Guys we can’t let John Green and some person I don’t even know?? win over Mike Rugnetta and PBS Idea Channel.
I am more okay if George Takei wins. He can actually win everything, even things he is ineligible for, because he is George Takei.
But seriously, as cool as Mental Floss can be (although I am biased I like Hank a lot more!) and I’m sure ItsGrace is really cool or something (can’t really comment, very unfamiliar)… every time I watch PBS Idea Channel I feel like I’m not just learning, I’m engaging with the idea presented. I don’t always agree with everything said, but I feel like he (do I call him Mike… Mr. Rugnetta… PBS Idea Channel guy????) and presumably his team do their best to at least acknowledge when they’ve dropped the ball or wish they could go more in depth, etc etc.
Anyway, I’m rambling. PBS Idea Channel is the thing I get excited for most on YouTube, and I watch an embarassing amount of YouTube. At least with this I can feel like I might be improving myself or using my brain in an active fashion, instead of simply absorbing.
But it’s smart pop culture analysis without being Doom and Gloom or Ultimately Dismissive and what’s not to love, ( besides wishing we had more diversity of voice/perspective in this genre* )? I don’t know, I just get the feeling that PBS Idea Channel is an important thing to support and I wish I was less damnably shy and had retained more of my college-level articulation of thought so I could participate in the conversations surrounding it.
*Although if you know a YouTube channel that is doing this kind of thing that strikes a lovely balance between entertaining and “intelligent” (as though they are somehow different) please let me know. I respond pretty well to the silly mixed with the serious.
A blog to celebrate graphics, gifsets, art, fic and meta featuring people of colour in Tolkien’s world. This blog aims to celebrate diverse fancasting and representation in the Silmarillion.
If that sounds like your cup of tea, give us a follow! And if you’d like, we’d love it if you’d reblog this promo post to help spread the word. :)
This is a guest post by writer Jennie Stockle (@IndigeniusIdeas, Indigenius Ideas) as part of this week’s series of posts written in solidarity with #NotYourMascot. Jennie Stockle has been passionately fighting to change the Washington R*dskins team name through multiple online campaigns.
I often talk with my children about different aspects of life, without bringing up being Native American, as they grow into adults. Honestly, it had been a while since I asked them about what being Cherokee is like outside our home. What their views on identity has meant to them? Have I helped them navigate the confusing Native American waters?
A deep coversation is what followed that I want to share bits of with you. I hope after reading this you can have similar conversations with others. Being able to vocalize how we feel about our place in the world is an important topic. It can give a sense of validation and understanding between people, be it a parent to child or friend to friend.
My daughter told me that once she had watched Peter Pan without me there. “I guess you were at work or something. I don’t remember,”she said. It left her confused. She didn’t talk to me about it. She just didn’t know what to make of it. After all, none of the “Indians” in the movie resemble us. “The pickaninnies” don’t resemble the Natives we meet at pow-wows or stomp dances either. The “singing Indian’s music” doesn’t sound like the Cherokee children’s music I play for my kids in the car. Being so immature, she was unable to describe what she felt. So, she didn’t say anything to us.
Of course, I felt bad for not having prevented her watching those clips. I felt guilty that I had no idea at all about it happening. I asked her if she felt I had let her down? “No, mom. I am not confused about being Cherokee. You should see some of the Native American kids at school. Sometimes they make “Indian” jokes just to fit in. When they act like that, I just walk away.”I understood what she meant. Sometimes, when your a kid, it’s easier to leave a conversation. It shouldn’t be up to kids to explain that embracing Native American stereotypes for the amusement of non-Natives isn’t healthy for a person’s mentality. Plus, confronting a Native child in front of the peers she/he is trying to impress can embarrass a Native kid with self-esteem issues to begin with.
“Mom, do you remember when I came home with a coloring page of Pilgrims I had to do in class,” my other daughter chimed in. “I told the teacher it was a lie. She made me color it anyways,” she said.
Act Now! Please take a minute to sign this petition demanding Dan Snyder change the name and mascot of the Washington R*dskins created by 18millionrising (@18millionrising) and check out the “central hub” post for our Week of Solidarity with #NotYourMascot for more writing to share and retweet, as well as other activism ideas.
I’m graduating!!! Here’s the thing, I’m about to loose access to a lot of technology and equipment that I’ve used over the past 4 years to create most of my cosplays and props. I run a cosplay web-store part-time that helps make ends meet and if I can continue with it, I’ll be able to turn it int…
Please signal boost! This is very important to my future goals!!!
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Ok tumblr, I know the power of the internet so just hear me out right quick as I ask for a simple favor. See those cereal boxes up there? If you buy any Kellogg’s product with that Free Book logo on it there is a 16 digit code inside your box of cereal. Now, when you get three of those codes together you submit them online and they will send you a free Scholastic book. Now I’m sure you’re wondering why I’m bringing it up, so here goes.
I teach first grade at a school where the kids have little to nothing. Through generous donations (government, three square, various community partners, etc.) the kids get backpacks, clothes, shoes, free breakfast/lunch, and some school supplies. The school is not in the best part of town. I’ve had students who live with grandparents because their own parents are in jail, kids who have parents that don’t have custody over them for various reasons, and so on and so forth. Now I am trying to get my kids to read books, but they literally don’t have any books at home that they can use to practice their reading. Sure they get a library book from the school library but it’s not the same, you know? They don’t own the book, it’s not theirs.
Here’s where you come in. If you happen to buy one of these specially marked boxes and don’t plan on using the code please send me that code through my ask box. If 60 people on here send me a code I’ll be able to get 20 books, which will easily allow me to get each of my students a brand new book of their own. I used the Fly Guy books above because my kids are currently obsessed with the character and the book has sight words that we’re working on in class. Even if you have no codes, I’d appreciate the signal boost as well.
So, if you happen to get a code please send it my way. I would appreciate it and so would my kids. Heck, if I get 60 codes, that would give me enough to give each of my students a book and I will gladly take a picture to show you how excited they are to get a book. If more codes keep coming, I’ll post up their thank you notes. They’re seven so expect something awesome. Thanks in advance.
Throughout his mayoral campaign, Bill de Blasio promised New York City residents that part of his office’s platform on public health would be ending the incredibly destructive practice of using condoms as evidence. The position showed up on the campaign’s response to PROP’s Voters’ Education Guide; in media inquiries into de Blasio’s positions as Public Advocate; even on de Blasio’s campaign website, billdeblasio.com. Unfortunately the Mayor has not acted on his promise to New Yorkers.
Not only has there been no response from the Mayor’s Office about our request for an immediate executive order ending the use of condoms as evidence, recent arrest records show that as of January 12th the NYPD are still seizing condoms as evidence. While the NYPD still maintains that this practice is either not used or rarely used, on the arrest forms in Kings County there is a section specifically to indicate the number of condoms seized during the arrest.
We ask that all New York City residents tell Mayor de Blasio to keep his promise and protect our city’s public health by issuing an executive order banning the practice of using condoms as evidence of prostitution-related offenses by the police or prosecutors. Here is a script you can use:
"Hi my name is ______________ and I live in (Bronx/Brooklyn/Manhattan/Queens/Staten Island). I am (calling/writing) to ask that Mayor Bill de Blasio immediately issue an executive order ending the use of condoms as evidence of prostitution-related offenses. The Mayor listed ending the use of condoms as evidence on his campaign website last year as part of his platform on public health, but your office has failed to act on this critical issue. Using condoms as evidence is detrimental to the health of all New York City residents, and especially those vulnerable to HIV transmission. It also has resulted in the sort of police racial profiling of Black and Latina queer youth and trans women, that the Mayor campaigned against last year. I am asking the Mayor to please stick to his promises to promote public health and end racist policing in New York City by issuing an executive order to end the practice of condoms as evidence. Thank you."
You can email the Mayor’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org or can participate on our call-in tomorrow Thursday 27th 12pm-3pm by calling this number (212) 788-3000.
This is extremely important. I work with sex workers in NYC & arrests have increased significantly this year because of this practice of using condoms as evidence. Arrests of homeless people on the street/trains, jaywalking, panhandling, etc. have also gone up under Police Commissioner Bill Bratton’s “broken windows” policing.
De Blasio & Bratton have been nearly the same as Bloomberg & Kelly so far.
Down with the police state, racial profiling & criminalization of sex work now!
Let me clarify something right off the bat; I do not suffer from chronic illness myself. Hence why this is more of a how to care for your friends who have it, rather than what to expect of others if you have it.
I get upset when people get cocky and condescending with my friends who cannot help the condition their body is in. I know these people just don’t understand, but telling someone to “just get up and do something" when their entire body screams in pain is not the way to go at all! Just because the pain isn’t a gaping, bleeding wound for you to see doesn’t mean it’s not there, NOR that it’s not a valid physical pain.
I count myself very, very lucky to be healthy enough to get up every morning and go about my day, and it’s depressing to even myself that it took until I met a dear friend of mine who suffers from chronic illness to realize it. To appreciate it fully. Please, please, be grateful you are able bodied (to varying degrees) and do not coerce those who talk about their pain into doing the things YOU think they SHOULD be able to do.
If someone talks about their pain on their blog, try not to see it as enabling. There will always be people who fake being sick, and maybe the extra info they gather will help them fake better, but there is also a chance someone else who suffers in silence will see those posts and realize that maybe, they too suffer from this illness people talk so little about. And this is what is important.
Last but not least— I wish I could give you some of my spoons, AJ ;v;
Warning for Trans Youth in Southern Ontario
Avoid Dr. Kenneth Zucker of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto. He will not help you in any way and upon asking many invasive, disrespectful, and irrelevant questions, he will suggest you undergo “reparative therapy” to “fix” you (pictured above). When he finishes writing his “report”, which can take months, he will refer to you in an extremely dehumanizing manner that makes you out to be some kind of oddity (eg “He seems very interested in having breasts.”) and he will not respect your gender or use the correct pronouns whatsoever. Not only that, but when he requests your report cards and school pictures (???) he will really take his time in giving them back when you ask him to. Good luck contacting him outside of an appointment, too, as he very rarely, if ever, responds to emails or phone calls. He has stated he considers trans women a “bad outcome of gay men.” Don’t waste your time with this transphobic piece of shit.
Yes yes yes I’m so happy people are talking about this. That clinic works under the old DSM criteria. If you are looking for physical health or mental health or family support around gender please contact Rainbow Health Ontario or the new trans clinic at Sick Kids.
A lot of parents especially go to that clinic with their kids because it’s affiliated with such a well know national agency and they assume it will be the best support. If you hear anyone talking about it please correct them, it is very harmful. :(
I wrote a post last year about an amazing Ontario doctor who specializes in health-care for trans youth, Dr. Carys Massarella. She is the lead Physician of the Transcare Program at Quest Community Health Centre in St. Catharine’s, and is currently one of only three ‘non-pathologizing’ trans-care health providers in Ontario. ‘Non-Pathologizing’ means that when a trans-patient comes in to speak with her about care and care options, their trans identity is:
- not questioned
- not treated as something needing to be fixed
- not pathologized as a mental illness which requires a psychiatric evaluation before proceeding with care options.
If you’re a trans youth looking for health-care (or know any trans youth whose families are hoping to get medical support for them), please DO NOT go to/recommend Dr. Zucker at CAMH. He is severely transphobic and is only looking to ‘fix’ trans kids who he thinks are ‘confused’. Instead, two hospitals that are doing good work for transfolks in the GTA and surrounding area are St. Mike’s in Toronto and St. Joseph’s in Hamilton. Both are (surprisingly) Catholic hospitals, but have made reputations for themselves as providing ethical care for the LGBTQ community. Carys herself is a member of the St. Joseph’s health staff, and says that her transition was embraced at the hospital and its catholic staff, including its nuns. As well, Dr. Massarella’s practice, Quest Community Heath Centre, is a fantastic resource if you can get out to St. Catherine’s.
Reblogging for new information
Personally been hearing some things about CAMH that run the gamut from “sketchy” to “terrifying” for years now from people I personally know, so like, boosting.
hello my nerdy tumblr friends
i just watched a TED talk from a game designer who created a game to help her recover from depression and suicidal thoughts called SuperBetter, and i’ve started checking it out myself and it’s really awesome!
It’s designed to work as a game, where you improve specific aspects of your life with tailored goals to help you get over your personal problem (whether that be depression, anxiety, getting healthier or generally just being more awesome). You can also “recruit” your friends so that they can also help you achieve your goal.
The TED talk i found this out from is actually on netflix under TED Life Hacks, and it explains the reasoning and science behind the game, and it’s really interesting and helpful to watch.
I know a lot of people i’m friends with/who follow me here on tumblr tend to be suffering from either depression or anxiety or self-image issues and also happen to be huge gamers (nerrrrds) so i thought i’d post this here as a way to help everyone else. my therapist told me one of the best ways to beat depression is to develop a toolbox of different ways to help yourself and for others to help you. while i’m treating this website as one tool, it’s like, one of those crazy multitools that has like three screwdrivers and a laser pointer and pliers and weird tools you don’t even know the name of all in one.
this is literally my worst nightmare. This is why I’m terrified to become a parent. This is why, despite others telling my not to work so a damn hard, I tried and tried and tried for the whole past year to repair my relationship with my partner’s mother and stepfather. They finally disowned us only about ten days ago, and I’m SCARED. I was attributing it to my anxiety disorder, but now that I read this article, I know that my fear is valid. This is happening right now - and it could happen to any of my beautiful trans siblings.
See, this is why marriage equality isn’t the most important issue. This is why we’ve been shouting and stomping our feet and never. shutting. up. It’s because children are being stripped of their parents for no other reason than THEIR PARENTS ARE HATEFUL BIGOTS.
Daniel and Cindy are young parents whose world has been turned upside down because Daniel is transgender. He transitioned over a decade ago when he was 19, and few people know that he is transgender. When Daniel and Cindy decided to have children, they told Cindy’s parents that Daniel is transgender because they were conceiving in vitro with donated sperm.
And, I suppose, they must also have trusted that her parents would continue to accept their son-in-law.
This was a mistake.
Cindy gave birth to healthy twins 2 ½ years ago, and Daniel and Cindy and the twins have been very happy – except for one problem.
Cindy’s parents make rude comments about Daniel being transgender, and they do it in front of the twins.
Requests for them to stop are met with mirth.
Daniel and Cindy put up with this behavior for a long while, but as the twins are getting older, they worry that the negative comments are harmful, and they don’t want to be forced to try and explain concepts to their young children that are beyond their ability or need to understand – in vitro, transgender.
Daniel and Cindy made the difficult decision that the grandparents are no longer welcome in their lives.
The grandparents got angry and sued for custody of the children.
The twins have two loving parents.
Child Protective Services have never been called; there have been no police reports of abuse; neither parent has a criminal record.
Last week, a court removed the twins from their home and gave custody to the grandparents.
Their father is transgender.
Daniel and Cindy are working with a lawyer to try and get their children back.
Will they get them back? Who knows? What we do know that the children have pulled out of their home and are living with two people who demean and ridicule their father.Names have been changed, as the story hasn’t hit the news yet - offering the family privacy until they choose to take it public. more at the link above.
Hey, all you folks, you 29,330+ who have reblogged our transawareness post - this is important.
This is why organizations like GLAAD and FCKH8 and HRC are so damaging. Because when they mock, misgender, ignore, insult, and silence us, this is the result. A loving, happy family that’s been ripped apart.
You want to do more than just reblog awareness posts? Stop supporting those businesses (YES, FCKH8 IS A BUSINESS) and organizations that try to shut us out and shut us down.
ATTENTION FRIENDS, FOLLOWERS, CREEPERS, HATEFOLLOWERS, ETC.
Even if you don’t normally support and/or pay attention to Movember, you should should support my glorious partner Quen Took’s Mospace. He’s raising money not only for cancer charities, but also for mental health organisations, trans* support organisations, and organisations that support cis and trans* men who have experienced sexual abuse, and.
As he is unable to grow his own facial hair, being a trans* man who is pre-testosterone, he will be creating a different piece of false facial hair every day of November, and uploading the (fabulous) photographs.
If you can donate even a little, or just cheerlead him along the way, you will get to appreciate his magnificently inventive and seemingly endless* repertoire of facial hair.
*(may seem less endless as November crawls on, but if you donate you may be able to make requests/suggestions. Myself, I have ten quid for a Jafar beard.)
So go forth, support him, and enjoy his facial hair artistry while supporting immensely worthy causes.
Here’s the link again, in case you missed my embedding it: http://uk.movember.com/mospace/8083201
And even if you can’t, or if you can, please do us the favour of reblogging or reposting this wherever to signal boost it. :)
Let me just start this off that I feel incredibly awkward making this post since I’m not usually one to ask for help in any way whatsoever but for those of you who haven’t heard, I was robbed yesterday.
I was at work when two men came in and took my stuff while I was getting something them from the back. The items included was my iPhone (which was a wallet as well, thus taking my driver’s license, my bank card, and debit card), my 3DS and a few games. Obviously, the last bit is negiable and unimportant. Thankfully no one was hurt in this instance.
However, I have no bank card now and I have no credit card due to this as well, which means I have no access to my money aside from my paypal. Which means I cannot eat, buy gas, feed my two dogs and two cats until I get a replacement card which won’t be for another few weeks. My account has been locked down tighter than a drum and for that I am thankful but you can see with bills and other issues, I’m in dire straights.
My point in all this is that, I would really appreciate it if I could get some help in this situation. I don’t expect many people to just throw money at me without getting something in return, so I’ll be doing drabbles and stories for anyone who chips in. Every person who donates any money will get a drabble from me.
I’ll do a drabble of any character or person that you like for any donation up to $5.
Anything between $5 and $10 will get a 1k word drabble
And for anyone who gives me an amount above $10 will get a drabble/story of 2k+ of any pairing, character, etc.
My PayPal is email@example.com. If you’re able to help in any way possible, I would appreciate it to no end. In fact, I’m humbled that anyone would even show token interest in my situation.
Send me a description of what you’d like me to write along with your PayPal donation, and I’ll be certain to send the finished product to the email you used for that transaction - be specifc if you want a particular pairing or be general if you are fine with anything
.Or, if you’d rather, you could send me an email at the aforementioned address with your tumblr info and I could post the drabble/writing here with your username attached.
I have no problem with name-dropping considering how kind you are being just by considering me at this time.
And for everyone who even considers helping me, or to anyone who has given me advice or a single kind word throughout this ordeal: thank you, so much. Your kindness means more to me than I could ever put to words. I mean that.
FANDOMS I AM FAMILIAR WITH (in no particular order):
- harry potter
- game of thrones
- legend of korra/ avatar the last airbender
- attack on titan/shingeki no kyojin
- sailor moon
- mass effect
- dragon age
- the elder scrolls series
- battlestar galactica
- teen wolf
- the vampire diaries
- once upon a time
- kingdom hearts
Just reblogging this even if you don’t plan to help just to get this out there would be greatly appreciated. I would really like to feed my pets at the very least.
okay so halloween is coming up let’s all agree to stay away from sugar skull makeup unless you are latin@ and fully recognize that dia de los muertos is a completely different holiday from halloween thank
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My name is Rashida. I’m a Black genderqueer filmmaker in Columbus and I’m working on an LGBT short film that will be premiering in Columbus, OH on October 26th. We’re still casting for a main character Xavier who is a Black (or Afro-Latino) pre-op transguy (early to mid-20s; athletic build).
This short will be one of a 4 part series and will be submitted to film festivals. We’re also casting for supporting roles, extras and are doing an open call for Ohio queer artists of color.
For more information, follow the link and contact me!