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Defining Genderqueer

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Many genderqueer people have different explanations of what the term means to them. But, in the general sense, genderqueer is a gender identity that falls outside the categories of male and female. Some may define it as their gender belonging somewhere in the middle of the gender binary, while others are beyond the binary completely. The origins of the word “genderqueer” are unclear, although it is believed to have been used as early as the 1980s during the rise of queer zine culture. Back then, queer writers and activists were challenging the notions of gender and wanted a term that … Read more

WHAT IF: We lived in a truly Genderless Society?

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Every Wednesday, we’re asking a what-if question – how would our world be different if something were changed? Today’s question is from QSFer Scott: Is a truly genderless society possible? What would it look like? Or is one where no one cares about which gender you are more likely? Share your serious scientific analyses, and random thoughts on the topic on our FB and MeWe Groups: FB: MeWe:

SCIENCE: There’s an Intersex Stick Insect, And Their Name is Charlie

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London’s Natural History Museum has confirmed that the first known dual-sex stick insect has been discovered – and their name is Charlie. Charlie is a green bean stick insect, or Diapherodes gigantea, who belongs to stick insect breeder Lauren Garfield who lives in Waldringfield, Suffolk. Garfield shared photos of Charlie to her Facebook page, and said that she had “accidentally” bred a “gynandromorphic” stick insect. Full Story from Pink News

survey: One in Four Queer Youth Uses Non-Binary Pronouns

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One in four LGBT+ youth use pronouns other than he/him and she/her, according to research by a leading charity. The study indicates that LGBT+ young people are increasingly finding different ways to express their gender identities and that many are opting for a mix of pronouns. The survey, conducted by The Trevor Project, found that 75 per cent of LGBT+ young people exclusively use either he/him or she/her pronouns. Meanwhile, 25 per cent use gender neutral pronouns such as they/them, either exclusively or as a combination with other pronouns. Full Story from Pink News

Lego to Remove Gender Stereotypes From Toys


Lego is working to eliminate gender stereotypes from its products after a study revealed that both parents and kids continue to view toys as gendered. A survey from the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, commissioned by Lego, found large differences remain in the toys parents expect boys to play with and those they expect girls to play with, Lego reported. These attitudes are also connected to the type of career paths parents ultimately encourage their children to follow. For example, the survey found that parents were five times more likely to encourage girls to dance and dress up, … Read more

VIDEO GAMES: China Plans to ban Games with Queer Content

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China will ban video games featuring same-sex relationships, ‘effeminate’ men and moral choices, according to a leaked memo. The internal memo from a recent internal training by the state-backed gaming association was revealed by the South China Morning Post, lays out new restrictions for approving video games in China. According to the publication, the memo said that video games must not be viewed as “pure entertainment”, and should instead convey “a correct set of values”. Games that feature queer relationships or “effeminate males”, the memo states, should not be approved for release in China. “If regulators can’t tell the character’s … Read more

REVIEW: The Adam Initiative – Les Gould

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Genre: Sci Fi, Generation Ship LGBTQ+ Category: Lesbian Reviewer: Scott Get It On Amazon About The Book Traveling between the stars takes generations and a tightly controlled population balanced on the edge of a knife between dying out and outgrowing the ship’s limited resources. For the colony ship, Endurance, the Longevity program has successfully managed the size of all-female crew population for more than twenty generations. Until now. Concerns rise when Longevity ramps up the birth rate, but when the next generation doesn’t look like the others, it’s up to Doctor Cynthia Synclara to figure out why before drastic measures … Read more

Disney Theme Parks Drop “Boys and Girls” language to Make All Kids Feel Welcomed

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Disneyland and Disney World have dropped a gendered “boys and girls” greeting as “part of a broader effort” to promote gender inclusivity. Fireworks shows at Disneyland and Disney World in Florida formerly began with: “Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, dreamers of all ages.” But the new announcement drops the gendered terms and instead simply welcomes “dreamers of all ages”. Visitors were first greeted by the new inclusive message on Thursday (1 July) when the fireworks show was tested at Walt Disney World in Florida, according to the Orange County Register. Disneyland and Disney World fireworks displays had … Read more

VIDEO GAMES: “A Long Journey to an Uncertain End” Gets Gender Diversity Right

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Like so many games, A Long Journey to an Uncertain End begins with character creation. But, unlike many games, this one actually gets it right. Over the years, character creation tools have changed and improved to better reflect the diversity of the tens of millions of people that play games every day. If a game wants us to be ourselves, we need the tools to achieve this. Yet there remain some limitations. Many games still assign character traits based on gender, for instance. Most recently, Cyberpunk 2077 has offered more extensive options when it comes to allowing us to pick … Read more

VIDEO GAMES: Splatoon 3 to Ditch Gender Binary

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Nintendo Direct gave us our first glimpse at the newly announced Splatoon 3, including its character customisation options. It’s the latest in Nintendo’s online shooter series that sees cartoon squid kids battling it out in teams to squirt as much ink as possible over the battlefield using some wild weaponry. In previous games, you were forced to choose between boy or girl for your Inkling (or Octoling) character, though in Splatoon 2 you could at least change your gender later on. Now, it appears you can simply select a ‘style’ for your squid or octopus kid. Two styles are available … Read more