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Carmen Vazquez, an LGBT activist and organizer since 1978, explains how discrimination against LGBT people leads to many different kinds of inequality. Despite recent wins with marriage equality, many people still fear losing their jobs, healthcare, and basic rights because of their sexual orientation.

There’s a civil rights frame in the United States that promoted equality, but I don’t think it works. Equality is the floor and justice is the goal. Equality is not justice. The concept of removing inequality and moving towards justice is hugely important to communities of color and to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender movement. So we recently had a huge victory, we have marriage equality, and that’s great. It’s something we should have the right to choose. But it doesn’t guarantee us that we will not be fired from our jobs; it doesn’t guarantee access to the kind of healthcare that you need; it doesn’t guarantee that our youth will not continue to be 40% of the homeless population. Discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people leads to many different kinds of inequality. It leads to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people being treated with hostility in the schools, being bullied, which then leads to them dropping out of the system, which them leads to them being on the streets. In means that, in many, many, many states in this country, people are afraid they’ll lose their jobs if they are open about their sexual orientation. It leads to older people not being able to get treated adequately in nursing homes. The notion of equality ends legal discrimination, but it doesn’t do much to change hearts and minds. That’s the struggle, that’s the work that we still need to do. Equality is not where we need to stop, justice is where we need to continue to move forward.

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Marsha P. Johnson

  • A leader of the Stonewall Riots. According to several eyewitnesses, Marsha was the one who “really started it”. She was “in the middle of the whole thing, screaming and yelling and throwing rocks and almost like Molly Pitcher in the Revolution or something”
  • Dedicated her life to activism:
    • Co-founded the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (later renamed Street Transgender Action Revolutionaries)
    • Ensured that the young drag queens, trans women and other street kids on Christopher Street were fed and clothed. Marsha also housed them whenever she could. 
    • In the 1980s, she was an activist and organizer in ACT UP. 

Stormé DeLarverie

  • Also a leader in the Stonewall Riots - has been identified as the “butch lesbian that threw the first punch” against the police officers.
  • Several eye-witnesses recollections also recognize her as the cross-dressing lesbian that yelled “why don’t you guys do something” at the bystanders that evoked the reaction from them that helped make Stonewall a defining moment in history.
  • Unofficially worked at gay bars who otherwise couldn’t afford security.

Bayard Rustin

  • Was a leading strategist of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement between 1955-1968:
    • The formidable behind the scenes figure of the civil rights movement who organized the March on Washington
    • Through his influence, the civil rights leadership adopted a non-violent stance.
    • Is and was often overlooked in African-American history because of the public’s discomfort with his sexual orientation.
  • Supported LGBTQ rights and movements.
  • Was posthumously awarded Rustin the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

Miss Major Griffin-Gracy

  • Another leader in the Stonewall Riots.
  • Has been involved in community efforts since 1978. She has worked at local food banks, provide services for trans women suffering from addiction or homelessness. During the AIDS epidemic she also provided healthcare and funeral services.
  • Is currently serving as the Executive Director for the Transgender GenderVariant Intersex Justice Project, working to assist transgender persons who are disproportionately incarcerated under a prison-industrial complex.

Alvin Ailey

  • At the young age of 22, Alvin AIley became Artistic Directer for the Horton Dance Company where he choreographed as well as directed scenes and costume designs.
  • Formed the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in 1958 but continued to choreograph for other companies.
  • Ailey’s signature works prominently reflects his Black pride.
  • Is credited for popularizing modern dance. 
  • Was also posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

Feel free to add anyone I’ve missed!

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Meet the next generation of radical climate activists — it’s their future at stake

  • Every protester against President Donald Trump has had their moment of radicalization, whether it was the Women’s March on Washington — and elsewhere — or the airport protests against the Trump’s “Muslim ban." 
  • For many of the youngest members of the latest resistance movement, however, that moment came at the People’s Climate March, held on the 100th day of Trump’s presidency.
  • At the People’s Climate March on Saturday, tens of thousands of climate activists from across the country surrounded the White House to demand action to mitigate the climate-change crisis. But this march had a noticeably younger make-up, with college- and high school-age activists comprising many of the march’s largest contingents.

And, for almost all the young participants and organizers Mic spoke to, it was their first time demonstrating. Read more. (4/29/17, 9:06 PM)

An organic farmer is the best peacemaker today, because there is more violence, more death, more destruction, more wars, through a violent industrial agricultural system. And to shift away from that into an agriculture of peace is what organic farming is doing.
—  Environmental activist Vandana Shiva

This week’s #tbt looks back at a major exhibition of works by celebrated African American artist Romare Bearden, which opened at MoMA in 1971. It grew, in part, out of demands made by the Art Workers Coalition (AWC), an activist organization that advocated for New York City museums to improve their ethical relationship to artists and to the public. They argued that museums should improve public access by waiving admission fees and implement more inclusive exhibition policies to encourage shows by women and minorities. In 1969, the AWC submitted a list of demands to MoMA, including that a “section of the Museum, under the direction of black artists, should be devoted to showing the accomplishments of black artists.” MoMA’s Board of Trustees recommended that the institution embrace a more inclusive approach to collecting, exhibiting, and public programming, and the Bearden exhibition was one of the first outcomes of this recommendation. See images of the installation, read the out-of-print exhibition catalogue, and more. 22 of #52exhibitions

[Romare Bearden. The Dove. 1964. Cut-and-pasted printed paper, gouache, pencil, and colored pencil on board. Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund. Photo: Thomas Griesel]

Unita Blackwell (b. 1933) is the first African-American woman to be elected as mayor in the state of Mississippi. She is a civil rights activist who helped organize voters in the state.

She worked as a project director for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, as well as a community development specialist with the National Council of Negro Women, working on projects for low-income housing. As mayor of Mayersville, she secured funds for infrastructure and accommodation across the city.

absolutelyfantabulousme  asked:

There's a new study out saying "there's no such thing as fat yet fit," and I am SO scared it's going to be used to fuel fatphobia. Like I know it will be, but I feel so helpless with how I'm supposed to go to a doctor over my health when they now have more ammo against me for my weight. I hate this so much. I feel like I struggle enough with how I look, this just makes it hurt more. What can we do?

Here is a good critical review of the media concerning this recent study (which is NOT yet published, meaning it is NOT yet peer reviewed and deemed to be sound science, meaning it should NOT have been released to the general public yet!):

We are a riding a roller-coaster of conflicting observational studies that can only show association, not causation … that haven’t consistently or reliably defined obesity …. and that typically use surrogate markers (things like blood pressure and cholesterol) to define a concept none of us can agree upon (and probably never will): so-called “fitness.”

The end result is that advocates will often selectively highlight results that align best with their agendas and news organizations will gladly hype either end of the spectrum knowing full well that any story that features both obesity and fitness will be clickbait nirvana. Left dangling in the middle are readers who are usually offered little to no conteIxt with which to make informed choices.

Weight and health is a topic that is so loaded with cultural baggage that you simply cannot accept anything you read in the media at face value. This is a field that can generate billions of dollars in profits for people who get their message “right,” about a population of people who are systematically marginalized and oppressed and silenced. There is simply no neutral science or media about a topic like that. Always remember that as you confront messaging about weight and health.

What can you do? Get mad, cry a little, share fat positive media and articles, learn to advocate for yourself, donate to NAAFA and other fat liberation activist organizations and people. And tend your field of no-fucks-given. This so-called “debate” is stale and boring.

4 Criteria for Effective Protests:
It must seize space for activists to self-organize essential aspects of their lives.
It must spread new ideas that inspire others to resist state power and control.
It must operate independently of elite support.
It must make concrete improvements to the lives of ordinary people.

-Peter Gelderloos, “The Failure of Nonviolence”

American Revolution on Tumblr AU:

Alexander Hamilton: @publiccreditisgood Reblogs every economic tumblr post he sees. Posts all these long rants complaining about how the current government is weak and inefficient.Occasional uploads of pics of Eliza or John Laurens with him. Probably the most boring tumblr of all time.


Thomas Jefferson: @virginiaisgoodland Reblogs about every tumblr posts concerning current social issues. True libertarian. Advocate for the conservative ideals of small government and extremely decentralized federalism. Posts his own writings also, but they are not as boring and unpleasant to read as Hamilton’s. Still a boring tumblr tho.


John Laurens: @blacklivesmatter Black Lives Matter.


Lafayette: @vivelarepublic Posts about his aristocratic life in France, his stately homes and his zeal for revolutions on both sides of the Atlantic. Oh, and he also posts about George Washington and him.


George Washington: @georgewashington1 Somebody took the username @georgewashington long before he’d even heard of tumblr, so @georgewashington1 was born. Washington doesn’t post anything on tumblr except for reblogs of posts about July 4th celebrations.


Comte de Rochambeau: @comtederochambeau Posts things about the French royal navy in which he serves as an admiral.


Hercules Mulligan: @hmthetailor Reblogs everything on Alexander Hamilton’s tumblr but is primarily a fashion blogger. Big fan of cheap but stylish clothing. H&M is his absolute, all-time favorite. Has like a ton of H&M outfit ideas on his tumblr.


John Adams:  goes on tumblr often but does not have one himself.


Abigail Adams: @asadams Feminism & egalitarianism.


James Madison: does not know what tumblr is and is not at all interested in knowing what it is even though his mentor Jefferson spends hours every day getting into fierce debates with one of their mutual adversaries, Hamilton, on tumblr.


Aaron Burr: no one knows if he has a tumblr or not. No one actually cares.


John Hancock: @jhancockofficial Is the revolutionary equivalent of C-SPAN. The huge political nerd.


Sam Adams: @revolution Activist on tumblr. Organizes protests and riots every week. The most infamous revolutionary tumblr.


Roger Sherman: @shermancobbler Business account for the company Sherman Carpentry Co., Inc. Probably the only serious tumblr run by a revolutionary that does not get into trouble at all. Sherman also runs a personal tumblr on which he rants about the chaos in government though, and that one is very controversial.

emperorlucien  asked:

What about the companions and their jobs/occupations if they were born Pre-War?

Cait would be an underworld boxer or bouncer. As woman Pre-War, she wouldn’t be able to do anything legitimate, and especially as a poor woman. Coupled with her bad childhood, she’d end up in some shady places. She’d be the reigning champion at some seedy bar that does bare-knuckle boxing in the back room and host dogfights on weekends. Or she’d be muscle for a brothel in Boston’s red-light district, keeping the sex workers’ patrons from getting too rowdy.

Codsworth was built Pre-War, and would do the same functions he does now. Cleaning, cooking, looking after children. With local technicians to keep his body and software up to date, he’d be the perfect model housekeeper.

Curie was also created by Pre-War scientists, and if the bombs hadn’t dropped, I’m sure she’d happily carry out her function without question. Running medical experiments, finding cures… Though, with time, she may yearn to be human as her artificial intelligence grows to achieve sentience. Or, at least, something close to it. She might create her own secret project, where she tries to engineer a human body for her own use.

Danse would, of course, be a soldier. A good, all-American man, fond of baseball and apple pies. A bit stoic and dull, but top of his class. He’s a Marine, and proud of it. He’d have a big black pick-up truck and listen to bluegrass music as he drives around his small-town military base. He’d have half the town’s young women pining after him, but he’s a little too socially awkward and oblivious to notice, and he’s too devoted to his work to try for a love life.

Deacon would be a lot of things. In his youth he was a delinquent, but after his old gang murdered his wife, he’d devote his life to charity. He’d write books, act in plays, campaign for social change, give all his money to various non-profits, learn how to be a clown, a singer, a tap-dancer… He’s a drifter. A minstrel. He’d just want to have a good time, be a good person, and make others happy, if only because he can’t figure out how to sit down and be happy himself.

Dogmeat would be a police dog for a while, being a German Shepherd, but after being injured in one of his legs, he’d retire and be retrained as a therapy dog, and go around to various hospitals and cheer up sick people and children.

Hancock is a punk. An anarchist. He’d spend the first 25 years of his life on various drugs and going to (then dropping out) of college, until he finally starts his own band and devotes his time to restoring his dilapidated hometown, fighting for needle exchange programs and supporting the rights of the disabled and mentally ill, building a homeless shelter in his old neighborhood and using his fame and fortune to become a public icon.

Nick Valentine was - and is - a good detective, until the day that a case goes wrong and he ends up losing his fiancee and his legs. Unable to go out and investigate like he used to, he became depressed, thinking that his new disability made him less of a man, of a cop. But after getting prosthetics or a wheelchair, he becomes an inspiration to people with physical disabilities as he continues trying to do his job, in an era where people who aren’t “perfect” aren’t supported. This keeps him going.

MacCready was an orphan who grew up on the streets in D.C., starting out as an odd-job doer and eventually graduating to the title of “thug” as he aged. He walked with a few different gangs, becoming known as a “fixer.” You want the snot knocked out of someone, or want someone scared out of their wits? Call MacCready. Kid knew his way around a gun and a knife. Then he knocked up his girl, and after watching her die in childbirth, he had to go straight and work as security to take care of his kid.

Piper is, of course, a reporter. She moved to Boston with stars in her eyes and a powerful ambition. What with all the civil unrest going on Pre-War, she had her hands full, covering everything from protests to gang killings, all while looking after her adolescent sister. She gets some crap for being a woman in the business, and a woman who doesn’t apologize at that, but she doesn’t mind. Or, well, she does, but she doesn’t let it get to her. The truth matters more than popular opinion.

Preston would be a kid who grew up in the country, far away from most of the chaos happening in the cities. But after his family lost their land and they were forced to move into the big city to live with family, he became a social activist. He’s the one organizing many of the protests, many of the marches, the one who stands outside city hall with a megaphone, shouting about the will of the people and the good of the world. He even gets arrested a time or two, but persists, because it isn’t about him. It’s about giving people hope.

Strong wouldn’t exist, I’m afraid. I think the closest we’d get to a Pre-War Strong is a convict taken from prison and used in early FEV trials. But even then, he probably wouldn’t survive, let alone function in society.

X6-88, like Strong, probably wouldn’t be created Pre-War. Though I can imagine some CIT scientist creating his first AI, his first humanoid robot, and giving it a standard number-letter name as he records its thoughts and actions. That might be the Pre-War version of X6-88.

anonymous asked:

Hey, I am a gay girl born into a Muslim family. The only time I was ever "religious" was as a kid when I was first learning about Islam. Growing up, I went through a lot and started losing faith. Now I feel like I cannot go back to the religion even if I wanted to because of my sexuality. I will never be accepted. I also feel like Islam prioritizes men and as a feminist that goes against what I believe in. Is there still room for me in this religion or should I start searching for another faith?

Hey so I crowdsourced a lot of this answer: [updating as I get more suggestions and resources]

Personally, I couldn’t be a Muslim and follow Islam if I didn’t find it feminist, full of social justice and intersectional. Unfortunately patriarchy and self interest tries to pass itself off as moralistic and religious —this is universal. Also it’s helpful to keep in mind that if any authority tries to tell you to hate and discriminate know that it isn’t from God or any moral compass—but fear. 

O you who have attained to faith! Be ever steadfast in upholding equity, bearing witness to the truth for the sake of God, even though it be against your own selves or your parents and kinsfolk. Whether the person concerned be rich or poor, God’s claim takes precedence over [the claims of] either of them. Do not, then, follow your own desires, lest you swerve from justice: for if you distort [the truth], behold, God is indeed aware of all that you do!

- The Holy Qur’an [4:135]

I believe the Prophet Muhammad [saw] was a radical-feminist-environmental anti-racist community organizer, activist and freedom fighter that believed in freeing people from the status quo and freeing them from oppression through Islam and Allah [swt]. And I believe in following that tradition.

“Truly, God does not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.” (Quran 13:11)

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About Lot/Lut:

Omar Pitras Waqar is working on a mechanical translation of the Qur’an without the diacriticals/vowels [which were added years after Muhammad’s death and during Uthman’s reign] says:

“…possibilities of this being reference to djinn/human interbreeding… or that it may have had to do with getting DNA, from angles/extraterrestrials which is still vile in a non consensual sense. Quran says the “sin” was something no creature had done before in all of the worlds (plural) so that rules out homosexual and gender variance which can be easily observed on earth in plants and animals let alone any number of beings from other planets or dimensions.”

More to support this: "Indeed, homosexuality was outside the mainstream of early rabbinic thought. It wasn’t until the New Testament and Palestinian reinterpretation of Genesis 19 that it became a significant theme. Some scholars explain this shift by citing intervening events. One was the apocryphal Book of Jubilees. In this book, it was alleged that the Sodomites had created a race of giants by having sexual relations with a group of gods, the “Watchers,” who lusted after mortal women. For this, the Sodomites were punished. The notion of “crime against nature” is a vestigial remnant of this legend, but also has scriptural roots.“ [from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/georgette-bennett-phd/sodom-and-gomorrah-revisited_b_2624684.html] Our Ethiopian Christian family has been maintaining this and other apocryphal texts many of which are repeated in the Quran like the story of Jesus turning clay birds into real living birds.

I am going to give an example of how much diacriticals/vowels make a difference.

1. From Quran.com
Surat Ash-Shu'ara [verse 165 - “Do you approach males among the worlds.“

2. Notice: “Worlds” possibly referring that’s some unseen/alien/jinn

3. Also the arabic word used for “males” could also be translated into “mates” or “rods”

4. “Do you approach mates among the worlds.” or “Do you approach rods among the worlds.” are possible translations

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I believe it was Aisha [ra] that had a close friend that was a hijra and didn’t wear a hijab, or covering around them. There was plenty of queer people in and around the Prophet Muhammad’s [s] life time.

I could name-drop Sufi saints [ahem, Rumi loved a man Shams] and poets from various times and places who violated norms of gender and sexuality on one level or another. Ali ibn Hamzah al-Asadi, more widely known as al-Kisa’i al-Kufi (d.804). As the transmitter of one of the Qur’an’s seven harfs (“readings”) in Sunni tradition, he’s an immeasurably important figure in the history of the Qur’an as a text. As such, his knowledge and character were both under close examination. In one assessment, al-Marzubani, speaking on the authority Ibn al-Arabi (the jurist, not the mystic), described al-Kisa’i as “one of the most learned persons” while adding that al-Kisa’i openly confessed to engaging in acts that included same-sex relations. “Yet,” he adds, al-Kisa’i remained “an accurate reader, knowledgeable in the Arabic language, and honest.” 

This does not answer all questions, but it offers something. In Sunni Islam, there are seven canonical ways of reading the Qur’an. Al-Kisa’i al-Kufi is the man who gave us one of them. He devoted his life to knowing and teaching the Qur’an. It should go without saying that al-Kisa’i al-Kufi memorized the entire scripture by heart and recited it every day of his life. Along the way, he apparently fucked dudes. The lips that he used to recite divine scripture also touched men.

““O people, we created you all from a male and female
And made you into different communities and different tribes
So that you should come to know one another
Acknowledging that the most noble among you 
Is the one most aware of God
Qur’an 49:13


The most noble is the one most aware of God. This is not just incitement for all Muslims to increase their awareness of God – it is also a warning to pursue a policy of social tolerance. The implication of this verse is that no Muslim is better than another because of any of the social categories that we use to classify ourselves, such as race, ethnicity, economic class, or gender. Or even sexual orientation. A gay or lesbian Muslim is no less than a heterosexual Muslim, except by the intangible criterion of pious awareness of God (taqwa). A transgender

Muslim is no less than other Muslims who have not struggled with their own gender identity and faced the stigma of changing gender classification, except by awareness of God. 

Most Muslims cherish reciting this verse to oppose the evils of racial superiority, ethnic chauvinism, and class arrogance. Yet some see this verse as a call to justice that rings far beyond its terse words.”
— Scott Siraj al-Haqq Kugle, HOMOSEXUALITY IN ISLAM

El-Farouk Khaki, the founder of Salaam [a queer Muslim organization in Canada] says:  you can connect her w me, or with Daayiee Abdullah. my email is elfin925@rogers.com she can also join https://www.facebook.com/groups/99769188589/  el-Tawhid Juma Circle: Toronto Unity Mosque & learn that there is no singular, monolith Islam, and that for some, Islam is liberationary.

EFK and the rest of the leaders at el-Tawhid Juma Circle: Toronto Unity Mosque page make a point of emphasising the spiritual aspects of Islam and reducing focus on external elements. el-Tawhid Juma Circle: Toronto Unity Mosque group - wholly affirming and inclusive, with a focus on the spiritual and not so much the ritual.

Imam Daayiee Abdullah contact [the gay Imam in DC] (daayiee@aol.com). 

There’s also an Imam in Canada, TO who I know is pro-feminist, cool with gay Muslims and he asked me to give you his number if you would like it.

Some points

1) If you believe that God created you the way are, you can’t possible believe that God would reject you 2) The community you grew up in does not necessarily represent Islam 3) The beauty of Islam is that there is no intercession between you and God. You has every right and ability to pick up the Quran and find out what it means to you.  4) If you find things you can’t reconcile, you should speak to others who have found themselves in a similar situation. 5) 

thefatalfeminist.com

is a great starting point and introduction to feminism, Islam and social justice. 6) Islam does not prioritize men over women, the patriarchal actualization of Islam as seen through socially constructed norms prioritizes men over women, but that is a product of kyriarchy more than anything. If you want your faith to prioritize women, then do it.  7) Hit up Scott Kugle at Emory who could give you some nice readings and independent studies for Lesbianism or Queer identities and Islam. 

 From strawberreli [amazing Queer Muslim] !! http://strawberreli.tumblr.com/post/30642167690/queer-muslim-masterpost

queer muslim masterpost

This post pretty much came about because I was asked if I had resources for Muslims who were discovering or newly coming to terms with their sexuality. I didn’t, and the poor advice I had to offer was … poor. So, I pulled up a few of the blogs I followed that are targeted towards queer Muslims, and put together this little post for you!
Last updated: 06.14.16 (outdated info italicised)

Queer Muslim Blogs:

  • QueerMuslims
  • IamNotHaraam
  • Ace-Muslim
  • Trans Muslims
  • Ahwaa: An open space to debate LGBTQ-related issues in the Middle East
  • AllahMademeQueer
  • ComingOutMuslim
  • YouKnow-You'reaQueermuslim-When
  • InQueeries channel with Yusef Woof (contact inqueeriesshow@gmail.com)
  • Salaam Canada
  • TheBisexualBangladeshi
  • Muslims Against Homophobia and LGBT Hate facebook group
  • Queer Palestinian Empowerment Network (QPEN) facebook page
  • Queer Muslims of Boston facebook page
  • Totally Radical Muslim Zine

Queer Muslim 101:

  • A quick gender/sexuality 101 (An in-depth gender/sexuality/identity 201)
  • But what does a queer Muslim even look like? (hint: they look like people)
  • Defining homonationalism and pinkwashing. [A little bit more on pinkwashing.]
  • PDF:Homosexuality In Islam, by Scott Siraj al-Haqq Kugle (Intro + 1st Chap) Buy your own copy!
  • A good read-along-with the above book, Desiring Arabs by Joseph Massad and an online article here.
  • PDF:Muslim LGBT Inclusion Project, by Intersections International
  • More reading (a list w.some repeats): [x]
  • Why Safe Spaces are Important [looking for a replacement link]
  • “I’m confused about my sexuality.”
  • “I need proof from Qur'an and Sunnah that I’m not Haraam.”
  • “What about the Qur'an and Hadith that chastise LGBTQ Muslims?”
  • “You cherry pick your hadith!/You cherry pick from your religion!”
  • Some hadiths can be read in different ways, so it’s best to look at the outcome.
  • “Islam and LGBT are not mutually exclusive.”
  • “But I was taught Islam was the most heterosexist religion.“  [tw: continuously moving background at the link]
  • ”But all Muslims are homophobic!“ (spoiler alert: you’re wrong.)
  • ”But Muslims hate sex - it’s ~dirty~ to them!“ (I would recommend this class for basic 101 on marriage and love [sex] in Islam. Take it with Basyouni.) (See also: x and x)
  • ”Love the sinner, hate the sin, and why that’s bullshit.“
  • ”Should I come out?“ (spoiler alert: that’s up to you!)
  • ”Is there a place for LGBTQ Muslims?“ (Or ”There’s no place for LGBTQ Muslims/no organisations/no hope.“)
  • ”Will LGBTQ Muslims go to hell?“ (spoiler alert: I’m not God, how would I know?)
  • ”But it’s unnatural!“ (lolk)
  • ”There aren’t any gay Imams or Sheikhs, so you’re just making things up!“ (Also here.) (And here.)
  • “But scholars don’t condone it!”
  • ”But no fatwa was made!“ (It’s Wahabi.)
  • Egyptian fatwa
  • Indonesian fatwa [link broken, seeking replacement]
  • A post about other Sheikhs’ opinions.
  • ”But there are no inclusive mosques for LGBT Muslims!“ (Just stop. x)
  • There is no place for homophobia in Islam.
  • Let’s repeat that: There is no place for homophobia in Islam.
  • Ayahs that talk about Prophet Lut.
  • A closer reading of ayahs re: homosexuality (prev here).
  • See also: You decide how you interpret your religion.
  • Homosexuality in Sharia
  • Homosexuality in Predominately Muslim Countries (and some more on homosexuality inPakistan)
  • Pride Parade in Bangladesh (Please remember “hijra” is a slur depending on where in South Asia a person is from – please ask before using it as a catchall!)
  • Predominately Muslim Countries who are taking steps toward equality. [x] [x, x] [x] [x] [x]
  • Same-sex marriage
  • MASGD Statement on SCOTUS Marriage Equality Ruling
  • Queer Muslim Cinema: Azizah, Illuminations, Coming Out Muslim, A Jihad For Love, I Exist, Al-Nisa [BONUS: Show Al-Nisa and Red Summer (the producer) some love!], Circumstance, Naz + Maalik, Gay Muslims (a documentary produced by Channel 4 in the U.K), City of Borders, The Bubble, Out in the Dark (Palestinian and Israeli fall in love. facebook page), Facing Mirrors (2011; ft. an FtM Iranian), I Accept Me! (2011), Hir Poem, My Child. Sexualities and Queer Imaginaries. Oriented. [Article about Oriented, A Gay Girl in Damascus, and A Sinner in Mecca] [Muslim Drag Queens][Color of Water is trying to get funded]
  • Queer Muslim Music: Tum Hi Ho (by a drag artist in Lahore).
  • Queer Muslim Literature: [x] [x] [Four Gay Arabs Break the Silence] [Embracing Ramadhan in the LGBT Muslim Community] [Gaylaxy magazine] [Queer Beirut] [Sex and Desperate Hearts] [Bareed Mista3jil] [Totally Radical Muslims Zine] [5 Queer Magazines] [Not Your Tragic Queer Muslim Story/How to De-Queer Your Apartment] [Brown and Queer in America] [Queer South Asians and the Politics of Family] [A Thing of the West] [Coming Out in the Muslim Community] [Queer and Muslim At the Same Time] [9 articles on being LGBTQ in MENA] [Queering the Middle East] [Seeking Home: The Lives of Gay and Transgender Asylum Seekers of the Middle East] [Trans Muslim Honours His Faith] [Under the Gay Skin of Tehran] [Syrian and Iraqi Members of the LGBT Community Find Safe Haven in Istanbul] [Queer and Muslim] [On Community Spaces and Being A Trans Muslim] [‘Yousef and Farhad’ has been crafted by Algerian-American political cartoonist, Khalil Bendib, and Iranian-American author, Amir Soltani.] [Artist Mohammed Fayaz Draws Queer Muslims of Colour] [Xukia]
  • Desi LGBTQ Hotline
  • Queer Pakistan LGBTQ Voice and Support Group [and here is a news article]
  • Resources

A good thing to remember is to avoid the self-hatred phase, if you can. Focus on loving yourself, and realising that Allah made you just the way you are, and that you are loved, and that none of this is permanent. If this phase is unavoidable, here are some helpful sites:

  • Help! I’m losing my Islam
  • Counseling and Prevention Resources
  • Feeling suicidal?
  • Suicide prevention
  • Supporting someone who self-harms
  • Suicide and Crisis Hotlines
  • Online Crisis Network (for those with anxiety which prevents them from talking on the phone)
  • Online Chat (Arabic) for Queer Arabs

If you are a student and would like to get Faisal Alam to speak at your uni, or to see if he is coming to your uni soon, click here.

If you would like to attend Faisal Alam’s Retreat for Queer Muslims and their partners, here is more info.

If you would like to book Irshad Manji for an event click here.

If you are a PoC LGBTQ identified Muslim, QWOC is looking for submissions.

If you are from Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, or India and want to share your experiences (anonymously), please click here.

If you are South Asian and queer, consider submitting to Dayaar-e-Yaar! And if you are South Asian, queer, and between 18-25, consider attending this SoCal retreat (deadline for 2015 registration is Dec. 8th, 2014).

If you are a young activist, an independent researcher, a graduate student, or a fresh graduate, consider submitting a paper to the second issue of Kohl,  a journal for body and gender in the MENA region that wishes to explore the ways in which the erotic has been used as a means of economic and political exploitation in the MENA, within the region and outside it. Deadline to submit is Aug 2, 2015.

If you can spare some funds, help navigatethestream, a queer Muslim, become an Imam to help the Muslim LGBT community!

Lastly, here is a link if you are NOT a queer Muslim, but want to be a good ALLY! (And here is another on how NOT to be a saviour!) (And here is another on how to support a queer Muslim you happen to be dating!)

Muslim-Queer-Friendly Blogs:

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If you’d like to be added to or taken off this list, please

send me an ask

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)

  • occupidemuslim
  • hijabandboijeans
  • khalvatdaranjuman
  • navigatethestream
  • life-via-fo-eyes
  • living-in-technicolor
  • misandryad
  • mizjtoz
  • thalamtnafsee
  • alscientist
  • shootmethenleave
  • dyemelikeasunset
  • faineemae
  • seppin
  • gschwarzkopf
  • sllw
  • linzthenerd
  • vaginashavefeelingstoo
  • anartinsorcery
  • treatquestion
  • themadmanwithapen
  • ancientrune
  • sura93
  • insecurity-killed-the-cat
  • thehakawati
  • qalbesaleem
  • the-best-medicine
  • thesoundofthelifeofthemind
  • findingmotherland
  • shegufta
  • agileduck
  • zahhaked
  • megavelraptor
  • eibmorb
  • maesio
  • pyar-kiya-to-darna-kiya
  • postmodernveil
  • kuroenigma
  • safawi
  • casketofpearls
  • theyhelitsian
  • nofasciststate
  • chirikli
  • cokehabitsdiehard
  • decimaldot
  • madeast
  • lesbehalaaal
  • 4th-world
  • themindislimitless
  • brassmanticore
  • humjinsiyat
  • Freedom2Be
  • i-dare-to-dream
  • babyairnymph
  • twelvewhispersandbooks
  • whatamievensaying
  • whimslcott
  • haramdaddy
  • hiraethghost
  • larriefthalsey
  • t-pizzazz-a
  • young-flowerchild
  • zhangyixings
  • hairyjamespottery

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More papers/books not previously mentioned: 

BEYOND BINARY BARZAKHS: USING THE THEME OF LIMINALITY IN ISLAMIC THOUGHT TO QUESTION THE GENDER BINARY by Sara Haq Hussaini

The Quilt & Other Stories [translated from Urdu]

American Muslim Women, Religious Authority, and Activism: More Than a Prayer (Louann Atkins Temple Women & Culture Series)

Muslim Girl Article Did Homosexuality Exist Among Islamic Scholars? http://muslimgirl.com/25788/homosexuality-islam-academic-analysis/

FB Page: Muslims Against Homophobia and LGBT Hate

“Mukhannathun – and singular mukhannath – has been translated as “gay,” “queer,” even “third gender,” and none of these are wrong, per se. However, there’s a history behind the word that’s much richer. It all starts with hadith.“  

from” A Muslim RuPaul At The Dawn Of Islam: Tuwais and the Mukhannathun”: http://www.autostraddle.com/a-muslim-rupaul-at-the-dawn-of-islam-tuwais-and-the-mukhannathun-198612/

The Roots of Homophobia and Anti-Gay Sentiment in the Muslim World (by Ali Olomi)

Sublime Quran [a feminist translation] pdf by Laleh Bakhtiar

QURAN A Reformist Translation pdf Translated and Annotated by Edip Yuksel Layth Saleh al-Shaiban Martha Schulte-Nafeh 

Extensive, long but great read: Islamic Law, Homosexuality and the ‘Pulse’ Massacre by Shaykh Atabek

Aljazeera Article on Indonesia’s Trans Imams: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/5/12/indonesias-transgender-priests-face-uncertain-future.html

Same-Sex Relationships & the Fluidity of Marriage in Islamic History (by Ali A. Olomi)

nytimes.com
Scientists and Activists Look Beyond the March for Science
On Saturday scientists and their advocates are expected to fill streets in more than 500 cities. But what they do next is just as important.
By Nicholas St. Fleur

Excerpt:

Scientists and science advocates are expected to fill the streets of more than 500 cities across the world on Saturday in support of scientific research, which they feel has increasingly come under attack, especially during the Trump administration.

Since its inception in late January, the March for Science has transformed from a grass-roots social media campaign into a bona fide force of scientific advocacy, attracting support from more than 220 official science organizations. But the marchers and the activists who organized them will soon have to address what follows the demonstrations. In addition to channeling the energy they’ve built, they will also need to contend with tensions that have emerged within the scientific community over this political turn.

“We have no intention of letting this stop after April 22,” said Dr. Caroline Weinberg, a public health researcher and co-chairwoman of the march. “I will have considered it pretty much a failure if after April 22 all of this movement and all of this passion dissipates.”

Most eyes will be on Washington, where the main march will occur. But there will also be rallies in medical hubs like Boston, technology centers like San Francisco and even in the heart of oil and gas country, Oklahoma City. The strength of these satellite events could be important indicators of where the activism generated by the march will head in the future.

#readingsforacause

This election cycle has been a hell of ride. I’m pissed, I’m terrified, and I’m trying to do better.

As we’ve moved into this new era, I want to do what I can to support organizations and causes that I care for. One important way to support those causes with money and time. For me, I’ve decided to do some of that work through offering tarot readings on a donation basis.

To request readings, you must…

  • Be 18+.
  • Be following me.
  • Not be on Anon or ask via IM. I will ignore requests via IM.
  • Make a donation.
  • Read the damn guidelines.

All donations - minus the cents that Paypal grabs - will be used to support the actions of activists, folx, and organizations doing work around racial justice, trans justice, reproductive justice, queer justice, and more. As time goes on, I’ll make posts about who gets the donations and how much they get.

This is ongoing. I don’t have an end date for this.

So what’s this going to look like?

I have a #readingsforacause tip jar! It’s located on the left side of my blog. If you want a reading, donate through there. Donations are set at $10, $15, and $20.

Donations set at these levels to offer a sliding scale, but I also want to acknowledge that time and effort is going into these readings and that I want to be able to offer as substantial a donation as I can when i donate. Labor is labor, both on my part and on the part of people working towards justice.

After you donate, send me your question via my ASK BOX.

I’ll do your reading as a response to your ask. It’ll be tagged with your username, #potter reads tarot, and #readingsforacause.

What about the readings?

I don’t have pre-selected spreads or a set number of cards for this. I have a few personal spreads that I’ll likely be choosing from that are in the 2 - 4 card range. I promise that whatever size reading you get, it’ll be detailed and focused on empowerment and growth.

Other things to know

  • Before requesting a reading, read my GUIDELINES. They’re there to help you and me both. If you have any questions about them, ask. They’re linked in this post and linked on the left side of my blog.
  • To reiterate an earlier point: because I use Paypal, they will take out a few cents of each donation as a fee-for-service. It sucks, that’s capitalism.
  • I work a full time job and I have a life outside tumblr. This means readings can take some time to get out, especially if I get several requests at once. Thanks in advance for your patience!
  • If you have any questions about this #readingsforacause thing, let me know. You gotta ask for me to answer.

THANK YOU. Thank you so much. I know this is bigger than me, but I have to do something. And with your help, we can do something together.

The older we get the more significant Pride becomes for us. Taking time to celebrate our community – while also honoring and mourning LGBTQ people past, present, and future – is so important. This is why Pride is still so significant no matter how far we have come as a community.

LGBTQ people are vibrant, beautiful, vast and valuable. Taking the time to show up and stand with our fellow LGBTQ friends, families and community members, as well as our allies, is how we continue to reflect to the world how wonderful we all are! While we are living in challenging and sometimes scary times, the experience of spending time with many leading LGBTQ organizations and activists in this country has continued to give us confidence in the future.

This year we are going to take time during Pride to learn more about our early LGBTQ history, because more than ever before it’s important we amplify those stories. We hope each and every LGBTQ person has a wonderful Pride, and let’s take time together to reflect on how far we’ve come, how far we have to go, how strong we are, and how proud we should be to be LGBTQ.

—  Tegan and Sara’s Pride Month Love Letter to the LGBTQ Community, in Billboard Magazine. Words can’t express how much I cherish these two, for everything they are, and everything they do.

vague-humanoid  asked:

I'm worried that the homeland security thing forcing Chinese visitors to expose their social media accounts will make them vulnerable at home. it feel like a blatant attack on activists.

As of right now, Chinese visitors are being asked BEFORE they enter the US and it’s “optional” to give up social media accounts but who knows if or when that will be extended to “mandatory” or to Chinese immigrants already here. It’s only in the earliest stages but we should still be cautious of it.

Mainland China itself has a long list of banned social media websites, including Twitter and Facebook. Some Chinese visitors can be here for years so they eventually start to pick up on American culture and the things we use. Some may even say things that may not be “appropriate” in or towards mainland China. So if it becomes extended to Chinese immigrants already here, exposing them may definitely make them vulnerable should they go back home.

On the issue of activists, recently a feminist organization in China was just shut down for 30 days. The link also says, “The government discourages, and sometimes harshly represses, any mass activities outside state control…” So yes, Chinese activists who advocate on social media here could be exposed and targeted when they go home.

And overall, it’s an attack on nationality, race/ethnicity, and privacy in America. One day it’s Chinese visitors then the next time it could be Chinese Americans. And once people are desensitized to these issues, it becomes easier to ignore and even justify them. So after Chinese people, who’s next?

Houses Keywords
  • 1st house/ASC: Identity. You wear this house on your sleeve. It is a very blank slate as far as what the qualities of this house posses. Like Aries, it is open and straightforward. This is plain and simply the house of your identity, appearance, and energy you radiate outwards from inside yourself. This is how you appear to others. It is important to note the planets within his house as they will be felt very strongly in your identity.
  • 2nd house: Value, possessions, material reality. What you value in your material reality such as work, objects, structure. It governs money and physical structure as it also governs our sense of value. Planets/signs in the 2nd house will show you how you put your focus and energy on your physical reality, how you make money, buy things, and the type of things you value in making money and buying.
  • 3rd house: Communication, mental thought, sharing and receiving ideas with the world. The sign will determine the nature of your own communication. Planets in this house will show how you place emphasis on this within yourself.
  • 4th house/IC: Home, security, creature comforts. The 4th house shows you the essence of your home. Where this house begins you find the IC. the IC is your most intimate state of self, with your Midheaven you are out all day being seen and perceived by the world.. Then you come home into your own space, all alone, just with yourself.. That is the IC. Planets conjuncting the IC or in the 4th house will give you a clear understanding on your relationship with the home.
  • 5th house: Play, fun, light-heartedness, creativity, casual sex. The 5th house is our essence of easy going and care free fun within reality. Any planet in this house will be touched with an essence of light-heartedness. The 5th house makes you feel good, makes others feel good, not going in too deep.. Just looking to have a good time with creative energy.
  • 6th house: Routine, service, schedule, daily practice. The 6th house is about your day to day life. What time do you wake up, eat breakfast, go to work, what do you do for work, what is your plan for your day? This is the 6th house. This house also speaks to the nature of your service to the world, how you express service towards your collective reality. Planets in this house will have emphasis on routine and the day to day human existence.
  • 7th house/DSC: Relationships, partnership, relating to others. Simply put, this is the house of our relationships. The 7th house begins at the Descendant. Ascendant is how others perceive you, Descendant is your collective relationship to others as a whole. Planets in this house will be an energy you project onto your relationships and a way you relate to others. Who you are to others and how you impact people on a personal level. Planets conjuncting the descendant will hold strong energy with the nature of all of your relationships in life.
  • 8th house: Sex, death, birth, all things hidden, shared resources, depth, intimacy. The 8th house rules the mystery, energy that cannot be perceived with the human eye. The deepest truth. Can you see sex happening inside of you, or the process of a baby being conceived? No, it is happening inside, where it is dark and you can't see. The process of death and creation is the 8th house. Planets in this house will hold a perpetual energy of death and rebirth, a desire with digging deeper into everything to uncover what is hidden, a strong focus on sex, intimacy, and psychic perception.
  • 9th house: Philosophy, higher learning, exploration, travel. This house is about going deeper into your experience as a human. Looking for deeper truths and philosophies. Setting out on an adventure to find your soul. It rules the archetype of college, library's, culture, professors, and world travelers. Looking for a deeper meaning within exsistance, something that sets your soul on fire with passion. Planets in this house will be focused on deepening their philosophy and experience of the planetary archetype. In the 9th house you look to broaden your horizons.. You look to expand, to learn, to grow. Focused on the bigger picture, the larger image, the grand design.
  • 10th house/MC: This is the house of your career, your public image, what you build of yourself in this world. You will find the energy archetype of the type of work you will pursue. How you are perceived in the collective and who you really are in the collective. A driving force in your chart as it's the place of creation through where you build yourself in reality. The eagle eye of ones psyche. Vision.
  • 11th house: The 11th house rules collective structures, organizations, and social circles. A workplace social structure, activist organization, a friend group.. This is all part of the 11th house archetype. Planets in the 11th house show what energies you influence the collective with through your being. The part of you that feels naturally obligated to express itself towards the collective. Its also a point of manifestation creational energy, planets in this house will show you the energy of how you go about manifesting things into your reality.
  • 12th house: The unconscious, energy flow, and spiritual energies. Planets in this house will be tapped into intuitive Piscean energy of spiritual connection, its natural in the 12th house. Also, planets in this house will act in a largely unconscious energy, a lacking of self awareness.. Difficulty grasping self awareness towards that planetary energy. In the 12th house it is all a grand flow, like a ever changing and expanding river. Always growing or destroying through in an unconscious filter.
DETA Calls for Boycott of ‘A Hainu’s Purpose’

Following the leak of a behind-the-scenes video, Dragons for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (DETA) has begun a vocal protest against the upcoming film, A Hainu’s Purpose. The clip depicts a seemingly fearful familiar being forced into a pool. The brief film went viral and was met with what can only be described as a PR nightmare for the producers. Following DETA’s lead, dragons all over Sornieth have participated in boycotting the movie.

DETA itself has a history of controversy, however, and some dragons remain unconvinced of the ‘familiar friendly’ organization’s motives.

In one of the more notable incidents, DETA propagated the claim that clans participating in the Coliseum are committing animal abuse. The statement was met with wide disdain, as most clans that spend time in the coliseum insisted that their own familiars are well taken care of, and bonded with regularly. The activist organization was seemingly unsatisfied with the explanation.

“We won’t stop this fight until every familiar is free to live a full life in the wild. It makes me sick even to think about the abuse they face in the Coliseum, and don’t even get me started on Baldwin’s Cauldron…”

A similar disaster, the outspoken organization also attempted to convert Sornieth to veganism a few years ago. Unfortunately, the idea either didn’t account or didn’t care for the fact that some dragons’ diet is exclusively meat, and as a result many supporters of DETA reported that their energy bars were being rapidly depleted upon beginning the new diet.

Despite the questionable credibility created by these past events, the argument as to whether or not dragons should see A Hainu’s Purpose remains an active debate, with Sornieth divided over what should be done about the pet film.

As for us, we leave the conclusions to you. And for what it’s worth, no familiars were harmed in the making of this issue of The Sornieth Times.