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Queer Diabetics

have you ever had to come out as a diabetic? ever had an endocrinologist get awkward when you mention you're queer? this group is for diabetics who also identify as lesbian, bisexual, gay, trans, queer, and/or questioning.

Members: 172
Latest Activity: Apr 10

who we are

let's spread some love for our full selves. this group is for queer diabetics to share resources, information, and support with one another. maybe we can start talking about how homophobia and ableism intersect too. and once we start talking about it, maybe we can work on dismantling both forms of oppression. what do you say?

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Couples facing Diabetes together

Started by DressyFemme. Last reply by DressyFemme Apr 10. 11 Replies

how exactly are queerness and diabetes connected for you?

Started by queer diabetic for universal healthcare. Last reply by DressyFemme Mar 18. 17 Replies

COMING OUT...which do you do first?

Started by Mike. Last reply by smartalex1972 Feb 20. 15 Replies

One step closer to equality!

Started by Muragaki. Last reply by Muragaki Jun 27, 2013. 3 Replies

coming out stories

Started by queer diabetic for universal healthcare. Last reply by Suzy Jan 21, 2012. 25 Replies

Writhing with curiosity...

Started by Muragaki. Last reply by Christalyn Oct 14, 2011. 2 Replies

homophobia on tuD

Started by boedica. Last reply by Judith Dec 10, 2010. 15 Replies

is there a difference between pride and shame?

Started by queer diabetic for universal healthcare. Last reply by g0m3z Sep 29, 2010. 6 Replies

Judge Walker's Stay Ruling

Started by SF Pete. Last reply by SF Pete Aug 12, 2010. 8 Replies

U.S Airforce tried to develop a "gay" bomb with aphrodisiac

Started by Scott Strumello. Last reply by CarbloverTX Aug 8, 2010. 2 Replies

Setback for civil unions in Hawai'i

Started by Muragaki. Last reply by JT Jul 17, 2010. 5 Replies

do you feel trapped by your dependence on health insurance?

Started by queer diabetic for universal healthcare. Last reply by SM Johnson Apr 14, 2010. 13 Replies

NYC LGBT PWD Group Interest?

Started by Katie Oct 24, 2009. 0 Replies

You Go Girl!!!

Started by Gabriel Jun 18, 2009. 0 Replies

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Comment by Emily Coles on September 19, 2011 at 10:34pm
Here you guys are! How did I not realize we had a queer group in here? I'm so glad to find the group :)
Comment by PaulaO on September 10, 2011 at 12:39pm
For one, us older lesbians don't like to be called 'gay' since that typically means homosexual male. I am a lesbian. And I dislike how long the acronym can get by trying to include everyone: LGBTIQ.....

Queer, however, is more encompassing and, as others have said, it is reclaiming our own language. By using a word used to hurt us, we take the sting out of it and make it ours. I'd rather be called queer than gay.
Comment by Muragaki on September 9, 2011 at 9:25pm
Gary, I agree with you with respect to using terms long wielded as derogatory terms; but I can agree just as much with Judith insofar as reclaiming language. A parallel argument is reflected in the African American community in that young men refer to each other with the "N-" word -- I would never think to use such a term toward an African American brother but for some reason it is acceptable one to another. For that matter, I have heard young gay men refer to each other as "fags," a word I never have liked or felt comfortable saying.

Just to confuse things, Natasha's view is one I hadn't heard but like. The idea of being more inclusive is definitely something the entire gay community could stand to exercise more often among its own...
Comment by Natasha on September 9, 2011 at 8:10pm
Hey Gary,

Maybe "queer" was chosen because it encompasses more than just "gay" people. It seems like it's a word that's a bit more inclusive to everyone that identifies as part of the community. For me at least, it's an empowering term because it seems a bit more fluid than lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, etc. I guess it all just comes down to personal preference and what each individual is comfortable with.
Comment by Gary on September 9, 2011 at 7:57pm
I would never want to be referred to as a Queer. or a Queer Diabetic. We have come so far past that and are gaining respect and acceptance.
Comment by Gary on September 9, 2011 at 7:54pm
I recently joined so I apologize if this question has been asked before. Is there a specific reason why the name "queerdiabetics" was selected? In todays environment, gays have made alot of progress eliminating namecalling etc.. and it seems the title used here contradicts that. We want to progress, move forward, gain more support. Should we not use a more 2011 term that is not condescending, or potentially taken as a negative or derogatory? Why not promote who we are and a total favorable light. It can be as simple as Gay Diabetics, GBLTG, something powerful that says who we are and is not considered derogatory or negative in the mainstream. Other examples: GayAmericancswithDiabetes, Gay&Diabetic, well you get the gist. any thoughts? I think changing the name to a more acceptable and less in your face term may gain greater support and membership
Comment by Mike Greenblatt on May 31, 2011 at 4:08pm
I have never been one to care about what the "norm" thinks.
Comment by Miss Miss on May 31, 2011 at 12:33pm
Mike, I couldn't have said it any better than you did. A child doesn't care who is caring for him/her as long as they are being loved and cared for. I think it is our society that tries to say that the combo does matter.
Comment by Mike Greenblatt on May 31, 2011 at 10:02am
It shouldn't matter what combo you are. You want to give love and caring to a child, that is all that matters.
Comment by Miss Miss on May 31, 2011 at 3:05am
Judith, congratulation. What a way to show that being raised by 2 mums or 2 dads can be just as successfully done as being raised by 1 mum and 1 dad.
 

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