Janet Mock turns the script around and asks a cisgender woman the private / invasive questions trans people are asked regularly.
Janet Mock turns the script around and asks a cisgender woman the private / invasive questions trans people are asked regularly.
234 Nigerian girls were girls were kidnapped by an extremist group called the boko haram this month. Few have escaped, the majority has not. Please spread to word to create an international outcry because out government isn’t doing enough.
I’m raising money to help my daughter who’s in an expensive legal battle because she supports her transgender child. These funds are her best hope for keeping custody. Please help and spread the word
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I AM SCREAMING PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE SIGNAL BOOST THIS AND DONATE EVEN IF IT’S JUST A DOLLAR OR TWO. PLEASE. PLEASE. PLEASE!
For the love of god reblog and help support this mother. she is doing nothing more than being an amazing parent and she may lose her child because of it. And lose them to an unsupportive, oppressive family that will harm them emotionally and mentally.
Needs $10,000 by the end of the day.
The right screencap from spongebob can get 100k notes in only hours, come on.
Heating The Rez by Chase Iron Eyes
Today Lastrealindians is launching “Heating The Rez”, an effort to raise $50,000 to properly heat our homes. We are at a loss that this Northern Plains winter is so dangerously cold, propane prices are so abnormally high, and circumstances are such that because a family could not afford to heat a home one of our Tribal members has passed away, freezing to death on the Standing Rock Nation (North & South Dakota, USA http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/woman-dies-dakotas-propane-heat-home-22379636 ).
That is a test of our humanity. Our hope is to convert 20 homes to renewable heating sources in 2014. Buying more propane, at ridiculous prices is the necessary bandaid now, but we are going to move our people forward to regenerative heating sources. Take a look; share the energy.
Mitakuye Oyasin (We are all related). http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/heating-the-rezREAD MORE HERE:http://lastrealindians.com/heating-the-rez-by-chase-iron-eyes/
Thank you for viewing our campaign. We are a small, grassroots organization that is working with the community to open the first Bay Area trans* women housing program - Queens Cottage Shelter.
When our founder, Breezy Golden-Farr, a transwoman herself, found herself homeless and without a place to lay her head, she came face to face with a real problem in our community. There is no safe and affordable housing for trans* women in the Bay Area.
Trans* people are often shunned and abused by the shelter system; they are often forced to sleep on the streets because they are abused and harassed by other shelter residents. Trans* women sorely lack a safe haven, where they can go for supportive housing. Queens Cottage Shelter will work with local partners to help empower residents reach for their goals of recovery, employment, school, and stable housing.
Miss Farr’s and others have been working tirelessly to open the first ever all transwoman housing program and Oakland. They have teamed up with Transitions House - a trans* housing advocacy group to make this dream a reality. We hope you will join us with passion we have for trans* affirming housing! This dream needs your passion and financial support.
How can I help?
Though our goal here is modest, it will allow us to start our fundraising for the following:
- Help find a residence for Queens Cottage Shelter
- Help us start and open our doors to 10 homeless trans women in need of your support.
- Your support will provide short term housing to our community most impacted by violence and discrimination, TWOC and low income trans women.
- Residents will be supported in the house to get connected to community resources including job search support by the Trans* Employment Program (TEEI), healthcare services, and case management.
- It will mean trans* people have access to safe housing, showers, and free meals.
Thank you for supporting this important and needed trans housing program. As our unique way of saying thank you for helping house trans* women of color and low income trans* folks, please check out our perks. Including buttons, t-shirts, and more! At certain donor levels, you even have the opportunity to sit down and meet these girls and hear their story. See first hand what your financial assistance means to them. And remember, anything will help!
We are a registered with the IRS as a non-profit charity and we accept donations of all kinds. Any dollar amount, no matter how small, will be welcomed. Every dollar given is a dollar much appreciated!
This is so important. Only 5 people have backed this so far. Give what you can! Signal boost!
New work in from Hoax Zine, a feminist compilation zine. Issue #8 on mythologoies explores “the role of storytelling and folklore in supporting women’s and trans* narratives.” Issue #9 is on vulnerabilities. “How can vulnerability be used as a tactic for individual empowerment and social change? How do we establish healthy boundaries in the context of community building work, and when does it become important to push ourselves past our designated limits? How do class, race, gender, and other markers of oppression and privilege influence our ability to ask for help and receive services and accommodations?”
Issue #9 of “You’ve Got a Friend in Pennsylvania” is a reflection on two years of sobriety and how to support friends who getting sober.
Come over & check this stuff out!
— Janet Mock, Redefining Realness (via girl-germs)
Hey, guys! A couple of my friends at my university really need your help! They are a group of Native (mostly women) students who are trying to spread decolonized education (woooohoooo!!!!) to Native high schoolers on reservations and in New Mexico. It would really help
them out if you could donate something or signal boost this. They are not getting paid, but they need money to travel to the students. Any donation at all is helpful!
Here is what they have to say:
WHO ARE WE?
AlterNATIVE Education is an education-focused non-profit that works with Native American/American Indian students to teach them about the left out history of American Indians. Our facilitators are composed entirely of Columbia University students, the majority being of American Indian descent.
WHAT WE DO
AlterNATIVE Education is a peer-education and mentorship initiative that will ENGAGE students with Native histories, Native governments, Na-tive arts and Native current events, which are topics that are not talked about often enough in the classroom; EMPOWER Native students as community members, as individuals, as agents of change; and finally, ENCOURAGE Native students to seriously consider pursuing higher education through long-term mentorship. AlterNATIVE’s ultimate goal is to have 100% of AlterNATIVE mentees graduate from high school and apply to college.
This summer, alterNATIVE education is expanding, going from four sites to six. This summer, our alterNATIVE education facilitators will be at:
Isleta Pueblo, NM Zuni Pueblo, NM
Pine Hill, NM To’hajiilee, NM
Farmington, NM Acoma Pueblo, NM
Visit our website at
Contact us at:
Presenting : White people damaging their hair by forcing it to do something it’s not meant to in an effort to seem earthy.
this shit is nasty
Omg! That last one is kinda fresh! I call it the Meatloaf
Seriously white people? Give it the fuck up. You don’t have the hair texture for that. Accept it.
Somebody told me that if I deleted this post I’d stop getting notes on it (it was blowing up my phone) and that *kinda* worked. I would like to take a moment and point out that I had a shit ton of people hounding my inbox and the comments saying they had dreads that look like this and they weren’t gross or that if they don’t shower this is what their hair does naturally
- The dreads in this picture are hella nasty. One is full of mold. That’s the point. These are NOT what dreads are supposed to look like.
- Hair that isn’t afro textured never ever looks like real dreads (i.e. they don’t look the same at all) If you had to backcomb, they probably aren’t real dreads.
- You are exploiting your white privilege if you can still go to school and work with your dreads in, because black people consistently have their natural hair deemed ‘unprofessional’ and used as a means to prevent them from getting hired and to fire them from jobs and have them expelled from school.
- They won’t do their own research. No, the Celts did not have dreads, no dreadlocks are not found everywhere
- White people calling themselves Rastafarian. Are you kidding. ‘Rasta’ and ‘Rastafarian’ are not terms meaning ‘Bob Marley Fan Club’ or ‘I like weed’. Rastafarians are AGAINST white supremacy.
- BUT BLACK PEOPLE STRAIGHTEN THEIR HAIR/ WEAR WHITE HAIR. One, black people don’t wear ‘white hair’. I’m not lying to you, walk into a hair story.You will find Indian, Malaysian, Brazilian but never European hair because it’s not as great as you think it is. Two, the fact that people with kinky hair straighten it with relaxer or flat irons ect is because black people are taught that their natural hair is ‘not good hair’ and because their natural hair is sometimes deemed as unprofessional. Do you like movies? Chris Rock made one about it called ‘Good hair’. Also, this.
- Your Dreadlocks are cultural appropriation. They also look nasty.
She has never been convicted of a crime but they want to move her to near isolation in an adult mens prison. This CANNOT happen. Here is a more in depth article: http://feministing.com/2014/04/14/how-the-connecticut-department-of-children-families-is-failing-a-trans-girl-of-color/
I put together an email for Commissioner Katz, so all you have to do is copy and paste it. Click here for the example email
Please reblog to raise awareness!
signal boost, please!
Biscuits & Gravy Zine
Volume 1: Love, Resilience, Possibilities
Biscuits & Gravy is a zine seeking to uplift and centralize the unique experiences of Southern Black and Brown Femmes in Queer culture. This zine aims to envision what community can look like when Black and Brown Femmes have the space to share our stories, lives, pain, love, and bodies on our own terms.
Biscuits & Gravy is a project grounded in anti-oppression, intentional solidarity, and authentic accountability in recognition of the institutional systems of power and global dominance that furthers white supremacy, colonialism, patriarchy, classism, ableism, anti-blackness, transmisogyny, cultural genocide, and various other forms of marginalization and violence.
The theme of our first issue will be “Love, Resilience, and Possibilities.” In a November 2012 interview, poet, writer, editor and educator Warsan Shire stated, “At the end of the day, it isn’t where I came from. Maybe home is somewhere I’m going and never have been before.”
Let’s envision what home can be. How will we love? How will we persevere? How do we reach a place, a love, a world, for which we have no blueprint. Biscuits & Gravy seeks submissions from Black and Brown Queer Femmes grappling with these questions, desiring transformation. Please submit works up to 1000 words. Submissions can be, but are not limited to:
- poetry, fiction, personal stories
Please send your submissions for consideration to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for submissions is May 30th, 2014.signal boost!
whiskerpits said: Are essay submissions still open for issue #10?
Absolutely - sorry that wasn’t made more clear! Essays and other long-form narratives are what we’re looking for as far as written content is concerned. We made a statement about being unable to accept poetry submissions in early March due to the overwhelming amount of pieces we were sent and our inability to print more than a handful of poems in one issue, both because of limitations in formatting and our overall dedication to utilizing Hoax as a platform for inter/personal essays.
We ask that all interested collaborators actively agree to our core values and shared goals for the zine, and we suggest checking out our general Hoax FAQs and specific submission FAQs for more in-depth information. We also can be contacted directly at hoaxzine (at) gmail (dot) com with any and all questions, prompts, and pieces before June 30th. Thanks so much for asking! :)
Hoax #10 - Feminisms & Embodiments is still looking to publish 3-4 additional essays and several pieces of background art. We are now offering stipends for all accepted work, and our ABSOLUTELY FINAL deadline is now FRIDAY JULY 18TH, 2014!
We are totally ecstatic to announce that the topic for Hoax #10 is Feminisms and EMBODIMENTS, and we are eager for feminists of all backgrounds and genders to submit! Potential ideas for written material include, but are not limited to,:
We also totally need lots of artwork (photos, collages, illustrations, drawings, paintings, comics, etc.), particularly for background designs and things that compliment the written material!
Note — We are no longer accepting poetry submission for this issue. Please click here to find a list of essay submissions we would ideally like to receive.
Please aim to send us yr amazing material to hoaxzine (at) gmail (dot) com before July 18th, 2014. If you are interested, feel free to check out our FAQs on submitting and e-mail us yr ideas for topics & artwork! As always, we are willing to work with you during any and every stage of the writing process. The sooner you send us yr work, the better!
Thank you so much to every contributor, reader, & supporter of this zine! We are looking forward to seeing yr work!
rachel & sari
NYC: The Trans Ladies Picnic Goes Uptown!
Sunday, June 1
We’re having a picnic for trans women only! Food and drinks will be provided, however, folks are HIGHLY encouraged to bring something to share.
We’ll be setting up in Riverside Park at noon, near the 145 Street/Broadway 1 stop!
Facebook event here with more info!
With almost limitless gravitational power, black holes are supposed to gulp everything that comes near them, even weightless light photons.
So astronomers have long sought explanations for observations that black holes emit high-energy particles, often through visually impressive jets that unfurl from the black holes’ poles in thick, tornado-like coils. Now, in a paper published in this month’s edition of the Astrophysical Journal, a University of Florida researcher has bolstered and expanded a longtime theory about how and why these photons and electrons escape powerful gape of black holes, caused by the collapse of stars.
“My calculations may solve the mystery as to where the large number of high-energy observed electrons originate from,” said Reva Kay Williams, a UF courtesy postdoctoral associate. “My calculations also help explain some of our observations, such as why many (black hole) jets are observed to be uneven, or one-sided.”
Williams’ research is the first to prove the Penrose mechanism, a 35-year-old theory named for its author, Oxford University mathematics and physics professor Roger Penrose. It also provides a new, physical explanation for the odd appearance of many of the jets, which some astronomers believe was merely the result of an optical illusion.
Fernando de Felice, a physicist at the University of Padova in Italy, said Williams’ findings represent an important contribution to the field.
“Until recently, it was believed that the Penrose mechanism was not very efficient for generating energetic particles, but Dr. Williams’ detailed and perseverant work showed that this may not be true and, to the contrary, that it may be relevant to high-energy astrophysics,” he said.
Penrose’s theory says the rotational energy of a spinning black hole powers and lifts particles large distances away. Williams’ research, based in part on computer modeling, shows these particles appear to be created at the part of the hole where gravity is so powerful it bends light into a circle around the hole.
Her calculations also suggest the one-sided appearance of the jets is the result of the black holes’ gravitational dragging of space and time near their cores – not just, as some suggested, a consequence of the observer’s position relative to the jets. “The interest in Dr. Williams’ work is that it has enriched the possibilities of having energy output in active cosmic sources,” de Felice said.