Now that Illinois has legalized marriage equality, the anti-gay Illinois Family Institute has nothing to do — so they created this graphic. Couldn’t you have just taken up yoga or something to fill all that extra time on your hands? Go awaaaaay. (via Good As You)
I don’t like marriage or any form of it, but this is fucking precious.
The Changing Humanscape of Women in Afghanistan
When we hear of Afghan women, we think of a blue burqa with female legs jutting out of the bottom. Most of contemporary journalism focuses on such a classification for the purposes of a message intended for Western audiences. But the world tends to forget one of its most rampant sins: Sweeping generalizations.
This is not to say that the problems of Afghan women, contrary to popular belief, have been mostly eradicated. In many cases, the issues are just as real and extant as they were during the war and Taliban years. But Afghanistan is a complex and highly stratified society and judging the overall condition of a place with only a one-dimensional generalization is utterly wrong.
I was in Kabul in 2002 right after the fall of Taliban and I made intermittent trips to Afghanistan in the subsequent years. What I witnessed during all these years can be best expressed by what Heather Barr of Human Rights Watch says in the trailer of Afghan Cycles: "The situation for women in Afghanistan is very difficult but it has improved a lot since 2001, and it has happened because of Afghan women. It has happened because of brave women who’ve done brave things."
Symbolically speaking, there are two sides to the story of women in Afghanistan: The burqa side, and the non-burqa side. These photos, in aberrance to mainstream media, show the latter.
Super trans man
Sometimes, when I see folks posting pics of their chests after top surgery, I really want to tell them I’m super jealous of their nipples. But that sounds creepy.
Seriously. Plenty of cispeople change their names or go by another name because they hate their birth certificate name, and you don’t see the media being like “Anarchy McFuckYouParents, who was born Jane Doe….”
Based on rigorous research (browsing the FtM tags), I have determined that 50% of FtM and genderqueer people have mohawks, fauxhawks, or something similar.
I feel like I need to do something different.
Unfortunately, my hair pretty much can do three hairstyles: buzzcut, fauxhawk, or frizzy-pile-of-what-the-fuck.
I changed my facebook name to something really dumb for a while (It was Lavender Gooms, a fake name that one of the characters in the TV show Psych gave to another). I just couldn’t stand seeing the name given to me at birth at that time, but I couldn’t decide what I was changing my name to.
Nobody knew why I changed my name. They were all just “you’re so weird.”
to switch schools? i am not presenting as male yet for social reasons at school, mine is 90% cisgender heterosexual religious people with very strong views and i feel like i can’t safely come out. i already have trouble at school and i think if people were treating me too badly it would push me over the top… plus this other school i’m looking at gives separate academic/social help to every student and i think it would be good for me.
originally i was gonna wait to come out after high school but i do not want to keep presenting as female any longer.
Taking care of yourself is never weak. There’s a lot of strength in making sure you are safe and healthy, physically and emotionally.
so hey fun fact for anyone who wants queer history trivia: the first disco in Seattle was opened in 1973 and was a gay bar called “shelly’s leg” and it was named after a dancer named shelly who lost her leg in a confetti cannon accident and used the insurance/lawsuit settlement money to open a gay disco.
This is a true story. Interestingly, around here, people say the confetti cannon was on the Seafair Pirates’ DUKW. According to the story, the confetti got wet and Shelly was sitting on it, when they tried to fire the confetti, it just blew her leg off. Only, that apparently isn’t actually how it went down. Maybe someone who just really hate the Seafair Pirates made that part up.