Wow. Check out this letter written last year by six-year-old Ian Rosenberg-Scholl to Minnesota State Senator Warren Limmer, who introduced the marriage discrimination amendment that’s being put before that state’s voters this November. Ian wrote this letter after he found out that Sen. Limmer…
“In the last couple of years as I’ve learned what is really important to me and learned to let go of what isn’t, how to say no to things and how to check in with myself about what I am doing and how I am doing it. Moreover, I’ve learned how to identify for myself what is important to me, how to turn off all the voices of what I “should” be doing or who I “should” become, what my body “should” look like or how much I “should” love myself even when it’s hard. I got tired of shoulding and wanted to instead be living and enjoying my life. Thus, I have created a practice whereby I check in with myself about my priorities. I try to do this every week, but basically it comes up for me when I feel off balance.”—NEW BLOG POST! Balance, Priorities, New Lesbian Tea Basket, Everyday Glitter (via queerfatfemme)
My name is Jordan, I’m from New Hampshire, and I’m transgender. When I was growing up I knew I wasn’t like the rest of the girls. I always wanted to play with boys, and do boy-like things. I always dressed like a boy like I do now. We always figured I was just a tomboy, because we never knew of the term transgender. I used to play house with my friend Josh and I would always be a boy. He was always the father, I was always the brother. If I couldn’t play a boy I wouldn’t play at all. As I grew older I tried to make myself more feminine for fear I would be picked on, but that just wasn’t me so I went back to making myself more masculine. If people picked on me, I would ignore them the best I could.
I was browsing around on YouTube and I came to something about transgender people. I watched it in awe and at the end I realized, wow, that’s exactly what I feel, what I am. I told my mom how I felt and said I wanted a boy’s haircut. She said sure and we went to go get me a surfer’s haircut. As the days went on, I talked to her more and more about how I felt, and I finally broke the news to her: I was transgender. She wasn’t shocked but she didn’t really believe me either. She accepts me but she doesn’t understand me fully. I tell myself that you can’t really fully understand a transgender person unless you are a transgender person. I told my dad I was transgender, and he didn’t have the reaction I hoped for. I was hoping he would tell his girlfriend, but when he picked me up that night, he told me he wanted to keep it a secret and that it was too personal to share. I got really upset and didn’t know what to say. I really couldn’t believe he was trying to hide who I really am. I thought he would be totally cool with it because my dad’s girlfriend’s son is gay, and my sister is bisexual so he has experience with it. I am glad my mom accepted me. The other stories on here have inspired me so much. I hope my story has inspired you too.
I was bullied pretty badly when I was a kid, the worst period falling between the ages of 10 and 14, I think. People tell me to get over it, and that I am an adult now, privileged and famous and constantly applauded not only in my…
Picture: “Bize Bir Yasa Lazım” / “We Need A Law” Original article by Nagehan Akarsel, translation by Vildan Seçkiner
They identify themselves as the “marginal of the marginal” because of the pressure and discrimination that they suffer.
It is seen as a big problem by the society, the cohabitation of homosexuals, that are sometimes disclaimed even by their mothers, fathers and siblings; the victims of hate crimes, that the people can’t even stand seeing them walking on the street. Aras and Barış, who struggle to live in such a reality, are in preparation of leading the way in Turkey getting married to each other.
There are many identities in the world that are marginalized and unseen because of their races, religions and life styles. The top of the list is the homosexual identity that is discriminated in every field, and assumed as the “marginal of the marginal”. One of the biggest problems that the homosexuals encounter occurs in their need for cohabitation. Besides not getting accepted by the society in Turkey, this need is not legally secured by the government yet. Aras Güngör and Barış Sulu are in a preparation for leading the way to a homosexual marriage in such conditions in a country like Turkey. Right along with the problems that homosexuals suffer in Turkey, with Barış and Aras, we talked about their lives that brought them together.
So I came out to my mum as bi at about 13, she was totally cool with it. Many girlfriends later on a car journey home from godknowswhere, she was just like, “Kirah, you’re a lesbian aren’t you? You haven’t had a boyfriend since you were 5.” And I just burst out laughing and admitted :) My whole family were fine with it, even though my nan gets terribly confused as to how my girlfriend can look like Justin Bieber. Never really got any abuse for it at school apart from the occaisional dickhead that would get jelly that I get more girls than him ;O
So yeah :) I had a really positive coming out experiance apart from mum questions me on the mechanics of lesbian sex, that gets really awkward. Always here if anyone has any problems that they wanna talk about <3
Telling my Mom that I was gay was the single hardest thing that I have ever done… but it was also the bravest and happiest moment of my life, thus far. All she basically said was, “I knew.” She just smiled and said, “I knew.” I’m not someone who says that they have always known that they were gay, or that they have just been fighting it since the 5th grade. I didn’t even talk to another boy in hopes of having a relationship until my senior year of high school. Being gay is different for EVERYBODY, and I feel like people, even the LGBT community, forget this. It’s not our past that defines who we are. It’s our decisions today that make us who we are.
I’ve had a great group of friends in my life that judge a persons character based on your actions, not your sexual orientation or the color of your skin or your faith. Those things only make up a fraction of you. There is so much more to each and everyone us, and sadly, some will never get to know the completely “you,” because of their prejudice. But I say stand up for who you are and never change to please another, because you are only hurting yourself. Being gay isn’t about being different or wanting to stand out in a crowd. Being gay, like being heterosexual, simply says that you love. Love is what it is all about.