events in history

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top 10 favorite events or periods in history (in no particular order)

The Doomsday Clock was created in 1947 to representing how close we are to a global catastrophe. It’s maintained by the members of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Science and Security Board.

The group of scientists, including 16 Nobel Laureates, announced this morning that we have moved dangerously close to all-out disaster. The Clock’s recent advance to two and a half minutes means that scientists and experts agree that we are teetering on the brink of societal collapse or an apocalyptic scale nuclear war, which symbolically occurs at midnight exactly.

In the years since the Clock was created we have only been this close to midnight once, in 1953 when the Hydrogen Bomb was first tested. Further, the minute hand has only changed nineteen times since the Clocks creation.

This is not an announcement to take lightly or brush off – these scientists are all renowned geniuses in their respective fields and they have never been known to change the Time casually or without very strong reasoning.

To those that are sick of politics and don’t see the point in discussing the current state of the world: THIS is the point. THIS is the result of widespread apathy, lack of education, and disinterest in current events.

Once upon a time Rome was a magnificent and powerful empire, but it still crumbled to the ground at the peak of its glory. As an Archaeology student I can tell you that those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

The final sentence in the Doomsday report this morning gave a warning, “Wise public officials should act immediately, guiding humanity away from the brink. If they do not, wise citizens must step forward and lead the way.”

*takes 50mg of melatonin and lucid dreams cataclysmic events in human history that have yet to occur as part of a prophecy that only I can fulfill or prevent as necessary*
*wakes up the next morning and forgets about it*

MARCH 3: Japan celebrates its first same sex marriage  (2013)

Happy fourth anniversary to Koyuki Hirosho and Higashi Masuhara, who were married on this day in 2013 at Tokyo Disneyland and became Japan’s first same sex couple to tie the knot! 

Koyuki and Higashi pose with a fellow iconic couple, Mickey and Minnie Mouse. (x)

Although same sex marriage was not legalized in Japan at the time, Koyuki and Higashi were the first couple in the nation to override the law and hold a ceremonial wedding. Tokyo Disneyland initially told the couple that they would only be allowed to host the wedding at the park if they were “dressed as a man and a woman,” but Koyuki and Higashi ignored that bigoted rule as well and were both married in white wedding dresses. Higashi was quoted by the Huffington Post in 2013 as saying, “We may not have a law that applies to us, but when someone congratulates us for the wedding, I will proudly say, ‘Thank you!’” 

In November of 2015, Koyuki and Higashi made history once again by being the first same sex couple to officially receive a certificate from the Japanese government recognizing their marriage. While same sex marriage remains illegal in the whole of Japan, the Tokyo ward of Shibuya voted to legalize gay marriage in March of 2015. The ward Setagaya also voted in favor of same sex marriage a few months after Koyuki and Higashi’s historic marriage. Although the certificates that are given out through these ordinances allow same sex couples the rights of hospital visitation and joint apartment rentals, they more closely resemble the concept of civil partnerships rather than fully legally binding marriages. However, this small fact could not bring down Koyuki and Higashi’s happiness on that Thursday afternoon in 2015. The Huffington Post once again quoted Higashi as saying, ““I am exhilarated that the city I am living in has recognized my partner as my family.”

Koyuki and Higashi proudly display their new 2015, state certified marriage certificate. (x)

-LC

APRIL 26: Lesbian Visibility Day

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – that’s right, it’s Lesbian Visibility Day, everyone!! 

Gay Freedom Day Parade, San Francisco, California, June 1979. Photographer unknown (x). 

Throughout the year, it’s tradition for each letter of the LGBTQ community to get their own day of celebration, and ever since 2008, April 26th has been that day for lesbians. The origins of the Lesbian Visibility Day are murky; no one is quite sure who started the tradition or the specifics of why, but nonetheless, a day in which all lesbians are invited to come together and show their fellow lesbians that they’re not alone feels pretty historic to us! The presence of Lesbian Visibility Day is crucial in not only revealing lesbians from the past who have been everywhere, in every country, and at the heart of every social movement from the beginning of time, but it’s also crucial in reaching out to the lesbians of today who may feel isolated and alone in their small town or otherwise homophobic environments. On every day, but especially today, we here at 365 Days of Lesbians want you to know that we see you and we love you!  You can participate in the party by posting in the #LesbianVisiblityDay or the #VisibilidadLesbica tag on Twitter and Tumblr! ❤ ❤ ❤

-LC