what sucks about being educated on sexism and racism in the world is that you start to see it in everything. when that happens, you want to point it out. when you point it out, you often lose friends because most people aren’t willing to change the way they think. it’s a double-edged sword.
and you get the "stop being so sensitive" "omg you can’t save the entire world" "it’s not that bad" "by overreacting you’re only making matters worse"
Every major sport has its own hall of fame, but now there’s a way to honor LGBT athletes and sporting superstars too.
The National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame, based at Chicago’s Center on Halsted, certainly couldn’t have existed ten or even five years ago. But the Hall of Fame has just announced its inaugural class, to be honored at the Center on August 2.
The current list of inductees includes tennis legends Billie Jean King, Renee Richards, and Martina Navratilova; Olympic gold medalist diver Greg Louganis; former baseball player Glenn Burke; NBA player Jason Collins; pro boxer Orlando Cruz; former Major League Lacrosse goalie Andrew Goldstein; the Chicago Cubs; Standup Foundation founder Ben Cohen; ESPN contributors LZ Granderson and Christina Kahrl; Gay Games founder Dr. Tom Waddell; Outsports.com; “Bleacher Preacher” Jerry Pritikin; International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA); and Anheuser-Busch.
“We’re not just going to honor gay athletes, but other athletes who helped those gay athletes along and provided a safe haven,” said Bill Gubrud, executive director and board chairman of the nonprofit, in the Chicago Tribune.
This is incredible. Congrats to all involved! And if you’re based in Chicago, consider getting a ticket to the induction ceremony!
Exodus International, the largest organization in the world that advocates for Christian “ex-gay therapy,” has announced it will be shutting down.
Even more exciting: they admit that the world is changing to become more accepting of LGBT people. Months ago, the organization’s officials had expressed doubt in its mission and methods, to the point of admitting that the vast majority of people can’t change their sexual orientation but will be accepted in Christianity anyway.
“I believe we’ve come to a time in the church when it’s time to lay our weapons down,” Alan Chambers said at an Irvine conference. “We fought the culture and we’ve lost. But I think we’ve lost for a good reason because it’s time for peace.” …
“There have been people that we’ve hurt, there are horror stories, and I’m not telling you this for any other reason than to be honest and tell the true story about this ministry,” he said. “In 37 years we haven’t done everything right because we’re a bunch of humans. We’ve hurt people. We’ve helped people. But we’ve hurt people.”
Chambers then said it wasn’t enough to acknowledge the ministry’s missteps only to the congregation, so the church decided to talk with Ling and face the truth in a “really big way.”
In a statement on the church’s website, Chambers said a new ministry would rise in place of Exodus, one that would work with other churches to create “safe, welcoming and mutually transforming communities.”
Holy crap. I can’t even put into words how significant this is. This is an incredible victory for the millions of queer people out there who are forced into traumatizing treatments simply because of who they are. This is proof that things are changing. I’m honestly floored.
Friendly reminder, especially now that it is summer, that thin privilege is a real thing. Please don’t shame anyone for their body. It’s hot out. Let people dress how they want. Body policing is not cute on anybody. Please, be kind.