We still need Pride. Very much so.

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Some people are calling for an end to Pride events because we supposedly don’t need them anymore. Meanwhile trans women are still being shot, gay couples are being beaten up in public and teenagers are driven into suicide. All in the United States, all just within the last few days.

Others countries are just now having their first Prides and there too it becomes painfully obvious why they’re so urgently needed in this day and age.

The video below shows footage taken after the first-ever Pride march in Kharkiv, Ukraine, the country’s second largest city. It shows a queer boy being slapped, kicked, stomped and chased by an angry anti-gay mob until a courageous photographer steps in to help the teen escape.

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The Conners is a classic sitcom with a wholesome twist: Representation

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You remember about that Roseanne reboot on ABC that they ended up doing without Roseanne because she said some pretty nasty stuff? The show is called The Conners and seems to be pretty nice.

Decider writes: The new cast—although it feels weird still calling them “new” after all this time—also get moments to shine. That’s particularly the case with Darlene’s son Mark (Ames McNamara), a gender-nonconforming gay kid the likes of which I don’t think we’ve ever seen in a series regular role on a network multi-camera sitcom.

Season 2 finds Mark entering adolescence and actually, you know, being gay. Mark gets to do what 12-year-olds have been doing in sitcoms for decades: he gets the innocent middle school relationships that straight people take for granted and gay people have never been able to see on TV. 

Particularly great is Goodman’s onscreen rapport with McNamara. In a beautiful development, Dan Conner has become the kind of supportive grandpa that every gay person wishes he had growing up.

But also, The Conners knows what it’s doing with Mark is groundbreaking, and they use the fact that we never see characters like him on stage in front of an audience and three cameras to say something new and relevant. 

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It’s back to school time for kids in the U.S. and you know what that means… (CW: the video is fairly graphic and might not be suitable for trauma survivors)

Merriam-Webster dictionary adds gender-neutral ‘they’ pronoun

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Merriam-Webster gave the use of “they” as a nonbinary, gender neutral pronoun this certain whiff of linguistic authority by adding the definition to the dictionary in their most recent batch of additions.

The announcement was made on Twitter and certain people predictably lost their shit. But as Merriam-Webster acknowledged, the definition reflects an increasingly common usage of the “singular they.”

A recent study has shown that usage of the singular “they” has a welcome side-effect: It boosts positive attitudes towards women and queer people.

The dictionary’s senior editor Emily Brewster told the Guardian, “Merriam-Webster does not try to be at the vanguard of change in the language. Over the past few decades, there has been so much evidence that this is a fully established use of ‘they’ in the English language. This is not new.”

In a blog post, the authors of the dictionary addressed critics who argue that using “they” to describe one person is grammatically incorrect, which includes many right-wingers who seem to only care about grammar when it comes to the pronouns queer people choose to identify themselves with:

We will note that they has been in consistent use as a singular pronoun since the late 1300s; that the development of singular they mirrors the development of the singular you from the plural you, yet we don’t complain that singular you is ungrammatical; and that regardless of what detractors say, nearly everyone uses the singular they in casual conversation and often in formal writing.

It’s not quite as newfangled as it seems: we have evidence in our files of the nonbinary they dating back to 1950, and it’s likely that there are earlier uses of the nonbinary pronoun they out there.

 

Arizona Supreme Court tells businesses it’s OK to discriminate against gay people

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Whatever happened to Christians leaving the judging to god? The Supreme Court of Arizona just ruled in favour of two Christian business owners who sued the city of Phoenix so they wouldn’t have to abide by its requirement to provide services for a same-sex wedding.

In 2016, the “devout Christian” owners of Brush & Nib — an Arizona-based business that makes hand-written calligraphic invitations and signs — sued the city of Phoenix because the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance allegedly violated the company’s freedom of speech (ie. their right to refuse service to people they think are dirty sinners).

Brush & Nib’s co-owners Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski sued to overturn the city’s civil rights law before any complaints could be filed against them. They also wanted to post a sign saying that they refuse to serve same-sex couples.

In its decision, the court wrote, “Our holding today is limited to Plaintiffs’ creation of one product: custom wedding invitations.” As such, the ruling doesn’t apply to all businesses in Arizona, but it’s not hard to see how it could.

After all, anti-gay Christians owners of wedding-related businesses — bakeries, florists, videographers, wedding dress makers — have piped up all over the oh-so-free United States stating that their religious beliefs compel them not to serve The Gays.

So really, what’s the difference between these businesses and Brush and Nib? Little to nothing. And if these business fight for their right to discriminate against same-sex couples, Arizona’s Supreme Court seems prepared to give them permission.