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“That was the one thing about starting this band. People started calling us a boy band. We had no idea we were a boy band. We were just playing our guitars, and we look up to bands like Green Day and Blink-182 and stuff like that. So that’s what we wanted to be, and we want to be that still, so call us whatever you’d like…” (x)

I have severe ADD. They (production) have to repeat the (comp) instructions for me. I have it to the point where people will talk and I’ll try really hard to listen to you but all I can see is your mouth moving. And then I don’t hear the words, and then I’ll just start thinking about fun things in my head or whatever. I will think about something in my head that’s more exciting, and then the conversation ends, and I’m so good at it now that I just nod my head and ‘mhm’. Imagine that being your every day struggle. Like Paul’s stories? I don’t know any of his stories because they’re too long, so I don’t know what they’re all about because I just look at his facial expressions when he’s telling his stories. Graduating college was my biggest accomplishment, it was hard. And I didn’t have medication when I was in college. [So what made you go to a Doctor to diagnose it?] ‘Cause it was affecting my work life. I always knew I had a learning disability since I was young. My mom didn’t believe in it. She doesn’t believe in those things. But I knew, I was struggling so hard with school, nothing was helping me, I would cry it was just so hard. And I’m a smart person, I just don’t have an attention span. [When you take your medication does it help?] If I take it, it’s still hard for me but it helps a lot. I don’t have to struggle and get frustrated, but when I don’t take it, it’s frustrating, yeah.
—  Natalie to James (7/25 5:36 am)
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How Many Times Does It Have To Be Said

There is no such thing as “reverse racism”. It’s just racism. Say all black girls are ugly because they have full lips? Racist. Say all white girl are ugly because they have no curves? ALSO RACIST. Discrimination or persecution of someone due to their race is racism. Sorry to shatter your devastatingly narrow worldview. Just like discriminating against men is sexism, not “reverse sexism”, discrimination against people on the grounds of their skin color, whatever that may be, is racism.

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I can choose to reject him, right? Even if he helped us, I can’t… I’m sorry, I just can’t accept this guy into my team after what he did to me. To Kevin. I can never forget. Don’t think my brain’ll ever let me forget. I wish things were different, but he did what he did, and he helped screw up my family. 

And I feel like it’ll always be an incomplete cycle of regret now.

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MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE - THE BLACK PARADE - HOT TOPIC EXCLUSIVE VINYL/1000

“people who aren’t bisexual should be able to have opinions on bisexual topics!” following that logic, i as a cis lesbian should be able to speak for gay men. gay bars? here comes my opinion. safe male/male anal sex? my opinion. whether or not ‘bears’ need their own safe spaces? you bet your buttcheeks my opinion is going up your ass.

following that logic, i as a cis female should be able to speak for trans issues.

following that logic, i as a white woman should be able to speak for POC.

following that logic, i as a teenage actress and writer should be able to speak for a practiced brain surgeon, for a professional economist, or a devoted biologist.

but i don’t. i can’t. because that’s not who i am, and i can’t freely make myself the face of a people that i am not a part of. not only am i not able to do so free from ingrained possible bias and misinformation, but i lack the experience proper to accurately portray ideas and opinions that reflect the community in question. i acknowledge that i can’t ever completely understand the struggles other minorities and POC face due to having not experienced them the same way or even at all, and therefore, i acknowledge that with that lack of understanding comes the elimination of the relevance of my word within the spaces and public face of the communities in question. i can support, i can spread positive word, i can participate where i’m allowed to and push for positive change from an appropriate position. but i can never BE a person i’m not, and therefore, i can’t speak like i am.

is this honestly so hard for people to understand?

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It is a sense of gratification when another artist fangirl over another artist.