It was a Turkish boat carrying aid workers from an array of countries [including, actually, some personal friends of mine]. They were bringing humanitarian supplies into the besieged Gaza Strip. Israeli soldiers boarded the unarmed ship by force off the coast of Gaza, and opened fire, killing nine people and injuring dozens more.
Recently yilduza has requested a tag which could be shared for all women who are attracted to other women, be they lesbians, bisexual, pan, etc - one that is shared and not already in use (e.g. #biphobia #sapphobia, #lesbophobia, etc). A tag for shared experiences which promotes solidarity and is open for all ladies interested in ladies (regardless of whether or not they have other attractions or are only interested in women.) this would absolutely be transwomen inclusive.
this tag would be rather simply named with a fun latin combo:
di for two and femina for women
I think that covers it.
this has been a collaborative effort between a number of bi and lesbian women because we’ve been wanting a collective space to discuss our issues as women who love women that’s not split, like the lesbophobia and biphobia and sapphobia tags. this is not an attack on those tags, we merely want a more inclusive space where we can collectively discuss both our shared experiences and our different ones!
i would really, really appreciate it if anyone interested would reblog this even if you’re not lgbtq, and even if you don’t personally like us because this tag isn’t about us it’s about creating a space for our community.
in addition, a reminder that trans women who love women are welcome in this tag, so please keep your transphobic bs out of it.
non-binary people who identify with womenhood or as partially women or who are otherwise comfortable posting in a women-for-women tag are absolutely welcome as well. let’s please try and keep this a trans welcoming space!
I noticed the date and said, “Hey! It’s my half birthday today!”
Mom said, “You got wood.”
"You got wood," she repeated, "for your half birthday."
It took me a few more moments to remember that I got a 2x4 at Home Depot today, and realize that she wasn’t talking about boners.
PS: your half birthday is six months after your birthday. It’s a good day for cake.
3 Ways to Speak English.
Jamila Lyiscott is a “tri-tongued orator;” in her powerful spoken-word essay “Broken English,” she celebrates — and challenges — the three distinct flavors of English she speaks with her friends, in the classroom and with her parents. As she explores the complicated history and present-day identity that each language represents, she unpacks what it means to be “articulate.”
Shit got real
notice the audience
Amongst death, there is life. With a drastically rising death toll, there is an unlikely survivor. God bless the Gaza doctors who performed an emergency cesarean to save this baby after her mother was killed.
A beautiful tragedy - her mother never saw her, never held her, not once.
I was so upset when I posted about this (both simultaneously heart-wrenching and heart-warming) story yesterday and the fact that it got no more than 2 paragraphs worth of mention. I’m glad Al Jazeera followed up on the story. Seriously, God bless the doctors. I’ll repeat what I said then: let it sink in for a moment, that because of Israel there are kids who will grow up with their mother having died before they were even born. Kids who will never be held by their mother, who’ve never heard their mothers voice because of Israeli missiles - who will carry the scars of being born into the world a survivor, among the rubble of their own house, with their mother already dead.
All these protests by pro-Israeli people that Israel ‘SET UP A FIELD HOSPITAL FOR PALESTINIANS’ and that they were ‘TRUE HUMANITARIANS’
They opened the field hospital at the Erez Crossing on the Israel-Palestine border in Northern Gaza…where civilians are not allowed to go…because Israel instituted a one mile ‘no go zone’ extending from the border into Gaza…wow. Such caring. Very humanitarian. Pat yourself on the back guys.
I mentioned a couple weeks back that my sister’s belly dance troupe is called “Matariki.” They have nothing to do with Maori anything. I’ve tried talking to them about it being appropriative, and they have dismissed me.
I’ve been looking for Maori voices talking/writing about cultural appropriation to share with them. Does anyone out there have any resources they could share?
If someone is outside with them, the chickens are allowed to run around wherever (they prefer the garden, of course). The rest of the time, they’re in a pen. They were supposed to have a proper fenced in area by now, but things keep coming up (funerals, family drama, illness).
Mostly, they’re OK in the pen. I check on them frequently. Yesterday, I was peering out at them through a window, and counted the chickens to make sure they were all there. All four were. But I kept staring at them, because something seemed off. I’ve been sick for several days now, so I guess that’s why it took me several minutes to realize one of the chickens was on the outside of the pen, while the other three were on the inside chirping at her in concern.
I went out to put her back in the pen. A few minutes later, one of the other chickens had flown to the top of the pen and was perching precariously. She couldn’t seem to figure out how to get down, so I went out to rescue her.
This morning, I got the girls out of their coop and put them in the yard in their pen. I went inside to wash my hands, and as I loooked out the kitchen window, one of them flew up to the top of the pen and got stuck there again.
I’m feeling a little better today, so as long as no more drama comes up, hopefully I can go shopping for fencing supplies. Someone was suposed to help me with building the fence, because I have no idea what I’m doing. But because of said drama, he’s not someone I can ask for help anymore. Maybe I can convince mom it’s time to invest in one of those portable runs that are entirely enclosed.
Transgender people face intense prejudice and discrimination in society. In civil society, trans people are able to change our names to match our true identity. But despite the presence of numerous transgender gamers, STEAM’s account policy forbids account name changes.
Though Valve allows users to change their public Community ID, they assert that the Steam Account Name is permanent. If a user registered years ago with a name they no longer use, they have no way to change it - aside from making a new account. Add your voice to this petition, and ask Valve to change their policy!
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