a really common mistake I see in the LoZ fandom is who is and isnt reborn each zelda game, and while u can do whatever in ur fan art or fan fiction or whatever, i just thought I’d spread the zelda facts B)
-Link is the only one who holds the triforce who is actually reborn. His spirit is specifically a servant to the goddess Hylia, no one else can take that place so he has to be reborn.
-Ganon(dorf) has been the same being. He never dies to be reborn, he’s only ever sealed away for a long time. in some games, its lightly suggested this is driving him insane. He eventually turns into a beast in all timelines (only a lil in the adult line tho) which is probably a result of power hungry corruption and, if u wanna speculate, insanity caused by such a long life span
-Zelda is a name passed on to every first born female of the hyrule family, along with her powers. She’s always an entirely different person but one who shares the same destiny as many of her ancestors.
In this month of pride, let me give a shoutout to all my LGBTQIA+ people who have changed how they identify over the years. To the people still trying to figure out their identity, even if they thought they found one that fit.
You’re no less part of the community if you first identified as a lesbian, but now ID as a straight trans man. You’re not any less if you first identified as bi, but now consider yourself gay. You’re not any less if you identified as a binary trans person but now have a nonbinary identity.
Don’t let anyone convince you that you had to have known you were a certain way since you were a child to be valid. Don’t let anyone convince you that because your label could change in the future, you aren’t welcome. Don’t let anyone convince you that you must identify a certain way.
We’re all growing and learning about ourselves and maybe what fits today won’t fit a decade from now, but that’s okay. You’re not a bad person for not immediately having perfect knowledge of yourself. You’re not a fake because your identity has changed.
i know you meant well when you said 30 isnt ancient, but im nb so my life expectancy is actually 30 :(
Hey anon, I’m so sorry that that’s a fear you’ve had to live with. I know that trans people are at greater risk of violence and suicide, and I’ve heard people say many times that the life expectancy of trans people (or trans women, or trans women of color, depending on who you ask) is anywhere from 23 to 35. Your ask troubled me, so I’ve dug deep looking for solid evidence of any of these, and I don’t believe that these statistics are true.
A trans woman, Helen, looked into the “23 years” claim and traced it back to someone’s notes on two workshops at a 2007 conference, which stated that trans people’s life expectancy is “believed to be around 23” (emphasis mine) but cites no actual source. This claim has been presented as fact in many news articles since then, but as far as I can tell, no one seems to know where this figure came from.
Another claim is often sourced to an Argentine psychologist quoted in this NPR article:
Psychologist Graciela Balestra, who works closely with the transgender community, says it’s an especially vulnerable population.
“Transgender people have an average life expectancy of about 30 to 32 years,” Balestra says. “They don’t live any longer; I think that statistic alone says so much.”
But again, the article gives no source for this figure.
I found an article claiming that a 2014 report by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) “concludes the average life expectancy of trans people in the Western Hemisphere is between 30-35 years.” However, when I tracked down the report, An Overview of Violence Against LGBTI Persons (pdf), its only reference to this is (emphasis mine): “[T]he IACHR has received information that the life expectancy of trans women in the Americas is between 30 and 35 years of age.” Again, this is no source.
Someone said on my post that these statistics may have come from the NCTE/NGLTF report Injustice at Every Turn (pdf), but I can’t find any reference to any such claim in the report.
Thinking about these claims, they seem unlikely for some basic reasons. Consider that we simply don’t have a long enough span of data on trans people, and that what data we do have is extremely limited because we can’t always know who is trans and who isn’t. Consider also that, although obviously the murder rates for trans people are extremely high, the number of deaths of 20-something trans people would have to be ENORMOUS to offset the existence of older trans people and bring the average down to 30. Especially since, unlike with racial groups for example, the data on trans people would likely include almost no childhood deaths, simply because it would be much more difficult (and in many cases impossible) to identify these children as trans. And since we know that trans women of color are extremely disproportionately affected by violence, statistics that include white people and/or trans men would be especially unlikely to be so low.
And as to your specific situation anon, again given that trans women of color are most at risk, I don’t think we have reason to believe that being non-binary specifically puts a person at anywhere near this level of increased risk of dying young.
I don’t say any of this to question anyone’s experiences or to deny the state of emergency that trans women face with regard to violence. That is very real. But I think it can be harmful, even dangerous to trans people to spread claims like this around, especially without evidence. Expecting to die by 30 would take an extreme emotional toll on anyone, and trans people deserve better.
It certainly is not the same as a murder, but publicizing a low “life expectancy” rate for transwomen of color is another way to steal away their future, a “crime” that has been committed repeatedly by trans, LGBQ, and mainstream press. Think about the people you know or have heard of who have been diagnosed with a fatal illness and given a short time to live: how many of them have enrolled in college, undertaken lengthy training for a new occupation, had a new child, or tried to establish a new non-profit? A few do, certainly, but many more focus on their bucket list, arrange for their good-byes, or simply give up entirely, essentially relinquishing whatever time they have left to depression and regrets. When we tell transwomen of color they cannot expect to live very long, we rob them of hope. We rob them of any motivation to invest in themselves, their relationships, and their communities. We rob them, in short, of their lives even while they are still living. (This statement in no way negates the need to systemically work to improve and increase the life expectancy of trans people through working to end transphobia, racism, poverty, pervasive violence, and health and healthcare inequities, and more.)
One trans woman of color was trying to come to grips with an estimated lifespan figure more than ten years shorter than the one that has been published most often. (We are not repeating any of the (incorrect) estimated lifetime figures that are circulating, to avoid even inadvertent reinforcement.) Faced with the report of yet another attack on another trans woman, she wrote:
These days, I look at the latest reports of stabbed, shot, beaten trans women, search myself for tears, and I cannot find a thing. I want to mourn and rage. I want to honor all of our sisters — the hundreds each year who are ripped, namelessly and without fanfare, from this life — who are taken so young before their time. But the grief and anger — even empathy — do not come. I don’t feel anything but numbness and fatigue, and somewhere far below that, fear.
The terrible irony of the life expectancy “fact” is that it is based on an impossibility. The only ways to determine a given population’s life expectancy are to: examine decades or more of death certificates or census data containing the information being studied, or follow a specific set of individuals for around 100 years and record every single death. There is not and never has been a census of transgender people. Our death certificates do not mark us as transgender. There has been no 100-year-long study of a representative group of trans people. So where are the estimated
lifespan figures coming from?
FORGE tracked the most commonly-cited figure back to what was most likely the 2014 Philadelphia Transgender Health Conference, where a workshop presenter gave the figure and explained she had calculated it by averaging the age of death for all of those listed on the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) website. This means the figure is actually the average age of those trans people who were both murdered and came to the attention of someone who added them to the TDOR list.Interestingly, this average is very close to the average age of everyone who is murdered in the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Justice statistics. [I’m not seeing an average age given in the cited source but you can see on page 5 of this Bureau of Justice Statistics report (pdf) that the average age of homicide victims in the U.S. was between 30 and 35 from 1980 to 2008.]
But not everyone is murdered.
Despite how many there may appear to be, only a tiny, tiny fraction of transpeople are killed by other
people. Most of us, transwomen of color included, live average lifespans and die of the most common U.S. killers — heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease, and unintentional injuries (accidents).
Please don’t add to fear and hopelessness by spreading inaccurate and profoundly disempowering data.
Since I can’t respond to everyone directly, I’m @ing some people who’ve brought this up on my post and may be interested: (urls removed after posting for their privacy). I appreciate your thoughtfulness in bringing this to my attention. If you or anyone else has a source on any of these figures that can provide specific methodology, I’d be very grateful to see that.
In closing, here are some resources that provide a more hopeful view of trans aging. They are well known but I hope they will be helpful to someone.
i think the gems looking like ‘humans’ could work if they were all designed to be somewhat Uncanny Valley-ish or i guess just straight up alien depending on how this goes
i’m no good at articulating exactly what i mean but here’s some examples off the top of my head w/ minimal revision of what i’m talking abt
Pearl (and pearls in general perhaps) being pretty but her limbs are too long and heck she’s just Too Long in general. maybe ‘jointed’ looking elbows/knees/other bendy parts to sort of give off a sort of mannequin/doll feel??? maybe has a ‘spidery’/spindly motion to her
Lapis keeping the mirror eyes and having her arms be either Too Long(again) or kinda like an oar w/fingers (to force water around w/), maybe legs kinda like a waterstrider bug to kinda stand on water (in this case maybe have arms/hands that are similar)
Amethyst keeping her more ‘catlike’ features, maybe getting some more sharp teeth (for the sake of keeping it animate-able i’m gonna say they’re just sharp ‘V’ teeth but im mostly imagining a sort of general ‘carnivore’ mouth) - maybe she has spikes too
Rose just generally being pretty but it’s the sort of pretty that’s just deeply unnerving?? kinda like a really realistic porcelain doll?? i have no idea how to word this honestly
All Gems ranging from either “uncanny valley people” to “holy shit what is that” depending on their relative strength or something i dunno
The Diamonds are just fucking gigantic blobs of tinted light w/ ‘faces’ and discernible forms when they want (or need?) those - the murals of them are art of their most ‘common’ manifestations of what they wanna look like
feel free to add more if you have other ideas bcs im fresh out and the first sentences of this post became less and less relevant as this went on im sorry
NOW HERE ME OUT. This is just something
I’ve been thinking about since all Alteans can’t just be gone and it makes me
too sad to think that Allura and Coran are the last ones.
So what I was thinking with how humans
can be Alteans actually relates back to how the Blue Lion was created. In Voltron
Force there was this arc explaining that five planets brought together
resources to create the Voltron Lions, I don’t remember that arc very well but
it made me think
“What is the Blue Lion was built on
Again hear me out, a loooooong time ago
even more 10,000 years ago Earth was having an ice age people. It makes sense that the Blue Lion, Guardian Spirit
of Water was built on a planet covered more or less 70% in water and ice. My
money is that the Blue Lion was built underwater to be kept safe, along with
the researchers, in an underwater city sounds familiar huh?
If that’s the case, maybe a couple hundred
scientists, researchers, explorers, etc may have called Atlantis and Earth their
home for a time but the planet was not very suitable for a mass population to
live on which may factor in to why Earth has been left untouched by the rest of
the universe. Anyway, moving forward it’d also be interesting if a few other
species like the Merfolk and perhaps even other species humans could consider
myths now were actually other alien species that remained on earth
Now, why did they remain on earth? For this
the first thing that came to mind was Ilos from Mass Effect. That when Zarkon
and the Galra empire rose to take over the empire, the planets the Lions were
built on were cut off from the rest of the universe to prevent Zarkon from
conquering them and learning the secrets of the Lions
And like Ilos, the Altean research team
could have put themselves in cryo perhaps to wait things out or for the Voltron
Force to arrive, other species like the merfolk and even other Alteans could
have lived and maintained the city along with others and they could have become
keepers to the city and the Alteans but it couldn’t have lasted forever right? It
would take a lot of resources they’d eventually have to journey to the surface
when the ice began to melt
Some Alteans and other species that had
lived on Atlantis chose to live on the surface, perhaps alongside the small
human population that survived the Ice Age. The Alteans took their features to
blend in and accepted their new home and the species. Only a handful remained in Atlantis,
some Alteans, mostly merfolk since a few pods were left active, perhaps the
Alteans with the most knowledge of their culture and Voltron.
Then, when the species began to
intermingle. Humans and Alteans began to evolve into a new form of Alteans that
lost their mystical abilities like manipulating quintessence from lack of
exposure to its raw form or maybe even losing the art from it not being caught. It happens over long periods of time,
these Humans/Alteans lose their long life spans and the Altean culture. They
eventually lose the points of their ears and the markings on their bodies but evolve
to adapt and survive in harsh environments so that’s how humans got their current appearance. Because really, they are the ONLY species we’ve seen that resemble Alteans, literally the only different appearance wise are the ears and face marks.
Also I’m thinking around modern times human’s lifespans may have grown again to around 100-150 years but not nearly as long
as the original Alteans (again, a Mass Effect reference, shh)
I’m not saying these human/Alteans lost everything
about them that makes them Altean, but many of the information and culture was
lost when Earth had to cut its ties completely to keep hidden from the Druids
and Zarkon’s rise to power. There may even be some Alteans descendants that
still remember the stories of their people and their abilities, some may even
still have such abilities and watch over Earth
These Human/Alteans that still remember
tend to retain their long lifespans and have been watching over the planet and
protecting it, maybe they’re an order of sorts for them? They may have also
helped humanity evolve faster through technological advances
Perhaps there are members among the
Now I’m going into more headcanon
territory now but imagine if Sam Holt was one of these Altean/Humans? Or maybe
he may even have been one of the scientists in the cryo pods who was one of the
original scientists to work on the Blue Lion? Or maybe he was just a descendant
Just, I’m not letting go of all that
foreshadowing he said to Katie during the last family dinner that she will be a part of her own team and do something extraordinary. If he helped
built Voltron who’s to say he can’t notice a potential pilot? Also, back to Sam
being Altean, he’d jump at the chance to be on a mission to travel out to
Kerberos, the furthest humanity has gotten out to space he’d give anything to go out there and see the universe again because how much do these Alteans really know about how damaged the universe has become?
And everything is great! That is, until Sam and the Kerberos crew
are captured and his hopes are shattered by the state of the universe and what
Zarkon has done to it annnndddd that’s all I got
Well, besides an idea that Zarkon could potentially be rounding up any species/people that have Altean blood in them because they could still be a threat to him and perhaps he has a prison for them? Has them experimented on? Maybe even turns them into whatever Haggar is. After the Haggar is Altean reveal there must be more Alteans out there, I just like to think they’re a little closer to home haha see what I did there
ANYWAY If anyone wants to expand on this idea
go for it, and please tell me about it, also I just really wanted to find a way
for the Altean race to keep living on even if it’s in a different form, this
may even apply to other Alteans around the universe, they’re still alive just
in different forms and shapes to survive
And to end on a happier note anyone who
wanted a valid reason for Altean Lance YOU’RE WELCOME
◇ pairing: jimin | reader ◇ genre: fluff, angst ◇ word count: 8.575 ◇ warnings: none ◇ author’s note: this story will have a sequel since there is much, much more I want to tell, but I wanted to keep it under 10k and I figured this part worked well as a standalone. please enjoy :)
You meet Park Jimin after a particularly rough landing.
You wish time traveling was as easy as the books like to describe, or as beautifully romantic as the movies depict. It is a concept that’s been overly embroidered with advantages that do not exist — and even if normal humans see it as a fortuitous skill, one they long to have, they rarely realize that having a normal life is out of the question for your kind. Even so, there is no point in wishing for something that won’t happen in this lifetime, not with the time traveling genes burning strong within your veins.
Porn Star!Sam x Porn Star!Reader AU—So entirely NSFW
Summary: You get to work with Sammy Winchester for the first
time, Mr. Big Cock Super Star
Word Count: 5.9k
Warnings: Smut, unprotected sex, oral sex (both female and male receiving),
kinda choking, hair pulling, spanking (like, only one little spank, but it’s a good one), come play. It’s filthy porn,
A/N: This is the prelude to a series I’m currently working on. So, get used to
reading Sam as a porn star. And maybe—just maybe—some
other spn characters as well. Guess you’ll have to wait ;) update: some users have had trouble opening the fic on Tumblr, so here is the AO3 link if you find yourself unable to open it as well. Sorry for the inconvience!
You walk on set in your typical fashion—hair tied up in a
messy bun, prescription glasses resting on the bridge of your nose, wearing
sweatpants and a t-shirt with a grande latte with double espresso in your freshly
manicured hand. Part of you dreads how long the day is going to be with
shooting and scene preparation, while the other part buzzes with excitement.
“You ready for your scene today?” Penny, your
agent, asks, face glowing with just as much excitement. You give her an
enthusiastic smile and a quick nod. “Good,” she smiles back,
hands coming up to grab at your shoulders, her deep green eyes catching yours.
“Sammy’s the best in the business. I hear his cock’s insured for a million
“That seems a bit drastic,” you murmur before finishing off your latte.