Jun. 8th, 2017

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I can’t stop laughing because…

like I don’t know how you can get more obvious than tweeting “I’m sure I’m bisexual,” but clearly The Sun isn’t convinced

What does it all MEAN? What is this so called “bisexual”? What is she suggesting??
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The difference between archaeology and grave robbing is time.
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Since joining Tumblr, I’ve met a lot of young queer people. Look, I’m a bisexual man in a gay relationship, and I’m approaching 30. I was still a kid when Matthew Shepard’s story was being covered on the news. I remember thinking, “I better keep my mouth shut about these feelings I’m having.”

And then I met Dominic when I was 12, and people could see how in love we were. And we got the shit beat out of us. The year I met him, some kids in the grade above me held me down against the bleachers in our gym and stomped on my hand until my fingers broke. Instead of sending me to the nurse, the teacher sent me to the assistant principal to explain the situation. She asked why the kids had beat me up. I said, “They were calling me gay.”

Her response was, “Well, are you?”

My, “I don’t know,” earned a call to my parents, and I was outed. Efforts were made to keep me from seeing Dom. Throughout high school, Dom’s stepmother intensified these efforts. He slept in the basement of the house. Although he was an incredibly talented student, he was prohibited from participating in any extracurriculars. He suffered a lot of physical abuse during those years.

The day he turned 18, he packed up everything he had and walked to my house, and we’ve lived together ever since. Things are better, but they’re not perfect. I’ve had trucks pull up next to me at stoplights and, seeing the pride sticker on my car, through old drinks and garbage into my window. I no longer speak to my dad’s side of the family. I haven’t been to see them for Christmas or Thanksgiving in years. One of my uncles had cornered me at Thanksgiving when I was 17 and said, “I’m not going to judge you, but I’d be happy to break your neck so God can do the judging a little sooner.”

I joined a support group for trans and intersex people. When I joined, 40 people attended regularly. Within the year, the group was half the size it had been. Some couldn’t make it anymore, because they were staying at the shelter, where their stay hinged on them agreeing to instead to attend homophobic sermons. Some were put in correctional therapy. Five of them died. Three of those, I didn’t know, but I knew Alex, the 19 year old who was fag-dragged in Kentucky and died a day later in the hospital, and I knew Stephanie, who went home to Alabama to care for her mom in hospice and was beaten to death with a baseball bat by her mom’s boyfriend.

Tumblr is not reality. The dynamic here does not reflect the dynamic out there. Here’s the part where I finally make a point, and it might be extremely unpopular - but guys, value your allies. Value each other. We are met with enough hate in our daily lives to enter an online safe-space and meet more hate from our own, over petty things. Don’t go after one another over every little thing you find problematic.

Learn to see nuance. Maybe the word “queer” bothers you, and you see a gay man using it as an umbrella term. Maybe someone called a trans man a trans woman because they’re confused about terminology, but the post where they did it was voicing support for the trans community. Maybe someone is just asking a question, wanting to learn more. Stop. Attacking. These. People.

Allies are being driven away. Members of our own community are being ostracized. Others are feeling nervous and estranged, and it’s largely because of places like Tumblr, where the social justice movement is quickly becoming violent and radical. I am begging you, stop nitpicking “problematic” things and start directing your efforts to create real change. When it comes to comes to your allies, forget the “social justice warrior” mentality and put down your torch. Educate calmly. Be respectful. Be understanding. Be forgiving. And I’m certainly not saying that your anger doesn’t have a good place - when you are met with bigots on the street, congress members who want to pass hateful laws, violent protesters, abusive parents, prejudiced teachers, that is when you need to be a warrior. That’s when it counts. In the real world. When you have the opportunity to protect people from real harm. Attacking your would-be allies via anonymous asks is just going to lose us ground in the long run. And we don’t have time for that, not when trans women of color are being murdered every day, not when states are still fighting against marriage equality, not when there are politicians in office who believe that trans people are possessed by demons, not when we’ve just lost 50 brothers and sisters to one gunman, not when the media won’t even admit that the attack was homophobic.

Please step back. Look at the big picture. Look at where we are, globally. Don’t just log on to your safe space and attack your allies over small missteps. That’s like washing the dishes in a house that’s on fire, kids. Let’s fight on the battlefield, and when we come home to each other, let’s just focus on bandaging up our wounds so we can go out and win the war.
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Leo Varadkar wins: Ireland set to install first openly gay Prime Minister

The 38-year-old son of an Indian immigrant will succeed Enda Kenny

Ireland’s governing party Fine Gael has elected Leo Varadkar as its new leader, meaning the once-staunchly Catholic country will get its first openly gay prime minister.

The 38-year-old son of an Indian immigrant will also be the youngest-ever person to hold the office, succeeding Enda Kenny, 66, in a striking generational and social change. He is expected to be voted in as prime minister when parliament next sits on 13 June.

“If somebody of my age, of my mixed race background and of all the things that make up my character can potentially become leader of our country, then I think that sends out a message to every child born today that there is no office in Ireland that they can’t aspire to,” Mr Varadkar told Newstalk radio this week.

Read the full piece here

Congratulations PM Varadkar and to the entire Irish LGBTQIA+ community!

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh God, ok here we go. I knew I’d hit one of these on my dash eventually.

So first off: obvs I’m not blaming anyone who isn’t from Ireland for not being up to date on our politics (like tbh the only countries that like to Demand that from the world - and saturate our media with their stuff to the point that we *do* know all their business - are England and America lmao)

And admittedly all of the world’s politics are A Lot right now, so I can def understand people just taking the surface part of this story and going “oh thank GOD, A WIN FOR ONCE”.

So this is def not a Callout Post giving out to people for reblogging celebratory posts about him getting elected when they didn’t know the details.

That being said, Leo is not any kind of victory for us here in Ireland.

Leo is, uh… I can’t think of a polite way to call someone ‘a power-grabbing, spineless, neoliberal, classist, misogynist, right-wing little coward who’s no more fucking progressive a choice than Theresa May or Margeret Thatcher were’, and tbh I don’t know if he’d deserve the politeness if I could find it.

There’s a very good article by Carl Kinsella here outlining a fair amount of his nonsense, so I won’t repeat his points, but let’s get a couple of really relevant screencaps from it just for ease of reading here:

- He campaigned *against* introducing Civil Partnerships here, on the basis that A Child Needs A Mother And Father

(He doubled down on the whole Mother And Father thing in the run-up to the referendum in 2015 for anyone who wants to try and say “well that was a long time ago, I’m sure he changed his mind!”)

- He is pretty staunchly anti-choice, and doesn’t want to repeal the 8th amendment despite it having literally killed women before

- Right before the whole leadership contest kicked off, he decided to appeal to his Fine Gael voter base by demonising the poor for about the millionth time

- And of course after a year or two of very high profile strikes by underpaid public sector workers, he’s pledged to make striking essentially illegal for them.

- And I think the conclusion speaks for itself.

Another piece that’s very worth reading was linked in the article, written in the run-up to last year’s general election.

It focuses fairly heavily on how badly he screwed us over in his time as health minister.

- He goes in with the Very Hot Take that actually if we give hospitals more resources, the staff might get lazy.- Admits he himself has a private health insurance policy (not to mention a high income) that would guarantee him the ability to go to a private hospital if he was in need of care- He said *this* bullshit while he was minister for health and a very short time before he became minister for social protection.- Here we are again with his long-standing anti-choice record
- And he’s one of those Free Market Capitalism wankers

And just to wrap up, we’ll have some assorted screencaps from other news pieces:- An old one, but has to be seen to be believed. In this 2007 lighthearted Christmas themed fluff piece written to ask public figures about their holidays, he decided to say Tiny Tim should Get A Job
- This one he tried to sell us earlier this year to justify his Welfare Cheats campaign

- He said us basically forcing our women who need abortions to go to England is no different from someone heading on a lads’ holiday to Las Vegas, so it’s grand

- He Is The Least Sexist Man Ever, How Dare You Say Otherwise

- And finally we come back to his increasingly grim anti-choice sentiments

So….. That’s Leo.

You can kind of see now why we’re not leaping for joy here, yeah?


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Itchy, tired, and wiggly.
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When the bae is sleepy but agrees to hold your hand

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