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We’ve taken over outer space! Well, kind of. 

Planting Peace, creators of the Equality House, used a weather balloon and a GoPro to launch a pride flag into space for the first time ever and record its journey. It soared up to 21.1 miles above Earth and stayed up about three hours. Not gonna lie – the video is mesmerizing. (via People)

Andy does not identify with a gender-specific pronoun such as “he” or “she,” preferring the use of “they” or “them” instead, signifying that they do not think of themselves as male or female, but somewhere between or beside those two binaries. And while it may seem like a particularly modern gesture, Andy says that, in many indigenous cultures, gender neutrality was commonplace and only interrupted at contact with Europeans.

“It started happening to indigenous bodies during those institutional times where people were regulated,” they say, referring to colonial schools that enforced gender roles.

Andy says that, traditionally, their Anishinaabemowin language was more inclusive of both genders. Instead of saying sister, brother, son, daughter, mom or granddaughter, people were simply “child,” “sibling” or “parent,” according to Andy.

Furthermore, in other communities, elders and knowledge keepers say two-spirit people were embraced as special and powerful, and were even honoured in some communities as medicine people or healers.

Andy is part of a support circle under the umbrella of the NYSHN, which brings together grandparents, mentors and indigenous community members who identify as two-spirit and/or along the queer spectrum. Indigenous languages have words for gender states that are not expressed in English, as well, and the NYSHN allows for the exploration of these identities.

In Cree, for example, “aayahkwew” means “neither man or woman.” In Inuktitut, “sipiniq” means “infant whose sex changes at birth.” In Kanien’keha, or Mohawk language, “onón:wat” means “I have the pattern of two spirits inside my body.”

Dish with moon and plum blossoms motif (달매화나무 무늬 접시)

Joseon dynasty

19th century

The body of this dish is made of numerous layers of paper, and paper in thick layers can be used for various structural purposes. During the Joseon dynasty, Korean paper (hanji)—known for having the texture and resilience of silk—was in high demand not only domestically but also in China, for making books and paintings. Used paper in particular was repurposed in a variety of areas, such as clothing, craft, and furniture.

From the Asian Art Museum.

White opinions on black issues

Everyone has the freedom of speech. That being said if you are white saying that issues concerning black people are not important or are somehow not valid, you really should stop talking. As you do not understand the problems they face.

Now I do believe that white people should still express their ally relationship. Just as it is important for black people to express their point. It’s important for others to express their support.

And I, a white women completely agree that right now we need to preach black lives matter.