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Chelsea ( @opensmother-lippedlover​ ) and I ( @jessjust​ ) met December 5, 2012 on Tumblr (Yup, I remember dates well). Immediately I noticed how sweet, polite, and interesting she was. We continued to talk here and there, and making our relationship official months later. We dated for about six-months. Initially everything was great, but the long-distance was awful and we were too young to know how to handle it. We called it off. We went our separate ways; fell in-love here and there with other people. 

Years later I was working for the Texas Legislature, near done with my undergrad degree, and with the flexibility to move anywhere. I then realized how much I kept thinking about her, wishing to share the precious memories I was making at my job, how supportive and uniquely proud she would be — and truly how much love I still had for her. Not knowing where she was in life I decided to reach out to her, told her how I felt and she left me waiting (lol) Some time later she finally came around and told me she felt the same way. Well the rest is really history. 

(The day she asked me to be her girlfriend)

We left Philadelphia and houston, and we moved to Chicago after I got a scholarship at DePaul Law School, and she began her education to become a Veterinarian. Most importantly we created our own little family with our baby Gatsby, a cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Now I’m proud to call her my fiancée. I would give my life for her. 


We’ve had bumps here and there like any other couple, but we love each other enough to fight for each other. That’s what’s important. And why I proposed December 17, 2016 at the art institute!

She may still get mad at me when I forget to place the new toilet paper in the holder and I may still get annoyed when she talks through a movie. All in all, that’s what a relationship is about loving each other and ironing out the little differences.

We want to share our little story with details sometimes left out by the media. With our relationship on the spotlight I hope this encourages others to love and work hard for their relationships ❤️ love is out there, it’s just hard to keep.

(This is an old video Chelsea’s dad filmed of the first time we saw each other again after years apart)

More photos of the engagement can be found in our Instagrams: Cnicolem_ and J.essrdgz

Action Alert: Protect Federal Library Funding

Originally posted by cooliambatman

The Trump Administration recently released its proposed federal budget for FY2018. The Institute of Museum of Library Services (IMLS), the independent agency that administers the bulk of federal library funding under the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA),is included in the list of independent agencies whose budgets the proposal recommends eliminating.

There’s an easy way for you to help - call your Senator today and ask them to sign the Dear Appropriator letters supporting LSTA and IAL.

These letters support $186.6 million for the Library Services and Technology Act, which goes to every state in the country for them to decide how best to use it, and $27 million for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy Program that buys books and other supplies for kids from the poorest communities across the country. For more information about these programs, check out our other posts about appropriations.

Members of the Senate have only until May 19th to sign the separate LSTA and IAL “Dear Appropriator” letters now circulating.

Use ALA’s Legislative Action Center today to ask your Senators to sign both the LSTA and IAL letters. Many Members of Congress will only sign such a letter if their constituents ask them to, so it’s up to you to help save LSTA and IAL from elimination or significant cuts.

Five minutes of your time could help preserve over $210 million in library funding now at risk.

Want to do even more to protect libraries? Sign up to participate on National Library Legislative Day or sign up for our Thunderclap.

In less than a week we’ve had

• That cute viral video of a woman proposing to her girlfriend in a museum

• Korrasami’s second anniversary

• Confirmation that Tracer is sapphic and in a relationship with a woman

• A sweet twitter story of a girl coming out because the Sanvers relationship on Supergirl gave her the confidence to do so

• The Love Will Have Its Sacrifices cover from Natasha Negovanlis and Elise Bauman

I think it’s safe to say we’re taking over Christmas

Action Alert: Help us save library funding!

Originally posted by gameraboy

The Trump Administration recently released its proposed federal budget for FY2018. The Institute of Museum of Library Services (IMLS), the independent agency that administers the bulk of federal library funding under the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA),is included in the list of independent agencies whose budgets the proposal recommends eliminating.

There’s an easy way for you to help - call your Representative today and ask them to sign the letters now circulating. These letters support $186.6 million for the Library Services and Technology Act, which goes to every state in the country for them to decide how best to use it, and $27 million for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy Program that buys books and other supplies for kids from the poorest communities across the country.

Members of the House have only until April 3 to let our champions know that they will sign the separate LSTA and IAL “Dear Appropriator” letters now circulating, so there’s no time to lose.

Use ALA’s Legislative Action Center today to ask your Member of Congress to sign both the LSTA and IAL letters. Many Members of Congress will only sign such a letter if their constituents ask them to, so it’s up to you to help save LSTA and IAL from elimination or significant cuts.

Five minutes of your time could help preserve over $210 million in library funding now at risk.

Is anyone else starting to feel like they’re on a first name basis with the folks in their representatives’ offices?

It’s time to get on the phone again people!

The President’s proposed budget (which, admittedly, is going to face significant challenges from both sides and is nowhere near a done deal) proposes the elimination of the Institute of Museum and Library Services as well as the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities AND the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

If we are uninformed, uneducated, and unengaged in creative thinking we become much easier to push around. So…. this can’t happen.

Call your reps! Lodge those complaints! Be counted!

It’s National Library Legislative Day!

If you love libraries, please join us in reminding Congress just how they are to the communities they support.

Today, call your Senators and ask them to sign the Dear Appropriator letters supporting the Library Services and Technology Act and the Innovative Approaches to Literacy program. These programs amount to more than $210 million in federal funding for libraries and play a key role in enabling libraries to do important in communities across the country.

Given the President’s proposal to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and virtually all other library funding sources, the support of both your Senators is more important than ever.

Ready to contact your Senators? Head over to Fight for Libraries to find background information and talking point.

In response to the proposed elimination of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, American Library Association President Julie Todaro said the Trump Administration is using the wrong math when it comes to libraries. The nation’s more than 120,000 public, school, academic and special libraries are visited more than 1.4 billion times a year by hundreds of millions of Americans across the country, Todaro said. More than 80 major corporations and trade associations called libraries “critical national infrastructure” in a letter to U.S. senators.

“To those who say that the nation cannot afford federal library funding, the American Library Association, American businesses and millions of Americans say emphatically we cannot afford to be without it,” she said.

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Trump Budget Draws Reaction from Inside, Outside Congress, George Nelson

Use ALA’s Legislative Action Center today to ask your Senators to sign both the LSTA and IAL letters and show their support for federal library funding. Many Members of Congress will only sign such a letter if their constituents ask them to, so it’s up to you to help save LSTA and IAL from elimination or significant cuts.

Five minutes of your time could help preserve over $210 million in library funding at risk.

We have a little time left to call! As of this morning, 34 senators have signed the LSTA letter and 31 have signed IAL.

RIBA 2016 Silver Medal winner: Thomas Chee

The award for best Part-II design project went to Thomas Chee from The Chinese University of Hong Kong for his project Crafts Vault: The V&A Academy of Artisanal Crafts.

Tutored by Peter Winston Ferretto and Ingrid Schroder, Chee’s project proposes a suite of craft workshops at London’s V&A museum. The proposal responds the threat the 2008 economic downturn and new technology brought to the craft industry.

On January 16 of this year some revolutionary students in Caracas made an armed attack on an exhibition of French art and carried off five paintings, which they then offered to return in exchange for the release of political prisoners. The forces of order recaptured the paintings after a gun battle with Winston Bermudes, Luis Monselve and Gladys Troconis. A few days later some other comrades threw two bombs at the police van that was transporting the recovered paintings, which unfortunately did not succeed in destroying it. This is clearly an exemplary way to treat the art of the past, to bring it back into play in life and to reestablish priorities. Since the death of Gauguin (“I have tried to establish the right to dare everything”) and of Van Gogh, their work, coopted by their enemies, has probably never received from the cultural world an homage so true to their spirit as the act of these Venezuelans. During the Dresden insurrection of 1849 Bakunin proposed, unsuccessfully, that the insurgents take the paintings out of the museums and put them on a barricade at the entrance to the city, to see if this might inhibit the attacking troops from continuing their fire. We can thus see how this skirmish in Caracas links up with one of the highest moments of the revolutionary upsurge of the last century, and even goes further.
—  Guy Debord, The Situationists and the New Forms of Action in Art and Politics