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The Beatles accompanied by their wives, George’s parents, Mal Evans and Neil Aspinall arrive for a memorial service for Brian Epstein at the New London Synagogue, 33 Abbey Road, London, not far from EMI Studios. Also in attendance were Cilla Black and Bobby Willis, Gerry Marsden, The Fourmost, Billy J Kramer and Lulu accompanied by Peter Brown. 

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Opinion | What happened when an Orthodox Jewish congregation went to a gay bar to mourn Orlando
The Orlando attack fell during Shavuot, a joyous Jewish holiday.

When our synagogue heard about the horrific tragedy that took place at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, it was at the same time that we were celebrating our festival of Shavuot, which celebrates God’s giving of the Torah.

As Orthodox Jews, we don’t travel or use the Internet on the Sabbath or on holidays, such as Shavuot. But on Sunday night, as we heard the news, I announced from the pulpit that as soon as the holiday ended at 9:17 p.m. Monday, we would travel from our synagogue in Northwest Washington to a gay bar as an act of solidarity.

We just wanted to share the message that we were all in tremendous pain and that our lives were not going on as normal. Even though the holiday is a joyous occasion, I felt tears in my eyes as I recited our sacred prayers.

I had not been to a bar in more than 20 years. And I had never been to a gay bar. Someone in the congregation told me about a bar called the Fireplace, so I announced that as our destination. Afterward, I found out it was predominantly frequented by gay African Americans.

Approximately a dozen of us, wearing our kippot, or yarmulkes, went down as soon as the holiday ended. Some of the members of our group are gay, but most are not. We did not know what to expect. As we gathered outside, we saw one large, drunk man talking loudly and wildly. I wondered whether we were in the right place. Then my mother, who was with me, went up to a man who was standing on the side of the building. She told him why we were there. He broke down in tears and told us his cousin was killed at Pulse. He embraced us and invited us into the Fireplace.

We didn’t know what to expect, but it turned out that we had so much in common. We met everyone in the bar. One of the patrons told me that his stepchildren were actually bar-mitzvahed in our congregation. Another one asked for my card so that his church could come and visit. The bartender shut off all of the music in the room, and the crowd became silent as we offered words of prayer and healing. My co-clergy Maharat Ruth Friedman shared a blessing related to the holiday of Shavuot, and she lit memorial candles on the bar ledge. Then everyone in the bar put their hands around each other’s shoulders, and we sang soulful tunes. After that, one of our congregants bought a round of beer for the whole bar.

Everyone in the bar embraced each other. It was powerful and moving and real and raw.

After that we moved to the outdoor makeshift memorial service at Dupont Circle. There, too, we did not know what to expect. But as we gathered around the circle, people kept coming up to us and embracing us. One man we met there told us that his daughter sometimes prays with us. Others were visiting from Los Angeles but joined in full voice, clearly knowing the Hebrew words to the song we were singing.

As we were singing, I looked over at some gay members of our congregation and saw tears flowing down their faces. I felt the reality that we are living in a time of enormous pain. But I also felt that the night was a tremendous learning experience for me. I learned that when a rabbi and members of an Orthodox synagogue walk into a gay African American bar, it is not the opening line of a joke but an opportunity to connect; it is an opportunity to break down barriers and come together as one; it is an opportunity to learn that if we are going to survive, we all need each other.

I don’t think this article got very much traction last year, but I wanted to share it again.

the ONLY way 

I’m going to forgive MARVEL

if steve rogers dies in infinity war

is if they make it SUPER GAY

AND i MEAN

SOOPUR-DOOPUR GAYYYYY

I want the slow motion when he takes the shot for someone

I want the overdramatic “NOOOO” while he topples over and hits the ground as everyone forgets that the world is literally ending in favor of running towards him

I want fucking Bucky to cradle his face and look deeply into his eyes and say  shit like “no it’s too soon” and “ we were supposed to make it together” as sentimental music swells

I want Tony and Steve to finally forgive each other. Tony apologizes for everything, Steve responds with an apology of his own. They both admit to have fucking up, it’s beautiful.

I WANT TEARS IN EVERYONE’S EYES

steve is holding on to bucky, he looks at him and tells him he’ll be ok, he’ll really be ok now

Bucky is stroking his hair and holding him tight and he’s like “steve i’m not going anywhere i’m right here i’m right here “ and when he realizes he’s really just NOT gonna make it, he gives him this little wry smile and says “it’s ok, you can go. it’s ok..”

steve turns to tony, he tells him he’s one of the best men he’s ever known and to look after the others to which tony pledges “i will”

AND STEVE CAN FINALLY LET GO

steve gives his final breath in bucky’s arms in the climax of the musical score called “The End Of The Line” or some shit like that. (wasn’t that a track in CATWS?? IDK maybe it’s the same track but a more Epic arrangement). bucky sobs. natasha sobs. EVERYONE SOBBING. and then they use steve’s memory to defeat thanos.

The post-credit scene is sam wilson coming home from steve’s memorial service to his apartment. he is surprised to find a shield right there, sitting in his living room. there’s a note from tony  saying some shit like “found this in (insert convenient place here), I think he meant for you to have it”. there’s a letter attached to the note, from steve, basically giving him his blessing to be Capn’ Murica. Sam finishes reading the letter with a watery smile and looks on at the shield.

…this is the only. way…. i’m saying goodbye.

It’s been 16 years since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, but the images of that day remain clear. Two planes were flown into the World Trade Center in New York and a third into the Pentagon in Virginia. Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives. Because of the actions of 40 passengers and crew aboard the fourth plane, Flight 93, the U.S. Capitol was saved. In New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania and across the country, people will gather today to remember the depth of our loss and the strength of our resolve. By visiting these places and hearing their stories, those who were taken will never be forgotten. Photo from Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania by Tami Heilemann, Interior.

A Beautiful Suicide

This photograph of a woman who committed suicide by jumping off the Empire State Building is one of TIME magazine’s most iconic pictures.

Evelyn McHale (23) travelled to New York on April 30, 1947, to meet with her fiancé and organise her upcoming wedding. Inexplicably, the next day, she visited the Empire State Building and hurled herself from the 86th story observation deck. She landed on the roof of a stationary car, her body miraculously intact. A passing photographer managed to capture Evelyn’s strangely peaceful pose, and he dubbed her ‘the most beautiful suicide in the world’.

Evelyn had been suffering from terrible anxiety and stress over her upcoming wedding, and had left a suicide note next to her neatly folded coat on the observation deck she jumped from. The note read:

“I don’t want anyone in or out of my family to see any part of me. Could you destroy my body by cremation? I beg of you and my family – don’t have any service for me or remembrance for me. My fiance asked me to marry him in June. I don’t think I would make a good wife for anybody. He is much better off without me. Tell my father, I have too many of my mother’s tendencies.”

In accordance with her wishes, Evelyn McHale was cremated with no funeral or memorial service.

the AIDS crisis is inconceivable to me, in the literal sense; I cannot conceive its enormity, cannot wrap my head around it. It’s an abyss. I read the accounts of whole neighborhoods dying, people disappearing by the month, constant memorial services, and I just sort of…I can’t even look at it, this razing wall of death. And no one in power moved to stop it because it was faggots who were dying and no one in power cared. And there’s a whole generation of gay men gone. Just a few random stragglers spared by chance, some of whom I’ve even met. And how do they go on having experienced this whole thing firsthand? How do they make sense of it all? How do they bear it?

At my funeral
  • Memorial service dude: we are gathered here today to commemorate the life of this person. Their final request was for this song to be played.
  • *opening yoi theme starts playing*
  • *my coffin slowly opens*
  • *everyone stares at coffin in fear*
  • Me: can you hear my heartbeat?
  • My bff: *whispers* t-tired of f-feeling never enough
  • Me: *sits up* close my eyes and tell myself that my dreams will come true
  • My mom: *crying* they'll be no more darkness when you believe in yourself you are unstoppable
  • My dad: where your destiny lies, dancing on the blades, you set my heart on fire
  • Everyone: DONT STOP US NOW, THE MOMENT OF TRUTH, WE WERE BORN TO MAKE HISTORY

housewylde  asked:

Idea for 2TaTCC: an episode where you are in full drag and the cats get out and run into a bunch of places like a school and a memorial service. "It's okay, everybody, I'm not here for *squints* Elmer, I'm just lookin' for my cats."

*SLAPS TABLE*

@netflix IT WRITES ITSELF GIVE ME AND @toomuchducky OUR OWN SERIES

IT’S NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK

HUZZAH! It is National Library Week, bookworms and library cats!! 

And that means it is the perfect time of year to show some love to your local (and not local) Libraries, both in person and online. So, just as we took time to make a special post on Follow a Library Day last year, we’ve created ANOTHER master post to honor all the libraries we know so far on tumblr so that you can #followalibrary!! 

Check out their tumblrs below and show them some love, bookworms!
(Alphabetical by url)

@alachualibrary (The Alachua County Library District)

@alt-library (By Sacramento Public Library)

@aplibrary (Abilene Public Library)

@austinpubliclibrary (Austin Public Library)

@badgerslrc (The Klamath Community College’s Learning Research Center)

@bflteens (Baker Free Library’s Tumblr For Teens)

@bibliosanvalentino (Biblioteca San Valentino [San Valentino Library])

@biodivlibrary (Biodiversity Heritage Library)

@bodleianlibs (Bodleian Libraries)

@boonelibrary (Boone County Public Library)

@brkteenlib (Brookline Public Library Teen Services Department)

@californiastatelibrary (California State Library)

@cheshirelibrary (Cheshire Public Library)

@cityoflondonlibraries (City of London Libraries)

@cmclibraryteen (Cape May County Library’s Teen Services)

@cobblibrary (Cobb County Public Library System)

@cpl-archives (Cleveland Public Library Archives)

@cplsteens (Clearwater Public Library Teens)

@darienlibrary (Darien Library)

@dcpubliclibrary (DC Public Library)

@decaturpubliclibrary (Decatur Public Library)

@delawarelibrary (Delaware County District Library)

@detroitlib (Detroit Public Library Music, Arts & Literature Department)

@douglaslibraryteens (Douglas Library For Teens)

@dplteens (Danville Public Library Teens)

@escondidolibrary (Escondido Public Library)

@fontanalib (Fontana Regional Library)

@fppld-teens (Franklin Park Library Teens)

@friscolibrary (Frisco Public Library)

@gastonlibrary (Gaston County Public Library)

@glendaleteenlibrary (Glendale Public Library Teens)

@hpldreads (Havana Public Library District)

@hpl-teens (Homewood Public Library For Teens)

@kingsbridgelibraryteens (Kingsbridge Library Teens Advisory Group)

@lanelibteens (Lane Memorial Library Teen Services)

@lawrencepubliclibrary (Lawrence Public Library)

@marioncolibraries (Marion County Public Library System)

@mrcplteens (Mansfield/Richland County Public Library Teen Zone)

@myrichlandlibrary (Mansfield/Richland County Public Library)

@necclibrary (Northern Essex Community College Libraries)

@novipubliclibrary (Novi Public Library)

@nplteens (Nashua Public Library Teens)

@orangecountylibrarysystem (Orange County Library System)

@othmeralia  (Othmer Library of Chemical History)

@petit-branch-library (Petit Branch Library)

@pflibteens (Pflugerville Public Library Teenspace)

@plainfieldlibrary (Plainfield Public Library District)

@royhartlibrary (RoyHart Community Library)

@safetyharborpubliclibrary (Safety Harbor Library Teen Zone)

@santamonicalibr (Santa Monica Public Library)

@schlowlibrary (Schlow Centre Region Library)

@smithsonianlibraries (Museum Library System)

@smlibrary (Sheppard Memorial Library)

@southeastlibrary (Southeast Branch Library)

@tampabaylibraryconsortium-blog (Tampa Bay Library Consortium)

@teenbookerie (Erie County Public Library For Teens)

@teencenterspl (The Smith Public Library Teen Center)

@teensfvrl (Fraser Valley Regional Library)

@teen-stuff-at-the-library (White Oak Library District)

@therealpasadenapubliclibrary (Pasadena Public Library)

@ucflibrary (University of Central Florida Library)

@uwmspeccoll (University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Libraries Special Collections)

@vculibraries (Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries)

@waynecountyteenzone (Wayne County Public Library’s Teen Space)

@wellingtoncitylibraries (Wellington City Libraries)

@widenerlibrary (Harvard’s Widener Library)

Whew! There’s a LOT of you. :) But we now this list is just getting started! Feel free to keep the library love going by adding any libraries we missed/don’t know of yet! (And if you’re not following US already, well, what better time to start than this week? ;) Eh? Eh?) And, of course, never hesitate to visit your Library in person. We love seeing you! :) 

Happy National Library Week, library cats!