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There are people you forget to remember and people you have to remind yourself to forget. 

You find someone who takes the thunder, strikes you with lightning, and feel tsunamis on their lips as they cause an earthquake in your soul.

You hear their laughter in your dream and wonder if this is it. 

But soon, you see their face in your nightmares and they’ll haunt you when you’re awake too. They start to play games of hide-and-seek, but when they leave they are gone, and nowhere to be found.

Still, you continue to search for their smile, their eyes, and their touch in these streets, in this town, in this city - and whoever else you meet, you continue to search for them in strangers.

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Fuck Portlandia
Written by In Other Words Staff [In Other Words is the feminist bookstore in Portland Oregon where they filmed a recurring skit for Portlandia

TW for transphobia, transmisogyny

“Several months ago the In Other Words community agreed to discontinue our relationship with Portlandia. This was a direct response to a particular egregious filming of the show in our space which saw our store left a mess, our staff mistreated, our neighbors forced to close and lose business for a day without warning, and our repeated attempts to obtain accountability or resolution dismissed. It was also a direct response to a show which is in every way diametrically opposed to our politics and the vision of society we’re organizing to realize. A show which has had a net negative effect on our neighborhood and the city of Portland as a whole. Shortly after this decision was made, a volunteer placed the Fuck Portlandia sign in our window.

The Women and Women First segments that are filmed at In Other Words are trans-antagonistic and trans-misogynist and have only become more offensive as the show goes on. ‘LOL Fred Armisen in a wig and a dress’ is a deeply shitty joke whose sole punchline throws trans femmes under the bus by holding up their gender presentation for mockery and ridicule. In a world where trans femmes – particularly Black trans women – are being brutalized and murdered on a regular basis for simply daring to exist, dude in a dress jokes are lazy, reactionary, and actively harmful. They’re also just straight up not funny.

Also: there are no Black people on Portlandia. There are a tiny number of people of color on Portlandia. Portland is white but it’s not that damn white. It’s also a city with a deeply entrenched history of racism and white supremacy. In Other Words is in the heart of a historically Black neighborhood in Northeast Portland. We have Black Lives Matter written on our window. Black Lives Matter Portland meets regularly in our space. But as more and more Black folks and people of color have become involved at In Other Words, Portlandia has only gotten steadfastly more white. Oh and also: the last time the show filmed in our space, the production crew asked to us to remove the Black Lives Matter sign on our window. We refused.”

Read the full piece here

SNL has always been transphobic / transmisogynist AF, and “hip” Portlandia has followed squarely in its footsteps. 

Not funny, not “edgy,” and actually dangerous to transgender people.

F*CK PORTLANDIA

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With Healing Powers by harry-styleswho

Althea Grace is a first year resident at London Grace Hospital in pediatrics.

Harry Styles is an unexpected single father of an infant born two months premature. 

When their paths cross, Althea Grace finds herself truly living up to the meaning of her name:with healing powers.

A story about painful heartbreak, devastating hope, and the power of late night chats in a hospital cafeteria.

Rating: MA
Chapters:
11
Completed:
No

Not Worth The Risk

Read: Proverbs 6:27-28

Risks are an intrinsic part of life. Big or small, they have consequences that benefit or disadvantage us or others. One of the wonderful things about getting older is gaining life experience, which can help us to make better decisions and prevent us from repeating the same mistakes. 

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