Unsurprisingly, explicit legislation allowing trans access to bathrooms and other public accommodations makes trans people less likely to commit suicide, and makes cis people less likely to be discriminatory towards trans people. Can we pass the Equality Act, now?!
Good news from Finland! The country’s Parliament voted down a petition to repeal a recent law legalizing marriage equality, securing same-sex marriage rights that will take effect next month.
The law, which was passed in 2014 by the previous parliament, will end the distinction between same-sex unions and heterosexual marriages, giving same-sex couples equal rights to adopt children and share a surname.
Finland has been the only country in the Nordic region not yet to recognize same-sex marriage, although gay couples have been able to enter into registered partnerships since 2002.
What do you do when your son comes out to you and you want to be supportive? Why, cover your car in pro-equality decals, of course!
That’s what Geoff Thomas of Sydney, Australia did, anyway:
Thomas told BuzzFeed News he “grew up homophobic” and spent a lot of time in settings that were hostile to gay people.
“I spent nine years in the army, I’m a Vietnam veteran, I was a plumbing contractor,” he said. “I was conditioned to be homophobic, and then one day my son comes out to me.
"I had to ask myself the question – what is it about gays that I didn’t like? After that, I decided it was unfounded fear, ignorance and prejudice. Then I came to the view that my son wasn’t equal in law and that really got up my nose, so I became a very strong advocate for marriage equality.”
"I’d had this talk with some people and I said, ‘Every man and his dog supports marriage equality’. And I thought, I’ll put that on my ute!”
a friend who is a guy: wait omg I just heard that you were a feminist?! me: yeah, so? a.f.w.i.a.g: but aren’t those… like activists who like…. do weird shit and stuff? me: sometimes? I guess? idk we’re all just campaigning for equal rights within the law and society. a.f.w.i.a.g: wait so you’re like…. equalists? me: I guess in a manner of speaking, yes - between genders, in any case. a.f.w.i.a.g: *whispering* holy shit. im a feminist, then? can guys be feminists?
It’s not men who are the problem…. it’s society and parents of these men who don’t teach them shit.
Beth, age 8, had to write an opinion essay for class, identifying a problem at her school and offering a solution. Although she only had to write one solution, she wrote three, and her solutions are simple examples of answers to most community and governance problems.
Her text is below, exactly as she wrote it, including misspellings and grammatical errors, and then what I said to her about it.
Half the people at recess want to go on the swings, but they don’t always get to. We have rules about the swings but they ar'nt being followed, many people are hogging the swings, sometimse even when people ask they won’t get off!
You mite say: “Oh, well it can’t be to big a problem because I don’t see any people trying to get on the swings,” but realy, that’s just because they’ve all given up!
The problem: community resources (swings) are not being used fairly. Apparently, some people have dismissed the problem without full consideration of all community members.
There are diffrent solutions for this, the first is: we could have limited time on the swings. If someone asked to get on and your time was up, they'ed get on, if it was not, they'ed wait. A teacher would make sure this hapend.
This would be fairness through law: equal limits respected by the community and enforced by the government (teachers).
The second solution is getting another swing-set. It could be smaller than the one we already have, but this mite be more fair than limeted time on the swings.
By increasing the number of resources available, this would improve access for community members.
The third solution is much more simple then the first two, it is: well, because most of the people who hog the swings get out to recess first, we could just make sure that nobody got on the swings intil everyone was outside.
Some people have the unearned privilege of faster access to the resources. This solution would eliminate privilege by giving everyone the same starting point.
This is a school, where kids learn, I hope they’re not learning to hog! Only one person from my whole writing class thinks that hogging the swings is not a problem, that’s proof of how unfair it is to the people who arn’t hogging them!
Here, she recognizes that allowing an unfair system to continue is not good for the community — and that the vast majority of the community also recognizes the problem.
This is'nt the bigest problem but it should be fixt, I hope the school can find the best solution and put it in action.
Finally, she recognizes the scope of the problem in light of all the other potential issues facing the school.
As her dad, I think the swings aren’t really that big of a deal. But these approaches to community problems — law and enforcement, increased available resources, and elimination of privilege — are solutions that adults try when dealing with community issues. I told Beth it was pretty amazing that she thought of all three on her
own, and suggested she remember these approaches, because she will
encounter them throughout life.
Warnings: A/B/O Dynamics, Smut, Unprotected Sex, Angst, Violence Against the Reader, Swearing, Bigotry
Summary: After a hunt goes awry, Dean and the reader spend the night together, but was it all a mistake?
A/N: This is my first A/B/O fic, written for @dr-dean‘s A/B/O Challenge (Happy Birthday!!). I’ve always wanted to write one of these, so thank you so much for breaking me out of my shell. And thank you @notnaturalanahi, for getting me out of my funk and inspired to write this, not to mention betaing it for me. The prompt was November Rain by Guns n’Roses (one of my favorite songs, by my favorite band.) Written using @kittenofdoomage‘s A/B/O Rules. It got a little too long, so I’m splitting it up into two parts.
The day you met Dean Winchester you knew he belonged to you.
It wasn’t the earth shattering electricity you’d heard True Bonds conveyed when mates touched. It was in a smile, in a glance, in the warm, comforting knowledge that he was yours. Just for you.
Since then, loving him had been as easy as breathing, but being with him was considerably harder. If Dean had felt the call, he never showed it. He worked beside you, treated you like family, but never made an advance. And that was the true challenge of your situation, and the true burden of being an unmated Omega.
“I’ll have you know, I’m great company to most people,” Dean said, shaking you out of your thoughts.
The “Pray for Betty White” movement is cute and all, but I think the person who really needs our prayers right now is Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a liberal member of the United States Supreme Court. Being a Jewish woman and a big advocate for women’s rights, her presence on the Supreme Court has really helped American law move towards equality. For example, Ginsburg is the first Supreme Court justice to officiate a same sex-wedding, is a big advocate for equal voting rights, and as a feminist, her voice and vote in the Supreme Court has helped protect women’s reproductive rights for years.
The problem is, Ginsburg is 83 years old (the oldest member) and a cancer survivor. If she passes away, Trump will be in charge of replacing her presence on the United States Supreme Court, and you can be sure that he’ll replace her with somebody who is against everything she stands for.
At the moment, the Supreme Court consists of 4 liberal members, 3 conservative members, and Justice Kennedy, who is a conservative swing (a conservative member that occasionally sides with the liberals). The confirmation of Trump nominee Neil Gorsuch would give conservatives a potential edge of 5 to 4, which means conservatives could control what cases enter the Supreme Court for a vote, as well as the results. It only takes a simple majority of 5 votes to overturn a case. Nevertheless, we have fared well in a 4 liberal, 4 conservative, and 1 conservative swing court before. It’s not good, but not the end of the world.
Ginsburg’s passing would give the conservatives a concrete 5 votes, and a potential 6 votes, which would give conservatives the ability to overturn any major court case, including Roe v. Wade (abortion rights) and Obergefell v. Hodges (gay marriage).
On top of that, Supreme Court justices serve life terms, so you can bet Trump will elect a YOUNG conservative, meaning conservatives have the potential to completely control the Supreme Court for GENERATIONS to come.
The sudden influx of asylum-seekers from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq has left many countries in Europe in a dilemma. On one hand, it is against the international law of human rights, not to mention morally wrong, to turn away refugees who have nowhere to go to; on the other hand financial, social, and political reasons have made countries hesitant to open their borders to refugees.
Some people argue against accepting refugees on the basis that they are not responsible for how they became refugees, and thus should not have to share their country and its resources with them. The truth is, many have become desensitised to the sufferings of these refugees, reducing them to merely a number. Often times we forget these refugees have a life just as complex as ours, and when we turn them away, we are essentially sending them to starve and die, including children. Refusing to sacrifice a little, either by paying more taxes or enjoying less government welfare, to make room for refugees only shows that you believe the value of your life is higher than that of refugees. History has already proven to us that this belief never leads to anything good; in fact, it is this very same belief that started most genocides throughout the ages.
Accepting immigrants is a wise move that would benefit a country’s economy in the long run. Germany, the country with the highest number of asylum applications, realises that these refugees can increase the size of the working population in the country, sustaining its high economic growth in the future. These people could be your future doctors, lawyers, spouses, if only they can be given a chance to survive and start over. Bystanders become perpetrators if we do not act. For every refugee we refuse, we are partly to blame for their deaths. It’s time for us to start accepting our responsibilities over these lives.
Article submitted by 16-year-old Marie Dukats from France. Marie is passionate about issues involving human rights, and wishes to become a journalist in the future.