The death of trans teen activist Blake Brockington, good legislative news for same-sex parents in Maryland, Roy Moore says something regrettable, Ellen Pao takes sexism in venture capitalism to court, and more!
Did you guys know that in many states, if a physician doesn’t conduct the insemination, then the parental rights of the sperm donor might not be terminated?
So maybe my pregnancy path isn’t as simple and straightforward as baby books would have you believe it should be because I’m a poor QPoC with anxiety, but it has been an interesting worthwhile journey so far. I can’t wait until I can take the next step.
It’s been a hard week, and I know we’re all tired of talking about the election, so here’s a bunch of warm and fuzzy news about LGBTQ folks around the world to make it all better.
Susan Summer, the director of constitutional litigation at Lambda Legal, put it simply: “SSA should not be telling widowed lesbians and gay men already grieving the loss of a spouse—‘you live in the wrong state so you don’t get Social Security spousal benefits.'”
“In contrast to cheesy maternity shoots or tabloid “baby bumps,” Sophie’s photos show our animal hunger, our exhaustion and our inability to keep up with the housework.”
“Wrongful birth? Breach of Warranty? This is about racism and anti-Blackness. We don’t need to avoid those phrases; we need to use them.”
Spread the gay agenda with these colourful, easy-to-read books teaching love, acceptance, and science.
LGBT people are leaving some of America’s famously gay neighborhoods but cool projects are highlighting feminism, queer families in children’s books, and masculine of center fashion.
Famous people are saying smart things about Hobby Lobby, anti-discrimination legislation isn’t as effective as it should be, and the kids of LGBT parents are all right.
I don’t want to let go my connection to the vibrant, inspiring queer culture that’s not immediately accessible to me in my strip-malls-and-big-box-stores environment. How do you keep it queer in your day-to-day life in the suburbs?
“Whose sperm is this?” she asked me once. Maybe it was the first time. “It’s mine,” I said. I didn’t know what else to say. I had paid for it. No one else was coming to get it.
And none for you, GOP.
The new Momentum Report from the Movement Advancement Project proves that gay marriage is just the tip of the iceberg. How is the LGBT community doing when it comes to everything else?
“Sometimes, when you’re in the business of parenting, you have to phone a friend for a bit of perspective and advice. Sometimes, you have to phone more than one.”
Did you once kill a wasp with your bare hands so it wouldn’t sting your daughter? Did you raise a thriving family in a homophobic community? Was there some seemingly insignificant moment that was anything but which made you realize that you were unstoppable in your own unique way? We want to hear about it!
She didn’t say “I have suspected this for years and I still love you.” It went more like a Scared Straight kind of thing but instead of scaring me about drugs and a life of crime, she wanted to scare me straight, straight. “Just Say No to Lesbianism” straight.
Maybe my mom was onto something. Maybe family really is everything, so long as you build it yourself.
Luckily there are other scouting alternatives for your kids!
“As a lesbian mom, it was especially hard to fight the urge to do the “right” thing, however slippery a concept that was, because I was representing a community, not just myself, I thought.”