Brunei On Death Penalty For Gay Sex; The Difference Between Gay and Queer; "Friends" TV Show Creator On Transphobic Jokes;

Brunei On Death Penalty For Gay Sex

After a good deal of world wide condemnation, Brunei is now claiming it will not enforce the death penalty for gay sex.

Now, the nation’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah has backtracked. He stated that the death penalty would not be enforced in the implementation of the Syariah Penal Code Order (SPCO).

Of course this is a very minor improvement for LGBTQ people in Brunei, however, it still doesn’t take away from the fact that Sharia Law is absolutely despicable with regard to its treatment of LGBTQ people.  

Here’s the link to this one. 

The Difference Between Gay and Queer

Here’s another one of those Reddit discussions and this time they’re talking about the difference between gay and queer. I don’t identify as queer, and I never did. I identify as gay. And I think that’s because I’m a writer and I take words themselves very seriously. However, I know people who identify as queer and that’s fine. I’d never tell anyone else how to identify, and if they want to be referred to as queer good for them. I would expect that they would give me the same respect identifying as gay.

It’s a fascinating discussion with a variety of opinions. Here’s one…

“People seem to use queer like how some people use non-binary. So it basically means whatever [they] feel like. Queer seems to have some sort of political connotation to it, though, as opposed to being gay.”

 Here’s the link. There are comments, and some mention things I never even thought about.

Friends” TV Show Creator On Transphobic Jokes

In an article with USA Today, Friends TV show creator, Marta Kauffman, talks about why the transphobic jokes they did decades ago wouldn’t work out too well today. I find this topic interesting because so many straight people will make excuses that things were different back then so it doesn’t count.  However, it wasn’t different for me back then. I watched Friends and I knew exactly when they made a homophobic or transphobic joke, and I cringed. When you’re gay you don’t miss those things, not now or back in 1994.

I think we didn’t have the knowledge about transgender people back then, so I’m not sure if we used the appropriate terms. I don’t know if I would have known those terms back then. I think that’s the biggest one.

She just admitted it. Straight people didn’t know. But we, LGBTQ people, did know. We just lived with the insults and THEIR lack of knowledge.

Here’s more of this one. 









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