Winter Olympics clearly all for discrimination

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With the Olympic torch just hours from being lit and sent around the world to make it’s path to Sochi Russia, there is still a major debate about the anti-gay Russia. Now, I am normally a huge supporter of the Olympics. I love nothing more than sitting and watching the Summer games. I love to keep up with Team USA; however, due to the fact that the International Olympic Committee will not be moving the Olympics from Russia I have decided to forgo watching any of the winter Olympics. I think it is morally wrong for the IOC o condone the country’s laws that are set against the LGBT community.

In an article posted in the Washington Post, it was stated that the Olympic Charter should be respected and that IOC basically can not interfere with the country’s government. I say that by hosting the Olympics in such a homophobic country is disgusting.  However, in another article, the Russian governement seems to be paying no attention as this was the quote that I stumbled upon: “Regarding this law, if people of traditional sexual orientation spread propaganda of non-traditional sex to children, then they will also be held accountable,” said Dmitry Kozak, a deputy prime minister in charge of overseeing preparations for the Sochi Olympics. “So there is simply no need to talk about discrimination.” http://www.cbc.ca/sports/olympics/ioc-confident-russia-will-respect-olympic-charter-1.1869006

By saying this, it would appear that Prime Ministers of Russia are going to hold to their homophobic law despite what any charter says.  If I decide to tune into any of the Winter Olympic games, it will be to see if any of the athletes are supporting rainbows and pride pins regardless of this rule. I want the colors of the rainbow to stand just as bright as the American Flag. Granted, I would love for the US to withdraw from the games for going along with such an discrage, but that is an ideal image in my head. Russia should be ashamed that they would pass such laws against the LGBT community of the world, they should be ashamed that they would chose to be so uptight about the laws while the world will be watching their country.

In the future, I could only hope that the IOC would be more rewarding when granting countries the Olympics. They should look at the countries that obviously care about everyone as human beings, not single anyone out because they love the same sex. It would be nice if the IOC actually paid attention to the some 300,000 on a petition that was delivered to them to take action or remove the Olympics from Russia; however, this thought is once again that is a dream. Then again, the IOC handed Japan the next summer olympics and their country is currently having problems with issues with a nuclear power plant.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/ioc-backs-off-on-russian-anti-gay-law/2013/09/26/38b39266-269c-11e3-9372-92606241ae9c_story.html

I will see you next time Olympics, in Rio for 2014. After all, a city that embraces the LGBT community.

LGBTPQQIASA…XYZ

An acronym that was short and sweet just became alphabet soup.

Let’s break down what each letter represents because even I need a refresher. Once I get past transgender, I just feel lost in the alphabet.  Here we go: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Questioning, Queer, Intersexual, Asexual, StraightAlliance (or, I’ve heard this one as just Allies.) 
Here’s my questions that I’m posing: Why does there have to be so many letters in this acronym? Aren’t we all just people? Now as a lesbian woman, I have a couple of issues with this acronym. The first, is that it just screams the entire world. Those 10 letters represent just about everyones sexual orientation. There’s the gays, the lesbians, the transgender, the bisexuals and the straights. That’s everyone!

And, honestly, I do admit that I have an issue with the fact that there are Allies included into this one. I don’t know, there are a lot of straight people in my life who are my biggest supporters and there for me in many ways but when you go back to the root of the acronym: LGB, a condensed version that was used in reference to the gay community starting in the 1980’s. It wasn’t until later that the Transgender was added on. At the time that this acronym was coined though, the LGBT community were still struggling to be accepted by the heterosexual community.  

Now, I don’t pretend to be an expert on all things LGBT but there is a reason I am in school and seeking my degrees, that is to learn and broaden my knowledge. I haven’t quite figured out what the difference between intersexual and asexual are and why they need to be included. Do they really need to be lumped into the LGBT community? Isn’t intersexual simply an addition to Transgender. I suppose the moral of this post is to say that we need to do away with adding more letters to the alphabet soup that is the LGBTIQQIA. We are all human. All of us. Queer or straight.But, whatever your sexuality is, wave your flag proudly. Though I identify as lesbian, I am still human but what I am is proud of my sexuailty.
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Television diversity is growing but still lacking… slightly.

I love television. Watching TV shows is something that I enjoy doing in my free time. I find it to be a great outlet after a hard day or between classes. I can say that I’ve watched a wide variety of shows from Pretty Little Liars to Sleepy Hollow to Once Upon a Time to Prison Break. Lots of stories, lots of characters, hours of fun and “feels.”

That being said, as I watch, I take notice of the stories between the characters. More importantly, if there is an LGBT character.  It was a very long time before television became more diverse and now when you flip through a channel and check out a show you’re sure to see a white, a black, a mexican, a woman and men and children. There are some older people and TV is slowly embracing our ever changing world. However, that being said, I feel that there was a demographic that is still under represented and that is the LGBT community. Though there are a few ground breaking shows like Orange is the New Black (OITNB) and The Fosters both featuring a lesbian relationship while OITNB featuring a Transgender character portrayed by an actual transgender person, there is still a lacking.

I was in a GLAD meeting, which is the Queer group here on the UNT campus and they presented us with some television shows that feature characters are of the Queer community, it was still striking the lack of LGBT characters and it made me think that there are shows that could use a little bit of Queer love. For example, there is a lot of hype for the two lead characters to get together of my one show: Once Upon a Time. Regina Mills is the Evil Queen and Emma Swan is the Savior who was charged with breaking the Evil Queen’s curse.
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Anyways, there is such chemistry between Emma and Regina, there is a tension that a lot of people can see and in the end, it would be a fitting plot twist for the Savior to save the broken Evil Queen and them to raise their son together. However, there has been a lot of backlash from the writers and the cast, that they basically don’t support this relationship. Though it hasn’t been really said, many fans have gotten the message that it’s not going to happen and here’s what I have to say about it. Having a lesbian relationship at this point can only make the show. Or, if they can’t be together then let them play off the tension. Xena Warrior Princess was very successful and it was because of the tension between Xena and her sidekick Gabrielle. The writers knew of the fanbase and played on it rather than try to break it up. Well, they did try with the usual heterosexual relationship for the lead, it never lasted very long.

The moral of this post is to embrace the Queer love. If the fans see a tension, it might not hurt to play on it. It can only increase ratings and fans of the show. The Queer community has a large following and a lot of power behind it, embrace it, don’t bash it.

 

Miss America 2013

 

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This past weekend, America saw a new Miss America crowned. A beautiful woman of Indian desent. It wasn’t even hours after Nina Davuluri, Miss New York, was crowned that Twitter errupted with racist comments that would make anyone disgusted. BuzzFeed collected a group of them: http://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/a-lot-of-people-are-very-upset-that-an-indian-american-woman?utm_campaign=socialflow&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=buzzfeed

It easy to put ones into the position to see, maybe, why people would have a problem… actually, there is no excuse that would allow this to slide as acceptable behavior by any American. I can honestly say that I am disturbed that people take to Twitter to vent their racisim.  Nina Davuluri is beautiful and probably as elegant as any of the women competeing. She breaks the traditional standards that Miss America has to be caucasian with blonde hair and blue eyes. What people fail to realize is that this country is constantly evolving. We are becoming more and more diverse with each passing day.

The fact of the matter is that it should not matter on what nationality you are from as long as you were born in America. It is the Miss America pageant, afterall. Nina was quoted saying  “I always viewed myself as first and foremost American.” You can be any descent and still be American and that is what the ignorant people fail to realize.

It just goes to show that if America can embrace having an African American president and they can embrace having a Indian American Miss America than we are moving the right step towards embracing diversity of all backgrounds. The things that need to get left behind are the racists attitudes and the disgusting comments that people chose to tweet. America is one big melting pot that has all sorts of opportunities. As an American, it saddens me greatly that we still have racism rising above, that it can’t be left to the past. Hopefully one day it will not matter.

A supposedly racist ad through an Advertising Major’s eyes;

The Dunkin Donuts ad featured in today’s class was not racist, in my opinion. All I really saw was advertising, a creative way. It shows the Asian girl becoming a part of the food as she takes a bite. She basically becomes the charcoal donut. This is form of advertising that is used all the time, many people might not realize it either, they are creating a character. I think it was creative and I pose the question, if she had turned brown or white to symbolize other donuts, would it be classified as racism? Considering something racist when something is obviously a form of advertising or art is creating racism when it might not be meant in such a way. I showed the video too two of my roommates and both of them said they saw what I saw. If you’re not looking for something to be racists then you won’t notice it. 

“It’s absolutely ridiculous,” Nadim Salhani told the AP. “We’re not allowed to use black to promote our doughnuts? I don’t get it. What’s the big fuss? What if the product was white and I painted someone white, would that be racist?”   http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/dunkin-donuts-apologizes-blackface-ad-thailand

This was a quote in the article and I have to agree with it. I don’t like the idea of screaming racism just to point it out, especially when the ad appeared somewhere they obviously did not mean it to be racist. It was brought up that the Thailand girl looked white. Yes, perhaps her skin was a shade lighter but calling her white when she is obviously not white could also be mistaken as racism. I suppose there is the reason I am taking this class because it is opening my eyes to so much, how and what people think when they view something. For example, I had no idea that Blurred Lines video portrayed women dancing around practically naked. It has definitely made me rethink the song.