1. 13:12 8th Sep 2014

    Notes: 8921

    Reblogged from ethiopienne

    ughgodwhatever:

    7 Trans Women of Color; all killed during the season that holds Pride Month. The queer community is still abuzz with the last vestiges of the season that promises parades, alcohol, and ‘a freedom to be you.’ So often, the larger LGBTQ “community,” has this idea that we’re all equally policed for being a part of this population. Without doubt, the summer of 2014 has proven that this is not the case.

    …are the names of the 7 women that have fallen this season before Alejandra; and there is no protest for them. They are the silent-fallen that have fallen silent. There is an epidemic of trans female genocide; a cure to this maddening, tragic plague has yet to be seen.

    Please #RememberAlejandra. If we continue to brush over the victimization of TWoC then again and again these beautiful lives will be cut short; again and again, #GirlsLikeUs will be made victims of hatred.

     
  2. 13:07

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    Reblogged from johndarnielle

    henrychandler said: A few months ago at a live concert you mentioned a short video where George Bush becomes enraged in the middle of a sentence. If you can, would you mind posting this amazing sounding video? I can't seem to find it anywhere.

    johndarnielle:

    you may recall we went to A PARK IN BOTSWANA

    I could watch that 1000 times and never stop laughing.

     
  3. 12:30

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    Reblogged from andrewtsks

    The summer that marriage equality passed in New York, we saw the number of homeless kids looking for shelter go up 40 percent," says Carl Siciliano, founder of the Ali Forney Center, the nation’s largest organization dedicated to homeless LGBT youth. A former Benedictine monk-in-training, who once went by the nickname Baby Jesus, Siciliano had spent years living in monasteries and serving in shelters run by the Catholic Worker Movement before his own sexuality inextricably came between him and his institutional faith. "I ended up just feeling like the Catholic Church was wack," he says. "Cardinal O’Connor [the archbishop of New York at the time who once said if he was forced to hire homosexuals, he would shut down all of the Catholic schools and orphanages in the diocese] was like the arch-homophobe of America." Siciliano was working at a housing program for the homeless in the Nineties when he noticed that his clientele was getting younger and younger. Until then, he says, "you almost never saw kids. It was Vietnam vets, alcoholics and deinstitutionalized mentally ill people." But not only were more kids showing up, they were also disappearing. "Every couple of months one of our kids would get killed," Siciliano says. "And it would always be a gay kid." In 2002, he founded the Ali Forney Center, naming it after a homeless 22-year-old who’d been shot in the head on the street in Harlem, not far from where the organization’s drop-in center currently resides. Siciliano had been close with Forney and felt that had he had a safe place to go, he might be alive today.

    Since founding the center, Siciliano, 49, has become one of the nation’s most outspoken homeless advocates. “I feel like the LGBT movement has been asleep at the wheel when it comes to this,” he says, running his hands through his closely cropped hair and sighing. “We’ve been so focused on laws – changing the laws around marriage equality, changing ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ getting adoption rights – that we haven’t been fighting for economic resources. How many tax dollars do gay people contribute? What percentage of tax dollars comes back to our gay kids? We haven’t matured enough as a movement yet that we’re looking at the economics of things.
     
  4. Apparently it’s Idris Elba's birthday too! My day is complete! I can continue drinking alone, albeit a tad happier now.

     
  5. 16:24

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    Reblogged from ladymisskate

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    ladymisskate:

I have a thirst only a new age beverage can quench

SAME

    ladymisskate:

    I have a thirst only a new age beverage can quench

    SAME

     
  6. 14:38

    Notes: 12

    Reblogged from designstroy

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    designstroy:

(via Al Q)
     
  7. 14:35

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    Reblogged from maudnewton

    maudnewton:

    Slots! On the lottery of art, by Maximus Clarke, at Governor’s Island every weekend this month. Obviously I’m biased but obviously it is also objectively great. Best enjoyed in full.

    I’m looking forward to taking my mother to Governor’s Island and seeing this later on this month! (Well, take out the middle part about my mom.)

     
  8. OK I promised myself I’d go for a run ~AS A PRESENT TO MYSELF~ so I will pack up my maudlin act and take it on the road and make this the last mopey birthday post.

    (for now) 

     
  9. 11:10

    Notes: 26

    Reblogged from derasso

    Tags: silver jewsare birthdays happy?

    Plays: 89

    derasso:

    In 27 years, I’ve drunk 50,000 beers/and they just wash against me like the sea into a pier

    When I first heard this song, 27 seemed so far away. Now that I’m (on the cusp of) 10 years north of it, I can’t believe any of us were ever 27.

    Taking a maudlin walk down memory lane. I AM NOT DRUNK I SWEAR.

     
  10. I wish I enjoyed my birthday, that it felt more like a joyful observance and less like an excuse to mope. (Or at least like an excuse to NOT mope for one goddamn day?) 

    Here are two photos of birthdays from 29 and 21 years ago today, respectively. The top celebration I don’t remember at all, but the bourgie Meatyard/Arbus-esque composition is…endearing? The second photo was not only my birthday but also the day I headed to college. I am wearing purple overalls, yes. And a yellow cardigan (that I wish I still had). I loved that car, the overheating, fragile piece of shit though it was. 

    Even though you can’t see my expression in the first photo I’m sure it is the same as in the second. 

    I am real fun at parties.