20 followers I would like to get to know tag

Tag 20 amazing followers you would like to get to know better. Tagged by @just-your-average-bookworm. Thanks Simona!

Blogs: take-the-read is my only blog, until I get the guts to create a writing one.

Name or nicknames: Courtney, Court

Preferred gender: Female

Star sign: Gemini

Height: 5′6

Sexual orientation: Straight

Hogwarts house: Hufflepuff, but it’s been a while since I was sorted, and I’m leaning more toward Slytherin now.

Favorite color: Blue and black

Favorite animal: Whales

Average Hours of sleep: Uh - it depends, honestly. Usually around 5-6 but I wake up in the middle of the night a lot. 

Cat or Dog person: I have both, but I’m a sucker for all dogs.

Favorite fictional characters: Rhysand, Feyre Archeron/Nesta Archeron (ACOTAR), Kaye Fierch (Tithe), Karou (DOSAB)

Number of blankets sleep with: One (+ infinite pillows)

Favorite singer/band: It depends on my mood, but my all time favorites are Billy Joel, Bayside, and Coldplay.

Dream trip: I’d love to go to London (and everywhere in Europe), but I’m afraid that if I get there, I’ll stay.

Dream job: Writer 

When was this blog created: August 2016

Current number of followers: 253

When did your blog reach its peak: *has existential crisis about having already peaked*

What made you create this blog: I read a lot, always have. And I never really had a place to put my thoughts on the books I read, aside from stacks of notebooks but nothing too permanent. I thought this was a good start, and the community is great. 

I tag: @calculatedmadness @bookofademigod @bookvoyage @northernreads @cre8iveovadose @absintheandbooks @thelibraryofmars @linguist25 @lost-in-books94 @of-books-and-pen @readthatstheway @princess-of-paper-and-ink @pugandbooks @monsieurbookshire @lilymaidofgallifrey @blackwingedgabriel @booksandotherimportantthings @lostinabookbrb @rjrhetoric @ace-rbic @omg-amreading

tag thing

i was tagged by the lovely ash @sparkletroyeboy
Name: Courtney
Nickname: Court, C
Star Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'8 or 5'9 ?¿
Sexual Orientation: ace//panromantic
Hogwarts House: Ravenclaw
Fave Color: just generally dark colors and pastel colors
Fave Animal: i just saw some pictures of some hedgehogs so at the moment, hedgehogs. it changes fairly often tbh
Average hours of sleep: a sleep schedule? idk her. umm weekdays, about 3-5 .. weekends, about 8? maybe?
Cats or dogs: cats bc i relate
Fave Fictional Character: sherlock
# of blankets at night: one realllly fluffy one!!
fave bands: tøp, LANY, broods, oh wonder, 1D (don’t come for me), and a lot more but i don’t feel like looking through my music rn lol
fave singers: ed sheeran, troye, 1000 more i don’t feel like listing rn. shoot me an ask or something if you want to know more
dream trip: idk tbh
when was this blog created: july 2015 i think?? maybe june??
blog peak: idk lmao
what made me join tumblr: “what’s this thing everyone loves and hates and is addicted to? lol i’ll just see how i like it, and if i don’t, i’ll just quit haha can’t be that hard” LOL no escaping now

I tag (i mean like you don’t have to obvs) - @royal-feelings / @trickytroye / @clairesvoyant / @troyesburritos / @haleykinz / @once-upon-my-inspirations / @niphilism / @dangerlester


took a walk, showered, and now i’m browsing tumblr until i have to go to my teen court orientation !!!!

Ariel Levy writes how the ongoing efforts of activists like Edith Windsor resulted in the Supreme Court’s reaffirmation of marriage vows—for people of all sexual orientations—today.

President Obama—who had called to congratulate Windsor on that hot June morning two years ago, when she won her case—came on television and spoke of “the countless small acts of courage of millions of people across decades who stood up” and incrementally advanced gay rights. “Sometimes,” the President continued, “there are days like this when that slow, steady effort is rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt.”

Read more of “A Party for Edith Windsor” on

This cover illustration is “Wedding Season,” by Barry Blitt. 

before today’s supreme court ruling, same sex couples were denied two thousand different rights in the us. these ranged from small, simple things to massive issues like visitation rights in hospitals, death benefits, etc. even if same-sex marriage was legal in the state you lived in, there were still between eight hundred to twelve hundred different rights denied to same sex couples on a federal level. and, taking my earlier example, a hospital in a same-sex marriage legal state could deny visitation due to the fact that the couple’s marriage wasn’t federally recognized. marriage equality isn’t a “safe” issues, marriage equality is a seriously important issue that protects millions of people of various sexual orientations. and since this is a supreme court decision, anyone who attempts to deny a same sex couple their right to marry will be violating the united states constitution which is the legal equivalent of stabbing a judge in the face while standing in front of a cop while a news reporter is recording you.

before today, gay/bi/ace/pan/etc people who wanted to marry someone of their gender were second class citizens in the us. now they’re equal.
Federal appeals court: Civil rights laws don't protect against sexual orientation discrimination
Sexual orientation discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people can only come from the Supreme Court or Congress, the federal appeals court in Chicago rules.
By Chris Geidner

This week, an appeals court ruled that sexual orientation is not a protected class under existing civil rights laws related to sex discrimination, particularly the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Only Congress or the Supreme Court can make a law banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled. 

In ruling against Hively’s claim — that sexual orientation discrimination should be barred under Title VII as a type of sex discrimination — the court, primarily, pointed to a series of rulings from the appeals court beginning in 1984 and continuing through 2000 in which the court found that anti-LGBT discrimination was not covered by Title VII.

A clearly conflicted Judge Ilana Rovner, joined by Judge William Bauer, went on for more than 40 pages, however, detailing what Rovner described as “a paradoxical legal landscape in which a person can be married on Saturday and then fired on Monday for just that act.”

Addressing the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s 2015 decision — backing up Hively’s position — that sexual orientation discrimination is a type of sex discrimination barred under Title VII, Rovner wrote, “The idea that the line between gender non‐conformity and sexual orientation claims is arbitrary and unhelpful has been smoldering for some time, but the EEOC’s decision … threw fuel on the flames.”

Another reason why This Election Really Matters: We need the Supreme Court and/or Congress to get moving to make it illegal for LGBT people to get “fired on Monday for getting married on Saturday.”

I wholeheartedly believe that at one point, Andrew hauls off and punches a mascot at one of the games. It doesn’t really matter which one, either the home team mascot or the opposing teams’. Maybe the guy in the costume is pestering Andrew too much, trying to get him to smile, or getting in his face to hype him up. Maybe Neil’s having one of his Bad Days, and the mascot won’t leave him alone and is crowding him. It could be anything, really. All I know is that an oversized foam head goes flying, the spectators are screaming, there are tears (probably from Neil trying not to laugh).

Please feel free to expand on this ^=^. I just have a very clear image of Wymack face-palming and muttering about how he doesn’t get paid enough for this.
#NoMoore: Alabama chief justice Roy Moore suspended in role over defying marriage equality case
Punishment removes Moore from office without officially ousting him after he was found to have encouraged judges to deny marriage licenses to gay couples

Alabama chief justice Roy Moore has been suspended for the rest of his term for defying federal gay marriage rulings.

The punishment effectively removes Moore from office, without the court officially ousting him. The nine-member Alabama court of the judiciary handed down the punishment on Friday after ruling Moore had violating standards of judicial ethics.

Moore was found to have encouraged probate judges to deny marriage licenses to gay couples six months after the US supreme court ruled that everyone had a fundamental right to marry regardless of sexual orientation in all 50 states.

Moore vehemently denied that his administrative order was an act of defiance and said his personal beliefs had nothing to do with it.

The same panel removed the outspoken Republican in 2003 because he refused to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state judicial building. Voters later re-elected him as chief justice after he lost a race for governor.

This time, Moore sent an administrative order to the state’s 68 probate judges, maintaining that the Alabama supreme court’s gay marriage ban remained in “full force and effect” despite the ruling from the nation’s highest court.

Moore testified that his January order merely provided judges with a status report on a technical aspect of the law.

Moore, 69, had already been suspended from the bench since May, when the state’s judicial inquiry commission accused him of violating judicial ethics. By the end of his term in 2019, he will be beyond the age limit of 70 for judges, unless voters raise the limit in November.

“We are here 13 years later because the chief justice learned nothing from his first removal. He continues to defy the law,” John Carroll, a lawyer representing the commission, argued on Wednesday in Moore’s judicial court hearing.

Moore was loudly applauded when he entered the ornate chamber where he usually presides over the state supreme court. He told his inquisitors the ethics charges were “ridiculous”.

“I gave them a status in the case, a status of the facts that these orders exist. That is all I did,” Moore testified.

Moore’s ethics trial came amid upheaval in all three branches of Alabama’s government. The Republican speaker of the state house of representatives was removed from office this summer for criminal ethics violations. A legislative committee is weighing whether Governor Robert Bentley should be impeached over a scandal involving a top aide.

Glad Roy Moore is suspended. #NoMoore 

h/t: AP, via The Guardian