MTV surprised us all this week when they released the Faking It pilot online for a short—and feverish—48 hours. The new show, slated for the Tuesday night teen crowd, tells the story of best friends Amy and Karma, who pretend to be lesbians in order to reach maximum popularity at their liberal Austin, Texas, high school.
Yeah, I know how that premise sounds, so it’s no wonder the show is stirring up controversy. Most of the Faking It buzz on the web lately has centered around whether the show is doing a service or disservice to the LGBT community.
My opinion? It’s doing us a great service. Read on for my arguments as to why Amy, Karma, and their story are helping visibility and the LGBT cause.
In his dissenting opinion [of the Supreme Court decision that struck down the federal ban on same-sex marriage], the Honorable Antonin Scalia recognized that this result was the logical outcome of the Court’s ruling in Windsor: ‘In my opinion, however, the view that this Court will take of state prohibition of same-sex marriage is indicated beyond mistaking by today’s opinion. As I have said, the real rationale of today’s opinion … is that [the federal ban on same-sex marriages] is motivated by ‘bare … desire to harm’ couples in same-sex marriages. How easy it is, indeed how inevitable, to reach the same conclusion with regard to state laws denying same-sex couples marital status.’ The court agrees with Justice Scalia’s interpretation of Windsor. … And Justice Scalia even recommended how this court should interpret the Windsor decision when presented with the question that is now before it.
In time, Americans will look at the marriage of couples such as Plaintiffs, and refer to it simply as a marriage — not a same-sex marriage. These couples, when gender and sexual orientation are taken away, are in all respects like the family down the street. The Constitution demands that we treat them as such. Today, the ‘injustice that [we] had not earlier known or understood’ ends.
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Lawmakers in Gambia recently passed a bill that would increase the country’s punishment for some homosexual acts to life imprisonment, reports the Associated Press.
The bill, which reportedly contains language similar to Uganda’s struck-down anti-gay law, now awaits the approval of Gambia President Yahya Jammeh, who’s been openly hostile to the LGBT community in the past. In 2008, he demanded gays and lesbians leave the country or risk having their heads cut off. In February, Jammeh said on state television, “We will fight these vermins called homosexuals or gays the same way we are fighting malaria-causing mosquitoes, if not more aggressively.”
While the actions and comments of Gambia’s leaders are shocking, they are far from alone in
saying trans women cant be lesbians is saying women can’t be lesbians
trans women are still women