conversation about movement

Initially, I was embraced by the stakeholders of the mainstream LGBT movement. I quickly noticed that despite the unifying acronym, the people at the table often did not reflect me or my community. These spaces and conversations were dominated by men, specifically upper-middle-class white cis gay men. Women, people of color, trans folks, and especially folks who carried multiple identities were all but absent. I was grateful for the invitation but unfilled by the company. This was my political awakening.

I was tasked with speaking out about these glaring disparities, about how those with the most access within the movement set the agenda, contribute to the skewed media portrait, and overwhelmingly fail at funneling resources to those most marginalized. My awakening pushed me to be more vocal about these issues, prompting uncomfortable but necessary conversations about the movement privileging middle- and upper-class cis gay and lesbian rights over the daily access issues plaguing low-income LGBT youth and LGBT people of color, communities that carry interlocking identities that are not mutually exclusive, that make them all the more vulnerable to poverty, homelessness, unemployment, HIV/AIDS, hyper-criminalization, violence, and so much more.

—  Janet Mock, Redefining Realness
OMG, I feel so lucky

Tonight is the first night that I get to hear my new roommate

practicing for the orchestra

We never met before this month but her presence cannot be missed. 

Kari plays the Oboe for the Charleston Symphony and I 

hear her practicing. Classical music is just unreal. 

And now its real! In the room next door. 

What a crazy connection to some of the greatest composers

come to life in my creepy, old, king, house.

A note to white allies

Hey Chuks,

In case you can’t tell from my avatar photo/profile, I’m a white American man. I’ve only recently been coming to an awareness of America’s institutionalized racism, and my own unconscious racism.
What would you see as the ideal white response to black tragedy and black social issues? I don’t want to make the conversation/event/movement about me and my whiteness, but I also don’t want to ignore the very real inequalities and injustices in my country.
How would you hope a white person like me would respond to things like Mike Brown’s murder and the Ferguson demonstrations, the murder of Trayvon Martin, and other events and demonstrations and social movements by black America, etc? How would you hope a white person would be in the world, in their actions and attitudes and conversations about race and racism? How can I use/exist in my privilege responsibly while respecting the lived experience of those of you who are denied that privilege?
I’m trying to educate myself amidst all the bias, misinformation, and lies that are out there, and I would be very grateful for any help you’d be willing to give me.

P.S. I’m not considering this a private conversation, and I’d welcome your posting this publicly.

I would honestly hope more than anything that white people would center the voices of black people, listen to what we are saying in rallies, on the internet, you name it, not speak over us or defend their privilege and white supremacy (e.g. “Well not all white people” “There are some good cops!” etc. which are all erasures of institutionalized systemic violence against black people), and then go and do the real work of transforming their white spaces to make them less virulently and damningly antiblack. That last point in particular is so important and is how you use your privilege to try and affect some change, and it also does not involve you co-opting black spaces or discourse, which many white allies tend to do rather than changing white communities. This last point especially is far and away the most important thing that any white ally can ever do in the struggle for racial justice. 

anonymous asked:

okay but let's talk about how smart Misha is because i want to have intellectual conversations with him about social movements just as much as i wanna make out with him

Yessssssss omg I’m so fascinated by how that mind of his works and just to have an hour-long one-on-one conversation to see what makes him tick would be an absolute dream. Every time I read those occasional lengthy posts he puts up on Facebook or even certain tweets, idk I’m just always weirdly impressed how expertly he uses satire to speak out about important issues. I honestly feel bad for people that don’t get his sense of humor because he’s such a fucking genius. He’s also a fucking troll, but he always uses his powers for good. :3 But yes I would love to have discussions with him about thoughts on life in general or literally whatever not just because he’d have some great insights but also because he’s the kind of person that would genuinely be interested in hearing your opinion too. And just…yeah. We really don’t talk enough about how smart he is. I mean, the man figured out how he could tap into an entire fanbase to change the shape of this world for the better. Seriously. #mishaforpresident