passive aggressive reminder that more than two genders and transgender people have existed for millennia

reminder that colonialism forced native societies to revert back to their gender assigned at birth or be killed

reminder that there has been Mahu in Hawai’i until it was forcefully taken and colonized by white america

reminder that there were Hijra in South Asia until britain colonized it and forced every Hijra person into concentration camps the same time the german holocaust was happening

reminder that We’Wha was lhamana who served as an Ambassador to the Zuni people in 1886 to Grover Cleveland and was arrested for witch craft

reminder that in ancient Egypt there were people who were transgender and Egyptologists say that it was just people who were “buried wrong”

reminder that there are thousands of societies and cultures lost because of white colonization and we will never hear their stories

reminder that when this isnt taught in school it erases the history of people of color and queer people 

I recall being in a conversation with a gatekeeper once (the sort of “monosexual is a homophobic term!” “MOGAI means kinky people count as queer!” “asexuals don’t belong in the queer community!” type of asshole) and they said of a fictional character: “He’s definitely gay.  Totally gay.  Maybe bisexual.  Queer at the very least.”

That’s when it clicked for me: Gatekeepers honestly think that any sexuality beyond straight and gay is just Gay Lite.  Bisexual is half-gay, asexuality is, like, 0.05 percent gay, and just identifying as “queer” is a quarter-gay, maybe.

This is why they lose their shit so badly whenever someone thinks a character is bisexual and not gay, why they accuse others of erasing their representation.  A bisexual is just half a lesbian, so how dare you try and water down our portrayal in the media!  Asexuals are such Lite Gays that they might as well be straight, so don’t you dare take away my representation with your ace headcanons!

Never mind if the source material itself is ambiguous.  If it’s not gay or lesbian, it’s not real representation.  If you don’t want real representation, you’re siding with the straights.

It’s such a pathetic and limited way of looking at the world.  I’d feel sorry for them if they weren’t such jerks.

Having your identity erased is not a privilege. 

Having your identity erased is not a privilege.

Having your identity erased is not a privilege

Having. Your. Identity. Erased. Is. Not. A. Privilege.

Asexual and/or aromantic people do not experience straight privilege. Being straight means that you are romantically and sexually attracted to the opposite gender. We are not sexually and/or romantically attracted to anyone, therefore we do not experience straight privilege.

Being seen as straight and facing erasure fucking sucks but listen to this, just bear with me.

Being an undercover gay™ makes me feel so powerful. It’s not good to assume everyone is homophobic but there are those stereotypical homophobic looking people. It’s so funny when I’m out in public or at work or something and I see a priest or someone who’s probably homophobic and I have to interact with them.

It’s just so funny to me because like I’m that big scary gay™, sitting right next to you, and you’d never even know. I’m that big scary gay™ taking your order and serving you.

It’s like being a secret agent. I’m literally your biggest nightmare, your worst enemy, and you’d never even know it.

Why Do You Not Want to Represent Us?

A Discussion on Culture and Erasure

WWC frequently receives asks wondering if it’s alright to have PoC distant from their culture, outright not having one— or even if it’s okay to make something up to fit what the person wants to write about. And we feel the need to ask: why? Why do you only want our looks, our cultural trappings, without ever having a culture? Why do you want to perpetuate the pain of assimilation, of abuse, of violence? Why do you wish to create something “better” for your own gains, instead of taking us as we are?

That is what you are doing, every time you do not put in all of us, or create something to fit your own whims over our reality. We are more than our skin and outward appearance of difference. We are more than a collection of traits. We are more than stereotypes of what you think we are. Our ethnicities colour every aspect of our lives and, while we aren’t thinking about it all the time, we are aware of it. We were built by it. We live it every day. 

Representation is more than simply “I have brown people.” It is “I have this segment of culture respected in my story.” It means “this character is me”, which means this character must be built by the same factors that built us— our culture. Our real culture, not modified with “artistic licence” to make a “better” plot.

By stripping us of our ethnicities, you are stripping away our hearts. You are stripping away our homes. You are writing stories that simply remind us the world sees our bodies and cultures as playthings. As if our souls can be fragmented and split apart so you can tell yourself “I’m being diverse.” How can you say that when we do not see ourselves in your work? You are not doing anyone any justice. You have failed to understand the concept of what representation even is: a person’s life in media.

While we are no different from the majority in terms of our minds, our passions, our ideas, we are different in where we come from. Our experience was shaped by our culture and in order to show us as true characters, you must give your own characters our ethnicity’s history. Our comforts will be different from yours because we grew up being comforted by different things. Our favourites will be different because we hold different things at higher value.

Assimilating us with your actions— refusing to do the proper work involved to truly build a character of Color with as rich a background as white characters— simply perpetuates the pain of being marginalized. It’s lazy. 

That also isn’t to say that people without complex relationships to their ethnicities exist, but ask yourself: are you the person to tell this story? Chances are, you are not. Leave narratives of pain to the people who’ve lived it, where they belong. We are not your stock plots. 

Respect us enough to take all of us, not just the parts you want. To do anything else would be an injustice.

- WWC

That time of year again! Really crept up on me this year, not prepared atall lol. Feels like it comes round faster every time. Had a lot of trouble drawing this as ink kept clogging in the pen and copics were drying out, but did what I could!
Starting off with some bnha fanart (arguably the coolest hero design in the series too), plan to do some original characters too this year though

Support white-passing people when they’re accused of appropriating their own culture.

Support white-passing people when they’re told that they shouldn’t get to enjoy their culture because their white privilege should be enough.

Support white-passing people when they’re accused of trying too hard not to be white.

Support white-passing people when they’re told they ARE white just because they “look white” or “act white”.

Support white-passing people who reject white culture and refuse to be labelled incorrectly.

Support white-passing people who embrace white culture and don’t care about their heritage.

We didn’t choose to look this way, nor did we invent the social construct of race. Just because somebody has privilege doesn’t make erasure okay.

Frida Kahlo be like: capitalism is evil and fuck industrialization 

Modern day Frida Kahlo “fans,” be like: let’s take her life/art and have it become another commodity that can be sold in our consumer oriented society. I’m talking iphone cases

American Apparel t-shirts,

and quirky postcards that whitewash her and take away her cultural identity that she loved so much

Remember

Heterosexuals and cisgender should be respected as well as gay and transgender people. We should respect all sexualities and genders.