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Old November 7th, 2013 (05:41 PM).
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I don't think it's too late to join, so may I? I'm bi, and I don't care what sexual orientation anyone is--I support them all.

To be honest, I've known only recently that I was bi... and recently I feel like I lean more towards women, but yeah, it's what makes me happy in a relationship, right?
Indeed it is the only thing that matters. What you like. Who you are attracted to. The person just for you can only be decided by you. Man, woman, somewhere in between; it matters not.

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Old November 7th, 2013 (06:59 PM).
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You never welcomed me with open arms :< How many months is this overdue? hmmph
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Old November 7th, 2013 (09:33 PM).
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So sometimes when the conversation lags here for a while, I just Google "gay" and see what happens. There's always something gay on Google News.
lmfao oh my god

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Today I accidentally clicked Pictures instead of News and pretty much every picture is of men in public in their underwear. How do we feel about this being the dominant image?
It's not surprising.

Then again, some of my gay friends have tumblr blogs, and that's what they blog all day - hot guys in their underwear in stupid poses. Because that's what they like. xD; So maybe the biggest search on the internet in relation to the term "gay" is that sort of thing? I've actually never looked.

Kinda like how searching lesbians probably gives you flawless females models all up in each other's grills lookin' sorta tacky.
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Old November 11th, 2013 (11:55 AM).
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I thought this was so awesome I just had to post this here. It's an Op-Ed in the form of an open letter from Sarah Trumble, a policy counsel at Third Way, a moderate think tank in Washington, D.C.:

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Dear Speaker Boehner,

I know you’re having a really rough fall, and you may be sitting in your office right now, wistfully wishing the holiday recess would arrive. But the Senate has just passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a bill that would protect LGBT Americans from being fired because of who they are. And you can bring ENDA up for a vote without facing shutdown-style fallout — instead just skipping straight to the standing ovation. Here’s why:

You may be an old-school politician at heart, but public opinion is shifting on LGBT issues faster than you think. Sixty-eight percent of Americans — including 56 percent of Republicans — support a federal law protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans from being discriminated against at work. Voter modeling shows majority support for ENDA in every single state. Americans are more likely to support the reelection of a member of Congress who voted for an LGBT workplace non-discrimination bill than not. And before you start talking about primary voters, you should know 59 percent of white evangelical Protestants support workplace protections for gay and lesbian people. Honestly, 80 percent of the country already thinks ENDA is law, so they shouldn’t even notice.

But it’s not just the public that’s coming around — so is your caucus. The tenor of the ENDA debate in the Senate last week was shocking — for just how boring it was. You were in Congress in 1996 when the House debated the Defense of Marriage Act. Do you remember Republican representative Bob Barr of Georgia warning, “The very foundations of our society are in danger of being burned,” or Republican representative David Funderburk of North Carolina saying that “homosexuality has been discouraged in all cultures because it is inherently wrong and harmful to individuals, families, and societies”? Contrast that to this past week — when nary a Republican seemed to want to speak in opposition to the bill, the ranking Republican member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee ceded his opening statement at the committee vote to a Republican cosponsor of ENDA rather than using that time to oppose the bill, and amendments proposed on the floor mostly tried to change the subject, from right-to-work to sex-selective abortion bans.

Where are the hellfires, you ask? Two Senate Republicans were ENDA cosponsors. Three voted the bill out of the HELP Committee. Seven voted for cloture. Ten voted for the bill on final passage. And for the record, the last time the House voted on ENDA in 2007, it passed with 235 votes — including 35 Republicans.

The bill is politically a safe bet because it’s actually rooted in conservative values. Conservatives hold sacred meritocracy, and that value lies at the core of ENDA. Everyone should be hired or fired based on the quality of the work they do, and nothing else. This bill is about qualifications, not quotas, which is why the business community is already ahead of Congress on this. Eighty-eight percent of Fortune 500 companies have implemented policies prohibiting discrimination against gay and lesbian employees, and 57 percent include transgender employees.

You won’t need to worry about ENDA’s impact on small businesses, either — they’re totally exempt. Also exempted are all religious organizations — like churches, schools, hospitals, social services agencies, religious publishers, and anyone else whose “purpose and character are primarily religious” under the strong and tested definition from Title VII. That’s why you, along with Eric Cantor and 175 other Republicans, already voted for this exact religious exemption in 2007 — an exemption that was endorsed when it was drafted by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, and the General Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists. The bill does not force employers or employees who have religious objections to homosexuality to change their views or beliefs. It merely requires that people put their disagreements aside during business hours and exhibit professionalism to their colleagues in the workplace. That’s business as usual — and who loves business more than Republicans?

Speaker Boehner, this is your chance to prove you want to move forward legislation that furthers your party’s values and to show young voters and others who have been turned off by previous Republican antigay maneuvers that you’re not stuck in the past. Bring ENDA up for a vote. If your party really has a problem with the bill, let them voice it — and then let the House take a vote.
Source: http://www.advocate.com/commentary/2013/11/11/op-ed-dear-john-boehner
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Old November 11th, 2013 (06:24 PM).
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I love that so much, she was slightly sassy but just enough that if she were brought up on it there was basis for deniability lol
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Old November 11th, 2013 (07:14 PM).
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Quote originally posted by Yuki's Sword:
I don't think it's too late to join, so may I? I'm bi, and I don't care what sexual orientation anyone is--I support them all.

To be honest, I've known only recently that I was bi... and recently I feel like I lean more towards women, but yeah, it's what makes me happy in a relationship, right?
Bisexual is so 1990s.

J/K

To me sexuality is merely another trait in a long list of cosmetic traits. I call it cosmetic because it's inconsequential to me. I am asexual, what that means in humans is that I have no sexual attractions at all, nor do I find any pleasure in any such activities. I find it interesting to see how people react to sexuality and attractions, sometimes it's fascinating, but most of the time it's humorous in some way. Because I am in the extreme minority I am often classified as GLBT, but we already know psychiatrists know almost nothing about reality anyway.
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Old November 11th, 2013 (10:57 PM).
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I'm late on this, but may I join as well? :3 I'm straight, but I've been a supporter of the LGBT community for a long time. I think people should love/be attracted to anyone they want. x3 If that's the right way to word everything. I'm tired as I write this, so.. haha.
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Old November 12th, 2013 (06:09 AM).
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Old November 13th, 2013 (01:46 PM).
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And let's all welcome Hawaii as it becomes the next state in the US to allow same-sex marriage. Now you can have your marriage and honeymoon in the same place.
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Old November 13th, 2013 (02:33 PM).
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Wow, who's next? What are the odds ? I think this may create a fantastic boost in Hawaii's economy.
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Old November 13th, 2013 (08:02 PM).
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Yoooooo I'm baaaaaack!

Welcome to all the new members And hi again to everybody else, it's been a while! Did I miss anything exciting?

And I know it was a couple days ago, but did everybody see that Bangladesh is now considering Hijras to be a third gender? How awesome is that!

http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2013/nov/11/hijras-now-separate-gender

I'm hoping there will be more countries following suit, and at the very least giving a "both/neither" option when it comes to gender.
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Old November 13th, 2013 (09:18 PM).
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Old November 14th, 2013 (12:02 AM). Edited November 14th, 2013 by KittenKoder.
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And let's all welcome Hawaii as it becomes the next state in the US to allow same-sex marriage. Now you can have your marriage and honeymoon in the same place.
I figured Hawaii would be doing this soon, surprised it took so long, actually.

Quote originally posted by Inkblots:
Yoooooo I'm baaaaaack!

Welcome to all the new members And hi again to everybody else, it's been a while! Did I miss anything exciting?

And I know it was a couple days ago, but did everybody see that Bangladesh is now considering Hijras to be a third gender? How awesome is that!

http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2013/nov/11/hijras-now-separate-gender

I'm hoping there will be more countries following suit, and at the very least giving a "both/neither" option when it comes to gender.
That's a big step for them. I read a bit about that culture and for a long time those poor people were always considered outcasts, and they don't actually choose to become like that most of the time.
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Old November 14th, 2013 (03:47 AM).
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And let's all welcome Hawaii as it becomes the next state in the US to allow same-sex marriage. Now you can have your marriage and honeymoon in the same place.
Ah Scarfy, I don't think many appreciate your subtle humour as much as they should. You are intensely underrated.
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Old November 14th, 2013 (04:50 AM).
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Sign me up as an ally!

Whilst I am heterosexual I am involved with the LGBTIQA (I feel like the more letters the more bureacratically and actually progressive the term is... lol!) organisation in my school and community. I have a number of friends who fall within a variety of the spectrum and while that doesn't by any means make me an expert on the matter it means I have exposure to this being the paradigm of normality in my life. Glad to see even PC has something like this going!

Also - maybe this will change nobody's life/course of action but if ever you feel that you are struggling with a burden, either related to sexuality or ANYTHING at all, PM me I am here for you because you are never alone. Also, RL sometimes sucks and virtual friends are a good outlet!
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Old November 14th, 2013 (04:59 AM).
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Consider yourself signed up! It's great to see someone so enthusiastic

I do have to disagree with you on the acronym though haha, I feel like the longer it is the more likely people are to get sick of hearing about it, and by extension, us
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Old November 14th, 2013 (09:45 AM).
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I do have to disagree with you on the acronym though haha, I feel like the longer it is the more likely people are to get sick of hearing about it, and by extension, us :P
Hence the name of this club. What a great name that is, by the way. Wonder which genius came up with it? ;D hint it was me

I think there are a lot of people who are already okay with anything gay, straight, or otherwise and might be annoyed that there is still all this gay stuff and gay talk going on. Not because they're against it, but because it doesn't make sense for people to keep fighting against it.
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Old November 14th, 2013 (10:48 AM). Edited November 14th, 2013 by Inkblots.
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That's a big step for them. I read a bit about that culture and for a long time those poor people were always considered outcasts, and they don't actually choose to become like that most of the time.
Yeah, I spent a lot of time in one of my anthropology classes learning about the Hijras (it was a class on gender inequality (for both men and women) throughout the world. It was a very interesting class), so I was really excited to see that news.

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I do have to disagree with you on the acronym though haha, I feel like the longer it is the more likely people are to get sick of hearing about it, and by extension, us
Gotta agree with you there. I got sick of trying to remember which form of the initialism was most current/correct, and it's just so damn long (and is only going to get longer and more intimidating for newcomers, I'm sure). I've started using GSRM instead, for Gender, Sexual, and Romantic Minorities. Less specific, but more inclusive, and covers any new terms that may come up in the future.
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GSRM, definitely keeping that one up the sleeve!

So does this club have a topic of the day/external page? Or is it all contained here within the 171 pages hahaha

All the same, loving it!
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Old November 15th, 2013 (01:01 AM).
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There's no topic of the day - toward the beginning we were more controlled and had specific topics to talk about, but now that we've been established for quite a while we function more like a daily chit chat thread centering around gender/sexuality issues.
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Old November 16th, 2013 (01:38 PM).
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Try this acronym, QUILTBAG.

It stands for Queer/Questioning, Undecided, Intersex, Lesbian, Transgender/Transsexual, Bisexual, Allied/Asexual, Gay/Genderqueer.
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Old November 16th, 2013 (02:20 PM).
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With all these initialisms, it seems that we're more concerned in spelling out our differences than talking about what brings us together.
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Old November 16th, 2013 (11:34 PM).
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Quote originally posted by BlahISuck:
With all these initialisms, it seems that we're more concerned in spelling out our differences than talking about what brings us together.
I can see your point there, but I do believe that distinction is an important thing. Sadly the issues don't always coincide and for that point (and more that I'm too lazy to type up) do I feel that the distinction is important. But, we still shouldn't let that distinction keep us from just being people who love people =3

QUILTBAG makes me laugh on the inside though. The name just seems ridiculous (not necessarily in a bad way) to me.

Man it's been forever since actually made a post. I started college last year and I actually got more involved with the general community since I happen to live in one of the more friendly cities. I learned a lot so it'd be nice to see if I can post here and there now.
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Old November 17th, 2013 (08:32 AM).
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With all these initialisms, it seems that we're more concerned in spelling out our differences than talking about what brings us together.
Yes.

Thank you.

I hate all of the labels, personally.

Though, it does help us find like-minded people, but in the end I'm sort of annoyed by all of the labels, and acronyms.
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Old November 17th, 2013 (09:06 AM).
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For some people, labels are essential for explaining themselves to others. Personally, I prefer to not use labels. I see so many people get frustrated over labels and try desperately to fit in somewhere. I'd say, take it as it comes and don't force yourself to put a label on yourself. But to each their own, I guess.
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