Sharon Henry, a Black lesbian district attorney of San Mateo, walked into a Bank of America and attempted to deposit a check for $27,000 from her domestic partner’s account into hers and withdraw $1,000. The teller looked up a listing for the partner’s name—Kathleen Wilkinson—but it was a different Kathleen Wilkinson than Henry’s partner, and the listing lacked the notation that Sharon Henry was allowed to make the transaction.
The teller called Wilkinson’s family, who stated they didn’t know Henry and the teller called the police. The police, failing to follow protocol, did not call the phone number on the check, and refused to let Henry make the call, put her under arrest. They locked her up and took away her phone and diabetes medication.
Finally, Henry was released two hours later after her partner arrived at the bank wondering where she had gone.
Henry, a prosecutor, has decided to sue Bank of America for negligence, stating that the bank acted the way it did largely because she was African American. The judge has ruled in BofA’s favor, stating that Henry’s suit is an “unjustified” attempt to violate Bank of America’s free speech. Not only that, but the judge ordered Henry to pay BofA’s $50,000 attorney fees.
Sharon Henry is considering an appeal.
sometimes i feel like an asshole for flat out refusing and having no interest in media that does not have prominent female characters or (potential) lesbian main/subtext, but then i remember for roughly two decades i’ve been force-fed heteronormativity in literally all corners of media and haahaHA oh yea i’m not the asshole
I recently decided to stop “coming out" to everyone all the time. I always thought it was necessary because heterosexuality is so ingrained within us to be set as the default for people we meet. I’m attempting to reverse that idea by trying to reduce the shock people have, due to an initial telling.
I’ve decided that, from now on, I’m going to speak of my preferences casually, as if it were your average theme of “boy and girl” attraction that occasionally comes up at times.
'Cause, you know what? I'm as ordinary as anyone else. Why should I have to treat it like it's something I need to confess before continuing with my speech?
Just watched this movie, “Meltdown,” a.k.a. “Nuclear Hurricane.” I’ve been looking for an LGBT*Q+ movie that doesn’t center around sex or the fact that the characters aren’t heterosexual. Although this movie isn’t all too great (acting, choice of actors), I was so happy that it was like any other movie that features straight couples. For once, they are seen as normal, everyday kinds of people and not as just “GAY PEOPLE LIVING A GAY LIFE.”
You can watch it here.
I always need labels and answers. I like for everything to have an answer, but that’s sometimes too hard.
I’m starting to piece together each part of my identity because I never felt right calling myself a lesbian. Just doesn’t sound right. Yeah, I’m a female who likes other females, but I can’t just leave it at that. There’s so much more I’ve learned that is important to me, as well.
Gender Identity: Female.
Gender Expression: Androgynously masculine.
Gender Role: Mostly male.
And I’m not sure about only being attracted to people of the female sex and gender. I think I could like a girl who happens to have both parts “down there,” but I don’t know.
Not being heterosexual is tough, for someone like me. I know all that information about myself so far, but there’s still so much to learn. I want to keep learning until nothing is left unanswered.
I just really needed somewhere to say all this.
How DARE you try to defend gay rights and be some kind of advocate when you yourself are a bigot. I thought you were so open-minded and I thought maybe we could be friends, but after what happened today, I just lost hope for my generation and my hope for those within the LGBT community.
I thought, finally, there’s someone who believes sexuality is a large spectrum of identities, but ohhhh no no no.
It’s black and white to you, isn’t it?
To you, the world is just straight and gay, right?
In your own words, “I don’t believe that someone can be bisexual.”
Well, let me tell you something: By denying the existence of someone’s preference, you are denying them their right to an identity. By denying their right to identify as what they feel they are, you fit right back in with the close-minded heterosexuals whom you try to stand up against.
You are not someone who should try and lead the LGBTQ+ community because, hello, where’s the “B” to you? Just because you’re a lesbian doesn’t mean you automatically get a free ticket to becoming a gay rights spokesperson, especially if you don’t even accept a whole chunk of your cause.
No one gets left out, in my book.
And continued on throughout my day with a big ol’ smile on my face.
You make me smile.
You’re quirky, you’re silly, and you’re your own person.
…that, today, I reminded her of Rachel Maddow; One, because of my clothing, and two, because of my new hair cut I just got on Sunday.
Not sure whether I should take it as a compliment or not.
I bet most of my followers would unfollow me. Not like I even have much (29).
Why can’t I be attractive like this?!!??!?!?!?!?
Growing up, I always had a crush on Kim Possible.