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Comprehensive* List of LGBTQ+ Term Definitions. *This list is neither comprehensive nor inviolable, but it’s a work in progress toward those goals.

Comprehensive* List of LGBTQ+ Term Definitions

With identity terms, trust the person who is using the term and their definition of it above any dictionary. These definitions are the creation of a cultural commons: emails, online discussions, and in-person chats, with the initial curation being mine, then growing into a collaboration between Meg Bolger and me at We are constantly honing and adjusting language to — our humble goal — have the definitions resonate with at least 51 out of 100 people who use the words. Identity terms are tricky, and trying to write a description that works perfectly for everyone using that label simply isn’t possible. Some definitions here may include words you aren’t familiar with, or have been taught a flawed or incomplete definition for; I’ve likely defined those words somewhere else in the list, but if I also missed many. Mx. – (typically pronounced mix) is an title (e.g.

The Corruption of the Golden Rule. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

The Corruption of the Golden Rule

Right? Wrong. What we’ve been teaching our children, what I have learned and re-learned all of my life, is one of the worst pieces of advice around. What’s worse: it’s nearly universally accepted as gospel (pun intended). Welcome to It Started With Friends, But Now It’s Become THE Way To Get Safely Where They’ve Got To Go.

54 Rare Historical Photos Of Drag Queens Before It Was Safe To Be Out! It is Alright, Ma. Trans Bodies, Trans Selves Aims to Educate the Trans Masses. A new book, five years in the making, hopes to provide one of the most comprehensive and up-to-date resource on the complex and often misunderstood issues affecting trans individuals.

Trans Bodies, Trans Selves Aims to Educate the Trans Masses

A new resource guide aims to improve the lives of transgender and gender-nonconforming people through education and outreach. Due out later this year from Oxford University Press, Trans Bodies, Trans Selves looks to be the most comprehensive trans resource ever published. Ronan Farrow Hits Back Against Transphobic Repeal Effort. Ronan Farrow, one of the newest additions to MSNBC's daytime lineup, devoted a segment of today's program to discuss the many falsehoods used by opponents of transgender-inclusive laws.

Ronan Farrow Hits Back Against Transphobic Repeal Effort

Ronan Farrow Earlier today MSNBC's Ronan Farrow Daily took opponents of a Maryland transgender nondiscrimination law to task. The Fairness for All Marylanders Act passed the Maryland legislature last month, paving the way for a statewide ban on antitransgender discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations. Earlier this week, the law's opponents launched a repeal effort in the form of a signature drive with the goal of placing the law up for public referendum. "[The law's opponents] are playing on the myth of sexual predators exploiting equal access laws to sneak into women's restrooms," Farrow points out, highlighting a frequently used — yet debunked — talking point used by conservatives to attack trans-inclusive bills.

What are some of the ways women are discriminated against that men are often unaware of? Manifesto of a boring gay man. I have angergasms when straight women treat gay men like pets or faux-girlfriends.

Manifesto of a boring gay man

World’s largest study on same-sex parents finds kids are healthier and happier than peers. A cross-sectional study of children raised by gay couples, the largest of its kind, found that the kids are all right — and are, by some measures, doing even better than their peers.

World’s largest study on same-sex parents finds kids are healthier and happier than peers

Conducted by University of Melbourne researchers, the survey followed 315 same-sex couples, mostly lesbians, and their 500 children, using a variety of standardized measures to compare their health and well-being to the general Australian population. “We found that children from same-sex families scored, on average, 6 percent better on two key measures, general health and family cohesion, even when controlling for a number sociodemographic factors such as parent education and household income,” wrote lead researcher Simon Crouch.

“But on most health measures, including emotional behaviour and physical functioning, there was no difference when compared with children from the general population.” The finding same-sex couples make perfectly fine parents echoes plenty of other research to that effect. Welcome to my world. The invention of the heterosexual. Lesbian marriage in early America. Vermont became the first state to vote for same-sex marriage in 2009, almost exactly 202 years after Charity Bryant and Sylvia Drake moved into a rented room together in the village of Weybridge.

Lesbian marriage in early America

At 30, Charity was Sylvia’s senior by seven years, and she had had a rocky early adulthood. Her intense relationships with a series of young women had provoked nasty gossip in several New England towns, forcing her to move around the region, bouncing from household to household as a guest of friends and relatives. Yet once Charity and Sylvia set up housekeeping — and a tailoring business — together, they would not be separated for a single night over the next 44 years.