28 9 / 2014

safeword:

semiserious:

Here’s a weird story. That site Who Dated Who lists Nathan Lane as a rumored ex-boyfriend of Ricky Martin. Naturally I decided to investigate. Turn out t was a fake rumor from Perez Hilton, go figure. Somehow though I decided i wanted to read Lane’s coming out interview. I Googled and found old back issues of The Advocate archived in Google Books. 
So I read the interview, and then skim through the rest of the issue. It’s interesting to see where the gay press was in 1999. Apparently Keith Richards is a giant homophobe and Jon Stewart has always been pretty cool. Go figure. 
The advertisements are still the kind you’ll see in gay mags today: booze, cigarettes, HIV meds. But then half way though I start seeing a lot of ads for vague financial services, and I don’t really pay attention to them. That is until I see this one. I assumed it was some horrible, horrible joke about negative to positive cash flow, but then I see the word “Viatical settlement.” Then I realize that term is in all of these ads. I have no idea what is, so of course I got to Wikipedia. 
Turns out Viatical settlements were a once little used arrangement where you could sell your life insurance policy for cash up front, and then the buyer would get the full payout when you died. 
They’re legal, but weren’t very prominent until the ’80s when AIDS took off. Since you know gay marriage wasn’t a thing, gay men often didn’t have anyone to have on their life insurance except their parents, people they may have been estranged from or who might not have needed the money. 
So this entire industry pops up around Viatical settlements. Gay men got some of their life insurance money when they were still alive, kicked the bucket from AIDS a little while later, then the buyer cashed in. 
“From the perspective of the investor, purchasing a vatical is similar to buying a zero coupon bond with an uncertain maturity date [however an annual maintenance fee is payable i.e. the policy premium],” says. Wiki. “The return depends on the seller’s life expectancy and when he or she dies.”
Gay mens deaths: just like buying a zero coupon bond!
And, ok, on one level, great, it provided a much needed way to get money for gay men dying of a disease. On the other this was sadly the easiest way for them to get money. An entire financial services industry arose around the deaths of hundreds of thousands of gay men. 
People found a way to profit off of the AIDS crisis. Like holy shit. There’s people still to this day who probably have vacation homes they bought because gay men died. 
America right there. 
Keep in mind this issues is dated 1999. This was just 15 years ago. 

this was in my lifetime

safeword:

semiserious:

Here’s a weird story. That site Who Dated Who lists Nathan Lane as a rumored ex-boyfriend of Ricky Martin. Naturally I decided to investigate. Turn out t was a fake rumor from Perez Hilton, go figure. Somehow though I decided i wanted to read Lane’s coming out interview. I Googled and found old back issues of The Advocate archived in Google Books

So I read the interview, and then skim through the rest of the issue. It’s interesting to see where the gay press was in 1999. Apparently Keith Richards is a giant homophobe and Jon Stewart has always been pretty cool. Go figure. 

The advertisements are still the kind you’ll see in gay mags today: booze, cigarettes, HIV meds. But then half way though I start seeing a lot of ads for vague financial services, and I don’t really pay attention to them. That is until I see this one. I assumed it was some horrible, horrible joke about negative to positive cash flow, but then I see the word “Viatical settlement.” Then I realize that term is in all of these ads. I have no idea what is, so of course I got to Wikipedia. 

Turns out Viatical settlements were a once little used arrangement where you could sell your life insurance policy for cash up front, and then the buyer would get the full payout when you died. 

They’re legal, but weren’t very prominent until the ’80s when AIDS took off. Since you know gay marriage wasn’t a thing, gay men often didn’t have anyone to have on their life insurance except their parents, people they may have been estranged from or who might not have needed the money. 

So this entire industry pops up around Viatical settlements. Gay men got some of their life insurance money when they were still alive, kicked the bucket from AIDS a little while later, then the buyer cashed in. 

From the perspective of the investor, purchasing a vatical is similar to buying a zero coupon bond with an uncertain maturity date [however an annual maintenance fee is payable i.e. the policy premium],” says. Wiki. “The return depends on the seller’s life expectancy and when he or she dies.”

Gay mens deaths: just like buying a zero coupon bond!

And, ok, on one level, great, it provided a much needed way to get money for gay men dying of a disease. On the other this was sadly the easiest way for them to get money. An entire financial services industry arose around the deaths of hundreds of thousands of gay men.

People found a way to profit off of the AIDS crisis. Like holy shit. There’s people still to this day who probably have vacation homes they bought because gay men died. 

America right there. 

Keep in mind this issues is dated 1999. This was just 15 years ago. 

this was in my lifetime

(via face-down-asgard-up)

07 9 / 2014

markdoesstuff:

pacerlabs:

This is actually a really, really well done article. long but absolutely worth the read. So glad that a magazine as big as Rolling Stone is publishing content saying, “Hey, people, we may be patting ourselves on the back about marriage equality these days but there are much bigger issues still being swept under the rug.”

this was really hard for me to read because it hit so terribly close to home, but holy shit, it’s really well done. check it out

(via cockleshells)

04 9 / 2014

03 9 / 2014

glossoblogia:

the fact that the song ‘macho man’ is still played on the radio is honestly the most mind blowing thing about our culture

the history behind ‘ymca’ was that gay men used to hang out in ymca gyms a lot, because it was a place where poor and homeless young men could work out (again, being ripped was super In with gay men at the time) and incidentally see half-naked dudes everywhere, and the locker rooms were acknowledged as the place you’d get hooked up with as many drugs as you could snort and as much dick as you could suck. now we play it at children’s birthday parties and every 9 year old in america has a vague idea of how to flap their arms in the shape of the letters

i’m dead serious when i say the influence of 70s macho gay culture on the heterosexual mainstream is the most fucking bonkers thing ever

(Source: wetorturedsomefolks, via maggieblueberry)

28 7 / 2014

"[Denis Rake] happened to be homosexual, and made no secret of the fact… F section sent him to France where he was arrested crossing the demarcation line. He managed an uncomfortable but effective escape in a swill-tub, and solaced himself with a brief affair in Paris with a German staff officer of like leanings. An indignant, ardently heterosexual, colleague in F section informed Baker Street, where the staff had the good sense to take no notice, in the belief, fully justified in the Auvergne in 1944, that Rake’s capacities as a wireless operator were far too great to be lost because of his eccentric private life."

- MRD Foot, S.O.E.: An outline history of the special operations executive 1940 - 46

Quote because I am fed up with people saying that a Word War Two era fic cannot be historically accurate if people are accepting of a gay relationship. This was a guy’s superiors being accepting of a gay affair with the enemy. Sure, this account shows that there were ‘ardent heterosexuals’ who wanted to clear that sort of thing out altogether, so if you want to write angst, you can; but if you want to write a couple of gay (or bi) characters carving out an accepting space for themselves, then you can do so and be historically accurate. 

And before anyone says that this is some revisionist history - MRD Foot was born in 1919, and served with the SAS in the second war, parachuting into occupied France after D-Day. This book was written some decades after the war, but it was written by someone who was there on the front lines, and would know as well as anyone the prevailing attitudes of the time. 

(Incidentally, one of the SOE’s cover names was the Inter-Services Research Bureau, which is rather redolent of the Strategic Scientific Reserve) 

(via captain-foulenough)

(via maggieblueberry)

28 7 / 2014

notalady-ahuman:

devynmunoz:

crazyideasfromaweirdperson:

Dear parents of LGBT+ young people:

You should be less worried about your offspring being influenced into their LGBT+ identities by people they met online, and more worried about the fact that they go online to meet people that will give them the acceptance and support that you haven’t.

This needs more notes

Ramen!

(Source: crazyideasfromawhiteperson, via legally-bitchtastic)

13 7 / 2014

cramp:

thequeenandthephoenix:

cum-fraiche:

troyesivan:

STILL TRUE

i appreciate that he used a black, lesbian couple and their beautiful black baby to illustrate this point because i am damn tired of neil patrick harris being the face of queer struggle

^^ exactly. It’s important.

(Source: middletonroyalty, via maggieblueberry)

16 6 / 2014

watershiphobbits:

I want more queer friendship stories.  Not just stories where the only two queer people find each other and fall in unhealthy codependent love in a sea of cishets.  Give me whole communities of queer people.  Give me queer best friends gushing to each other about their silly crushes.  Give me younger queers going to older queers for advice and guidance, without getting creeped on.  Give me queer friends cuddling and watching tv together, or baking cookies together, or a big group of diverse queer people fighting about where to go out to eat because everyone has a different favorite place, but ultimately they decide to go to everyone’s favorite place at least once and just flip a coin or something to decide who’s turn it is to pick.  Give me queer friends from different cultures bonding over sharing their cultural differences.  Give me queer people starting college or moving for a new job and learning how to be a part of a new community full of other queer people.

Romance is nice and all, and queer romance needs more representation.  But friendship is every bit as important, and more important to some people.  I don’t want to hear stories where I have to hope I find that one other queer person to be happy with and then shut out the rest of the world.  I want community.

(via actualmenacebuckybarnes)

15 5 / 2014

charvanha said: I apologize if you've explained this before but what does MOGII stand for? I've never heard of that acronym for the non cishet community. I'm only familiar with LGBTQIAP+ and GSRM

genderpunkrock:

There’s a little backstory here. Take a seat, grab a cup of coffee.

LGBT(QIAP)+, as you probably realize, is long, unwieldy, and often leaves marginalized peoples out. It also tends to fetishize the L, prioritize the G, criticize the B and forget the T+.

An alternative, GS(R)M was proposed. Proposed in 1966, it stood for Gender, Sexuality (and Romantic) Minorities, and it seemed like a great fit! Until people learned that it was coined by a pedophile, who also wanted to include cishet kinksters, pedophiles, and even rapists in the acronym, as well as other criticisms of the acronym itself. So that was obviously out of the question.

Then MOGII came along, but that one had some evolution. The original term was MOGA, for “Marginalized Orientation and Gender Alignments”. That was cool, but then people began to use MOGAI to include intersex folks who are often left out of important discussions (MOGA… and Intersex). Then it was pointed out that the “A” was somewhat unnecessary and allowed shitty allies a way to weasel themselves in. So, MOGII was born. MOGII stands for Marginalized Orientations, Gender Identity, and Intersex. It’s an excellent catch-all, uses no reclaimed slurs, and makes it entirely about the minorities.

08 5 / 2014

lesroisdumonde:

"oh my GOd there are TWO gay characters in this movie lets watch it"

"dude dude dude we have to see it it has a queer girl

"I heard this movie has non-sexualized female character”

"ok I know it only has one girl but she is written like an ACTUAL PERSON!!"

"THERE IS A TRANS CHARACTER"

"so its not canon but if you squint I think this character is asexual”

"and get this the gay character is actually not white

(Source: theeveningtide, via maggieblueberry)