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Here are some LGBT movies I’ve watched !!

Top picks (in alphabetical order)

Big Eden (2000)
Gay artist Henry moves from NYC to small hometown to take care of sick grandfather. A really sweet, heartwarming story. Bonus points for no homophobia (!!) plot line & a gay native american man, Pike, who is adorable and crushes on Henry.

Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Who hasn’t seen this? Two shepherds and their tumultuous love story over the years. 

But I’m a Cheerleader (1999)
Girl gets sent to a boot camp meant to alter her sexuality. Funny and aesthetic and really cheesy but worth the watch.

Carol (2015)
A young woman in her 20s, Therese Belivet is a clerk working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol, an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage. 

First Girl I Loved (2016)
Girl falls in love with the most popular girl from her school. Bonus points for a nuanced and realistic portrayal of teenagers.

The Way He Looks (Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho, 2014)
Brazilian coming-of-age drama about a blind boy who falls in love with his classmate. Based on a short film called “I don’t want to go back alone”, which you can find on youtube.

Holding The Man (2015)
In the 1970s, two teen boys in Australia fight all obstacles thrown their way and refuse to renounce the love they feel for each other. Based on Australia’s “most famous gay biography”.

I Killed My Mother (J’ai Tué Ma Mère, 2009) 
Biographical drama. Directorial debut of Quebecois actor Xavier Dolan, which he also wrote, produced and starred in. My favourite film by him.

Kill Your Darlings (2013)
Biographical drama/thriller. A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation. Peep Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan.

Laurence Anyways (2012)
A drama that charts ten years in the relationship of a transgender woman’s relationship with her lover. Directed by Xavier Dolan.

Maurice (1987)
The story of a gay man in the early 20th century. A really sweet film with bonus points for being a gay period drama that - spoilers - has a happy ending.

Moonlight (2016) (see title card)
A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young black man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. First lgbt film (and film with all-black cast) to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards 2017.

Pride (2014)
U.K. gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984. A truly feel-good movie every one should watch.

The Handmaiden (2016)
A woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, but secretly she is involved in a plot to defraud her. It’s been called a “South Korean Gothic Lesbian Revenge Thriller”. Just watch it. Trust me. 

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
A cult-classic and must-watch. Need I say more?


Rest of movies in alphabetical order under cut, with some commentary by yrs truly (me. a gay.)

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We're a Cliche

Originally posted by wwhatfinn

Pairing: Jughead Jones x Reader

Requested: @taliajromanoff

Summary: For the longest time you’ve had a crush on Jughead. After working together on solving Jason’s death things between the two of you develop into something more.

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Working for the Blue and Gold was the only thing you liked about going to the hellhole that is your school, apart from seeing your friends. When Betty suggested starting it up again you jumped at the opportunity as you loved writing and taking photos too, it was one of your favourite pastimes, and when Betty got Jughead to join you silently thanked her. For the longest time you, Betty, Archie and Jughead have been friends and for a while now you have had a crush on Jughead.

You don’t really remember when your feelings for him developed from more than just friends but you were head over heels for him. The reason why you haven’t acted upon your feelings for him for so long is because he probably doesn’t feel the same way. You see the way he looks at Betty, you know it all too well, it’s the same look you have when you look at him. When he walks into a room your breath hitches in your throat. When he smiles at you blush creeps on your face. When he’s near you your heart flutters. You had fallen for Jughead, you had fallen hard.

After Jason’s death Jughead had started investigating into it and when he asked you to help me you practically jumped at the opportunity that you got to spend more time with Jughead, one on one. You would spend most nights with him at Pop’s diner figuring out clues and finding out information. Milkshake after milkshake you would talk and talk until it was time to leave. At the start it used to be about Jason’s death but as time went on you both ran out of leads and got talking about anything other than Jason. You were spending time together and getting to know one another, not that you complained. As far as you were concerned though there wasn’t any more leads in the Jason case so when Betty came up to you and asked you about a lead you didn’t know about you were confused.

Jughead was sitting in his usual booth at Pop’s when you decided to confront him. When you walked in he looked up and smiled. “Hey, Y/N.” In return you gave him a small smile although you wanted to look annoyed but he has this affect on you that makes you smile when you see him.

“Why didn’t you tell me about this new lead?” You asked sliding into the seat opposite him. Jughead looked at you in shock, he was speechless, he didn’t expect you to find out.

“How- how did you find out about it?” Guilt washed over his face that he kept it from you.

“Betty told me. Is the reason you didn’t want me to know because you would rather solve it with Betty and not me?”

“What? No, Y/N, of course I want to solve it with you and hang out with you. There’s no one else I’d rather do it with. It’s just that when we ran out of leads we were hanging out getting to know one another just the two of us and I didn’t want it to end because I was enjoying spending time with you. I like you Y/N.”

“You-you like me?” You asked bewilderment forming on your face.

“Yes of course I do.” Jughead said, reaching over the table to hold you hand which you accepted.

“I thought it was Betty that you liked.” You said sheepishly.

“It’s you Y/N. It’s always been you. I don’t even remember when I started liking you more than a friend but when you accepted my offer to help me with the investigation I was so happy. Happy that I get to hang out with you and get to know you better. I know it’s stupid that I kept the new lead from you so I could spend more time with you when in reality I should have just asked you but I was afraid you wouldn’t.”

“Oh… I-I don’t know what to say.” You were overwhelmed to say the least. The guy you had a crush on for the longest time had just admitted he likes you too. When you said this Jughead retreated his hand and looked embarrassed, all hope drained from his face. You automatically grabbed his hand back into yours and added. “That came out wrong. I like you too, Jughead. I have done for a while. I was afraid to tell you incase you didn’t feel the same way and then I thought you liked Betty which I now know you don’t.” You smiled at him and all hope returned to Jughead’s face just as quick as it did leaving it.

“What are we like? This whole time we liked each other but we were too afraid to say anything.”

“I know right. It’s so cliche.” You laughed.

“Definitely. I’m guessing now is the moment I ask you on a real date.”

“And then I tell you I would like that.”

“Y/N, would you like to go out on a date with me?”

“I would love to.”


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A/N: so I have an idea for a song fic but I have no idea how to write it. (rip)

MASTERLIST

On This Day: July 8
  • 1792: Percy Bysshe Shelley drowns in Lerici, Italy. Radical poet who denounced the Peterloo massacre. He is regarded by some as among the finest lyric poets in the English language.
  • 1867: Käthe Kollwitz born in Königsberg. She was apainter and sculptor. Her most famous art cycles, including The Weavers and The Peasant War, depict the effects of poverty, hunger, and war on the working class.
  • 1885: Marxist utopian Ernst Bloch born in Ludwigshafen, Germany. He was influential in 1968’s student movements and liberation theology.
  • 1898: Anarcho-syndicalist May Picqueray born in Châteaubriant, Bretagne. Founded the Le Réfractaire magazine.
  • 1898: Georges Butaud founds colony in Paris suburbs.
  • 1900: Anarcho-syndicalist Ettore Cropalti born in Castelvetro di Modena, Italy. He was a member of the FAI.
  • 1905: The Revolution of 1905: Battleship Potemkin uprising ends.
  • 1914: Members of the all-women Harrow Road “Check Skirt Gang” rob a London pattern maker, taking everything that is not nailed down.
  • 1937: Britain sends 13,000 troops to Palestine, and martial law is declared, in an attempt to crush Arab rebellion for land.
  • 1943: Anarchist and Secretary-General of the CNT during the Spanish Civil War, Esteban Pallarols Xirgu (aka Riera), is shot and killed in Barcelona.
  • 1962: Thai military leader Ne Win orders the Rangoon University Student Union building blown up to crush emerging Student Movement.
  • 1966: Anarchist Antonio Casanova dies in Bueno Aires. He fought in the Spanish Civil War and French Resistance.
  • 1968: The Dodge Revolutionary Movement led a three day strike of 3,000 workers at Chrysler’s Hamtramck plant.
  • 1981: Irish hunger strike: Joe McDonnell dies after 61 days on hunger strike.
  • 1984: British Miners’ Strike: High Court declares National Union of Mineworkers annual conference unlawful. National dock strike called against movement of coal.
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During the 1984/5 strike of the National Union of Mineworkers, – the longest in British history – a gay and lesbian group from London collected and donated more money (£11,000 by December 1984) to the miners from the Dulais valley (South Wales) than any other fundraiser in the UK, along with a minibus emblazoned with the logo LGSM: Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners. The film Pride tells their story.

MASTERLIST

updated regularly

WANDA MAXIMOFF

my sister’s girl

beach day

two girlfriends

nervous

long time crush

it’s the thought that counts

flowers

dinner

mistletoe

7 hour drive

mind reading SMUT

lazy sundays

sweater thief

STEVE ROGERS

miscommunication

he’s tough cause he cares

shut up, you dork

shy

jealousy

cheating

i don’t love you

i don’t love you pt. 2

no one can love you like i can

trouble

iron daughter

not what it looks like

it killed me to see you with him

why have you been avoiding me

i want you to go

i want you to go pt. 2

i believed you

what’s a bucky

how much do you want these

sentimental value

double the presents

food poisoning

baby blues

best guy

picnic date

i got you

THOR ODINSON

house party gone wrong

i want you to go

i want you to go pt. 2

BUCKY BARNES

overworked

too harsh

cuddle buddy

shy

hot and cold

are you afraid of me

internet use

what’s a bucky

adored by him

cramps

escape

just us 

on the run

on the run pt. 2

second christmas

beautiful

food poisoning

cold hands

first time father

not married

labor pains

day off

nightmares

TONY STARK

not what it looks like

i’m pregnant

iron daughter

panic

is he mine

work obsessed

baby blues

careless

you might be pregnant

proposal

high school reunion

picnic date

CLINT BARTON

they just grow up so fast

she’s quite stunning

confused feelings

secrets

afraid

stop, we’re in public

i believed you

doctor’s office

sexual frustration SMUT

phone booth

the hat

it brings out you’re eyes

dinner party

PIETRO MAXIMOFF

meet the parents

pillow forts

you couldn’t have tried

i’m in love with you

no one can love you like i can

anxiety

serious blue eyes

whoops

not for sale

BRUCE BANNER

you’ll be okay

MATT MURDOCK

masked vigilante

you need a bell

we’re in public

pregnant

feeding time

under qualified 

first day of school

first christmas

my two boys

college

i’ll get you back for that

headache

labor

paint

always

LOKI LAUFEYSON

public

stop looking at me like that

letting it all out SMUT

do you really see me like that

my queen

NATASHA ROMANOFF

two girlfriends

year abroad

christmas surprise

broken arm

baby blues

closeted feelings

hospital

SAM WILSON

sweetest girl

SHARON CARTER

eyes for you

coming out

AVENGERS

not alone

surprise party

not my day

intruders

SCOTT LANG

first mission

NON READER

subway ride (steggy)

stand by you (steggy)

sleepy steve (steggy)

icy sidewalks (steggy)

valentines day (steggy)

Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farmworkers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.
—  Nelson Mandela
Afro Latinx: A history of struggle for visibility and inclusion

The beauty of Latin America and the Caribbean, lies in its cultural, ethnic and racial diversity that stems from  the rich historical background of the region. Sadly however, the depictions of its inhabitants in mainstream media has prompted the world to view latinx in a distorted and incomplete way. The erasure of black latinx is perhaps the biggest injustice that has been applied throughout all the history of the diasporas and the reasonwhy it is urgent to spread education about who afro latinx are.


According to Wikipedia,many people of African origin arrived in the Americas with the Spanish and Portuguese in the 15th and 16th centuries. Pedro Alonso Niño, traditionally considered the first of many New World explorers of African descent was a navigator in the 1492 Columbus expedition. Those who were directly from West Africa mostly arrived in Latin America as part of the Atlantic slave trade, as agricultural, domestic, and menial laborers and as mineworkers. They were also employed in mapping and exploration (for example, Estevanico) and were even involved in conquest (for example, Juan Valiente.) The Caribbean and Latin America received 95 percent of the Africans arriving in the Americas with only 5 percent going to Northern America.


Traditional terms for Afro-Latin Americans with their own developed culture include garífuna (in Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, and Belize), cafuzo (in Brazil), and zambo in the Andes and Central America. Marabou is a term of Haitian origin denoting a Haitian of multiracial ethnicity.


So what has caused blacks to be discarded from the history books? Perhaps the fact that most of them arrived as slaves and not as settlers is the most important factor. “He who writes history, writes about the victors.“ 


Today the lack of information regarding afro latinx continues to be the biggest hurdle they have to overcome. And why fight for recognition and inclusion? In Latin America and the Caribbean, their struggles for basic human necessities are still a part of their plight. Land ownership, land recognition, access to health facilities, medicine, education and housing are only some of their clamours. With many living under poverty lines in impoverished regions where they have been pushed to settle through out centuries, the lack of inclusion in governmental agendas represents to this day the most monumental impediment in obtaining a more dignified way of life.


Countries like Mexico and Brazil, just recently began to acknowledge the presence of their black populations. 


​​The media continues to play against afro latinx. With little to no representation in television or cinema, they also have had to settle for erroneous depictions of who they are. If one is to flip though the channels in any latin american cable broadcasting network, black latinx are rarely seen or form part of the minority. Colorism also plays a role in the representationof afro latinx, considering the lighter the skin tone, the more likely they are to be considered for a role or a job in television.


Spaces in social media are currently the most effective tools afro latinx have to enlighten the world on their identity. Conceivably, the understanding that people can be black and latinx is still an achievement that hasn’t been unlocked.


Written by blog admin: Diana Mejía
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“It was like something from the civil war”: the 30th anniversary of the Battle of Orgreave

On June 18, 1984, at the height of the UK Miner’s strike, the National Union of Mineworkers arranged what was intended to be a routine mass picket at the British Steel coking plant in Orgreave, South Yorkshire.

Instead, 8000 miners and 5000 police officers – although these numbers are disputed, especially on the side of the police, who may have brought as many as 10,000 men – fought for hours in what has since become one of the most controversial events in recent British history.

In the intervening thirty years, the police involved, (and their superiors), have been accused of brutality, assault, perjury, collusion, perverting the course of justice, and abuse of public office. Not a single miner charged was convicted, and South Yorkshire Police had to pay thirty-nine of those arrested £425,000 in an out of court settlement. It is widely believed by many to be one of the most glaring examples of state violence in contemporary Britain.

The miner’s strike defined its decade. Following the revelation in March 1984 that the government intended to close twenty coal mines, with seventy to follow, mass walk-outs and strikes started immediately. The strike is usually seen as the most important domestic event of the era, as the defeat weakened union power in Britain immensely, and set the stage for five more years of Thatcherite rule.  

The tiny village of Orgreave in South Yorkshire had a population almost exclusively employed in the mining industry. Arthur Scargill, the strike leader, considered the Orgreave coking works to be crucial to the success of the strike, and, after finding out that the plant was having more coal delivered than the amount that had been agreed, sent picketers from all over the country to prevent coal being delivered to the plant. The formation of such lines to prevent delivery was standard practice during the strike.

Initially, the strike was business as usual. The strikers played football, and many removed their shirts. When the lorries arrived to fetch more coal, the order was given for the ‘push’, where miners charged at police lines in an attempt to break them. There was some back and forth for some time, and deployment of mounted police. All of this was reasonably standard for picket action.

However, the police did something new to the UK, and deployed riot police, armed with batons and short shields, and wearing riot gear. The miners panicked, although eventually calm was restored, and space was cleared for the lorries to get through. What happened next is subject to much debate, but what is certain that the miners retreated and were chased by police. The miners were outnumbered and forced to run across a railway line, and some had to climb down the embankment of the bridge, and across the rails. 

It is not disputed that the miners threw stones at the police. But it is widely asserted by the miners that the police response to what amounted to minor resistance was immense and brutal. The miners allege that the police had deliberately pulled picketers out of the crowd to beat them. They charged them with horses and and continued to hit and kick them after their arrest.

Photographs taken at Orgreave show numerous picketers being dragged away bleeding, sat on by officers, and police beating picketers who were not resisting. It has been asserted that the police tactics were the first usage of the deeply controversial kettling technique in the UK. The iconic photograph of Lesley Boulton, a member of Women Against Pit Closures and an unarmed woman, raising her hand to defend herself against a mounted police officer with a baton, became the defining image of the picket.

Ninety-five strikers were charged with riot and unlawful assembly. Riot carried a mandatory life sentence. One of the defendants, Arthur Critchlow, said that he was beaten after arrest by two officers armed with truncheons, and that during his trial he believed utterly that “the state could do what they wanted.” Ultimately, all the trials collapsed, but no officer was ever charged with misconduct. Michael Mansfield QC, who defended many of the miners, said that the evidence given by South Yorkshire Police was “the biggest frame-up ever.”

So: you’ve read all this, and you’re asking, but why does this matter? Because the Battle of Orgreave was a turning point for Britain, and not for the better. Protest became more difficult after Orgreave. Thatcher used the police force more and more as her personal army, to deal with what she considered to be a dangerous revolutionary movement that needed to be crushed at all costs. Thirty years after Orgreave, officers who beat unarmed fifteen year old boys in the street have never faced discipline. Even police officers involved in the Battle claim that it was a travesty. A BBC investigation found widespread evidence that commanding officers in the South Yorkshire Police deliberately fabricated evidence, and that dozens of written “statements” given by officers present at Orgreave were identical.

We are all, in a sense, Thatcher’s children. We live in the shadow of what she destroyed. It is inconceivable that it should take thirty years for basic justice to be done, but that is the world she left us. Hopefully we will finally get an inquiry. But do not believe anyone who tells you that we need to move on from Orgreave. We never got a chance to move on from Orgreave. The working class of Britain have lived with the consequences of Thatcher’s regime for thirty years. Stop being frustrated that people won’t stop harping on about the past, and recognise that you might be angry if it took thirty years for justice to be done. The miner’s strike ended, but the systematic attack, degradation, and smearing of the working classes in Britain have not, and that’s why Orgreave matters. We are all Thatcher’s children. That means you, too.

SOUTH AFRICA, Marikana : A South African miner dances carrying a branch of tree on August 16, 2014 in front of the hill where two years ago miners where gunned down by the South African police during a violent wave of strikes. Thousands of South African platinum mineworkers on August 16 gathered at Marikana to commemorate the second anniversary of the killing of 34 of their colleagues by police during a strike. AFP PHOTO/MARCO LONGARI

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Pride - Official Launch Trailer (2014)

It’s Summer 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power, and the National Union of Mineworkers are on strike! At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. But the only problem is the Union seems too embarrassed to receive their support. Not discouraged, the activists ignore the Union and go direct to the miners. They identify a small mining villiage in Wales to make their donations to the community in person. This journey begins a surprising partnership between two seemingly alien comunties as they fight for the same cause.

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"Pride" DVD cover conveniently omits any LGBT language

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The film Pride was released on DVD in the United States in December, and though the whole story centers on the work of gay and lesbian activists, the film’s DVD cover says nothing at all about its LGBT themes.

Pride is a British film about a group of LGBT activists who supported a group of striking miners in the 80s, and it’s based on a true story. As you can see in the image above, graciously put together by BuzzFeed, the original art for the movie (left) shows a sign in the background that says “Lesbians & gays support the miners.” In the DVD artwork to the right, the sign has been cropped out. The DVD synopsis also leaves out some pretty important words that the original movie synopsis did include:

The original synopsis reads: “Pride is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all.”

And the synopsis on the U.S. DVD box reads: “Pride is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It’s the summer of 1984 and much of blue-collar Great Britain is on strike. For one tiny Welsh village, the strike brings unexpected visitors — a group of London-based activists who decide to raise money to support the strikers’ families and want to make their donation in person. In this feel-good, heartwarming comedy, two groups seemingly from worlds apart, discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all.” [emphasis added]

CBS and Sony, who acquired the U.S. distribution rights for the film and its DVD distribution rights (respectively), have said they are “working together to find out who altered the language and the artwork.” It’s 2015, and yet you think a little bit of Photoshop work will make us believe a movie called Pride isn’t about LGBT people? Really? 

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Watch Pride (2014) () online - Amazon Instant Video

PRIDE is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person…

Not sure if anyone posted this recently or not.  You can rent/stream Pride off of Amazon =)