I think my biggest problem with so many people still trying to shoehorn “Ally” into the acronym (aside from people doing so explicitly to exclude ace, aro, and agender people)

is that somewhere along the way “Ally” stopped meaning “Straight parents and close friends of this individual queer person, I love my queer and I’m ready to take a bashing in their place”

and started meaning “anyone who took a high school sociology class and Feels Very Strongly that People Are People.”

Full offense but we don’t need those.

The Incredible Reason You Might Start Seeing Safety Pins Everywhere
It's a tiny gesture, but it speaks volumes.

This is brilliant and it is already in effect in the UK!  A major news source is covering it so there won’t be confusion of WHAT it means! 

Wear safety pins on your clothing to show solidarity with refugees and immigrants, and that they are safe with you. 

The safety pin also extends as a beacon of hope that you will do all you can to combat white supremacy, racism, sexism, and xenophobia that is growing around us! 

I’d also like to extend that safe place to various minority religions. 

I don’t know about you, but I’m gonna go find me a box of safety pins.

The Incredible Reason You Might Start Seeing Safety Pins Everywhere
It's a tiny gesture, but it speaks volumes.

“Trump, who has said he would ban all Muslims from entering the U.S., made sexist and insulting comments about women and racist comments about people of color in America, is a frightening prospect for many Americans who believe he is unfit for office.

So while protests rage on across the country, one movement is using a simple yet powerful symbol to show their support for anyone who is fearful of what is to come. By fastening a safety pin to their clothing, people are declaring themselves allies to groups who have been maligned by Trump, to show that they stand in solidarity with anyone who might be afraid.”

Read the full piece here

friendly reminder that shipping isn’t activism or being an ally!!!! not shipping a ship because they’re lgbt means you’re homophobic, shipping lgbt couples is just shipping. it’s not an extraordinary act of support or acceptance, especially when the shipping becomes fetishization. if you ‘love gay people’ please help us by speaking out against homophobia and transphobia instead of staying silent. being an ally is an action, not a label

this entire fucking post was a ship wreck. I didn’t intend to say ignorant things, I just thought I knew what I was talking about.

My intent was to express my opinion about all the fighting. I don’t want people to be mean to cishets ONLY because their cishet and I don’t want people to be mean to aces just because they’re aces. I understand if they’re being homophobic, that’s just terrible.
Also I now realize the ACTUAL meaning of -phobic and I now know that there’s no such thing as “cishetphobia” and “aphobia.” I realize the past post was ridiculous.

Despite how dumb it was, I don’t deserve all this hate I’m getting. I understand people are angry, but they have no right to insult me the way they did. I don’t deserve to feel suicidal after making a mistake that had good intentions.
If you see someone giving me hate or if you’re the one giving me hate, (tell them to) stop. Please. I regret making the original post so fucking much. Just stop.

When Hillary asked me to be her running mate, what flashed through my mind was I’ve been in politics for 22 years; this is my ninth race. In all the previous eight races, I’ve been the guy with my name on the ballot, my name on the bumper sticker and the yard sign. And I’ve had all these strong women supporting me: campaign managers, Cabinet secretaries, agency heads; the voters that we get are more women than men.

And I remember thinking, “Wow, I’m going to have the chance now to not be the top of the ticket. I’m going to be a strong man supporting the first strong woman to be president of the United States.” And as important as it is to normalize that a woman can be president, it’s also important to normalize that strong men can support a woman as president.

Tim Kaine’s feminism - Vox

I love this. Progressive dudes, you don’t have to be the superhero who saves all the women and other marginalized folks. You can be the sidekick.

3 Easy Steps to be a better Trans Ally

We all want to be the best allies we possibly can be–but sometimes this means addressing hard truths and making accommodations appropriately. 

Whether you’re a member of the trans community or just a supporter, here are a few things to take into account with your activism/involvement with the community as a whole in order to create the safest and most inclusive space. 

1.) Recognize and address racism in the transgender/LGBTQ+ community
Racism is very much alive and the LGBTQ+ community is not an exception. Although a members of the trans/LGBTQ+ community are minorities themselves, white members often disregard/dismiss racism.

Standing with the trans community means standing with people who have to experience transphobia/transmisogyny as well as racism. Being aware, outspoken, and invested in trans/queer POC(people of color)’s lives is necessary to create an environment that is safe for all. 

2.) Understand the difference between transphobia and transmisogyny. 
While all members of the trans community experience transphobia, trans women/feminine people experience a form of misogyny that can be and often is much more violent than transphobia. Trans women are often not heard, pushed to the back, or forces to desperately defend the oppression that they face. 

A few things to understand about trans feminine people: AMAB people are not “socialized as male.” They are, instead, socialized as trans women and because of that are placed in a very scary place where they have to reject all forms of femininity otherwise they may potentially face physical violence. Trans women have just as much of a right to feminist spaces as any other woman. Trans women are not more represented than trans men or other trans demographics. 

3.) When creating trans safe spaces, remember these two demographics! 
Whether you’re starting a trans project, creating a blog, or writing/reading trans stories–paying special attention to TPOC(Trans People of Color) as well as trans women will create more welcoming and intersectional spaces. 

As members of such a marginalized demographic, it is in the best interest of our community and our humanity to pay attention to these narratives and to validate them with more than understanding. Acknowledging the struggles of those around us, opening up our spaces to people with these experiences, and being willing to work harder to support TPOC and trans women are things that anyone, anywhere can do. 

Thank you for reading and keeping your mind open. Feel free to add to this list.