Okay, but seriously on the topic of straight people being so overly concerned about their children being exposed to homosexuality…
As some of you know, I am a makeup artist in a holistic beauty boutique in a very wealthy area of eastern New York. The week before Halloween I was offering simple costume makeup designs for both adults and children. So my last client of the evening was a 15 year old girl who came in to get her makeup done for the Halloween dance at her school. I was enjoying a conversation with both the girl and her mother when suddenly the topic of transgender came up. I got a little nervous because I have a hard time keeping my mouth shut when I hear people speaking negatively about these sorts of topics and as I mentioned, my store is in a very upscale, white, conservative area…
Anyway, the girl starts telling us that her friend prefers to be a boy now. She says it very simply and comfortably and it made me happy to see her talk about it as if it was really no big deal.
Her mother says
“How does she even know what transgender is though? She’s a little young to be making a decision like that. I really think the media is taking things too far with all this gay stuff. I’m not against it or anything, but didn’t you just tell me two boys in your class are dating too?”
The girl said that yes, two boys she knew were dating and another boy she knew was gay also. (And she also corrected the pronouns her mother used for her friend)
“I don’t mind that she knows that homosexuality is,” the mother said. “But I don’t think it should be taught at such a young age. Did you know it’s on Disney channel now?”
It took me a moment to respond, I just kept painting the girl’s face until I could figure out what I wanted to say.
“Well,” I said. “We tend to teach heterosexuality literally from the time a child is born. Most children’s books and movies are even centered around a romance of some kind like a Prince and a Princess for example. There’s rarely a children’s movie that comes out where the main male and female character don’t end up marrying each other in the end. If we don’t have a problem flooding our children’s minds with heterosexuality from the time they are able to sit up and watch a movie on their own, what is so wrong with showing them two boys or two girls being in love? We aren’t showing them sex. We aren’t showing them anything inappropriate. Since when is love inappropriate? If we show them love in all it’s forms (be it gay or straight) from an early age, they will see that it’s all perfectly normal and natural and maybe we can finally put homophobic the past…”
The woman considered this for a second and then said “I just feel like they see it and then they start to think that they might be too.”
“And maybe they are. But isn’t it better for them to know that it’s okay? They aren’t hurting anyone.”
Then the girl said. “No ones going around just thinking they are gay because they know what gay is, mom. I know what a chicken is, that doesn’t mean I’m going to wake up tomorrow and start clucking.”
I loved this kid. I hope she does well in all of her endeavors
“They say if you dream a thing more than once, it’s sure to come true.”
These are some pictures of my Aurora cosplay! The dress is actually inspired by that of those worn by the in-park princesses (except the blue, I wanted that added in :) for reasons). Bless Aurora for having dark, arched eyebrows.
As soon as she stepped onto the driveway the sun started heating her skin, drowning her in warmth. Adjusting the two backpack straps around her shoulders, she reached into her back pocket for the list she had made the night before.
“You sure you have everything you need?” She asked as she reread the slightly crumbled piece of paper in her hand, marking off the little checklist she had made for her boyfriend one last time before helping him load his bags into the trunk.
The sun reflected off of the lenses of his thick rimmed glasses as a small smirk made its way onto his face.
“Babe-” Stuart groaned, a giggle following as he wrapped his arms around his girlfriend’s torso, resting his chin on her shoulder. “I said I’m good.” He assured her.
How Disney Star Ross Lynch Plays A Gay Serial Killer in ‘My Friend Dahmer’
To play a young serial killer in “My Friend Dahmer,” ex-Disney Channel star Ross Lynch
didn’t just walk in his character’s shoes. He took over the childhood
home where Jeffrey Dahmer grew up and murdered his first victim. The
movie shot for two weeks in that eerie location, near Akron, Ohio. “When
I arrived, I felt comfortable,” says Lynch, 21. “This is going to sound
weird — it was almost like I was home.”
“My Friend Dahmer” (based on a graphic novel by Derf Backderf) is a
departure for Lynch, who starred in “Teen Beach Movie.” He wears shaggy
hair and big glasses to channel a disturbed criminal who murdered 17 men
and boys before his 1991 arrest. This story takes place before that, as
Dahmer is graduating from high school in the late ’70s and struggling
to fit in. But the role in the independent movie, which premieres at the
Tribeca Film Festival on Friday night, started to seep into the actor’s
psyche. “I kept losing sleep because — in my imagination — I kept
seeing him in the corner of my room. That was really frightening.”
Lynch spoke to Variety about the film and if he’s trying to break away from his squeaky-clean Disney past.
What did you know about Jeffrey Dahmer’s story?
Believe it or not, I didn’t know who Jeffrey Dahmer was. I was born in
’95. And I think he died in ’94. The script was floating around. It was a
Black List script. My agent emailed it to us. I thought, “This sounds
really interesting.” I auditioned a few times.
There’s a tradition of Disney stars — from Anne Hathaway to
Selena Gomez — going dark in independent films. Were you trying to show
Yeah. When I was doing the majority of the Disney stuff, I was always
thinking, “What’s next?,” because Disney is not forever. Although it was
a great time and I learned extraordinary things, I knew there had to be
something [else]. I didn’t want to go off the rails and started
partying. When “Dahmer” came along, it was the perfect opportunity to
really immerse myself in that role and hint at what I’d like to do in
How did you research Dahmer’s life?
It’s so twisted and scary to read about the things he did. He was also
surprisingly smart and charming. There are many interviews about him
confessing about what was going through his head. It was cool to listen
to how he spoke. He had somewhat of that Midwestern twang, almost like a
Minnesota accent, but not really. I did a subtle version of it.
Did you see the Jeremy Renner movie?
I didn’t. That was a different time in Dahmer’s life. I’m doing a
version of him slowly losing his humanity. I would kind of walk around
the house and practice the movement.
What did you base his walk on?
I based it off Jeffrey Dahmer. There are a few interviews, it’s very
short, but he walks right into the interview. He was a big guy and he
was really burly. He was somewhat gentle in his younger years, because
he was so shy. And he was so strong; he had awkward movements. I was
really trying to get that. When we were filming, word got out, because
we were in his hometown. People showed up on set and they were like,
“There’s no way.” They were shocked at how accurate my walk was.
You actually look like a young Jeffrey Dahmer.
I know. It’s kind of scary.
It’s hard to read about what Dahmer did to his victims. Did the role get to you?
The most I felt the role had affected me was when I got home. I realized
how much was lingering. I was anti-social for a second. Generally, I’m a
Did you grapple with the idea that by telling a serial killer’s life, you might be celebrating him?
I wanted to show the sympathetic version of what happened to him. I don’t think it’s a celebration.
Can your Disney fans see this film?
I think there’s definitely a wide range of my fan base that would enjoy
it. I remember when the press release first came out, a lot of people on
Twitter and social media were really excited. They like to see a
departure, too. They like to see growth. But if you’re a 10-year-old fan
or a little younger, maybe this isn’t the right film for you.
Summary: (College!AU) In which you’re too stressed to get any schoolwork done so Bucky offers an alternative plan.
Pairing: Bucky x Reader
Word Count: 2,370
A/N: An anon requested The reader is really stressed and Bucky helps her calm down. It’d be cool to see them clean the kitchen together and joke around. This occurs between “The Little Things (Part One)” and “The Little Things (Part Two)” I should be doing work and preparing for finals, but I was too stressed so I wrote this instead
You stare at your textbook, willing the words on the page to somehow become more interesting. When they don’t, you move the book from the table onto your lap in the hopes that this new angle will help you absorb what you’re reading. After you catch yourself skimming over the same paragraph for what is now the third time in a row, you slam the textbook closed in frustration.
Midterms are upon you and what you should be doing is studying for the exams you have this week. Unfortunately for you, your brain is not in compliance with this plan. It wants nothing to do with the study guides, outlines, and index cards you’ve created. You had hoped that switching gears and reading straight from your textbook might work, but that attempt failed just as badly as the rest.
You lean forward and rest your forehead on the edge of the cool, wooden table as hopelessness and frustration overwhelm your senses. The last thing you should be doing right now is nothing, and yet, nothing is all you can bring yourself to do.
Fun Fact: The late actress Verna Felton both voiced The Fairy Godmother and The Queen of Hearts in the original Disney animated movies. Interestingly in the recent live action versions of Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland, The Fairy Godmother and The Queen of Hearts (Red Queen) were also both played by Helena Bonham Carter.