I so wish everyone dropped the T
Lol he got exposed by his fellow rightoids https://youtube.com/watch?v=Uv19GSXGjBs&ab_channel=21Studios
Someone asked him about it on his show: https://twitter.com/beachmuscles/status/1540004034005897216
This is the kind of thing he got famous for saying
Jesse Lee Peterson praises white supremacy, saying that Black people realize that "white men are smarter than them, superior to them and instead of learning, 'Hey, how did you become so superior?' they want to destroy it so that they won't be reminded how dumb they are."
Is JLP gay?
He's very much gay (hes all about all-male cock appreciation rituals) , yet gets defensive if someone labels him as such.
His whole instagram is a drama and rightoid conspiritard cringe goldmine. We seriously dont do enough milking of these New Age spirituality BAP rightoid types.
Bro if you just let me put my cock in your bussy (ritually of course), I swear you’ll be lusting so hard after women when this is over. Just trust me bro.
Gaybros stay winning.
Capy is ready to punish any straggots that come his way (or twinks if they're into that)
Hope you like it!
This is definitely a gay coomer but I wonder if foid cucks are a thing
A young British man who had his genitals removed during gender reassignment surgery is suing the NHS over the operation in a historic legal action.
He complains that doctors did not warn him of the drastic outcome of the body-altering surgery which has left him infertile, incontinent and feeling like a ‘sexual eunuch’.
He said on Twitter yesterday: ‘The minute I woke up from surgery, I knew I had made the biggest mistake of my life.’
Campaigners say that it is the first medical negligence case over NHS transgender care in this country. The NHS trust involved has not been named.
Stephanie Davies-Arai, founder of Transgender Trend, a group advising parents on transgender children and young adults, said: ‘It is hoped this will force a re-think by the NHS about this kind of barbaric surgery on patients who are told by medics it will help them.
‘He has a very real case for compensation against the heath service. We believe he has suffered harm.’
His case has been taken on by lawyers in Liverpool. It centres on whether the NHS and its gender clinics adequately counselled him before the operation five years ago. The patient, in his thirties, was brought up in the North of England and has de-transitioned from being a woman to live as a man again.
The man says he is gay and his sexuality should have been discussed before the radical, irreversible gender surgery. ‘I have been castrated. That is the correct term,’ he says on his Twitter feed, which has 19,000 followers.
‘I cannot believe they [the NHS] were allowed to do this to me.
‘I was not even asked if I wanted to freeze my sperm, or have kids in the future.’ He does not want to be named because he is ashamed of how he looks. Instead, he tweets under the pseudonym TullipR.
Yesterday, he posted a picture of his huge bundle of medical notes which will be used by his lawyers to bring the case against the NHS.
TullipR says he transitioned at 25, more than a decade ago, and started taking female hormones to feminise his body. This was followed by surgery when he underwent an NHS operation called ‘penile inversion with scrotal graft’ which removes male genitalia and uses the tissue to construct a false vagina.
He says he grew up in the North East of England. ‘I knew deep down from a young age I was gay and was deeply terrified of it,’ he says in his tweets describing his past. ‘Everyone in the family joked and expressed disgust and disapproval of gay people.’
He withdrew into an online world where he felt at peace. There, at 23, he found discussions about gender dysphoria, the fear of living in the wrong sexual body. ‘That’s me, I thought.’
He found an internet forum called ‘Angels’ which was directed at trans women – men who wish to be women.
They urged him to transition ‘now’, before it was ‘too late’. He says that he latched on to the idea with zeal.
He took female hormone drugs bought privately, and later prescribed by his GP and an adult NHS gender clinic, to suppress his male characteristics and look feminine. But when a NHS psychiatrist asked him if he wanted gender reassignment surgery (GRS), he delayed for two years because he had doubts.
Worried that if he refused he would be denied NHS treatment for his gender problems, he finally agreed.
His tweets explain: ‘Eventually I found myself on the operating table. Immediately on waking up from surgery, I knew I had made the biggest mistake of my life.
‘My sex had been lobotomised.’
After surgery, he confronted his GP about his doubts.
He claims they shrugged and said there was no guidance for those who regretted the surgery and treatment. The tweets go on: ‘I have no sensation in my crotch region at all. You could stab me with a knife. I wouldn’t know. The entire region is numb. No one ever told me that the base area of your penis is left. It can’t be removed. It means you have a stump inside which twitches.’
TullipR says his sex drive died about six months after he began taking female hormones.
‘I was glad to be rid of it, but now... I realise what I am missing and I won’t get back.
He describes the ‘living nightmare’ of waking up and forgetting that he has lost his penis and scrotum. ‘I expect something that was there for three decades, and it’s not. My heart skips a beat, every damn time.’
In the tweets, he describes how the operation has left him struggling to relieve himself. ‘It takes me about 10 minutes to empty my bladder. It is extremely slow, painful, and because it dribbles... it will then go all over the entire area, leaving me soaking.
‘I find moments later my underwear is wet. It slowly drips out for more than an hour. I never knew that I would risk smelling of p*** everywhere I go.’
According to the NHS last year, 13,500 people were waiting for an initial appointment for gender identity treatment which can lead to reassignment surgery.
The clinic with the shortest waiting time for a first appointment was the flagship Tavistock and Portman Clinic in north-west London which was, at the time, nearly three years.
- TheOverSeether: Chud Central ITT.
When Saucy Santana said the other day that Black female lingo is LGBT male lingo,every last one of you ate it all up.N0w yall see him as misogynistic after digging tweets.What makes you think the homosexuals/transsexuals yall let in female spaces dont feel the same?They say worse
i use to love saucy santana but women are the blueprints for the gays and he making y’all look bad like REAL BAD
Straight black men literally tried to protect y’all from that evil. Y’all called our masculinity toxic
Everything Saucy Santana named they all learn from a women . Blueprint that
So I just watched that Santana performance clip and unless I was missing a part, I didn’t hear him say gay men teach women how to be women. He just said (at a PRIDE event) when the girls need hair, makeup, and styling done they call the gays so s/o to the gays.
I couldn't find the video on twitter but this article has it https://streetz945atl.com/2022/06/20/saucy-santana-explains-why-gays-run-the-world/
Whose side are you on?
Here is the current iteration of the pride flag being used in most main stream prides around the world. As some of you may have noticed there are some new additions from last time! Obviously we’ll need a whole new pride flag for next year, so I thought some of you cute twinks could help out.
Add to it, remove stuff from it, or create a new one from scratch!
The best designed flag gets 500 DC and I’ll email the new pride flag idea to 10 major pride organizations in various cities around the US and Europe.
DM ME FOR A GOOD TIME
The NHS will be offering smallpox (MVA) vaccination to people who are most likely to be exposed to monkeypox.
some healthcare workers
some men who are gay, bisexual or have sex with men
people who have been in close contact with someone who has monkeypox
Monkeypox is caused by a similar virus to smallpox. The smallpox (MVA) vaccine should give a good level of protection against monkeypox.
1 dose of the smallpox (MVA) vaccine will be offered to help reduce the severity of monkeypox symptoms and prevent future infections. If you continue to be exposed, you may be offered a 2nd dose.
If you're at risk of exposure, your local NHS services will contact you and offer you a vaccine. You should wait to be contacted
My postman is terrible and I'm sure my invite is just running late
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Please post any and all gay (moid) content here!
We need more positive influences of healthy monogamous same-sex relationships in society to debunk the negative stereotype of gay men as promiscuous animals without self-control. The negative influences who glorify promiscuity have the loudest vice. The silent majority needs to speak up. : askgaybros
That's a wordy title but sluts btfo!
While I do prefer monogamous relationships, that may not be for everyone else, especially for their age range. I think it's important to note a lot of people who do try to be sexual conservative due so for their "image in society" and that's pretty toxic as well "think what the neighbors will say".
I read a couple of books about sex (mostly numbers/stats or psychology & physiology), and dude there are so many liars. Affairs, promiscuity, abortions, etc have been going on for generations.
Ex: "wow, Susan lost a lot of weight over at summer camp that was out of state. I bet she lost at 20lbs. How she do it so fast?". I think we all know what actually happen
Many people are in open relationships, they just don't know it.
Trust me. They will always hate us no matter what.
If I have a good husband and kids. They gon think my family is a circus.
If I'm hoeing around minding my own business. They gon think I'm a disease
If I'm fem then they gon think I'm making it my whole personality
I can't ask for acceptance or say anything when I'm getting discriminated then I'm gonna come off as "asking for supremacy"
I can't ask for respresentation on TV cause their children will be confused and then I'm gonna come across "asking too much"
If I get beaten up. It's my fault to let it happen.
If I get killed by those bigots. It's my fault that I get myself killed and they will say people die everday. Nothing matters
They will think "being gay" is a trend while being so still illegal in some countries and can get you killed
But ofc I can't say that cause "I have to respect their faith"
Being gay is acceptable in their eyes means I have to be masc. Stay in the closet. Can't hold hand or kiss my boyfriend in public. Can't have kids. Can't have pride. Can't have representation in show or video games. Can't talk about sex. Can't wear anything flamboyant. Can't wear make up
But eventually they will find a reason to hate us.
No matter what
Wow he sounds insufferable
Respectability politics have never worked. Stop trying to please straight peoples delicate sensibilities. Enjoying sex with multiple partners isn’t something to be ashamed of.
Prove it. Also this is some gross conservative dog whistle verbiage
Right wing trolling at its finest. You’re not a real gay man. Get the hell out of this group. Gay people are here to stay. We will NEVER go back into the closet. Never. The world has changed for good. It won’t change back no matter what you do. Ever
Why does coming out of the closet equate to being a promiscuous animal? Lol what the hell are u talking about. And I agree he may be right wing - cos he's making hell lot of sense
I mean this poster has all the signs of being a fake account, a front for someone with an a anti-gay agenda pretending to be a gay man. Their point is to spread sexual shame and self-doubt among gay men.
“I love gay people,” activist and playwright Larry Kramer proclaimed at the outset of a 2004 speech in New York City. “I think we’re better than other people. I really do. I think we’re smarter and more talented and more aware.”
A new study making waves among LGBTQ-focused academics lends empirical credence to the iconic Act Up co-founder’s prideful claims — not to the supposed sweeping superiority of gay men, rather to the more narrow assertion that this group is remarkably inclined to excel academically.
But the paper, which was published in the American Sociological Review on Feb. 20, comes to starkly opposing conclusions about how growing up gay appears to affect the academic performance of males versus females.
Joel Mittleman, a University of Notre Dame sociologist and the paper’s sole author, found that on an array of academic measures, gay males outperform all other groups on average, across all major racial groups. Conversely, he concluded that lesbians perform more poorly in school overall and that Black gay women have a much lower college graduation rate than their white counterparts.
“This article is focusing a lens on what we do to all kids,” Lisa Diamond, a psychology professor at the University of Utah, said of the societal pressures that appear to impede lesbians in school even as these stressors possibly unnerve gay males into compensating for homophobia through academic striving. “And the most vulnerable kids are going to show it first.”
In recent years, academics, lawmakers and journ*lists alike have sounded an increasingly urgent alarm that on balance, American males are stuck in a scholastic funk. As the economic gap between those with and without a college degree has widened, women’s college graduation rate has risen in tandem, but men’s rate has remained largely stagnant for decades. Today, women comprise 59.2 percent of college students, according to the National Student Clearinghouse.
Mittleman’s research indicates that this characterization of the educational gender gap is critically lacking in specificity. It is, in fact, straight males who tend to be mired in a scholastic morass. And the considerable academic progress that young women have charted since the advent of second-wave feminism has been largely restricted to the heterosexuals among them.
Benefit of adding sexuality questions to surveys
Mittleman was able to reach his striking research findings thanks to a move during President Barack Obama’s second term to add questions about sexual orientation to a trio of federally funded, nationally representative surveys. These major annual surveys — which focus on health, drug use and crime victimization — provided the sociologist with information regarding nearly half a million Americans’ diplomas.
Additionally, the National Center for Education Statistics’ High School Longitudinal Study posed questions about sexuality for the first time to the cohort it followed between 2009 and 2017. From this, Mittleman mined a trove of data including 15,270 students’ high school and undergraduate transcripts.
The three surveys of American adults consistently indicated that gay men are far more likely than straight men to have graduated from high school or college, with just over half of gay men having earned a college degree, compared with about 35 percent of straight men. Some 6 percent of gay men have a Ph.D., J.D. or M.D. — a rate 50 percent higher than that of straight men. Mittleman found that gay men’s considerably higher levels of educational attainment hold even after taking into account differences in men’s race and birth cohorts. What’s more, gay men’s college graduation rate dramatically bests even that of straight women, about one-third of whom have a bachelor’s degree.
The longitudinal survey showed that compared with their straight male peers, gay males earned higher GPAs in high school and college, enrolled in harder classes, took school more seriously, had more academically minded friends and had a much lower rate of ever dropping out for a month or more. In stark contrast, these performance disparities were largely reversed when comparing lesbians with straight girls. Most strikingly, 26 percent of lesbians reported at least one dropout period, compared with 15 percent of heterosexual females.
The U.S. lesbian population’s overall college graduation rate, which ranged between 41 percent and 47 percent in the three survey studies, is significantly higher than that of straight women. But Mittleman found this advantage was limited almost entirely to white lesbians, and among women born more recently, gay women’s educational edge has eroded.
Historically, girls have received better grades than boys. But during much of the 20th century, societal constraints — including the predominant expectation that young women would become wives and mothers and not pursue careers — suppressed their graduation rates. In theory, this left lesbians with an advantage. But as constrictions on women’s potential have eased since the 1960s, straight women’s college graduation rate has risen to the point of statistical parity with lesbians among today’s young adults.
The Nancy Drew effect
Searching for the drivers of these differences in school performance between straight and gay students, Mittleman used a machine-learning algorithm to identify response patterns to survey questions that predicted being male versus female among members of the longitudinal cohort. In turn, he found that being atypical for their gender in survey responses helped explain at least part of the gay students’ GPA variation.
This suggested that not just sexual orientation, but its intersection with gender affectation could have influenced how well the gay and lesbians students did in school.
Seeking to explain the sociocultural dynamics possibly at play in these complex equations, Mittleman pointed in his paper to the feminine archetype, long a prized ideal in white, middle-American culture, of the demurely diligent student. (Think Nancy Drew.)
Characterizing masculinity as a fragile and insecure state, Mittleman argued that the long-standing anti-intellectual bias that plagues many American boys is driven in large part by their urge to assert their masculinity by differentiating themselves from the good-girl archetype.
Gay boys, however, appear willing — even eager — to flout gender norms in academics.
“To the extent that it’s feminine to study and appreciate validation in an academic sphere, the gay boys will have an advantage,” Yale School of Public Health psychologist John Pachankis said.
On the flip side, young lesbians may be disinclined to identify with the femininity intrinsic to the good-student ideal, Mittleman suggested. Moreover, by tending to present as more masculine, lesbians may be slapped with a “bad girl” label by educational authorities, subjected disproportionately to school punishment and generally discouraged academically. This could hold especially true for Black girls, whom white authority figures already tend to stereotype as masculine, according to previous research.
“Girls who present as masculine are seen as troublemakers, are seen as suspicious in some way,” Mittleman said.
The ‘Best Little Boy in the World’ phenomenon
An additional factor that Mittleman argued drives the average gay boy to surpass even the average straight girl academically is what’s known in queer psychology as the “Best Little Boy in the World” phenomenon. This refers to the title of the 1973 memoir by former Democratic National Committee treasurer Andrew Tobias, in which he chronicled his youthful crusade to appease his internalized homophobia through admission to Harvard University and other feats of superlative achievement.
In a 2013 paper published in Basic and Applied Social Psychology, psychologist Mark Hatzenbuehler, now of Harvard University, and Pachankis found evidence suggesting that gay male college students indeed sought to compensate for anti-gay stigma by deriving their self-worth in part through academic mastery and other forms of competition.
This psychological paradigm also comprises the bedrock of “The Velvet Rage,” psychologist Alan Downs’ go-to bible for queer men, published in 2005, on “overcoming the pain of growing up gay in a straight man’s world.”
While Mittleman is straight, he said he was nevertheless bullied as a child for “not being sufficiently masculine.” His brother, Dr. Chris Remishofsky, is gay and said the findings of Mittleman’s paper closely reflect his personal experience.
“From a young age,” said Remishofsky, a dermatologist in Sterling Heights, Michigan, “I was determined to become a doctor so I could prove to everyone that I could be successful even though I was gay.”
An analysis by the Brookings Institution’s Hamilton Project published in January found that gay male couples earn $30,000 more annually than lesbian couples.
Ilan Meyer, a researcher at UCLA’s Williams Institute, expressed intrigue over the story Mittleman’s paper tells of many gay men apparently overcoming considerable odds. Meyer pointed to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance reports that have chronicled the myriad stressors lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people weather in school and the litany of deleterious impacts, including depression and suicidality.
Indeed, Mittleman found that on the whole, lesbian, gay and bisexual young people reported feeling more unsafe in school and suffered higher levels of discrimination and what’s known as minority stress than their straight peers.
“The effect of resilience to override effectively all stressors is quite amazing,” Meyer said. “We’re basically saying gay boys have a terrible school environment, but still, on average, they’re doing fantastically well. To me, that is still a major question — how does that work?”
The price queer youth pay
Brian Mustanski, a professor of medical social sciences at Northwestern University, cautioned that the relative success of gay men could amount to a double-edged sword.
“While certainly, it’s good news for the young gay men that they’re able to succeed well academically, I do have some real concerns about what kind of pressure they’re putting on themselves,” he said.
Suggesting that feverish academic striving in search of validation can come at a steep cost to mental and physical health, Mustanski pointed to his own research findings that gay men have disproportionately high levels of chronic inflammation. He hypothesized that this physical effect is fueled by minority stress and that it could raise the risk of health problems such as cardiovascular disease.
Kirsty A. Clark, a psychiatric epidemiologist at Vanderbilt University, spoke to the plight of young lesbians and said “there is strong support” in scientific literature for Mittleman’s hypothesis that they incur an academic penalty for flouting gender norms. She noted that gay women, in particular lesbians of color, tend to be disproportionately singled out for school discipline and are overrepresented in juvenile correctional facilities.
“We need safe and inclusive policies that protect all students from bullying and differential treatment by school staff regardless of the student’s sexual orientation or gender expression,” Clark said. She called for special support for “those students who may be most likely to face difficulties in school, including sexual minority girls.”
Clark further called for reform of zero-tolerance school disciplinary policies, which disproportionately impact members of minority demographics, such as lesbians of color.
While joining the other experts in praising what he called a “beautifully done study,” UCLA psychologist Patrick Wilson nevertheless expressed concern that Mittleman’s findings may lead the public to paint student-achievement trends in overly broad strokes.
Noting what an overwhelmingly unsafe place school still is for many queer kids, Wilson further cautioned the public not to conclude, for example, “that a poor Black gay boy living in Montgomery or Mobile, Alabama, feminine-presenting and gender-nonconforming, is actually succeeding in high school right now.”
Straggots and lesboids BTFO!
The best time of the year is upon us and it's time to celebrate
Gosh I love pride season! Loaded and sunburnt after talking to ugly hairy men and drinking beer all day!! Cant wait for the TERF float in the parade [email protected]!
I hate how bottoms are looked down on in the gay world and we are seen as the weaker ones even though im usually stronger then the tops I have been with.
I'm a man who loves hunting,fishing,videogames, metal,I enjoy spicy food too intense for most people to even touch.I can get loud and competitive.I don't go to fashion or enjoy Madonna or Ariane Grande.Im not like those glittery gay guys.
I own the tops I have sex with I don't submit to them they submit to me don't forget it.
Tell them xing!
So being a bottom doesn’t make you less of a man, but being gay and listening to Madonna does? Okay.
Does being a bottom make him less of a man?
A governor’s appointee to the Virginia LGBTQ+ Advisory Board publicly disparaged people on Twitter and trolled accounts with obscenities, writing that Vice President Kamala Harris “sucked the right d---” to advance in her career.
Gov. Glenn Youngkin appointed Casey Flores to the board, which includes 21 citizens who advise the governor on LGBTQ+ policy issues. Flores is active in the Log Cabin Republicans, an organization that represents LGBTQ conservatives.
The appointment begins July 1. The governor’s press secretary this month referred reporters to Flores as someone who can defend Youngkin’s position on LGBTQ+ issues.
“Listen, people tweet,” Flores said in an interview when asked about his tweets. After reviewing them, he said Monday, “The tweets were funny. I needed a good laugh.”
He said the tweets in question were not reflective of his broader postings on Twitter about such things as the economy, global affairs and China, and “not how I talk to people normally.”
He said he will change his tone on social media now that the governor has appointed him and will be a professional on the board.
“I have a more public—obviously more public role now—and I have no problem with toning it down,” he said.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch is using dashes to represent some of the vulgar words in the tweets.
In his posts, Flores called a person on Twitter “a fat, racist, self-hating white” and a “fat, racist slob” in January, and wrote to him, “you can’t even find your own d---.”
In March, Flores called someone who said the fight for gay rights wasn’t over, a “p----.”
He trolled Twitter accounts of elected officials, responding to a 2021 tweet from President Joe Biden about COVID-19 in 2021 with “Please shut the f-—up.” He responded to a 2020 tweet from Pete Buttigieg, now the U.S. secretary of transportation, with “F-—off.”
In 2021 when a gay man on Twitter wrote to Flores that Log Cabin Republicans did not represent the typical gay experience, Flores responded, “Shut the f-—up.”
Commenting on a story in January about climate change protesters blocking a road in Washington, D.C., Flores wrote, “I’d actually beat the s-—out of them. Wouldn’t hesitate.”
Flores’ March 2021 tweet about the vice president was in response to a news story about her.
“She sucked the right d---, locked black people up for weed, and kicked her feet up while her staffers slaved away but ok,” Flores wrote.
Three weeks ago, he responded to a tweet about Michigan state senator Mallory McMorrow, a Democrat, by saying: “This b--—is a groomer but we’ll be hearing so much more from her.”
He accused other people and institutions of racism, including the cable network CNBC, Asian countries generally, Joy Behar of “The View,” and state Sen. Mamie Locke, D-Hampton.
In the interview, Flores defended his comment on Asian countries.
“Have you ever been to an Asian country? ... you would probably agree with me,” he said. “It’s not a secret that they don’t like immigration. ... China is the most racist country on earth.”
Secretary of the Commonwealth Kay Coles James, the Youngkin Cabinet member who oversees appointments, said she spoke with Flores about his tweets and reminded him that he now represents the governor.
“He apologized and said he certainly did understand and he would mediate his language as appropriate going forward,” she said. “He has a stellar and outstanding career and is a strong advocate and I think has a voice that needs to be heard.”
She said Flores’ age was one factor.
“Sometimes with younger people, they don’t understand that tweets and comments like that not only represent themselves but if you’re going to be an appointee represents the person who appointed you,” James said. “Sometimes my values and language that I use, young people today don’t adhere to those same standards.”
Flores is 31.
James said that as a Log Cabin Republican, Flores will be “a great voice to have” on the LGBTQ+ advisory board: “Someone who is advocating on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community as well as understanding Republican values and principles.”
Youngkin is replacing five members of the LGBTQ+ Advisory Board whose terms expire July 1. The board, which was created in 2021 to focus on policy related to LGBTQ people, is focused on education and the workforce, health care, housing and safety.
LGBTQ communities are under rising attack by right-wing hate groups.
A new report from the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project released during Pride Month said there was an increase in 2021 in political violence and demonstrations against LGBTQ people and that 2022 is on track to be worse.
In the interview, Flores said of the LGBTQ+ movement, “There’s not a right that we don’t have.”
He said he wants Youngkin to know that.
“He doesn’t need to be forced to comply with the LGBT agenda,” Flores said. “The totalitarian LGBT agenda that refuses to accept anything less than total capitulation.”
“They keep making new issues up, that’s the thing. ... You can never keep track.”
Totalitarianism is government by “strong central rule that attempts to control and direct all aspects of individual life through coercion and repression,” according to Britannica.
Flores said that on the board, he will advocate for the religious liberty of Virginians and wants to look into possible funding for free health care clinics that do blood testing.
Leslie Caughell, a political scientist at Virginia Wesleyan University, said Flores’ tweets were immature, among other problems like advocating misogyny and insulting someone’s appearance.
“He bandies about the term ‘racist’ in ways that are disconnected from its meaning and undermine the true significance of the problem of racism,” she said in an email.
“Mr. Flores’ methods of civic engagement stand as a reflection on the governor’s own values if he appoints him.”
DUDE BUSSY LMAO
Prophet Muhammad's fondness for cats is conveyed in his hadith: "Affection for cats is part of faith"
Now that I know this post will only reach the gays of rDrama I genuinely care. What’s your life been like recently?
DM ME FOR A GOOD TIME
The HBO show "Real Time with Bill Maher" recently ran a segment called "Along for the Pride," which raised alarm about the gradual rise in people identifying as LGBTQ over the last century — from 1% of the Silent Generation to 20% of Generation Z. At one point, Maher quips, "If we follow this trajectory, we will all be gay in 2053." The segment is a hodgepodge of statistics, anecdotes, misinformation, and genital jokes, but the message it sent was clear: This apparent rise in LGBTQ prevalence cannot possibly be "natural."
The same premise — that LGBTQ identities are spreading "unnaturally" — was also the underlying rationale behind Florida's "Don't Say Gay" law and copycat bills introduced in other states, which restrict or prohibit discussions of sexual orientation and gender identity in schools. The sponsor of Florida's legislation, Republican state Senator Dennis Baxley, has made numerous remarks espousing his belief that there are too many LGBTQ kids nowadays and that his bill would counter that trend. Another Republican state Senator who voted for the bill, Ileana Garcia, argued, "Gay is not a permanent thing. LGBT is not a permanent thing."
Conservative New York Times opinion columnist Ross Douthat described this line of thinking held by many on the political right: "What we're seeing today isn't just a continuation of the gay rights revolution; it's a form of social contagion which our educational and medical institutions are encouraging and accelerating."
While these might seem like new developments, the notion that LGBTQ identities are "contagious" is actually quite old. Late 19th-century sexologists, who coined the term "invert" to describe people that we would now call LGBTQ, believed that it was largely an acquired condition, often the result of being "seduced" by other inverts. This idea — that queerness can spread from person to person much like a disease—provided the rationale for criminalizing and institutionalizing LGBTQ people during this time period. In her 2000 article "Homosexuality as Contagion: From 'The Well of Loneliness' to the Boy Scouts," law professor Nancy J. Knauer chronicled how this idea continued to persist throughout much of the twentieth century.
When I was growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, people would often treat the revelation that someone they knew was LGBTQ as though it were a potential contamination event: They might distance themselves from the individual thereafter, or worry that their past association (especially if there was any romantic interest or intimacy) might "taint" or "compromise" their own gender and sexuality. Part of the reason why I kept quiet about my trans-related feelings as a child was that I knew the disclosure would implicate everybody close to me — my family and friends would all be affected (or perhaps "infected") by my queerness. You could say that I was "closeted" back then, but to me, it felt more like self-imposed quarantine.
In subsequent decades, there has been growing acceptance of LGBTQ people, much of it hinging on the public understanding that we are "born this way." Within LGBTQ communities, that phrase evokes mixed reactions. Some feel that it accurately captures their experience of knowing from childhood that they were different, and finding that there was nothing they could do to make those feelings go away. But others have critiqued "born this way" for its failure to account for their later-in-life shifts in identity, their experiences with gender or sexual fluidity, and/or that the phrase gives the impression that LGBTQ people have suffered some kind of "birth defect."
While I agree that "born this way" oversimplifies gender and sexual diversity, these critiques seem to overlook the primary reason why this slogan has been so successful: its ability to placate fears about queerness supposedly being "contagious." After all, if LGBTQ people are "born this way," it means that straight people can't "catch" it from us.
Because of its success, anti-LGBTQ campaigners have worked hard to upend the "born this way" narrative. This is why they have long flaunted "ex-gays," and more recently, people who detransition, as though the existence of such individuals disproves the authenticity and longevity of all of our identities. And now, they are citing the growing LGBTQ population as supposed evidence that our identities are merely "trendy" (in the words of Maher), or worse, the result of "social engineering" (in the words of Baxley).
In other words, they are trying to revive the idea that queerness is "contagious."
But there are less sinister explanations for these shifts. Gary J. Gates, a well-regarded expert on LGBTQ demographics, attributed the aforementioned increases to "reduced social stigma and accompanying advancements in legal equality."
Back in 2017, in response to then novel claims (originating from anti-trans parent websites, and since refuted by multiple prominent professional healthcare associations) that transgender identities are now spreading among children via "social contagion," I highlighted the parallels between this phenomenon and the gradual increase in left-handedness that occurred in Western countries during the twentieth century. Specifically, the prevalence of left-handedness rose from roughly two percent of the population to thirteen percent. And it is generally agreed that this shift was due to a reduction in stigma against left-handedness, and the cessation of forcing young children into being right-handed.
There is no "queer contagion" sweeping the nation. What we are witnessing is simply a new era of openness and possibilities. Young people who in the past never had the words to describe their feelings, or who knew what they were but felt coerced into remaining closeted (or worse), are now more able to freely express themselves. People who have had same-sex experiences on occasion — who have always outnumbered people who exclusively identify as gay or lesbian — are now more comfortable explicitly calling themselves bisexual (or some similar label). People who in the past would have felt too afraid to experiment with their gender or sexuality for fear of the stigma that might entail may now be more willing to explore those potentialities.
Like the gradual increase in left-handedness, there is nothing threatening about any of these developments. Unless, of course, you believe that LGBTQ identities are inherently immoral, or feel uncomfortable living in a world where you can no longer presume that everyone you meet is straight by default. This lack of serious negative ramifications explains why so much of this "social contagion" discourse has been squarely directed at trans kids, where moral-panic-inducing memes about "experimenting on children" and "rushing children into hormones and surgery" (both of which are not true) can be used to scare people into believing that we must put the proverbial "LGBTQ genie" back into the bottle.
LGBTQ people simply are. And when there are two or more of us in the same space, that isn't a sign of "trendiness" or "social contagion"; sometimes it's just happenstance. Other times, we seek each other out due to our mutual interests and circumstances, especially given the anti-LGBTQ stigma we routinely face. We must recognize the "queer contagiousness" myth for what it really is: an attempt to separate us from one another, to silence our collective voices and perspectives. In a word, it is an attempt to quarantine us.
In addition to debunking this myth, we should consider the possibility that "born this way" may no longer be the most effective way to counter it. Too many people seem to view that phrase through a lens of strict biological determinism, or presume that it means the number of LGBTQ people must be permanently fixed and static. Perhaps new language might circumvent these misconceptions moving forward.
In my own writings, I often describe gender and sexual diversity as being intrinsic and inexplicable. By inexplicable, I mean that none of us can precisely say for sure why we turned out to be gay, or trans, or otherwise. Nor can we say why some people come to this self-understanding as children, others during adolescence, and still others as adults. Like handedness, sexual orientation and gender identity have no singular easy-to-point-to cause; they are complex traits that naturally vary in the population.
By intrinsic, I mean that our sexual orientations and gender identities typically arise in an unconscious manner, are deeply felt, and are not readily repressed or ignored. While language and culture may influence how we make sense of, or act upon, those forces, they do not create them out of whole cloth, nor are they capable of entirely purging them from our persons (which is why conversion therapies are widely considered both ineffective and unethical). Just as you cannot readily change my orientation and identity, I do not have the power to change your sexual orientation and gender identity either.
LGBTQ identities and experiences are no more "ephemeral" or "contagious" than heterosexual and cisgender ones. Those who suggest otherwise are not merely incorrect, but they are often pushing an agenda to isolate and silence us.
I just thought they were funny is all.