JK Rowling Confirms 'Of Course' There Were LGBT Students At Hogwarts

In a tweet response that really should surprise no one, Harry Potter author JK Rowling has officially confirmed that yes, there were indeed lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students at Hogwarts. In fact, the only group she didn't imagine existing at the wizarding academy were Wiccans. Sorry, neopagans! » 12/17/14 10:56pm 12/17/14 10:56pm

Christ, Michelle Duggar's Transphobic Robocall Actually Worked

The arc of history bends towards justice, or so we say. Yet, every so often, we totally lose ground to reactionary, bigoted curmudgeons who work tirelessly to roll back any progress we make on social justice issues. Unfortunately, today is one of those days. Michelle Duggar's transphobic robocall seems to have in part… » 12/11/14 8:59pm 12/11/14 8:59pm

Obama's Action on Immigration Will Leave Millions of Women in Danger

On November 20, President Obama announced an executive order that has the potential to benefit 5 million undocumented immigrants. Many in the liberal media celebrated Obama's action, either content to push aside its neglect to fundamentally reform a broken system or unaware of its consequences for millions of… » 12/04/14 2:10pm 12/04/14 2:10pm

'Forced Femininity Saved My Life:' One Genderqueer on Male 'Privilege'

Adding to the discourse around the conceptualisation of male privilege, "Suz," an assigned female at birth genderqueer individual, offers another perspective on the damaging nature of toxic masculinity. In feminist circles, we often contend with cries of, "but what about the men?" Well, guys, this is about the men. » 12/03/14 10:52pm 12/03/14 10:52pm

Idaho Trans Woman Disrespected After Death; Buried As A 'Man'

Friends of a trans woman from Idaho say they are appalled at the disrespect shown to her by members of her family after she died suddenly on Oct. 9 on the job at age 32, apparently due to an aneurysm. They say they arrived to the funeral to find her hair cut, in a suit, and displayed in an open casket as if she were a… » 11/25/14 10:00am 11/25/14 10:00am

What Street Harassment Is Like For Me As A Trans Woman

Being harassed on the street by strange men is something most women are used to dealing with on a near constant basis. Trans women are no exception. It seems just as bad when we "pass," and can be even worse, and definitely different, when we "fail" to "pass." These are my experiences. » 11/16/14 11:25pm 11/16/14 11:25pm

'I'm Not Gay No More' REMIX Is The Best Use Of An Ex-Gay Speech Ever

Those who claim to have successfully turned themselves straight through the power of the Lord and Savior are unfortunately not that rare. Speeches sound repetitive and more about convincing the speakers than convincing others. But if we must listen to an ex-gay speech, at least we can do it with a funky techno beat. » 11/13/14 10:48pm 11/13/14 10:48pm

​Eddie Redmayne Takes On Role As First Trans Woman To Have SRS

Actor Eddie Redmayne will be playing the trans woman title character of the novel The Danish Girl in an upcoming film adaptation. The novel is a semi-fictionalised account of the life of Lili Elbe, who might be the first recorded transgender woman to have had sex reassignment surgery as it is known today. Not… » 11/03/14 10:18pm 11/03/14 10:18pm

Houston's Lesbian Mayor Is Getting Flooded With Protest Bibles

Houston mayor Annise Parker has been sent between 500 and 1,000 Bibles at her home, part of a bizarre protest effort orchestrated by Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz, and with enthusiastic support from Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity. That quartet of geniuses claims that Parker, Houston's first openly gay mayor, is spearheading… » 10/29/14 12:50pm 10/29/14 12:50pm

Reagan Aide Wants South To Secede, Form Anti-Gay Nation Named Reagan

That's it conservatives. You've reached peak level for Reagan references. There's no more out there which can top this. Just give up. Don't bother with drill, baby drill. Reagan has just stopped being a renewable resource. Former Reagan aide Douglas MacKinnon wants a neo-confederacy—named Reagan. » 10/22/14 11:15pm 10/22/14 11:15pm

Meet New York's First And Only Trans Woman Firefighter

Brooke Guinan is someone you'd probably think of as brave because of her position: she's a FDNY firefighter. Others are praising her bravery for something else: she's the department's only transgender firefighter, and one of its only 41 women firefighters citywide on a force of over 10,000. » 10/20/14 10:59pm 10/20/14 10:59pm

Vatican Report Asks If Church Can 'Accept And Value' Lesbians and Gays

A new report from the Roman Catholic Church's two-week long Synod on the Family has left LGBT+ groups cheering and conservative Catholic commentators upset. The Church recognises the "gifts and qualities" of gay people, and asks if the Church can "accept and value" the orientation of lesbians and gays. » 10/13/14 9:57pm 10/13/14 9:57pm

Greg Abbott: Your Gay Marriage Will Cause Immoral Straight Baby Making

Texas Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott has proven once again that GOP politicians do not understand how the whole same-sex vs different-sex thing works: by seriously arguing that same-sex marriage bans somehow decrease "out of wedlock" births and that legalising same-sex marriage in Texas would… » 10/12/14 5:01pm 10/12/14 5:01pm

The Daily Show Notices the GOP Is Courting Gays Now

Remember when U.S. Republicans were wooing Latinos in 2012? Well, the political party has ditched them for the LGBTQ vote and The Daily Show's Al Mardigal is none too pleased. In fact, Madrigal believes 'Latinos were the original gays!' and then he mentions something about mojitos being a "gay drink." » 10/10/14 11:50am 10/10/14 11:50am