sylvar:

A restroom sign that says RESTROOM, with symbols surrounding that. The symbols are labeled:
trans folk
feminists
activists
butches
intersex
leather folk
women [with the ‘pants’ symbol usually used for men]
men
women
men [with the ‘skirt’ symbol usually used for women]
twinks
bears
drag queens
drag kings
femmes
closet cases
allies
deferreddreams:

more places should have restroom signs like this!
(this is at the gay bookstore, giovanni’s room, in philly)

sylvar:

A restroom sign that says RESTROOM, with symbols surrounding that. The symbols are labeled:

  • trans folk
  • feminists
  • activists
  • butches
  • intersex
  • leather folk
  • women [with the ‘pants’ symbol usually used for men]
  • men
  • women
  • men [with the ‘skirt’ symbol usually used for women]
  • twinks
  • bears
  • drag queens
  • drag kings
  • femmes
  • closet cases
  • allies

deferreddreams:

more places should have restroom signs like this!

(this is at the gay bookstore, giovanni’s room, in philly)

If I define Singer’s kind of disability prejudice as an ultimate evil, and him as a monster, then I must so define all who believe disabled lives are inherently worse off or that a life without a certain kind of consciousness lacks value. That definition would make monsters of many of the people with whom I move on the sidewalks, do business, break bread, swap stories and share the grunt work of local politics. It would reach some of my family and most of my nondisabled friends, people who show me personal kindness and who sometimes manage to love me through their ignorance. I can’t live with a definition of ultimate evil that encompasses all of them. I can’t refuse the monster-majority basic respect and human sympathy. It’s not in my heart to deny every single one of them, categorically, my affection and my love.
The ways of talking about the “war on women” that leave people out

izythequeergirl:

veggielezzyfemmie:

There’s been a lot of talk lately on the feminist internets – everywhere, really – about the Republican “war on women.” The bevy of anti-choice legislation is absolutely that – Republicans intend to go after women. But I’m finding much of the feminist response hurtful in its conflation of “women” and “people who can make babies.”

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Here, here. Real feminists don’t need cissexism to make their point.

I’ve read the linked article multiple times, as well as looking over the pieces linked to in the article, and I still find this complaint frustratingly vague. Is the problem using the word “women” when talking about reproductive rights because not everyone who has female reproductive organs Identifies as a woman?

livia-carica:

thedailywhat:

From The Archives: On March 16th, 2012, The Star Trek: TNG episode “The Outcast” marked the 20th anniversary of its initial airing.

The episode is particularly notable for being a bold, thinly veiled allegory for homosexual discrimination.

The J’naii, an androgynous humanoid race, once had two sexes, but has since “evolved” beyond genders. However, a small portion of the J’naii are still born with a “gender alignment.” These individuals subsequently develop an attraction to those who align with the opposite sex.

In “The Outcast,” Soren, a female-identifying J’naii born with an attraction to males, falls for Commander Riker, and he for her. When this is discovered, Soren is charged with perversion and brought before a J’naii tribunal where she (unsuccessfully) tries to defend herself and those like her.

Despite being penned a generation ago, the passionate, poignant excoriation uttered by Soren at her trial is, sadly, as necessary today as ever:

What we do is no different from what you do. We talk and laugh. We complain about work. And we wonder about growing old. We talk about our families and we worry about the future. And we cry with each other when things seem hopeless. All of the loving things that you do with each other - that is what we do. And for that we are called misfits, and deviants and criminals. What right do you have to punish us? What right do you have to change us? What makes you think you can dictate how people love each other?

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I cried at this episode. 

(Source: thedailywhat)

laughingacademy:

rob-anybody:

quickasaflash:

iamjustahopelessromantic:

absolucion:

methodistcoloringbook:

gerrycanavan:

Today in Palo Alto, California, members of the Raging Grannies Action League said that men who want drugs such as Viagra to treat impotence should be required to have strict testing before receiving said drugs. The Grannies applauded Ohio State Senator Nina Turner who has introduced a bill requiring that physicians take specific actions before prescribing Viagra and similar drugs, including giving a cardiac stress test and making a referral to a sex therapist for confirmation that the patient’s symptoms are not solely attributable to one or more psychological conditions. The photo was taken of members of the Raging Granny VRB (Viagra Review Board) in response to moves by Republicans to limit women’s right to reproductive health. Members of the Review Board are all women who came of age before Roe v. Wade. From their headquarters in Palo Alto they announced that they are old enough to know what it was like to live before women’s reproductive rights became law of the land, and they will do all they can to make sure that the US does not return to that era. 

omg my heart



I WISH MY GRANNY WAS LIKE THAT

These guys are awesome. ♥_♥

I love these women so much.

Awesome ladies in excellent hats.

laughingacademy:

rob-anybody:

quickasaflash:

iamjustahopelessromantic:

absolucion:

methodistcoloringbook:

gerrycanavan:

Today in Palo Alto, California, members of the Raging Grannies Action League said that men who want drugs such as Viagra to treat impotence should be required to have strict testing before receiving said drugs. 

The Grannies applauded Ohio State Senator Nina Turner who has introduced a bill requiring that physicians take specific actions before prescribing Viagra and similar drugs, including giving a cardiac stress test and making a referral to a sex therapist for confirmation that the patient’s symptoms are not solely attributable to one or more psychological conditions. 

The photo was taken of members of the Raging Granny VRB (Viagra Review Board) in response to moves by Republicans to limit women’s right to reproductive health. Members of the Review Board are all women who came of age before Roe v. Wade. From their headquarters in Palo Alto they announced that they are old enough to know what it was like to live before women’s reproductive rights became law of the land, and they will do all they can to make sure that the US does not return to that era. 

omg my heart

I WISH MY GRANNY WAS LIKE THAT

These guys are awesome. ♥_♥

I love these women so much.

Awesome ladies in excellent hats.

A Dialogue With My 86-year-old Grandmother About LGBT Rights & Marriage Equality
I saw this article:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/29/gay-activists-grandparents-marriage-equality_n_1310537.html
earlier this afternoon and I got suddenly curious how my 86yo grandmother felt about marriage equality and LGBT rights. Since she's often hilarious, I decided to interview her on the phone and post it here. I put it on speakerphone, recorded it, then transcribed it. She's in Miami, and Cuban-born, so this is translated from Spanish. She's a pretty feisty lady. I want to be her when I grow up. Here's what she said:
Me:Grandma, what do you think about this couple in their 90s supporting their gay grandkids in the fight for marriage equality?
Grandma:I think it's very nice. You have to support your family, no matter who they are. You can't reject people for things like that.
Me:If you had gay or lesbian family, would you do the same?
Grandma:I don't know if I could make a video like those people. They speak English.
Me:What about in Spanish? Would you make videos supporting marriage equality in Spanish.
Grandma:Ay... don't get any ideas. I don't want to make a video.
Me:But is it okay if I post this on the Internet? On one of my websites
Grandma:Ignorant people might yell at you.
Me:Oh, that's okay, I don't mind.
Grandma:Yes, you can put what I said on the Internet.
Me:Okay. So do you support gay and lesbian people getting married?
Grandma:I think gay people should be able to get married. Times have changed. Even my ideas have changed. There used to be a lot of ignorance and rumors about gay people, mostly because they had to live in hiding, you know, you couldn't be yourself out in public like they can be sometimes now. So I think people just made things up. But think gay people should be allowed to live their lives like everyone else.
Me:Would you go to a gay wedding?
Grandma:Yes, I would. It would probably be more lively than a regular one. I hate weddings. They're so boring.
Me:They really are. What do you think about people who protest gay marriage?
Grandma:Oh. Idiots.
Me:They're wrong?
Grandma:Idiots. Dumb people with nothing better to do. Out of all the things to protest. They should be out trying to do some good in the world instead.
Me:Do you think you would have felt the same way when you were my age?
Grandma:(Pauses) I don't think I gave it any thought. People didn't talk about these things back then. There was a lot of ignorance. Everybody knew gay people, of course, but people didn't talk about it in normal conversation, much less in public like on the news now. I think that's good. Talking is always good. When people know things, they can make up their own minds.I would like to think that maybe with a little information and thinking about it, I would feel the same way.
Me:Do you think gay people should be able to adopt kids?
Grandma:Of course.
Me:As a Christian, what do you think the Bible says about gay people?
Grandma:The Bible is very clear that Jesus doesn't care about race or gender or where you came from or anything. He loves everyone.
Me:What about the parts of the Bible that says gay people should be stoned to death?
Grandma:We don't stone people to death anymore...
Me:So you don't think that applies?
Grandma:I think God gave us some common sense to be able to figure out what parts were meant for forever, like "don't kill" and "don't steal" and "be good to people," and what parts were just a record of the society people lived in back then. We don't hide women in the dark during their periods anymore, either. Things like that.
Me:What about gays in the military? Do you think that should be allowed?
Grandma:You know, when I heard President Obama had helped made that legal, I was surprised it already wasn't. If you're willing to pick up a gun and go fight in some war somewhere for my freedom, I'm not willing to do that, so if you are, I don't care if you have a boyfriend or a girlfriend or fifteen cats.
Me:Yeah, I think most people supported that one.
Grandma:It's like I told you. God gave us common sense for a reason.
Me:I know you've had a few close gay male friends. Have you ever had a lesbian friend?
Grandma:I did in Cuba. She was my neighbor and she did everyone's hair on the block. You couldn't really tell she was a lesbian, but she told me, after many years of knowing her.
Me:What do you mean by "you couldn't tell she was a lesbian?"
Grandma:Well, she was very glamorous. She looked like a movie star all the time - that's why she did everyone's hair. Some lesbians, you can tell.
Me:In English, they call the ability to tell if someone's gay "gaydar." Like "radar" but for "gay."
Grandma:Oh! I think I have that.
Me:You think you have good gaydar?
Grandma:Well, I was an artist, so I was around a lot of gay men. And I can usually tell, but Paula fooled me.
Me:The slang term for lesbians who are very conventionally feminine in English is "lipstick lesbian."
Grandma:She did wear lipstick!
Me:Do you think a lot of older people think like you do?
Grandma:I think so. A lot of older people keep up with the news better than you think. And you get to be my age and you realize a lot of past mistakes in your thinking. You realize that a lot of things you think mattered, really don't. And the people who don't think like that, it's mostly because they don't know any better. But even at my age, people can be taught.
Me:Thank you, Pupa.
Grandma:You should show me your website when you put this up. I hope a lot of people read it.
If you are a white woman and you want to call yourself a feminist, you must acknowledge that your whiteness affords you a privilege that shields you from a lot. You must also acknowledge that you are afforded privileges that some men in this country do not have. Racism and sexism are tightly intertwined. You cannot fight one while ignoring the other.
I, myself never really thought [marriage] was an option until the last five years when all this began. As I get older, I just want a ring on my finger. I can’t explain. I don’t know if it’s a wedding ring - well maybe it’s a promise ring of some kind - but I definitely want a ring of some kind.

crown-of-weeds:

Intersectionality moment:

People with Down Syndrome or other intellectual/developemental disabilites?

Also denied marriage equality and other basic civil rights.

8 gay rights are not our final battle and the lines to that effect in this play made me wince

(Source: waltzy)