I almost forgot to put in a plug for the National Back Up your Birth Control with Emergency Contraception Day of Action today. They're focusing this year on the "dual labeling" issue - teens have to get a prescription for EC while adults don't, even though there's no evidence that shows that it can hurt teenagers.
I thought I'd take the time to write out a few reasons why EC availability is an LGBT-issue, even though there is little chance of pregnancy during same-sex loving.
- The B-folk are the most obvious reason - the bisexual members of our community still need access to contraception!
- Lesbian women are victims of rape, too, and don't need that victimization compounded by not having access to EC.
- The separation of reproduction from sex only helps chip away at procreative-centrism. And isn't the whole "procreation is the entire reason for marriage" thing used both against queer people and against contraception?
- LGBT rights are all about people being able to choose their own sexual futures and having the autonomy to choose what happens with one's body.
- America's uneasiness with teen sexuality (in politics, not Hollywood) that perpetuates myths that EC is harmful to teens is the same uneasiness that causes things like the closing down of GSA's.
Can you think of any more?