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AGHHHH THANK YOU!!!! AWWW I WASN’T SURE IF YOU’D REMEMBER BUT YOU DID YAYYYY :)
OH MY GOD STOP SAYING HE’S BISEXUAL HE COULD BE BISEXUAL YEAH BUT HE COULD BE PANSEXUAL POLYSEXUAL HETEROFLEXIBLE LIKE STOP JUST GOING TO THE DEFAULT MULTISEXUALITY HE COULD BE ANYTHING FOR ALL YOU KNOW SHUT UP
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Seeing posts about how LGBT allies don’t help at all pisses me off, considering that without straight allies, the gay rights movement wouldn’t have gotten anywhere. And without cisgender allies, the transgender rights movement wouldn’t have gotten anywhere. In fact, pushing supporters away is likely to just make them oppose your rights.
Stop it with all the ally hatred. You’re ruining it for the rest of us.
What exactly have “cisgender allies” done for the trans movement? Literally explain that to me
your url is literally “fuckofftranspeople” what kind of opinion could you possibly formulate that isn’t a complete load of shit?
so you’ll drop all your support for queers if a few of them are rude to you?
this one time a girl who happened to be a muslim really upset me and I didn’t turn into an islamaphobic little shit
if you’re willing to drop all of your ‘love and support’ then it probably wasn’t genuine in the first place
'ruining it for the rest of us' seriously get real
vibrato is your vocal chords twerking
seriously guys though as far as we know, Tom Daley isn’t gay. he could be bisexual, pansexual, polysexual, heteroflexible, but at this moment in time you can’t say he’s gay because he specifically said that he likes women. maybe in the future he’ll say he’s gay but CURRENTLY AT THE MOMENT he is not gay. really stop trying to label him, he’s clearly happy without a label. if you need a label because your small mind cannot cope with this, just say he’s queer because that’s pretty foolproof. he’s not expressed a specific orientation. so just stop trying to assign him one. chances are you’re probably straight and have no idea what it’s like for him.
Tom Daley comes out as bisexual:
- Bisexuals: Awesome, he'll be a great role model for people to look up t-
- Everyone else: HE'S GAY HE'S GAY HE'S GAY TOM DALEY IS GAAAY
so yesterday I was too busy to really write anything about World AIDS Day, but as December is AIDS Awareness Month, I shall write something today.
today, many people - young people in particular - see HIV and AIDS as ‘something people in Africa have’. whilst the situation is more desperate in Africa, people need to know that there are hundreds of thousands here in the UK living with HIV. there are too many who genuinely don’t know that it’s a problem in Western countries too.
schools are generally terrible about HIV and AIDS education. the biology of it may be taught in certain science classes, and some sex ed classes will briefly mention it as a reason for contraception usage, and some will use it as a scare tactic in abstinence-only teaching. but the history and origins are never taught. again, there is this huge emphasis on the current situation in Africa, which is important - but the fact is that people have absolutely no idea how desperate and horrific the AIDS epidemic was in this country and others just a few decades ago.
the fact that very few people really understand what AIDS was, back in the early days of the crisis, makes me really sad and actually angry. this was a disaster, it was an epidemic. and it was ignored, it wasn’t taken seriously. nobody cared. and it isn’t talked about in schools or the media. not enough people know. and I am quite certain that if AIDS had initially affected some group other than the gay community, more would have been done, way more. there were people dying from this every day and no one knew why, because no one would give a penny towards research.
I believe that AIDS would not have become the crisis it was - is - if it weren’t for decades of queer oppression. the way queers were oppressed, in the UK, in Europe, America and many other nations, was violent and degrading. it was so, so stifling and harsh that when a little bit of liberation came along, gay men began having lots of sex because now they could do so without fear, and rightfully so. it wasn’t that they were always celibate before. but before, it was incredibly dangerous for queers to engage in anything sexual - so it was always very secret, discreet. sexual liberation meant no more careful fucking, no more worrying, no more quiet, no more fear. so promiscuity and casual sex was rife, of course it was, after the risk was eliminated. this is why the stereotypes and stigmas about promiscuity amongst gay men exist. it all stems from a decade of iron grip queer oppression. the reality is that men in general tend to be more promiscuous, and hetero men can be hugely promiscuous.
but this fearless sex led to AIDS being spread like wildfire. when AIDS first started, nobody knew what it was. it was a mystery plague attacking gay men. (this led to a whole host of stigmas and jokes. people not wanting to touch gay people, people avoiding mixing with gay people. it’s because of AIDS. in fact many argue that the homophobia of today stems from the time of AIDS.)
but it was a really scary time. gay men were falling ill and dying, and no one knew why. gay men lived in fear once again, but this time it was because of something so much deeper and more complex than before. it was biological warfare; it felt like an attack. there was speculation at the time within the gay community that this virus had been deliberately devised to target and destroy the gay population. can you blame them? after everything?
I cannot emphasise how terrifying it was. honestly I can’t.
authorities did not take AIDS seriously and thus it became even worse than it would have otherwise been. it took years before any significant medical party took it seriously, years before government interest. forget funding. the epidemic was particularly bad in America, especially in New York City where there was a big gay population. 10,000 men died in one year alone in New York. men at the time could potentially undergo over 40 treatments. but few were able to because the insurance cost would be hundreds of thousands of dollars. 85% of the diagnosed were dead within the first two years. and nobody cared. a lot of doctors refused to examine bodies, meaning no death certificate, meaning no undertaker.
besides being possibly the most affected, America was really the country with enough money to research and do something. president Reagan refused to speak publicly of AIDS for seven years of his eight year presidency. he vetoed any attempt of funding or research because he saw it as an edorsement of homosexuality. the American medical association at the time got four billion dollars per year, and they didn’t spend a cent of this on AIDS for a long time. because it was the gay disease. such a delay of funds was a delay that had never ever existed in any other health emergency during the entire century. queers were oppressed even as thousands of them were dying, every day. their most basic needs - to live - were not fulfilled. meanwhile a Tylenol scare at the time killed seven people, and twenty million dolllars were immediately pumped into that without question. meanwhile, thousands of mysterious deaths from an unknown disease, and no funding at all. nobody cared because it was only affecting the gay community. media ignored it. newspapers printed stories about AIDS a handful of times, and it was never front page news. when high profile people - perhaps most notably Roy Cohn Liberace - were diagnosed with AIDS and then died from AIDS related causes, they lied that they had this disease to save their reputations. (Cohn denied being sick for a long time and later insisted he had liver cancer. Liberace hid from the world and had his agent say he died of pneumonia). this silence and oppression from every front caused ignorance and death.
there were attempts to educate the gay community about AIDS, but there was almost no funding to do so. and nobody knew literally nothing about this disease - about what caused it, why it killed, what it even was, literally, nothing was known about AIDS, it didn’t even have a name. there was no way to find out anything about AIDS because the doctors didn’t know what they were even looking for. the only solution people could come up with was to stop having sex.
but if you tell a people who were unable to have sex freely for so long, many of whom were oppressed to the point of abstinence, that they have to stop having sex again - they are not going to listen. they just stopped being oppressed, they’re free now, they have liberation. so they’ll keep fucking relentlessly because they can and they certainly don’t want to stop now. and that’s exactly what gay people did. and honestly it’s hard to blame them.
the oppression from the straight world is hugely responsible for the Western AIDS crisis. straight people are awfully comfortable making comments about promiscuity in the queer community, and about the prevalence of AIDS in the queer community. (incidentally, recent figures suggest that AIDS is now more prominent among heterosexuals.) most of all, straight people constantly crack AIDS jokes. they tell jokes that, without their past oppressing, they wouldn’t be able to tell, and it’s because of their present oppressing that they can tell them.
the fact that people don’t know about the AIDS epidemic is just proof that the silencers and oppressors succeeded. and that makes me incredibly angry. I cry about all this fairly regularly and I’m not even directly affected, nor am I ever likely to be.
Hollywood rarely goes near anything AIDS related, hell, anything lgbt related. and thus a major source of education is cut off. because people aren’t likely to pick up a book about AIDS but they may watch a big budget all-star cast movie about it, because it requires minimal effort. but very few exist. Philadelphia is very good, as is Dallas Buyers Club (not out here yet but I have ways) and Angels in America is fantastic. but do yourself a favour and watch The Normal Heart when it comes out. aside from the fact it has shitloads of brilliant and famous actors, this is likely the most honest, full and accurate cinematic portrayal of the epidemic that we’ll ever see. you can read the play if you want and please do because it’s incredible - but I understand that people don’t always enjoy reading. I was shocked when I found out this was going to be a movie and I literally cried when I saw a photo from the set, because finally people are going to begin to understand, finally.
ultimately…if you have five minutes, please just open google and take some time to learn about the AIDS epidemic, because no one is ever going to teach it to you.
also if anybody even read all of this I’m sending you a cyber hug. I doubt many will read this which just further proves everything I’ve already said. people don’t care and people won’t learn.