I often think being gay is the most important part of my identity.
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Queer history contains some of the most vivid and also unrepresented stories, filled with plenty of interesting characters and events.
Unfortunately, due to the increased sexism within a society that views women as sexual objects, pure attraction to women is often seen as overtly sexual. This sexual view of women is often known as “the male gaze.” The male gaze refers to a way of looking at the world through a masculine lens and predominantly features viewing women as objects of sexual pleasure.
One unfortunate part of much of the activism in the queer community is its ongoing lack of intersectionality. Particularly, there is an overall lack of activism for queer people of color. Both past efforts of people of color and their ongoing difficulties within the queer community are too often marginalized and pushed to the side or forgotten entirely.
As previously illustrated by the many editions of this column, there seems to be an endless supply of negative stereotypes against sapphic women. However, something I have not previously addressed the unique challenges faced by sapphic women who are also transgender and thus not only have to deal with harmful stereotypes about their sexual orientation but their gender identity as well.
Dear Mr. President,
This is part two of the Gals With Pals Gender Identity Q&A. Read part one here.
In the past few years, queer issues have started to enter more mainstream discussions and receive more coverage and attention by those outside of the LGBTQ community. In particular, gender identity has entered much of the public debate in recent years. National Geographic even dedicated an entire recent issue to explaining and displaying different gender identities. But even with continued exposure to this topic, many people still remain confused about what exactly gender identity means.
The holiday season is coming up fast, which means that there will soon be plenty of opportunities to celebrate and be with family. But around this time, it is important to remember that seeing family may not be a completely positive experience for everyone. For queer people, the challenge of family holidays can be especially difficult.
Queer people face plenty of suffering. From personal prejudice to actual hate crimes, there is plenty of violence against gay people in the real world.
I am gay. And I am scared.
It’s no secret that queer women often face prejudice. But unfortunately, this judgment doesn’t always stop within queer communities. Oftentimes, queer women place different standards upon members of their own communities.
As previously illustrated, fashion plays a vital role in the queer community, as a form of communication, political statement and personal expression. Fashion among queer women in particular is charged with history and politics.
Fashion and personal style have always played an important role in the queer community. While fashion has stereotypically been associated with queer men, fashion of queer women has an equally rich social and political history. One of the more infamous examples of queer women expressing themselves through style is in butch fashion.
Bisexuality, or the attraction to two or more genders, appears to be firmly rooted in the LGBTQ community — it is what that B stand for, after all. But those who identify with this label actually suffer from mistreatment and an abundance of negative stereotypes, many of which come from within queer communities.
It has become a common sentiment that “all girls go bi in college.” Meaning, many college-aged women have physical relationships with other women.
Something I get asked a lot after I tell people I’m gay is: Did you always know? It’s a fair question.
Gals with Pals: Women in the LGBTQ community may have difficulty choosing a term for their identities
Women who are attracted other women have a variety of struggles. We get murdered on TV, are often cut out of the general narrative of LGBTQ issues, are fetishized in entertainment and generally face an onslaught of sexism — as well as increased racism and classism — when compared to our male peers.