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Things You Can Do For Ferguson:

ami-angelwings:

donrickles:

  • Donate money to have those arrested in Ferguson released on bail. These people belong on the streets, especially at a time like this.
  • Send a note of condolence to the family of Michael Brown. Let’s not forget the tragedy that started this.
  • Donate to the Michael Brown Memorial Fund. This is an official fundraiser run by the Brown family’s lawyers. They are going through so much, lets make sure at the very least it isn’t a financial burden.
  • Help get people on the ground. There are activists and reporters who want to do their part and get to Ferguson. Donate and get them there. I am so far aware of Zellie Imani, Zak Jemmott, and JR Valrey (a reporter for SF Bay View).
  • Donate to the Ferguson Youth Initiative.The children of this community deserve better than to be gunned down. Make sure they get that in the future.
  • Feed the children of Ferguson. Many children in America rely on school to get their meals and thanks to the civil unrest caused by the police, the children of Ferguson have been without school since Monday. These people want to make sure that doesn’t mean anyone is going hungry.
  • Find a National Moment of Silence in your area. If one doesn’t exist, start one. Share this experience with others. Solidarity is important.
  • Keep awareness up. Not just among the like-minded people on tumblr, this is something everyone needs to be aware of.
  • Spread accurate information. There is a lot of distortion going on here and spreading every piece of information as it is reported only makes that worse. First and foremost make sure you are listening carefully, then share what is important and relevant.

If you are aware of any good causes or ways to help that I have missed, please reblog and add them.

One note on if you want to donate, or see posts/people soliciting donations on your Twitter/Facebook/Tumblr/etc, make sure that what you’re donating to is legit, and the money will go to help Mike Brown’s family or those in Ferguson.  Like so many other tragic & heavily covered events, this one has tons of jerks and opportunists circling it trying to scam people. :\

thisiseverydayracism:

#OfficerGoFuckYourself Threatens to Kill Ferguson Livestreamers

The scene was witnessed by Infowars reporter Joe Biggs who was also filming the incident. The clip shows a Ferguson officer with his gun raised pointing it directly at a citizen journalist who was live streaming at the time.

“Oh my God, gun raised, gun raised,” states the journalist, before Biggs remarks, “gun pointed.”

“My hands are up bro, my hands are up,” states the journalist before the cop responds, “I’m going to f***ing kill you, get back, get back!”

“You’re going to kill him?” asks another individual before the journalist asks, “did he just threaten to kill me?”

When the cop is asked for his name he responds, “go fuck yourself.”

Homodachi and Friends Issue #1: Visibility / Invisibility!

homodachizine:

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Hello folks!

We are proud to present the first issue of Homodachi and Friends!  This issue looks at the intersections of queerness and concepts of visibility/invisibility.  How does our understanding of queerness change in Japan?  What is the role of visibility, and how does it compare and contrast to our home countries?  What are moments where we need to be hyper-aware of our queerness, in what moments does the invisibility of our queerness surprise us? Our contributors range widely in their writing styles and experiences, so there is sure to be something for everyone!  :)

Click on the image above or click this link to read the first issue for free online!  The file is large so please be patient while it loads!  Print versions will be available in mid-August.  If you would like a print copy, please contact us directly!

If you like the project, please consider sharing it with your friends, liking the facebook page, and following our twitter!  You can also contact us at:

homodachizine (at) gmail.com


Without further adieu, please enjoy!

-H&F

note-a-bear:

odinsblog:

acceber74:

hall70:

blairwald0rk:

andrewjg47:

wabisabiforrobots:

If I’m shopping at Target and I see this, I’m calling the cops.  
Seriously.  I don’t care about your fucking rights, I just want to buy some dad jeans and maybe a tub of frosted animal crackers without having to worry about your casually slung assault rifle going off and the bullet ricocheting off the price checker and right into my ass.  Thanks but no thanks.  

This can not be real

but think about it if it was armed black people or hispanic people. They would be considered “thugs” and “criminals”. If it was a group of people from the middle east they would be terrorists, But because it’s like 800 different shades of mayo they’re using their 2nd amendment rights…smdh. 

rest assured that this rule is not for black people. they would freak out for sure if a black person came into the store carrying…let alone three or four

That’s because white people are automatically deemed “responsible” by default… even when they’re the majority of mass shooters in the US.

100% verified


^^^^^^^ I was waiting for that

note-a-bear:

odinsblog:

acceber74:

hall70:

blairwald0rk:

andrewjg47:

wabisabiforrobots:

If I’m shopping at Target and I see this, I’m calling the cops.  

Seriously.  I don’t care about your fucking rights, I just want to buy some dad jeans and maybe a tub of frosted animal crackers without having to worry about your casually slung assault rifle going off and the bullet ricocheting off the price checker and right into my ass.  Thanks but no thanks.  

This can not be real

but think about it if it was armed black people or hispanic people. They would be considered “thugs” and “criminals”. If it was a group of people from the middle east they would be terrorists, But because it’s like 800 different shades of mayo they’re using their 2nd amendment rights…smdh. 

rest assured that this rule is not for black people. they would freak out for sure if a black person came into the store carrying…let alone three or four

That’s because white people are automatically deemed “responsible” by default… even when they’re the majority of mass shooters in the US.

100% verified

image

^^^^^^^ I was waiting for that

(Source: Mother Jones)

homodachizine:

Homodachi and Friends Call For Submissions #1!!!!  Visibility / Invisibility!!!
Welcome to the first issue of Homodachi and Friends. We are dedicated to archiving the diverse voices of the queer and trans community living in Japan. We believe that in telling our stories, we not only empower ourselves, but we also begin to carve space for others to claim their own experiences and identities as well. It is with this hope that we write this call for submissions for the project.In line with our mission statement for the project, the first theme of the first issue will be related to (In)Visibility(s). *Potential ideas include, but are not limited to:* How has the visibility of queerness in your home country compared and contrasted with the visibility of queerness in your area of residence in Japan? How has invisibility also compared and contrasted?What does (in)visibility mean for the queer/trans community? How are these meanings guided by cultural and other discursive forces?In the West, there is a high value assigned to being “out” and “proud,” and often times this can be an entry point in to the community and its politics. How has this conditioned your queerness/transness? How is this in conversation with a Japanese sensibility of tatemae (public, outer face for work / certain spaces) and honne (the true self, the inwards facing self.)?How have you gauged when to be visible and when to be invisible? When was a moment when you felt conflicted about this decision?We as queer/trans folks are never 100% “out.” Coming out is never a complete process, we are always meeting new people and having to come out over and over again. How have you understood this process? How has this process shaped your experiences in your home country and abroad/in Japan?How is visibility and invisibility guided by language? In other words, a lot of our identities are produced when we articulate them, when we speak them. How have language barriers produced visibility / invisibility? What is your relationship to language acquisition / ability and your identity as a queer/trans person in Japan?In Japan, the transgender narrative/body is hypervisible, while the LGB body is comparatively invisible. How has this scripting of queer/trans bodies affected your experiences here in Japan? How has this scripting created communicative moments or moments of intense misunderstanding?_______________________________________ As mentioned above, please do not feel that submissions need to be restricted to or specifically answer these questions. Homodachi is interested in hearing as many different voices as possible, in whatever form or on whatever topic they choose to speak. If in the process of writing your piece unfolds into something else and deviates from the questions above, we’d still love to take a look. If you have an older piece which you think might be relevant to this issue (or not, hey, we’ll read it anyway) please feel free to submit it, too. Prose, memoir, journal entries, meditations, theorizations, poems, rants, letters, and any other genres are more than welcome!Homodachi has a commitment to local artists, poets, and musicians—we would love to have your work in the next issue. If your work is multimedia, we can publish the material here on this blog and on our facebook for our readers!***Please aim to have finalized submissions emailed to us by June 21st, 2014 at HomodachiZine@gmail.com***Included in your submission, please include the name that you would like to be printed under, contact information (email, blog, website, etc.) for our readers, and any other information that you would like to be printed alongside your submission. Also, please include a current mailing address so that the editors can send you a complimentary copy of the first issue as a thanks for helping out with the project :]! Also, the Homodachi editors will need help with layouts and collages, if you would like to participate in a zine-making / background-making session, please email or message the editors.The best way to stay up to date with the project is to “like” the facebook page and to (continue) following the tumblr blog.We greatly appreciate all of the time and effort of the contributors, fellow zinesters, friends, and supporters of the project.We greatly anticipate your work, comments, suggestions, and love. In solidarity:Homodachi Editorial Team
https://www.facebook.com/events/1425198971075417/

homodachizine:

Homodachi and Friends Call For Submissions #1!!!!  Visibility / Invisibility!!!

Welcome to the first issue of Homodachi and Friends. We are dedicated to archiving the diverse voices of the queer and trans community living in Japan. We believe that in telling our stories, we not only empower ourselves, but we also begin to carve space for others to claim their own experiences and identities as well. It is with this hope that we write this call for submissions for the project.

In line with our mission statement for the project, the first theme of the first issue will be related to (In)Visibility(s)

*Potential ideas include, but are not limited to:*
 

How has the visibility of queerness in your home country compared and contrasted with the visibility of queerness in your area of residence in Japan? How has invisibility also compared and contrasted?

What does (in)visibility mean for the queer/trans community? How are these meanings guided by cultural and other discursive forces?

In the West, there is a high value assigned to being “out” and “proud,” and often times this can be an entry point in to the community and its politics. How has this conditioned your queerness/transness? How is this in conversation with a Japanese sensibility of tatemae (public, outer face for work / certain spaces) and honne (the true self, the inwards facing self.)?

How have you gauged when to be visible and when to be invisible? When was a moment when you felt conflicted about this decision?

We as queer/trans folks are never 100% “out.” Coming out is never a complete process, we are always meeting new people and having to come out over and over again. How have you understood this process? How has this process shaped your experiences in your home country and abroad/in Japan?

How is visibility and invisibility guided by language? In other words, a lot of our identities are produced when we articulate them, when we speak them. How have language barriers produced visibility / invisibility? What is your relationship to language acquisition / ability and your identity as a queer/trans person in Japan?

In Japan, the transgender narrative/body is hypervisible, while the LGB body is comparatively invisible. How has this scripting of queer/trans bodies affected your experiences here in Japan? How has this scripting created communicative moments or moments of intense misunderstanding?
_______________________________________ 

As mentioned above, please do not feel that submissions need to be restricted to or specifically answer these questions. Homodachi is interested in hearing as many different voices as possible, in whatever form or on whatever topic they choose to speak. If in the process of writing your piece unfolds into something else and deviates from the questions above, we’d still love to take a look. If you have an older piece which you think might be relevant to this issue (or not, hey, we’ll read it anyway) please feel free to submit it, too. Prose, memoir, journal entries, meditations, theorizations, poems, rants, letters, and any other genres are more than welcome!

Homodachi has a commitment to local artists, poets, and musicians—we would love to have your work in the next issue. If your work is multimedia, we can publish the material here on this blog and on our facebook for our readers!

***Please aim to have finalized submissions emailed to us by June 21st, 2014 at HomodachiZine@gmail.com***

Included in your submission, please include the name that you would like to be printed under, contact information (email, blog, website, etc.) for our readers, and any other information that you would like to be printed alongside your submission. Also, please include a current mailing address so that the editors can send you a complimentary copy of the first issue as a thanks for helping out with the project :]! 

Also, the Homodachi editors will need help with layouts and collages, if you would like to participate in a zine-making / background-making session, please email or message the editors.

The best way to stay up to date with the project is to “like” the facebook page and to (continue) following the tumblr blog.

We greatly appreciate all of the time and effort of the contributors, fellow zinesters, friends, and supporters of the project.

We greatly anticipate your work, comments, suggestions, and love. 

In solidarity:
Homodachi Editorial Team

https://www.facebook.com/events/1425198971075417/

vikingpussy:

Slurs are not just “bad words”. They’re part of systemic dehumanization of entire groups of people who are and have historically been subjugated and hated just for being alive.

(Source: aceofcubs)

Here are white men poised to run big marijuana businesses, dreaming of cashing in big—big money, big businesses selling weed—after 40 years of impoverished black kids getting prison time for selling weed, and their families and futures destroyed. Now, white men are planning to get rich doing precisely the same thing? …

After waging a brutal war on poor communities of color, a drug war that has decimated families, spread despair and hopelessness through entire communities, and a war that has fanned the flames of the very violence it was supposedly intended to address and control; after pouring billions of dollars into prisons and allowing schools to fail; we’re gonna simply say, we’re done now? I think we have to be willing, as we’re talking about legalization, to also start talking about reparations for the war on drugs, how to repair the harm caused. …

At the end of apartheid in South Africa there was an understanding that there could be no healing, no progress, no reconciliation without truth. You can’t just destroy a people and then say ‘It’s over, we’re stopping now.’ You have to be willing to deal with the truth, deal with the history openly and honestly.

Michelle Alexander, associate professor of law at Ohio State University and author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness quoted from White Men Get Rich from Legal Pot, Black Men Stay in Prison. Alexander’s thesis is that the USA is addicted to caste systems, regardless of what is deemed legal or illegal. (via nezua)

phoenixx23:

thepoeticrebel:

dontbeabrat:

prettylxxxve:

lolitalovesshoes:

This is not life…

Wow wow wow

oh but nigga we ignorant tho

._.

1958 THESE ARE SOME OF YOUR GRANDPARENTS!!!! 
"slavery was hundreds of years ago. get over it" 
shut THE fuck up. 56 years ago black children were zoo attractions.
the same thing is happening in india as of LAST YEAR. Native Jarwawa peoples are tracked down like creatures on a safari and are forced to dance for food. x 
fuck you. fuck yourself. fuck your “reverse racism”.

phoenixx23:

thepoeticrebel:

dontbeabrat:

prettylxxxve:

lolitalovesshoes:

This is not life…

Wow wow wow

oh but nigga we ignorant tho

._.

1958 THESE ARE SOME OF YOUR GRANDPARENTS!!!! 

"slavery was hundreds of years ago. get over it" 

shut THE fuck up. 56 years ago black children were zoo attractions.

the same thing is happening in india as of LAST YEAR. Native Jarwawa peoples are tracked down like creatures on a safari and are forced to dance for food. x 

fuck you. fuck yourself. fuck your “reverse racism”.

(Source: gold-kushkloudz.tubmlr.com)

On White Privilege

1) having white privilege doesn’t make you a bad person.  Not admitting you have privilege and then not working to educate other white folks on that privilege means you are NOT standing in solidarity with people of color/anti-racist work.  Period.

2) if you’re white, you benefit from society.  You have the luxury to walk through this world without judgment BASED ON the color of your skin.  You don’t have to change your vernacular and your body language around the cops or around possible employers.  You see people with similar body types consistently in the media.  You are never asked to speak on behalf of your entire race on issues.

3) White people do not have perfect lives.  White people have hardships.  So do people of color.  But white peoples’ hardships are not created because of their race.  People of color have hardships BECAUSE of their race.

4) White people can always walk away from a conversation about race and racism.  People of color cannot, they are reminded of their skin color and their “difference” every day.

5) White people can never fully understand what it is like to walk through the world as a person of color.

6) It is not a person of color’s responsibility to teach white folks about anti-racism and anti-racist work.  Being an ally and standing in solidarity means doing a lot of the work yourself.  Demanding it from PoC and then rationalizing away your ignorance is not only selfish, it’s another symptom of your privilege (see number 4).

7) Again, having white privilege doesn’t make you a bad person.  Being aware of your privilege and reflecting on it makes you a more considerate, awesome person.

8) Histories of colonialism, slavery, and genocide are very much alive and well.  And being from Western countries, we are all complicit in its continuation.  Only by acknowledging our privileges (I certainly have privilege in many other areas which I constantly reflect on) can we start to break down the violently racist systems that create our current world.

9) White privilege and reflecting on that privilege is a lifelong task.  You can never fully develop a tool kit or a set or “rules” to be completely anti-racist.  But approaching the ideal is the goal.

10) You are an awesome person for reading through all of this.  Now start reading and learning!

-Queer Insurrection

wocinsolidarity:

And even a bonus slide for any remaining queries:

Race Peference

whitepeoplesaidwhat:

I never understood how someone would actually try to debate that having a race preference isn’t racist and that it’s somehow should be accepted. It makes no sense logically. Let’s take black people for example, One would say that they don’t like black people as romantic partners. That’s millions of people that you’ve written off from the get go. Why? The skin color? That doesn’t make sense. The black race has entire spectrum of skin colors and tones. Are all those different skin  tones unwanted because they belong to black people? What about other races with similar skin tones? Are they preferred because they are simply not black? Same with hair, culture, language. What about mixed people? Are they not preferred because they are part black or does the non-black part make them valid. It’s completely racist to judge and entire group of people as undesirable because they fall under an abstract grouping. It removes the idea of individuality and denies people humanity. And that’s without the context of certain races have been called ugly and undesirable by entire societies for the past millennium.

preach.  I’m especially side-eyein’ you cis normative gay men.  

powerxcunt:

vampirefinch:

Gonna reblog this every time it crosses my dash.

same

powerxcunt:

vampirefinch:

Gonna reblog this every time it crosses my dash.

same

(Source: totallynotablogger)

Things I think queer folks need to talk about more often:

lesbianspaceprincex:

provocatoria:

  • Intergenerational Relationships/Interactions: I’ve observed and experienced a lot of older queer folks attempting to fuck a younger member of the community under the guise of mentorship. It’s fucking abusive and disgusting, and I think we need to work, as a community, to hold those people accountable. 

  • The lack of healthy queer relationship resources. We have no examples of healthy queer relationships, and I think that a lot of queer couples regurgitate the heteropatriarchy because that’s what we’re fed - and it’s not us. I think trying to navigate the manifestations of heteropatriarchy in queer relationships is so daunting that we never have community conversations about it and  drag it into the light for everyone to confront - leaving queer survivors of intimate partner violence to go at it alone. For queer abusers, I think there’s a huge potential for re-education about healthy relationship ways and we should find some ways to do that. 

  • Intra-POC bullshit. The anti-blackness, the appropriation of black culture by non-black queers, the appropriation of various brown cultures by non-indentifed folks, light skinned folks not taking into account the fucking space we take up, the invalidation of immigrant queers. It’s the small end of the wedge that is just going to grow unless we sit down and address this shit together. I want to say “people of color” and not have any shitty feelings about how that term doesn’t even remotely approach the divisions between our separate communities. 

  • Masculine-of-center queers who are held up as the face of the queer community. /gag. WHY IS FEMME PRESENTATION ONLY REVOLUTIONARY WHEN MASC FOLKS DECIDE THEY WANT TO PUT ON LIPSTICK AND SOME GLITTER FOR THE NIGHT AND LIKE A TUTU OR SOME SHIT. TELL ME WHY. I do this shit every day, but it’s considered decidedly not-queer because I’m femme presenting most days. Unless I’m with a masc person, my femme presentation renders me invisible in queer community. Arm candy for queer masc person = visibility. My queerness is contingent upon masc folks I surround myself with and THIS IS LITERALLY NEVER OKAY

all of this!!!

A Step By Step Guide through Jared Leto’s Trans Ignorance.

transhollywood:

Jared Leto has been winning multiple awards for playing the transgender character of Rayon in the film “Dallas Buyers Club.” The transgender community has then watched him throw them under the bus.

1. LETO"It was the role of a lifetime," he said. "It was an incredible thing to represent this group of people who largely are ignored." 

Ignored. Leto ignored criticism from the trans community and allies who don’t want him representing this group of people in the way he has been. "wouldn’t it have been better if the starring role had gone to an actual trans person" - La Times.  Despite complaints and Leto having one of the most powerful publicists in Hollywood, Leto claimed in December that he had never heard criticisms that trans roles should go to trans actors. When asked what research he did for the role he said “a lot” but he did not formally engage, pay, or study under any trans people.

Transgender roles should go to transgender actors and if that is not possible (for whatever reason) productions should hire transgender consultants to “get it right” instead of perpetuating negative stereotypes. 

Jared ignores this: 

2. LETO"you wouldn’t want to stick a transgender person with only transgender roles, so it goes both ways." 

Transgender people DO NOT GET cisgender roles. It does not go both ways due to systemic oppression. Cisgender people take transgender roles then do what Leto is doing instead of the advocating and “possibility modeling” of Laverne Cox in “Orange is the New Black.” She represents trans people beyond the screen role in the media in positive ways never experienced before. This creates “teachable moments” as Katie Couric put it after her problematic questioning.  When a cis person takes a trans role, trans stories are exploitation, not representation. 

Meanwhile, Trans Hollywood’s experience is that trans people are often told they do not have enough experience for key roles. It’s a systemic problem, cis people take trans roles, trans actors are left with nothing. 

3.  "I thought I’d look pretty good in a skirt." 

No Jared, the character of Rayon is fictional in this film “based on a true story.” She was ahistorically written in order to be the “most gay” and visually problematic for Matthew McConaughey’s character Ron Woodroof. You removed your eyebrows (?) and played her with intense makeup, hair, and clothing to make Ron uncomfortable and a very unlikely ally.

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You weren’t there to look good, you were there to look bad. You are perpetuating the “man in a dress” stereotype of transgender women. 

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What if the role had gone to these transgender women?  Would the theater laughed as hard at Ron ripping down Rayon’s photo while masturbating? How would the supermarket scene have played out if Ron was just seen walking around with a beautiful woman vs. a straight cis male playing….what…..

4.LETO: ”This wonderful creature who was unfortunately addicted to drugs and dying of AIDS and fighting for her life.” and “beautiful creature….”

While you’ve made it clear in interviews that Rayon was living life as a woman and wanted trans related medial care but you don’t talk about playing a woman or trans woman. You talk about playing a “creature.” USE THE WORDS “TRANSGENDER WOMAN.” Again, how do you feel you are representing “this group of people” if you never use the terminology? If you call one of us a creature. We don’t want you up there Jared if you are just going to be a bro about it. 

5. LETO: ”It’s wild, even putting on lipstick is a very shocking thing, [and] putting on heels is a very shocking thing, putting on tights is a shocking thing” “. One of the things I did was wax my entire body including my eyebrows,’ 'I'm just fortunate that it wasn't a period piece so I didn't have to do a full Brazilian [wax].  'Ladies, you know what I'm talking about though…and so do some of you men, I think.'

All superficial gendering. People are not giving the award to rockstar Jared Leto who talks about how weird it is to do things femme cis women and femme trans women do every day. They gave it to what seemed like a serious actor in a demanding role. Jared did not use the role as a learning moment to be forever changed by trans struggle. Instead he jokes about it like a cis man does, it’s trans misogyny. When asked about leaving the role behind….

6. LETO “I tucked those balls firmly away… I’m still coughing them out.”

Come on, is he our drunk uncle making fun of us? And on criticism for his Golden Globe’s speech…

7. LETO “obviously I didn’t prepare a speech.” 

But he did! He gave nearly the identical speech at the Hollywood Film Awards. 

Hollywood Film Awards Speech: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvrdfggN8RY&noredirect=1

Golden Globes Speech: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FymvWjHYMN8

This led to proper criticism over the transphobia and exploitation: 

Jared Leto and Michael Douglas’ Homophobic Acceptance Speeches

The Golden Globes gave Jared Leto an award for playing a trans woman because Hollywood is terrible. 

C’mon Hollywood

So is anything changing? YES!. Leto’s SAG AWARD Speech dispensed with the cheap jokes and had some class, dedicating the award to the groups he borrowed emotional equity from instead of being about himself, his waxing, and his return to film after six years, and the great parties: 

8. LETO: " I’d like to share it with the Rayons of the world. To the people who have made a choice to live their lives … as they have chosen to dream it. I’m so proud that i’ve been able to glimpse the world through your eyes." 

There is learning happening but it seems more as a response to backlash than actual learning or community. What is next? We do not identify as “Rayons.” Say the word “TRANSGENDER.” We appreciate the attempt at recognizing a marginalized group but Leto is avoiding our self identity, making up his own point of view on what we are and should be called. We are organizing so this learning curve never happens again. We need trans actors in trans roles for visibility, representation, and positive models instead of wanting to vomit listening to a cis man make fun of us. We don’t want to be writing Tumblr posts and articles defending ourself from a person who thinks they are representing us. While in this period of civil rights, we want to see ourselves truly represented and moving forward.