june pride

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WHY DID NO ONE TELL ME ABOUT THIS

“As progress spreads from State to State, as justice is delivered in the courtroom, and as more of our fellow Americans are treated with dignity and respect — our Nation becomes not only more accepting, but more equal as well,” Obama stated. “I call upon the people of the United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people.”

I found this moment quite symbolic as I stumbled across these two girls intertwined with each other, hiding underneath a Pride rainbow flag as they shared a private moment together. In a way it shows how they feel protected underneath the rainbow, free from prejudice and labelling. In another light it could show them hiding from the world underneath what they find safe, but either way I think this is my favourite photo from London Pride, 2015.

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Have pride for the gender identities and lesser known sexualities too!

**EDIT**

Thank you to alfredfbraginsky for adding the following comments to this post. I shouldn’t have made these so hastily and should have included throrough well elaborated information that was accurate, correct and aware of the community.

trangender flag: please don’t assign genders to genitals, please. even if you might be trans yourself, it helps other people in the trans umbrella to not use terms like “biologically male/female”. 

some transgender people might consider themselves identifying as the gender “”opposite”” to what they were assigned at birth (like a trans man identifying as male, but he was assigned ‘female’ as a baby because of his genitals), but not all of them do. also, terms like “opposite gender” erase nonbinary identities and intersex people.

some transgender people consider their ‘biological sex’ the same as the gender they identify, even if they haven’t undergone surgery. a trans man might consider his vagina a “male sex organ” (and he has every right to do so) because it belongs to someone who is a man. 

the only people who really need to know what’s in a trans person’s pants and how it relates to their identity, are the person in question and their physician. 

bisexual flag: i might sound nitpicky, but it’s probably best to not refer to orientations (bi, pan, etc.) as “abilities”. rather, “a bisexual is someone who is attracted to two or more genders, including nonbinary people”. 

nonbinary flag: i appreciate you including the flag, but saying that all nonbinary identities are “between male and female” is unfortunately another example of reinforcing a gender binary.

i personally consider my androgyne identity as a blurring of what my society considers masculine and feminine, but some nonbinary people consider their identities as entirely separate from male or female, or any possible spectrum between male and female. 

intersex flag: i’m not intersex— so if i’m saying something ignorant, please ignore me. but it’s probably best to not say something like “it’s tough to explain” as part of a flag that’s trying to spread awareness.

also, again, please don’t assign genders to genitals. that’s what leads to a lot of harm and dysphoria to intersex people, because of parents and doctors trying to “fix” their body into something regarded as acceptable. in this context, it’s best to describe it as like “resulting in sex organs considered as a mix of biologically “male” and “female”, according to the medical community’s standards.”  

thanks for taking the time to read this, if you do. i know you had good intentions with this post, but it’s important to spread correct information. 

*UPDATE*

Anon messaged me this about asexuality (I didn’t know that aromantic had its own flag, but knew lithromantic was part of that- however, i hadn’t specified romantic orientation in this post, which is pretty problematic of me to do in terms of explanations etc)

Anyways, anon wanted to clarify:

asexuality is only not experiencing sexual attraction, not having no sex drive (even though some asexuals also have no sex drive, but it’s possible to be any sexual orientation and have no sex drive, or even not be into sex), it’s also not applicable to romantic endeavors, that would be aromantic, which has it’s own flag, and the aromantic spectrum may include lithoromantic, but the asexual spectrum does not.

Since when does clothing determine who I am?

I generally dress girly but I walked into class today wearing joggers, a men’s hooded tee, and a SnapBack. I received harsh looks from 2 girls and a guy but had to sit near them. One said girl in my calculus class today told me to, “Shut up,” after I had been helping her through her math problems she couldn’t figure out but the professor stated I was the only one doing anything correctly. She then stated how I was actually quite an ignoramus and probably failed all my classes. I’m not about being prideful, but excuse me if I do well in school and got into medical school and have made successful achievements, DAMN RIGHT I’m going to be proud. By the time I’m 28 I will have majored in 4 science majors and have started my medical residency, guest starred in several TV shows, and other life achievements. Most before I turn 23 in a week.. She then at some point made a HOMOPHOBIC comment because I mean yeah I like what I like but this is all based off of a shirt I got from Urban and the SnapBack I wore, followed by telling me I was filth, needed to fix my life habits and saying I need class. First of all when does clothing determine someone’s sexuality. Like why can’t I wear what I want to wear? Today it was a men’s hooded tee and a SnapBack, tomorrow I will probably wear a dress and booties. I look great in and feel comfortable in both. Like clothing doesn’t define who I am as a person, sexuality, or any other defining quality of myself. It saddens me when my generation is just as close minded as the generation that raised us. And the knowledge that these people are going to raise the kids my kids will be around scares me more than anything.

National hero outsmarts bullshit workplace dress code with cosplay.

June Rivas is an HRM who was so fed up with the corporal system that decided to change it on her own.


One day Rivas boss informed her that having her hair in a ponytail and wearing a headscarf was unprofessional. However, looking through the company dress code to verify, she found the only mention of employees’ garments being “clean and pressed”, so she filed a complaint against the boss for harassment.
The boss stroke back by changing the dress code to prohibit “straps, hats, sandals, cleavage, back out, lace,” and even “cultural head wraps.” I bet she didn’t expect Rivas to take it literally. ‘Cause oops, she forgot to mention colored contacts, wigs, capes, and other superhero attire.

Here, what she’s done:

June Rivas is my hero. Black girl just slayed the system.

#BlackGirlsRock