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After several years on Tumblr and being a part of three different fandoms I’ve learned that people on Tumblr get shit done and that many fandoms are willing to help each other out. So today I’m asking you all for help to give a great new show with LGBTQ leads a much-needed ratings boost to keep it from getting cancelled!

“Eyewitness” is a crime drama that airs on USA Network on Sunday nights and has at the heart of its plot a very complex and compelling love story between two teenage boys (one accepting of his own sexuality, the other deeply closeted). It’s extremely rare to see so much focus put on building a relationship between two gay teens, and the way it’s being portrayed is raw and honest and real. 

I constantly see posts from people complaining about not having enough LGBTQ representation on television, but here’s a show that is putting a gay teen couple front and center and does not shy away from showing emotional or physical intimacy — and it is failing miserably because of low ratings.

“Eyewitness” is a really great show so I would recommend it to anyone anyway (regardless of the lgbtq aspect). If you like tightly written dramas with interesting and complex characters and good actors then you will love it!

Here is a GREAT POST about why people should watch the show! I would appeciate it so much if you could spare a couple of minutes to read it and consider watching “Eyewitness” this Sunday because apparently (according to the producers) this coming episode is more or less judgment day. There needs to be an increase in ratings NOW!!!

I’ve never before asked other fandoms for this kind of help but I know that so many people would love this show if only they knew about it and would give it a try, and I really believe it deserves to have more viewers and the chance for a second season. 

So tonight I want to ask all of you who read this and who are in the US to please tune in to “Eyewitness” tomorrow night (Sunday Nov. 13th) on USA Network (you can watch the previous episodes on the USA Network app or homepage before). It’s a 10-episode season so it will wrap up around mid-December. If for some reason you can’t watch it live then please TiVo it and watch it the next day. Ask people you know to watch the show.  Get word of mouth going. Let’s show the networks that primetime dramas with lgbtq leads are something people really want to see!

And please reblog this post (even if you yourself are not planning on watching) so that as many people as possible from all parts of Tumblr will see it!

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!

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I see a lot of people throwing around accusations of lack of transparency from the LGBTfans peeps regarding trademarking and the pledge.

One of the common things that keeps popping up is the request to get the filing number and the name of the person who filed for the TM, which you also need a physical associated street address for.

Let’s examine why it’s a terrible idea to ask this in public on the internet, and why the LGBTfans people might be reluctant to share. 

  1.  It’s the internet which means anyone could be reading including people who are mentally unstable, or simply hateful enough to physically harm or harass the person who filed for it. It also means anyone from the CW could be reading this and sending threats or trying to blackmail the person who filed for it into relenting. Need I remind you some people got real creepy and real obsessive when you mistakenly thought @commanderoswald had been to Jason’s house?
  2.  Some of you have admitted your goal is to try and contest the TM, that’s like handing your padlock to someone who wants to rob you.
  3.  If it isn’t in the database yet you literally have no way to verify this information. 
  4. None of you have stated why you want this information beyond transparency. 
  5. If they filed for a TM they probably consulted with an attorney.
  6. Also ever thought that they may just be humble and don’t want to take credit for something that is meant to be for all of us? I don’t know about you but I’ve noticed they’re not bragging about it as individuals, not on tumblr, not on twitter, not on lchat. Why? Because they’re not pretending to represent us. They are us.
  7. Why is no one freaking out about the ™ on “The Fandom Revolution™” title of @lgbtviewersdeservebetter ? Is it… maybe… because… it’s something ridiculous to freak out about? Really it’s just something that is all around positive. Unless you want to go on a witch hunt and make sure every single person who has participated in this movement doesn’t work for the CW? It’s just such an absurd thing to freak out about. Pretty sure LGBTfans haven’t directly been involved with trends for the last two weeks, they support the trending council over on twitter and that’s it. They aren’t trying to control any of us.
  8. Even if they were trying to appropriate the movement what the hell could they do? They couldn’t do shit about it, they can`t sue any of us who use it under fair use. Plus if they were CW, then you’d be falling right into their trap since you’re focusing and obsessing on a fucking trademark sign instead of planning, organize and brainstorming some additional moves and ways to further our cause. So… congrats, you’ve played yourselves. Like if they are CW then you’re playing into their diversion tactic of obsessing on something so meaningless instead of expending your brain power doing something constructive, and if they aren’t CW (spoiler alert: they aren’t), then you’re just causing more in fighting and once again wasting time being unproductive. 

Lastly I think it is pretty damn obvious why they filed for a TM with the pledge now out. It is a way to protect the image of the movement - do you remember how embarrassing it was for Black Lives Matters people when those two girls crashed the stage at a Bernie Sanders rally wearing BLM shirts? Those girls weren’t officially affiliated with it in any way, but they had to spend a lot of time cleaning up after that mess specifically because they haven’t protected the name.

Which also means that unless they have proof of their involvement with the movement from early on, that TM request will be denied. And guess what that means? That means it cannot be people from the CW and it cannot be people trying to profit off the movement to make a buck. 

With the pledge now around it makes sense that they would want to protect our reputation as a fandom - a socially conscious fandom desirous of real change - as well as protect the signees. It protects us as fans from having our movement stolen by the CW. The TMing associated to the pledge means the CW can never ever fucking claim they came up with it as a ‘genius move to apologise’. It came from us the fandoms, the viewers the public. It is ours.

For those complaining that this wasn’t brought up before… Really? They were clearly working in direct link with showrunners and writers from Saving Hope who likely didn’t want anything to be public until everything was cemented. I would bet my best tit that they were asked to keep quiet about it until everyone was ready to sign an the pledge went live. 

Which by the way is fucking amazing. It’s huge! No it’s not a contract but in some ways it is better. A contract uses the threat of legal repercussions which means your motives for doing things is purely so you don’t get in trouble with the law. It’s a transaction. A pledge on the other hand is a gesture of good faith, you’re instead putting your integrity on the line. You’re offering your word and your word is tied to your reputation and your image as a person, as well as your honesty. No they won’t go to jail if they fuck up, but their future viewerships and future employers probably won’t trust them, and your word is incredibly important in this industry. 

This is literally what we have been working for from the beginning - we now have something tangible to trigger and cement long-term change in the industry regarding the treatment of LGBTQ characters. We are actually getting shit done as a fandom, it’s pretty amazing. So I find it pretty interesting that someone who works in the industry and claims to be fighting for better representation, refuses to sign something that tangibly supports better rep and even offers guidelines on how to do that. I would definitely question this person’s motives and true alignment… are they really working for the movement?

Guess you’ll have to stay tuned to find out.