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  • Made up Genders and The Origin of Our Labels

    Once in awhile I see youtube videos or facebook comments about “all the damn made up genders,” and it kind of bothered me. So I decided to go have a look. Which genders were “made up,” or who started them? I was curious as to how exactly made up they were. Then I realize technically…

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  • Gatekeeping in the LGBTQIA+ Community

    Gatekeeping is a form of abuse that is commonly used in the community to keep others away from certain activities. This tactic can be very dangerous to people who are just coming out or are exploring their own identities and orientation. Let’s take a look at how this tactic affects the community after the gap:…

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    Add Black and Brown To Pride Flag Now!

    Philadelphia recently decided to add black and brown to its pride flag to show solidarity for POC LGBTQIA+ people. I have read many white people outcrying this, saying that they don’t belong. Acting like they are inclusive, until it comes to race. I disagree. I think we should be inclusive. Their issues are our issues….

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  • The Art of Being Considerate: Content Warnings and Proper Use

    Have you ever seen posts where they start with “CW: r*pe mention, drug use” or something to that effect? It started out using “Trigger Warnings” which after getting made fun of to no end eventually became “Content Warnings.” Content warnings are generally used in safe space groups or pages on the Internet. You’ll see it…

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  • A is not for Ally

    I just wanted to give a quick addendum to the What is LGBTQIA+ Exactly? article. First of all, I left out that “Q” can also stand for Questioning. People who unsure on their orientation or their identity are undoubtedly part of the community. Second, I would like to state that “A” does not stand for Ally. It…

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    Easter is a Shit Holiday

    Christians tell me happy Easter. Pagans tell me happy Ostara. Stop. Just stop. I don’t celebrate either. I’m a Thelemite. I celebrate these holidays. I should just smile and say, “happy Easter” back, but I can’t. I would feel inauthentic if I gave the illusion that I had any inclination to give two shits about…

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    The Philosophies of Safety in BDSM

    There are many different philosophies behind staying safe in the dungeon or in the bedroom. I’ve heard people say stuff like, “I don’t care what you do as long as you’re not hurting anybody.” This is an instant red flag for me. This sort of philosophy does not differentiate hurt from harm. It also implies…

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