Brian: Ladies, Gentlemen, or wherever you fall in the #GenderSpectrum
Me (head turns 180): oh this is going to be lit. There is a room full of republicans. This guys my hero.
Standing ovation at the end.
Part 1: Taiwan's top court has cleared the way for the island to become the first place in Asia to grant same-sex couples the right to marry.
The Constitutional Court ruled Wednesday that current laws, which say that marriage is between a man and a woman, violate the Constitution.
The panel of judges has given the island's parliament, known as the Legislative Yuan, two years to amend or enact new laws, which could potentially make Taiwan the first place in Asia to allow same-sex marriage.
The island has a large gay community and its annual gay pride parade is the biggest in Asia but the issue of marriage equality has divided Taiwanese society, with thousands turning out in recent months to protest for and against marriage equality. "This explanation is a step forward in the history of Taiwan's same-sex marriage," said Yu Mei-nu, a Taiwanese legislator.
Yu said the court's explanation means that even if lawmakers do not pass legislation allowing same-sex marriage in the next two years, gay couples will still be able to marry by this time in 2019. "I hope that the legislators will have the moral courage to pass same-sex marriage into law, however it is hard to predict how long it will take, at this moment," she said. "The opposition toward gay marriage in Taiwan won't just gladly accept it and give up the debate, so the debate will continue." Draft legislation is already making its way through Taiwan's Parliament but it has stalled. "We feel that this is a huge success for the LGBT and marriage equality movement in Taiwan," said Wayne Lin, an activist who runs an LGBT hotline on the island. "We want to amend the Civil Code so same-sex couples can get married... our target is to complete this whole process within this year." Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan's first female president, expressed support for gay marriage before her election in 2016. "In the face of love, everyone is equal," she said in a Facebook video during 2015's gay pride parade. "I support marriage equality. Every person should be able to look for love freely, and freely seek their own happiness." (Continued in comments)
Guys, it's time to set something right.
Quite often people come up to me assuming I'm a man. Which is not necessarily a bad thing. Considering I have a #boysname: Moritz. Such a lovely name. I wear it with pride!
But just because it is a boys name it doesn't mean I'm a #boy. I can look like a boy, have a boys name and still not be a boy. It's confusing, but we really have to stop assuming and guessing people's #gender!
We should start being more sensitive and listen more careful to what people tell us about themselves.
Gender is fluid. It's not black or white. It's a spectrum. And there's nobody but the person itself who could say where on the spectrum they see themselves. It's okay to very respectfully ask.
Sunset is still my favorite color, and rainbow is second
I saw this on Pinterest when I went to change my password. This makes me so happy. Pinterest got this right! There are so many more genders than just male and female. I am privileged and identify as the same gender that I was assigned to at birth. This is not the case for everyone. Individuals who do not fit within the gender binary our society created or who do not identify with the gender assigned to them at birth often experience problems in society. I have two friends who are currently exploring their gender identify. I am looking to be an ally to this community. Please tell me if anything that I do or say is not supportive of the LGBTQ community!
Gender identity is our internal experience and naming of our gender. A Cisgender person has a gender identity consistent with the sex they were assigned at birth. For example, a child whose sex was assigned male on their birth certificate and who identifies as a boy is cisgender (you may hear this term shortened to “cis”). A Transgender person has a gender identity that does not match the sex they were assigned at birth. So, a child who was assigned male on their birth certificate and who identifies as a girl is transgender (sometimes this term is shortened to “trans”).
The two most common gender identities are boy and girl (or man and woman), and often people think that these are the only two gender identities. This idea that there are only two genders is called the “gender binary.” If a child has a binary gender identity, that means they identify as either a boy or a girl, regardless of the sex they were assigned at birth.
But gender is a spectrum, and not limited to just two possibilities. A child may have a Non-binary gender identity, meaning they do not identify strictly as a boy or a girl – they could identify as both, or neither, or as another gender entirely. Agender people do not identify with any gender.
Here are 2 websites with good info to check out! .
The Trevor Project http://www.thetrevorproject.org/pages/spectrum
Gender Spectrum https://www.genderspectrum.org
The primary organization acknowledging gay men as an oppressed cultural minority was the Mattachine Society, founded in 1950 by Harry Hay and Chuck Rowland. Other important homophile organizations on the West Coast included One, Inc., founded in 1952, and the first lesbian support network, Daughters of Bilitis, founded in 1955 by Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin. Through meetings and publications, these groups offered information and outreach to thousands. These first organizations soon found support from prominent sociologists and psychologists. In 1951, Donald Webster Cory published The Homosexual in America (Cory, 1951), asserting that gay men and lesbians were a legitimate minority group, and in 1953, Dr. Evelyn Hooker won a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to study gay men. Her groundbreaking paper, presented in 1956, demonstrated that gay men were as well adjusted as heterosexual men, often more so. But it would not be until 1973 that the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality as an "illness" classification in its diagnostic manuals. Throughout the 1950s and 60s, gay men and lesbians continued to be at risk for psychiatric lockup and jail and for losing jobs or child custody when courts and clinics defi ned gay love as sick, criminal, or immoral.