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theoceanintheskies:

hey guys,

you know how people say LGBT

well that is the old thing btw

it was updated like 2 years ago

it’s

LGBTQPIA

k

that stands for

Lesbian

Gay

Bisexual

Transgender

gender-Queer

Pansexual

Intersex

Asexual

alright

k

 

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rotten-ashes:

yourlinesbecomeroutine:

scoregasming:

smackintyre:

It’s not your body anymore, when there is a baby present. Carry that child to term responsibly, or you’re a murderer.

No, I’m sorry, but that’s idiotic.  It’s my body no matter what.  If I wanted to get an abortion i’d get a fucking abortion regardless if that made me a murderer in someone who doesn’t have to actually carry a baby’s eyes.  Birth control being more widely available is a serious issue.  You’re stupid if you think every situation that leads to abortion makes someone a murderer.  11 year old gets raped by her cousin “No girl, you carry that child, you squeeze that out of your currently underdeveloped vagina.  It’s the right thing to do.  You’re a murderer if you don’t.  Who cares that it’ll emotionally scar you for life and you’ll forever be reminded of it every time you look at your child or cousin.  It’s the humane thing to do.  If you were older you’d understand.”  Shit, the same thing happened to a nine year old “Who the fuck cares if you’re only a baby yourself, you’re totally going to go through with this, I don’t care if it’ll nearly kill you or damage your insides.  Raise that baby like a good non-murderer.”  

Then we go overseas where it’s all “You’re pregnant out of wedlock, let’s stone you to death instead of giving you and others like you birth control or the option to abort.  I’m sorry that we live in such a fucked up society that if I force myself on you and get pregnant you’re still the one who is shamed.  Wait no I’m not, suck it up and deal with it”, “You’ve been told your baby is dying in the womb, no abortion for you girl, you have to keep it and die of blood poisoning.  Too bad we could have avoided it if we were more understanding of a woman and her body”.

Open your eyes for God’s sake.  You can’t even get pregnant, you’re a man and I get that you have a right to your unborn child and the potential for mental trauma.  But you personally are not at risk of dying from pregnancy complications.  You personally are not at risk of being shunned by your community and killed for carrying someone elses child.  You personally are not having to carry the mental and physical scars of going through an unwanted pregnancy with your potential rapists child.  You personally are not at risk of being considered used, dirty and unwanted because of something you could have avoided if proper health care was available to you.  You aren’t personally responsible for raising a child (or person with mental capacity of a child) who also has a child because “Abortion is murder in all circumstances”.

It’s not your body either, and until you have to deal with everything above then you cannot tell a woman what she can and cannot do with her body.

My roommate, laying it the fuck down.

Reblogging again because I really needed that ignorance to be addressed, and it was, and I needed that.

Might I also add, not everyone equates destroying a zygote, embryo or fetus to be the same thing as shooting a toddler in the head.

(Source: chamomiletears, via edge4life)

outrising:

Photos Of Gay Dads And Their Beautiful Family Cause An Instagram Meltdown

Originally from an article found on Queerty, the story of gay parents Kaleb and Kordale is well worth a mention on Tumblr too. Their modern day family photo album paints a fun, responsible and loving portrait of 21st century parenting and has since gone viral, after they started posting on the photo blogging site four months ago. 

The response has been mixed on Twitter, apparently, with some folks up in arms about the photos not only depicting two men bringing up children, but two black men bringing up children. *facepalms self* Really? I mean: REALLY? If wider society could look beyond the gender, beyond the skin colour and beyond the unrelenting obsession with what two consenting adults do in the bedroom, they’d see that these are simply two people bringing up three children to the best of their ability. Personally, I think the photos and the family are beautiful. And it’s refreshing to see men getting stuck in with childcare duties, period. Countless million others could learn a thing or two from these guys. 

Check out their Instagram page here.

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nocek:

foreverqueird:

Commissions done of my partner & I by tumblr artists.  They are all their own interpretations from the reference pictures I sent them.  I absolutely love them all.  Please note that all of these tumblr artists are non-judgemental, respectful, and very queer friendly.

The credit to these pieces of art go to these awesome people:

1. “I’m So Queer for You” - by superqueerartsyblog - Elias

2. “The Queerest of Penguins” - by  artygun - Chelsea

The next 2 commissions were made for mine & my partner’s 1 year anniversary.  My partner loved them, as do I.  Thank you so much!

3. “Will You Be My Penguin?” - by nocek - noCek - Not only is this an awesome picture, but noCek will paint it & actually mail it out to you!  I received it the other day and it is so nice!

4. Rainbow Heart - irasponsible - Ira 

Please check out all of these awesome artists.  DONT YOU DARE REMOVE ANY OF THESE CREDITS/CAPTIONS OR I WILL PISS ALL OVER EVERYTHING YOU LOVE!  

Also - my partner (Vincentvalmontvandel) and I use gender neutral pronouns.  DO NOT misgender us, because the above statement will apply.

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO REBLOG & SIGNAL BOOST THE AWESOMENESS OF THESE TUMBLR ARTISTS!  Also if you just want to reblog all of this queer love lol

I’m happy to hear package reached you safely.

Also if I may add it here. I wanted to thank you. I generally enjoy doing commissions. When they are presents it’s double fun but anniversary gifts are special. I wish you much more happy anniversaries together :)

Also imho it’s so nice of you to commission so many amazing artists <3 I feel honored (and yay! for having new artists to check :)

(via foreverqueird)

Because of You: My Letter to CeCe McDonald on Her Release | Janet Mock  (via gaywrites)

Because of you, CeCe, I have a living portrait of resilience, beauty and power.

Because of you, CeCe, I know what injustice in our culture looks like.

Because of you, CeCe, I know that some bodies matter more than others despite our country’s spiel that all are equal. I know that when some bodies fight back those bodies are locked away for daring to survive.

Because of you, CeCe, I know that there are others, and like Angela Davis before you, your story is an example of the injustice of our culture of incarceration, racism, misogyny, and much more.

Because of you, CeCe, I know our lives are worth fighting for.

theartoftransliness:

Helpful video from Dade discussing his upcoming bottom surgery and reasons for choosing his surgeon and specific surgery.

This is Putin's Wild Quote About Gays at the Olympics ... →

thepoliticalfreakshow:

On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin, when asked about attitudes toward gays in light of the upcoming Olympics, said: ”One can feel calm and at ease. Just leave kids alone, please.”

Putin’s ridiculous response was to a group of volunteers in the Olympic mountain venue at Krasnaya Polyana near Sochi.

He then went on to clarify Russia’s anti-gay laws. “We have no ban on the non-traditional forms of sexual intercourse among people. We have the ban on the propaganda of homosexuality and pedophilia. I want to stress this: propaganda among minors. These are two absolutely different things: a ban on certain relations or the propaganda of such relations.”

Last year, Russia prohibited “propaganda of nontraditional sexual practices” among ­minors — a law that has been utilized to ban gay rights parades and end discussion of gay issues on TV and in newspapers. The amendment to the child protection law charges fines for propagating information about homosexuality to people under 18. These range from 4,000 roubles ($121) for an individual to one million roubles for organizations.

Though Putin defended the law as a basic measure to protect of children, rights activists argue that it denies sexual minorities of basic rights like freedom of speech and assembly and has fueled homophobia.

"He’s trying to say this law is only directed at protecting minors and it doesn’t have affect on LGBT people’s lives, but that’s just not the case," said Nikolai Alexeyev, the founder of the Gay Russia rights group and one of a handful of people to be brought to court under the new law.

LGBT rights have become a big deal at the Olympics this year precisely because it seems that Russia doesn’t believe in basic rights for everyone. The U.S. has made it clear that it does, and that it’s strongly opposed to Russia’s anti-LGBT legislation and propaganda. So the U.S. appointed an Olympics delegation featuring two prominent gay athletes: tennis legend Billie Jean King and Olympic medalist Caitlin Cahow. Short of actually boycotting the Olympics – which some argue we should – the U.S. is being as clear as it can in taking a stand against Russia’s archaic laws. European leaders have also decided to stay away from the Games.

Still, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told R-Sport, “No one is forbidding an athlete with non-traditional sexual orientation from coming to Sochi, but if he goes onto the street and starts propagandizing it, then of course he will be held accountable.”

Putin has always been something of a provocateur, and his public statement insinuating that gays shouldn’t be around children should be condemned by gay rights activists and Obama himself. It’s a crucial moment to take a stand — an international stage watched by millions of people worldwide is exactly the time and place to send a message. If the U.S. wants to come out strongly in support for LGBT rights and against Putin, then the Olympics is a prime opportunity.

(Source: thepoliticalfreakshow)

Va. quickly emerging as key battleground state in marriage equality fight →

thepoliticalfreakshow:

RICHMOND, Va. — Almost overnight, Virginia has emerged as a critical state in the nationwide fight to grant gay men and women the right to marry.

This purple state was once perceived as unfriendly and even bordering on hostile to gay rights. That’s changed after a seismic political shift in the top three elected offices, from conservative Republicans to liberal Democrats who support same-sex marriage.

Two federal lawsuits challenging the state’s constitutional ban on gay marriage are moving forward, and a hearing on one of the cases is scheduled for Jan. 30.

ACLU Virginia
Christy Berghoff and Victoria Kidd

ACLU Virginia
Joanne Harris and Jessi Duff

Tony London (left) and Timothy Bostic

With the recent court gains in Utahand Oklahoma, gay rights advocates are heartened by the new mood in Virginia. Symbolically as well, they say, the challenges of the state’s gay marriage ban resonate because of the founding state’s history of erecting a wall between church and state and a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision involving a Virginia couple and a past taboo: interracial marriage.

“Virginia is one of several important battlefronts where we have the opportunity now to build on the momentum, embrace the public’s movement in favor of the freedom to marry and end the discrimination,” said Evan Wolfson, founder and president of New York-basedFreedom to Marry, which seeks to have same-sex marriage bans struck down nationwide.

With the election of Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Attorney General Mark Herring, the state made a hairpin turn away from the socially conservative officeholders they succeeded, particularly Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, an activist on social issues such as abortion and gay marriage.

Herring had campaigned, in part, onmarriage equality, and McAuliffe issued an executive order oninauguration day prohibiting discrimination against state employees who are LGBT.

Democratic legislators, still widely outnumbered in the House of Delegates, have also been emboldened by the shift away from a reliably conservative state. They took immediate aim at the state’s ban on gay marriage, but proposed constitutional amendments face a long road. The earliest voters could see a proposed amendment is in 2016.

The separate lawsuits intended to topple the constitutional ban on gay rights have been filed in federal courts, which are typically speedy in Virginia. The issue could ultimately be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

One lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg, involves two couples from the Shenandoah Valley who claim the state’s ban on gay marriage violates the Constitution’s equal protection and due process clauses. The American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal are representing the plaintiffs.

Camilla Taylor, marriage project director for Lambda Legal, said Virginia’s “intriguing” history on marriage rights played a role in filing the challenge here. A 1967 Supreme Court decision involving a Virginia couple invalidated laws on miscegenation, or interracial marriage.

The case involved Mildred and Richard Loving. The interracial couple had been living in Virginia when police raided their home in 1958 and charged them with violating the state’s Racial Integrity law. They had been married in Washington, D.C.

The Lovings were convicted before ultimately prevailing before the Supreme Court.

“The narrative in Virginia of how marriage plays into Virginia history, why the state was so important nationally for our struggle, is a very significant one,” Taylor said.

The other lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Norfolk on similar constitutional claims. The legal costs in that case are being paid for by the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which was behind the effort to overturn California’s gay marriage ban.

David Boies and Theodore B. Olson, the high-profile legal tandem that brought down California’s prohibition on same-sex marriage, lead the legal team in that challenge. Both cited Virginia’s history when they announced their challenge.

“This case is about state laws that violate personal freedoms, are unnecessary government intrusions, and cause serious harm to loving gay and lesbian couples,” Olson said. “As a Virginian and a conservative, I believe these laws stand against the very principles of our nation’s founding.”

Boies compared their challenge of the state’s gay marriage ban to the Loving case.

“Virginia gave us the first marriage equality case – and the one that most clearly established that the right to marry the person you love is a fundamental right of all Americans,” Boies said. “It’s fitting, then, that Virginia be the battleground for another great test of that principal.”

Virginia voters approved the same-sex marriage ban 57 percent to 43 percent in 2006.

A Quinnipiac University poll in July found that 50 percent of registered Virginia voters support same-sex marriage, while 43 percent oppose it. The survey’s margin of error was plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

“Their hearts and minds have changed,” Wolfson said of Virginians. “That’s exactly why it should not be in the Constitution.”

The lawsuit puts Herring’s office in the position of arguing against a right he championed on the campaign trail. A spokeswoman said “he’s reviewing appropriate legal options.”

Victoria Cobb, president of the conservative Family Foundation of Virginia, said she is concerned about the recent court decisions on gay marriage and Herring’s recalcitrance.

“I’d like to see the attorney general, as the person elected to defend our laws, give a staunch defense of it,” she said. “That’s what the top attorney should be doing .”

The judges presiding in the Harrisonburg and Norfolk challenges are appointees of President Barack Obama.

(Source: thepoliticalfreakshow)

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