"Tumblr genuinely is younger than most other social platforms, and more diverse. A greater proportion of its users are people of colour than on any other major platform. Women users make up a higher percentage than anywhere else bar Pinterest. Teenagers over-index dramatically. And while Pew and other research agencies don’t tend to ask about sexuality or gender identification, LGBT visibility in Tumblr fandom is very high. What looks to dim outsiders as some kind of obsession with “social justice” often just springs from people talking about themselves, their lives and the shit that happens to them."

Just one of many excellent parts in this piece by Tom Ewing (which is only a little bit about Tumblr.)

(The piece is about Marvel fandom, though that’s not apparent from this quote.)

An Explanation of Queer-Baiting and Why it’s a Problem

zemmer:

In this context, I am using the word “queer” as an umbrella term for gay, bisexual, pansexual, trans*, and gender-variant people. I recognize that it is not ideal, and I am sorry for that.

For those of you who don’t understand the concept of queer-baiting, allow me to explain it. Queer-baiting is what happens when a series wants to attract a queer audience without alienating their homophobic/transphobic audience. They introduce a character that queer people can relate to. They use the details and feelings common to queer people’s lives to make it very obvious to anyone who is queer, that the character is also queer. They know that because there is very little queer representation in media, queer people are going to latch onto this character, and therefore latch onto the series.

However, they never let the character actually come out. When the homophobic/transphobic part of the audience starts to realize that the character is queer, the writers add something to reassure them that no, of course the character is straight. Often, this takes the form of a character who is clearly portrayed as gay suddenly entering a straight relationship, but that is not the only way it can play out.

What this does, is tell queer people that their stories are not decent or important enough to be told. This tells queer people that their stories are only acceptable if they’re changed to be the stories of heteronormative people.

Additionally, when queer people say, “I identified with this character as a queer person,” or “I think this character could have been queer,” the heteronormative parts of the audience are encouraged to tell queer people that they should not be saying that. The heteronormative parts of the audience are encouraged to tell queer people, “stop projecting,” and “stop dragging respectable heteronormative characters into your weird issues.” Queer people are told that they should be ashamed of themselves for thinking that the character was being portrayed as queer.

Queer-baiting is even more painful than erasure, because it dangles fair and equal representation in front of your eyes, and then snatches it away. And then it tells you that the whole thing was in your imagination all along.

wasarahbi:

This is a list I made for YALSA’s The Hub on the wide range of YA literature featuring LGBTQ characters. See the full post and a downloadable pdf here

yessss

zikau:

takealookatyourlife:

svetlana-del-rey:

Was she going to slap you because you never in any way made him gay in the actual books, taking zero risks/doing absolutely nothing for gay characters in literature, and only announcing your “authorial intent” afterwards for a cheap shot at looking like an ~ally~.

Gay people are just normal people. We are not told about any of the Hogwarts’ professors love lives other than Snape, and it would be completely out of character for Dumbledore to walk around telling everyone about his sexuality.

Did you want her to make him dress in glittery platform boots, a crop top, and decorate his office in rainbow flags to make it more obvious for you? Would that be enough of a stereotype to appease you people? Or what? Please tell me. I’d like to know how you think a gay character is supposed to be portrayed.

And did you miss the Grindelwald chapters in the ‘actual books’? Or was that also not obvious enough for you? Did Dumbledore need to whisper “always” wistfully in order for you to connect that he had romantic feelings for Grindelwald? Maybe you are American and need them to gaze longingly into each others eyes with awkward close ups of their fingers almost grazing each other that Hollywood thinks means ‘true love’. 

It didn’t fit into his relationship to Harry to ever say “I’m gay”, and so it was not stated explicitly (you might have noticed the book was told from Harry Potter’s perspective).

The point is, though, that he is a homosexual, well respected, powerful, and very loved wizard— and his sexuality doesn’t matter because no one else thinks it matters. A.k.a. no one cares that he loves men, and that is wonderful. 

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Hey there people, I’m going to redirect you to a few useful on why the person who made this post is so totally right because I’m not very good with words myself so if what I say doesn’t make sense you can go there. Hopefully you’ll read them and chance your kind of offensive opinion. (Although I’m pretty sure takealookatyourlife won’t since that post is apparently pretty old, had a tons of notes and comments like mine, and it didn’t change anything, so it’s for the rest of you.)

HERE

and HERE

I don’t know if the people from @takealookatyourlife are lgbta+ but if you’re not, I’m sorry to say that your opinion don’t matter and that we don’t give a fuck if you think Dumbledore is perfect as he is. Him being gay would have been relevant to his story, would have actually make a lot of sense and explained many things and most importantly would have given us queer people visibility. It would have shown queer children that they are normal, they can be badass wizards too. It would have shown homophobic children that a badass wizard can be gay, and maybe they wouldn’t be homophobic after that.

Because admit it, you see that Dumbledore is in love with Grindelwald because you, as an adult, have the knowledge to see it. But kids don’t. I didn’t when I first read the book, and I was 14 at the time! I knew how to use google, but it didn’t cross my mind to google “is dumbledore gay”, and it won’t for all the kids that read the book, because what the books give us is two close friends. That’s it. 

Dumbledore didn’t have to say “I’m gay”, he had to say “I was in love with Grindelwald.”.

So when you say “No one care that he loves men”, well, I CARE. I CARE A FUCKING LOT. Don’t assume what all lgbtq+ people care about. I care about Dumbledore being gay, and I care that he wasn’t in the books, or the movie, or anywhere really, outside of JKR’ mind.

 

Urgent : Help a trans woman flee her country to survive
Urgent : Help a trans woman flee her country to survive

believethelight:

If every one of my followers could give this a signal boost (or donate if they can) that would be really really really important right now !

Smoke & Mirrors: stinkyhat: "trans men have always had male privilege and have thus...
Smoke & Mirrors: stinkyhat: "trans men have always had male privilege and have thus...

hot-t-and-scones:

amaninprogress:

stinkyhat:

"trans men have always had male privilege and have thus never truly experienced misogyny.”

that actually varies from person to person. some trans men have had to present as female for a majority of their life and even if they do present as male they may not pass as one. they do…

please tell me where my male privilege was when i lost a job to a man because he was better “physically fit” for the job.

I presented as female for twenty-three years. I experienced TONS of misogyny, from a job where I was required to wear a skirt (and laid off when I stopped doing so) to men thinking it was all right to fucking TALK ABOUT MY CLEAVAGE as if I were a piece of meat, right to my face. I didn’t feel safe walking home, I dealt with the PMS ‘jokes’, I was constantly being touched without permission, I had people make disgusting comments about my relationship with my girlfriend… all those things, all the time, and so much more. Presenting as male definitely has it’s own problems, but one thing it’s shown me is just how much misogyny I experienced on a daily basis, whereas before I began transitioning, I thought that it was just how life was.

Arguing that trans men have never experienced misogyny is by definition untrue, because misogyny is based on perceived gender, regardless of actual gender. If a person has spent any decent amount of time as visibly female, they probably have experienced misogyny. Misogyny is based in the mind of the perpetrator, not the mind of the victim, and therefore the victim’s gender, beyond what it is perceived to be by the perpetrator, is irrelevant.

yeti-detective:

carambamamba:

In the past month, my family’s life has been turned upside down. I am a domestic violence survivor and have been raising my five year old son alone since the day he was born. Death threats, harassment, and continued emotional abuse drove me to obtain a restraining order against my ex-husband. Shortly thereafter he filed for emergency custody of my son in South Carolina, and after dealing with jurisdictional issues, I was ordered to “return” my son to an abusive father he’s had very little contact with. I am not being allowed to bring evidence to my defense, I am not allowed to see my son for a month, I am not allowed to contact him regularly and we have NEVER spent this much time apart. The judge and attorneys have made it clear that my queer, “immoral lifestyle” is worse than being with an abusive father and that I should prepare myself for the worst. I need help.My rights as a parent and as a human being are being denied and I need to hire an attorney with experience in gay rights issues and family law. Retainers/fees are generally between $5,000-$10,000 and I cannot afford that. My son and I live in Massachusetts and we are being denied the right to go back home together. Please help if you can by donating or spreading this around, any little bit counts.
Thank you.


This is the most important thing ever, ok?

yeti-detective:

carambamamba:

In the past month, my family’s life has been turned upside down. I am a domestic violence survivor and have been raising my five year old son alone since the day he was born. Death threats, harassment, and continued emotional abuse drove me to obtain a restraining order against my ex-husband. Shortly thereafter he filed for emergency custody of my son in South Carolina, and after dealing with jurisdictional issues, I was ordered to “return” my son to an abusive father he’s had very little contact with. 

I am not being allowed to bring evidence to my defense, I am not allowed to see my son for a month, I am not allowed to contact him regularly and we have NEVER spent this much time apart. 


The judge and attorneys have made it clear that my queer, “immoral lifestyle” is worse than being with an abusive father and that I should prepare myself for the worst. 


I need help.


My rights as a parent and as a human being are being denied and I need to hire an attorney with experience in gay rights issues and family law. Retainers/fees are generally between $5,000-$10,000 and I cannot afford that. My son and I live in Massachusetts and we are being denied the right to go back home together. 


Please help if you can by donating or spreading this around, any little bit counts.

Thank you.

This is the most important thing ever, ok?

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