGBT people, called Pryor “the most demonstrably anti-gay judicial nominee in recent memory.” The group’s opposition to him dates all the way back to 2005. At the time they said he had “repeatedly shown clear hostility to the rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV – and also to women, people of color, disabled people and others.”

Their 2005 statement was the result of a 2003 legal brief in which Pryor upheld a Texas law criminalizing consensual LGBT sex, which he compared to “polygamy, incest, pedophilia, prostitution, and adultery”. What’s more, he argued that states should be able to prosecute gay people as criminals. According to Pryor then, LGBT people as a group were not protected by the Constitution.
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Diana Adams — longtime polyamory activist, poly-community organizer, and head of a law firm that specializes in legal arrangements for nontraditional families — has announced this offer:


My law firm is now offering free phone consultations to poly families all over the US, to LGBTQ families in New York, and to Americans in Germany about how to protect their family rights under the new administration.

We expect challenges to nonbiological parental status in particular, and want to support LGBTQ and poly families in determining whether they should do a second-parent adoption, will or estate planning, co-parenting agreement, get married or divorced, or do a cohabitation agreement to protect their rights. We can also help evaluate the risks of being out as poly or trans depending on potential discrimination, and can provide referrals internationally if we aren't the people to help. We'll be sending out a 'Know Your Rights' article in our newsletter tomorrow, and thereafter be doing a monthly newsletter keeping poly, LGBTQ, and nontraditional families up to date on what they should know about legal issues that may affect their families. To sign up for the mailing list or request a consultation, we're at www.DianaAdamsLaw.net

I'm angry, disappointed and worried about my community and my clients, but at least this is one way I can direct some of that energy. We are here for you, your community, and your poly family. I'm part of an army of LGBTQ lawyers, and we are relentlessly dedicated to safeguarding the civil rights of all Americans.

Diana M. Adams, Esq.
Diana Adams Law & Mediation, PLLC

Source: http://polyinthemedia.blogspot.com/2016/11/free-legal-consultations-for.html?m=1

(Via +D. Luria​)
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This happened in San Francisco, and it's not the only incident I've seen on my feed tonight. Another person was hospitalized. This is the city that is known as the most welcoming to LGBTQ+ in our nation. I fear what will come next.

Source: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10209757099315640&id=1575876887
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Excerpt: After winning marriage equality in 2015, many LGBTQ+ rights leaders envisioned passing LGBT nondiscrimination laws nationwide — but they hit roadblocks. Conservatives have argued those policies would let transgender people prey on girls in bathrooms and force Christians to sell wedding cakes to gay couples. The bills foundered in state legislatures and Congress. By August, the leaders were fractured over how to break the logjam.

One faction argues they could make gains with Republicans by accepting a compromise. In particular, several supported a bill in Pennsylvania that would ban LGBT discrimination in workplaces and housing — but not in public places, like restaurants and stores. Many on the call believe this could emerge as a model for other swing states where they’ve hit barricades — namely in Ohio, Florida, and Arizona. By dropping public accommodations from the bills, they would mostly avoid the bathroom issue and religious objections. Transgender people, like LGB people, would be covered in housing and employment.

But such a deal would allow, for example, business owners to reject gay customers and require transgender women to use male facilities. That sort of concession breaks from years of consensus among LGBT leaders, who have tacitly agreed that civil rights bills in state legislatures or Congress should be all-inclusive. Anything less, the orthodoxy has gone, could betray transgender people who bear the brunt of discrimination in public.

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Excerpt: The conservative LGBT group the Log Cabin Republicans released a statement saying although GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump is "perhaps the most pro-LGBT presidential nominee in the history of the Republican Party," they "have long emphasized that we are not a single-issue organization, nor are our members single-issue voters," reported CNN. Instead, the group will focus on protecting the party's candidates in down-ballot races -- an implicit acknowledgment the group believes Trump's political brand is now so toxic that he cannot win and is damaging other candidates' chances of gaining office.
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Cyan Banister, an investment partner at Founders Fund, has come out as genderqueer and sexually fluid.

"The biggest reason [I waited this long to come out] is I didn’t want to close off business opportunities for myself," they say in an interview with Backchannel. "It’s very difficult to be gender fluid and sexually fluid and fit into the business world, because you get excluded from a lot of things."

Banister has the distinction of winning TechCrunch’s Angel of the Year award last spring for prescient bets on SpaceX, Uber, and DeepMind Technologies. In late 2007, they founded Zivity, the first nude photography website to receive funding from Silicon Valley.

I had the immense pleasure of releasing their own set of photographs -- taken to dogfood Zivity two years prior -- on my blog seven years ago (consensually, of course) and getting to know them a little bit. They were and remain one of the most dynamic forces in technology today. (You can read more about that and Zivity here: https://venturebeat.com/2010/02/12/zivity-cyan-banister/)
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Excerpt: First, if your privileged ass wants to forgive unabashed homophobes, that’s your prerogative, but speak for your goddamn selves. Leave the pride flag and the rest of the LGBTQ community out of it. I don’t know how forgiveness works in your little world, but generally, an extension of peace and forgiveness from the oppressed victim is preceded by a sincere show of remorse and desire to do better from the oppressor/aggressor… neither of which has remotely happened, here. Clearly, based on the existence of that original Trump sticker, alone, LGBTQ-phobia is still alive and well and bigoted ass people have no plans or intentions to stop. How do you “forgive” discrimination that’s literally still ongoing at full-speed?

Not to mention, why haven’t we learned by now, that niceness in the face of violent discrimination gets us nowhere? Reminder that gay rights didn’t gain traction in this country until a riot. I’m not sure how freedom (and I mean true freedom for ALL, not this assimilation bullshit that a lot of y’all aspire to) will ever be attained when so many people are this weak… and for no good reason.

Second, I fully understand the context of this meme being a direct response to the Trump 2016 sticker. But you can’t overlook the historical context, in that the figure you’re jumping to forgive (on my Black-ass behalf, at that) is, ultimately, a confederate sympathizer. Confederates… y’know, the people who literally went to war to try and ensure that people like me remained in chattel slavery? For whomever made this (and I’m making a pretty safe guess that it was one of the WhiteGayze™), who the fuck are you to speak for me and any other Black, gay person on whether or not we can forgive a self-identified Confederate lover? Remember that this community doesn’t revolve around you and your white-ass experiences (as much as you’d like for that to be the case).

Learn your damn place.

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Excerpt: The current author of one-third of DC Comics’ Trinity, Greg Rucka, confirmed what most of us have suspected for years during an interview with Comicosity about Diana’s current ongoing comic. 

"[Y]es, [Wonder Woman is queer]. I think it’s more complicated though. This is inherently the problem with Diana: we’ve had a long history of people — for a variety of reasons, including sometimes pure titillation, which I think is the worst reason — say, 'Ooo. Look. It’s the Amazons. They’re gay!' And when you start to think about giving the concept of Themyscira its due, the answer is, 'How can they not all be in same sex relationships?' Right? It makes no logical sense otherwise. It’s supposed to be paradise. You’re supposed to be able to live happily. You’re supposed to be able — in a context where one can live happily, and part of what an individual needs for that happiness is to have a partner — to have a fulfilling, romantic and sexual relationship. And the only options are women. But an Amazon doesn’t look at another Amazon and say, 'You’re gay.' They don’t. The concept doesn’t exist. Now, are we saying Diana has been in love and had relationships with other women? As Nicola and I approach it, the answer is obviously yes. And it needs to be yes for a number of reasons. But perhaps foremost among them is, if no, then she leaves paradise only because of a potential romantic relationship with Steve [Trevor]. And that diminishes her character. It would hurt the character and take away her heroism."

No, Wonder Woman is not her sexual orientation. But having her confirmed as a queer character is a huge leap forward in humanizing those of us that fall somewhere between straight and gay on the LGBT spectrum. Diana Prince is a compassionate hero, a grizzled warrior, an adept diplomat…and a bisexual.
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