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Trans firefighter serving as grand marshal for NYC Pride March shares moving story on FDNY Instagram

  • On the Sunday of Pride March, the annual parade in New York celebrating the triumphs of LGBTQ people, the Fire Department of New York took to Instagram to post a powerful message from Brooke Guinan, a 29-year old trans firefighter and LGBTQ outreach coordinator for the FDNY who is one of four grand marshals for the parade.
  • In her message, Guinan opens up about her struggles as a trans woman and why being chosen as a grand marshal for the parade is such an honor.
  • “As a trans woman, it was a supremely difficult experience trying to find safe spaces, acceptance and love in society, but by being honest about my experiences I hope that others can learn from the paths that I have navigated,” Guinan said. “Being a grand marshal is beyond anything that I have ever thought of and I feel very much that I owe the honor to those LGBTQ heroes who have inspired me and helped me to find my own voice.” Read more. (6/25/17 2:04 PM) 

My dear lgbt+ kids, 

Now that pride month is nearly over, I want to send a hug to everyone who is surrounded by people who will suddenly stop caring about lgbt+ topics. 

You may have friends or even family members who think of pride events as a cool party, a nice opportunity to dress up or get drunk, or (even worse) a fun excuse to stare at and fetishize lgbt+ people - but don’t care actually about lgbt+ rights at all. 

You may go to a school where the staff seems to believe they’re being super good allies for lgbt+ kids if they acknowledge the existence of homosexuality once a year during pride month - but don’t care about actually protecting and supporting you for the rest of the year. 

You may work in a company that profits from pride month by slapping a rainbow on their products - but don’t actually care about their lgbt+ employees or customers, only about their money. 

Those people suck. You deserve better than that. 

With all my love, 

Your Tumblr Mom

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the carnivorous pitcher plant family nepenthes has a lot of traits that make them intriguing to botanists, but one of the most unique things about them is that they’re one of the only plant families in the world that are completely diecious; individuals are either entirely male or entirely female, something that occurs to some degree in about 6% of the plant kingdom. we don’t know a whole lot about how this works or what triggers it. nepenthes breeders find that sometimes, their plants will open for a bloom and will have changed genders entirely, with no apparent cause (this exclusive dioecy can be a great challenge in conservation settings, when there are only so many male and female plants in a remaining native environment, but this is a discussion for another time). where plants physiologically determine their sex is funky and weird and sometimes varies by species.

in these kinds of studies, there are also plant families, species, and populations that are found to be in a weird state of mixed dioecy. for example: some recent studies have been done on strawberry populations in various parts of the US. these populations have portions that are male, female, both, or neither. the sex ratios shift and are generally weird based on a lot of different factors, and even factors we dont know yet, as well as some we do. we know little about what triggers this, and what triggers a possible sex change in an individual plant. questions have been raised, in recent years, about where sex in a plant is determined, how its determined, and even- on a larger scale- if all plants are headed down this evolutionary path to the advantages provided by not always being hemaphrodites. sex and gender are strange, and so is nature. 

so i guess what im saying is that the plants say ur gender is valid