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Ashley Diamond has been released from prison!

The Southern Poverty Law Centre is reporting that Ashley Diamond has been released from Augusta State Prison.

She and SPLC attorney Chinyere Ezie said the lawsuit contending she was denied a safe environment and medically necessary gender dysphoria treatment will continue.

Ashley has endured more than three years of systematic abuse … Nor is her plight isolated. We will continue to advocate for an end to prison practices that unfairly punish and inflict pain on transgender inmates,” Ezie said.

This is amazing news.

(Original Source. Trigger Warnings for incarceration, rape, abuse)

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CHELSEA APPRECIATION WEEK (CFCAW15) - day 1:
↳ favourite current player - Nemanja Matic

Why Matic? Nemanja Matic *is* one of our most important players, yet he’s rarely praised the way some of our other players are (like Hazard, Costa, Cortois, etc.). If he has a bad match, our whole team tends to struggle. If he has a great match, we’re usually unstoppable. He is passionate and devoted to the team, and always work hard until the very last minute. 

“For any player, there are no limits to how much you can improve. I will try to do even better this season but for me the most important thing is that the team wins.I just want to help the team. Last season was good for me but I think I can do even better this time around.” - Matic

- “Chelsea have lost three games all season, and it’s not a coincidence that Nemanja Matic was absent for two of them … Matic is arguably Chelsea’s most important player in terms of what is lost when he’s not around.” – Gabriele Marcotti, March 2015.

- “The Rolls Royce of defensive midfielders, Matic is simply imperious. A stifling presence for Silva, smothered loose ball, and got important tackles and blocks in throughout the game. Distribution second to none.” – Mark Worrall, January 2015.

- “He is a giant, not for his size but for the way he plays. The man is a giant” – Jose Mourinho

before // after
  • The first time I thought about my weight I was 10 years old
  • I remember searching through my primary school class photo when I was 11 trying to find someone ‘as fat as me’ so I didn’t feel so bad. 
  • When I was 12, my school gave me a questionnaire that would be hidden and given back to me at prom. One of the questions was ‘where do you want to be in 6 years’ and I instinctually wrote “I want to be thin”.  
  • I was bullied all through high school. When I was 14 I wore sports bras every day because I was told my boobs were ‘saggy’. I was told no one would want to look at them, and I would die a virgin.
  • When I was 16 I starved myself then binged on food when I couldn’t take any more. I fed my sadness with second portions and midnight snacks. My weight went up and down more times than a rollercoaster. 
  • I opened the time capsule when I was 18 and I cried because I still hated my body. 
  • I went to university and loaded up on cheap alcohol and the calories that came along with it.
  • When I was 19 I stepped on the scales and the numbers told me I was clinically obese. I pulled on my favourite top to make me feel better and it ripped trying to squeeze my body through.
  • When I was 20 I uploaded this ‘before and after’ picture to my Facebook. It showed my weight loss so far, and how I had dropped almost three dress sizes. It showed that I was finally happy to display the size I am. 

I do not condone losing weight unhealthily. I have lost this amount of weight over the course of a year, by eating healthily and by exercising regularly… and I am still not at my ideal weight. This photo is about so much more than numbers on a scale or on clothing labels. This photo is about being mentally healthy too, and being able to look at yourself with pride and contentment. I do not encourage anyone to gain or lose weight unless it’s healthy and it’s what they truly want to do. I encourage everyone to be happy, and to take control of their happiness.