brilliantpanda:

pie-impala-and-rocknroll:

I should probably go to sleep…

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I should probably-

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I should-

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Fuck it.

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just accept your fate…

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"

If your analysis of sex is based solely on the idea that there only two sexes, male and female;

If your analysis of gender is based on the idea that there are men and there are women, and they are roles that are played;

If you fundamentally think of these ideas as being the only right ones, the only ways, the only ones that are true, and you cite as proof of this some book, some field of endeavor, some idea taught you as a child;

Then you are being racist, and imperialist, and colonizing, and patriarchal, and you are contributing to the oppression of people, not overcoming it.

"

— @tonidorsay (via tonidorsay)

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lgbtqblogs:

Despite Section 28 being repealed in the United Kingdom 11 years ago, being ‘out’ is still an issue for many teachers today. A recent trainee of mine enthusiastically began to make their school LGBT-friendly only to be told by a senior leader that they couldn’t… because of Section 28!

That notorious piece of legislation, which barred local authorities from ‘promoting’ LGBT issues, was repealed in 2003. We had to wait a further seven years for the Equality Act in 2010, which ensured LGBT be treated ‘equally and fairly’.

Four years on, however, and many teachers still feel the need to keep their sexuality secret.

‘So… I would like to be out but my partner is head of faculty and wouldn’t be comfortable with being out and as we work closely together, students would no doubt make the link.

‘I suppose we are both scared of being out because of the closed-minded attitudes of many of our students’ parents. At the moment, our students really like us and I want things to stay that way. I could happily be out to kids who have already got to know me.’

In education, we advocate in policies and school codes that the well being of a child is fundamental to reaching their full potential: this should apply to teachers too.

How are we to perform at our best if we have to continually lie about who we are? And yet many teachers remain scared that they can’t ‘come out’ for fear of being unsupported by management teams and governors, or that it will somehow be detrimental to the student-teacher-parent relationship, as described here by a teacher colleague:

‘I worry about the students who I don’t yet know who hear a label first before getting to know me and keep me at a distance due to their own fear of the unknown or their own ignorance.’

However, other colleagues have found fulfillment by being ‘out’:

‘I don’t really remember the first time I came out to students in school. Since I was 15 I have been out, loud and proud. I did not become a teacher until I was 31.

‘I had fought against Section 28 and I had assured myself that I would not say ‘no’ if a child asked me directly if I was a lesbian. However, the school environment surprised me in its conservatism. I thought the school environment would be a big happy family of comradeship, but this was not the case in most schools I worked in.

‘I spent my first couple of years unable to answer the question “are you a lesbian?” in any sort of coherent manner because I was told by management “you don’t need to come out, it’s nobody’s business”.

‘It wasn’t until about a year after when I arrived at my school in North London that I got back into being out, loud and proud when the school started celebrating LGBT History month.

‘I used my role to make rainbow everything and LGBT symbols during the February celebrations. There was a moment when I suddenly knew that the kids really didn’t give a damn but simply wanted to chat and ask questions. It is amazing how often a child will be desperate to say they support you or tell the class about their uncle, mum, sister etc.

‘I’ve had amazing conversations with students that would never have happened if I had not been out and proud. You cannot beat being true to yourself. I totally recommend coming out as soon as you can!’

Is it just our own preconceptions of what we think might happen that stops us ‘coming out’? Another teacher explains:

‘I had been ‘in the closet’ during my first three years of teaching and was finding it increasingly difficult to cope with. During my fourth year I became involved in the first ever Pride event in Norwich. As part of this, I was interviewed for a TV feature on a Christian protest at Norwich Pride.

‘It never occurred to me that so many of our students watched the local news but the following day I was the talk of the school! Looking back it was best thing that could ever have happened.

‘I can honestly say that since that day five years ago I have never once encountered any homophobic bullying. Before I came out it had been fairly common. Now I have the confidence to talk openly about being gay in school and regularly lead assemblies/ workshops on LGBT issues. Many students ask me intelligent, sensible and thoughtful questions. For most of them however, it just isn’t important.’

Another teacher explained to me how ‘out’ teachers can be role models for other teachers too:

‘I joined a school in North London and having trained in a provincial town in the South West, assumed I would need to keep my sexuality a secret. How wrong was I!

‘It turned out my Head of Department was gay and by seeing him being so open about his sexuality and his long-term relationship with other members of staff, I realized that coming out at my new school was no big deal.’

Another teacher felt that we perhaps underestimate the maturity and attitudes of our young people:

‘A challenging year 10 student was sent down to the pastoral office due to homophobic incident in a classroom. The student had called someone a ‘lesbian’. When I discussed this with her, I asked her why she had used this term as an insult.

‘I asked her to think about how it would make a gay person feel to hear this. After she thought I explained to her how it made me feel being gay myself. I have a very positive relationship with this student and she couldn’t respond to any more of the conversation as she was quite taken aback.

‘Afterwards, I expected the whole group of year 10’s, closely followed by the school, would know and I would at least hear a few mutters or rumors, but after days, weeks… nothing.’

If so many of our teacher colleagues are still deciding if they should ‘come out’ or not in 2014, clearly our journey to LGBT-inclusion has only just begun.

Thank you to teacher colleagues in London, Norfolk, Manchester and Birmingham schools for their stories. For advice and support on ‘coming out’ and on how to make your school environment LGBT-Friendly contact ellybarnes@educateandcelebrate.org and see www.educateandcelebrate.org

- See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/teachers-come-out-or-not-come-out290914#sthash.0Zplt1vc.dpuf

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jean-grey-o-lantern:

So last night cops arrested 7 protesters, then turned to the rest of the protesters and told them “we’ll release them without bond if you leave (stop protesting)”

They literally turned their own dubiously legal arrests into a hostage situation. They took hostages. Ferguson PD is a terrorist organization and they aren’t even trying to hide that fact any more.

Look at this

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You can donate to protesters’ legal defense and bail here

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banditblossom:

jsyk, only 2.9% of the population in Canada is black, and yet black Canadians makes 80% of prisons and are mostly likely to get mistreated in them

tell me again racism doesn’t exist Canada. (: 

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girlswillsavethevorld:

punkrockcow:

ultrafacts:

Source If you want more facts, follow Ultrafacts

WHY WASNT THIS NATIONAL NEWS?!

I think we know why.

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"Gender Abolition is based on the culturally intolerant notion that western imperialist ideas of gender are universal, and is an idea that promotes the ethnocentric colonization and oppression of other cultures and ways of involving gender, and is a direct call to the notion of manifest destiny that has so violently destroyed so much of the world’s resources. It is a fundamentally homophobic, transphobic, lesbophobic, biphobic, misogynist concept derived from extremism and a utopian idealism that ignores the lived experiences of other women, and the decades of work of women in non-western societies."

— AED (via tonidorsay)

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liberalisnotadirtyword:

tentacletherapissed:

chocolatecakesandthickmilkshakes:

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

In

Case

Any

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You

Have

Doubts

About

This

Fact

(Also the hilarious case of crackers crying about racism due to it)

Remember back when Homeland Security released a report about the potential rise in terrorist activity from right-wing groups, and right-wingers nationwide foamed at the collective mouth in outrage? Seems a nerve was struck.

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kinkyturtle:

iwriteaboutfeminism:

Police again force protesters to keep moving or face arrest. 

Vine"We have been very lenient." - officer

September 27th

do not take your eyes off ferguson

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deathwood:

fun idea: stop telling trans people how hard it is to use their new names and pronouns

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the-guardian-asexual:

solarbrat:

 if a trans boy wears makeup cis people are like are like

* cis voice but crying* no…stop… you cant do that…. if you wear makeup youre actually a girl…please….dont lie to us like this….its confusing…please stop…..please…..youre not a boy if you wear makeup….

meanwhile cishet girls will swoon at any average-looking cis boy in eyeliner

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radbun:

radbun:

is there anyone in the west virginia area that would be willing to take in a young LGBT kid getting away from an abusive home for a few days while the legal shit gets worked out

please i really really really need help even if its just a signal boost this is me fucking begging ple ase

I’ve contacted someone I trust in West Virginia to see about helping but if someone else can help first, plese do.

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"If you think women are crazy you’ve never had a dude go from hitting on you to literally threatening to kill you in the time it takes you to say “no thanks.”"

Kendra Wells (via belle-de-nuit)

Well this is fucking surreal

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(Source: mysharona1987, via justasecondoutofsync)

"It is not a thought crime to say don’t reblog TERFs. Only TERFs think of it as a thought crime, really„and they have a good reason to want people to think that.

The reason that people are saying don’t reblog terfs is not because they simply disagree.

That argument would mean that reblogging Westbrook baptist church is ok.

No, the reason they say not to reblog terfs is because people are tired of vacuous excuses, violence, immoral actions, unethical behavior, and the constant policing of other women that is misogyny on their part.

Yes, they don’t like it. But these are people who get upset when they don’t make it onto lists of bad people. These are women who attack the appearance of other women instead of the content of their posts.

These are liars and miscreants who read a sentence and then make up a completely new one and say the person said that.

That is why people say don’t reblog terfs.

Now, to go with this, it is important to remember the difference between a radfem and a terf.

This is the difference between a Terf and a radical feminist:

TERFs think of trans women as men, trans men as women, and often ignore or mock people who are neither men nor women or bits of both in varying combinations of men and women.

This is why TERFs are violent in pretty much everything they do, because to say stuff like that is an act of violence.

Radical feminists think of trans women as women, trans men as men, and so forth, and act accordingly. They may say and do transphobic things, but they do not think of trans women as men, and their efforts reflect that.

TERFs also spend a great deal of time policing other women.

Policing other women can only ever serve the oppression of women. Policing is an act of oppression, an effort in service to ideology over humanity, a moment of support for the patriarchy.

The radical feminism of TERFs on tumblr is built on policing other Women, structured around anti and negatives, and in fact and truth is a means of division in service to patriarchy.

TERFS are the pregnancy crisis centers of feminism.

They pretend to care about women, but instead are working for the man to keep women in a tiny box.

"

— AED (via tonidorsay)

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