It may be OK, soon, for a woman to marry a woman and a man to marry a man everywhere in the United States. But it’s not even close to being OK for a boy to like Barbies and sparkly pink dresses or to swish when he grows up—or for a girl to be so masculine that people nearly do a double take trying to figure out which sex she fits. It’s not OK, yet, for someone apparently born male to grow into womanhood, or for someone who started life considered female to make it clear he’s a man. As for the rest of us, we are still, far more than we understand, herded unnecessarily by our sex—by the stereotypes associated with how a woman or a man should act.
It needn’t be this way. And if we as a country make the right legal, cultural, political, and educational decisions in the years to come—if we are willing to listen to, and learn from, those on the gender margins—we can make more room for us all.
What’s Next for the Gay Rights Movement? | E.J. Graff for Newsweek
This is a long read, but a great one, about why there’s more to LGBT rights than marriage equality. I love when mainstream publications take the time to really delve into issues of gender and expression like this one did. What do you all think? Trans* and gender nonconforming friends, especially looking at you.
Yes…All of this.