SEES SELF: as a deep-thinker in love with new ideas and insights, but somewhat detached from others.
OVERRIDING NEED: to understand the complexity of people and life.
IRRITATED BY: hypocrisy, limits on personal freedom, impersonal details and mundane tasks.
LGBTQ* Appreciation Post
Photographs from the (fantastic!) book, Becoming Visible, by Molly McGarry and Fred Wasserman.
(McGarry, Molly and Fred Wasserman. Becoming Visible: An Illustrated History of Lesbian and Gay Life in Twentieth-century America. New York: Penguin Studio, 1998.)
We, the KNOWhomo team, do not assume the gender identity or sexual orientation of any of the individuals in any of the above photographs.
We’ve come to expect impossible, even improbable standards of beauty to populate our magazines and our television shows. It’s another thing entirely to find they’ve invaded our workplace.
This week, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted an LGBT rights resolution on a vote of 25 to 14.
The resolution is rather anemic, simply calling for a report from the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights on combating human rights violations on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. But it is one of the few times a U.N. body has adopted a resolution affirming LGBT rights are human rights, and so LGBT advocates see it as an important precedent in empowering officials throughout the U.N. system to work on LGBT rights.
Important stuff to keep track of, even if it moves slowly.
A couple of years ago, when I was newly pregnant and reporting in the West Bank, some of my local colleagues insisted that I skip covering a protest at an Israeli checkpoint. At first, I was resistant to letting pregnancy stand in the way of my work, but they knew from experience that there might be tear gas, and tear gas, they said, causes miscarriages.
They were right: though rigorous studies are few, there is evidence that tear gas is an abortifacient. In 2011, Chile temporarily suspended its use after a University of Chile studylinked it to miscarriage and fetal harm. Investigating the use of tear gas in Bahrain in 2012, Physicians for Human Rights found that local doctors were reporting increased numbers of miscarriages in exposed areas. And UN officials have connected tear gas to miscarriages in the Palestinian territories.
This means it’s likely that police in Ferguson, Missouri, have been spraying abortion-causing chemicals on crowds of civilians. Recently at TheNation.com, Dani McClain wrote about the killing of black youth as a reproductive justice issue, one that goes to the heart of the rights of parents to raise their children in peace, safety and dignity. She’s correct, of course, but if the anti-abortion movement were actually concerned about the well-being of the unborn, then the violence in Ferguson would be a pro-life issue as well.
Oh my fucking god!!!!!!!!!!!!!