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Building a Community, and an Empire, With a Gay Dating App in China 

Ma Baoli was accustomed to secrets.
By day, he was a police officer in northern China with a wife and a knack for street chases. By night, he led a life as a gay man, furtively running a website for gay people across China at a time when many were viewed as criminals and deviants.
For 16 years, Mr. Ma kept his secret, worried that coming out would mean expulsion from the police force and estrangement from his family. Then in 2012, his superiors at a police department in Qinhuangdao, a coastal city in Hebei Province, uncovered his website and he resigned.

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/12/16/world/asia/building-a-community-and-an-empire-with-a-gay-dating-app-in-china.html?referer=

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2017 in Asia

 

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Watch “Trans Youth – VICE on HBO Season 5 (Full Episode)” on YouTube

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2017 in Reportages

 

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Everything you need to know about being gay in Muslim countries 

When the US supreme court ruled in favour of same-sex marriage last year, the White House welcomed it with rainbow-coloured lights and many people celebrated by adding a rainbow tint to their Facebook profile.For the authorities in Saudi Arabia, though, this was cause for alarm rather than celebration, alerting them to a previously unnoticed peril in their midst. The first casualty was the privately run Talaee Al-Noor school in Riyadh which happened to have a rooftop parapet painted with rainbow stripes. According to the kingdom’s religious police, the school was fined 100,000 riyals ($26,650) for displaying “the emblem of the homosexuals” on its building, one of its administrators was jailed and the offending parapet was swiftly repainted to match a blue rainbow-free sky.

Source: Everything you need to know about being gay in Muslim countries | World news | The Guardian

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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A Covert Gaze at Conservative Gays

From Log Cabin Republicans to the alt-right, gays in the GOP seem to long for a more two-dimensional civil rights rights struggle.

Source: A Covert Gaze at Conservative Gays – by Sam Wallman

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2016 in North America

 

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The roots of hate

Less than 24 hours after committing the worst mass shooting in US history, Omar Mateen’s narrative was crystallising along two contradictory but familiar lines. On the one hand, the man who murdered 49 people at Orlando LGBT club Pulse was seen as a typical radical Islamist terrorist – despite the secular American life he had apparently led, and the absence of any links to ISIS beyond his own declaration of “allegiance”. In parallel, and despite this ostensibly cancelling out the first narrative, Mateen was also stereotyped as a self-hating closet case

Source: The roots of hate – Alex Macpherson

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2016 in Reportages

 

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The Humiliating Practice of Sex-Testing Female Athletes

One day in June 2014, Dutee Chand was cooling down after a set of 200-meter sprints when she received a call from the director of the Athletics Federation of India, asking her to meet him in Delhi. Chand, then 18 and one of India’s fastest runners, was preparing for the coming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, her first big international event as an adult. Earlier that month, Chand won gold in both the 200-meter sprint and the 4-by-400-meter relay at the Asian Junior Athletics Championships in Taipei, Taiwan, so her hopes for Scotland were high.

Chand was raised in Gopalpur, a rural village in eastern India with only intermittent electricity. The family home was a small mud hut, with no running water or toilet. Her parents, weavers who earned less than $8 a week laboring on a government-issued loom, were illiterate. They had not imagined a different life for their seven children, but Chand had other ideas. Now, as she took the five-hour bus ride to Delhi from a training center in Punjab, she thought about her impending move to Bangalore for a new training program. She wondered if she would make friends, and how she’d manage there without her beloved coach, who had long been by her side, strategizing about how best to run each race and joking to help her relax whenever she was nervous. She thought little of the meeting in Delhi, because she assumed it was for a doping test.

Source: The Humiliating Practice of Sex-Testing Female Athletes

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2016 in Reportages

 

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At the Olympics, one question will hang over the female athletes: are you a real woman, whatever that is?

The suggestion that two transgender women were close to being selected for the British Olympic team was met with outrage earlier this month. LGBT advocates were upset that trans athletes would have to face any queries at all over their right to compete as women, while others insisted that only “biological females” should do so. We are assured that the inclusion of trans women in Olympic sports, which is now possible after a rule change, is unfair because they will have a “natural advantage” over other women. Detractors accuse trans athletes, in advance, of cheating. We’re all for transgender rights, many argue, but this is taking it a bit far. What if they win?

Source: At the Olympics, one question will hang over the female athletes: are you a real woman, whatever that is?

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2016 in Reportages

 

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Slavoj Žižek: Sexual is Political

In the Palestinian social media, a fight is going on, which is being ignored by the West. There are two people in the fore­ground: Mohamed Asaf and Tamer Nafar. Asaf is a pop singer from Gaza, very pop­ular not only among the Palestini­ans, but in the entire Arab world and even in some places in Europe. He is sup­por­ted by Hamas in Gaza and the Palestinian author­it­ies; they pro­claimed him the cul­tural Ambas­sador of Palestine. With a beau­ti­ful voice he sings soft love and pat­ri­otic songs in a pop style. Polit­ic­ally he is a uni­fy­ing per­son­al­ity, since he is above polit­ical divi­sions, sup­port­ing only the freedom for Palestine. In March this year Asaf said in an inter­view, that in the name of “sus­tain­ing the tra­di­tion” he won’t allow his sis­ter to sing in pub­lic. Tamer Nafar, a Palestinian rap­per, who is the main actor of Udi Aloni’s film Junc­tion 48 and also the co-screen­writer of the film, replied to Asaf in a touch­ing open let­ter:
“If any other pop singer would have said: ‘In accord­ance with our tra­di­tion women can’t sing in pub­lic and I per­son­ally value this tra­di­tion, there­fore I can’t let my sis­ter sing,’ I would protest and con­front him, but because it’s about Asaf, our Cinder­ella from Gaza, I am left feel­ing still angry, but above all, I’m sad.
Just like the Palestini­ans, who in sup­port of Mohamed Asaf first gathered on the streets of Gaza and the West Bank, in the dia­spora, refugee camps and inside the area, out of which they squeezed us in the year of 1948, I also call on Asaf to join us at these same streets to give incent­ive to the girl from Yemen, Gaza, Morocco, Jord­ania or Lid – to the girl, which dreams to sing, dance, write and com­pete on the Arab Tal­ents. Because we are Palestini­ans, we have to fight against the Israeli apartheid and gender inequal­it­ies. I dream for us to walk with hand in hand, for a woman to hold a man by his hand in the fight against the walls that divide us. It’s not smart to march each by him­self and sim­ul­tan­eously call for unity!
Do you want to talk about tra­di­tion? From per­sonal exper­i­ences I can tell you, that I was an angry kid from the ghetto in Lide. I only calmed down after my mother sung to me. This is the tra­di­tion I want to con­serve! There­fore, our dear Arab sis­ters, sing, as loud as you can, cross bor­ders, so we will calm down. Freedom for every­one or for nobody!”

http://mariborchan.si/text/articles/slavoj-zizek/sexual-is-political/

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2016 in Reportages

 

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Caitlyn Jenner and Our Cognitive Dissonance

Somewhere in the middle of the night in a Central African rainforest, a chimpanzee gives birth. Soon after, as the sun rises, mother and newborn sit there, dazed, amid a coffee klatch of friends and relatives. Inevitably, at some point, virtually every member of the group will come over, pull the kid’s legs apart and sniff: Boy or girl?
It’s the most binary question in biology, producing an answer that is set in stone. But in reality the binary nature of gender isn’t all that binary after all. Biologists have long known about exceptions to the boring, staid notion that organisms are, and remain, either female or male. Now our culture is inching toward recognizing that the permanent, cleanly binary nature of gender is incorrect.

http://m.nautil.us/issue/28/2050/caitlyn-jenner-and-our-cognitive-dissonance

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2016 in Reportages

 

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Stop Exploiting LGBT Issues to Demonize Islam and Justify Anti-Muslim Policies

In the late 1990s, Eric Rudolph — raised Catholic and affiliated for a time with a Christian Identity sect — bombed abortion clinics and a gay bar, insisting they were venues of immorality and evil. Last July, an Orthodox Jewish Israeli attacked the marchers in the Jerusalem LGBT pride parade, stabbing six of them, and one of them, a teenager, died of her wounds; justifying his attacks by appealing to Talmudic punishments for homosexuality, he had just been released from a 10-year prison term for doing the same in 2005. Yesterday, a Christian pastor from Arizona, Steven Anderson, praised the slaughter of 49 people in an Orlando LGBT club on the ground that “homosexuals are a bunch of disgusting perverts” and are “pedophiles.”

Stop Exploiting LGBT Issues to Demonize Islam and Justify Anti-Muslim Policies
https://theintercept.com/2016/06/13/stop-exploiting-lgbt-issues-to-demonize-islam-and-justify-anti-muslim-policies/
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Posted by on June 21, 2016 in Reportages

 

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