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  1. DashingRainbow36

    mega thread What is your sexuality ?

    Hey guys! I'm a gay brony and was wondering if there are any other gay bronies here as well.
  2. Justin_Case001

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    Today I'd like to talk about transgender issues. I want to try to unravel and dispel as much misinformation as possible because I see so much confusion and frustration surrounding this issue. I also want to try to bridge some gaps and find some common ground between liberals and conservatives because there is a lot of hostility around this subject. My goal is to try to have an honest discussion, get at the facts, and provide my opinions and perspective, all while remaining compassionate and sympathetic to people's feelings. I am doing this as part of my ongoing project to try to make the world a better place by thinking and reasoning publicly (albeit anonymously). I believe that getting a solid handle on reality and finding common ground is crucial to achieving this goal. So, let's begin. I have always been what you'd call "pro-LGBT", but that's extremely vague, and could encompass so many things. A good way to reduce this position to something clearer would be to say that I don't believe people should be judged based on how they were born--something they can't control. However, it has been pointed out to me that the acronym "LGBT" (sometimes with and added Q or other letters) is a bit illogical and misleading to begin with. The fact is that the L, G, and B are sexual orientations, but the T is not. Being transgender has nothing inherently to do with one's sexual orientation. As we all probably know by now, trans issues have to do with sexual identity, which is what you are, and orientation is who you love. Hence, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to lump T in with L, G, and B, as if they are all one group of people. We constantly hear this term, "The LGBT community", but I've heard gay people say things to the effect of, "I'm just gay. I don't know anything about what it's like to be trans. I'm not part of a trans community. Being gay has nothing to do with being trans." And I've heard vice versa from trans people. So, it's a bit illogical, but I suppose that this label caught on in this way out of a matter of practicality and convenience. I don't think it's particularly useful to combine these terms as such, but I don't think it's particularly harmful, either. I'd like to make one distinction perfectly clear from the get-go: I think orientation is a simple issue with a clear and simple answer--it's absolutely fine. Gay marriage--absolutely fine. I believe that there's nothing wrong with any sexual orientation. It's all amoral. Love is just love. It doesn't matter who it's with if it's consenting adults. We can't control who and what we're attracted to, anyway. I believe that anyone who is not on this side of the argument is simply on the wrong side of history and reality, and I don't believe it's any more complicated than that, nor warranting of further discussion. Trans issues are a lot more complex and warrant more discussion. We hear a lot of frustration from the left and right about this. You hear people from the far left talking about how sex, gender, and (depending on who you ask), everything that you are and the totality of your being is a feeling, and that you are whatever you identify as. Then you hear people from the far right saying things like, "Born a man/woman, always a man/woman. Trans people are delusional. Only two genders," and etc. Let's try to get to the bottom of some of this. In particular, I'd like to start by trying to put an end to this "how many genders?" flim-flam, in which I see much confusion and conflicting answers. But before we can do any of that, we must first properly define sex and gender, so let's do that. Let's look at three different definitions. First, a 1992 copy of The World Book Dictionary: Sex - One of two divisions of humans beings and animals; the character of being male or female. Gender - 1. Grouping of nouns into certain classes, such as masculine, feminine or neuter. 2. Sex, synonym. Next, a 2009 copy of the Oxford Dictionary: Sex - Either of the two main categories (male or female) into which humans and most other living things are divided on the basis of their reproductive function. Gender - 1. A class (usually masculine, feminine, common, or neuter) into which nouns and pronouns are placed in some languages. 2. The state of being male or female (with reference to social or cultural differences.) Usage on sex and gender: The words "gender" and "sex" both have the sense 'the state of being male or female,' but they are used in different ways. Sex usually refers to biological differences, while gender tends to refer to cultural or social ones. And finally, a quick search on dictionary.com: Sex - 1. Either the male or female division of a species, especially as differentiated with reference to the reproductive functions. 2. The sum of the structural and functional differences by which the male and female are distinguished, or the phenomena or behavior dependent on these differences. Gender - 1. Either the male or female division of a species, especially as differentiated by social and cultural roles and behavior. 2. A similar category of human beings that is outside the male/female binary classification and is based on the individual's personal awareness or identity. In school, I was always taught that sex is your biological makeup with respect to reproductive function (male or female), and gender is what you perceive yourself to be socially (masculine or feminine). The three sets of definitions, while varying slightly, seems to align to this. Sex is biological, and gender is social/cultural. When I hear people discussing and debating how many sexes/genders there are, it annoys me that they usually fail to define terms, and instead use them interchangeably, when they are, in fact, different. So, here's my breakdown: there are two sexes. That's it. Pretty simple. Excluding intersex abnormalities and anomalies, such as hermaphrodites, there's just male and female. There are no other options. Gender, on the other hand, is a spectrum between masculine and feminine, and thus, is infinite. Regardless of your sex, your gender can be anything along that spectrum. You can be a feminine male, a masculine female, you can be gender fluid; you can shift between feminine and masculine, you can be one today and the other tomorrow, you can be right in the middle--neither masculine nor feminine. You could even have some of each traits simultaneously. The possibilities are endless. Gender is predominantly a feeling. It's your identity--your self-perception. It is social and cultural. Many, but not all, gender characteristics are arbitrary cultural constructs, such as fashion and hairstyles. So, to reiterate: Sex--binary. Male or female. (excluding biological anomalies). Gender: Masculine/feminine. Infinite spectrum. Given these definitions, the term "transsexual" would seem to be a more accurate term for someone who undergoes sexual reassignment surgery, but that term has fallen out of favor for some reason; I'm not quite sure why. For the rest of this essay, I'll typically just say, "trans person". People often seem to get bogged down in semantics when debating this "how many genders" thing, and it leads to confusion and frustration. I've heard some people try to argue that there's more than two sexes, but this argument hits a wall when you ask them what these additional sexes are. You have male, female, and....what else? What other option is there? What other reproductive organs are there? What other chromosomes are there? There aren't any. If there were, then we'd know what they are. I've seen people argue that they are neither male nor female, and this tends to lead to a frustrated backlash, usually from the political right. I sympathize with that frustration, because the fact is that you have to be either male or female, biologically speaking. There's no other option, no matter how much you'd like there to be. So, when a person states that they are neither male nor female, they appear to many to be delusional, and I can understand that. I believe that the problem comes from the fact that they are confusing sex with gender. They can be neither masculine nor feminine; they can be neither male nor female culturally, or socially, meaning that they don't fit into any societal man/woman archetypes, but they have to be male or female biologically. I would never ask anyone to fit into any cultural boxes. Regardless of your sex, you can have any kind of personality, and you can be anywhere on the gender spectrum, or possibly even somewhere orthogonal to it, or off of it entirely. I'm open to the possibility of more possibilities besides just masculine and feminine, though I'm dubious about what those would be. You don't have to be any sort of man or woman that society expects you to be. However, like it or lump it, you have to be biologically male or female. You just are one or the other, period--either XX or XY. So, if someone argues that they are, literally, neither male nor female biologically, then I would argue that they are indeed delusional. Or just faking for attention or something. My ultimate point here is that I sympathize with conservatives who feel like many of these trans people are delusional. I get it. But I believe that so much of this frustration and confusion could be avoided if we better defined and understood the terms sex and gender from the outset. So, now let's discuss the actual nitty gritty of gender dysphoria and transitioning. What do we know? Well, let me start a different way, and tell you what I thought I knew--for many years, I thought that male and female brains were uniquely, perfectly different in such a crystal clear way that you could look at a scan of one and say with absolute certainty that that one is a female brain, and that one is a male brain. I thought this to be a plain, cut and dry biological fact. Thus, as I understood it, a trans person was one with the brain of one sex, and the body of the other. I thought that this was a biological certainty, and that we could prove with a scan that person was "born in the wrong body." Because of this, I couldn't understand why so many people had such a hard time believing that gender dysphoria and transgenderism are real, biological conditions. Well, after doing my own research, what I learned is that our understanding of the brain is not nearly as good as I thought. Gender dysphoria absolutely is a real thing, but it's not as cut and dry as just taking a brain scan and saying, "yup, this boy has a female brain." Male and female brains differ in chemistry, but they're not as perfectly defined as I thought. Instead, we see trends. Things that tend to look one way in a male brain, and tend to look another in a female brain. Certain parts will be bigger in one brain than another, suggesting a higher capacity for certain types of abilities or information processing, or multitasking, or emotions, or what have you. These types of brain differences between the sexes are trends, but they're not absolutes, and we cannot simply scan a brain and say, "oh, look a that--sure enough, you've got a female/male brain." Now, the trans brain tends to look different from both. It will appear to have bigger/smaller/different looking regions than either a typical male or typical female. These differences in brain chemistry can create a very real feeling of being the wrong sex. There absolutely is a difference. Gender dysphoria is a real, biological phenomenon, but it is not nearly as understood as I once thought. We can see different trends, but we cannot scan a brain and determine a person to be in the wrong body--not with any certainty. Not yet. Many of my beliefs about this subject were based on assumption, not research. After learning these facts, I had to backtrack on some of my opinions, such as young children being able to transition. I lean against that now. There are children who seem absolutely certain that they are supposed to be the opposite sex, and I have no doubt of their sincerity, but given our shaky understanding of the brain, it seems risky and irresponsible to allow children to make such drastic decisions for themselves. After all, children's brains are so underdeveloped compared to an adult's, and many children don't really know what they want or how they feel. They can change so dramatically, and as I understand it, many minors who transition regret it later on. But then there are those individuals who feel absolutely horrified at the prospect of going through puberty of their birth sex, and I sympathize with them. That's rough, but I still lean towards not allowing minors to transition, especially after hearing from many adult trans people who are against it for the reasons I've put forth. At the end of the day, I completely support a person's right to transition and to do what they want with their own body, but it is a massive decision that I believe requires maturity to make. That said, I don't see the harm in allowing children to express their gender (masculinity/femininity) as they wish. I think that children ought to be able to choose the clothes and toys that appeal to them most, and I don't think this "warps" their minds, as haters love to say. In some cases, gender nonconformity in children may just be a phase that they will grow out of, and sometimes not. But either way, wearing clothes or playing with toys cannot damage or permanently alter someone, it cannot make a cisgendered person trans, and it certainly cannot affect orientation. I believe that children should get to choose what they're most comfortable with, but should not be allowed to make physical alterations until adulthood. At this point, it's also worth mentioning that gender dysphoria is indeed a variety of mental illness. That's not to say that it is in any way comparable or equatable to, say, something like schizophrenia, Downs Syndrome, or bipolar disorder, or things of that nature, but it is most certainly a problem in the brain. It's obviously not supposed to happen. It's a glitch in the operating system. It's a bug, not a feature. It's an illness in the same way that clinical depression is a real illness. Many conservatives/anti-trans people will say that trans individuals are mentally ill, which causes an eruption of outrage from the left, with liberals giving retorts to the tune of, "No, their not! There's nothing wrong with this person! They're just a beautiful woman/man/whatever!" There's a couple points to unpack, here. Firstly, when conservatives say this, liberals are usually taking it to mean "trans people are f*cked up, disgusting, and wrong for trying to transition". Now, I'm sure that many people do mean it in this insulting way, and that's terrible. To those people, I would naturally argue that there's nothing wrong with a person taking steps to feel more comfortable in their own skin. However, it should also be understood that when the liberals argue that there's nothing at all wrong with these people, that's not entirely accurate, either. Of course there's something wrong: they have gender dysphoria. If there was nothing wrong, then they wouldn't need to transition to the opposite sex in the first place, now would they? Saying that there's nothing wrong suggests that gender dysphoria isn't a real condition, which is counterproductive to understanding trans issues. It isn't hateful or intolerant to admit that there's a problem. There is something wrong--these people do have a mental illness, and transitioning to the opposite sex is the way that mental illness is fixed. Gender dysphoria is the illness, and transitioning is the treatment. * * * I would now like to migrate towards the conversation about how society views trans people, and what really makes a man a man, and a woman a woman. I think that, typically speaking, most people want to be compassionate and sympathetic towards others without entering into any fiction. Depending on where you look, there's something of a war-zone at the moment between people who want others to respect whatever they identify as, and people who flat-out refuse to acknowledge a trans person as the sex they identify as. Let's see if we can't find some common ground and look at each point of view. Take a character like Ben Shapiro for example: when talking about trans individuals, he will only refer to them as their birth sex. When asked why he won't call this transwoman "she", he replies, "because it is a lie". For convenience, let's use Caitlyn Jenner as an example of transwoman, just because she's probably the most famous one. Ben takes hard-line stance that Caitlyn is a man with some hormone therapy and cosmetic surgery. His opponents will ask why he refuses to respect her sexual identity, and he will explain that it's intellectually dishonest. This is enraging to many, as they feel that a person's internal, self-identity is their true self. I.e., if you feel that you're a woman, then you are a woman. To many, refusing to acknowledge a person's self-identified sex is a heinous act of hate. But surely there is some middle ground. Is Caitlyn Jenner a woman? Is Caitlyn female? Let's explore this question together from both sides. At one time, I would have answered, without hesitation, unabashedly, unequivocally, yes. Yes, Caitlyn is a woman. However, now, when I think about this question, it gives me slight pause. I feel like I'm not sure I want to answer, and this hesitation, according to many, instantly makes me a vile, despicable human being and forever disqualifies me from playing for Team Liberal. Lifetime ban. I have to turn in my uniform, right down to the official Leftist underwear, and walk home naked, dragging behind me the Stone of Shame. Well...I'd like to be able to talk about this like rational human beings without jumping to such extreme conclusions. Here's the facts: Caitlyn has a Y chromosome. She can never truly be biologically female. Not in a reproductive sense. I know it. You know it. Caitlyn knows it. Chromosomes tell the final story, right? So, does that mean that Caitlyn is male? Well.... ....yes. I suppose it does. If I'm being completely intellectually honest, then I have to say yes. I can't argue with that logic. The part of my brain that cares about facts, reality, and intellectual honesty won't let me answer any other way. Imagine it this way: let's suppose there was a zombie apocalypse--one caused by a virus like KV from I Am Legend. Let's suppose that we invented a cure, like Robert Neville did in the movie. Let's suppose we were able to make a vaccine. Let's then suppose that, for whatever reason, the vaccine was sex-specific. It interacts with chromosomes in some way. There's a male vaccine, and a female vaccine. The correct vaccine will make you immune to the virus. The wrong vaccine will kill you. Hospitals are offering free injections. They have huge booths set up with every available doctor and nurse administering the vaccine. People are lined up around the block. There are two lines: the male line, and the female line. Which line is Caitlyn Jenner going to get in? Bear in mind, the wrong one means death. When we look at the question this way, it seems pretty straightforward. So, the point is, I sympathize with Ben Shapiro's perspective. However, I am comfortable acknowledging and respecting the sex that a trans person presents as because there's more to this stuff than just chromosomes. I know Caitlyn has a Y chromosome. We all know it. Nobody's delusion, here. Nobody's trying to pretend that reality doesn't exist. But the fact of it is this: trans people are human beings telling us of a very real, agonizing condition that they're going through, and they're doing their damnedest to try to navigate it, and to find some way to be at peace with themselves, physically and mentally. A decent person should be compassionate and sympathetic to this, in my opinion. If a person transitions, get the hormones and the surgery, and fully presents as their self-identified sex, then what's the harm in respecting that and referring to them as that sex? (I guess I'm talking directly to the Ben Shapiros of the world, now.) I mean, Caitlyn has breasts and a vagina now; isn't that enough? For all intents and purposes, isn't that enough? Do we really need to worry about her chromosomes in our everyday interactions? If a person has completed the transition, then it seems to me that it's not intellectually dishonest to refer to them as that sex. Physically, they have the body of that sex, now, so what's the problem? Now, it starts to get grayer when trans people have only partially transitioned, or haven't begun at all. Personally, I am once again comfortable respecting the sex a person identifies as, but I am sympathetic to people who are more squeamish about it. I think the feelings of that side (conservatives, or whoever they may be) become more and more understandable the less and less effort that a trans person has made to transition. I.e. is a person has made zero effort to transition, then I completely understand feeling uncomfortable referring to them as their self-identified sex. Just for kicks, let's take a look at some extreme examples--give this the ol' reductio ad absurdum treatment. Suppose that this person, looking exactly as so, suddenly said, "I'm a man. You must acknowledge and treat me as such in every way." How would you feel about that? How would I feel about that? And suppose that someone who looked exactly like this: said, "I'm a woman, and you must treat me as such." I don't know about you, but I'd feel a bit like this: Or this: And who could blame me, y'know? I do think that conservatives (or whoever is not accepting of trans people) should try to be less rigid and more compassionate, but I also think that trans people need to realize that it's unreasonable to expect people to accept their self-identified sex without a reasonable effort to present that way. And, by and large, I think trans people get that. They do make the effort. I mean, of course they do, because they don't want to look like their birth sex. They're unhappy with it. That's the point. But if zero effort is made, then it gets a little dodgy, and I get that. As far as genitalia goes, that's really nobody's business. If a person presents as a given sex, then I'll accept that; I don't need to know what's between their legs. Nobody does. It's up to them if they want to get surgery, anyway. Ultimately, I think that we can be respectful without denying any reality. Let's cover the bathroom stuff real quick. I'm in favor of letting trans people use the bathrooms of the sex with which they identify, but I understand the feeling from the other side. Is the worry here that we are approaching an endgame where anyone can go in any bathroom or locker room they want just by saying, "I identify as that thing"? Can any guy just say, "I'm a woman", and hang out in the women's locker room and enjoy the show? Look back up at those example pictures--what if the swimsuit model wanted to go in the men's room? What if ol' Hugh Jackman there wanted to go in the women's room? There would probably be much more of an uproar about the latter. Obviously, there's an asymmetry here due to the (almost exclusively) unidirectional nature of rape and sexual abuse. I.e. the man in the women's room is a potential threat, while the woman in the man's room isn't (a fact which makes me greatly resent being male). This stuff seems sketchy, but here's the thing--do we really need to worry about these problems? Has this kind of thing ever happened? Not to my knowledge. We just don't see these cases of regular, sexually unambiguous people going in the opposite sex's bathrooms. Once again, trans people want to do their best to resemble their self-identified sex, so if they go in the bathroom with which they identify, it will probably look less conspicuous than the other. No one wants to make a horrendous scene. Trans people going in the bathroom will probably either look "passable", or androgynous, so what's the big deal? I think they can be left alone. I don't think any trans people are going in the bathroom to rape anyone. I think that this is an issue that we just don't need to think much about. Let 'em use the damn bathroom, and then let it be out-of-mind. * * * I want to be as accepting and non-judgemental as possible. That's the kind of person I want to be, but Celestia help me, there are times when even I feel the cringe when certain liberals say certain things about this stuff. I have repeatedly made it clear that gender dysphoria and transgenderism are real things, and I have also made it clear that your personality (gender) can be anything on an infinite spectrum regardless of your biological sex, but I understand how conservatives feel when liberals toss around phrases like "men with vaginas" and "women with penises". Sometimes I feel conflicted about this stuff. I'm open-minded, and I want to be respectful and supportive of people being true to themselves, but scientific facts also matter to me, and they should matter to you. I think it would dangerous to move further towards this idea that you are whatever you feel you are. That certainly isn't always true. Physical reality matters. A person can be born as one sex but have brain chemistry more closely resembling the other, but I don't think it's entirely accurate to say, for example, that a person born biologically male who identifies as female is "every bit as much of a woman" as a natural born female. I'm worried that that last statement may get me in a lot of trouble, and may be considered the most flammable and controversial thing I've ever said on these forums. Such is the nature of this conversation. But does it make me a bad person to just wonder about these things? To be unsure? To have an opinion? It doesn't mean I hate anyone, or that I want to hurt or offend anyone. But the fact is, I don't think a biological male is "just as much of a woman", simply because they identify as such. I don't think that the definitions of "man" and "woman" are purely cultural, or social, or internal feeling-based. I don't think that simply feeling like a woman makes you "every bit as much of a woman" as any other. I think that biology and physicality actually matters, which is why trans people want to make the physical transition in the first place. I'm sorry if this opinion seems inflammatory, but it is not based in any sort of intolerance or desire to tell others how they feel or who they are. This is just a fact of reality as I see it. Youtuber Stephen Crowder made a great point about Caitlyn Jenner. After Caitlyn had her "downstairs" surgery, she said that she was no less of a woman before the surgery. Stephen said, "Then why get the surgery?" If you are literally, truly just as much of a woman before the surgery, then what's the point of the surgery? Aren't you getting the surgery in order to be a more complete woman? So that your body matches how you feel? I think that one's biological makeup actually does matter, or no one would ever bother having the reassignment surgery. Before I close, I'd like to mention that it's hypocritical, judgemental, and unfair for trans people to expect or demand that certain people be attracted to them, regardless of genitalia. So, for instance, if a hetero man doesn't want to date a transwoman with a penis, that doesn't make him a bad person. Judging someone for which genitals they'd prefer their partner to have is absolutely ridiculous. In my opinion, this shouldn't even warrant discussion. We have no control over what we're attracted to, and judging someone for such is completely antithetical to the entire LGBT movement. I don't think that sexual orientation should warrant discussion anymore, either, but I wanted to write this piece because I feel that trans issues are still complex, confusing, controversial, and can be difficult for many to understand. Please don't misconstrue any of my doubts or opinions as intolerance or hatred. Please know that when I read a post by a trans individual who says that they came out to their family, or they began their transition, or finished it, or what have you, I always think to myself, "That's wonderful. Good for you. I'm so glad you're able to be true to yourself and live the way you want, now." That's how I really feel. But that doesn't mean I can't think and reason about facts and reality as well, and have some opinions you may not share. And just to give you a final bit of perspective, this is all coming from someone who's a bit of a gender nonconformist himself. I'm a cis, hetero male, but I wish I was female. I have determined that I'm not trans; I don't have gender dysphoria. I just hate being male in this culture. I believe I'd be happier had I been born female. I have a strong feminine side, and I like to wear dresses and feminine clothing, and I'm always worried about how I will be perceived and accepted. Ultimately, I just want everyone on Earth to be able to be their authentic selves, to be comfortable in their own skin, happy with themselves mentally and physically, able to live as they choose free from judgement and hatred, and I want all of this to able to occur in harmony with scientific facts and physical reality. [Thanks for reading, thanks for keeping an open mind, and major props to anyone who actually made it through this whole, convoluted pile of garbage.]
  3. 1. This scene is about being yourself and not letting authority or society define you. The scene is about the scallywags, especially Captain Celaeno taking back who she is, and giving the finger to the authority (the Storm King). They have been pressured to suppress the pirate part of themselves, literally covering it up with the Storm King's banner, and leaving symbols of their identity locked away: Celaeno's hat, a hook, a cap, a floaty. Rainbow Dash swipes away the banner to reveal a beaming picture of Captain Celaeno when she was filled with pride in herself, and pride in being a captain. When she begins singing, you see her look at this picture of herself with a pained look. She longs to be that person again. 2. The Storm King, and his book of orders. This could be equated to authority, and it's expectations and rules people must follow. To a certain extent, his book of orders could be paralleled to the bible, and the idea that it must be followed word-for-word. At one point, Rainbow Dash tosses the book overboard. That would be a strong religious and political message. I think the book was perhaps more loosely a symbol of societal rules. And Rainbow says "to heck with it". 3. The lyrics. Let go of your "fears and doubts", and let the light within "shine for all the world to see". In order to come out of the closet, you have to let go of fears and doubts. "Don't let them rob you of who you are". Again, don't let others define who you are, or take your identity away. " It's time to break the shackles free". It's time to push back. "And start living like the brave and the bold". "'It's the time to let our colors fly". 4. Rainbows are not exclusively a symbol of LGBT, but they are a symbol of diversity, and boldness. The scallywags reveal a colorful array of feathers sprouting from their ship, and they all straighten up with slight smiles of self-confidence. 5. The boldness. When Rainbow Dash let off her sonic rainboom, she alerted everyone within miles. That takes guts. Albeit, this was stupid on her part, (she put the crew, the mane six, and spike in danger). 6. The fact Rainbow Dash's actions had a negative effect. Sometimes when someone comes out of the closet, it will be recieved negatively, and at times these negative reactions can be violent or extremely harmful to this person. When Rainbow Dash alerted Tempest to their presence, they became an easier target. I understand this song is a vague and universal message. It could apply to anyone. And I think that was the intention. Regardless of this, can you recognize any lgbt+ or pride themes within this song/scene? Has anyone else noticed? EDIT: I do think it's about accepting one's identity, as I said, "lgbt+ or not". The message is generic. I was merely noticing gay pride themes. Gay pride is a thing of culture, and in this case not an explicit message, but rather an underlying societal truth with tones of that culture. I meant in no way to say that Rainbow Dash is gay. Nor Captain Celeano for that matter. I know sexuality is explored in depth with MLP. I was looking at it in a thematic way, not a "are they gay" mayhem. I insinuate no labels on the characters, sexual or otherwise. It bothers me when people assume Rainbow Dash is gay because of the rainbows, and the fact that she's a tomboy, instead of actually looking at her relationships and how she interacts with others. This is not meant to be an assumption of sexuality of characters, or the writers' intent.
  4. Welcome to the very first transgender support thread on the forums! This will be a way of reaching out to those who experience great discomfort with their anatomy, biology, and the social pressures to behave and present themselves in accordance to their gender assigned at birth. It is a big and scary world out there and we want to reassure people who are suffering with gender dysphoria feel like they are not alone. In fact, there are over 700,000 transgenders in the U.S. alone [1]. There is no reason to feel alone and that is what this thread is here to prove! There are also a handful of open transgender members here as evidenced by the amount of life advice threads started by them: https://mlpforums.com/tags/forums/transgender/ There are definitely more trans people on here, I'm sure, who are most likely afraid of coming out. So I hope this thread can provide the virtual safe haven they need! If you are not trans but wish to show support to the trans community, you're more than welcome! For those of you who have no idea what transgender means, see the following and educate yourselves: https://en.wikipedia...Gender_identity https://en.wikipedia...ender_dysphoria https://en.wikipedia...iki/Transgender You are free to share your support, stories, thoughts, questions, concerns, etc! So yeah!
  5. OLD ACCOUNT

    What is your sexuality ?

    So I did a search on this very old topic but I guess it got deleted for having way to many posts I guess ? Or does the search bar still not working ? Anyways might as well start out a fresh one lol. Well, my sexuality is gay after figuring out earlier today and last night having some deep thoughts by going back in the past of who I really am attracted to so after months of switching back and forth figured I like guys more then I do with girls. So ya there's that lol.
  6. ASocialyAwkwardPony

    LGBT Support Thread

    So I saw we lacked one of these and I thought it would be a nice addition to the site. Let's here talk, share stories and bring up other nice things about us who like people of our own gender, both genders, identify as the opposite gender or any other traits of ourselves and/or our friends who fit under the LGBTQ banner.
  7. RainyDays

    Visual Art Girlfriend Art ^-^

    http://file:///home/chronos/u-33e7f2aa7f2567c07d3e7645d82df93b6b94fef0/Downloads/IMG_20161111_213621.jpg I wanted to try a new art style and it turned out great (at least I think so) This is me and my girlfriend (she's the one with glasses) Let me know what you guys think!
  8. If you like talking about makeup/beauty, LGBT+ type stuff, or being a shopaholic in a crumbling economy.... add me pleaseeee
  9. Dreampuff

    When you have a crush!

    How do you define having a crush? What does having a crush make you do/feel? How do you act around that person?
  10. Eloquence

    Polyamorous Forumers?

    Exactly as the title says: Are there any other forum users who identify as polyamorous? I am genuinely curious, because I only know of three other people on the whole forum who are. One of them is my partner, and the other two specifically came to me to learn about what being poly means. And for those of you who aren't familiar with the term, polyamory is essentially a willingness to pursue multiple romantic relationships at a time with the informed consent of all involved persons (i.e. it's not cheating)
  11. OKay, this has to have come up and I'm only just now reading on it. Anytime people see anything "Rainbow" they seem to always think about the LGBT community. But as its been put in articles I read, Rainbow Dash being a Tomboy, having a more boyish, etc etc yada yada some how makes RD a Lesbian or at the very least an nod to the LGBT community. This brings back flash backs of the "gay" teletubby. Frankly, I don't care one way or the other. RD hasn't had really any romantic interest or attraction. I think the only one that has is Rarity with Prince Blueblood. I don't think any of them have a special somepony so I think its a bit far to single out RD just because she has a Rainbow Mane. More so, I think RD is a shoutout to those girls who are Tomboys and like more boyish interests. I mean Applejack is just as much a Tomboy as RD but I haven't read near as much about her as I have RD. Thoughts? Obsidian
  12. MelonPonyIV

    Openly LGBT Ponies

    Are there any lgbt ponies, all I know of is Caramel but are there any others?
  13. Read a funny tweet from Nowacking and had to make this piece
  14. Lucky Star

    lesbian horse and game ideas

    I just started playing an mlp fan game called super lesbian horse RPG. When I first read the title of this game I thought it was going to be some kind of joke or comedy game, but it was far from that. aside from being a genuine RPG with interesting story, I have to say that the ships in this game were pretty good though I didn't really feel the whole Twilight Sparkle X Pinkie Pie that was featured. how would that even work? xD I know that opposites attract but still. the Rarity and Apple Jack sip was okay but not great. the only ship in this I really liked was FlutterShy and rainbow dash. Fluttershy and rainbow dash now that would just be too cute! oh look at me rambling on about ships when this is a whole game beyond these simple things. though if you don't like ships I doubt you'd like this game. there's this magical ability to give your stats a temporary boost which is attained by the pony giving girlfriend a kiss on the cheek which I found super cute. I'm not going to spoil anything where plot is concerned but I will say it keeps your attention, I was a little disappointed when I realized that the ships weren't going to play much of a role. I was kinda hoping for a dating sim! an interactive pony love story experience! that would be awesome! --brainstorm time if I was to ever make a pony dating sim it would have take place in ponyville and have every pony be a playable/date-able character (though it would take a lot of work) imagine all the combinations! I'm exited and grossed out all at the same time. my mind is already thinking about how it could all work. there would need to be some kind of currency system and I wonder if it would be best to do a questing system or be accurate and do a job system. like if you played as Apple Jack you would need to go and harvest apples and sell them. and as twilight sparkles you could answer quiz's on pony trivia and learn spells to receive an a allowance from princess Celestia. Rarity would need to make clothes... so maybe a crafting system? like in minecraft. now that I mention minecraft! a hunger bar would make having to earn money to get things like food all the more essential! and you could gain experience by solving problems like in the show . I wonder if I could do all this in a pokemon rom if I did some tweaking... okay a lot of tweaking. :okiedokielokie: I'm such a noob when it comes to programming and I'm a noob when it comes to rom hacking too. lol I'm all kinds of noob. wow, this game would take forever to make but I think its worth consideration. what do you think about it? would anypony be interested in something like this? (if you wanna play the finished game I mentioned, here is a link) http://fluttershyreplies.tumblr.com/post/71565835649/ponett-super-lesbian-horse-rpg-is-back-after
  15. Forest Rain is one of the brony fandom's most known musicians. Widely known for her sincerity, generosity, optimism, and simply being a role model to other people. Her signature song, Great to Be Different, was inspired by a letter she got while at BronyCon Summer 2012, which said "Isn't it great to be different? Love, Derpy." (BTW, GtBD is my favorite song to come out of the fandom, and I highly recommend listening to it if you haven't.) She would later meet the female brony who gave her the letter (funnily, FR met her as she was locked out of her car), and they got engaged at BronyCon 2013. You notice that I'm using female pronouns to reference Forest Rain instead of male as before. Tonight, she came out as a transgender woman, and she described the process during the last year, including her gender dysphoria. Shortly after watching the video, I replied to her on YouTube with this response:
  16. Smile

    LGBT bronies

    I know we have quite a bit around here, show yourselves This is to also discuss, and share anything related to LGBT! I also have a Skype group, small right now. If you want in, add me on Skype. It's clean chat.
  17. I've heard plenty of this show's fans talk about being "in the closet", "in the brony closet", or what have you with regards to the fondness of this show. I have also heard plenty of people say that it is insensitive and unkind to use these terms, as it makes light of the struggles faced by the LGBT+ community, for whom the term was coined. I personally am still a bit unsure on the matter, so I would like to hear from the queer bronies on this issue, as we are of course the ones most well-equipped to discuss it. Since this is my thread, I suppose we'll start with my opinion. I was raised in an environment that taught me to be disgusted by my sexuality. It took me a long time to accept my feelings, and once I accepted them I still took a long time to come out, and to a lot of people in my family I still haven't. I have overtly homophobic relatives, and even the supportive ones could use improvement (my mother, for example, initially cried and tried to talk me out of it when I came out). Despite what I've faced as a bisexual, I still cannot find it in me to be upset by bronies using the same terms I use. I've felt like I had to hide my love of My Little Pony as well, and in certain circles I am even more afraid of receiving ridicule and hatred for my fandom than for my sexuality. I cannot in good conscience bar the terms from anyone who feels they identify with them, because I don't believe anyone should be made to feel like they have to hide who they are or what they love, even if it is as simple as a television show.
  18. I was recently wondering after a quick search on both Google and this forum as to whether or not there was a forum (or place) for the LGBT brony community. I only wondered as many other forums tend to have one and I am surprised there is not one here. If there is one and I have been ignorant enough to miss it than I do apologize for you waste of time and I am also sorry If wasting forum space.
  19. BlackShardNixium

    National Day of Silence- 2014

    So the Day of Silence is on April 11th! I was kind of curious and wanted to know who all might be participating this year.
  20. Eloquence

    More Gender Options!

    As I was joining this site (about an hour ago, actually), I noticed that there are only three options available for "gender"; "male", "female", and "prefer not to say". I think that it is important to give genderqueer bronies the option to choose their correct gender, so that they feel comfortable and welcome in this community (which I do believe is all about making people feel welcome, is it not?). I would suggest either turning the gender box into something where you can just write in whatever you'd like, or in addition to the choices currently available adding Gender-fluid Pangender Agender Trans M/Trans F (maybe, I would defer to the transbronies to determine whether or not this option would be appreciated) It's Complicated (because sometimes it is) and a silly response or two for good measure (see the options for gigapause.com accounts and you'll know what I'm talking about) Much thanks for taking the time to read this! I hope that my humble opinions will result in making a more inclusive community
  21. So, personally, I'm on the fence on this, but I'd like to hear your opinions. On the one hand, the LGBT community has gotten some flack for adding more letters to their acronym. I think this is fine, but I can see where it gets confusing. Not everyone is interested in sexual orientation, so it may seem a bit superfluous to some to have to remember a 25-letter acronym. On the other hand, if you're going to include lesbians, gay guys, bi people and trans people, why is it okay to exclude queer people, those questioning, intersex people, asexual people, pansexual people... So it does make sense that you'd want an all-inclusive acronym. Especially since the people not typically included in the acronym are forgotten about and oftentimes are made to feel like they don't belong. So it's good to have a more inclusive acronym. However, if more sexual orientations emerge, as I think is likely, where do we draw the line with the acronym? One solution would be to stop having an acronym. Instead of an acronym, there could be a word to describe anyone who's not cis and straight. On the one hand, this could allow for much more inclusion than the simple acronym LGBT does without tacking 50 letters onto the end. By the same stroke, however, it could just as easily allow for exclusion, having people thinking that (let's just call it) Group A is only for people who are X, Y and Z, not for people who are Q, R or S. Were we to get rid of the acronym, the terminology for the replacement term is also a little touchy. People use the blanket term "the gay rights movement." However, while trans issues would fall under this umbrella, trans people don't have all the same problems that gay/les/etc. people do and vice versa. Additionally, this marginalizes the trans community to a degree. By only using the word "gay," you completely forget about all the other people within the group who aren't "gay," per se, but whom these actions/laws/whatever affect. And that only makes things all the more difficult for less visible groups like asexual, pansexual, intersex, etc. As it stands, this community is acts a bit more like like Glbtqqiaa, so would removing labels altogether and making a singular term only aim to reduce visibility of these groups more? So, I'm a little on the fence. I think there may be a better way to go about labeling ourselves rather than an acronym, but I think it would be difficult to go about changing it in a way that would please everyone. What do you think?
  22. This was taken by the user, Showna, at Pridefest in Wisconsin in 2006. It was featured as a Daily Deviation in 2009. Link.
  23. This morning may have changed my life forever! So for those who know me on here, you all know I've been under a bit of stress for having to hide from the world my Pansexuality (attraction to all gender identities and physical sexes) in the fear of my homophobic family. Its something I wish I could just be more open about and not have to hide in fear about. Especially from my own family. Family shouldn't hate one of their own because of something they cannot help. Anyway, I used to only be able to discuss my woes about this sorta thing on private blogs or to friends on these forums. BUT NOT TODAY! This morning I was talking to my best friend. She herself is bisexual and often defends her gay brother. Aside from her being my best friend, she's the perfect candidate for someone I can trust with these issues. This morning I decided to break the news to her! And she accepted me in open arms! And man was coming out to just one person privately quite the experience on its own. It was probably the scariest thing I have ever done in my life. I knew I could trust her, but still... I'd just fear things going wrong in impossible ways. This is just something that causes a lot of stress and a lot of fear for me. But it went off without a hitch! She accepted me and agreed to keep things silent for now. Though she didn't quite understand my fears she has agreed to not tell anyone without asking me first. It was a scary experience that I'm still a little uneasy about, buy MAN does it feel good to feel accepted! I mean I've had friends on here who have accepted me for over a year now, but this is the first person who actually lives near me and is near and dear to my heart that knows this and fully accepts this about me! Its been quite a morning! Merry Christmas to everyone and Happy Hearth's Warming to everypony! And have a happy New Year!
  24. Dark Qiviut

    The Importance of Gay Pride

    In the 1950s and most of the 1960s, non-heterosexuals were shunned and persecuted, resulting in them being forced to live in the closet with only a few small communities to support them. Homosexuals and bisexuals were viewed as a cancer to American society and psychologists. If found out, there was a huge possibility that they would be sent to "reparative" therapy or camps to "cure" these individuals of their homosexuality. Then, on the morning of June 28, 1969, at a small bar called the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, police raided the bar and inappropriately touched some of the cross-dressers there. The pro-gay community responded by protesting and rioting, telling the government they had enough of the humiliation, persecution, and shun. This resulted in the first Gay Pride parade in 1970 on the first anniversary of the riot. Over the years, the Gay Pride liberation movement was slow but steady due to the ill-conceived perception of HIV and AIDS being exclusive to the LGBT. Following the passing of the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 (prohibiting benefits for same-sex marriages and all but verifying marriage as between a man and a woman), the LGBT exploded back onto front-page news in the U.S. Since 2000, Gay Pride and the LGBT civil rights movement has spread quickly across North America and most of Europe, with civil unions and gay marriage approved and performed throughout most of the European Union, South Africa, Australia, Canada, and several U.S. states. Today, same-sex rights further entered into the forefront of Western politics, especially in the United States. President Obama has formally announced his support for same-sex marriage, putting same-sex marriage and its subsequent benefits and same-sex social rights deeper into American politics. However, there have been doubts and pointless dismissals against continuing Gay Pride lately, particularly by those outside the movement. To them, Gay Pride is viewed as unnecessary, pointless, and even stupid. Also, some people have counter-protested via tiny "Straight Pride" protests. Gay Pride and their parades have huge, purposeful importance that. The Gay Pride parade was born on the first anniversary of the Stonewall Riot in 1970 with the purpose of giving the LGBT(I) equal protection and recognition of the law and spreading others who are gay, bisexual, transsexual/gender, and eventually intersex and pansexual confidence and comfort for being who they are. That them being shunned by their families/government and sometimes thrown to therapies and camps for an innate, born orientation (even though transgender and intersex aren't orientations) is unethical, disgusting, and just plain wrong! These protests made the governments internationally notice and reply, and in several western civilizations, they've worked. The United States, in particular, have occasional parades, including New York (the movement's birthright) to continue to spread the hope and confidence of giving the LGBT(I) people equal rights. They do this to continue to remind them of the progress of providing equal civil rights to them just like heterosexuals. Discontinuing the Pride parades would mean giving up on the progress and sending a message of hopelessness to the rest of the LGBT(I) and its supporters. As for the "Straight Pride" counter-protests, in comparison to Gay Pride, these "protests" are completely unnecessary, for heterosexuals are already provided equal protection of the law throughout most of the entire western world, both as single and as a couple. Unlike the LGBT(I), they never had to live in fear of discrimination, persecution, and abuse from the law, family, and society due to a so-called "sexual abnormality." Also, unlike Gay Pride, "Straight Pride" is mostly designed to fallaciously respond to Gay Pride and push the LGBT(I) community and messages of equal rights and hope further into the background. Although the American society is progressing slowly towards providing the LGBT(I) equal protection of the law, there are LGBT(I) people, minors and adults, who are still living in the closet from fear of rejection, persecution, and discrimination. I made posts in this thread discussing California's recent ban on gay teen "reparative" therapies. Moreover, one town in Minnesota had a huge chain of events where teens committed suicide because they were bullied for being gay or possibly being gay. Earlier this year, North Carolina citizens voted to pass a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage! And don't get me started on the disgusting discrimination of the LGBT(I) in parts of Africa and the Middle East such as Sudan, Uganda, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Iran. In the U.S., whenever the same-sex-rights movement takes one huge step forward, there are two steps back, followed by another huge step forward. Gay Pride is still needed to continually spread hope, confidence, and comfort to other people who are gay, bisexual, transsexual/gender, etc.! If you dismiss Gay Pride and their parades today, then you're diminishing Gay Pride's importance towards the LGBT(I) movement in the U.S. and around the world and also its important origins.
  25. Back in late July/early August, Chick-Fil-A president Dan Cathy admitted to the radio that he donated to charities and churcheswho are both against gay marriage and gay rights altogether. One of the most notorious charities was the Family Research Council, an anti-gay rights hate group who famously lobbied money to not condemn Uganda's bill to execute people just for being gay. This topic was heavily talked about here to the point where it was locked because it was becoming uncivil. Some of the protests include not allowing Chick-Fil-A restaurants to expand into campuses and cities where gay rights activities are in the forefront, one of them being Chicago. This piece of news occurred four days ago: Here's the link to the piece. And here's a much longer article courtesy of Yahoo. My reaction? This is actually supposedly a major step in the right direction. Contrary to what some people said, what Cathy said and did was very dangerous. If he were someone who was alone, unknown, and was speaking for himself, there may not be as much controversy. However, he demonstrated his anti-same sex marriage beliefs and "charity" donations as basically the entire core of the restaurant from the CEO/Owner to the employees. His words, therefore, were put into a much larger context. He and his company were justifiably criticized and blasted for not only their words, but for also donating money that customers paid to anti-gay right charities and hate groups. Therefore, the supposed harassment of CFA's employees — cooks, waiters, etc. — were one hundred percent Cathy's own fault because he put them in danger. Expressing an opinion doesn't mean guarantee freedom of financial and personal consequences. However, now that CFA supposedly won't donate any more money to anti-LGBT charities, will I eat at any of the restaurants? No. One is the fact that I want no association with someone who donated any money for the sake of "protecting traditional marriage," which is a major fallacy. There hasn't been one good reason why same sex marriage — NOT civil unions, as they're mostly recognized state-wide only; don't offer the same federal legal status protections, benefits, and recognitions as marriage in most states; and the words "civil union" psychologically translate into being part of "different, inferior" class status-wise to plenty of the LGBT and its activists — shouldn't be legalized and recognized throughout the U.S. Every argument against it has been poorly thought out or uses religion as a crutch. In the U.S., using religious as a reason to outlaw constitutional civil rights is against the law. The other reason is the fact that I have absolutely zero trust in Cathy and the higher-ups in Chick-Fil-A. Here's an article that describes this alleged new practice and an excerpt from the article: Basically, the funds they'll get is indirect. Not from WinShape, but to groups personally, who in turn donate to the anti-gay (marriage) groups like the Family Research Council. If they're going to donate and associate themselves that way, then that's still create a problem for simply one reason. Dan Cathy lied! According to meetings in Chicago, CFA claimed to quit donating to anti-gay marriage churches and charities. This practice, while legal, is conniving because he's donating via other means. Cathy's claim was a bold-face lie because the charities he associates with will still receive donations. It also doesn't help when Cathy denied giving these "concessions" so they can build a restaurant branch in Chicago, which is considered one of the more liberal cities in the U.S. The previous announcement earlier this week was a major step in the right direction. Unfortunately, Cathy gave the movement the other cold shoulder via attending the "charity" as well as making this statement. Not cool!