Global Sexual Freedom Watch

The Feminine in Religion

The Christian Right's archaic beliefs about women were evident in the recent presidential election with women's right to health care and the right to choose an abortion were put on the line. All  throughout history organized religions have done much to control women, including everything from almost destroying our sense of  self worth to teaching us that our sexuality is a sin. But where did all of this loathing come from? From the earliest days of the Judeo-Christian beliefs. According to the Old Testament of the Holy Bible, Eve is the reason for man's downfall. Oh wow, Satan tempted ...

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A Second Chance

No one encouraged me to be productive, to make something of my life. Hell, I thought selling drugs and prostituting were careers so naturally when I grew up I followed in those footsteps. I became a prostitute which led to drug addiction and then the cycle began. Nothing good became of my life, each day got harder and harder. The more I lived the more I hated myself. I just didn't understand what I had done to deserve such a horrible life. On a daily basis I would wonder how was it possible for someone to have a child and ...

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International Transgender Day of Remembrance in DC

This month’s official DC Transgender Day of Remembrance honors all of those who have died in the strucggle for equality, and their families, as activists rededicate themselves to help answer today’s community concerns. Celebrated internationally, the Transgender Day of Remembrance in DC will take place at 6 PM, Tuesday, November 20, 2012, at the DC Metropolitan Community Church, 474 Ridge Street NW (just north of M Street, near the Green and Yellow Mount Vernon Square Metro Station), and organizers hope the public will attend. Earline Budd, Executive Director of Transgender Health Empowerment (THE), and Day of Remembrance planning ...

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Trans Women Need Love, Too . . . Don’t They?

(También en español) WE ARE NOT SEXUAL OBJECTS! WE ARE NOT YOUR  FANTASY COME TRUE FOR ONE NIGHT WITH NO EMOTION.... Don't we have hearts?  Aren't we human?  Don't we deserve love? As a transgender woman I know how this feels. I was born in the wrong body, Dammit! It's not my fault.  The best choice I made in life was to change my gender. To become one with the person who I identify with inside. I never considered that it would be a life of emptiness and loneliness. But the question remains, why? Why is it ...

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Kink Forwarding Sexual Freedom Rights

(También en español) Gay and straight Leather culture and BDSM culture combine under the mantle of Kink. Together these sexual freedom warriors are taking a machete to the underbrush of the sexual rights movement, blazing a trail that puts in play every question of civil rights and human rights in modern society, including the freedom to seek family and relationships. When talking about trailblazers, I can hardly think of the best known ones without considering the illustrious life and work of Hardy Haberman. Only part of Hardy' story can be told by reviewing the awards and accolades he has received, ...

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Sexual Outlaws or Intentional Families?

(También en español) We are really looking forward to hearing from Family Law Attorney Diana Adams this weekend at the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance's Sexual Freedom Summit (Silver Spring, MD, September 21-23). Her workshop, "21st Century Families: Cultural and Legal Shifts toward Family Freedoms," will chart the decline of heterosexual monogamous nuclear families, once in the majority, to today's new structures and expanding options that are meeting the needs of modern society, and growing steadily in popularity, more apparent in the media than ever before. Families of all description, co-parenting groups of more than 2, non-marital families, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and ...

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Net Neutrality and Internet Freedom: A voice for the voiceless

In preserving all human rights, especially those having to do with privacy of person and sexual freedom, free access to the unfettered communications of the Internet is crucial. The Internet is the circulatory system of the body politic, and the world's only hope for true pluralism. Any and all attempts to restrict or dismember the Internet and its uses must be met by an army of us willing to lay down our lives to make sure these attempts fail. Think of young Bradley Manning, who thought that transparency to bring alleged government corruption to the attention of a whistleblower was something ...

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Lesbian and Gay Rights in the World—Geography of Bigotry and Oppression

This amazing map, developed by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Organization, portrays, as of May 2012, the status of critical LGBT protections and persecutions world wide. We hope all people interested in international issues will examine it and understand where progress is being made and where horrible persecution and enforced neglect endure. It is encouraging to see signs of great progress in areas of South America and most of Western Europe, where a modicum of equality is emerging, in spite of entrenched religious opposition by atheistic religionists deeply embedded in the ...

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Incarceration Nation

(También en Español) News of Note: Zakaria: Incarceration nation "Here are the facts. The U.S. has 760 prisoners per 100,000 citizens. That’s not just many more than in most other developed countries but seven to 10 times as many. Japan has 63 per 100,000, Germany has 90, France has 96, South Korea has 97, and ­Britain - with a rate among the ­highest - has 153.... "Drug convictions went from 15 inmates per 100,000 adults in 1980 to 148 in 1996, an almost tenfold increase. More than half of America’s federal inmates today are in prison on drug convictions. In ...

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Religion: Real and Fake

For more on Transhuman Erotic Freedom... Society suffers from a severe misunderstanding of the nature and role of religion. Nowhere is this more apparent than in ongoing arguments about the “separation of church and state.” Blame the Puritans. The basic idea in the U.S. Constitution is one of freedom FROM religion, expressed as “freedom of religion.” The tenets of any religion may not be imposed on its citizens who disagree. This concept is fundamental to the unalienable human right to absolute privacy of person, and pillar of sexual freedom and the bedrock of all other freedoms. The pilgrims who came to Plymouth imagined ...

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