The Gays vs. The Grammys.

I couldn’t have put it better.

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A friend from New York City posted the following status update this morning, “If only people would have as much courage to stand up to their enemies as vigorously as they try to rip apart their allies.” My feelings toward the social media commentary (from a particular segment of the population), regarding last night’s Grammy Awards, had been perfectly captured.

Ah, award shows. A time-honored tradition that I had pretty much written off once the music industry segued from recognizing the innovative in favor of the commercial (that’s an article for another day). With that said, I had very little interest in any aspect of the 2014 Grammy Awards until I came across a blurb about a scheduled performance of Macklemore’s marriage equality anthem, “Same Love.” The rendition was also set to feature the track’s collaborators, Ryan Lewis and Mary Lambert, as well as Madonna and Queen Latifah (the latter would be the…

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Josh Hutcherson Doesn’t Like Labels

“Maybe I could say right now I’m 100% straight,” says the Hunger Games star, in an interview to Out Magazine. “But who knows? In a fucking year, I could meet a guy and be like, Whoa, I’m attracted to this person.”

Hutcherson is known for being vocal in support of LGBT rights. He founded Straight But Not Narrow – a youth organization that focuses on arming allied kids with the confidence and tools they need to speak out against homophobia. 

http://www.out.com/entertainment/movies/2013/10/09/josh-hutcherson-straight-talker-hunger-games-threesome

We Need More Allies Like Maclemore

I love it when a straight person comes out as an ally. Yes, that’s right. One needs to come out as an ally because an ally means an active advocate of queer rights. While queer rights supporters are great, I prefer having allies.

So, when singer Macklemore proudly stands up and proclaims his active support for queer rights, I applaud him. I thank him. And I hope that everyone hears what he has to say because, in the end, it’s all about “same love”.

The Downside of Marriage Equality

Building upon my “Be Your Own Ally” post, this article gives another viewpoint on why being a “strong ally vs passive supporter” is important.

The Downside of Marriage Equality – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joanne-sprague/the-downside-of-marriage-equality_b_3710014.html

Pronouns 101

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Here is a handy guide for pronouns in the English Language provided by the Trans Student Equality Resources. Generally, you should not hesitate to ask/clarify what pronoun a person prefers to use. That is the best way to make sure that you don’t offend them by presuming their preferred pronoun.

Genderqueer and Trans people should also take the initiative to tell people of their preferred pronoun. After all, you have to be your own ally.Pronouns