Tag Archives: LGBT

Mental Health Update

4 Feb

Anxiety attacks are increasing, in both frequency and in number of triggering situations.

Depression is slightly stabilized, but mostly hovering around the moderate/severely depressed line.

I haven’t been taking my medication since the first month’s pills ran out (six weeks of pills total, because I had a two week sample pack) – they weren’t helping, and the psychiatrist I had gotten the prescription from gave me anxiety attacks.

He said I was too young. To be depressed. And anxious. In the most condescending way possible, the psychiatrist I saw told me that my age made my mental health condition tragic. He assumed and stated the sex of my lover to be male before I mentioned anything other than having a lover, and he told me I was too young to be in the condition I am.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot??!

My age has nothing to do with what I am being treated for. My sexuality has nothing to do with what I am being treated for. I am being treated for depression and anxiety, not for whatever the fuck I’m too young for (which, um, I pretty obviously have and therefore am clearly not too young for). My lover’s sex is not for some doctor* to assume, nor am I comfortable with anybody doing so.  The phrase “I’ve been dating somebody…” coming from me should not instantly trigger the phrase “And what does he…” or the mentality behind it.

So, mentally, I’m not doing great. I have two art classes, and that helps! But overall, I’m miserable and want stuff to actually get better, not have my attempted solutions to my problems blow ageism and het privilege into my eyes like salty lemon water.

On age, I recently read a great post by Chally – read the comments too, they’re quite a lovely read: That’s that, then.

On gender and assumed heteronormativity,  meloukhia’s tag, “LGBQT,” is a veritable goldmine of delicious bloggy material. Also, my Oppression 101 tab has a few things relevant to the subject (I keep meaning to organize and add links, but for now you get a disorganized list of jumbled thought which does not reflect my full interests in internet activism).

*My gynecologist’s assumption of my lover’s sex to be male is less objectionable to me , as it is her job to make sure I am well-informed about potential sexual health risks, many of which are possible only through heterosexual PIV sex (read: certainly not totally unobjectionable, but I believe the assumption was made with my best interests in mind. The GYN also assumed that I was sexually active with a STD-positive partner.).

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Prop 8 Upheld

26 May

By now, you’ve probably heard that CA’s Proposition 8 is being upheld.

This is incredibly disappointing, not least because of this:

Shaker Faith comments: [Because of this decision,] 51% of Californians could change the constitution in any way at all.

Can I have a collective “AARRRGH!” now? How in the fuck is this a responsible method of governance?

Let’s have some music.

I mean that last video with all my bisexual heart. And I don’t even like marriage.

Save About Face Theatre

16 Mar

Hat-tip goes to Shakesville.

About Face Theatre (AFT) is a LGBTQA theatre in Chicago, IL that’s having a bit of a crisis right now. They are in danger of closing their doors permanently, and needs immediate financial contributions to keep that from happening. LGBTQ safe-spaces are invaluable to communities, in my ever so humble opinion, because they give creedence to the LGBTQ experience – that it isn’t just something wrong with us, that it is who we are and we are not immoral for being attracted to other people, regardless of gender or sex, that we are not immoral for being female or male, regardless of our genitalia. It is inexpressibly important to let the voices that tell us that we are not wrong and that we are not alone continue to speak, continue to shape our lives.

From the press release on AFT’s website:

About Face Theatre creates exceptional, innovative and adventurous plays to advance the national dialogue on gender and sexual identity If About Face does not survive, the country will lose one of the few high-profile theaters making new work by and about the LGBTQ experience. The award-winning About Face Youth Theater serves queer youth by providing artistic experiences and leadership training.

In response to the economic downturn and significant debt, About Face has reduced its budget by over 30% by implementing staff and production cuts while also postponing our third show. This is the responsible action to take, but it is not enough. If you help us raise $300,000, we will solve our immediate crisis and build a foundation for ongoing financial health.

Donations can be made by clicking this link, by calling 773-784-8565 or by mailing a check to:

1222 W. Wilson
2nd Floor West
Chicago, IL 60640

Here’s a video that made me laugh like crazy from their Testimonials page.

If you can’t donate now (and even if you can!), please reblog this, forward links to people who might be receptive, link it to your Facebook page. Not to sound cliched, but every little bit helps keep this theatre on its feet, and helps LGBTQA people by giving them somewhere to go where they are loved and respected for who they are, rather than in spite of it.

Relevant links placed at the bottom of this post to save your scrolling finger: Donation via internet, Testimonials, AFT’s website and Face the Future campaign, a FAQ that answers, among other things, what the money will be used for