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  • bukiyo FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    20 hours ago

    I really gotta say...I love this episode. I learned a lot and you delivered the topic so well...with all kind of aspects.


    Really love it!

  • sacutiepie FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 days ago

    As a lesbian, I am just shocked by the number of lesbians who hate bi people. And by the general hate of other sections of the community within the community. I don't get why we fight each other since we're all just looking for acceptance and a place to be ourselves, why you gotta be an asshole?

  • eve-goldenrod FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Ever since I realised I was Asexual, I became hauntingly aware of how little representation and acknowledgement there was of people like me. The acronym for the community has evolved over time, LGBT, LGBTQ, LGBTQI, but very few people remember there is supposed to be an A on the end of it (I'm looking at you Netflix). Plus, half the people who do think it stands for allies. I feel like a lot of people don't feel like we need to be included in the community but we need acknowledgement as well. It was so confusing to go through life feeling like something was missing, like there was something wrong with me for never having certain feelings or that I was going to miss out on the "the human experience" if I didn't change. I thankfully found people that accepted me, but I just feel like we are a part of a community that never receives any attentio

  • NicoliViro FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Great episode, and great to see Kdin finally be on Always Open! Hopefully all of the anti-trans bigotry on the main video doesn't discourage her from being on more often. 

    • dignition FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 week ago

      It made me really sad to see that on a Rooster Teeth video. I'm guessing at least some significant portion of that negativity is coming from outside the RT community, but the fact that bigotry could still exist within the community is difficult to reconcile.


      I'm really glad Kdin was on the show because it led to me finding her (and Val's and Tony's) YouTube channel and I'm enjoying the hell out of it so far. Check out Multipurpose Gaming. They're all really funny.  satisfied

  • Dodds001 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    But the real question has still yet to be answered. In all this time... 




    has Kdin learned how to use the FarSight XR-20 yet?

  • stopboorider FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    I'm glad I'm not the only one out there that thinks "nobody is 100% hetro." I usually pair this with "pan/bi/asexual until proven otherwise" since assuming makes an ass out of you and I. Thank you Jon for stating that so clearly for the world to hear. 

    • CrimsonFeckr FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      90% of the worlds population is heterosexual, being gay/bi/pan/ace is the result of abnormalities in whatever part of your brain is responsible for sexually. (I'm not saying it's a bad thing, just pointing out the cause). Hetro is pretty much factory settings for a person 

    • dignition FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 week ago

      @CrimsonFeckr: Saying this from my own personal experience... confusing your personal beliefs or opinions with facts and stating them as such is a good habit to get out of. There's no evidence for what you said whatsoever. I learned too late that what I'd heard from authority figures growing up was wrong more often than not, and I regret spreading that misinformation to others before learning to first verify and go from there.


      As far as my references, because it's only fair, I suggest you look up the human sexuality spectrum. Research on this goes back to the 1940s and is supported by substantial evidence. It inevitably shows that labels only cause harm to people who don't conform to them. Additionally, it leads to further existential dilemmas when a person moves throughout that continuum during their lifetime, which is common, especially in the absence of societal definitions of "normalcy."

  • ColumbiaSkies FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    I don't watch much of Always Open because I'm personally made uncomfortable by very in-detail sex talk (not a hate on the show at all, I'm glad it exists and is so successful) but I'm happy for this episode, knowing a lot of people who are trans, and dating someone non-binary, and knowing how much they've had to deal with in terms of discovering their identity and coming out and learning who they can trust and what they want from themselves. Also, I'm endlessly smiling at how many times asexuality was brought up in a 100% positive light. Love you guys, so so much <3

  • KLJB13 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    I love this show. So glad they had Kdin on 

  • RemyLeBro FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    No one should be afraid to confront an asshole about their behavior. When someone hides behind their race, gender, etc. it's all too obvious. They can't spit in your food and call YOU out as being a trans-phobe when you tell them to quit their shit. There's a great Key and Peele sketch called "Office Homophobe" that deals with this. As long as you present your grievances in a calm and rational manner, assuming this person can be logical and empathetic to your situation, your problem should be resolved. 


    Of course some people are irrational pricks and they just can't be dealt with. In these cases just try to remember that people like this aren't worth your brain space. 

  • ZachChillman FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold ZachChillman

    2 weeks ago

    Unfortunately, there are only two genders Male and Female. Non-binary, Genderqueer, Bigender,etc are not real. Science and logic says there are two. Let me explain, Gender/sex is determined at well before birth NOT by a doctor at birth. There are these things called Chromosomes that combine together into XX and XY patterns. XX patterns you will be female, XY patterns, you will be male. If you believe that you were born into the wrong body, go see a psychologist or a doctor, and if you want to transition to male or to female, I am fine with that! Even though your biology will not change, I will be happy to change the pronouns because it is within the binary of genders/sexes. In addition, if you say gender is a social construct, you are correct, however, not in the sense with humans. There are what some consider "gender roles" which may be specific to someone male or female. However, the social construct is that we assign gender pronouns to inanimate objects. For example, cars are sometime referred to as "She." Safe spaces are also not a good idea, because they give constant validation. Safe spaces make people soft, and the world is not so soft, the world AND the internet is cruel. You NEED a thick skin. Now, the trans woman who was using the "she" pronoun is ok to do that because the trans woman has that right. Skylar was not in that conversation so the trans woman made an assumption based on how she saw Skylar. Skylar may have presented male, but the trans woman made a judgment call in a conversation Skylar was not a part of. If someone wanted me to use pronouns aside from "he" "she", I would not. Not because I hate you,but because the invented pronouns seem to be endless, and they are SUBJECTIVE to the individual. To conclude, no I do not believe there are more than two genders, male and female are the only ones possible., I will change pronouns if you transition from one gender to the only other one possible (M to F, F to M), however, I will not use they them or any other made up pronoun because you identify as nonbinary or genderqueer,or any other invented gender. If you would like to have a debate, reply with your answer in a respectful manner and I will reply back. However, if you call me "hateful" or "racist" or whatever else, I will not reply. I want a conversation and to spark debate. We could even have a skype call depending on how things go in the reply section, or just talk here. 

    • rhyswinz FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RT Pride

      2 weeks ago

      did you listen to the part where kdin said she was actually born with XX chromosomes despite being assigned male?

      also, you have very rigid definitions of male and female here. intersex people often wont fit these definitions, implying that you view intersex people as outside of the gender binary. therefore, by your logic, there's more than two genders.

      unless of course you either don't believe in intersex people (which, i mean, they're real so that would be ridiculous), or you don't really have much information on what you're talking about and you're just spouting whatever you've heard from other people on the internet. 


    • ZachChillman FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold ZachChillman

      2 weeks ago

      Yes, intersex people are real, born with both sex organs, one is very deformed and does not work, whereas the other tends to be fairly normal or both are defunked. I do acknowledge the are real, and their chromosomes are 46 XY and 46 XX, however, they are especially rare making up 0.5-2% of the population. That does not mean they should be left out or excluded, they are just statistically not large enough to warrant significant change to our definition of "Gender/Sex" and it is a biological disorder and still fall under one of the gender Binaries, and intersex people, or Hermaphrodites usually present one gender or another OR, in some cases the doctor may be able to perform surgery to save one genital and present that choice to the parents shortly after birth. If that child grows up to be Trans, that is the child's choice to do so. Also, I did not hear the part where Kdin said that she had XX chromosomes, so thank you for mentioning that! It is her choice to transition and I support her all the way. And she may have been a form of hermaphrodite because It would seem she was born male with XX make-up, but that is up to doctors or for her to reveal if she returns to Always Open. 

    • Irisstone16 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold not baby jones

      2 weeks ago

      anthropologists and scientists alike will tell you that throughout history there have always been more than two genders. its just that in western culture we only accept two genders, male and female. but there are tons and tons of examples of three or four genders being a part of various different cultures.

    • ZachChillman FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold ZachChillman

      2 weeks ago

      It seems as though anthropology and gender is concerned with the gender roles of women in an evolving and ever changing society. Rather than the number of genders. And I am not worried about the past, we can learn from it yes, the mistake we have made, etc but I am concerned that people are putting feelings over fact. In some cases it maybe helpful but in others, including this one it should be fact first. Please provide an example because I cannot seem to find one. 

    • MrYensid FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      First, I think there is uncertainty around the meaning of gender.  You used "gender/sex"  which tells me you are one of the many people that only use one definition for gender that is the same as the definition of sex you use here.  There are many other people that believe sex and gender represent different qualities with sex referring to the physical and gender representing what I would call social traits.  Those that use the broader definition are not limited to the chromosomal requirements.


      The terms "Non-binary", "Bigender", etc.  tell you something about the person.  You may not consider those terms to describe gender based on the definition of gender you use, but the terms are still useful in telling you something about the person.  Because of that, I disagree with your statement that they are not real.


      "The pronouns are subjective to the individual" - of course.  Most words are subjective to a certain extent.  The reason the pronouns he/she are not used by some people is because they do not feel those words accurately describe them.  Once again, it is about agreed upon definitions to communicate.  All words are made up or invented at some point to fill a need. 


      When I hear you say you refuse to use those pronouns, it comes across as you don't care if you offend someone, you are going to use the labels you are comfortable with.  I am assuming a specific pronoun request from an individual, not appropriate pronouns for groups of people.  If I am not comfortable with a pronoun request - my definition of that pronoun does not match how I view that person, I will more than likely not use a pronoun and use the person's name instead of an incorrect pronoun.


      I believe limiting word choice or forcing someone to use your definitions rather than understanding theirs closes doors to open communication and understanding.

    • CrimsonFeckr FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      Males and females have differently designed brains, being trans is basically when you end up with a male brain in a female body or vice versa. I suppose one could make a case for non binary being when your brain is 50/50. Also most societies "third gender " was a dressed up term for eunuchs. But tumblr's 80 genders in rubbish. As is the idea that there is no gender 

    • CrimsonFeckr FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 week ago

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Causes_of_transsexuality#Brain_structure

    • ZachChillman FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold ZachChillman

      1 week ago

      CrimsonFeckr, I agree wholehartedly about Tumblr, however, in term of the brains basically being switched, it more like they are similar. The brains are not an exact copy of a woman vs a Trans Male to Female person. However, it does help to explain some of the possibilities for gender dysphoria. Also, Non-Binary cannot exists because biologically you need chromosomes, and what you are describing is a hermaphrodite, which has 46 XX and 46 XY which causes the genitals to be deformed. I go into quite a bit of detail in another comment, above yours. 

  • schmeisto FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Human beings like categorizing things. We like being able to sort things and put them into boxes. Whenever anyone ventures away from those little clean and simple boxes people get uncomfortable and angry because "why would you not be in the box??? I'm in the box and it's fine!! Look how many other people are in this box!" But the biggest problem is that human beings are MESSY. We are complicated and weird and nothing is really able to be put in a little box. Gender is a social construct that WE can choose and create to mean whatever we want it to, and sexuality is a spectrum. I personally identify as a woman (because it's easier and I don't feel uncomfortable being addressed as such) and a lesbian (although queer would probably be a more ACCURATE descriptor I find comfort in the label of lesbian because again.... putting things into little boxes makes things cleaner). My own personal identity doesn't influence or affect anyone else's identity. If I dated a man? I could still identify as a lesbian if I wanted to. If I dated a nonbinary person? I could still identify as a lesbian if I wanted to. 


    The point is... how someone identifies only affects the way you refer to that person and NOT anything else about you. So if someone is bisexual and in a committed relationship with you? Don't feel insecure about them due to their sexuality. If someone comes out to you just try and use the right pronouns and make an effort to keep doing so. Just let people be happy with their lives.

  • Insanity4789 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Still no Texas. 

    But I've noticed, by laying down and just blankly focusing on a part of my screen, that Kdin has really nice teeth. 

  • ASHxINFLAMES FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Perhaps Always open can be the fun, jokes & stories - but still open can be extended (25min?) and focus more on heavy topics & advice?

    Don't get me wrong I really love Always Open podcast & Barb was a great choice to be host. I just thinking back when I was in High School and the amount of bullying I received and that in some small way a relatable show like this would of helped a little. Or perhaps there could be a monthly special where it's on heavier topics.
    Just a thought, love the show & Thanks to cast & crew!

  • inryoku FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold ଘ(੭*ˊᵕˋ)੭*:・゚✧

    2 weeks ago

    Bisexuality as a whole is seen as unfaithful and greedy. As if a bi person just switches between being straight and gay. And when they are in what is perceived as a straight relationship they are somehow saved from all the suffering anyone gay goes through. But that 'straight' relationship is still gay. It would be like saying all the in the closet gays and passing transgender people aren't LGBT because they don't suffer too. I hate that so many focus on the bad as if that defines us, when it should be we are more willing to love and support others no matter what their gender.


    BTW I'm bi and genderfluid which probably makes no sense but whatever. Life is queer like that.


    (( ALSO THERE WAS A GIRL I SORTA HATED AT FIRST IMPRESSION AND ESPECIALLY WHEN I LEARNED WE BOTH CRUSHED ON THE SAME PERSON. I was confused by her asexuality and thought of her as fake. I was terribly competive with her but in the end we were both rejected. BUT. we ended up really good friends. She's probably my best friend. Now we've been dating for 3 years and I've never felt more loved or happier. ALL IT REALLY TAKES IS KINDNESS AND THE WILLINGNESS TO LISTEN AND LEARN. DON'T JUST ASSUME THINGS AND BE AN ASSHOLE. YOU COULD BE RUINING SOMETHING REALLY LOVELY. ))

  • GrizzlyBearable

    2 weeks ago

    A slightly different perspective to offer (which I only offer because I was dealing with it when I was trying to figure out whether I was trans): This trans girl may have come to terms with their identity "on the binary," as it were. When a nonbinary person suddenly came in to play, it may present a hard to accept concept that challenges the "foundation" of her identity, and that kind of thing can make a person very volatile when they are shaken like that. Not that what she is doing is in any way justified, but it may be something to keep in mind

  • 8Veronica8 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Speaking on being threatened by other people, I was in a club in college (it was Rocky Horror) and I was the only theatrey person in it so they relied on me heavily for costume work, choreography, blocking, pretty much everything. I loved being needed. But we were doing a show for Halloween and we needed to learn the entire Thriller Dance. And I was supposed to learn it, then teach a bunch of people who have never danced before. Then they brought in this girl who joined the club who was a dancer and they were like 'oh good! She can teach us the choreography now!' With the intention of, now you don't have to be worn so thin, but I took it as a threat. But quickly upon getting to know her and working with her to teach everyone we became best friends. For years. We helped each other when we needed it and gave each other a kick in the pants when we needed to be reminded of how awesome we can be. I was one of her bridesmaids. So seriously, communicate. The people that push you make the best friends. And we killed that pre-show for Rocky. 


    TL:DR I hated someone at first because we were both skilled at the same thing and ended up being her bridesmaid because of how quickly we became friends! 

  • MrYensid FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    For me, the labels don't define who a person is.  They are just tools to make communication easier.  If you are talking to someone you don't know, you use a label that they are likely to understand.  It is a starting point for a conversation.  If you never get closer to that person, there is no need to delve deeper into how accurate that label is in describing you.


    If it is someone you choose to become close to, hours and hours of conversations and actions will tell that person who you really are well beyond what any label could.

  • deviouslyxnice FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 1000% Tsun

    2 weeks ago

    We're so hyper obsessed in labeling things because of the deep dark fear of not knowing anything; also breaking the mindset of 'humans' being this great all mighty knowing thing. Things would make more sense and a bit easier if seeing it as "spectrum based". -___- SIIIGHH lol

  • joeldubbleu FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold joeldubbleu

    2 weeks ago

    Just speaking from experience as a straight black male it can be very challenging to confront a person of a different sexuality, non binary classification or race about such topics or in general without coming across and trans/homo phobic or racist. Then I realized it's just about being an asshole. It doesn't matter who you are being and asshole is being an asshole. The woman in the story is an asshole and who she is shouldn't be an issue. Just my two cents.

    tl:dr There is a difference between being trans/homophobic and calling someone out for being an asshole.

  • janas FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    I'm sorry but Mariel's loose fake eyelashes are killing me

  • M19A85T FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Women Hate Men, Women Hate Women, Women Hate Everyone! that's the overall problem. 

    • tomwardd FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold tomwardd

      2 weeks ago

      I can't tell if you're trying too hard to be funny or too hard to be alpha lol

    • connorhawke FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      Now that your subreddit is down, where will you go?

    • NicoliViro FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      Or... people should always accept (or at the very least tolerate) everyone, and for the most part, people do. Please rethink the problem, as it would seem that it is you who hates women, and not women who "hate everyone". 

    • ZachChillman FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold ZachChillman

      1 week ago

      I would say Feminism, Women are leaving the group in droves, but those who stay tend to fall into the category you have. 

  • M19A85T FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Women Hate Men, Women Hate Women, Women Hate Everyone! that's the overall problem.

    • M19A85T FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      42 Lame votes LMFAO most of the hatred Women get online is From other Women that's the funny thing 70% of hate in Fact.

    • NicoliViro FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      Or... people should always accept (or at the very least tolerate) everyone, and for the most part, people do. Please rethink the problem, as it would seem that it is you who hates women, and not women who "hate everyone". Posting the same thing twice doesn't make the opinion any better.

    • M19A85T FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      NicoliViro - When i said ''Women Hate Men, Women Hate Women, Women Hate Everyone!'' how the Hell did you miss read that in to I must hate women. Most Women will agree with me on that statement in fact I got it from Women online talking about that they wished more Women in would be more like Men and stand together more often in stead of tearing each other down. I haven't posted the opinion twice, online hate is in Fact mostly Women on Women. Yes the statistics do very depending on the research length of time and what they are looking at and the agenda of the people doing the research but overall you will find Women compete against each other its in there make up unfortunately.   

      http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/10/22/online-harassment/

      https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/may/26/half-of-misogynistic-tweets-sent-by-women-study-finds

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2016/05/26/women-are-responsible-for-half-of-online-abuse-study-finds/

      https://mic.com/articles/144526/why-are-so-many-women-bullying-other-women-on-twitter#.771xa6mFR

      These websites show bullying overall but when you look at Women on Women and Women on Men you will find Women bully more Women overall as well as Bullying Men.

  • sephet FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold this asshole again

    2 weeks ago

    A lot of people have problems with nonbinary identities, like they were saying with people responding to bisexuals with 'well just pick one' nonbinary people are expected to just take a side. But one thing that I really thought of watching them talk about it is like, absolutely do not confront this woman alone she'll be able to say you said anything and you'll have no witnesses to back you up. If she's already willing to lie to get people kicked out of the group, she's absolutely going to be willing to lie again. Have at least one witness to the conversation!

  • AnalogFresh FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Corinne

    2 weeks ago

    Having Kdin on this show was so awesome!!! When she came out it was while I was having a difficult time trying to figure out my own gender identity. As a long time RT and AH fan seeing her coming out post really helped me make the decision to come out as trans myself. Anyway.... Thank you Kdin!!!       (^ω^)

    • NateBond007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold NateBond007

      2 weeks ago

      I'm glad you have found your correct identity. Congrats!

    • Terracide FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      Same here! I'm already happier than I've ever been.

  • BillieLD FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    I just jumped up from my seat when Jon said he believed no one is 100% straight because I've always thought the same. I just believe no one is 100% straight or gay even if it's just one person from the gender you think you're not attracted to, we're all on a spectrum somehow... 

    • camsteirie FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold The rest is history

      2 weeks ago

      Absolutely agree!

    • LordInfo FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      if there is a spectrum that means that there are two ends. Meaning there are people who are 100 % straight or gay even.