It’s time for another round up of articles, blog posts and stuff from the internet that caught my attention this week.
“Contemporary America is filled with shadows and ghosts; we have never been free of the bigotries of homophobia, sexism, and racism. But it is also, despite all this, a more tolerant America than the one Highsmith lived in. The title of her novel had come from the biblical story of Lot, whose wife turns into a pillar of salt because she looks back while running away from the fallen city of Sodom. We cannot turn back to the past, either.” – Queer Writers in the Age of Trump
“Bisexuals get used to the question, “But what are you really?” It is presumed that you are either a straight woman experimenting, or a gay man in denial. (You can’t help but notice that, either way, all roads lead to men: a bisexual man really wants to be with a man, and so does a bisexual woman, apparently.) Among the communities of queer women I’ve walked in, bisexuality is all too often taken seriously only once you’ve got some hot young Jen hanging off your arm.” – Being bisexual is on the up – so how come people think I just can’t decide?
“Before Gaetan Dugas, “Patient Zero” wasn’t even a term. In a study conducted by the CDC, Dugas had been referred to as “Patient O,” standing for “Outside California,” which was then misread as “Patient 0.” The CDC study, which was attempting to prove that AIDS was sexually transmitted, gathered the recent sexual histories of several men in California. Four of the men had had sex with Dugas, who was contacted. Dugas provided an extensive list of his sexual contacts; the information he volunteered helped to solidify the theory that HIV was sexually transmitted.” – How One Young, Gay Man Was Wrongfully Blamed for Bringing AIDS to the US
“Hazy visions of “healing” and “not becoming the hate we hate” sound dangerously like appeasement. The responsibility to forge unity belongs not to the denigrated but to the denigrators. The premise for empathy has to be equal humanity; it is an injustice to demand that the maligned identify with those who question their humanity.” – NOW IS THE TIME TO TALK ABOUT WHAT WE ARE ACTUALLY TALKING ABOUT