marginal people

@ my trans siblings: i am here and i love you. every single trans guy, trans gal, and nonbinary person. if you ever need anything, come talk to me. we need to support each other more than ever. especially the trans people marginized within our own communities: trans poc, black trans women, trans folk with disabilities, etc- we gotta be there for them, ok?

and i promise i’ll be here every step of the way protecting you in any way i can.
we exist. and we have a right to exist in public places. this whole bathroom revoke- it won’t stop us. promise 💖

I really don’t understand how people can look at a verse from the Qur'an and look at two different interpretations, one that’s more inclusive of people from marginalized communities, and one that’s not, and think that the one that’s more inclusive is bidah. Like y'all understand that we’re just trying to find a place for ourselves too, right? How are you gonna stand in front of Allah (SWT) on the day of judgment knowing that you made Islam so scary for anyone who’s not cishet? To the point where they want to leave the religion?

Accepting who we are as people and celebrating it is rebellion and we won’t stop doing it. Queer Muslims always existed and always will.

anonymous asked:

I feel like Rocknaldo wasted too much time on its wink-wink nudge-nudge critique of toxic fandom and didn't spend enough time on Ronaldo. (Never thought I'd say a SU episode needed more Ronaldo, but there you go.) It could have been a really nice parable about allyship and supporting marginalized people without making their cause all about you, but instead we got nine minutes of Ronaldo being a jerk and one minute of possible future character development.

I actually really agree with this. SU episodes are short. Sometimes the writers need to pick their battles.

Tbh I’m always happy to see religious leaders standing up for the lgbt community, and I try not even to make a joke of it because I would likely be dead by now if a Roman Catholic priest hadn’t told my parents to shut the fuck up and embrace the fact that I’m trans.

Religious leaders are in a unique position to create change in populations who would otherwise be vehemently opposed to giving marginalized people the respect they deserve. It’s a shame so many take advantage of that power to continue oppression but those who choose to create positive change are a true blessing.

The people who Sherlock Holmes helps are like. Marginalized people. That’s right in the text. That’s. Right in the stories. I mean. That’s an essential part of his characterization. If you don’t have that, you don’t have Holmes.

anonymous asked:

Hey, first of all, looking forward to your book! I know you've explicitly stated that this book is ownvoices for bi rep, and that you also have an aro/ace character. Is it possible to get some ARCs to aro/ace people when they go out? I know that's usually in the hands of publishers, but as you know marginalized people very rarely get access to ARCs over popular allo cishet bloggers. Not sure of the mechanics of publishing, but figured it wouldn't hurt to ask you. Thank you!

Hey! 

I do want to specify that Braeden is asexual only. He isn’t aromantic. Could you help me spread that correction? I would really appreciate it!

About ARCs - YES - I very much want marginalized bloggers to have priority, and I’ll be making that clear to my publicist when it comes time for ARCs to be distributed. This book is very important to me and I wrote it for the teen I was (and what I needed at the time) and teens who may need it now. So it only makes sense that marginalized bloggers should be the ones who have priority to champion it (if you choose to do so after reading it, of course). 

I can’t promise anything, but I will be doing everything in my power on my end. 

One thing I always bring up that straight writers obviously don’t understand but every gay person ever can attest to is that queer people stick together. Like, every queer person knows like 15 other ones and those 15 know even more. 

Like, having only One in your story completely misses the point of how we organize and stay safe, in addition to completely missing the point on being progressive (ie, having A Single Gay in your story isn’t special anymore and hasn’t been for decades now)

It is a fundamental misunderstanding of how marginalized people act bc straight people are allowed to be solitary and they don’t understand any other way of Being

i am just putting it out there now, that if trump wins (which is looking like a Real Possibility, guys), i 100% am blaming you third party voters. there are always going to be stupid, racist republicans. they were always going to vote trump. but the third party voters could have saved this election. we told you, over and over again, but your sense of personal morality was more important to you than the literal safety of marginalized people. take your white liberalism and shove it up your collective asses. this one is On You entirely

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White women elected Trump. Black, brown, trans and queer women have been doing this for far longer and at far greater peril.” Any kind of real solidarity from allies has got to start with acknowledging these truths.

Acknowledge white privilege, and acknowledge who has been fighting for equality from day one, and then use that privilege to help put marginalized people in charge.

  • nazi: it is my belief that people i dont view as fully human should be eradicated through any means necessary.
  • liberal: well thats just their opinion
  • me: its my opinion that nazis should be eradicated through any means necessary before they openly murder the most marginalized of people.
  • liberal: woah thats not okay. its just their opinion.
  • me: u do realize this is just my opinion right. or does that argument only hold up when youre defending nazis.

Justin Trudeau approved the Kinder Morgan pipeline which will run from Canadian oil sands to the Pacific Ocean. The pipeline, which will put Tsleil Waututh First Nations tribal land at risk of oil spills and contamination, undermines every false promise made by Justin Trudeau to put the environment and the safety of FN people first. Trudeau is literally just a liar who has done nothing but break his most important promises to Canadians and further marginalize already marginalized people

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A collection of WWC posts that deal with more general writing advice, character creation and diversity topics applicable to most marginalized people, particularly People of Color and some ethnic and religious groups.

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Character Creation

Characters of Color & Culture

Fantasy & Coding

Writing Sensitive and Controversial Topics

Racism and Micro-Aggressions 

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I’m breaking the point from my last reblog out into a separate post:

Dehumanization of marginalized peoples is not “an opinion,” it is terrorism.

Jews, black people, brown people, immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ folks, disabled folks, etc. have no obligation to respect, educate, or otherwise coddle people who preach that we are not deserving of basic human rights.

Stop telling us to make nice with the fascists who want us dead and start supporting our right to be protected from fucking terrorists.

By arguing against diversity you are arguing against the right of people of color/non-cishet/non able-bodied ppl to have representation and disregarding them and their existence. Your reasonings are irrelevant.

Marginalized people matter and have a right to be represented just as much as cishet white people.

This is not a discussion prompt.

huffingtonpost.com
Dear White People, Your Safety Pins Are Embarrassing
We don’t get to make ourselves feel better by putting on safety pins and self-designating ourselves as allies.

Let me explain something, white people: We just fucked up. Bad. We elected a racist demagogue who has promised to do serious harm to almost every person who isn’t a straight white male, and whose rhetoric has already stirred up hate crimes nationwide. White people were 70% of the voters in the 2016 election, and we’re the only demographic Trump won. It doesn’t matter why. What matters is there’s a white nationalist moving into the Oval Office, and white people — only white people — put him there.

We don’t get to make ourselves feel better by putting on safety pins and self-designating ourselves as allies.

And make no mistake, that’s what the safety pins are for. Making White people feel better. They’ll do little or nothing to reassure the marginalized populations they are allegedly there to reassure; marginalized people know full well the long history of white people calling themselves allies while doing nothing to help, or even inflicting harm on, non-white Americans.

… If you really need some way to show your support, if you just can’t bear to sit in your discomfort for even a little bit longer, here’s my suggestion: Instead of doing the thing white people invented to make ourselves feel better, follow the example of the people from the marginalized communities you want to support.

There are better, more active ways of showing support to marginalized communities. Volunteer, donate, get in touch and get involved! 

When you insist or assume that people like Donald Trump must be mentally ill or otherwise neurodivergent, you are placing the blame for everything wrong with our society on a group of vulnerable, marginalized people who are all far more likely to experience abuse and violence in their life time than your average neurotypical. 

It’s a dangerous and ableist myth that people must be mentally ill/neurodivergent to do or say XYZ. In reality, the average perpetrator or justifier of a violent crime is neurotypical, and mentally ill/neurodivergent people are far more likely to be the victim of such crimes than the perpetrator. 

Instead of assuming that no normal person could do or think X, we must all sit down and realize that all kinds of people are capable of horrible actions. It’s much easier to distance yourself from violence and evil if you can just assume that the people doing and saying these things must have a brain radically different from yours, but instead of doing that we should all look at the widespread beliefs and values and systemic oppression and discrimination in our society which excuses and justifies racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic and ableist acts and which make some people - normal, neurotypical people - think that dehumanizing or demonizing or even attacking or killing certain people is ever justified. 

Violence and hate is about values and beliefs, not about neurodivergence and mental illness, and the sooner we realize that the sooner we can start taking our part of the responsibility for fighting and countering those beliefs and those values and the systems that support them in our everyday lives. 

When you call Donald Trump or other horrible people psychotic or retarded or autistic, you’re not being progressive. You are instead doing exactly what Trump and his supporters are doing - blaming a marginalized, vulnerable group of people for something that isn’t their fault -  and you are thus part of the problem. 

I was thinking about Jon Ronson’s book about public shaming and about recent debates about political tactics and something came together:

When making arguments about ethics, white men consistently ignore power as a lens of analysis. For many of them, actions are either right or wrong regardless of power differentials between the people involved, the stakes for those with less power, and the options they have available to them.

Protesting to have Milo disinvited from your campus therefore becomes *just as bad* as Milo’s own actions towards marginalized people, despite the vast disparities in harm done and options available. (This is not a strawman. When y'all say, “This makes you just as bad as them,” that’s literally what you’re saying.) That Milo’s talk, as planned, would’ve caused serious, measurable, and irreparable harm to specific students, and that protesters had exhausted all “proper” channels for months beforehand, doesn’t seem to matter in this analysis.

All that matters is the specific action taken. “Preventing a person from speaking.” “Destroying property.” “Public shaming.” These actions are seen as unethical regardless of who did them and why, what consequences they face if they do not take these actions, and what other options–if any–they have available.

I keep coming back to MLK’s quote about riots being the language of the unheard. For the most part, people resort to tactics that fall into ethical grey areas because other tactics are unavailable or have already failed. I’m sure that there are people who do so despite having better options, just as there are always people who act unethically in other ways.

But unfortunately, for an outside observer with no skin in the game, it’s very hard to tell whether or not that’s the case. I saw so many posts patronizingly chiding Berkeley students for not trying other tactics before protesting and/or destroying property (although most did not destroy property, and the oft-used phrase “violent protest” implies much more than that). They had no idea of the lengths to which the protesters went to utilize “appropriate” means to keep themselves and their community safe. It didn’t work. They remained unheard.

Any ethics that ignores the role of power will privilege the powerful. Our Republican members of Congress don’t need to riot, set fires, and block the streets in order to get what they want. They do appropriate, ethical things like draft policies and have debates and vote. Because they have the power to. The specific actions they take–drafting policies, debating, voting–are not seen as inherently unethical things to do. Yet they’ve destroyed lives, families, and communities. They’ve achieved a level of destruction that even the rowdiest masked protesters never could, not that they’d want to.