A small cadre of activists scrambled to attend the Shorewood School District Board’s March 11 meeting, worried that they would have to counter a right-wing backlash against school board members’ passage of a policy recognizing and protecting transgender students.
Have you heard about the religious nuts condemning the Disney blockbuster Frozen because it supposedly promotes lesbianism and the “gay agenda”?
All too often I’ve heard LGB people question the inclusion of transgender people in what is widely known as the LGBT — lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender —community: “Why are we aligned with transgender people?” they ask. Or, “What do we have in common with a bunch of men who want to get their dicks cut off?”
Thanks to straight allies in the local media, Wisconsin’s LGBT population is gaining more widespread attention than ever. That speaks to the desirability of the gay market, which numerous studies have shown is loyal to marketers who reach out to them, and it’s welcome recognition of the vital role LGBT citizens play in our communities. WiG gives a shoutout to two of those media outlets.
If Republican lawmakers in Arizona and seven other states got their way, their states would have laws allowing Islamic owners of restaurants to refuse service to women who appear in public without a male relative or without covering their heads. Those Republican lawmakers say that it infringes on the religious freedom of business owners not to have a law spelling out their right to deny service to customers whose behavior is inconsistent with their own beliefs.
Think back to your first date. Was it at the movies, at a sporting event, or at a smoke-filled bar? Did your friends and family share the excitement (or the heartbreak) with you? Did your school or church teach you how to practice safer sex? Did you fill up on a pile of french fries or a plate of fresh fruit? Did you know how to communicate your concerns, fears and joys? Were you ashamed of who you were and who you loved, or were you unabashedly proud?
Noble and Nobel-winning, creative and creepy, these wildly different lesbians are worth noting during Women’s History Month.
People like to say that the United States is a nation of immigrants. However, some immigrants have been more welcome than others.