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Behold, for Pride Month (and the 4th goddamn time), my ultimate collage of my favorite official/canon LGBTQIAPD+ fictional characters!

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Fox News suggests Muslims should stop bombing and burning people if they want better TV portrayals

  • On Sunday, a few days after Trump dropped the “mother of all bombs” in Afghanistan, a panel of Fox News hosts told the Muslim community not to “set off bombs” if they want better media representation.
  • The comments came after Homeland actor Mandy Patinkin’s interview with MSNBC on Friday. Patinkin said the show was dedicated to de-escalating the fear of Muslims and refugees.
  • “In movies, it was the cowboys and Indians, the nazis and communists,” Patinkin said. “Now, they’ve chosen the Muslim community — a community who has made contributions to the world of a monumental nature.”
  • Of course, the hosts over at Fox & Friends Weekend had a problem with Patinkin’s remarks.
  • “Do we remember who the bombers of the Boston Marathon were?” cohost Jon Scott said. “I mean, just an aside to the Muslim community, if you don’t want to be portrayed in a negative light, maybe don’t burn people alive and set off bombs and things like that." 
  • Several Twitter users pointed out the hypocrisy and flawed logic in their response. Read more (4/17/17 12:35 PM)

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AN ANGEL AMONG US:

Armani Crews, who turned 6 earlier this month, had been begging her parents for “a few months” to feed homeless people in her community, but her parents thought “she was joking,” her mother, Artesha Crews, told ABC News.

“I said, ‘OK, we’ll make some sandwiches,’ to which Armani said, 'No. I want the same thing we’d have at my birthday party,’” her mother recalled.

Even when her father, Antoine, informed her that if she wanted to go through with this, she wouldn’t get a birthday gift, the girl, whose birthday was March 5, persisted.

So the Chicago family spent about $300 buying food to deliver to homeless people in the city’s East Garfield Park neighborhood. They purchased chicken, fish, spaghetti, corn, green beans, mashed potatoes, rolls, cake, cookies, fruit and water.

After Armani mentioned her plan at the family’s local church, congregation members donated other items to create care packages for the homeless. Each care package included a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, hand sanitizer and a snack, such as a granola bar.

Armani’s birthday party was a success, with the family feeding more than 125 people who gathered.
In a statement, the kindergarten student told ABC News, “It was nice to be nice.”

Her mother added, “She was excited. She was happy. Everybody was being fed. …One of the gentleman said he hadn’t had a hot meal in a long time.”

Now the 6-year-old wants to host another community meal for the homeless. Her mother said the family plans to return to the park “within the next couple of weeks.”

via: http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/year-feeds-homeless-throwing-birthday-party/story?id=46079836

Wilford vs Darkiplier?

So looking through all the discussions on “Markiplier TV”, I have seen quite a few people talking about how Dark “respects” Wilford. Which yes, he does say that.

But.

What was one of the main characteristics of Dark that Mark talked about?

That he is manipulative.

He even goes as far as to call Wilford a nickname, “Will”. In an almost sickenly sweet way. As much as I would like to believe that he called him that because deep down they really are friends, I can’t deny the thought that would just /sell/ his whole team player act. From watching “A Date with Markiplier” it is also heavily implied that Dark can and does get jealous from time to time. In the older videos he did make some appearances, but only short ones, whereas Wilford got some videos all to himself. Maybe he still holds a grudge?

Yes, Dark did get to have long appearances in “A Date with Markiplier”. But Wilford was still there. Also Mark. He wants his /own/ spotlight.

After all he wasn’t in any of the segments from the show either. Another reason why he rejected Wilfords idea perhaps?

Although I, in no way say that, Wilford is unaware of this. Dark and Will have been around for about the same time as eachother. He /knows/ him. And maybe he has a plan of his own for when Dark reveals his true intentions?

(Please be easy on me this is my first time posting any sort of theory 😂)

Yesterday I had the joy of meeting and hanging out with an inspirational girl named Margaret through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. At the age of 15, Margaret has to get dialysis 3 times a week. She really impressed me with her great attitude, sense of humor and kindness to everyone around her.

When Margaret and her family walked in I could immediately tell that it was going to be a fun visit. We decorated Winnie the Pooh cake pops and then played the board game ‘Life’. Margaret’s younger sister Hailey was the champion of that game, AND she showed me her amazing Pokemon card collection.

To top it all off, after hanging out for a few hours they gave me the best gift ever: Boxes of Girl Scout Samoa cookies (my favorite)! Margaret’s family is involved with Girl Scouts just like my sister was growing up. They also made me an honorary member of their troop. I couldn’t believe that their badge logo was even a unicorn!

Margaret: It was a pleasure to meet you and I had a wonderful time getting to know you and your family. You are one tough cookie and I am honored to have been your wish.

A special thanks to Make-A-Wish America for setting this day up and Kin Community for hosting us.

There’s been an outpouring of love for Carrie Fisher over the past few days that, quite rightly, isn’t only focused on her work and the iconic character that she played, but who she was as a person and the strength she inspired in people. It makes me sad that I’ve only seen Debbie Reynolds being celebrated because she was an actress of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Or Carrie Fisher’s mother.

It’s understandable. She was of a very different generation and most of us are probably less familiar with her. However, I want to talk about how Debbie Reynolds was an incredible woman in her own right.

Debbie Reynolds was a survivor of childhood abuse. She was a mental health advocate for most of her life. In 1955 she became a founding member of the Thalians — an organization dedicated to mental health causes — which she led for almost 60 years.

She was a valuable and fierce ally to the LGBT+ community. She hosted AIDs benefits years before Reagan even publicly acknowledged the disease. She bearded for gay men to protect them from homophobia and discrimination that would prevent them from getting film roles.

She was a strong, compassionate woman who — on top of raising her own two children, with no help from their father — raised the three children of her second husband by his late ex-wife, even after he gambled away all of her money and left her flat broke.

So here’s to Debbie Reynolds. Her legacy — like her daughter’s — is more than just who she was on camera. I’m full of gratitude. The world is better place for all that she left behind.

R.I.P., space grandma.

Hikaru: We are both interested in taking you to the Valentine’s dance, but we are also brothers.
Kaoru: It is of utmost importance we protect that brotherhood from the stresses of courting you, so we’re trying to be as direct and above-board about this as possible.
Both: Will you go to the dance with one of us, and if so, which one?
Haruhi: Okay, we need to get something straight first. This is the cutest thing that’s ever happened to me. 

Y'all, I just wanna take a second to talk about someone awesome. 💕

So everyone in the TJLC community probably knows Steph over at @inevitably-johnlocked. But I always wonder if some people know how heckin rad she really is.

I am thankful for, grateful for, in awe of, and constantly inspired by Steph. She has more dedication than almost anyone else I’ve seen in TJLC. Her metas are exhaustively researched, meticulously tagged and linked, and best of all, she gives credit where credit is due to the many other amazing meta writers, showing that our understanding is a collective effort.

She’s also hella kind and friendly and helpful. When I joined TJLC, I was looking at many people that were the complete opposite, making the community seem like a very unwelcoming and harsh place for newcomers. I remember messaging Steph with silly ideas for a Johnlock video when I still barely knew my way around and barely knew anyone, and being so intimidated, which she instantly shot down by being hilarious and sweet and insanely helpful.

I owe her a ton of credit for my place in the community and for the kindness she welcomed me into the community with. (lmao Steph I was so alone and I owe you so much) Thanks in large part to her good natured responses, which I see her extend to everyone who has a question or needs help, I reached out to more TJLCers, felt confident in putting content into the community and participating in discussions, and made tons of amazing friends. I love all of them, and am so grateful for our shared journey, but Steph is exceptionally badass.

I have never once seen Steph respond negatively to someone who didn’t thoroughly deserve it, and even then, it’s done with way more class than even I can extend to antis and trolls. She goes out of her way to not only write excellent meta, but truly help people understand it and find it. She hosts community watchalongs, shares content from tons of people who wouldn’t have exposure otherwise, has badass fic rec lists, is humble and learns from mistakes, answers more asks than anyone I know, and is funny and dedicated and legit.

I get to meet her in a few weeks at 221bcon (and other awesome people, ahhhh basically it’s gonna be an amazing time) and needless to say, I’m hella excited.

All of this is not to discredit the many wonderful people in TJLC who contribute, interact, and are helpful or kind or awesome. But Steph is just fantastic all on her own. She’s the one who helped me along the most in TJLC, and I know that I and most/all of my close lovely friends on here think she’s just the greatest. 💕

Originally posted by rominatrix

anonymous asked:

What is it like for children in refugee camps? I imagine it must be confusing and difficult, especially if their families are separated.

Our Sesame Workshop and IRC teams just returned from Jordan last month. Spending time with refugee children and their parents and caregivers is at once heartbreaking and heartwarming. Many have experienced unimaginable loss – the loss of parents, siblings, and friends, and the loss of their homes and a feeling of safety. But, in the face of remarkable tragedy, all parents and caregivers simply want what’s best for their children – to give them the tools they need to thrive.

The international humanitarian system has failed to prioritize refugee children’s educational needs in a serious way – but Sesame Workshop and IRC are partnering to change that. By pairing IRC’s expertise and on the ground infrastructure serving refugee families – from health care workers and home visitations, to healing classrooms and child care centers – and Sesame’s proven ability to create engaging, educational content, we know we can bring children and families the support they need and deserve. 

Many refugee families don’t live in official refugee camps – in fact, most live in informal tented settlements or within host communities in surrounding countries. The mass media content Sesame Workshop is developing will also promote mutual respect and understanding, both within displaced communities and between refugees and the host communities in which most refugees live.

Elmo’s new friends in Jordan told Elmo that they had to leave their homes because it wasn’t safe for them to stay. And that made them really sad and sometimes scared. A lot of them don’t even get to go to school at all anymore. That would make Elmo really sad. Elmo tried to help his new friends feel better by being kind to them the way Elmo’s friends on Sesame Street are kind to him. And Elmo hopes his new friends get settled into new homes and schools soon!

Bonus episode - an excerpt from the next Night Vale novel!

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Not everyone believes in mountains. Yet, there they are, in plain sight. Scientists insist, rather halfheartedly, that mountains are the bulging results of tectonic shifts along massive rocky plates. Mountains develop naturally over the course of many millennia, scientists say under their breaths.

Most people believe that mountains aren’t there at all, even if mountains are visible, as they often are. Nonbelievers will explain that our minds create sensory illusions to help explain what we cannot understand. Like the shapes of gods and monsters in the stars, or messages in tea leaves, or government codes in cloud patterns.

Mountains, real or not, ring this desert like the rim of an empty dinner plate. Scattered sparsely along the flat middle are small towns with names like Red Mesa, Pine Cliff, and right in the center, Night Vale.

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Moonstruck: Our Statement on Howard Chaykin’s “Divided States”

In the the first issue of Howard Chaykin’s Image Comics series “The Divided States of Hysteria,” a trans woman sex worker is outed and experiences intense violence because she is trans. We believe there is no story justification great enough to excuse this brutal, ignorant scene, and there is certainly nothing that could justify Chaykin’s derision of those who felt hurt by his book.

More recently, Image revealed Chaykin’s cover for issue #4 of “Divided States,” which depicts an atrocious, violent hate crime against a Pakistani man. This cover is utterly stomach-turning and inexcusable, but we are heartened by the news that Image and Chaykin released a joint statement recanting the cover and apologizing, saying that they will not be publishing it after all. We commend them for this action.

However, we think that there is still work to be done. After reading Image’s statement about the retraction of their obviously horrific cover, we can’t help but wonder why the outcry about the book’s trans panic scene didn’t illicit a similar response, and we are troubled by it.

There is an obvious pattern here: a pattern of sensationalizing hate crimes, a pattern of using minorities as props meant to shock white/cis people, a pattern of refusing to acknowledge the harm that these depictions do to their respective communities. Violence against trans women is an appalling, widespread, real life epidemic; invoking images of these acts without any reverence or weight or care for real-life individuals who experience this type of violence is unacceptable.

While Chaykin’s heart and politics may be in the right place, our current political climate and cultural landscape demand that allies listen and understand minority voices and viewpoints. There may have been a time when including minorities in literally any context may have been seen as cutting edge, but today, trans people are seeing the stories of their traumas used for shock value, rather than as an avenue for empathy. It is necessary for creators to take more nuanced and thoughtful approaches to these stories, and we hope our concerns will be taken to heart.

We are also disappointed in Image’s reaction, specifically, to this issue. To paraphrase Desmond Tutu, “being neutral in the face of injustice is indistinguishable from siding with the oppressor,” and in that way, it is impossible to call Image blameless, despite their general hands-off, no-editors approach.

That being said, the setup that allows Chaykin’s book to exist is the same one that allows “Moonstruck” (an all-ages/YA book with tons of LGBTQ characters of color and with an all-queer, non-male core creative team) to exist, as well as the many other wonderful Image books that, like ours, may not have found a home elsewhere. It’s a double-edged sword, and it’s not fair, but it’s the truth. Genuinely, we are lucky and happy to be an Image book, and that is why we are going to actively fight for Image to be a more socially responsible company.

So how do we move forward? In three ways:

1. We continue to work on “Moonstruck,” which is as warm and LGBTQ-friendly and chock-full of characters of color as it gets. We think it’s a good book, and we think it’s a good addition to the LGBTQ canon as well as the Image canon. Now, more than ever, it is important to us that we put positive content into the world.

2. We will do what we can to effect change within Image itself so that in the future, books like “Divided States” aren’t even considered for publication. We invite Chaykin and anyone else who works for or at Image to attend a Trans 101 webinar hosted by an LGBTQ community center and paid for by the Moonstruck team. In a productive conversation we had with Image publisher Eric Stephenson, he wholeheartedly endorsed this webinar and has been nothing but enthusiastic about attending and urging others to attend. We hope to start an ongoing conversation about responsible representation in Image comics. Furthermore, per Eric, Image is currently seeking out additional cultural competency training, which we agree is a positive step.

3. We implore Image to pledge to hire more trans people and people of color for their staff and pledge to actively reach out to and recruit trans creators and creators of color. Allowing minority communities to tell their own stories is the best way to ensure that this outdated brand of sensationalism never rears its ugly head again, to say nothing of the importance of allowing minority voices to be heard in an industry that has a history of ignoring and silencing them. In talking to Eric Stephenson, we are confident that this is something that Image is very interested in pursuing, and we personally pledge to contribute to and support their efforts however we can.

“Moonstruck” is one of a small handful of Image Comics book with queer creators. Because of our unique position in this conversation, we feel it is our responsibility to hold our publisher accountable in an effort to make Image the progressive, inclusive, actually boundary-pushing company that we know it can be.

Image occupies an important corner of the comics world. It is unspeakably nice to be a part of a publishing community that allows comics creators to take big risks and to keep most of their books’ profits. It isn’t a perfect community, but it’s one that we care about and one that we are determined to improve.

Grace Ellis

Shae Beagle

Laurenn McCubbin

college au

requested by anon. since you didn’t specific what level of school, i opted for college–i hope that’s okay.

JinJin is a Photography major. He works two jobs (a diner downtown and the campus art gallery on the weekends) to pay for his camera equipment. He’s known for taking these high aesthetic shots of nature—idyllic landscapes, close up shots of wildflowers, the colors of the clouds at sunrise. He’s also known for being the life of the party. He doesn’t belong to any clubs or organizations but just seems to know everyone on campus and always gets invited to everything. It was at a movie night one of the clubs was hosting that he met MJ. After chatting for a few minutes, they discovered they they were both at a movie night watching a movie neither of them was interested in because they needed to get away from their awful roommates. As soon as they could get out of the dorms, they got an apartment together and have been roommates ever since.

MJ originally chose Hospitality Management as his major because he likes talking to people and figured he’d be good at being “hospitable.” He was disappointed to discover it’s really just a glorified business degree, but he decided to stick with it because the classes are pretty easy (and he’s bad at studying). He also added a minor in Digital Art so he could have something fun in his schedule. In his second year, he got recruited by one of his professors to be a writing tutor. MJ may not be the best student, but he’s really good at cheering others on, which is surprisingly helpful as a tutor. Eunwoo was hired a semester after MJ, and MJ was assigned to be his mentor. As soon as Eunwoo got the hang of the basics, MJ dragged him into all of his pranks (and was pleasantly surprised at Eunwoo’s willingness to prank the boss). Very little “mentoring” ever happened.

Eunwoo is majoring in Comparative Literature, and at first, he seems like a bit of a stereotype. When most people see him around campus, he is either tutoring someone, working on an essay in the library, or sitting at the cafe with a book. On top of that, he’s always polite and sort of quiet—so it always surprises people when they see him at the Thursday night intramural soccer games, jumping and shouting and screaming just as loudly as his teammates. It was through intramural soccer that Eunwoo first met Moonbin. The first game was nothing special, but the weekend that followed, Moonbin showed up for a tutoring appointment with Eunwoo. And the day after that, Eunwoo went to get a cup of coffee and read for class only to find Moonbin behind the counter of the cafe. Moonbin called it fate, Eunwoo rolled his eyes and said there’s no such thing, and the two have been inseparable ever since.

Moonbin is majoring in Culinary Arts, and works at the cafe run by the department. He usually just works at the register, since neither baking nor latte art are specialties of his. But he always has lead role in the monthly dinner they host for the community. He wants to open his own restaurant when he graduates and make affordable and healthy (or mostly healthy) comfort food for starving and stressed-out college students—an idea he got from Rocky, who he found asleep in the corner of the cafe one night. When he discovered that Rocky had been cramming for an exam with nothing but free coffee refills all day, he dragged him into the kitchen, forced him to eat a sandwich, and threatened to do it again if he didn’t take better care of himself. Rocky came back the next day to thank Moonbin and let him know that he’d done well enough on his exam to pass the class.

Rocky thought majoring in Mechanical Engineering would be fun. The intro class all freshman take involved building hovercrafts, and every year there is a robotics competition. But then came the math classes. And the physics classes. And thermodynamics. It’s much harder and much less fun than he anticipated, but he’s too stubborn to give up and switch majors. When he’s not studying (which is most of the time), he’s working on plans for next year’s robotics competition; his team keeps coming in second, and he’s determined to beat that KNK team before graduating. Every once in awhile, Sanha drags him out and forces him to be social. Rocky complains about it, but he’s actually grateful for the clerical error that made Sanha his roommate freshman year. Rocky had requested a room in the “quiet” dorm, hoping to avoid the loud parties he’d heard stories about. He got what he wanted—but he also got Sanha (who constantly reminds Rocky that he’s chosen him as a roommate ever since and really shouldn’t complain anymore).

Sanha is double-majoring in Education and Kinesiology. He wants to be a P.E. teacher, but he says if that doesn’t work out, he’ll go into physical therapy instead. He memorized all 206 bones in the human body by making them into a song, which he will gladly sing at full volume for anyone who asks, and he volunteers at the hospital down the street from campus. It was actually on one of his volunteer shifts that he first met JinJin, who was pacing the ER waiting room. Sanha recognized him from campus and was so concerned about JinJin’s demeanor, that he introduced himself and asked if he could help. After hearing JinJin’s story, Sanha tracked down what room MJ had been taken to and broke all sorts of rules to relay information back to JinJin (a sprain but not broken and definitely not in need of amputation like MJ had been claiming). JinJin promised Sanha free food from the diner he worked at as thanks, and that was all it took.

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~secrets that librarians will never tell you~
  • No, they don’t get sick of books. A lot of them have always been, and probably always will be, readers. They love discussing all things books both in and out of the library.
  • But they DO get annoyed when people say things like “All you do is read books all day, must be nice!” They’re ALSO collecting materials (books, movies, databases, etc.), providing programming for all ages and hopefully all demographics, going out into the community to show how the library can benefit them, teaching classes, etc.
  • It’s not uncommon to find ~surprises~ inside returned books — food, mold, and a few soaking wet books. They also see books with pages ripped out, weird stains on pages, and just completely ruined books. TAKE CARE OF YOUR SHIT.
  • Catching people in the act of fulfilling the ~sexy librarian fantasy~ isn’t as common as you’d think. They’ve definitely caught and broken up a few makeout sessions. It comes with the territory, especially if you have hidden corners and comfortable furniture. But nothing more extreme than that. However, they’ve heard that happens more frequently in libraries on college campuses.
  • They don’t really mind if books are a little overdue. However, it’s annoying when a book is WAY overdue. What’s worse is when patrons straight-up deny even checking a book out. C’mon, dude, let’s not make this awkward. Just secretly return it in the night drop and no one will say anything.
  • Despite what the media portrays, they are not constantly shushing people all day. They really only monitor the noise level in designated quiet areas. In those places, they do have to shush people sometimes, which isn’t fun. Libraries are incredibly multifaceted spaces that reflect their communities and no longer places where everyone is told to “Shhhh!” But they really don’t like scolding anyone, TBH.
  • And they don’t get annoyed when patrons are loud in the non-quiet areas. Public libraries have a lot of loud programs (ex: children’s programs are almost always loud), so it comes with the territory. Libraries are more than what people used to think of them as. There are science experiments and movies and music and lots of other awesome stuff going on in them!
  • They love giving recommendations, so don’t be afraid to ask. They love giving book recommendations (or what us library-types call a “reader’s advisory”). It’s honestly one of their favorite parts of the job. If you’re looking for a new book to read, ask your librarian!
  • A big challenge for librarians in public libraries is providing fun, resourceful things on a tight budget. Having a limited or small budget and wanting to provide ALL THE THINGS is difficult. Thankfully, librarians are resourceful and pretty badass in their desire to promote knowledge and open access to information for all.
  • Nothing beats finding out they’ve helped someone succeed. Once they had a regular patron pass his nursing exam that he had been coming to the library daily for months to study for. He asked them to read the computer screen that showed he passed. That was a great thing to be a part of, albeit from a distance, as just providing a safe, comfortable place and the technology and tools for him to study.
  • They really do love helping people. That could be helping a child find books that will encourage their love to read, showing someone how to use computers to help them gain job skills, or providing tools on helping someone go back to school or where to go for somewhere safe and warm to sleep for the night.
  • They also *LOVE* hosting events for the community. Seeing the community get involved and enjoy the programs is a big thing for a lot of them. Also, they usually put on programs that they’d want to attend, so it’s a double win!
  • They’re not terribly offended with the nerd stereotype. Mostly, librarians are rebels and justice warriors with really good searching and organizing skills.
  • They don’t mind trying their best to help you find a book based on only the cover, but it does help if you have more information. It’s not easy, but they try.
  • They appreciate when patrons do nice things for them, but the main way to keep your favorite library going is letting your local government know. They’ve received thank-you notes, flowers, etc., and they always appreciate them, but they also try to tell people to support your librarians by using your library and letting your local government know that you love the library and want to see more money go toward purchasing items and bringing in new resources.