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The Problematic of going out with friends in a monoheteronormative world.

Hmmkay, I’m pretty sure this has happened to everyone before.

If you’re one of those people that starts enquiring if there’s something more going on between 2 friends just because one is a boy and the other one a girl, please stop. Not only is it annoying, but your assumptions perpetuate harmful ideals such as: 

1. Two people of different genders can’t get along unless there’s some second intentions behind it,

2. That everyone is straigh, duh! Two girls getting along will always be best pals and best pals only, why would anyone think otherwise?

3. In case 2 people are actually flirting and looking for something more than friendship -  and they have other partner(s) - remeber lots of people have healthy and happy polyamory/open relationships.

Is ‘heterosexual’ a slur? No. It describes an identity and experience. Because straight folks don’t typically experience their heterosexuality as an identity, many don’t identify as heterosexual — they don’t need to, because culture has already done that for them. Similarly, cisgender people don’t generally identify as cisgender because societal expectations already presume that they are. […]

It’s an incredible and invisible power to not need to name yourself because the norms have already done that for you. You don’t need to come out as heterosexual or cisgender because it is already expected. Since it isn’t a derogatory term, those who take exception to it may be uncomfortable with trans issues, or perhaps they are unwilling to confront their own privilege.

—  K.J. Rawson, interview via the Advocate

“Where the Wild Ghosts Roam”

Existing alongside our world, in a parallel reality of their own
The ghosts wander the land without their worries, or their skin and bone.
Theorizing the wild ghost is trapped somewhere between Heaven and Hell,
Michelle searches far and wide to find where the poor lost souls dwell.

Entering their dimension, Michelle knew she might not make it back
The ghosts will vastly outnumber her, and could very well attack.
But they stare blankly ahead, barely giving her a second thought
Mindlessly focused on running away from what they hath wrought.

But one ghost stops for a moment, and looks into her eyes
And Michelle can see reflected back the way that she dies
It’s not particularly gruesome, but unsettling all the same
In the end, Michelle knows, she’ll not even remember her own name.

The ghosts seem so empty, she wishes she could take one of them home
But Michelle knows she must leave them alone, and let the wild ghosts roam.

(Starring the great Michelle from Tales from the City of Angels and Carpe Diem!)

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The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks

[GOODREADS]

Genre: Paranormal, Humour

Think vampires are romantic, sexy, and powerful? Think again. Vampires are dead. And unless they want to end up staked, they have to give up fanging people, admit their addiction, join a support group, and reform themselves.

Nina Harrison, fanged at fifteen and still living with her mother, hates the Reformed Vampire Support Group meetings every Tuesday night. Even if she does appreciate Dave, who was in a punk band when he was alive, nothing exciting ever happens. That is, until one of group members is mysteriously destroyed by a silver bullet. With Nina (determined to prove that vamps aren’t useless or weak) and Dave (secretly in love with Nina) at the helm, the misfit vampires soon band together to track down the hunter, save a werewolf, and keep the world safe from the likes of themselves.

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Stop Cis ‘Genderbend’s 2k15

You know, I’m getting real tired of seeing cis ‘genderbends’. Gender isn’t a light switch, it’s not binary. I can assure all of you that I’ll never draw cis genderbend art. It’s harmful. It forces gender roles onto characters and people by presenting a ‘gender-bent’ version of them with conventionally ‘male’ or ‘female’ characteristics and enables the idea in society that if you are not one gender, than you are another. That there can be ‘opposite’ genders. There is no such thing. Get it out of your head. Honestly, I wasn’t educated on my own gender until my sophomore year of high school - and even then I didn’t come out until the end of my junior year. Gender binary is so ingrained in our society and it’s damaging to young people. So if you could all do me a favor and stop sharing and making artwork and other media that features cis genderbends, that’d be great.