Yes! It’s almost that time of year again where Amsterdam hosts probably the largest LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Queer, Intersex and Asexual) Pride celebration in the world.
It shall commence on Saturday 29th July 2017 and end on Sunday 6th August 2017 (with the infamous Canal Parade taking place on Saturday 5th August).
Let’s have a little history lesson.
Most people are aware that the Netherlands is very well known for its historically progressive approach to LGBT rights. In fact, it is considered to be the most culturally liberal in the world. Recent polls have shown that 90% of the Dutch people support same-sex marriage. Overwhelmingly large for an entire country!
Same-sex activity was first legalised in the Netherlands way back in 1811 after France invaded the country and installed the Napoleonic Code, erasing any remaining sodomy laws and no more were enacted after the country received independence.
Tolerance and awareness towards homosexuality grew and eradicated the consensus that it was considered to be a mental illness in 1973 and banned the law for discrimination of sexual orientation in the military. In 1987, the Homomonument memorial (a large pink granite triangle in the middle of Amsterdam) was erected to
“inspire and support lesbians and gays in their struggle against denial, oppression and discrimination” and to pay respect to all of the gay men and lesbians who were tormented in World War II due to their homosexuality. This monument is the first in the world to commemorate gays and lesbians who were killed by the Nazis.
In 1993, the Equal Rights Law was installed where the discrimination of sexual orientation was banned in places of employment, housing, public accommodations, and more. Same-sex Registered Partnerships were legalised in 1998, closely followed by same-sex Marriage in 2001. This includes the right for same-sex joint and step adoption, lesbians may access IVF treatment if desired and transsexuals are allowed to change their legal gender (following diagnosis, but not necessarily with surgery or hormonal treatment).
A bit more about the Pride festival itself.
The first ever Amsterdam Pride was organised in 1996 with a focus on celebrating freedom and diversity, rather than demonstrations of equal rights as with most other Gay Prides. Roze Zaterdag/Pink Saturday is the event (which first occurred in 1977) that relates to the movement for gay rights specifically, rather than a celebration for all. I will talk about that another time!
The full week is chock-a-block with various activities for LGBT supporters, including exhibitions, cultural and sport events. The colourful celebrations happen citywide, with the most anticipated being the Canal Parade which involves heavily decorated boats, floats and musical performances drifting down the main canals for the party-goers to enjoy. Finally, there is a huge closing party on the Sunday on Rembrandtplein.
It’s absolutely worth visiting!
To date, this is probably one of my most favourite festivals I have ever attended in Europe. Last year was my first visit, just after we first moved to the Netherlands in fact, and it’s vibrant and fun, and the atmosphere made it impossible to not just feel excited and happy.
I understand that some people feel perhaps intimidated by an event such as this, and this could be for a whole host of reasons from upbringing to just not being that into a party environment. Let me tell you, not once did I feel like I was forced out of my comfort zone by another. Everyone was truly respectful and open.
It really is just a celebration for diversity and freedom.
So, if you’ve never been and feel like a party, ik beveel het sterk aan!
This is why diversity in musicals matter, this is why music programs matter.
In my area, my school is the most diverse and people call is “ghetto” and “ratchet” because we have black and latinx people at our school. A few months back my choir started My Shot for a choir festival and we are known to really blow everyone away every year because of our powerful message. This recording has gotten so many likes and views on facebook, and this performance landed us a spot on the morning news. Hamilton is very important to our choir and we have adored it from the start. We have always admired Lin-Manuel Miranda’s work. People have started recognizing us for our hard work and dedication instead of “ghetto” because of this, and I want to share our moment of glory with y'all.
*Note: I was taught from a young age to cook by feel. As a result, my recipes and my family’s recipes often don’t come with measurements. Adjust as you need to until you reach the flavors, aromas, and textures that appeal to you!
Ingredients: -Milk -Butter -Flour (all purpose) -Pasta of your choice (I grew up with elbow pasta, but sometimes use cavatappi), cooked - reserve a little of the pasta water -Sea Salt and fresh black pepper -Colby Jack Cheese, grated -Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated -Romano Cheese, grated -Garlic, grated or minced -Dry breadcrumbs (my family tended to buy Italian style breadcrumbs from the store, but I now substitute by using stale bread and running it in the food processor with parsley, oregano, garlic powder, rosemary, salt, and pepper) -Bacon, cooked and crumbled -Thyme -Oregano -Parsley
1) Preheat your oven to 350 degrees (Fahrenheit). In a pot, completely melt down butter. Stir in an equal amount of flour, and continue stirring until it becomes a thick clump. Allow this roux to cook for a few seconds before gradually adding milk. Add the milk in small amounts, stirring constantly to get rid of clumps, and cooking for a few seconds before additions (this process will allow the flour taste and texture to be cooked out of the sauce).
2) When the sauce is just thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, give it a taste. If there is still a flour texture and taste, allow it to cook for another minute, stirring occasionally. If it doesn’t, your bechamel sauce is ready to be seasoned. Stir in salt, pepper, thyme, oregano, parsley, bacon, and grated garlic. Allow the flavors to mingle for a bit. (Bonus points if you incorporate a little bit of the rendered fats from the bacon; though less healthy, it adds great flavor!)
3) Gradually stir in the cheeses until fully melted and incorporated into the sauce, starting with the soft Colby Jack, moving next to the Romano, then to the sharp cheddar. Starting with the softer cheeses gives a better foundation to the sauce and helps to prevent the harder cheeses from separating as they melt.
4) When your cheese sauce is fully mixed, toss in the pasta and stir to coat. If the sauce is too thick to evenly coat the pasta, add some of the reserved pasta water to thin it out a little.
5) Transfer your macaroni and cheese into a casserole dish and coat the top with the breadcrumbs. Place this into the preheated oven and bake until the breadcrumbs are golden brown and evenly toasted.
6) Serve hot with a parsley garnish! Excellent for potlucks and parties!
One of the things I love about being a witch and a cook here on the Central Coast is the fact that I can practice my spirituality freely while also experiencing a lovely culinary culture of diversity. Strawberry festivals, clam festivals, Farmers’ Markets, various restaurants… We seem to have everything because of our mild climate. But one of the culinary events of the region that really gets talked about in the kitchen is the annual Mac and Cheese Festival in Avila.
Some of my friends simply want to go and eat a lot of macaroni and cheese, while others want to compete. I personally don’t compete - I ate a lot of boxed macaroni and cheese growing up so I don’t have that much of a love for mac and cheese. However, baked macaroni and cheese when cooked right is a wonderful comfort food, and when I can get past the memories of processed neon cheese and noodles, I turn to one of several family favorites to bake off and share.
To the chef and to the witch, herbs are a staple. They are needed to lift a dish or spell, to give energy and vibrancy, and in both magic and cooking, they have specific purposes. My macaroni and cheese certainly has a few herbs in it, giving it a more complex flavor than cheese and pasta can achieve on their own. Of the herbs I add to this dish, perhaps thyme is my favorite.
Thyme has a long history in magic due to the fact that it grows fairly easily in Mediterranean climates. It is native to Europe, and has developed a very positive reputation in both magic and cooking.
As an example of how long thyme has been in use, one needs look no further than Sumeria, roughly 3000 BCE. There, it was used as an antiseptic. Later on, the Romans associated thyme with strength and courage, as well as feminine beauty.
The association with strength and courage was prominent enough that oil infused with thyme would be massaged into the feet of Roman soldiers to grant them those qualities. In addition, they would add it to their bathwater when they bathed to give them energy and vigor. Due to the Romans’ love of the herb, it spread where they went, reaching northern Europe and the British Isle.
By the time the medieval period rolled around, thyme could be found growing wild throughout mainland Europe, the British Isle, and Ireland. During this feudal period, thyme became part of tokens offered to favored knights and soldiers, sometimes woven into scarves to help grant a knight strength and bravery during contest or war.
In the Scottish highlands, thyme would be brewed into an herbal tea to not only give some comfort in the cold weather but also to stave off nightmares. So in addition to thyme’s association with strength and courage, it had developed a protective role.
Thyme was not limited to strength, courage, and protection, however. In ancient Egypt, thyme was used to help in the embalming process, and throughout Europe it would sometimes be added to coffins to help aid the spirit in reaching the afterlife.
In faerie tradition, thyme is an excellent herb for attracting faeries to the garden. It’s wonderful scent, petit leaves, and pleasant flowers draw them in and promote a happy relationship between the witch and fae.
Today, thyme is used in witchcraft for a variety of reasons. It has retained its association with courage and bravery, and is used in everything from sachets and poppets to jars and baths for that purpose. It continues to be used in faerie magic both for attracting faeries and for communicating with them.
When cleansing, thyme is an herb that can be used as a smoke cleanser when the super strength of rosemary or sage isn’t needed - it’s for more mild negative energy and emotion such as that which lingers after a family tragedy, minor arguments, and sickness.
Thyme’s association with death also makes it a useful herb during the Samhain season and for use during divination intended to communicate with the dead, as well as making it helpful as an offering to ancestors.
Meanwhile, the herb’s feminine associations make it particularly well suited as an incense or offering to deities such as Freya and Aphrodite. It can be used in glamour spells or in herbal teas to promote beauty, confidence, and happiness - or if taken before bed, to dispel nightmares and promote peaceful sleep.
Thyme does have antiseptic properties, and its oil is useful for relieving congestion when added to a diffuser. When used in a massage oil, it can help relieve symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, aches, pains, and athlete’s foot. Taken as an herbal tea, it can help discourage parasites such as lice or the aforementioned athlete’s foot. The same tea can be used as a hair wash for the same purpose.
In the kitchen, thyme is one of those herbs that is excellent for just about anything. It is most often used for savory dishes - meats and stews - but pairs very well with more umami based foods such as roasted tomatoes. But its usefulness also extends toward more sweet foods - thyme honey is a kitchen favorite, and when thyme is mixed with honey and paprika, it can make for an excellent spread to accompany grilled cheese sandwiches! The magical associations of the herb can be extended toward any food that it is cooked into.
I mentioned above that my macaroni and cheese is most often an indulgence for me - a comfort food for parties and potlucks. I use thyme in that recipe to promote happiness (like in a sweetening spell) and to give my friends and family strength. I’ll also sometimes pair thyme with tomato broth to encourage love and peace… honestly, the uses are near endless!
Consider the role thyme may play in your life. How can it help strengthen you or help you through transitions? You may be surprised as to the power held in this little mountain flower!
Spa Night / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Andrew Ahn) — A young Korean-American man works to reconcile his obligations to his struggling immigrant family with his burgeoning sexual desires in the underground world of gay hookups at Korean spas in Los Angeles.
I was scouted through my Tumblr to audition for the lead in this film two Februaries ago and after an extensive year-long audition process, I luckily ended up an Art Director. To art direct a Sundance-selected indie was a college dream I didn’t know I’d accomplish so soon, and the fact that it’s an American film that showcases LGBT people of color made it that much more important. It shot over the month of June and the work was rewarding but grueling–I might have showered a total of maybe 6 or 7 times that month. I’m art directing one more short film, but I learned through this whole almost-serendipitous experience that I need a career change. I truly believe in the power of speaking things into existence so I’m saying this now, I will gain visibility as a storyteller through screenwriting and acting so that further down the line, I can use my platform and network to open an agency that solely represents LGBT/ethnic minority actors and screenwriters in an effort to diversify the film industry. That is the contribution I want to make in the world.
We in the book community are in the middle of a sustained conversation about diversity. We talk about our need for diverse books with diverse characters written by diverse writers. I wholeheartedly agree.
But I have noticed an undercurrent of fear in many of our discussions. We’re afraid of writing characters different from ourselves because we’re afraid of getting it wrong. We’re afraid of what the Internet might say.
This fear can be a good thing if it drives us to do our homework, to be meticulous in our cultural research. But this fear crosses the line when we become so intimidated that we quietly make choices against stepping out of our own identities.
After all, our job as writers is to step out of ourselves, and to encourage our readers to do the same.
I told you the story of Dwayne McDuffie to encourage all of us to be generous with ourselves and with one another. The Black Panther, despite his flaws, was able to inspire a young African American reader to become a writer.
We have to allow ourselves the freedom to make mistakes, including cultural mistakes, in our first drafts. I believe it’s okay to get cultural details wrong in your first draft. It’s okay if stereotypes emerge. It just means that your experience is limited, that you’re human.
Just make sure you iron them out before the final draft. Make sure you do your homework. Make sure your early readers include people who are a part of the culture you’re writing about. Make sure your editor has the insider knowledge to help you out. If they don’t, consider hiring a freelance editor who does.
Also, it’s okay if stereotypes emerge in the first drafts of your colleagues. Correct them – definitely correct them – but do so in a spirit of generosity. Remember how soul-wrenching the act of writing is, how much courage it took for that writer to put words down on a page.
And let’s say you do your best. You put in all the effort you can. But then when your book comes out, the Internet gets angry. You slowly realize that, for once, the Internet might be right. You made a cultural misstep. If this happens, take comfort in the fact that even flawed characters can inspire. Apologize if necessary, resolve do better, and move on.
Let your fear drive you to do your homework. But no matter what, don’t ever let your fear stop you.
Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin. (What is it? Click.) Berlin is the capital city and 1 of the 16 states of Germany. With a population of 3.3 million, it’s Germany’s largest city, and the 2nd-most populous city proper and 7th-most populous urban area in the European Union. Located in northeastern Germany on the River Spree, it is the center of the Berlin-Brandenburg Metropolitan Region, which has about 4.5 million residents from over 180 nations. Berlin is a world city of culture, politics, media, and science, hosting 147 foreign embassies. Its economy is primarily based on high-tech industries and the service sector, encompassing a range of creative industries, research facilities, media corporations, and convention venues. It’s home to renowned universities, research institutes, orchestras, museums, and celebrities, and hosts many sporting events. Its urban setting and historical legacy have made it a popular location for tourists and international film productions. The city is well known for its festivals, diverse architecture, nightlife, contemporary arts, public transportation networks, and a high quality of living.
Speaking on the controversy surrounding the Oscars’ lack of diversity while at the Sundance Film Festival, the actor said, “It’s unfortunate that the entire country is a racist country.”
DeVito added, “We are living in a country that discriminates and has certain racial tendencies which – racist tendencies – so sometimes it’s manifested in things like this and it’s illuminated, but just generally speaking we’re a racist – we’re a bunch of racists.”- Huffington Post
Μαντέψτε ποιος δεν έχει τελειώσει καμία από τις ιστορίες που γράφει και θέλει να γράψει και άλλες!!!
Αυτή η ιστορία μου είχε έρθει στο μυαλό πολύ καιρό πριν αλλά τώρα έκατσα να γράψω μερικές σκέψεις και ιδέες ώστε να αρχίσει να αποκτά δομή.
Γενικά αυτή η ιστορία είναι diversity festival γιατί όλοι οι χαρακτήρες θα είναι: poc, lgbt (ΕΠΙΤΈΛΟΥΣ ΘΑ ΓΡΆΨΩ GIRLxGIRL ΠΟΥ ΔΕΝ ΦΑΊΝΕΤΑΙ ΣΑΝ QUEER BAITING) και οι περισσότεροι θα είναι ψαγμένοι και μπλα μπλα.
Σαν ιστορία θα είναι μια ανάμειξη της μπλα μπλα ομάδας και του Alternative College (αν το θυμάστε πάρτε ένα μπισκότο).
Λέγεται: ‘’Κάμπινγκ Καλών Τεχνών’’ και το όλο θέμα είναι πως μια οργάνωση που έχει σκοπό να βοηθήσει τους εφήβους να βρουν την κλίση τους, διοργανώνει ένα κάμπινγκ… καλών τεχνών.
Υπάρχουν διάφοροι τομείς όπως τα κλασσικά: ζωγραφική και μουσική αλλά και άλλα όπως γλυπτική αρχιτεκτονική, συγγραφή, θέατρο, ακόμα και αστρονομία.
Και οι τέσσερις κύριοι πρωταγωνιστές είναι στους τομείς του: θεάτρου, συγγραφής, ζωγραφικής και μουσικής.
Γενικά όπως θα καταλάβετε είναι σαν το Alternative Highschool. *η φάση που αντιγράφω τον εαυτό μου χεχ*
Δεν ξέρω πότε και αν θα μπει στο wattpad αλλά είναι μια σχετικά καλή ιδέα και ελπίζω να το διαβάσετε και εσείς κάποτε.
The denomination of “regional” clothing is based in the notion of diversity according to social and geographic conditions, and other elements such as materials and practices, in way it contributes the comprehension of these specific types of clothing.
They are officiating clothes, linked to specific days or events and intractably connected to the idea of celebration. They bear a symbolism that walks hand-in-hand with religious practices, reflecting the culture of said region in a combination of elements that become easily distinguished between regions.
These costumes present themselves as a mythos, or a profound mythology, with its relation to a praxis connected to Catholicism. But they bear roots from the immense diversity of Portuguese history, from Muslim art forms that survived, and strived, through centuries, to ancient beliefs or superstitions, rooted in ancient pre-roman cultures, still alive today in many villages. They can be divided (1) in two great zones based on its polychromatic characteristics: as we get closer to the sea, women «enhance its polychromatic characteristics and complicate their clothing», as opposed to serranas, women from the ridges of the interior, that bear a more monochromatic way of dressing. This is evidenced through the wearing of the scarf, connected to the role of women in society: in serrana societies, of the interior, or the hillside of the country, women cover their forehead, whereas the coastline and south regions, where the sea is in direct relation toin the way of living, the forehead is released, evidencing more liberties of the role of women in its society.
Traditional costumes from Serra da Estrela, a type of serrana.
Costumes for romaria, male and female, from Póvoa de Vazim, a fishing town.
Five great elements can be pointed in Portuguese costuming overall (2):
1. The representation of affection, often a symbol crafted in some decorative element of the costume or adornment to be worn with the costume itself3. This affection doesn’t limit to representations of love, but also of grief in a much demarcated tradition of mourning, rooted in catholic liturgy (4).
A lovers’ handkerchief, or lenço dos namorados.
2) The proliferation of the usage of gold. Two elements play a part here, the first considering the financial security gold represented for lower-class people, since it could be pawned in a more desperate situation. It also secured the gold-bearer, usually the women being the most ostentatious ones, as the matron of the household, in a competitive spirit between neighbors. The usage of gold is so popular and traditional it maintains today, despite social class. The second element is of an intricate catholic inheritance, which we can trace back to the baroque era: the need to “distort” the body, which is to eliminate the sensual curves of the female body. As in the Iberian fashion of the 17th century women (5) found heavy gold and jewel decoration to cover parts of the body usually defined as sensual, such as the chest, this tradition passed on to popular costuming. A fine example of this gold usage is the minhota costume, where a certain “iconography” reads in a certain symbolism that traces back to the rocaille, particularly to queen D. Maria I, whose promise of raising a basilica if she bore a baron to the kingdom, resulted in Basílica da Estrela, a church to Sagrado Coração de Jesus, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a symbol today popularized in minhota golden earrings with an asymmetrical heart. Many of these golden adornments can be traced back to interpretations or direct importations of jewelry wore by queens for different periods.
Example of heart-shaped arrecadas. Arrecadas are known of a few dominant shapes, mainly in gold (silver became popular only later, in a touristic fashion), of which the most beautiful in craft and better known are the Brincos à Rainha, the queen-style earrings.
3) Preference for linen and wool. Both materials are a strong symbol of a working class people, who both seek the best materials to guard them from the cold and find more accessible. Although silk was popular to a degree, it prevailed in nobility and aristocracy.
Two examples of a minhota costume: on the left, a bride and groom; on the right, a lavadeira (washerwoman). Notice the heavy gold wore by the bride on her chest.
4) The afore mentioned chromatic division between coastline and interior. While the colorful costuming of coastline societies reflected the festive spirit, the darker colors of the men and women living in the ridges translated the hardship of the work and lifestyle, as well the colder and aggravated climate.
A nazarene widdow costume, with the embuçada, the mourning veil.
5) Religiousness in costume ornamentation. Conceived mostly in accordance to the liturgical calendar, in a society where there is a saint for every day of the week and where birth, baptism, marriage and death were the most important moments of someone’s life, competition was vivid in festive costumes. During romaria (6), one dressed themselves to be seen.
The study of these costuming have only recently been more focused on from a scientific and anthropologic perspective. Through the eye romanticism, from Almeida Garret’s Viagens na Minha Terra (7) to the first naturalist and realist painter’s perspective, these costumes appear as a nationalistic embodiment of a people that withdraws its original intentions and usages from their context and gives them new ones. With the New Estate and the dictatorship, they were held as the prime example of the true Portuguese soul. But despite their interpretations, with new eyes on their study, they are cherished in their uniqueness and beauty, within the context of their creation, which translates the diversity of a festive spirit that is very different from region to region.
(1) According to Luís Chaves. (2) As proposed by Madalena Brás Teixeira. (3) As an example, in Minho exists a great tradition of adding hearts to one’s costume, particularly of bride and groom, of which the better known are the heart-shaped arrecadas, or heavy golden earrings made of filigrana, as well as the lenços de namorados, or “lovers’ handkerchiefs”, a white handkerchief with love declarations written in colorful embroidery (notable for being written with spelling mistakes, since they were made by illiterate people). Some of these elements even represent a sexualized tone, such algibeira de minhota, the “minhota pocket”. (4) As the costumes typical from Nazaré are an example of. These mourning practices, taken with extreme seriousness, were common in fishing communities, where often the man of the household would travel for months for fishing and their house depended on such. As a demonstration of perpetual grief, the embuçadas appear in this region, a covering of the face up until the eyes, of evident Islamic influence. (5) An example of such is the portrait of Queen Catherine of Braganza’s mother, queen Luíza de Gusmán. It was predominant in both Spain and Portugal. (6) Romaria is a devotional procession to a church or parish. Time, however, gave the word a connotation of “religious festivity”. (7) Published in 1846, the book travels along the deep Portuguese regions such as Santarém, exploring with a romanticized eye the peoples and their costumes in a realist tone, as, similarly, Eça de Queiroz will later do.
All of these flaws were lost on Dwayne McDuffie when he first encountered the Black Panther in 1973, at the age of 11. What struck him was the character’s commanding sense of dignity. The Black Panther wasn’t anyone’s sidekick. He wasn’t an angry thug. He wasn’t a victim. He was his own hero, his own man. As Dwayne describes it, “In the space of 15 pages, black people moved from invisible to inevitable.”
Gene Luen Yang’s 2014 speech on diverse books at the National Book Festival Gala.
7.9.16 | I added a page about Korean culture to my bullet journal. My local librarian (she’s totally like my grandma) asked me to do a presentation on Korea for a diversity festival she’s having. So I added some pictures to my journal as a way of brain-storming.
Also, calligraphy because why not. Fucking love BTS.
Thank you for the introduction, Hendrik, and thank you for the opportunity to contribute to the wonderful One Week // One Band. I think this is the part where I say hello to everyone on the Internet. Hello!
My name is Sarah Rix and I’m from the fantastic city of Toronto. I work in marketing and music by day and I go to as many shows as possible by night. Occasionally people let me take photos and write things about said shows. It’s equal parts exhausting and the best thing in the world. I’m lucky to do it.
But back to this, and my hope that at least a small fraction of you will enjoy the upcoming week. With my time on OWOB, I get to try and use all of the words I’ve ever learned to sum up the still-ongoing career of Franz Ferdinand and contextualize it in the great sweeping theme of: It’s okay to like pop music.