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Removing the "T" From LGBT; Amanda Knox and a Lesbian In Prison; News On HIV Infections and PrEP

Removing the “T” From LGBT

Here’s a story written by a trans person who I don’t think is happy being part of LGBT.

I hate the term LGBT


It’s the confusion the term causes.

Lesbian, gay and bisexual are all sexualities, so you’d be

forgiven for thinking transgender is as well.

Forms ask you if you’re heterosexual, homo

sexual, bisexual or transgender.

But it’s not a sexuality. It’s a gender.

You can read the rest here. It’s always been my understanding that we aren’t supposed to take all this so literally, and we’re not supposed to get so easily offended. I could present more than a few op-ed pieces about why I think gay men shouldn’t be grouped in with anyone else. However, I don’t do that with LGBT because it’s more like an umbrella to me. An umbrella where more than one group of people are still fighting for equality, and that includes asexuals. too. So I think this person may have a point in a literal sense, but he should stop worrying so much about being offended by something that’s as positive as the fight for LGBT rights.  

Amanda Knox and a Lesbian In Prison
I don’t normally follow things like this, but I thought this one was interesting.
Amanda Knox has opened up about the love she felt for a lesbian while in prison.

Knox served nearly four years in the Capanne prison, a women’s prison in the central Italian town of Perugia.

She was accused of brutally murdering her flatmate and fellow exchange Meredith Kercher, but was definitely acquitted in 2015.

News On HIV Infections, and PrEP
This is coming from the CDC, so I’m fairly sure it’s accurate.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) chose Valentine’s Day to announce an 18% fall in the incidence of HIV infection in the US between 2008 and 2014 – from an estimated 45,700 to 37,600 per year.

The data was presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Seattle.

It says the fall is largely down to HIV positive people being on medication and becoming undetectable, and a rise in HIV positive high-risk groups taking PrEP medication to prevent acquiring the virus (which was approved for use in 2012).

You can check this out here.

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Taiwan Gay Marriage; Sam Smith Ends Twitter Break; The Carrie Bradshaw "masc4masc" Meme

Taiwan Gay Marriage

It looks as if Taiwan is moving closer toward legalized gay marriage.

A Taiwan legislative committee approved preliminary amendment to the Civil Code that could lead to the legalization of same-sex marriage.

Different versions of an amendment to the Civil Code were carefully reviewed on Monday and includes rights and duties that will involve same-sex couples.

There’s more here. There have been polls taken, but frankly after the most recent polls in the US general election I’m having a hard time trusting polls now…and the media.

I think it’s interesting to see how the process works in other countries.

Sam Smith Ends Twitter Break

For those who’ve never been on Twitter, you can probably skip this. Twitter isn’t always simple, sometimes it’s downright mean, and you have to know how it works to fully understand everything that happens there. I’ve been there since the very beginning, back when most people were literally posting about what they had for lunch. Because what else could one post about in 140 characters? But since that time Tweeting has become something much more involved…for the most part.

In any event, Sam Smith took a Twitter break, which isn’t all that uncommon for people on Twitter to do. I’ve taken breaks over the years, too. Some people just stop altogether, which is called Twittercide. I knew one guy once who was a stock broker and his place of work made him stop tweeting sarcasm. Another one I knew left because of her Twitter Crush, some DMs, and a string of bad dick pics. And then there are those who are the grandest of us all who keep their tweets protected and hidden. I know a few book reviewers who do THAT. They are the special, elite snowflakes of Twitter, and their tweets don’t stink.

But I digress. Sam Smith came back for a reason this time.

George Michael’s death has brought Sam Smith out of his self-imposed break from social media.

The Grammy and Oscar winning singer and songwriter took to Twitter early Monday (26 December) to pay tribute to Michael who died unexpectedly over the weekend at the age of 53.

‘Words can’t express how much you and your music meant and means to me,’ Smith wrote.

It is the first tweet from Smith since the 12 June shooting massacre at the Orlando gay nightclub Pulse that left 49 people dead.

You can check that out here.

The Carrie Bradshaw “masc4masc” Meme

On hook up apps gay men often describe themselves as either “masc” or “fem.” I’m not drawing any conclusions with this one, but, coincidentally, I am making this a focus in my next book. In my book I’m more focused on tearing down the stereotypes. At least I hope that’s what I’m doing.

In any event, now there’s a meme circulating with a photo of Carrie Bradshaw working on her laptop, questioning the whole “masculine” thing in general.

Masc4masc? We think not. With fewer and fewer gay men feeling comfortable identifying as either “masc” or “fem,” the general consensus these days seems to be that the whole “masc4masc” thing is an outdated expression from the gay hookup culture of yesterday. Yet you still see plenty of guys writing it on their Grindr profiles. Why is that?

Here’s the rest. The comments aren’t kind to the article.

But I do think it’s a valid topic that leaves room for an open debate. The stereotypes that often accompany “masc” and “fem” don’t always fall neatly into place, especially not for gay men. And for those of you who think this is a gay male thing, it’s not. There’s plenty of this kind of thing with gay women, too.

It’s also not easy to write about this in fiction. And I’m either going to sink or swim with this one, but I’ve always wanted to tackle this debate, with characters in a book, and I’m ready to take the proverbial hits.

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