- June was chosen as Pride Month to commemorate the stonewall riots (which happened in June 1969).
- The stonewall riots were demonstrations by lgbt+ people against a police raid at the Stonewall Inn. They led the way to the modern lgbt+ movement/fight for lgbt+ rights. (Here’s the Wikipedia article)
- Brenda Howard, a bisexual and polyamorous activist, is known as the “Mother of Pride” for her role in coordinating the first lgbt+ Pride March.
- The first president who officially declared June Pride Month was Bill Clinton (Gay and Lesbian Pride Month, 2000).
- Barack Obama declared June LGBT Pride Month each year from 2009 to 2016.
- The world’s biggest Pride event (by attendance) was a parade in São Paulo (Brazil) in 2006.
3000000 people attended.
- There were lgbt+ events before “Pride” was a thing (before the stonewall riots happened). Some examples are the “Annual reminders” in the 1950s where lgbt+ activists carried signs with pro-lgbt+ slogans and information.
- One of the slogans was “Gay is good” by Frank Kameny, a gay activist who, among other things, worked to get the classification of homosexuality as a mental illness removed. He was also the first openly gay candidate for the United States congress.
- The first rainbow flags (a widely known symbol for Pride) were hand-dyed and stitched. Gilbert Baker (gay activist who came up with the idea) assigned a meaning to each color:
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Your Tumblr Mom
(PS: Just a note to avoid confusion: As “lgbt+” is a relatively new term, other terms may be been used when the events took place and the mentioned people may have not used the term to describe themselves. I use “lgbt+” in this post to make it easier to read/understand, not as a statement which term is the “right” one to use).
I liked how Dean tried to clarify that Claire really wanted the cure before jamming the needle into her neck. After all, Dean himself was forced through an excruciating demon cure against his will and understands perhaps better than any other character on the show that words like “cure” or “disease” are relative terms.
A fellow student of mine wrote this when for my batch when we entered high school, and I thought I should share it with you ❤️ it’s been edited to make it more universal to you guys :D
Intro: Having the Courage to Study.
When we fail academically, we tend to point to two causes: stupidity and laziness. It’s so easy to say that we’re not smart enough, or that we just don’t want to try because it doesn’t really matter. But there’s another factor involved: fear. So many students have the strategy of not studying or not studying properly for an exam. Why? Because if you put low effort into something, then you should expect a low result. So many of us are afraid of trying and failing that we don’t even try. “What if my best isn’t good enough?” We’re afraid of giving our best because once we know our limits, we feel that much weaker. But life in school isn’t about not trying, it’s about accepting those limits and breaking them.To survive and ultimately thrive, you must have the courage to reach your full potential.That courage, that vigor, that strive to be better is what will keep you alive, not just in school but in the real world.
- Sleep and Eat well.
We often lose sleep or skip meals in order to survive the rigors of life.But keep in mind, those choices in the rest and nourishment you receive have consequences. Having the energy to focus throughout the day is vital. Nobody wants to be tired, nobody can afford to be sick.
- Pay Attention in Class.
There’s a difference between passive hearing and active listening. Letting the teacher’s words wash over you like a warm shower is NOT the same as paying attention. Teachers are human beings, capable of expressing emotion and emphasis in their words and actions. There’s a reason why you learn from them rather than from a book or the internet. Catching what they’re trying to say is a skill that takes effort to learn.
**The skill of listening is one of the most important ones to develop because a teacher’s words are your last resort in an examination. If a quiz catches you by surprise, your memory of the class is the difference between A+ and an F.
- Take USABLE Notes.
Normally, humans are not capable of memorizing lessons entirely in their head.That’s what notes are for. Keep in mind that notes should be USABLE, they are not things that you make for the sake of looking or feeling productive. Each person has a specific style of learning and their notes should reflect that. Notes that are too long/elaborate, too short/simple, unreadable, or illogical are detrimental. Good notes should be aids in studying, not justification for carrying notebooks.
- Save time by using abbreviations or acronyms.
- Rearrange/reconstruct words or phrases for convenience.
ex. Famous Authors of America –> Impt. American Authors.
- Avoid copying verbatim unless necessary (quotes).
- Write down examples, esp. in science/math related subjects.
- If notes are incomplete, supplement them via reliable sources or your teacher.
There is more to studying than reading/note-taking. Practice is essential. This is especially true for Math-related subjects. Reading your notes before a Math exam is not really going to help you understand the problem or protect you from careless mistakes. The only way to improve in the subject is by doing the exercises and learning from both your success and failure. Memorizing definitions isn’t as important as using them. Being able to analyze, compare, and contrast is vital to survival.
- Review a Little Bit, Regularly.
Slow and steady wins the race. Students tend to read a ton of material before an exam. However, the human mind requires time in order to fully grasp ideas and concepts. Taking 10-20 minutes to read your notes after school daily can help in memorizing lessons, understanding themes, and recalling important points. Taking every subject’s lessons day by day will prevent you from being overwhelmed.
- When reading through your notes, picture yourself in the classroom with your classmates and teacher. The human mind is like a web, connected by images and sounds. Doing so can help you recall things written on the board or things mentioned by the teacher.
- Learn to Plan and Cram.
Working for the long-term and rushing for the short-term are two opposing ends of the spectrum. But if you don’t master both, you will suffocate in requirements.Time and energy are limited resources and the best scholars know how to get the most out of them. You can’t expect to be able to plan assignments weeks or days in advance the same way you can’t expect to make “academic excellence” in 30 minutes or less like a pizza delivery service.
- Periodic Exams, Long Tests, and Projects REQUIRE planning and coordination.
- Teachers can take up to 5 minutes setting up. Exploit the time.
- Lunchbreak, and the 20 minute breaks are the normal “"cram periods”“.
- Don’t Think of Difficulty.
“Easy” and “Hard” are relative terms. They mean different things to different people and ultimately, they should mean nothing to you. Feeling scared of a “tough” exam is harmful, as is feeling smug about an “easy” one. Study well so you can approach every test with confidence. Remember: it’s just as possible to perfect a difficult test as it is to fail an easy one.
- Don’t Compare Yourself to Others.
The world has approx. 7 billion people. There are always going to be people who are better than you at a given skill, the same way that there will always be people who are worse. Don’t consider them. Your life is your battle, and you’re going to have to fight it for yourself. Being discouraged by your friends’ high scores is as illogical as being encouraged by their low scores. There’s no reason to be proud of 1/10, even if it’s the highest score in the whole class.
- Don’t Blame Teachers.
Not all of your teachers are going to be fair or good at their jobs, whether you like it or not. Regardless, you can’t control your teacher’s incompetence or harshness but you can control the effort you put into their class. Read in advance, find other of info sources, and predict their requirements. The odds may be against you, but as a student you’re expected to beat them.
There’s no shame in asking for help. If you have difficulty in a subject, it always helps to consult with a teacher. Not only does it help in resolving any misconceptions/mistakes, it shows that you’re willing to take the time and effort to do well. To most teachers, that spirit is just as important as the final grade. Note: if a teacher knows that you have difficulty in their subject, they’ll probably take note of it in class which may be to your benefit.
- Find Your Own Strategy/Work Smart.
No single study strategy works universally. Everyone has their own specific style of learning and it’s up to you to find yours. If skimming through readings works for you then go ahead. If you’re the kind that needs to take notes, fine. It’s all about working both hard and smart, giving the most energy but finding the most effective way of using it. Humans are creative creatures. You might find that the best solution is one that no one has thought of before.
- Be Liable.
You need to be proactive in academics. Many students have the tendency to be caught off guard by a surprise quiz. They’ll often argue with the teacher, using the retort “Ma'am, you didn’t announce it!” as an excuse. Shaking off responsibility through ignorance is suicidal in this school. If you’re willing to take the risk of coming to class unprepared for the sake of being lazy, go ahead. Just be prepared for the consequences of your actions.
- Keep Moving Forward. You’re human. Humans make mistakes. Learn from your errors but leave them where they belong; in the past. Everyone wants to get an A+ but you’ll never go that far with the weight of your failure hanging over your shoulder.
Conclusion: Don’t Take Academics too Seriously.
It seems counter-intuitive to end this guide with a statement like “Don’t Take Academics Too Seriously” but it’s something that everyone should remember. No matter no hard you try, you will fail at something. You’ll reach an obstacle that will knock you down to the ground and it will hurt like hell. You need to have something to fall back; friends, family, a hobby, an interest, etc. You don’t want to graduate and realize that you’re only good at earning numbers in a system.You could graduate this high school with the highest average in history but it won’t matter to anyone if you don’t know how you got it. Life is just like math, it’s not all
about the final answer. Your solution is just as important.
**Ultimately, your success as a scholar isn’t measured by a number on a piece of paper but in the difference you make in people’s lives. We’re not going to carry facts and theorems with us, but an attitude of trying to give our best no matter what the cost. That’s the most important lesson you can ever learn in school, but you’re not going to learn it from one subject or teacher. You’re going to live it everyday through every requirement and every grade receive.
Lo is known, I think, primarily for her
Kylux/Reader work, so I’ve included one of those, here—but she has great work
outside of that, too. Her work gets straight to the fucking (hohoho) point and
is just excellent smutty fun.
Whenever I Want: This is a Kylo Ren/Hux/Reader threesome—and it’s one of those
that, despite me not being into Hux, like, at all, I find myself still thinking
about. I think that alone is a testament
to its hotness—but it also has some good, nasty shit like cum-sharing and
Kylo Gets Off: The title is self-explanatory. We all love Kylo Ren jerking off.
But getting nearly 1000 words of it is such a blessing. He jerks off to the
thought of fucking Hux and Reader at the same time. Usually I don’t like
sharing someone’s fantasy spotlight, but I love this.
Punishment:I’ve recc’d this before on, like, two other lists, but I won’t stop
reccing it, because I love it so much. This was, I think, one of the first
sub!Kylo fics I read and loved. I still think about the line, “It’s so good,” he answered. “So warm and
fucking wet…” Like, kill me please.
If you’re looking for weird stuff, sad stuff,
or bloody stuff, Jinx is your girl. Not only does she have unique takes on
certain AUs—her writing is fantastic. Her descriptive language is dark and
poetic and beautiful.
A Full Confession: Okay, this seems self-aggrandizing, but hear me out. Almost
all of the ideas in this fic, and a ton of the gorgeous/tongue-in-cheek imagery
come from her. It’s easily some of her best writing, and you’d be doing
yourself a disservice not to check it out for that reason.
Exposed:I really love vampires. I really love Kylo Ren. So why not both? This
is the answer to that question. Good imagery, hot sex. Is there any more we can
ask for from a Vampire!Kylo fic?
The Angst Files, Chapter 3:All of the chapters in this collection are great,
but this one is a favorite. Not only for the idea of Kylo Ren getting hard from
his own tears, but the sex is visceral, too. A Sad Boy Sex Hall of Famer, for
Maybe even more than she loves writing Kylo
Ren, Beth loves writing Ben Solo. Her Ben Solo work is fantastic, and I’ve
included one of my faves. Her smut is raunchy and her dirty talk is nasty as
fuck. She pulls no punches.
Frozen NSFW: Beth will probably kill me for putting this here, but oh well, I’ll
face death bravely. Frozen NSFW is a fantastic collection of dubcon/noncon scenes
as Reader navigates her life as Kylo Ren’s new sex slave. And Kylo is just… an
asshole. A hot, sexy, asshole.
Solidarity: I’ve recc’d this before, too, but, look. I said this was the
greatest hits, goddammit. The sequel to another piece she so thoughtfully wrote
for me, you’ll find doggy-style dubcon inside. I frequently think about the
line, “Fuck this is the perfect little
cunt. I think I need this to greet me at the end of every day.” Christ.
A Hasty Landing: Just one of many great Ben Solo pieces, this is one of my
faves because of the intimacy and heat captured. I love the way Ben is written—snarky
and naughty and fun.
It was hard narrowing down the list of Fae’s
fantastic works to just three. There’s so much by her that I truly love. She’s
incredible at laying down themes in even the shortest one-shots, her
characterization is always engaging, and her imagery is unique and evocative.
On the Desk: I’ll be honest. I’ve probably gotten off to this thing like five
or six times. Professor AUs are hot, but this is just beyond everything I could
want from one. Professor Ren is dirty as hell.
Okay, Fine: No smut in this—but it’s one of my favorites. A twist on the
sweetness of a Coffee Shop AU, this fic instead features an antagonistic relationship between Kylo (in
his triplet form) and Reader. Enemies to Lovers, perhaps? Great dialogue, great
characterization, great narrative. It’s good-feelsiest fic around.
Don’t Tell Kylo: In this fic, you’re double-teamed by Organa Solo triplets Ben
and Matt. This fic is a perfect hallmark of Fae’s style—it’s hot with a
consistent thematic foundation and strong emotions.
Because Kat is known most widely for Love
is a Four Letter Word, I wanted to take this time to point out a few of their
other excellent works. Kat’s narrative style is so immediate and engaging, and
their language has the ability to drag tears of out of me, which is, like,
All Tied Up:This work is heavy noncon. Reader is kidnapped by the twisted
triplets and horrible things happen. You should absolutely not read this if it
isn’t your thing, but I could not fail to recommend it because if it is your thing, it’s fucking hot as hell,
and you’ll love it.
On Display: Reader is fucked against a window by Kylo Ren, an officer gets off
to the show. Exhibitionism/voyeurism are one of my big kinks, and this piece
just… hits all the right spots. One
of my faves.
Infraction: In relative terms of the
Kylo Ren fandom, this piece is older. But it’s still one of the hottest in my
memory. It has one of my favorite lines in fanfiction ever: “Yes, you would. You’d never leave, the only
thing you’d ever have to do is get fucked.” *SWEATS*
I’m going to imagine Tora will be shocked
I even included her, but she hardly gives herself enough credit. She’s been the
only person who’s managed to get me to enjoy Hux outside of a Kylo/Hux/Reader
context. Her sense of humor and sass come through brilliantly in her writing.
Valentine’s Day:I have to be honest. I really enjoy these Hux drabbles. As
mentioned, Hux isn’t my guy. But the banter and snark here makes me think maybe
he could be my guy.
Untitled: Another Hux/Reader drabble, which I won’t title as “this is dumb”
because it isn’t. There’s great sexual tension captured between Reader and Hux,
and the unexpected cigarette burn is so salacious.
De-Stressing: This piece is Kylo/Reader—and there’s daddy kink. Look, y’all know I don’t typically go for daddy kink,
but this one is enjoyable. If it’s your thing, this is right up your alley.
Isabelle Severino entertains the crowd with her floor routine choreographed to Pump It by the Black Eyed Peas during the 2007 World Championship Team Final.
Standing at 5′7″, Isabelle is notable for having won a World bronze medal on the uneven bars in 1996, before retiring in 1998 and performing with Cirque du Soleil in addition to being the gymnastics body double for Missy Peregrym in the film Stick It. Isabelle had a successful comeback in 2004, and at the age of 25 became the 2005 European Floor Champion, and remains a role model for both “older” and “taller” gymnasts.
Summary: AU. Reader left behind a hometown full of misery to make a new home in Brooklyn. A death in the family forces her to briefly return to the place that has haunted her dreams and memories for three years. Will she finally be able to move on, or will a figure from the past change everything?
Pairing: Bucky Barnes x reader
Word Count: 2,837
angst, language, more angst, mention of alcoholism, mention of death, mention of funeral, mentions of neglect, mentions of estranged family members, heartache, sadness, mentions of sad childhood
A/N: This is the first part of my submission for the talented and wonderful @tatortot2701 ‘s AU writing challenge. (Tay, please disregard until it’s completed!) Y'all wanted angst, well…I took a fluffy prompt and darkened it. I tried not to but this story wouldn’t leave me alone. I’m not sure how many parts it will have.
My prompt was 28 .“____ is not a real word.” “Yes it is!”
best case scenario: it’s nothing.
he dropped his bag to help someone out,
it got moved out of the way,
he’ll turn up and start bitching about tears and dirt stains,
you’ll tell him to shut the hell up, even though he won’t listen,
he never listens,
and you’ll hang on to every word as he keeps talking.
(this is unlikely. he wouldn’t set that bag down,
wouldn’t abandon any of his things even if
the world was burning)
next best scenario: someone stole it.
he’ll be battered and bruised,
because no one got that bag without a fight,
and you’ll tell him what a fucking idiot he is.
he’ll make some joke,
he always does,
and you’ll remind him again of how much you hate him.
he’ll remind you of how much you don’t.
(this is slightly less unlikely, but be realistic—
he wouldn’t give up any of his things even if he were burning)
okay, next best: he ran.
“best” is a relative term here,
“best” implies it’s anything good but really your chest
has never felt so fractured and the ground is tilting and everything is
maybe he ran. is that why he asked you to let him go?
why he insisted he be set free?
(this is even less unlikely. it borders on likely, be honest.
he’d throw all his things to the wind if he felt like he was burning)
next best: he was taken.
you know he’s perched on a throne of lies,
buried in his own secrets of a past he tried to torch.
he isn’t safe, he never was, never was going to be,
no matter what you had to say about it.
you hate him. you hate him so much. you hate
that you hurt for him.
(this is likely. this is very likely.
he’d never let his things go unless you were burning.)
worst case scenario: he’s dead.
if you were really amazing you wouldn’t have let him go // es
Considering it’s been a few years since I first started professionally tutoring high school students, I know that this time of the year is always anxious for graduating seniors. You know what college you’re going in to, what you want to (hopefully) study for the next four years - it’s a good time for the nerves to start kicking in! I try to follow a little acronym called “hope” (nope it’s not my favourite word nope) and I pass on this advice to my students every year - so I thought I would share it with studyblr this year!
→ Hobbies Are Important! Your hobbies are things that shape you and define you, activities that provide you solace and peace of mind when you need it. When college rears its ugly head and life gets busy, it’s really easy to drop your hobbies but it’s really important to continue on with them, as best as you can. Once you’re finished with college, you may find yourself with a lot of empty time on your hands. The workplace doesn’t need you to do homework, prepare for exams and make study guides - so what does one do in all this spare time? Your hobbies are as good as anything, here. No matter how significant or insignificant they are, remember to hold them close to your heart.
→ Organisation Skills Are Key! Many of the studyblr community understand this already, so I won’t elaborate on this too much. Much of the work at the K-12 level is structured easily for the student to understand, with things like worksheets and handouts. They’re not common in college (in fact, I’ve only had them in 2 classes in 3.5 years), so to keep on top of things, it’s important to have good note-taking skills, maintain a good planner and use whatever review methods work most effectively for you to study! You may feel like college is information overload, so rather than trying to keep it all in your head, it’s better to keep it written down, so that your mind is free to absorb new information!
→ Preparing Ahead Isn’t Just For Nerds! That’s right, cool kids can do it too! Nothing bad has ever come out of reading the next class’ chapter ahead of time or starting a study guide for the next exam right after you finish the one during last class. Being aware of the context when learning makes it much easier for your brain to comprehend and understand new material - so if you read up ahead on the chapter and you don’t understand much of it, chances are that when you go to class your brain would’ve remembered keywords, which it’ll pick up during class and help you retain this information more.
→ Expectations Are Personal! Success is a very relative term and should be taken on a personal level. Doing your own best is always what is important - don’t be weighed down by the expectations that others place on you. Many of you will be living away from home for the first time and it’s not easy, at all. “Work smart, don’t work hard” and such quotes make it seem like being disciplined and diligent is all that matters but it is also important to take breaks and take care of yourself too! Know when to take breaks and when to take time for yourself- but also remember to try outdoing yourself before outdoing anyone else!
Once again, this is just my opinion and tips based on my college experience. It is, by no means, an exhaustive list and I believe that once you begin, you too will come to realise some things on your own. I truly wish someone had pointed these things out to me during my freshman year at college but I hope that you come across this post and don’t go through the same mistakes I did! As usual, my askbox is always open for if you ever want to talk/discuss/chat/rant/whatever! I’m so thankful for this wonderful community and I cherish you all lots, just trying to do my bit and give back!
HEY april! your art is The Good Shit tm like everything is so? expressive an fluid and ur use of color is A+ and like AHHH keep on doin what u do!! and im sorry to bother u but how do you deal with relative color in your drawings? 4 example in ur pkmn sm picture with lillie its all atmospheric and cohesive. and you can tell she has pale skin and that her shirt is white, even tho if u color picked her skin and shirt from ur drawing its dark peach and grey? do you use overlays or just wing it? ty!
thank you so much for the compliments ;;_;; it makes me so happy… in terms of relative color i like using overlays and the like for figure drawings!! for landscape its really of the top of my head, but hopefully this helps?
i like using an overlay of a neutral color thats either warm or cool to neutralize/bring the colors together.
to achieve the shadow/lighting, i like experimenting with opacity layers or using ‘multiply’ layers too.
to add light source, i like using luminosity (on SAI)/linear dodge add (on PS) with full opacity.
hopefully this helps!! i like merging all the layers together and shading afterwards so i do a lot of one layer coloring!!
I can generally trust that most Leninists have no desire to throw me in a gulag, because most Leninists are not tankies (who are a very small and stupid group with no actual power or influence). Similarly, I can generally trust that most anarchists have no interest in extending antifascist action towards me just because my political position is (in relative terms) more authoritarian than theirs.
Still, no state in America — and certainly not the federal government — formally recognizes any gender beyond male or female. Nonbinary is a relatively unknown term, and nonbinary Americans often struggle to be taken seriously. Their identities are questioned. They’re told that they’re either male or female; there’s nothing in the middle.
That could change this year, as a bill supported by Keenan, Star, and more than a dozen other Californians who’ve been granted nonbinary status makes its way through the California state legislature. The proposed law would establish a third, nonbinary gender option on state-issued identity documents (driver’s licenses, ID cards, and birth certificates) for California’s 39 million residents. The whole state — not just a handful of its county courts — would recognize nonbinary citizens. And it would become easier for nonbinary people, bureaucratically, to obtain this recognition. It’s a fairly radical act — a state-sanctioned challenge of rigidly held beliefs about boys and girls and the space in between — and one expected to trickle down to other progressive states, and perhaps beyond.
Summary: As the Crown Princess of Vitus, your land has always been peaceful. When your power-hungry Uncle decides to stop paying the tithe though, things take a turn for the worse. The vampires who reside in the mountains are not happy and in retaliation - they set their sights on you.
Earlier I stumbled upon a post on Reddit that I knew wasn’t going to make me happy, but I was curious nonetheless. It was about Todd Chavez coming out as asexual on Netflix’s Bojack Horseman. The OP listed a few reasons, as to why, in their opinion, that was a mistake. To sum up the major points, according to OP, the asexuality puts a barrier between fans and the character and making him asexual ruins the character for most people, because they can’t relate.
But what about the asexual people? When I see a TV show, watch a movie or read a book, even if I talk to my friends or family - I can’t relate to roughly 99% of the whole human race. The chances of running into a fellow asexual person are so slim that fictional characters that are asexual are the most comfort most of us can have. Yet, the list of asexual characters isn’t exactly long, either. Why does it hurt you to extend that list a little? There is never going to be a fictional character that you can 100% relate to, but there is often some aspect that you can relate to a lot and that is what you should be focusing on instead. So saying that you don’t want others to get representation because you can’t relate to is selfish, careless and harmful.
Not everybody has their sexuality figured out yet. Because asexuality is a relatively new term with little research to it, most of us first heard the term rather late in life. And if a form of media decides to include it, supporting the representation and distribution of the orientation, that may lead to people finally having a word to describe what they’re feeling.
Or maybe someone came out to their friend, who doesn’t believe them, only to end up watching a TV show where the orientation gets represented. Representation is mostly for the people that are being represented to not feel alone or confused or broken. But it’s also there for the others to create a chance for them to be educated, understand and be tolerant in a way they couldn’t in real life. After all, don’t you get to know fictional characters more honestly and in depth than most people you meet in real life?
Representation matters. But maybe it will help you understand that asexuality isn’t such a foreign concept. And then, if you give it a chance, asexuality won’t be the number one thing that you can’t relate to in a show about an alcoholic horse that was in a sitcom in the 90s and now doesn’t have his life together.