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What It’s Like To Pray At A Queer-Inclusive Mosque

Buzzfeed has posted an illuminating article from contributor Davide Mastracci, about the Unity Mosque in downtown Toronto (the precise location of which is secret, to prevent harassment from non-sincere participants). It is a safe space for queer Muslims who may feel obligated to hide their identities when entering other mosques.

In their Friday services, “anyone can give the call to, or lead, prayer. There is no gender segregation….”

Says a bisexual Islam-convert Renée Mercuri, “It was very clear within minutes that everyone was welcome. Your Islam is your Islam. It doesn’t have to be prescribed. You follow this path in whatever way you feel comfortable.

Co-founded by a queer refugee lawyer (El-Farouk Khaki), the mission statement is: “While the Unity Mosque is an alternate space for Muslims, it is not meant to be a competing ideology. It is a place of refuge, not protest. For many, its existence is what has allowed them to keep faith.

Read the full article here.

On May 13th, I will be Facebook live on Mental Health on The Mighty to discuss the reality of Borderline Personality Disorder, including a description of the disorder, my own struggles with it, the stigma and injustices we face, and a Q&A. May is BPD Awareness Month, but it is also Mental Health Awareness Month, hence the live videos throughout the whole month. This is just week two!

For those of you who don’t know, The Mighty is a website where contributors write articles and information about disorders, diseases, and disabilities. As a contributor, I am so thankful to have been asked by The Mighty to participate in this event!!!! ❤️

The time varies per location. For example, it will be 4:00 PM my time (ET) or 1:00 PM PST. I hope some of you get the chance to watch it! Definitely check out the site and the past videos on the Facebook page, too.

If you can’t watch it live, don’t worry– It will be available on the Facebook page.

Ok, I read the Huffpost Contributor article. I thought, as I was away and hadn’t seen the article, that it was actually published by Huffpost. But it’s just a Contributor article - written, edited and controlled by the person in question, not by the publication. Same as Inquisitr or Celeb Mix. That is made abundantly clear by the fact that the author is deleting negative comments lol ;)

It’s basically just an exceptionally long, dry, boring Tumblr treatise that bears little relation to the article in Rolling Stone it is supposed to be rebutting. What have 1D fans’ charity efforts got to do with Harry fans’ response to RS writing about his relationships?? The original RS feature literally celebrates teenage girl fans!!

But the silliest thing about it is the claim that Harry fans don’t want to hear about his relationships with women. Bollocks! Some don’t, but many hundreds of thousands do. I can’t even begin to count the asks I’ve had to my tiny blog about Harry’s relationships since RS came out. Many, many fans are fascinated, even if it’s an uncomfortable fascination. Besides, Cameron Crowe/RS were not writing their feature for existing Harry fans. They were writing for the RS readership, a much broader audience that includes Harry fans.

“It is not fans that prioritize his romantic relationships over his musical abilities and interests – it’s the press” - says a Larrie, hilariously.

Larries prioritise Harry & Louis’ fictional romantic relationship over EVERYTHING else. Their music, their professional lives, their business associations, their families, friends, Louis’ son. Nothing is as important to them as Larrie.

anonymous asked:

I'm starting a sideblog with a set purpose, like this one has, for posting certain types of submissions. I'm asking all blogs I follow like this. How do you work a blog like this? How do you find people for mods? How do you go about posting submissions? I'd really appreciate it if you answered! Thanks! :)

I mostly keep an eye out for bird-related content being posted on various sites (like reddit) that people would enjoy. Also, I have a lot of friends and family that know I love birds so they share stuff with me all the time. As time goes on you can see what types of posts get the most response and post that content more frequently. This blog started off mostly sharing pretty bird photos and quickly shifted to silly/cute birds once it was apparent people responded better to that.

This blog doesn’t have any mods, It’s only run by one person so I don’t have much advice about managing mods. I have had guest contributors write articles for my main site but that’s a different beast. But, once your side blog is going and you have a good idea of the content people really like it would be easier to bring a mod on board and have them know exactly what type of stuff should be posted. I’d advise waiting a while before trying to make it a group effort.

On your submission page be as clear as possible as to what kind of content you are looking for and don’t feel obligated to post every submission.

Best of luck!

Also, if anyone who is a bird watcher or works/cares for birds is interested writing, send me an email!

Are You Passionate about Writing, Mental Health Advocacy or Psychology?

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hey y’all! Obviously I’m not here anymore (not at all personal, just don’t want spoilers if they are going around.) I started a twitter because I have started writing actual articles (new contributor to The Mighty!) so if you want to follow me do so at @ hellokoe! :)

anonymous asked:

Was the huffington post article a staff article? Because anyone can post to hp, so if billboard is following the official line and hp isn't doesn't really mean anything. It could have been written by an outsider who wouldn't know the official narrative. It's the same with buzzfeed

Hi anon :)

Yeah, like I said it’s kinda clear who’s getting pointers and who isn’t when it comes to the official spin to this audio-visual content.

I did have a look into Saskia Postema - she seems to have recently gotten some sort of permanent editor gig but she’s also stil listed as a contributor. The article about Louis is listed on that platform too. Nevertheless - it shows that outsiders come to a very different conclusion when they see/listen to this song and that is at least some consolation to me. On the other hand - it’s also really clear that the dismissal of the songs importance is a sanctioned move and that makes me incredibly sad.

The Photoshoot

Hey Guys! So it has been a while since I posted a fan fic. I wrote this one a few months ago but I was never really happy with it until today when I went back and fixed it up. It’s just a sweet story stemming off the idea of Val and Sharna doing a photoshoot for people. I hope you like it! Sorry if it’s a little long. There is a potential for a part 2 as I have half of it written, so let me know if you guys want to read that. Always love hearing your thought and comments. Let me know what you think! 

Sharna and Val had been dating for 9 months. Publicly for 3 months. In the beginning, they had decided it would be best to keep their relationship in their personal world to see if it was real enough to go beyond. But it had proven itself strong enough. So they decided to become more open with their relationship around the season finale of the previous season of Dancing with the Stars, which Sharna won her first mirrorball trophy. The pair had been nicknamed “The sexiest couple of the ballroom.” Sharna and Val laughed every time they heard it but they couldn’t avoid it. Even their new partners for dancing with the stars teased them with the nickname saying, “They were honored to be dancing with the sexiest couple of the ballroom.”

With the craze of their relationship, People magazine had asked them to come and do a spread for their magazine as their main story of the week. They would also be featured on the cover.

Val and Sharna were standing in her bathroom after the night together. Sharna was standing in a robe and Val had a towel tied around his waist. They were getting ready for the photoshoot. Sharna was applying her makeup and Val was fixing his hair for the day.
“I still can’t believe we’re doing this” Sharna said as she put on her concealer.

“Shar. You have to remember one thing. We are the sexiest couple of the ballroom”

Sharna playfully pushed him. “Why do I even love you so much?”
Val smiled as he walked out into her bedroom, where he went into her closet and took out the suit he brought with him the previous night. He slipped on the suit pants and put on a black button down shirt. He tucked in the shirt carefully to make sure it looked neat. Sharna admired him from the mirror. “Looking hot babe.”

“It’s a big day.”
“It’s just an interview and a photoshoot.”

Val smiled to himself. He neatly laid out the black suit jacket with the black velvet lapel on the bed so it wouldn’t wrinkle as he went to stand back with Sharna. He rubbed her arms from behind and pressed a light kiss into the crevice of her neck. She put on her lipstick and turned to look at him. “Does this look like enough?”
Val held her face and kissed her. “I think you’re going to need a little bit more”
Sharna giggled. “Okay babe. Thanks for the thorough examination.”
An hour later they arrived at the studio where they were greeted by the crew who led them to the parking lot most convenient to their studio. They walked into the main area of the studio and were met by the main employee on their spread. “Sharna! Val!” She gave both of them a kiss on the cheek. “Hi, I’m Mindy. I’m the main contributor on your article. I’ll be interviewing you for a little bit and then we’ll head over to the studio, for the fun part. The photos.”

Sharna and Val smiled. “Lead the way.” Sharna said as she wrapped her arm around Val’s back.

She led them to a room with a table, chairs and a computer. “You guys can sit there.”

Val pulled out the chair for Sharna and then sat next to her. He held her hand and rested them on the table, interlocked.

“So. I supposed we should get right to it?” Mindy said excitedly. “I’m sorry, this is just my first project as the main writer and contributor so i’m really nervous and excited.”

“All good. Ask us anything!” Sharna patted her arm across the table.

“Ok! So when did you guys start dating?”
“We started talking romantically to each other in the middle of December during the Dancing with the Stars tour but our official anniversary is January 3rd.” Val smiled as he remembered the first time they decided they were going to try it out.

“So you guys were friends before?”

“Oh yeah! We were great friends.”

“But you never saw each other in that way before.”

“Circumstances didn’t allow it. But things change.” Sharna smiled.

“Where was your first date?”

Sharna through her head back and laughed. “You want to tell her babe?”

Val smiled and shook his head. “Our first date was a bit of an epic fail, I wanted to take her to a romantic candlelit dinner at her favorite restaurant which I swear I called and they said they were open. But when we got there it was closed. And all other restaurants in the area had full reservations so we just ended up eating take-out salads on a park bench in the pouring rain.”

“We did stop for an umbrella though!” Sharna chimed in.
“Yes. We did stop for an umbrella.” Val turned to her and smiled.

“Under that umbrella in the pouring rain, is where we shared our first real kiss.” Sharna stroked his hand that was clasped in hers with her free hand.

“Real?” Mindy antagonized on.

“We had kissed during the tour. Ya know, for dance. But that was our first real one.”

“Oh ok. So Sharna, your best friend, Peta Murgatroyd, is engaged to the other half on Chmerkovskiy’s.”

“Mhm.” Sharna nodded and smiled.

“Do you guys ever talk about Maks and Val?”
“Val and Maks.” Val cut in and laughed.

Sharna smiled and turned to the interviewer. “We always talk about them. They are our best friends, The men that we love, so they do come up in conversation often.”

“And Val? Do you and Maks, talk about Sharna and Peta?”

“All the time. All the time.”

The questions carried on. Some personal, others not. But they had been fairly private about the details of their relationship up until that point. After finishing her list of questions the Mindy asked if they would be willing to play a game of him or her. They agreed. She handed them each two paddles.

“Ok! Who looks at himself in the mirror more?”

Sharna held up him and Val held up her.

Val laughed “Hey! You take so long to put on your makeup!”

“At least i’m doing something! You just look at yourself!”

Val laughed. “Fair point. Fair point.”

“Him or her? Who talks about each other more?”

Sharna held up me and Val held up Me.

They both shook their heads. “We talk about each other a lot.”
“Who has the better accent?”

Sharna held up me and Val held up her.

Sharna laughed. “Sorry Babe. I think your accent is hot but mines heavier so therefore…”

“I love your accent in everything that we do.” Val squeezed her leg under the table and she did her best not to burst out laughing.

After a few more questions in the game, Mindy led them to the photoshoot area. There were a ton of people with cameras. A green screen. A white draped as a background, and a brick wall with different types of light machines set up. A young man with black hair and blue eyes walked up to them. “Hi. I’m Evan, the lead photographer.” He shook both of their hands.



They both introduced themselves.

“So, shall we get started. I love the outfits, they compliment each other so nicely.” Vals black ensemble was complemented with Sharna’s red dress. “They’re very fitting for the sexiest couple in the ballroom.”

Sharna laughed and Val smiled. Evan led them to the green screen and told them to stand in the middle. The other photographers circled around them to different positions.

“Ok. I’m just going to call out a bunch of different things to do. Just follow me.”

Sharna and Val both nodded.

He walked behind his camera. “Ok. Turn in towards each other please and rest your foreheads against one another. Val look down at her. As she wrapped her arms around his waist. The flashes started coming.

“Ok Sharna, there’s an x on the floor a little head of Val, can you look at it. Val, stay as you are.” More flashes.

“Okay, Sharna right at me. No smile first.”

“Ok. Now smile.”

The flashes were coming from all angles. “Ok. Val you look at me. Smile, laugh, do your thing. Sharna look up at him.” She changed the angle of his camera a couple of times. “Perfect guys. Perfect. Ok. Sharna can you hook your fingers in his shirt. Sort of like you’re unbuttoning his shirt but not really. Yes. That’s great.” More poses were being yelled at them. “Ok. Val. Can you caress her face and kiss her forehead. Awesome.” After a few more flashes they were led over to the brick wall. “Ok. Sharna. You can lean against the wall please. Val, you can stand in front of her resting both your hands on the wall. Sharna looked into his eyes doing her best not to laugh.

“Ok Val. Kiss her.”

Val turned to Evan. “Really?”
“Really. Come on. We’re almost done.”

Val leaned in and kissed her very modestly. Flashes went off.

“Come on Val. You can do better than that!”

Sharna laughed against his lips unable to control herself.

Val kissed her again, only to be prompted by Evan “Come on. More tongue. The both of you.”

Val turned away from his girlfriend. “Ok. Seriously? Val laughed. “What are we, in high school?”

“Val. We are almost done.”

Sharna turned his head back to her. “It’s ok. Babe.” She pulled him back in to kiss her. She wrapped her arms around his waist and pulled him in closer to her. “I love you.” She murmured against his lips.

“You too.”

“Perfect. And one last set over here.” He led them over to the plain white sheet draped against the back wall. “So this is the part, where we just let you go freestyle. The only rule is for you guys to give us cute pictures.”

Sharna pulled Val in and hugged him, resting her head on his chest. He pulled her out and spun her around under his arm, dipping her at the end. Sharna hopped on his back and they posed for the camera.

“Is that good?” Sharna asked.

Before Evan could answer, Val cut in. “There is just one more picture I want us to take.”
“What picture babe?” Sharna answered him.

Val took a deep breath and reached into his pocket. He pulled out the red velvet cartier box and lowered himself to one knee.

Sharna gasped bringing her hands to her mouth. The flashes were going off out of control. If one camera wasn’t flashing, the next one was.

Sharna began crying and shaking.

Val continued as he was beginning to fill up. “Wow. This is- Wow. Sharna, to say I am in love with you is an understatement. You mean everything to me and without you my life would be empty.  Being with you makes me happy and being with you makes me, me. Life would not be the same without you and I want nothing more than to spend the rest of my life with you. Sharna Mae Burgess, Will you marry me and give me the honor of becoming your husband?”

“Yes babe, A thousand times yes” Sharna wiped away her years and held out her left hand for him. He slid the diamond ring on her finger and took her hand in his. He stood up and walked towards her giving her a kiss. He wiped away her tears with his thumb, “I love you.”

“I love you too.” Sharna turned to the rest of the room. “We’re engaged!” Everyone clapped and the last pictures were taken as Val lifted Sharna and spinned his fiancee around.

Time to Speak Ghost!

By letting us know everything you know about ghostspeak. New nerdy, sciencey infographics are coming, and we want to give you a chance to contribute your knowledge!

Reblog this post with your thoughts on ghostly languages, or make a submission to @dannyphantomrenaissance; your contribution will get a chance to be in the next infographic/ghost research article. All contributors will be given credit in APA format, as well as eternal glory for being super spoopy ghost scientists.

-Mod Carrie


January 15th 2001: Wikipedia launched

On this day in 2001, Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, was launched by American entrepreneurs Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger. The new website developed from an existing project, called Nupedia, which featured expertly-written and formally-reviewed articles. Wales and Sanger, however, decided to launch a new online encyclopedia which could be edited by the public, while striving for neutrality in its articles. Initially only available in the English language, Wikipedia had the modest goal of reaching 100,000 articles. By 2004, there were 161 language editions of Wikipedia, and it quickly surpassed the 100,000 article goal. Now, there are 291 language versions of Wikipedia, and over five million articles. Wikipedia is the largest encyclopedia in history, breaking the record set by the Chinese Yongle Encyclopedia of 1408. While Wikipedia is one of the ten most-visited websites in the world, it has been suggested that the site is in decline, with commentators pointing to falling numbers of contributors and a slowing article production rate. Plus, as a free service, Wikipedia relies on donations from readers, securing $75.5 million in 2014 alone. It remains an immensely popular and invaluable source of knowledge, though its openness, and examples of vandalism, lead some to question its accuracy.

15 years ago today