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Pretty and Dangerous

I am not Mike Brown. I am white. I am middle class. I am female. I am small. I am not considered a threat. When police see me they see someone who looks like them. They see their mothers, their daughters, their sisters, themselves. I am not at risk of being shot by police for existing while black. I am not at risk of being shot while unarmed. I am not at risk of being shot while armed with nothing more than a BB gun. I am not at risk of being shot for reaching for my wallet. I am privileged.
But I am outraged. And if you aren’t outraged, then you aren’t paying attention. This is America in 2014. This is our reality. It’s so easy to get jaded and to ignore these atrocities, to act like this doesn’t affect us. It’s so easy to get apathetic. In the past it was the youth who protested. Where is the rage of the youth? Where is our rage?
Like I said, I am not Mike Brown. But I am outraged.
the-uncensored-she:

kendoll83:

The media is one powerful force.

“If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing."—Malcolm X

the-uncensored-she:

kendoll83:

The media is one powerful force.

If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing."—Malcolm X
Gay and Lesbian Monosexuals: "Rumors that this person had different gender attraction as well as same gender attraction were created to make them seem straight."
Gay and Lesbian Monosexuals: "If you headcanon this character as bi instead of gay you're forcing heterosexuality on them."
Gay and Lesbian Monosexuals: (calls past mixed gender relationships of a bi person "straight relationships")
Gay and Lesbian Monosexuals: "As much as we'd like to let bisexuals into our community, when the going gets tough they'll probably align themselves with heteros to save their skins."
Gay and Lesbian Monosexuals: "So you're only half queer?"
Gay and Lesbian Monosexuals: (assumes all bi women date men and all bi men date women)
Gay and Lesbian Monosexuals: "Bisexuals will never know what it's like to experience real bigotry the way we do."
Gay and Lesbian Monosexuals: "I'd rather have a straight ally represent me than a bi person, at least good allies acknowledge their privilege."
Gay and Lesbian Monosexuals: "You have a preference for different gender people? So you're actually hetero then?"
Gay and Lesbian Monosexuals: (assumes all bi people date straight people)
Gay and Lesbian Monosexuals: "Why would you need 'bi pride,' gay pride already celebrates same gender attraction, isn't that enough? Do you really need to celebrate your heterosexual side too?"
Gay and Lesbian Monosexuals: "You need to acknowlege your straight passing privelege."
Gay and Lesbian Monosexuals: (bi person breaks up with them) "So it turns out they were hetero all along."
Bi Person: ...
Bi Person: "Sometimes Monosex-"
Gay and Lesbian Monosexuals: "Excuse me? Did you just lump US in with STRAIGHT PEOPLE? Do you realize how much it hurts to be put in the same category as your OPPRESSOR? Why are you obsessed with proving that you're QUEERER THAN US? If you don't issue us an APOLOGY and then NEVER use that word again it will prove that bi people are the most HOMOPHOBIC people in the world!"

thepoliticalfreakshow:

A letter denouncing “fear, harassment and brutality” of people “simply because of who they are or how they look” now has been signed by 58 LGBT and civil rights organizations. Lamenting that “it is clearer than ever that there is something profoundly wrong in our country,” the letter states that the “LGBT community stands with the family of Michael Brown, who was gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri.”

The letter was first published on Tuesday afternoon with 17 signatories, but the count of LGBT and civil rights groups that have added their names to the list is now 58, and likely will continue to grow, especially as more news is being revealed about Brown’s death.

Brown was an 18-year old college-bound student who was gunned down by a police officer on Saturday in Ferguson, Missouri. He was unarmed and was shot multiple times. Some reports state his hands were in the air when he was shot. Attorney General Eric Holder has announced the federal government will be investigating the shooting.

Police late this morning finally released the name of the officer, and additional details about the incident, after several nights of protests and tear-gassing by police.

"Advocacy organizations from every corner of the nation are standing with the community of the slain teenager," an HRC press release states. 

Below the full text of the letter and all 58 signatories.

When communities experience fear, harassment and brutality simply because of who they are or how they look, we are failing as a nation. In light of the recent events in Missouri, it is clearer than ever that there is something profoundly wrong in our country.

The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community cannot be silent at this moment, because LGBT people come from all races, creeds, faiths and backgrounds, and because all movements of equality are deeply connected. We are all part of the fabric of this nation and the promise of liberty and justice for all is yet to be fulfilled.

The LGBT community stands with the family of Michael Brown, who was gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri. We stand with the mothers and fathers of young Black men and women who fear for the safety of their children each time they leave their homes. We call on the national and local media to be responsible and steadfast in their coverage of this story and others like it—racialized killings that have marred this nation since the beginning of its history. We call on policy makers on all levels of American government not to shrink from action, and we are deeply grateful to Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice for their immediate commitment to a thorough investigation.

At this moment, we are inspired by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies … but the silence of our friends.”

ACLU
Advocates for Youth
AIDS United
AMBi – The Alliance of Multicultural Bisexuals Bay Area Bisexual Network
BiNet USA
Bisexual Organizing Project
Bisexual Resource Center
Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100)
Campus Pride
Center for Black Equity, Inc.
CenterLink
COL AGE
Courage Campaign
Equality Federation
Equality Hawaii
Equality Maine
Equality Michigan
Equality North Carolina
Equality New Mexico
Equality Pennsylvania
Equality Texas
Family Equality Council
Fairness Campaign (KY)
Garden State Equality
Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)
Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

Georgia Equality
GetEQUAL Nevada
GLAAD
GMHC

GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI)
Human Rights Campaign
Immigration Equality
Indiana Equality Action
Lambda Legal
MassEquality
National Black Justice Coalition
National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)
National Center for Transgender Equality
National Coalition of Anti-Violence Projects
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
National Minority AIDS Council
National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)
Nehirim
One Colorado
PFLAG National
Pride at Work, AFL-CIO
Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) 
Soulforce
Southerners on New Ground (SONG) 
Tennessee Equality Project
The Equality Network (OK)
Trans People of Color Coalition
Transgender Law Center
Trevor Project
True Colors Fund 

empty-venus:

Breaking news: White fuckboys on twitter bitching how funny it is that Beyoncé is a feminist when she and her dancers were provocative and half naked. Despite feminism being about empowerment and a woman’s right to do whatever the hell she pleases with it, they just don’t seem to be able to grasp this concept.

In other news, men still don’t know what feminism is, still bitter that they aren’t Beyoncé and still making themselves look like asses on the internet.

And now the weather.

sharpestrose:

theroguefeminist:

cetaceanhandiwork:

reminder that since ursula is a straight-up shapeshifter, it follows that, if her accustomed form is pear-shaped and visibly aged, it’s because that’s how she likes it

win

Ursula’s design is based on Divine. In a story about voices, she’s quite literally an echo of one that once yelled “I’m so fucking beautiful I can’t stand it myself”. Ursula is exactly who she wants to be. 

sharpestrose:

theroguefeminist:

cetaceanhandiwork:

reminder that since ursula is a straight-up shapeshifter, it follows that, if her accustomed form is pear-shaped and visibly aged, it’s because that’s how she likes it

win

Ursula’s design is based on Divine. In a story about voices, she’s quite literally an echo of one that once yelled “I’m so fucking beautiful I can’t stand it myself”. Ursula is exactly who she wants to be. 

tyleroakley:

Dan Savage is so fucking badass… and the idiot kids who walk out during his talk are basically:

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Bad teachers do more damage to a young mind than a good teacher can repair. Education is supposed to make you think, not suffer.

william chapman  (via traceintheinfinity)