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Mothers’ Day 2013: Few people today don’t know—or have in their families—at least one loving couple who are raising children, same-sex or not. And it’s really just the loving part that matters.
That same-sex marriage could go from its preliminary draft of “diagnosable” to the final edit of “so what?”must indicate some positive evolution on the part of the larger human consciousness. My wife, being a biology teacher, puts it even more succinctly: “Why are all these people so worried about who everybody else is sleeping with, anyway?”
When was the last time you took a survey or filled out a form where you had to specify your sex, gender or sexuality?
One friend who is transgender and bisexual discovered that their statewide LGBT group was asking people to self-identify on its website donation page, and it was only possible to select one identity when the options given were “lesbian,”“gay,”“bisexual,”“transgender,”“ally” and “other.”
For my friend, marking “other” didn’t seem right … “I really want there to be more bi/trans* visibility,” they told me, “especially since many people think trans* people are either all gay or all straight (depending on who you ask) and, of course, no one thinks a trans* person could be bisexual despite bisexuality being the largest sexual orientation group among trans* people.”
Other LGBT+-specific surveys that one would think would attempt to be extremely inclusive leave certain identities out as well. For example, one survey received by BiNet USA that claimed to be about “Sexual Minority Men’s Gender Attitudes and Wellbeing” ended up having a pretty narrow focus on gay men, despite being promoted as a study that included bisexual, genderqueer and transgender men too.
We still live in a heteronormative and cissexist society, and that is no clearer to me than at the doctor’s office. When I fill out their forms and identify as female, my doctors always assume that that means that I am heterosexual, so they ask me if I am on birth control … In fact, if doctors are making assumptions about a patient’s gender, sex and sexuality without verifying with the patient, mistakes are just waiting to happen … Much clearer questions should be asked on surveys and questionnaires, especially in the medical field, if accurate data is to be collected, and for all people to receive the best medical care possible.
you will never be gay enough, bi enough, queer enough. you will never love women enough.
don’t waste your time trying to prove yourself. you don’t have to tally up how many women you’ve slept with or kissed or crushed on. you don’t need to prove this to men or to yourself or to anyone.
don’t let them force you to quantify your love.
hey look, story of my life. this is why i don’t go back to SisterSpace. this is why i don’t go to gay bars. this is why i have a hard time breaking through the walls people have forced me to put up. yes, i love women. i love men, too. and women who dress like men. and, sometimes, men who dress like women. but because i’m female and i have a man in my life, i’m automatically straight and therefore not good enough for anyone.
… the backing Mr. Obama received from gay [Ed Note: and lesbian and bisexual and trans* and queer/questioning et. al.] voters also has a claim on having been decisive. Mitt Romney and Mr. Obama won roughly an equal number of votes among straight voters nationwide, exit polls showed. And, a new study argues, Mr. Romney appears to have won a narrow victory among straight voters in the swing states of Ohio and Florida.
Mr. Obama’s more than three-to-one edge in exit polls among the 5 percent of voters who identified as gay, lesbian or bisexual [Ed Note: and trans* and queer/questioning et. al.] was more than enough to give him the ultimate advantage, according to the study, by Gary J. Gates of the Williams Institute at the U.C.L.A. School of Law, in conjunction with Gallup …
“In the younger population, there is a much wider range in the geography and ethnicity of those who are identifying as LGBT,” Dr. Gates said, using a common term for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. That range now extends well beyond major cities and into multiple swing states …
GOOD NEWS - Polling data finds American are slowly becoming less afraid to Come Out of the Closet, and 3.2% of them answered affirmatively to the question “Do you, personally, identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender?”
This is similar to the data found in the Williams Study, that showed when you add in the still shy & nervous you get between 8% and 10% of the population.
INTERESTING NEWS — Lauren S. Kannry, Director of Public Relations for Gallup, called it a “landmark” study, which also identified 44% of this LGBT population as Democratic, 43% as independent, and 13% as Republican.
The survey also found that nonwhite individuals are more likely to identify as LGBT. African Americans (4.6%), Asian Americans (4.3%), and Hispanics (4.0%), all exceeded the Non-Hispanic white percentage of 3.2% LGBT … the author of the report, Gary Gates, determined that the findings should cut against stereotypes associated with the LGBT community.
“Contemporary media often think of LGBT people as disproportionately white, male, urban and pretty wealthy,” he said. “But this data reveal that relative to the general population, the LGBT population has a larger proportion of nonwhite people and clearly is not overly wealthy.”