HIV

I work with people who have HIV as a part of my job. If you have HIV please remember:

HIV can be controlled by medications for a super long time (think 30 years+). It is more like getting a diabetes diagnosis than a death sentence.

No matter how your infection happened you deserve to live and have a happy life.

By federal law in the United States there is tons of resources to help you get medication for FREE.

You can find partners who will accept you and love you.

You can have children who are born HIV-. If a child is born in a first world county with medical care the likelyhood of transmission is rediculously low.

On medication your likelyhood of infecting others decreases significantly depending on your viral load.

PEP and PrEP are exciting things to look into to be able to have unprotected sex and prevent transmission.

HIV does not have to be central to your identity.

People who take their medication like prescribed can actually have as few as 2 doctor appointments a year for their condition !

Don’t let stigma, fear and lack of education get you down! You are a wonderful person and can achieve wonderful things. Don’t give up.

And if you don’t know your status please get tested. Please!

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.
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.

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)

New York City’s First Lady got real about the state of mental in America with some shocking statistics

New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray took to Facebook Tuesday morning in a Q&A with Mic to answer questions on the state of mental health in America, among other pressing social justice issues. 

And her unflinchingly honest answers make it clear it’s an issue society can’t avoid any longer. 

The stigma surrounding mental illness is strong, but they are far more common than most people realize. 

About one in four adults suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year, according to The Kim Foundation. 

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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