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I just received a rather alarming message from Trans Menace UK, a trans activism group on Facebook. Apparently the government are consulting on scrapping the Equality Act. Without this law in place, firing people based on their gender, race, sexuality, trans status or disabilities is fine, among other things. And given the way they’re framing it as “Red Tape”, and that The Sun and The Daily Mail, two papers that are vehemently opposed to “Yooman Rights” are among the most read in the country yeah… we’re in trouble.

The Tories may be scum, but even I didn’t think they would go this far.

If you’re in the UK, here is a link to the consultation so you can voice your displeasure. We can’t let this happen.

Originally published at Jaffa Cakes and Sodomy. Please leave any comments there.

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Yesterday’s visit to the new shrink was… unproductive. Apparently there’s a bit of a mix-up going on in my notes… while I’ve been diagnosed as bipolar and am being treat as such, my previous shrink (the annoyingly up his own arse Dr. Sinclair) decided (based on seeing me twice) that I have Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder, aka. borderline. Thing is it doesn’t really fit me, so I was at a loss as to how he came up with it.

Then I saw this in the diagnostic criteria (emphasis mine):

disturbances in and uncertainty about self-image, aims, and internal preferences (including sexual);

Is it just me, or has that old bastard has used my being queer as a diagnostic criterion?

Anyway, I have to try and sort this out; get my notes saying I’m BP to the new shrink. IDK why it’s on me to sort out Dr. Sinclair’s fuckups but there you have it.

Urgh…

Originally published at Jaffa Cakes and Sodomy. Please leave any comments there.

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As people may have heard, the UK’s ban on gay male blood has been lifted, as long as the donor hasn’t had gay sex (protected or otherwise) within the last ten years. Frankly, this is bullshit, but I hardly expect better from a homophobic society which still sees AIDS as “the gay disease”.

Plenty will no doubt be said on how this is a poor substitute for screening based on whether the donor has had unprotected sex of any description rather than on their choice of sexual partner. Instead I’ll focus on how this plays into the meme that gay men are either seen as eunuchs or whores; either we’re “good gays” i.e. the sexless sidekicks of the straights, useful for nothing except guiding our straight friends into having more fulfilling lives, or we’re the “bad gays” – dirty sex maniacs with no cares other than getting our ends away until we inevitably die of AIDS.

This conditional blood ban does nothing but enforce this; the good, sexless gays are deserving of the same treatment as straight people, but those of us who have the audacity to try and live our lives fully are still second-class citizens. Fuck that; no half measures.

Originally published at Jaffa Cakes and Sodomy. Please leave any comments there.

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