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wmtc: bernie sanders, the pope, and the politics of amnesia

I see a lot of excitement online, in places like Common Dreams and The Nation, and in my Facebook feed, about Bernie Sanders, supposedly remaking US politics, and Pope Francis, supposedly remaking the Roman Catholic Church.

About Sanders, I shake my head and wonder why long-time Democrat voters do not see him and his candidacy . . . → Read More: wmtc: bernie sanders, the pope, and the politics of amnesia

wmtc: some thoughts on the u.s. moving a bit closer to equality (#lovewins)

At last, it has happened. With Obergefell v. Hodges, same-sex marriage has been declared legal and constitutional in the United States. Same-sex couples can legally marry, just as opposite-sex couples have always had the right to do. Most importantly, laws prohibiting same-sex marriage are now unconstitutional.*

For some years on this blog, I used . . . → Read More: wmtc: some thoughts on the u.s. moving a bit closer to equality (#lovewins)

wmtc: my feminism includes trans people. all women need to listen to each other.

The continuing liberation of transgender people is a marvel to behold. We are witnessing history, as trans people and their issues become part of the mainstream. From Chelsea Manning to “Transparent” to Laverne Cox, and of course Caitlyn Jenner, transgender people and issues have never been so front and centre. I don’t do celebrity gossip . . . → Read More: wmtc: my feminism includes trans people. all women need to listen to each other.

wmtc: today is the international day against homophobia and transphobia

May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, sometimes called IDAHO or IDAHOT.

This day is the perfect example of how I view all social progress: we have come a long way, and we still have a long way to go.

Come a long way: yesterday at the library, I put up . . . → Read More: wmtc: today is the international day against homophobia and transphobia

wmtc: read dave kopay’s open letter to michael sam

Did I celebrate Michael Sam’s coming out on Facebook and Twitter, and forget to mention it on wmtc?? Ack! Social media run amok!

The news that a top NFL prospect has come out as gay in advance of the draft is electrifying. The support for Sam among NFL players is awesome. At first, there was . . . → Read More: wmtc: read dave kopay’s open letter to michael sam

wmtc: an olympics for every protestor, and rainbow flags from canada… but not from rob ford

I started compiling my usual “why I can’t watch the Olympics” post, when I read Dave Zirin… and stopped writing. At every Olympics, you can cue the complaints, getting in the way when all we’re trying to do is enjoy a good luge.

Yet it took a visionary like Vladimir Putin, a man with the . . . → Read More: wmtc: an olympics for every protestor, and rainbow flags from canada… but not from rob ford

wmtc: her name is chelsea and she is a hero – and a scapegoat

A while back, I saw a blog post angrily asking why everyone referred to Bradley Manning as a man when it is “known” that he is trans. The answer is simple: out of respect. That’s how Manning was identifying. Period. Anything else was rumour.

Now that Manning’s court martial (fake trial) is over, she has . . . → Read More: wmtc: her name is chelsea and she is a hero – and a scapegoat

wmtc: dimanno: let’s make sochi the gay games

When I read Stephen Fry’s open letter to the IOC, and the continued calls to boycott or move the Sochi Games because of the horrendous and institutionalized homophobic violence within Russia, I couldn’t help but think of the Beijing Games. I absolutely understand the uproar over Russia’s anti-gay laws, and I agree, of course. But . . . → Read More: wmtc: dimanno: let’s make sochi the gay games

wmtc: a kiss on the wrist: the absence of same-sex love on star trek as a measure of how far we’ve come

Earlier this year, I re-watched the original “Star Trek” series end-to-end on Netflix – a thoroughly entertaining experience – then decided to watch “Star Trek: The Next Generation” for the first time. It wasn’t long before I was completely hooked.

The show has a lot to recommend it: compelling story lines, mostly good writing, progressive politics, . . . → Read More: wmtc: a kiss on the wrist: the absence of same-sex love on star trek as a measure of how far we’ve come

wmtc: thank you, jason collins!

It has finally happened. A professional male athlete in one of the big US team sports has come out as gay. Someone had to be first, and that person is Jason Collins of the NBA. Thank you, Mr. Collins, for your courage and your honesty!

From the Sports Illustrated cover story: I’m a 34-year-old . . . → Read More: wmtc: thank you, jason collins!

wmtc: dyke duo dupes fox news

The wingnut media continues to redefine irony. Yesterday Fox News ran a piece called “To be happy, we must admit women and men aren’t ‘equal’”. (Sorry, no link. Linking to bigots is a violation of wmtc policy.) To illustrate their homophobic, anti-woman twaddle, they used a picture of a wedding atop the Empire State Building, . . . → Read More: wmtc: dyke duo dupes fox news

wmtc: first they came for pride: city of toronto vs free speech

Last week, I blogged about the ongoing pattern of harassment and discrimination against people who express solidarity with the Palestinian people. This isn’t in the same universe as the oppression endured by Palestine every day; nonetheless, it’s a violation of our own civil liberties and rights, and raises a huge obstacle to disseminating accurate information . . . → Read More: wmtc: first they came for pride: city of toronto vs free speech

wmtc: homophobic much? queer man challenges blood donation law, is arrested

Someone check the calendar. What century is this again? Are queer men still denied the right and responsibility of blood donation in 2012?

Do we think a response on a questionnaire is adequate protection against the HIV virus entering the blood supply? Of course not. All the damn blood has to be tested anyway.

. . . → Read More: wmtc: homophobic much? queer man challenges blood donation law, is arrested

wmtc: truth to power and pride in truth

Seen at San Francisco Pride Parade, June 24, 2012

wmtc: marxism 2011 program notes: the fight for queer liberation today

These are my notes from the 2011 Marxism conference in Toronto. The series starts here.

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The Fight for Queer Liberation TodayTim McCaskell and Michelle Robidoux (Michelle not present)May 29, 2011

In this context, “today” means the political juncture we’re living in. The use of the word “liberation” is interesting, since . . . → Read More: wmtc: marxism 2011 program notes: the fight for queer liberation today

wmtc: barney frank’s radical homosexual agenda and other greatest hits

We can say two things about Congress in the wake of the news that Rep. Barney Frank is retiring after this term: It’s about to get a little dumber, and a lot duller. So here, in appreciation for his years of service and entertainment, are some of Frank’s best YouTube-accessible moments

Thanks to Ezra Klein, . . . → Read More: wmtc: barney frank’s radical homosexual agenda and other greatest hits

wmtc: men of the stacks: busting stereotypes one hunk at a time

If you like men, and you like libraries, you’re sure to love Men of the Stacks. Proceeds from calendar sales support It Gets Better.

Here’s a good story on Men of the Stacks in The Guardian. Plus I’m pretty sure Mr. June was my TA in Intro to Reference last year! . . . → Read More: wmtc: men of the stacks: busting stereotypes one hunk at a time

wmtc: today in new york: joy, normalcy, equality

Today in New York City, some families will celebrate their love and commitment, because the law has finally caught up with reality. 2 Dads, 2 Daughters, 1 Big Dayby Frank BruniEven in a city as diverse as New York and a neighborhood as progressive as t… . . . → Read More: wmtc: today in new york: joy, normalcy, equality

wmtc: red sox "it gets better" video

“Once you make it through the hard parts, the rest of life is so much more fantastic than anything you can imagine.” I agree. The hard parts don’t go away, but they’re the same hard parts everyone goes through, not a punishment inflicted especially on … . . . → Read More: wmtc: red sox "it gets better" video

wmtc: thank you, new york!!! marriage equality comes to my home state

New York State, thank you for doing the right thing! Forty-two years after Stonewall, same-sex couples have the legal right to marry in New York State. Whoo-hoo!New York is the state of birth, of my parents’ birth and even one grandparent’s, my home fo… . . . → Read More: wmtc: thank you, new york!!! marriage equality comes to my home state

wmtc: former nfl star michael strahan joins the fight for marriage equality

This is reaching whole new levels of awesomeoness. Go go go! . . . → Read More: wmtc: former nfl star michael strahan joins the fight for marriage equality

wmtc: major league baseball teams say: it gets better

The San Francisco Giants are the first major sports team to make an It Gets Better video in support of LGBT youth and the anti-bullying campaign. The Giants produced the video in response to a request from a long-time fan on Change.org. Sean Chapin, a… . . . → Read More: wmtc: major league baseball teams say: it gets better

wmtc: another (canadian) athlete speaks out for equal marriage

It comes as no surprise that NBA great – and peace-loving Canadian – Steve Nash supports same-sex marriage. But it’s damn great to hear him say it. Does anyone know of a list or compilation of all the New Yorkers for Marriage Equality videos? Human Rig… . . . → Read More: wmtc: another (canadian) athlete speaks out for equal marriage