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“When thinking of iconic romance, ask yourself if any imagery (paintings, photographs, film-stills) comes to mind that is not showing heterosexual couples? Probably not,” says photographer Braden Summers of his photo series of everyday gay and lesbian couples from around the globe.

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anonymous asked:

If the protagonist is queer, and the story doesn't revolve around romance, then why is the protagonist queer in the first place if it's largely irrelevant? I'm simply curious .

Because our lives are not defined by romance and sex and we deserve better and more diverse stories than that.

Some Selected Readings I've Come Across Recently:

This is absurd. The UK hit film Pride, a true story of lesbian and gay people helping Welsh families in the famous 1984 miners’ strike, was just released in the US. But something’s missing…

The distributors have photoshopped out ALL references to gay and lesbian people on the cover. They even rewrote the blurb that describes the movie’s plot!

Why are #LGBT people being written out of history? Share this to spread the word, and call on them to change it back:

go.allout.org/en/a/pride-straightwashed

Dear FCKH8,

I do believe that one of your promotional images sports a text post of mine.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=613084795396886&set=a.152651481440222.25064.145318588840178&type=1&theater

And I recall also addressing this the first time it happened in June, that it was not credited to me. I very significantly recall asking that I be given credit to that image, as I created that post on March 28 via Tumblr.

http://cannibalcoalition.tumblr.com/post/46485443366/you-know-what-i-dont-care-if-being-a-lesbian

Seeing as that was a post I made in direct response to something that my aunt said about my sexuality, it is a very personal statement to me, and that it has gone viral shows how many people can relate to me.

I realize that this is the internet. That this is a text post. That they are words on a screen. But given the fact that they are my words, I do not appreciate them being attributed to someone else’s mouth. Furthermore, the fact that you are using it as promotional material really hurts me. You must understand, as businesspeople, that someone crediting your work (however miniscule it may seem) to someone else takes business away from you. I am an artist. A damn good artist. And a writer who is trying so hard to get published.  And given that you have used my words not once but twice to promote yourself, even after I ask you to please credit me, shows a lack of respect towards unsung artists such as myself.

If would, please, attribute my words to me and link it to my website at http://www.cannibalcoalition.com/

Perhaps I will change my opinion of you. Right now it is not very positive.

Regards,

Lee Bradford.