It’s not enough to simply mobilise those who already agree upon the importance of marriage equality to vote yes. We must find ways to have meaningful contact and discussions with those who disagree
(whenever possible and safe)
so that they may come to understand the significance of this issue and to humanise us in their eyes so that they no longer see us as The Other but people worthy of the dignity and respect that has so long been robbed from us by the discriminatory marriage act. Although many are lost to illogical and hateful arguments and will refuse to listen to a single word we must remember the opposition to a belief is never black and white, never truly perfectly polarising, and we must do our best to find those with moderate opposition, those who disagree but are not violently so about it, to break them out of their echo chambers and social and ideological bubbles to stem the tide of ignorance and hate and prevent them from becoming lost to the far-right. We mustn’t simply change the laws that are discriminatory but the culture that surrounds us as well, that affect our daily lives on an interpersonal level regardless of whatever legal protections are afforded to us. The plebiscite is a catalyst to help start and frame these conversations but not where it should end. Together we can change people’s minds. Together we can make little changes that ripple out so the people who we change can change others. Together we can spread understanding and tolerance for a better today and a better tomorrow. Together we can make the society we live in progressively better, bit by bit, conversation by conversation. We can do it. I know we can. I believe in us.
Wow. Never thought I’d be saying a TV show changed my life, but here we are. Seriously, if it wasn’t for Turn, I wouldn’t be where I am today. And I know that sounds crazy and dramatic, but it’s 100% true. Honestly, if I had never started watching this show, I don’t think I’d be pursuing my dreams by joining the Army. Ben Tallmadge and George Washington have given me all the inspiration I need to serve my country, and I couldn’t be more happier with the choices and sacrifices I’ve made in order to get where I am now. This show has been a part of my life for 3 years, and has brought me nothing but joy. Of course there’s been tears and anger, but that just makes it a great drama. This show inspired me to care more about my history, so much to the point where I decided I would major in history. I just can’t believe this show is over for good now. I know eventually we’ll get a new American history show about the revolution or something, but we won’t get these actors back. These incredible, talented, amazing actors, who have completely devoted themselves to portraying these characters from history with the utmost respect and grace. I’m so proud of them and the work that they’ve done, which has truly made this show unforgettable. And I am so happy to say that I have been a part of this memorable fandom, and have met so many amazing people through it all. I hope that, even though this show is over, we can all still be a part of the Turn community and keep the spirit alive, not just because this was a stunning show, but because these were real people from history, and we should do all that we can to keep their stories alive and honor their memories.
So, I want to give a huge THANK YOU to everyone on Tumblr who is a part of the Turn fandom, because it’s your posts, gifs, and edits that have kept this show alive for the past 4 years. Even though we get into squabbles over ships, character writing, and bad wigs, at the end of the day, we’ll all a family, and we should all be proud of our hardwork and devotion to this fandom that has brought us all together.
It’s never a secret. For the first time in Kara’s thirteen years on Earth, there’s no great revelation. There isn’t anything to reveal.
This weight that she’s carried with her into every relationship outside the Danvers that she’s ever tried to build since she landed—it suddenly becomes inconsequential, when they’re together. The fact that Kara is Kryptonian, that she is Supergirl. The distinction between Kara Danvers and Kara Zor-El and National City’s resident hero. The deception; the disguise.
There’s no pretense between them, no pretending, no parts to play. They meet in the ring as Supergirl and Miss Martian, and then a few days later Kara Danvers shows up at the alien bar—and M’gann knows. It’s not something she needs to deduce or figure out after they’ve known each other a while. She just looks at Kara and she knows—it’s just a simple unconscious observation, as clear to see as the gold of Kara’s hair or the blue of her eyes.
M’gann slides Kara an Aldebaran rum and Kara doesn’t even realize that she’s still wearing her glasses.
I talked to my boss about politics today because he was voting early (busy tomorrow). Normally this is a terrifying concept because he’s a staunch Liberal voter but he did mention he’s not quite set on them this time round for the state election so we discussed it. His reasoning for Liberals: better economic management. I pointed out that WA is really bad off economically… He rebutted with bringing up two things that were federal issues, not state (and also not that great reasons for Liberals being better anyway) and admitted he didn’t know as much about politics as I did. This was a great opportunity to point out how other parties had better policies (and why) and so even though he didn’t confirm who he was voting for he did leave with the impression of doubt in Liberals. It gives me a bit of faith in the election tomorrow. So remember everyone: have political discussions with people. Their opinions aren’t always as set in stone as you think. You can actually change them for the better.
My voice rings down through thousands of years
To coil around your body and give you strength,
You who have wept in direct sunlight,
Who have hungered in invisible chains,
Tremble to the cadence of my legacy:
An army of lovers shall not fail.
Rita Mae Brown, 1971
we’re going to be ok. it might take a while, but i know we will see a brighter future. I believe in us, and I believe in the strength and love of our communities. if you need anybody to talk to, I, and I know countless others are here. we will get through this together, and we will prevail.