today some of my friends and i were playing a game where one of us would think of a question like “who is most/least likely to…………” and then everyone chose a person and one of my friends said “excluding [(out) bisexual friend with girlfriend] (who knows that i’m gay), who would be most likely to ~experiment~ with the same sex?” and me and her were laughing and everyone else was like “what? what??” but we wouldn’t tell them and also, very gratifyingly, everyone chose me
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
- Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to FreedomRest in Power
You know what needs more lesbians?
Absolutely everything. I can not think of a single thing that would not benefit from the addition of lesbians.
Germany’s new third gender law becomes effective today, and has been hailed as a groundbreaking advancement for intersex people, but every intersex advocacy organization in Germany is opposed to it. Why? The answer is simple: the new law places intersex babies at risk for increased…
At the same time [as men were being imprisoned for homosexuality], women were increasingly caught up in the psychiatric system, and women who desired other women were diagnosed with a form of schizophrenia which was the same thing the authorities would use for political dissidents. So in a way, women who desired other women became sexual dissidents, and they were committed to psychiatric institutions and given all sorts of cures. For instance, electroshock therapy or sometimes even putting them into a diabetic coma with the hope that when they came out they would stop desiring other women.
Interestingly enough, if they couldn’t cure a woman of her desire for other women they would actually just change the gender assignment on her papers, so they would allow her, allow him to now have a transgender identity, and you would change your documents from female to male, which allowed you to do all sorts of things. It allowed you to go get a job and get a man’s pay scale, you could wear men’s uniforms to work, you could marry your girlfriend, you could also go to a couple of hospitals later on in the regime from the 1970s and 1980s forward, there were a few hospitals that would even perform certain surgical procedures to help your body look more like a man’s.
So while men were caught up in the law, women were caught up in a psychiatric cure that also served a chilling and terrorising effect on those populations because of course you never knew when that could happen to you, if your relatives would commit you, if the police would use that to blackmail you. And it was used in a very similar way, although it was a very different idea, of men having sex with men as a crime, and that to be punished, and women having sex with women as a form of psychiatric illness that had to be cured."
People who don’t have direct experience of it have a really limited understanding of how intensely anti-Semitism and the constant threat of violence impacts the European communities.