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Sense8 Finale is coming back to Netflix After Cancellation

Lana Wachowski has confirmed the return of the show for a 2-hour special finale

After getting canceled by Netflix, shortly after the release of its second season, Sense8 is now getting a last-minute stay of execution in the form of a two-hour special. It will air in 2018, as by its creator Lana Wachowski on the show’s Facebook page:

The facebook post received hundreds of thousands of likes and reactions as well as shares

It is believed that, despite the overwhelming amount of viewers that the TV show had received, the production cost was amongst one of the highest in the world, estimated at $9 million dollars per episode, which may have contributed to the cancelation.

However, at this point, and paraphrasing Lana, it seems like nothing’s been said and there’s a big chance we might see more sense8 in the future.

 

By Ellie Van Leeuwen for Girl Things (@elliehopeauthor on Twitter & Facebook)

Are Trans Lesbians Real Lesbians?

I came across a meme on the internet that read: “Trans lesbians are lesbians, get over it.” 

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Are trans lesbians real lesbians? Seems like a no-brainer, but it’s a bit more complicated than that.

What is a real lesbian anyway?

Without falling into a game of semantics, we can all agree that a lesbian is a woman who is exclusively attracted to other women. Right?

There is no easy way to approach this topic, but as a transsexual lesbian, this is what I think, and I welcome everybody to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Gender identity, just like sexuality, doesn’t develop overnight. It’s a lengthy process for the most part so, naturally, there will be people who know they are women inside, who are legitimately attracted to other women, independently of the way they look, and this is basically what being a lesbian means.

It doesn’t mean that other lesbians will perceive you socially as a lesbian, it only means that you believe that you ARE one.

The disagreement stems from the socially-perceived image of what a woman should be and, the most discriminatory one: How a woman should look like. 

The most radical lesbians have some high standards for what makes a woman a real woman, and therefore a lesbian woman, a real lesbian woman.

There are lots and lots of discriminatory standards, but the most common ones are:

  1. Real lesbians should have XX chromosomes
  2. Transgender lesbians should be passable if they want to be taken seriously
  3. Transgender lesbians should do a “full transition” (which is strictly referring to performing a vaginoplasty)

The problem with these three statements is that they don’t stand to logic, or any rational thinking, for that matter.

Now, to debunk some myths:

The chromosome excuse always struck me as some kind of half-bothered attempt at trying to exclude transsexual women from womanhood in a rather uninformed and childish way. As a neurobiology student, I can confirm (with tangible evidence) that the gender of humans is determined by a small region in the nervous system, which has nothing to do with whatever set of chromosomes you were born with.

Some people heard about the myth that all women are XX and all men are XY without knowing very well what a chromosome pair is and what does it do. I, in turn, know what a nervous system is and how it works.

The passing excuse is a bit far fetched and discriminatory on itself. Every time I hear this argument I think to myself: Who sets the standard?

 

When it comes to anatomy, I know a lot of cisgender women who are much taller, wider and masculine-looking than myself. Would you say that, for example, a super pretty woman like Taylor Swift is trans just because she’s taller than me? Probably not.

Would you say that Ellen Degeneres is trans because her voice pitch is lower than mine? or that Hope Solo is trans because she’s bigger and stronger than me?

So who sets the standard?

 

The surgical reconstruction of genitals is not ideal. This reconstruction is known, in the transgender world, as GRS or SRS, which stand for Gender Reassignment Surgery or Sex Reassignment Surgery, respectively.

These procedures do not convert masculine genitals into female genitals. These procedures eliminate the testicles, reduces the size of the urethra and converts the penis gland into some kind of clitoris, where in most cases, for all intents and purposes, works like a working vagina.

But transsexual women who perform any of these surgical procedures on themselves are not getting working female genitals. Science still has to come a long way until some major breakthrough in these procedures provides transsexual individuals with a working uterus and ovaries. Transsexual women who perform an SRS/GRS still need to shoot themselves with estradiol shots since their main organ for producing a sex hormone is gone, and they have no ovaries to produce oestrogen naturally in large quantities.

My advice, as a psychologist, and as a somewhat-experienced transexual woman, would be to simply wait. Upon doubt, just wait. We don’t know if, within five or ten years time, a fully working reproductive system will be a reality. Don’t settle for something you may not absolutely need when you can wait for better options. Don’t let anyone make you feel like you are incomplete because you don’t want or cannot get surgery in your private areas.

So if no vaginoplasty is required to obtain your woman card, no anatomy can determine what your gender is, and chromosomes are proven to determine sex but not gender, then who can tell, apart from yourself, what a real lesbian is?

If you consider yourself a woman, independently of your biology, and you are sexually and/or romantically attracted to other women, independently of their biology, then you are probably a lesbian, but then again, the decision is exclusively yours.

 

By Ellie Hope (@elliehopeauthor on Facebook/Twitter

 

 

Pakistan Passed law Allowing Transgender People to Legally Marry under Islamic Law

Gay marriage is still illegal, though.

Pakistan might have become the first muslim nation to give legal status to transgender people, and perhaps the first country in the world where the T comes first as regards equal rights.

Last monday, Pakistan declared that marrying transgender individuals is permissible under Islamic law, Reuters reports

The religious leaders also announced that transgender people have full rights when it comes to Muslim burial ceremonies and Islamic inheritance law.

 

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The fatwa — a ruling on Islamic law — said that only a “female-born transgender person having ‘visible signs of being a male’ may marry a woman or a male-born transgender with ‘visible signs of being a female,’ and vice versa.”

This leaves homosexual transgender women and men unable to marry, just like cisgender homosexual couples.

The controversial document, which refers to cisgender people as “normal”, concludes:

“Normal men and women can also marry such transgender people as have clear indications on their body,” it states.

The end of a myth: Ellie is Gay! Creator confirms.

There has been much speculation about whether or not Riley and Ellie in The Last Of Us are lesbians.

The Last Of Us is considered one of the greatest video games of all time. While there has been much speculation about whether or not Ellie, the lead character, was a lesbian, in the sequel, Left Behind, suspicions are confirmed when her romance with Riley, an old friend, is revealed.

During an interview, Neil Druckmann, Creative director for the saga, said: “Now when I was writing it, I was writing it with the idea that Ellie is gay, and when the actresses were working they were definitely working with the idea that they’re both attracted to each other.”

Ashley Johnson, the actress responsible for Ellie’s voice.

“That was the subtext and intention that they were playing with from the opening cinematic when they’re holding each other’s hands for too long, or when Riley bites her on the neck; there’s that chemistry there from the get go that was important for us so that we earned that moment when they kissed each other.”

The kiss shared by Ellie and Riley was described by Kotaku’s Hamilton as “video gaming’s latest breakthrough moment”, declaring it “a big deal”

“So that it wasn’t just out of the blue but also wasn’t so overt that you’re like “Oh of course. Just get on with it.” Druckman added.

The Last of Us: Left Behind was released to critical acclaim. Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating in the 0–100 range, calculated an average score of 88 out of 100, indicating “generally favorable reviews”, based on 69 reviews. GameRankings assigned it an average review score of 90% based on 40 reviews. Reviewers praised the character development, story and subtext, gameplay and combat, and depiction of female and LGBT characters.

Tom Mc Shea of GameSpot found the story insightful, and IGN’s Colin Moriarty named it one of the game’s standout features.

 

By Eleanor Hope. Follow her on twitter or facebook

 

LGBTQ Films: Freeheld (Available on Netflix)

Freeheld is a 2015 American drama film, starred by Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Steve Carell, Luke Grimes, and Michael Shannon. It is based on the 2007 documentary short film of the same name about police officer Laurel Hester’s fight against the Ocean County, New Jersey Board of Chosen Freeholders to allow her pension benefits to be transferred to her domestic partner after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

The film is based on the true story of Laurel Hester (Moore), a police officer in Ocean County, New Jersey.

The story narrates the difficulties faced by a lesbian police detective and her domestic partner, Stacie Andree (Page). Following her diagnosis with terminal lung cancer in 2005, Hester repeatedly appealed to the county’s board of chosen freeholders in an attempt to ensure her pension benefits could be passed on to her domestic partner.

 

Source: Wikipedia / Netflix 

Cherokee Nation joins Native American tribes recognizing same-gender marriage

The tribe’s attorney general announced that The Cherokee Nation will now recognize same-sex marriages.

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Despite the fact that the Cherokee Nation was not bound by the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage ruling, Cherokee Attorney General, Todd Hembree, announced that the tribe’s constitution “protects the fundamental right to marry,” and that the tribe has a history of “honoring same-sex [sic] unions.”

Prior to this ruling,  Cherokee law limited marriage to one man and one woman.

“A lot of time has passed since then,” said Chrissi Nimmo, an assistant attorney general for the Cherokee Nation, “And a lot of social changes have happened.”

Because the tribal court has declined to rule on the issue, and tax officials were asking how to handle same-sex marriages licenses issue by the state of Oklahoma, Hembree had to make an executive decisions.

Dawn McKinley and Kathy Reynolds, whose effort to obtain a Cherokee marriage license triggered the 2004 law banning same-sex marriage, said they were surprised by the ruling because Hembree had previously defended the tribe’s right to refuse the license as a lawyer for the tribe.

“We’re overwhelmed,” Dawn Reynolds-McKinley said. “We didn’t expect his opinion to go this way at all.”

Source: Tulsa Times / LGBTQNation 

Lady Gaga Showed Up At a Shelter For Homeless LGBTQ With a Car Full Of Gifts for For Them

Lady Gaga recently paid a surprise visit to NYC’s Ali Forney Center in Harlem, the city’s largest shelter for homeless LGBTQ youth. She showed up with a car trunk full of gifts for them.

“These children are not just homeless or in need, many of them are trauma survivors,” Gaga explains in a video broadcast on TODAY.

“They’ve been rejected in some type of way. My own trauma in my life has helped me to understand the trauma of others.”

Gaga showed up with a carload of gifts for the teens, who were shocked and grateful, to say the least.

“I love to give things to people who have nothing or less than me,” said Gaga.

“Kindness to me is an action of love, or a showing of love to someone else. I also believe that kindness is the cure to violence and hatred around the world.”

Watch the video below (Facebook)

Lady Gaga surprises LGBT teens

“I am no better than any of those kids. And I'm no worse than any of them. We are equal. We both walk our two feet on the same earth. And we're in this together.” – Lady Gaga #ShareKindness

Posted by Today Show on Monday, December 5, 2016

 

BREAKING: MALTA becomes the first country in the world to ban “Gay Conversion” Therapy

Malta has become the first country in the world to outlaw Gay conversion therapy, with parliament this evening passing a Bill that criminalises any practice which seeks to change or repress a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Affirmation of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression Bill imposes fines and jail terms for anyone advertising, offering, performing or referring an individual to another person which performs any form of conversion practice.

In addition, the Bill affirms that no sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression constitutes a disorder, disease or shortcoming of any sort.

Earlier this year, a Church position paper had stirred up controversy after its authors had argued that a ban on gay conversion therapy would violate a person’s right to receive treatment from a health professional.

Archbishop Charles Scicluna brought tranquility to the population saying that any therapy that would go against people’s wishes was “a no go”.

Non-Maltese prisoners and others kept in gender-segregated facilities can now live according to their gender identity, with parliament also passing a Bill recognising their right to self-identify their gender.

Amendments to the Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics Act will also allow 16-year-olds to independently request a change in gender on official documents. Previously, the age limit was 18, with minors forced to file an application in court with the approval of their parents or guardians.

 

Source: Timesofmalta