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Are you frustrated by current dating sites and apps like OkCupid and Tinder because of their adherence to binary gender identities and sexual orientations? Then you should donate to the crowdfunding campaign for Thurst. Thurst was designed by queer black developers frustrated with the heteronormative options on existing dating apps. Says founder Morgen Bromell of other dating apps, “I felt that they didn’t really cater to people that I knew personally — queer people of color especially.” The app is inclusive of all genders, races and sexual orientations. So you’ll no longer have to put a disclaimer about your genderqueer identity/queer identity/pansexual identity/et cetera identity at the top of your online dating profile. Donate here.

 

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Well, isn’t this just delightful? Mike Huckabee railed against the gays this week with insightful comments like, “[he] said forcing people opposed to same-sex marriage to accept it was the same as telling Jews they had to serve ‘bacon-wrapped shrimp in their deli.’ ” He also equated being gay with drinking and swearing. Lovely. As the kids say, “I can’t even.”

 

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This heartbreaking piece from the Advocate is a few months old, but it’ll always be relevant. It’s about queer folks who died after spending their whole lives in the closet. It’s sad, it’s interesting, it makes me feel lucky that I’m able to be out.

 

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Did you know that transgender troops can be discharged from the Army simply for being transgender? But oh good, a new proposal isn’t gonna change that rule, but it will make it a little more difficult to be discharged for your gender identity. To be clear, this is just a proposal, not an actual policy change yet. I’m sure trans soldiers all across the country are fucking thrilled that they will still be legally discriminated against, but at least the discharge process is being drawn out.

 

 

Ash Fisher is a comedian, actor and writer. She is not a comedienne, an actress or a writeress. Ash does standup all over California and co-produces and hosts "Man Haters Comedy" every month at The White Horse in Oakland. She is also an occasional illustrator and does voiceovers whenever someone lets her. She is a self-proclaimed selfie expert. Ash holds a B.F.A. in Theatre from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and Sallie Mae will never let her forget it.

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