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🇲🇾 'Saya tak mampu selindung lagi'
Source: https://www.bharian.com.my/hiburan/selebrit...ang-transgender

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KUALA LUMPUR: Nama Isma Yusoof, 39, tidak lekang mencetuskan pelbagai kontroversi, sejak dahulu. Namun, di sebalik cerita panas, bakat lakonan dan karya arahannya tidak boleh dipertikaikan.

Sejak kes memukul pelakon, Ika Nabila ketika menjalani penggambaran drama Dawai Asmara pada 2015, ada sahaja cerita panas yang timbul mengenai Isma.

Aktor yang pernah diangkat Pelakon Pembantu Lelaki Terbaik, Anugerah Skrin 2010 itu pernah membuat pendedahan menghidap penyakit mental yang dikenali bipolar disorder sejak 2009. Penyakitnya boleh menyebabkan perubahan emosi yang terlampau dalam dirinya.

Mula dikenali menerusi drama Sutun 2, Isma sekali lagi mencetuskan kontroversi apabila membuat pengakuan berani seorang transgender. Pengakuan dalam video yang dimuat naik menerusi laman Instagram menyebabkan Isma menjadi serangan netizen.

Bagaimanapun, Isma kurang selesa berbicara terlalu mendalam mengenai kontroversi berkenaan. Sebaliknya, pengarah drama Kerana Terpaksa Aku Relakan dan Teman Lelaki Upahan itu mahu mengupas secara meluas isu kesihatan mental supaya netizen mempunyai kesedaran terhadap penyakit berkenaan.

Mengulas kesihatan mentalnya, Isma berkata, untuk pengetahuan, penyakit bipolar disorder tidak boleh sembuh dan tiada ubat yang boleh mengubati penyakit ini. Apa yang ada hanyalah ubat untuk menstabilkan mood.

"Sekiranya ubah cara hidup, tidak terjebak aktiviti yang boleh mendatangkan tekanan dan mengambil pemakanan sihat, insya-Allah penyakit bipolar disorder boleh dikawal, jadi produktif dan menjalani hidup seperti manusia normal.

"Disebabkan itu, saya memilih tinggal di Langkawi selama dua tahun kerana kehidupan di sini tidak memenatkan. Di Kuala Lumpur, saya melihat orang terlalu mengejar duit hingga hilang nilai kemanusiaan dalam kehidupan.

"Selain itu, saya semakin boleh menerima penyakit dihadapi dan dapat mengawal diri. Namun, mood saya tetap ada pasang surut, cuma saya lebih tahu bagaimana mengawal dan tidak keliru," katanya kepada BH Online.

Menyentuh pengakuan berani mati seorang transgender, Isma berkata, tujuannya memang ditujukan kepada ahli keluarga yang jauh mahupun dekat.

"Bukanlah mahu memalukan keluarga, tetapi mereka perlu menerima saya terlebih dahulu. Soal masyarakat terima atau sebaliknya, itu soal kedua kerana keluarga adalah sistem sokongan saya.

"Saya tak mampu berselindung lagi, saya perlu memberitahu keluarga supaya menerima saya seadanya. Alhamdulillah, mereka perlahan-lahan menerima dan memahami saya. Sekarang, saya memilih jujur dan berterus-terang. Ini kerana antara sebab saya 'stress' kerana terlalu banyak menyimpan perasaan. Saya juga tidak mahu menjadi munafik.

"Biarpun masih ada mengecam, tetapi saya nampak, apabila bersikap jujur, maklum balas diterima lebih bersifat positif. Apabila saya tidak jujur dan memilih menyimpan seorang diri, itulah yang menyebabkan penyakit," katanya.
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Kinda rare for a mainstream media to cover a transgender person in a somewhat positive light—by mentioning her accomplishments. This is great.
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post Mar 3 2021, 01:12 PM

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🇬🇭 Black celebrities show support for LGBTQ community in Ghana after raid on center
Source: https://edition.cnn.com/2021/03/02/africa/b...intl/index.html

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Black celebrities are urging Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo to work with LGBTQ community leaders after security forces raided and shut down an LGBTQ center in the West African country's capital last week.

Actors Idris Elba and Michaela Coel, and supermodel Naomi Campbell joined forces with other influential names in fashion, film and media to express their solidarity with the LGBTQ "family" in an open letter tagged #GhanaSupportsEquality on Monday.

It comes after the recently-opened community center in Accra, named 'LGBT+ Rights Ghana,' was raided. Head of the center, Alex Kofi Donkor, told CNN last Thursday that he was concerned for his safety.

Among the letter's 67 signatories are British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, Netflix's chief marketing officer Bozoma Saint John and Virgil Abloh, chief executive officer at Off White and artistic director at Louis Vuitton.

"To our Ghanaian LGBTQIA+ family: We see you and we hear you. We are in awe of your strength, your bravery and your audacity to be true to who you are even when it is dangerous to do so," the letter reads.

"You are loved, you are important and you deserve a safe place to gather in your shared experience."

Referencing the raid at the center, the celebrities said they had watched events unfold in recent weeks with "profound concern."

"It is unacceptable to us that you feel unsafe," the letter added.

The celebrities, who vowed to stay abreast of developments concerning the LGBTQ community in Ghana, also promised to protect them using their shared power and influence.

"Neither the raid on February 24, nor any other acts of intimidation have the power to break your indomitable spirits. It only emboldens all of us to act with more urgency and intention," the letter continued.

They then called on Akufo-Addo, as well as political and cultural leaders, to "engage in a meaningful and purposeful dialogue" with the community so as to "create a pathway for allyship, protection and support."

LGBTQ center raid

Ghana proscribes same-sex relationships. The country's penal code prescribes between three and 25 years in prison for any citizen found to be in a same-sex relationship.

Human Rights Watch said intolerance and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people has remained rife among Ghana's population.
A spokeswoman for Ghana Police Service (GPS), told CNN on Saturday that the opening of the center was at variance with the country's gay laws and prevalent opinions on homosexual activities in Ghana.

Abayie-Buckman said security forces stormed the leased not-for-profit center following a complaint by the property owner, who feared that his building "was under threat of being burnt for alleged illegal purposes."

"Our search showed that it was being used for or in relation to the business of LGBTQ. With no person in the house, it was locked up for the occupants to report to the police to answer questions," she added.

Abayie-Buckman told CNN that no arrests have been made in connection to the police's findings.

"Nobody has also owned up yet. The place is under the watch of the police," she said.

Responding to whether the occupants of the LGBTQ center will be arrested if they showed up for questioning, the police spokeswoman said: "It depends on what the investigation would have established."

In a statement sent to CNN Monday, the LGBT+ Rights Ghana group said: "We are law abiding citizens of Ghana who have not committed any illegalities. Thus, once our safety is guaranteed, we are willing to honor the invitation of the police for questioning."

The group said the center was established to support the vulnerable LGBTQ community in Ghana, which has endured years of discrimination and persecution.

"On January 31st, we opened a safe space to support Ghanaian LGBTQI+ persons who are abused, discriminated against, or neglected by their families," the statement said. "Soon after this, we received threats and attacks from various quarters."

"Traditional leaders in Kwabenya, the area our office is situated in, threatened to burn down the office," it added.

The group said that none of the persons who made those threats were arrested by the police.

"Instead, on February 24, police officials, a representative of our landlord, traditional leaders, and some other persons entered our office without our consent. Sensing imminent danger, Alex Kofi Donkor, our Executive Director left the premises for a safe house."

US President Joe Biden has sought to decriminalize LGBTQI+ status overseas. In a memo issued on February 4, Biden threatened wide-ranging sanctions against countries where gay rights are suppressed.

The Ghanaian government, however, insists that the country's laws are supreme, and legislation criminalizing gay sexual activities would remain in place.
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🇰🇷 South Korea's first transgender soldier found dead
Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/...dier-found-dead

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South Korea’s first transgender soldier, who was forcibly discharged after having gender reassignment surgery, has been found dead, news agency Yonhap has reported.

Firefighters found Byun Hee-soo, 23, in her home in Cheongju, south of Seoul, after a mental health counsellor called emergency services to report that she had not been heard from since Sunday, the agency reported on Wednesday.

Police are investigating her death, it said.

Byun, formerly a staff sergeant, enlisted voluntarily in 2017 and went on to have gender confirmation surgery in 2019 in Thailand.

The defence ministry classified her loss of male genitals as a mental or physical handicap, and a military panel ruled in early 2020 that Byun would be compulsorily discharged. South Korea prohibits transgender people from joining the military, and Byun was the first active-duty soldier to have gender reassignment surgery.

Byun had previously waived her anonymity to appear at a press conference at the time to plead to be allowed to serve, wearing her fatigues and saluting the gathered journalists and cameras.

“I’m a soldier of the Republic of Korea,” she said, her voice breaking. Serving in the military had always been her childhood dream, she said.

“Putting aside my sexual identity, I want to show everyone that I can be one of the great soldiers defending this country,” she continued. “Please give me that chance.”

The local mental health care clinic said Byun made an attempt to kill herself three months ago.

South Korea remains deeply conservative about matters of sexual and gender identity and is less tolerant of LGBT+ rights than some other parts of Asia, with many gay and transgender Koreans living largely under the radar.

South Korea has a conscript army to defend itself against the nuclear-armed North, with all able-bodied male citizens obliged to serve for nearly two years.

International rights groups have expressed concern about the way the country treats gay soldiers, who are banned from engaging in same-sex acts and can face up to two years in prison if caught – even though such actions are legal in civilian life.
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🇲🇾 Take threats against Nur Sajat, transgender community seriously, say activists
Source: https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/...-say-activists/

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PETALING JAYA: Former minister for Islamic affairs Mujahid Yusof Rawa has cautioned members of the public not to overreact over the announcement by cosmetics entrepreneur Nur Sajat that she intended to renounce Islam.

Recently, Nur Sajat hinted during a live broadcast on her now-deactivated Instagram account at converting to another religion.

Her announcement prompted a backlash from netizens, with some threatening to kill her.

“Do not overreact, who are we to judge her? Instead of punishing her, we should continue to persuade her nicely not to convert to another religion. That is the proper reaction,” Mujahid told FMT.

However, he said, Nur Sajat should not have used the weaknesses of religious institutions in handling her case as an excuse to convert.

“The weaknesses and imperfections are coming from the institutions, not from Islam. So, Nur Sajat should not have used them as an excuse to convert. That is not fair,” he said.

Justice for Sisters (JFS), an NGO that advocates the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people (LGBT), said there were legitimate fears that those from the transgender community could fall victim to violence and hate crimes.

Describing the public reaction as extreme, FS founder Thilaga Sulathireh told FMT: “Their extreme actions are legitimised by patriarchal interpretations of religion and laws that criminalise persons based on their gender identity, religious beliefs or lack thereof, freedom of expression and such.

“The fact that people can call for violence and issue death threats openly demonstrates a high level of impunity in this country, especially against trans and gender diverse women. These forms of extremism based on religion and patriarchal ideas are worrying.”

Thilaga said the current situation in relation to Nur Sajat must not be taken lightly. She said the authorities must “step back and ensure safety for Nur Sajat and the transgender persons and LGBTIQ persons in general”.

Meanwhile, Sisters In Islam (SIS) said hate crimes and death threats against the marginalised community should be taken seriously by the authorities, community and religious leaders.

Death threats are a crime under Section 506 of the Penal Code which provides for imprisonment for up to seven years or a fine or both, the women’s group said, while threats on social media are a crime under the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 which provides for a fine not exceeding RM50,000 or imprisonment not exceeding one year or both.

“It is heartbreaking when religious leaders and authorities choose to remain silent on the issue involving death threats.

“SIS urges the public to be calm, not to spread hatred, threaten and encourage violent acts against Nur Sajat or the transgender community in general.”
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🌎 How Gay Couples With the Same Positional Preferences Make It Work
Source: http://www.newnownext.com/gay-couples-two-...ottoms/03/2021/

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Picture this: You’re on a date that is going extraordinarily well. The chemistry is palpable, and you’re excited to bring them back to your apartment, which you’ve cleaned for the occasion. Over dinner, however, you notice they haven’t touched their food, electing to munch on the ice chips in their glass instead. That’s when it hits you: Your potential soulmate is a bottom — and so are you.

Positional politics can be a determining factor in queer relationships, something most heterosexual people can’t relate to (although as pegging becomes more normalized thanks to media like Broad City, these lines are becoming blurred as well). Unless explicitly stated on an app or in person, we have no way of determining whether someone prefers to pitch, catch, or both.

So, what does one do in such a predicament? Do you give up and ghost or gamble and explore the chemistry further? I posed this question on Twitter, and of the 200-plus voters who responded, 75% said that they would seriously consider dating somebody with whom they shared a positional preference.

“I would never date another bottom unless they’ve checked off all of the other boxes I require in a man,” Zach, a 30-year-old bottom who voted no, tells NewNowNext. “Sex is important to me in a relationship, and I’m certainly not topping, so what are we going to do?”

Sam, 29, has a more cavalier attitude. “I’ve spent the last 12 months with nothing but toys, so I’m pretty sure I could cope,” he shares. “Penetrative sex isn’t all that anyways.”

Todd Baratz, a licensed individual and couples’ therapist, agrees. “There is so much focus on penetration, and it’s often at the expense of a variety of different pleasurable sexual experiences, from mutual masturbation to oral,” he tells NewNowNext. “Sometimes it’s not possible to fuck (for a number of reasons), and sometimes we fall in love with someone who has a similar penetrative preference.”

Pierce, 25, and Robert, 23, who both identify as total tops, are prime examples. The pair matched on Tinder during the pandemic and dated virtually for a few months before they felt it was safe to meet in person. While their penetrative preference was not mentioned in either of their profiles, the two had talked about their sexual proclivities prior to making things official.

“Robert explained why he was uncomfortable bottoming and it took me to a traumatic place where I was forced to bottom when I didn’t want to. After we exchanged this vulnerable information with each other, our priorities shifted, and we decided that our mutual comfort was most important,” Pierce tells NewNowNext. “I’ll admit I had a difficult time cumming at first and still do from time to time. I’m just not used to foreplay leading into — what I considered at the time — just more foreplay.”

Given that penetration was off the table, the two actively explored each other’s kinks. Pierce discovered that he became really turned on when Robert took on the dominant role and was relieved to find that this dynamic could be achieved without penetration. “I’ve grown to realize that penetrative sex doesn’t have to be a huge part of physical attraction,” he says, “and we’ve managed to show our love and affection through other means.”

Hampton, 26, met Jared, 27, at a holiday party hosted by a mutual friend more than two years ago. After a night of heavy flirting, the two scheduled a date the next day and have been together ever since. Both identify as tops but insist that it has never been an issue in their relationship.

“He’s bottomed for me a couple of times and I’ve tried to bottom for him, but Jesus, he’s too big,” Hampton admits. “We still have fun trying. We’ve made a habit of communicating our sexual needs with each other and enjoy other ways of getting off together, whether that’s mutual masturbation, threesomes, and so on.”

Similar to Pierce, Jared helped Hampton expand his mind beyond the limitations of penetrative sex. “He made it clear that dating someone who is a bottom is less important than finding someone he truly likes as a person and wants to date,” he shares. “He’s showed me there are many ways to have fun sex that don’t require penetration.”

“I like to encourage people to have a diverse investment strategy in their sexuality,” adds Baratz, the licensed therapist. “The more things you enjoy, the more expansive your sexuality can be. Hot sex isn’t based on the sexual act. It’s based on sexual chemistry, connection, eroticism, and more. You can have penetrative sex and it can be really boring, so it’s not the end-all be-all.”

All of us, regardless of sexual orientation, have internalized scripts about penetration being the concluding sexual act. But these scripts stem from cisgender, heterosexual intercourse that prioritizes procreation. When queers center or define our sexuality around penetration, we perpetuate these limiting and outdated notions of what sex “should” look like even if we don’t mean to.

When working with couples who seek alternatives to penetrative sex, Baratz urges each person to make an effort to better understand their partner’s turn-ons (something he says many couples don’t know, but think they do) so they can better pleasure them in other ways. “Take turns giving, receiving, and taking pleasure — with consent, of course,” he says. “Explore fantasies, massage, role-play, and whatever else you both find erotic and exciting.”

If working on things within the relationship still isn’t hitting the mark, consensual non-monogamy is another option. Research has found more than 40% of gay men have an agreement that sex outside of their relationship is permissible compared to less than 5% of heterosexual and lesbian couples.

“As I evolved into polyamory, positional preference isn’t much of an issue when finding a partner. It’s actually pretty low on my list,” Robbie, 35, tells NewNowNext. “The best way around the issue of two tops is to be open and to share a bottom, or vice versa. Once you remove sex from being the foundation of a relationship, you’re able to see more clearly and connect on deeper levels.”

When it comes to any preference in relationships, it’s best to be flexible and allow room for our partner’s preferences even if they are at odds with our own. “If I didn’t like baseball and my partner was obsessed, I’d probably go to a game or two with them,” Baratz says. “Sex is no different. Please your partner! Not only is it a great way to connect, but you might be surprised and have some fun along the way.”
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🇦🇺 In pictures: Thousands attend LGBT Mardi Gras in Sydney
Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-56307356

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Thousands gathered inside Sydney cricket ground on Saturday for the city's annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras celebration.

Revellers usually line the city's streets for a huge parade but plans were altered this year over Covid-19 concerns.

Some 36,000 attended the stadium event instead - though a small protest march also took place on the usual parade route after an exemption was issued by health officials.

Saturday's main event was the 43rd Mardi Gras parade held in the city - described online as "a stunning and sparkling showcase of LGBTQI+ culture and community".

The parade was televised and featured colourful costumes and a headline performance from singer Rita Ora.

Some 5,000 took part in the parade, which for 2021 was themed "Rise" which organisers said was chosen "after the challenge and hardship" of the last year.

Many of the marchers also had political messages - including calls for transgender and sex worker rights.

While gatherings of thousands are unthinkable in much of the world right now, the state of New South Wales has gone 48 days without local coronavirus transmission.

Australia has only recorded about 29,000 cases and 900 deaths in total throughout the pandemic.

Other ticketed Mardi Gras events and house parties being held locally had limits of 50 people in place, with police keeping a highly visible presence around the city to make sure protocol was respected.

"We knew Mardi Gras was going to look very different in 2021, so I'd like to thank the community for coming together today and celebrating peacefully and safely," New South Wales Police Assistant Commissioner Talbot said in a statement.

"We are in a unique position in Australia to be able to host events of this scale during a global health pandemic, and I commend the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras team for planning such a well-organised, Covid-safe event."
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🌎 Bisexual women with straight male partners least likely to be out, study finds
Source: https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/bis...-study-n1259770

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Bisexual women’s health and well-being may be affected by the gender and sexual orientation of their partner, according to a new study published in the Journal of Bisexuality.

Researchers asked more than 600 bisexual women (and those who report being attracted to more than one gender) about their mental health, how open they are about their sexuality, their experiences with discrimination, and any symptoms of depression. They also collected data about whether the respondents were single or in a relationship and about their partner’s sexual orientation and gender identity.

Among their findings is that bisexual women in relationships with heterosexual cisgender men were least likely to be open about their sexual orientation.

“Most research about relationships has been focused on heterosexual couples,” Casey Xavier Hall, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health at Northwestern University and lead author on the article, told NBC News. “There is very little relationship research around bi people’s relationships. There are meaningful differences in relationships depending on the sexual and gender identity of bi women’s partners.”

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Bisexual women in relationships with cisgender lesbian women, bisexual cisgender women partners, and bisexual cisgender men partners were more likely to be out than those partnered with heterosexual men.

“Outness” was measured by asking participants, “How out/open are you about your sexual orientation?” with answers ranging from “out to nobody” to “out to everyone.”

Researchers speculated that bi women may be more comfortable disclosing their sexual orientation when in a relationship with a woman. However, bi women were more likely to be out with a bisexual male partner than a heterosexual male partner, suggesting that a shared bisexual identity might be meaningful.

“What’s unique about our finding is that bi women in relationships with bi men were also more likely to be out, compared to bi women in relationships with heterosexual cisgender men,” Xavier Hall said. “It’s about both the sexual and gender identity of the partner.”

Discrimination

Researchers found that the gender and sexual orientation of bisexual women’s partners mattered for their experiences of discrimination and the basis of their sexual identity.

“Relative to participants in relationships with heterosexual cisgender men, reports of discrimination experiences were higher among participants in relationships with lesbian cisgender women, bisexual cisgender women, bisexual cisgender men, and participants who are single,” the study states.

Xavier Hall said the exact reasons for this finding are unclear.

“The visibility of your identity could be at play,” he said. “If you are visibly queer, you may experience more discrimination.”

Xavier Hall also said that bisexual women experience two forms of stigma: homophobia and monosexism.

Monosexism is a kind of stigma experienced by individuals who are attracted to multiple genders, such as bisexuals, pansexuals and some other queer-identifying individuals. The stigma derives from the idea that monosexual identities like gay or heterosexual are normal or superior to sexual identities that are gender inclusive, according to Xavier Hall.

“More research is needed to understand what leads to the discrimination piece,” he said.

Depression

The study also found that bisexual women with cisgender lesbian partners had fewer depressive symptoms compared to single bi women.

Previous research found differences in mental health between bisexual women in relationships with women and men but had not explored the role of female partners’ sexual orientation.

“This makes me want to see more research looking at female-female relationships accounting for differences in partner sexual identity to really know if there are differences and to understand what might account for those differences,” Xavier Hall said.

A Gallup poll released last week estimates that over half of all LGBTQ adults identify as bisexual, and of that, the majority are women.

Xavier Hall hopes that future research explores the specific health needs of bisexual women.

“I think it is important to give voice to the experiences of bisexual people,” he said.
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🇺🇸 Social Media Users Explain How “Super Straight” Is Transphobia, Not a Sexuality
Source: https://www.distractify.com/p/super-straight-movement-tiktok

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After TikTok user Kyle Royce claimed to be “super straight” — and seemingly started a movement of like-minded people — other users, including @procrasclass, pointed out how the invented “sexuality” is nothing but transphobia.

“Yo, guys, I made a new sexuality now, actually,” Kyle told viewers in a now-deleted TikTok reposted by a Twitter account @OGSuperstraight. “It’s called ‘super straight,’ OK? Since … I get called transphobic because I wouldn’t date a trans woman.”

Kyle then relayed a conversation he’d have with those who’d call him transphobic: “You know, they’re like, ‘Would you date a trans woman?’ ‘No.’ ‘Why? That’s a female.’ ‘Uh, no, like, that’s not a real woman to me. Like, I want a real woman.’ ‘No, you’re just transphobic.’”

He went on: “So now, I’m super straight. I only date the opposite gender — women — that are born women. So, you can’t say I’m transphobic now because that’s just my sexuality, you know?”

(Fact check: Sexuality does not preclude transphobia or other gender-based biases.)

In his TikTok bio, Kyle says he’s banned on the platform, and he directs followers to his Instagram account and a GoFundMe campaign of his.

As of the time of this writing, Kyle’s GoFundMe campaign raised only $90 out of its $100,000 goal — perhaps because Kyle is trying to hit a goal of $100k for a campaign under the “Rent, Food, & Monthly Bills” category.

In a response to videos like Kyle’s, TikTok user @procrasclass pointed out that the “super straight” definition implies that “men who date trans women are less straight” and that “trans women are men and therefore not women, which is not only transphobic but scientifically inaccurate.”

@procrasclass also refutes the argument that “super straight” is just a preference and not transphobia.

“It’s not a preference,” @procrasclass says in the clip. “If a white woman says she dates white guys, that means she dates white guys more often, but Black guys aren’t off the table. Versus, ‘I won’t date you because you’re black,’ which means that she thinks there’s something inherently wrong with Black people, even if she doesn’t consciously think so. The exact same thing applies to what you’re saying.”

The so-called “Super Straight Revolution” is going over like a lead balloon on Twitter, too. On that platform, one user wrote, “To all the people who are #superstraight, remember: You are transphobic, you are desperate for attention, you aren’t part of the LGBTQ+ community, you are making a mockery of the LGBTQ+ community, you aren't oppressed. Just out with it and say you’re transphobic.”

Another person urged Twitter users to retweet images of the transgender and nonbinary flags to “scare an open transphobe.”

And a third user proposed a flag for the “super straight” identity: An image of “Danger,” “Caution,” and “Do Not Cross” tapes.


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🇧🇩 Bangladesh's first transgender news presenter makes word-perfect debut
Source: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/b...-debut-14362908

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DHAKA: To cheers from colleagues, Bangladesh's first transgender news presenter broke down in tears on Monday, but only after her word-perfect debut was beamed to the nation and the cameras were off.

Bangladesh is home to an estimated 1.5 million transgender people, who face rampant discrimination and violence and are often forced to live by begging, the sex trade or crime.

The experience of Tashnuva Anan Shishir, who delivered the three-minute news bulletin on the private Boishakhi TV, was typical.

Born Kamal Hossain Shishir, she discovered in her early teens she was trapped in a man's body. She says she was sexually assaulted and bullied for years.

"The bullying was so unbearable I attempted suicide four times. My father stopped talking to me for years," said Shishir, now aged 29.

"When I couldn't cope with it any more, I left home ... I couldn't stand the neighbours telling my father about how I should act or walk in a masculine way."

She fled her home in a southern coastal district to live alone in the capital Dhaka, and then in the central city of Narayanganj.

There she underwent hormone therapy, took jobs working for charities and acted in theatres, all the while keeping up her studies.

In January she became the first transgender person to study for a master's in public health at the James P Grant School of Public Health in Dhaka.

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The LGBT community faces widespread discrimination in the South Asian country, with a colonial-era law still in place punishing gay sex with prison, though enforcement is rare.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's government has since 2013 allowed trans people to be identified as a separate gender and in 2018 they were allowed to register to vote as a third gender.

Shishir's broadcast on Monday coincided with International Women's Day and follows a series of steps by public and private firms to overcome deep-seated prejudices against the community.

Julfikar Ali Manik, a spokesman for Boishakhi TV said the channel was determined to give Shishir a chance to shine despite the risk of backlash from some viewers in the conservative country.

Her debut marked a "historic step," he added.

'BRAVE'

Shishir said she went for auditions with other channels but only Boishakhi was "brave enough to take me in."

Ahead of going live for Monday's broadcast she was terrified, she confided, but managed to get the better of her fears.

"I tried to think of stage dramas I've performed in and follow techniques I've learned there. But I was shaking inside," she said.

Once it was all over her supportive colleagues clapped, cheered and hugged her, and only then did the tears flood out.

"I don't want any members of the (transgender) community to suffer. I don't want them to live a miserable life. I hope they will find work according to their skills," she said.

And Bangladeshis may be seeing a lot more of her on their screens. This year she signed up for two movies, including one where she will play a female football coach.
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🇬🇧 LGBT+ groups 'deep concern' at minister's approach
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Nearly 20 LGBT+ organisations and campaigners have written to the equalities minister to express their "deep concern" at her response to calls to ban so-called conversion therapy.

The campaigners say Kemi Badenoch has failed to engage with their calls for urgent action.

The letter comes as two advisers quit the government's LGBT advisory panel on Wednesday in protest.

Ministers have vowed to "work at pace" for a ban in England and Wales.

"Conversion therapy" refers to any form of treatment or psychotherapy which aims to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.

The practice is already outlawed in Switzerland and parts of Australia, Canada and the US.

MPs from across the political spectrum backed a similar ban for England and Wales during a debate in Parliament on Monday, prompted by a petition signed by more than 250,000 people.

But campaigners have accused the government of dragging its feet, despite Boris Johnson describing the practice as "abhorrent" in July.

"Extremely troubled"

The letter dated 9 March is co-ordinated by Jayne Ozanne, one of those who resigned on Wednesday, accusing ministers of creating a "hostile environment" for LGBT+ people.

The campaigner, Peter Tatchell and the organisation, Stonewall, are among the signatories.

In the letter, they say they "fail to understand why - after nearly 1,000 days - coming forward with meaningful legislation is taking so much time".

They say they are "extremely troubled" by the minister's omission during the debate of any mention of protection for trans people, despite this group being "the most likely to be at risk".

In an interview with ITV News on Wednesday, Ms Ozanne said there had been "a lack of engagement" with the group she runs, the Ozanne Foundation, and she accused ministers of acting against their advice.

She said one of the reasons for her resignation was to "appeal" to Mr Johnson to take action over LGBT conversion therapy - which she has been through herself.

In the interview, the campaigner, who describes herself as a gay evangelical Christian, said both Ms Badenoch and minister for women and equalities Liz Truss were known among the LGBT+ community as "the ministers for inequality".

She told ITV: "I don't believe that they understand LGBT people, particularly transgender people.

"I've sat in meetings and I've been astonished about how ignorant they are on issues that affect the real lives, particularly of younger people."

Ms Ozanne said she believed Mr Johnson was "a friend of the LGBT community".

But she appealed for him to take action on the gay conversion ban, saying the current proposals "do not have the confidence of the LGBT community [or] the confidence of many senior religious leaders who've also called for a ban".

'We are hurting'

Ms Ozanne also told ITV she did not believe the Conservative government had "the best wishes of the LGBT community at heart".

"The language that I hear from them is of us being woke, or of being loud lobby groups, and what they don't seem to understand is the reason we have to shout is because we are hurting, because there are people who are vulnerable who are going unheard and unnoticed," she added.

Labour shadow equality minister Marsha de Cordova accused the government of "a pattern of behaviour which seeks to dismiss the real impact of the discrimination experienced by so many".

After Ms Ozanne's resignation, a government spokesman said: "The government is committed to building a country in which everyone, no matter their sexuality, race or religion, is free to live their lives as they choose.

"We have repeatedly made clear that we will take action to end conversion therapy and we are working to bring forward plans to do so shortly."

James Morton, one of the trans people on the panel and the second adviser to resign, said he had been "very concerned for several months that Liz Truss and her junior ministers are not committed to LGBT equality".

"It doesn't appear that they're doing anything useful or helpful for trans people, in terms of government policy" he said.

The LGBT Advisory Council was set up in 2019 with the term of current panel members set to end on 31 March.
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🇪🇺 EU lawmakers propose declaring Europe an LGBT 'freedom zone'
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The European Parliament is due to debate a resolution that would symbolically declare the entire 27-member European Union to be a “freedom zone” for LGBT people.

On 10 March, the European Parliament will debate a resolution aimed at declaring the entire 27-member European Union to be a “freedom zone” for LGBT people.

The resolution comes as a reaction to recent developments in Poland, where many local communities have adopted largely symbolic resolutions declaring themselves to be free of what Polish conservative authorities have been calling “LGBT ideology.”

The towns say they are only seeking to defend their traditional Catholic values. But LGBT rights activists say they are discriminatory and make gays and lesbians feel unwelcome. The areas have come to be colloquially known as “LGBT-free zones.”

The anti-gay activities have proven hugely costly to Poland's international image, and to the finances of local communities. The EU and Norway, a non-EU member that funds some development in EU nations, have cut off funds to policies they view as discriminatory.

Rights severely hindered

The EU resolution also stresses that it wants to tackle problems faced by gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender, intersex and queer people across the bloc.

The resolution says that fundamental rights of LGBT people were “severely hindered” in Hungary due to a de facto ban on legal gender recognition for trans and intersex people.

It also mentions problems in Latvia, and notes that only two member states, Malta and Germany, have banned “conversion therapy,” a controversial and potentially harmful attempt to change a person's sexual orientation.

The resolution is the work of a cross-party group in the European Parliament, the LGBTI Intergroup, which says it has the support to pass the largely symbolic resolution.

EP member Liesje Schreinemacher MEP, Vice-President of the LGBTI Intergroup, commented ont the groups's website that "this resolution ... shows that from Portugal to Bulgaria, from Cyprus to Finland, the Parliament will stand for the rights of LGBTIQ persons and will not forget that backsliding on these rights is legitimising LGBTIQ-phobia."
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🇮🇩 Former female volleyball pro now legally male in Indonesia’s rare acknowledgement of sex change
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While not necessarily a milestone for LGBTQ+ rights, Indonesia has legally accepted the sex change of a former athlete, which has nonetheless sparked a discussion for gender fluidity in the country.

Aprilia Manganang, 28, represented Indonesia’s female volleyball team before he retired in 2020 and joined the army. The former volleyball pro was at the center of a gender controversy at the 2015 SEA Games when the Philippines appealed that the hulking athlete undergo a gender test. The appeal was rejected by the competition’s committee, and Aprilia remained adamant that he was female.

But questions about Aprilia’s gender identity did not end there, as it was revealed that he was born with a rare condition called hypospadias, in which the urethra opening is placed on the underside of the penis instead of the tip. The military has accommodated his wish for corrective surgery and to be legally recognized as male.

“This is a moment I’ve been waiting for. I am so happy. I am grateful to all of the doctors who have helped me,” Aprilia said during a press conference yesterday, in which he announced that he has completed the first of several phases of his corrective surgery.

Army Chief of Staff General Andi Perkasa stressed that Aprilia is not trans, and said that the army urged the sergeant to undergo a procedure he and his family had not been able to afford.

The army also agreed to amend all of Aprilia’s civil documents to legally recognize him as male.

Netizens have been largely supportive and sympathetic of Aprilia, especially considering that he has been misgendered throughout his life.

Aprilia enjoyed a glittering career as a female volleyball pro, having won four domestic titles and a bronze medal at the 2017 SEA Games.
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🇪🇺 EU declared 'LGBT freedom zone' in response to Poland's 'LGBT-free zones'
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The European Parliament has declared that the whole of the European Union is an "LGBTIQ Freedom Zone".

The symbolic resolution was passed in response to local authorities in Poland labelling themselves "LGBT ideology-free zones" in recent years.

Poland also plans to close a loophole that allowed same-sex couples to adopt.

The Polish government announced its proposal for the adoption ban just hours before the European Parliament's declaration in support of LGBT rights.

Same-sex relationships are not legally recognised in Poland, and the country already bans same-sex couples from adopting children together.

However, as single people are permitted to adopt, some have managed to get around the ban by applying to adopt as single parents.

Under the new law, authorities will be required to perform background checks on anyone applying to adopt a child as a single parent.

If a person is found to be applying as a single parent when they are in a same-sex relationship, they will be criminally liable.

Announcing the new plan, Deputy Justice Minister Michal Wojcik said: "We are preparing a change where... people living in cohabitation with a person of the same sex cannot adopt a child, so a homosexual couple will not be able to adopt a child."

What is in the EU resolution?

The resolution declares that "LGBTIQ persons everywhere in the EU should enjoy the freedom to live and publicly show their sexual orientation and gender identity without fear of intolerance, discrimination or persecution".

It adds that "authorities at all levels of governance across the EU should protect and promote equality and the fundamental rights of all, including LGBTIQ persons''.

The resolution was supported by 492 MEPs, while another 141 voted against it and 46 abstained.

German MEP Terry Reintke, one of the people who put forward the resolution, praised the "overwhelming majority" in favour of it.

"Let's use it," she tweeted after the vote. "Let's put it into concrete political action: better laws, better enforcement, better protection. Together we can do it."

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen had already backed the resolution before it went to a debate on Thursday.

"Being yourself is not an ideology. It's your identity," she tweeted on Wednesday. "No one can ever take it away. The EU is your home. The EU is a #LGBTIQFreedomZone."

Last year, Ms von der Leyen said that Poland's "LGBT-free zones" had "no place in our union", and vowed to push all EU member states to recognise adoptions by same-sex couples.

Thursday's resolution said that discrimination not only needed to be addressed in Poland, but that it was "an issue across the EU".
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🇺🇸 Amazon Pulls Books Framing LGBTQ+ Identities As Mental Illness After GOP Complaint
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Well, that backfired.

Amazon on Thursday announced plans to stop selling all books that frame transgender and other sexual identities as mental illness, a decision it reached after four Republican senators complained to CEO Jeff Bezos last month when the company pulled a single book on the subject from its virtual shelves.

In his response to the senators Thursday, Brian Huseman, Amazon’s vice president for public policy, said the company’s content guidelines are updated regularly, sometimes resulting in the removal of previously approved books.

The company hadn’t intended to single out one book, he explained. Rather, it will be banning the entire category altogether.

“We reserve the right not to sell certain content,” Huseman wrote. “All retailers make decisions about what selection they choose to offer, as do we.

“As to your specific question about When Harry Became Sally, we have chosen not to sell books that frame LGBTQ+ identity as a mental illness.”

The book, “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment,” had been available on Amazon for three years prior to its removal in February.

Its sudden disappearance from Amazon’s store prompted Republican Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.), Mike Lee (Utah), Mike Braun (Ind.) and Josh Hawley (Mo.) to accuse the e-commerce giant of political censorship “for the the crime of violating woke groupthink.”

The men also accused Amazon of having “a vague, undefined ‘offensive content’ standard” that had been inappropriately invoked to justify a single book’s removal, noting that it had previously been allowed to be sold.

Responding to that claim Thursday, Huseman noted that Amazon has clarified its content guidelines. The company now explicitly bars “books that frame LGBTQ+ identity as a mental illness.”
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🌎 DC To Celebrate Its LGBTQIA+ Heroes With A Sweeping Pride Month Event
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DC Comics will be honoring Pride Month this June with a sweeping initiative that will celebrate the publisher's LGBTQIA+ heroes with DC Pride, an 80-page anthology celebrating the DC universe's traditionally marginalized heroes. Additionally, a Crush & Lobo miniseries will follow Lobo's daughter Crush shortly after her breakup with her girlfriend and the fallout that ensues. And if that wasn't enough, DC will also be releasing a series of nine Pride-themed variant covers throughout the month.

A litany of comic book writers and artists contributed to Pride, which DC bills as a book "celebrating a parade of LGBTQIA+ characters & creators." Some of the characters set to make appearances are Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Midnighter, John Constantine, Renee Montoya, Nia Nal's Dreamer, and many, many more. The addition of Dreamer is an especially big step toward inclusion in comics. The character is an original invention for The CW's Supergirl series and holds the distinction of being the first transgender superhero on mainstream TV. Pride will be her first foray into the comic book realm.

Crush & Lobo - written by Mariko Tamaki with art from Amancay Nahuelpan - is scheduled to drop June 1 and the eight-issue miniseries is planned to wrap up by January. Just a week later, DC Pride will release, featuring the work of a who's who list of comic book writers and artists.

Along with the usual adventures one could expect from a DC anthology, Pride will also feature full-page profiles on DC's LGBTQIA+ characters, a foreword by Love is Love writer Marc Andreyko, pin-ups, and more.

According to DC's announcement, Crush & Lobo will see Crush "in full-on self-destruct mode! After rage-quitting the Teen Titans and blowing up her relationship with her girlfriend Katie, Crush decides it’s time to finally confront her father in space jail and get her baggage sorted before she wrecks everything." So it should make for a wild ride when the daughter of the intergalactic bounty hunter, who's seemingly already going to be in a fragile state, challenges her unpredictable Czarnian father.

But DC has even more Pride offerings for fans in the pipeline. A new graphic novel from Kody Keplinger and Sara Kipin, Poison Ivy: Thorns, which the publisher describes as a "gothic LGBTQIA+ romance," will also release June 1. And the celebration won't stop at the end of the month. Mariko Tamaki and Yoshi Yoshitani's YA graphic novel I Am Not Starfire, which will follow the teenaged LGBTQ daughter of Koriand’r as they try to forge their own path in life and escape from their mother's shadow. That book is slated for a July 27 release.

This emphasis on inclusion is a very welcome step from DC in an industry that is oftentimes cis-male-dominated and one that continues the publisher's trend of giving center stage to what some may call "non-traditional" relationships. Just last year one of the more resonating events throughout the DC universe was the marriage of Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy in Injustice: Year Zero, and 2020 also gave readers a definitive origin story of the relationship between Wink and the nonbinary Aerie. This new initiative is a welcome sign that DC is going to continue its push to bring overlooked and underrepresented characters and communities to the forefront. Join in DC Comics' celebration of Pride Month when DC Pride and Crush & Lobo drop in June.
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🇻🇦 The Pope's openness to LGBTQ Catholics hits a wall
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(CNN) — Catholic priests bless the sick, students and teachers, prison inmates, new buildings, cars and even guns and warships. What they cannot bless, according to a new directive from the Vatican, is a same-sex couple who has gotten married.

The news from the Vatican Monday morning was painful and disheartening for LGBTQ Catholics, their families and those who love and support them. The continued use of the language of "sin" and "objectively ordered" or "disordered" when referencing LGBTQ Catholics was especially harsh and cruel.

Perhaps the church should take the advice of parents around the world: "If you can't say anything nice, it's better to not say anything at all."

In the US, where some 61% of Catholics approve of gay marriage, according to the Pew Research Center, LGBTQ Catholic groups reacted with disappointment and anger, if not surprise. New Ways Ministry called the decision "an impotent one" and noted that "God has already blessed these unions."

The Vatican's directive -- that people with "homosexual inclinations" can be blessed, but only if they agree not to have sex -- isn't cutting it with most US Catholics.

"This is a version of the old tried-and-true 'love the sinner, but hate the sin' mentality that shows up not only in Roman Catholicism but in other Christian denominations," Fordham University theology professor Patrick Hornbeck told the National Catholic Reporter.

The ruling, released March 15 -- technically an answer to a question posed to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican's orthodoxy office -- was approved by Pope Francis.
But wait -- didn't the pope just indicate that civil unions were a good thing in a soon-to-be-released documentary? Didn't he famously say, "Who am I to judge?" when asked about how he would treat a homosexual person in confession? Didn't he tell sex abuse survivor Juan Carlos Cruz that "it doesn't matter that you are gay. God made you that way and he loves you the way you are, and it doesn't matter to me"?

Yes, yes and yes. That's all part of Pope Francis' more pastoral style. In the eight years of his papacy, Francis has talked about and modeled more openness to LGBTQ people than his predecessors. He sends signs and makes baby steps.

But when it comes to actually changing church teaching. Not so much.

That can be confusing and cause a sense of whiplash, as everyday Catholics go from celebrating positive words on civil unions one day to lamenting a crackdown on blessings on another.

One possible explanation about the recent CDF document is that this question was likely posed by some more conservative church leaders concerned about a process happening with the church in Germany, where bishops have "signaled their openness to such blessings, in preparation for the upcoming synod in their country," tweeted Jesuit Fr. James Martin, who writes about and advocate for more openness to LGBTQ people in the Catholic Church.

Already, the response from Germany to the CDF document, according to Bishop Georg Bätzing, head of German bishops' conference, is that they're "not happy."

Neither are most US Catholics. While Pope Francis' baby steps are appreciated, it's time to take some giant steps. It is my fervent hope that the church will not only one day bless same-sex couples, but acknowledge the sacramentality of their marriages. The pope has the power to do so; he is the pope, after all.
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🇯🇵 Japanese court rules same-sex couples not being able to marry is 'unconstitutional': Kyodo
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TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese district court on Wednesday ruled that same-sex couples not being able to marry is “unconstitutional,” Kyodo news agency reported.

The ruling, the first in Japan on the legality of same-sex marriages, is a symbolic victory and had been eagerly awaited in the only G7 nation that doesn’t fully recognise same-sex partnerships, with marriage defined in the constitution as based on “the mutual consent of both sexes.”
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Since we have a lot of different groups here, I figured we should make one for LGBT too. Contrary to what our ex-tourism minister had claimed, we do actually exist. sweat.gif

Just a little introduction about myself: You guys can call me Giga. I'm a 28 years old malay gay guy currently living in KL. Nice to meet you guys!

Feel free to use this thread to discuss LGBT issues in the country and beyond. Anyone with any questions about the LGBT community feel free to drop your questions here too. We will try to answer as best as we can.
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