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May 1

And where are the sober spaces? We often talk about “building safer spaces”, and yet our fundraisers are not safe for people that have a current or past history with addiction. They are not safe for people that have experienced abuse because of alcohol/drug dependent partners or family members. And they are definitely not safe for everyone if there is a possibility of police interference. Consent violations also occur more often in non-sober spaces. Don’t we want to ensure the safety of event participants after the event has ended? Including alcohol limits who can attend, what conversations can occur, and who wants to organize. These events usually end with no advancement of our movements, and do not build long lasting, genuine connections.

I am interested in building and sustaining more sober spaces, bridging intergenerational gaps (especially in the queer community), and being accessible to ALL peoples, not just college kids. I am tired of people throwing around the word “community”, when what we really mean is our close group of (amazing and supportive) friends and acquaintances.

- An Open Letter to Young Organizers by Yucca (via ok4rj)

Really good freaking point, and well worth mulling over.

(via hwaaa)

Yes! This is a conversation I’ve had many times with friends who are organizers/are recovering from addiction/who can’t be around alcohol or drugs because of PTSD/triggers/etc.  

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Sep 29
dontburnthewitchburntherich:

theriotmag:

nessfraserloves:

smoestoe:

mipiacemolto:

This was a full page ad in the Canadian National Post.
With the Ontario Provincial Election fast approaching, many people feel that their opinion MUST be heard. That’s when private partisan ads, like these, begin to find there way in the faces of the general public. 
This, my friends; is a total disgrace. This ad is not only hugely offensive to the entire LGBTTQQ Community in an outward attack, it also bases its’ arguments on the concept that people who identify as LGBTTQQ are not real people. WHAT IS THIS!!! This is Canada we’re talking about! Yet, here we are being faced with this hideous form of discrimination. 
Also, while it does seem like an overkill to point out, I still feel this issue needs to be addressed. This ad, which is brought to us by the apparent “Institue for Canadian Values” as an attack on the Toronto District School Board, uses children as the face for this attack-ad. Not only is this strategy weak and low on their part, but it is also an opportunity to see the real character of these people. They claim that the School Board is corrupting their children, and here they are, using and corrupting their children themselves so that they can grow up to abuse the human rights of other people because they weren’t given the curriculum to understand that human rights are rights that ALL humans deserve.
To top it all off, they hide behind arguments such as religious rights/beliefs (which I would like to point out, all religions focus on the fair treatment of all individuals and their human rights) and the main argument that teaching children about all types of people is somehow harming and/or corrupting them.
My argument is this: ALL PEOPLE deserve equal human rights. This would not be an issue if the curriculum was focused on racism or ableism. Instead, because the focus is on homophobia and anti-heterocentrism, it somehow is an entirely different issue, which I argue is wrong and, in itself, abusive to human rights and the premotion of ignorance and hate.
Non-progressive ads like these are what set back any human rights activism and lead us to further abuse.

This needs to be stopped.  Anyone who actually understand their religion understands that we need to accept and love everyone.  I am hurt that this group thinks all religion people are bigots and that anyone who has “Canadian values” is a bigot. 
Tumblr, do your stuff.  That’s the executive director’s information.
 
Ekron Malcom
Executive Director ekron@canadianvalues.ca
Tel:             416.391.5000       EXT 344
Fax: 416-391-3969
Charles@word.ca
Canada Christian College
50 Gervais Drive
Toronto, ON M3C 1Z3 

This is really, really disgusting.

So, basically, “Don’t teach me that these things I may already be feeling are perfectly all right, or that other people who feel this way are human beings and deserve my respect.”  And the SCHOOLS are the ones “corrupting” children?

OKAY.
FUCK THIS.

SIGNAL BOOST

dontburnthewitchburntherich:

theriotmag:

nessfraserloves:

smoestoe:

mipiacemolto:

This was a full page ad in the Canadian National Post.

With the Ontario Provincial Election fast approaching, many people feel that their opinion MUST be heard. That’s when private partisan ads, like these, begin to find there way in the faces of the general public. 

This, my friends; is a total disgrace. This ad is not only hugely offensive to the entire LGBTTQQ Community in an outward attack, it also bases its’ arguments on the concept that people who identify as LGBTTQQ are not real people. WHAT IS THIS!!! This is Canada we’re talking about! Yet, here we are being faced with this hideous form of discrimination. 

Also, while it does seem like an overkill to point out, I still feel this issue needs to be addressed. This ad, which is brought to us by the apparent “Institue for Canadian Values” as an attack on the Toronto District School Board, uses children as the face for this attack-ad. Not only is this strategy weak and low on their part, but it is also an opportunity to see the real character of these people. They claim that the School Board is corrupting their children, and here they are, using and corrupting their children themselves so that they can grow up to abuse the human rights of other people because they weren’t given the curriculum to understand that human rights are rights that ALL humans deserve.

To top it all off, they hide behind arguments such as religious rights/beliefs (which I would like to point out, all religions focus on the fair treatment of all individuals and their human rights) and the main argument that teaching children about all types of people is somehow harming and/or corrupting them.

My argument is this: ALL PEOPLE deserve equal human rights. This would not be an issue if the curriculum was focused on racism or ableism. Instead, because the focus is on homophobia and anti-heterocentrism, it somehow is an entirely different issue, which I argue is wrong and, in itself, abusive to human rights and the premotion of ignorance and hate.

Non-progressive ads like these are what set back any human rights activism and lead us to further abuse.

This needs to be stopped.  Anyone who actually understand their religion understands that we need to accept and love everyone.  I am hurt that this group thinks all religion people are bigots and that anyone who has “Canadian values” is a bigot. 

Tumblr, do your stuff.  That’s the executive director’s information.

Ekron Malcom

Executive Director 
ekron@canadianvalues.ca

Tel:             416.391.5000       EXT 344

Fax: 416-391-3969

Charles@word.ca

Canada Christian College

50 Gervais Drive

Toronto, ON M3C 1Z3 

This is really, really disgusting.

So, basically, “Don’t teach me that these things I may already be feeling are perfectly all right, or that other people who feel this way are human beings and deserve my respect.”  And the SCHOOLS are the ones “corrupting” children?

OKAY.

FUCK THIS.

SIGNAL BOOST


Sep 9
brightnote:

reblog some common sense please.

brightnote:

reblog some common sense please.

(via hardcorecaringaboutstuff)


taken-out-of-context:

getstooobsessed:

“Mommy, they are just like me.” 

My oldest son is six years old and in love for the first time.  He is in love with Blaine from Glee. 

For those who don’t know Blaine is a boy…a gay boy, the boyfriend of one of the main characters, Kurt.

This isn’t a ‘he thinks Blaine is really cool’ kind of love.  It is a mooning at a picture of Blaine’s face for a half hour followed by a wistful “He’s so pretty” kind of love.

He loves the episode where two boys kiss.  My son will call people in from other parts of the house to make sure they don’t miss his ‘favorite part.’  He’s been known to rewind it and watch it over again…and force other to, as well, if he doesn’t think people have been paying enough attention.

This infatuation doesn’t bother me or his father.  We live in a very hip-liberal neighborhood, many of our friends are gay, and idea of having a gay son isn’t something that bothers either of us.  Our son is going to be who he is, and it is our job to love him.  End of story.

He is also six.  Six year olds get obsessed with all kinds of things.  This might not mean anything at all.  We always joke that he’s either gay, or we have the best blackmail material in the history of mankind when he’s a 16 year old straight boy. (Take that naked bath time pictures!)

Then the other day we were traveling across the state listening to the Warblers album (of course), and in the middle of Candles, my son pipes up from the back seat.

“Mommy, Kurt and Blaine are boyfriends.”

“Yes, they are,” I affirm.

“They don’t like kissing girls.  They just kiss boys.”

“That’s true.”

“Mommy, they are just like me.”

“That’s great, baby.  You know I love you no matter what?”

“I know…” I could hear him rolling his eyes at me.

When we got home I recapped this conversation to his Dad, and we stood simply looking into each other’s eyes for a moment.  Then we smiled.

“So if at 16 he wants to make a big announcement at the dinner table, we can say ‘You told us when you were six.  Pass the carrots’ and he’ll be disappointed we stole his big dramatic moment,” my husband says with a laugh and hugs me.

Only time will tell if my son is gay, but if he is I am glad he’s mine.  I am glad he has been born into our family.  A family full of people who will love and accept him.  People who will never want him to change.  With parents who will look forward to dancing at his wedding.

And I have to admit, Blaine would be a really cute son-in-law.

Reading her follow-up brought me to tears.

Q_Q

(via hardcorecaringaboutstuff)


Sep 2

Aug 23
fuckyeahsexeducation:

knowhomo:

LGBTQ* Websites You Should Know
Roostertails
(http://www.roostertailscomic.com/)
From About Page:
Roostertails is a weekly comic and pet project, exploring the life of a simple transguy transitioning in the lower half of the South Island of New Zealand. 

I’m relatively sure I’ve linked to Roostertails before, but I’m gonna link again on general principal.

fuckyeahsexeducation:

knowhomo:

LGBTQ* Websites You Should Know

Roostertails

(http://www.roostertailscomic.com/)

From About Page:

Roostertails is a weekly comic and pet project, exploring the life of a simple transguy transitioning in the lower half of the South Island of New Zealand. 

I’m relatively sure I’ve linked to Roostertails before, but I’m gonna link again on general principal.