Ellen Page: "Stop Calling Straight Actors Playing LGBT Characters 'Brave' – It's Borderline Offensive"
"When people are called brave in regards to playing LGBTQ people, that’s borderline offensive," she said. "I’m never going to be considered brave for playing a straight person, and nor should I be." PREACH, HONEY.

“In fact, she doesn’t think actors should be called brave, period. “Maybe this is a bad thing to say, but I have a hard time when people call actors brave. I don’t really get that, because our job is to read something on a page.”

RIGHT? RIGHT? It’s called ACTING. People do it every day! By the same token, let’s stop commending gay actors for being convincing when the play it straight (*cough. NPH. cough*).

Unfortunately, we need to brace ourselves for a whole new round of this “offensive” practice because this fall we have Eddie Redmayne playing transgender pioneer Lili Elbe inThe Danish Girl, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara falling in love in Carol, James Franco in I Am Michael, and then of course there’s Stonewall…. I feel like we’re going to be subjected to MONTHS of hearing how brave they all were…. And nominating them for taking on such daring projects…. GROAN.

Anyway, Ellen went on to talk about needing diversity in films –

“That’s obviously the huge issue, particularly for the LGBT community, but any minority. Native American and Native Canadian people: Where are these stories? I want to see these stories! And I’m hoping the shift is going to come really quick now. It’s evident from what people are watching on television that people want diversity. They want it. Whether they consciously know it or not, I’m not sure, but look at Orange is the New Black. You’re seeing actors that, if that show didn’t exist, we might not have ever seen—that are extraordinary. It makes me excited because the whole reason to go to a film is to disappear into another world, and to have your humanity connect with someone else’s, who you might not ever meet in your life! To be moved and have more compassion, that’s the wonderful thing all art can do, and particularly film! I want to see gay stories, of course, because I’m gay, and I want to connect to a reflection of my life on film. But I also want to see what it’s like to be a young Native person, African-American, African-Canadian. Hopefully that will keep changing.”


imagine autistic poc John Egbert (John is dark skinned and nobody can convince me otherwise) being obsessed with Gravity Falls (because of ghosts) so he cosplays Dipper but people ridicule him for being dark and cosplaying Dipper (imagine his friends encouraging him to not fall out of the fandom just because of some racist assholes being rude to him)

imagine Jade weaving flowers and plant life into her hair and wearing earth tones because she feels like she has a special connection with nature and she ends up being called dirty and uncivilised for expressing herself (imagine her friends encouraging her to express herself in ways that make her feel happy and to not care about what others think because she is an ethereal goddess)

imagine Rose being that one girl at school that everybody thinks is creepy who wears nothing but black and really weird shit like tentacles. and she wears high waisted shorts and skirts with sweatshirts and crop tops and people tell her she should “wear clothes made for her body type” but she stomps on the haters with her six inch platform shoes (imagine her friends encouraging her to follow her dreams and to ignore those stupid assholes who couldn’t see beauty if it sat on their face)

imagine asexual demiromantic transboy Dave (having ptsd) being flocked with girls who want to date him but him having no interest and making them upset but he hates making people upset so he gives them a chance but never really clicks with them so he feels like he might be broken (imagine his friends reminding him that he’s not broken and comforting him)

imagine smol chubby latino transboy Karkat being the mother hen of his friend group and carrying a first aid kit around with him at all times and actually being a good person to the people he likes

imagine southeast asian Aradia being teased for her dark skin and chubby belly but she has the warmest smile and won’t hesitate to make the haters regret hating

imagine mexican vegan transboy Tavros not being an asshole to meat eating people and just being the most friendly person ever on earth even though people are mean to him for being disabled and mexican and trans and vegan

imagine dmab bigender sollux with vitiligo and heterochromia (and bipolar depression) using xe/xir pronouns and getting teased for expressing xir feminine side when xe wants to because people think xe shouldn’t wear dresses (imagine xir friends encouraging xem to express xemselves)

imagine transgirl nepeta being on the wrestling and boxing teams and playing lots of sports and people being surprised when she expresses her femininity

imagine arab muslim Kanaya being teased for wearing her hijab and so she stops wearing it but she feels wrong without it so she starts adorning it with jewelry and things and nobody ever says anything after that because she is killing it in that headscarf

imagine terezi being a black blind girl with BRIGHT RED hair and a seeing eye dog called senator lemonsnout and people used to bully her because of her inability to see but her dog (and her shit eating grin) scared them from doing that anymore

imagine dfab nonbinary Vriska feeling invalid in her gender identity and having dysphoria because of her long hair and choice of she/her pronouns (imagine Terezi reminding her that she is what she says she is no matter what other people say)

imagine Equius as an intimidating muscular black guy who everybody is slightly creeped out by (imagine him letting Nepeta braid and put flowers in his hair and he wears it to school and nobody says anything because he’s just so HUGE)

imagine dfab nonbinary Gamzee using zey/zem/zir/ze pronouns and zey’re always high off zir ass but everyone knows zey always have things like tampons and chocolate on zem and nobody knows where zey keep the shit they just know that if you need a pad or something zey will hook you up. imagine zem wearing a dress to school one day and people teasing and misgendering zem so zey decide to not wear dresses to school anymore

imagine Eridan being gay and he’s trying hard to fix his internalized misogyny/homophobia/transphobia/racism (and his friends all letting him know when he does something wrong) and him exploring his gender identity by wearing dresses and things and he finally decides he’s agender

imagine smol chubby Feferi with skin so dark it’s almost black, and hair so wild she’s long since stopped trying to tame it, but it looks good anyway without styling (imagine her letting Nepeta attempt to brush it and Nepeta just gives up after the first three hours) imagine her getting teased for her weight but silencing the haters with her hair

imagine Jake being autistic and being ignored when he starts talking about his special interests (imagine John talking for hours on end with him about movies and making him feel accepted and wanted)

imagine Jane being slightly chubby and being teased for having a muffin top and a flat butt and developing depression and anxiety from that (imagine Roxy telling her to ignore the haters because she is a straight up sexual fox)

imagine transgirl Roxy wearing dresses and getting called names like tranny all the time but absolutely CRUSHING the haters under her heels (imagine John’s dad pretty much adopting Roxy as his daughter and telling her how proud he is of her for being so brave all the time)

imagine agender Dirk with social anxiety being teased for being recluse. (imagine him wearing a dress ironically but finding out he actually likes dresses and so he starts wearing dresses regularly and his friends encourage him to keep doing so because he looks good in dresses)

just imagine them as people

Shit My Parents Say

Trying to explain to my dad why using phrases like “You act like a girl” perpetuate misogynistic views of woman and are harmful to men who have valid feelings and emotions.

He replies with by saying that it’s not a big deal and it’s just how he grew up. “It’s just what I grew up saying, just like how we played a game called Smear the Queer. Stop being so politically correct.”


I love my town so in the downtown area there’s always a bunch of artists selling stuff and musicians playing and there’s this one preacher guy who occasionally stands on a crate in front of a shop and shouts out homophobic shit and so I was out going to the movies with friends and the preacher is set up yelling stuff, and across the sidewalk from him a jazz group has set up as well. So this guys is screaming about homosexuals are sinners or whatever except most of it is being drowned out by smooth jazz. In the midst of their power struggle to be the loudest several queer couples come up and start making out in front of the preacher. The preacher stops yelling and pissedly reads his booklet. This is the 2nd time an miracle like this has happened with him

Last week, Israel refused asylum to a woman (name redacted) from Ghana because, according to the interior ministry designer, she chose to be a lesbian. For a nation that notoriously prides itself as a safe haven amidst a violently homophobic political sphere, Israel is brazenly hostile to LGBT community members itself. 

A group of straight people sat around in a meeting and came to the wild conclusion that this woman’s story wasn’t authentic enough for them because they couldn’t locate her relationship history. To interrogate someone’s marginalized identity this way is intrusive, dehumanizing and deranged. And to reject their plea on this presumption alone is reprehensible.

Israel is a well oiled PR machine, churning out exceptionalist rhetoric it rarely delivers upon, if at all.


10 years ago Kanye West took a stand against gay slurs in hip-hop. Did rappers listen? 

Ten years ago today, West took one of his boldest stands to date during an interview with MTV. He called on hip-hop to stop using the words “gay” and “fag,” and to get back to the real values hip-hop was founded on. It appears West started something — but his history with homophobia (and the phrase “no-homo”) is complicated.