In no particular order.

Today is Day of Silence—a day when hundreds of thousands of students around the world join together in silent demonstration for LGBTQ justice. When silence is forced upon you, it’s oppression; when we join together with others in silent protest, it’s a movement that demands to be reckoned with.

Pictured here is our friend Eli, director & co-founder of Trans Student Educational Resources.

Today, and every day, let your silence be heard

Lindt Logic: How the Autistic Community United with Humor in the Face of Ignorance and Dismissal
On March 10, 2015 Lindt Chocolate posted a tweet from Autism Speaks (@autismspeaks) on their US Twitter account (@Lindt_Chocolate) that they would be hosting their 6th annual Gold Bunny Celebrity auction in support of the organization. Autism Speaks has received criticism from primarily Autistic activists as well as some non-Autistic allies for its rhetoric regarding Autism and its allocation of its funds in the ten years of its existence.

(For more information on some of the reasons Autism Speaks is criticized, Boycott Autism Speaks has a list of reasons on their website: http://www.boycottautismspeaks.com/why-boycott-1.html )

For the most part, Autism Speaks has been silent towards its protesters, an irony when their motto proclaims that “It’s time to listen.”
One method of protesting the organization is contacting corporations who sponsor it and informing them of the actions the organization has taken. Most sponsors have taken to ignoring the boycotts entirely, but Lindt decided to take an odd turn; they technically responded to some of the protesters, but showed that they clearly were not aware of the content of their messages.

@appleshoelace

Thank you for your perspective. Please contact

@autismspeaks

with questions.


— Lindt Chocolate USA (@Lindt_Chocolate) March 10, 2015


@alaskkkaaa

Thank you for your perspective. Please contact

@autismspeaks

with questions.


— Lindt Chocolate USA (@Lindt_Chocolate) March 10, 2015



Both messages are identical, aside from the Twitter handles of the persons involved: That Lindt Chocolate “(Thanks us) for (our) perspective” and that we should “contact Autism Speaks with questions.” This demonstrates a lack of attention to the protests in question, as the people who were contacting Lindt were not asking questions about Autism Speaks itself but were either asking why Lindt supports them or explaining that because Lindt supports them that they would no longer be purchasing their products. Contacting Autism Speaks would do nothing to resolve either of those points. I myself demonstrated the audacity of shifting the responsibility to the organization being sponsored in one of my responses:

So let me get this straight, @Lindt_Chocolate: You want @appleshoelace to ask @autismspeaks why -you- support -them-. Right.
— Cisco Buitron (@AskCisco) March 10, 2015



The fact that Lindt showed ignorance, willing or not, to the parties in question shows, to me at least, that they are not truly compassionate or attentive towards the autistic populace, and merely seek a mutually beneficial commercial relationship with Autism Speaks for a tax break and public relations purposes, as the organization still has a large public footprint as an organization related to autism.
This is a major problem with corporate sponsorship: Very rarely do corporations demonstrate any kind of ethical analysis when donating to charitable organizations. If the organization has a high profile and is tax-deductible, that is all that is needed for the corporation to donate to it, no matter where the money goes or the actual message the organization sends. And in the case of Autism Speaks, the organizations donating to it ignore the very voices of the people the organization claims to represent.
In reponse to Lindt’s absurdity in their response to the autistic protests, I revived a tag called #LindtLogic and purposed it for humorful demonstrations of the meaning of Lindt’s response.  After a while, another autistic commenter joined in.

I’ve got an idea, #ActuallyAutistic friends: #LindtLogic can be a HT where we demonstrate the logic Lindt just demonstrated today.
— Cisco Buitron (@AskCisco) March 10, 2015


Example: Someone asked me why I like cats so much. I told them to ask my cats. #LindtLogic
— Cisco Buitron (@AskCisco) March 10, 2015


@nappeapproves

That’s

#LindtLogic

for you. “This person is harming me.” “Cool story bro, go talk to them.”


— Cisco Buitron (@AskCisco) March 10, 2015


“You support a harmful organization.” “Thank you for your perspective. Please contact the organization about it.” #LindtLogic
— Cass (@nappeapproves) March 10, 2015


According to #LindtLogic, if I donate money to an organization, and someone tells me they are bad - I should tell my friend to contact them.
— Cass (@nappeapproves) March 10, 2015


Me: You give money to an organization that said I was cancer. Lindt: I’ll just keep giving money then while you go talk to them. #LindtLogic
— Cass (@nappeapproves) March 10, 2015


@AskCisco

Exactly. And meanwhile, I will just keep giving the organization money as usual.

#LindtLogic


— Cass (@nappeapproves) March 10, 2015


“But that organization is really bad because-” “Then you should contact them, not me. I don’t know or care where my money goes.” #LindtLogic
— Cass (@nappeapproves) March 11, 2015


“Why are you paying for that person’s gas? They’re trying to run me over with their car!” “Talk to them about it.” #LindtLogic
— Cisco Buitron (@AskCisco) March 11, 2015


The fact that the autistic community has rallied together in support of each other and against organizations that seek to speak for them rather than with them is an amazing phenomenon, and I hope to see it continue in the future.
Can anyone help?

I’m looking for:

  • Autistic filmmakers 
  • Otherwise disabled filmmakers
  • People with films featuring disabled people

Preferably on the topic of a particular disability or disability as a whole (or with is as a theme).

To be clear, I’m looking for amateur to semi-professional filmmakers here on tumblr or contactable online to talk to about their films and the possibility of featuring them in an event.

Jazz Jennings

I know I’ve posted about her before, but she deserves to be talked about again.

See this girl? She’s probably the greatest person you’ll ever hear of. She’s an author:

An Artist:

An advocate:

A model:

A Youtuber:

Literally everything I want to be. She is on the list of most influential teens, at only 14 is the new face of transgender activism. If you haven’t bought her book, reconsider (the most heartwarming 10 dollars you’ll ever spend): 

I Am Jazz

This girl is incredible in every way. She is probably my biggest role model, and gives me hope that I might inspire somebody as much as she has, and all of you can do the same. Here is a link to her instagram, and here is a link to her facebook business page. 

Okay, I just had to rant about how amazing she is, goodbye<3

The complaints we hear today about “slacktivism” are identical to an earlier generation of complaints about “armchair activism.” Where today we hear that actions performed via the Internet are too simple to make a difference, in the 1970s we heard that actions performed via the mail or the telephone were too simple to make a difference.

somespaceman asked:

People put so much stock in the president when congress is what you need to be paying attention to. Like we could have the worst president but if our congress isn't all conservative old farts then whoever is president can't do anything. I want a majority queer female poc congress before a president bcuz then we'll get shit done.

I agree with you. The president can only approve or veto bills, they can’t pass them. And having queer women of color in Congress would be fantastic.

My recent criticisms of Obama, though, haven’t been about what laws haven’t been passed. I’ve been critical of how little he *tries* to advocate for certain important issues. As President, every word he says will be listened to and reported on. Absolutely doesn’t mean people will agree, but the words will be out there.

Imagine if Obama actually fought for unrestricted access to abortion instead of just saying he’s pro-choice.

Imagine if Obama actually fought for an end to state-sanctioned genocide and terrorism of African-Americans instead of giving money to police departments for body cameras.

Imagine if Obama actually fought for amnesty for the nearly 12 million undocumented immigrants living in constant fear of violence and deportation instead of stating that the immigration system needs to be fixed?

A big part of a president’s job is to be an advocate. On too many important issues, Obama makes no serious effort. And that has nothing to do with Congress.

In my opinion, counting on the president or the congress is pretty much useless. We have to advocate for ourselves. And we have to work together so that our collective voice will be loud enough to be heard.

AP president: Killing of journalists should be a war crime

The president and CEO of The Associated Press called on Monday for changes to international laws that would make it a war crime to kill journalists or take them hostage.

Gary Pruitt said a new framework is needed to protect journalists as they cover conflicts in which they are increasingly seen as targets by extremist groups.

“It used to be that when media wore PRESS emblazoned on their vest, or PRESS or MEDIA was on their vehicle, it gave them a degree of protection” because reporters were seen as independent civilians telling the story of the conflict, Pruitt said.

“But guess what: That labeling now is more likely to make them a target,” he said in a speech at Hong Kong’s Foreign Correspondents’ Club.

(Text via the AP)

Masculinity Doesn’t Belong to Any Gender and Other Reasons Why Policing Sexuality Does Not Work

April 20, 2015 by Sara Alcid

[Image:  Photo is of two white presenting women kissing.  The one on the left has short blonde hair and the one on the right has long brown hair.  The blond woman has her hand extended straight out with the palm facing the camera. There is a rainbow flag painted on her palm.  Both women have rainbow flags on painted on their cheeks.  They are wearing black t-shirts and there is a blue sky in the background.]

Originally published on Everyday Feminism and republished here with their permission.

Maybe you’ve heard it, been asked it, or wondered about it yourself: Why do queer women and lesbians date masculine-presenting women instead of just dating a cisgender dude?

Well, let’s break it down and answer the question.

But most importantly, let’s examine why this is such a common question – and come up with some more respectful and supportive questions to ask instead.

1. Masculinity Doesn’t Belong to Any Gender

Masculinity doesn’t “belong” to any single gender or agender community. Anyone can identify as masculine, masculine of center, or be masculine-presenting. That’s a fact.

Think of it this way: Masculinity is a universe, and we’re all stars. Some of us are shining brightly with masculinity, while others of us shine just a little bit in this respect, or not at all (but we sparkle elsewhere!).

By asking why someone is dating a masculine woman instead of a cisgender man, you’re implying that masculinity “belongs” to men and that a masculine-presenting woman is just borrowing or imitating masculinity.

You’re implying that a man’s masculinity is more authentic, more natural, and superior to a woman’s masculinity.

This implication is rooted in traditional constructions of masculinity and erases the many ways in which masculinity can be expressed and desired…

READ MORE.

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     I am so gay, because 1 of 12 trans people will be murdered. I am so gay, because the same systems that say gay people are less than and need to conform and abide by what the systems says is normal is the same system that promotes police brutality and discrimination. But, most importantly, I am so gay because I had such loving resources that provided me with so much strength, like my parents, that it would be selfish and wrong not to share that with the people that do not have them yet. 

     In this powerful talk, Thomas Lloyd talks about taking pride in owning his identity and the strength that stems from that ownership. He talks with admiration about a movement that learnt that changing a community is much easier and much less damaging than changing one’s own identity. In his journey he has learnt to walk in solidarity with not only those he identifies with but also other marginalized groups in society.

Watch this amazing video here. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_U1foLW8h54