I’ve had librarians say to me, “People in my school don’t agree with homosexuality, so it’s difficult to have your book on the shelves.” Here’s the thing: Being gay is not an issue, it is an identity. It is not something that you can agree or disagree with. It is a fact, and must be defended and represented as a fact.
To use another part of my identity as an example: if someone said to me, “I’m sorry, but we can’t carry that book because it’s so Jewish and some people in my school don’t agree with Jewish culture,” I would protest until I reached my last gasp. Prohibiting gay books is just as abhorrent…
Discrimination is not a legitimate point of view. Silencing books silences the readers who need them most. And silencing these readers can have dire, tragic consequences. Never forget who these readers are. They are just as curious and anxious about life as any other teenager. David Levithan - Supporting Gay Teen Literature (via lyras)
- Hello! I'm doing a poll, for no specific reason, of the lgbt* community on tumblr. ovo (mostly I'm just curious.) You don't need to put your name or anything, just put a tally mark ( | ) next to the label that fits you! If multiple labels fit you, feel free to put a tally in each one, but please don't mess with the marks of people before you! That's just rude. ono And if none of these categories fit you, could I ask you to signal boost anyway? Thanks a bunch.
- Gay: |
- Lesbian: | | | |
- Bisexual: | | | I |
- Pansexual: | | | | |
- Asexual: I
- Transgender (FTM):
- Transgender (MTF):
- Genderfluid: | | | | | |
- Gender neutral:
- In the closet (in "real life"): | | |
- In the closet (on tumblr):
- Other (if I missed you in the options above):
- Somewhat in the closet: I |
a bunch of moms are making letters+audio recordings of affirming, validating letters to queer/trans* people who don’t get that kind of support from their moms
i would say more about it but
im kind of busy in this puddle of tears on the floor so
why is it so hard for the media to come up with a gay character whos entire plot line and personality isnt centered around the fact that theyre gay
Except the point is to have a character that you know is gay. Dumbledore being gay wasn’t mentioned in either the books or the movies, it’s information after the fact. The movie directors assumed he was straight and even wanted to give him a female love interest until Rowling told them he was gay. Unfortunately, people are generally “straight until proven gay,” which means without explicitly saying a character is gay (or something else!) they are assumed straight by mainstream culture. Their visibility as a gay character with an actual plot line is then nonexistent.
Wake up and smell the coffee, people.