Women’s History Month 2018

Within the last century, women have accomplished many things from the right to vote to the right to own property to being some of the most influential and powerful people in society. In recognition of these successes, the celebration of Women’s History Month has come into existence.

In the beginning, there was an International Women’s Day that congratulated and appreciated women all over the world. During the time of socialist and labor movements [the early 1900’s], the first Women’s Day took place on February 28, 1909, in New York City. It honored the one-year anniversary of the garment worker’s strikes in New York where thousands of women marched for economic rights through lower Manhattan to Union Square.

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HRC History: Pride 2017

This is the last post for Pride 2017 only because it’s the end of June and I have a lot of other things I’d like to discuss going into the month of July. *Sidenote: I went to my first pride parade in NYC this year and it was absolutely amazing. Follow me on Instagram @brittanyjrosa to see the videos and pictures from Pride!!* Now that that’s established let’s jump right in.

In 1980, one of the most iconic nonprofit organizations today was established, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). This organization stands up for all LGBT people by providing a strengthening system of support, employment, and advocacy to the revolution of gender identity and sexual orientation. Due to how big the HRC’s presence is nationwide, and even internationally, it can’t do everything for everyone so there aren’t very specific things that they do.

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The Future of Gender Neutral

When I was in college, I took a course called “Feminist Philosophy” and I found myself looking through some old essays and projects and I came across a hypothetical scenario describing what society would be like if gender neutral was adapted as a social norm. I absolutely loved that this situation was proposed as food for thought; it expanded my mind and developed a conversation surrounded by historical social, economical and political events leading to society’s current happenings related to race and gender.

This concept of a gender neutral society kept me excited with anticipation of all the potentially positive outcomes that being or supporting gender neutral attitudes and clothing was actually becoming more accepted and could one day be possible.

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My Coming Out Story: Pride 2017

When I was in second grade, there was a girl named Chelsea, who I had the biggest crush on. So, one day, in between classes, I pulled Chelsea aside to the end of the hallway near a stairway and told her I liked her. She was surprised and blushed, admitting that she liked me too. I was completely ecstatic and kissed her. This was my first kiss.

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He Said, She Said, They Said: The Importance of Pronouns

He said, she said, they said, ze said, xe said, it said, I said, we said, whoever said what they said when they said it must be addressed properly by the pronoun that they identify their gender with. Some of you might look at a person and assume their gender based on their appearance or sex. However, that is not a good way to identify others. There is a difference between gender and sex; if you don’t know the difference, then let me explain. Gender is based on how you identify yourself, whether it’s masculine, feminine, or neutral (which could be both or neither). Sex is based on your biology a.k.a. your reproductive organs: male = penis and female = vagina and enlarged breasts.

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Lost-n-Found Youth in Atlanta, GA: Pride 2017

A major problem within the LGBTQIA community is that families and friends aren’t always as supportive and accepting as we would think they would be. This leads to interpersonal conflict through political debates, personal opinions, and can cause psychological trauma to the LGBTQIA individual involved because they feel unloved and shunned by the people closest to them. The issue that follows is homelessness.

The homeless LGBT rates have shot up making it difficult to find shelters that accept and respect them. These LGBT individuals experiencing homelessness are often at a heightened risk of violence, abuse, and exploitation compared with their heterosexual acquaintances. According to the National Homeless website, 40% of the homeless youth served by agencies identify as LGBT individuals and out of that 40% only a short percentage of them are eligible for the services as listed below:

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Anything is Possible in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland was originally written and published by Lewis Carroll in 1865. The novel tells a tale of a young girl named, Alice who is bored with ordinary things in life like books with no pictures or conversations when she sees a White Rabbit dressed in a waistcoat holding a pocket watch, screaming, “Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be late”. Alice’s curiosity is peeked as she wonders to herself, ‘What could a rabbit possibly be late for?’. The girl follows him down a rabbit hole to a mysterious and strange place called Wonderland. This story has been adapted with various twists and spins on the original, over the last 150 years. One of my favorite remakes of the classic was done by film director, Tim Burton in 2010. Watch the film trailer below:

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Sex in Kemetic & Eastern Cultures

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When I was a teenager I was always curious to explore and learn more about my sexuality and the sexuality of other cultures. I would watch sexually explicit documentaries that were talked about the historical and spiritual aspects of love and sex. So when I watched: Ancient Egypt’s SEX Life & The History of SEX All Over World, I was quickly reminded that Western civilization really and truly doesn’t accept the openness of sexuality, especially as it relates to the female gender.

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