do you know any YA books where the characters are already out and it's not really an issue in the book? Just something fluffy and nice like a traditional YA romance just with queer characters? I'm so hungry for something gay and happy.
Yup! The Ask right before this was for wlw, so here’s my list of bi and lesbian faves:
Those are all contemps, but if you want SFF too, check out Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova, Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst, and Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis.
That’s all bi and/or lesbian rep. (I should also probably add Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown - I’m always on the fence about whether that counts as coming out because she has to go back into the closet and hide the fact that she’s out from her love interest and new friends, but she’s Out when the book starts, kinda like Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg, so, your mileage may vary.)
For gay and bi male rep, check out:
Perfect 10 by L. Philips
How to Repair a Mechanical Heart by JC Lillis (still a bit of an issue because reconciling faith and queerness is a big part of the book, but it’s still delightfully fluffy. Highly recommend reading this and then A&B.)
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich feels worth a shout here because even though it doesn’t quite fit…it also kinda does, and it’s a good choice if you want gay and happy without angst being centered around coming out
Trans rep is pretty limited on this front; all I can think that’s already out is Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity by Kristin Elizabeth Clark, which is not my fave in certain rep respects but I do appreciate for this.
August 9, 1917 - Congress Passes Food and Fuel Control Bill
Pictured - Political cartoons: as clever in 1917 as today.
After plenty of debate, the US Congress passed a piece of emergency legislation on August 9, 1917. The Food and Fuel Control Act, or the Lever bill , after its sponsor South Carolina Rep. Asbury Lever, enacted limits on certain foodstuffs and other essential items. With so much American grain being shipped to the Allies, Wilson deemed it necessary to conserve more at home.
The act was very contentious, particularly in the agricultural American Midwest, where its mandated prices on crops hurt farmers, and also because it allowed the government to forbid the use of grain to make alcohol - creating a form of prohibition by other means. The bill also created two new government institutions, the Food Administration and the Fuel Adminitration. Industrialist Herbert Hoover headed the former, fixing crop prices, overseeing exports, and discouraging hoarders. Hoover also encouraged voluntary shows of patriotism, such as “meatless Tuesdays,” “sweetless Saturdays,” and wheatless Mondays and Wednesdays.
Same anon as last, that complained about the acowar scene where all the courts met. I'm sorry but i just need to rant: this series was interesting to read, i love SOME of the characters a lot, but it's not genuine, its insensitive, and was written by someone who is not competent in feminism, social justice, cultural/race/lgbtq+ matters. I do not feel empowered as a woman by reading it. It is not genuine.
“Sjm couldn’t even give a fan a straight answer when they asked her if rhys was white or POC“ YO IS THIS TRUE? ANYONE HAVE RECEIPTS? YIKESSSSSSS
ive said this before but I 100% believe some bloomsbury exec made a List of people’s problems with the acotar series/ sjm and sat her down and was like “you are Required to address these things in acowar,” these things being the illyrians’ racial ambiguity, lack of gay rep, limitations on winnowing/ other magic, The Mate Bond is Problematic (hi, weird conversation with feyre creeping on Elain and Az in the garden), and probably a couple other things. Because let’s be real, SJM has proven that she doesn’t listen to us, yet suddenly there were very very deliberate (one might say forced) answers/ rebuttals to all of these. And like the rest of the book, they felt insincere as fuck.
I’ve kind of said all there is to say about ACOWAR, but it really is what happens when an artist (notably, an artist who spent their career burning bridges and refusing to take criticism) gets complacent and lazy and pulls something out of their ass just to make a deadline. And when the chain of command in her pub house is flawed enough to let that book go straight to market as-is.
This workout compilation is all about controlled movements. Each one features limited reps but done at a much slower, more controlled pace. You should work with all of them to actively engage the targeted muscle groups so, for example, when you do a push up, think about the muscles being engaged, think about holding your core and quads strong. This type of mental awareness will both help you have great form and help you get the best results from each action. You can combine any of these or work them into your existing routine. If you’re looking for fat loss make sure you add in extra cardio- try swapping out the 5 minute warm up for 20-30 minutes of your favorite type of heart pumping activity. Also don’t forget rest days! I usually suggest something like arms day->abs day->legs day-> rest day.
Finally remember that nutrition is the cornerstone of any fitness program. Make sure you’re giving your body the calories and nutrients it needs to perform at it’s best and stay strong and healthy!
hey! If you have time, I was wondering if you could maybe explain the difference between MPs and senators, and why there's two different ballot papers with different people on them? I've been reading as much about it as I can, but I just can't work it out and you seem to have a pretty good understanding of politics :X And thank you so so much for your voting resources, they've really really helped me work out who I want to be voting for, I didn't even know where to start before <3 <3
Okie dokie so MPs represent your electorate. Electorates are areas of varying size (because they need to cover similar population sizes and therefore inner city electorates are small and country ones are large). Malcolm Turnbull is an MP, so is Bill Shorten, etc. They get elected every 3 years. Whichever government gets a majority in the House of Reps is the winner! Yay! (So if the House of Reps doesn’t have at least one party with more than 50% of the seats we get a hung parliament which is what happened with Gillard) They live in the House of Representatives where they come up with ideas on how to run the country. One example: Uni Fee Deregulation under Abbott. They then have to get this passed through The Senate (where Senators live).
Senators on the other hand don’t represent a few dozen suburbs, they represent states. There’s a set amount of them per state. So Fiona Nash (National) is a NSW Senator and will be found on a different piece of paper to your local member. Anyone in NSW can vote for Nash if they so wish whereas only people in the electorate of Wentworth can vote for Malcolm Turnbull. If you live anywhere else in the country you’re not voting for Turnbull, you’re voting for someone else from the party, and the cool thing about that is a party can hypothetically get elected but their chosen leader not win their seat… That’d be awkward. Party leaders are chosen from safe seats though to prevent this situation happening.
The job of a Senator is to then pass/reject things the House of Reps. While Tony Abbott was in power the Senate had a lot of independents (it still does but that might soon change) so Liberals didn’t have all the power to pass whatever they wanted. They had to sweet talk micro parties like Palmer United etc to get things through. Uni Fee Deregulation didn’t pass twice and this caused Liberals to go back and reassess their plan. Yay! These issues can cause parties to change or alter their plans slightly (sometimes for the better). Senators get elected for 6 years but half of them change every 3.
A Double Dissolution is a way to overcome an insurmountable block in the senate by making every single seat in both HoR and Senate be up for re-election instead of cycling through the 3/6 year term differences. If the government can’t get anything passed then that could hypothetically be very bad for the country. In this instance Turnbull is just doing it so he doesn’t have to deal with the difficulties Abbott did. It’s not vital for running the country in this instance, he just wants to have more control. The idea being that hopefully people vote out inconveniences like Clive Palmer and replace them with a Liberal instead of Labor/Green/Nick Xenophon/Other. So voting in the Senate IS ALSO IMPORTANT not just House of Reps because your electorate might be a safe seat for a party you disagree with but a Senator needs something like 14% to get in.
The two ballot papers are for House of Reps and Senate.
House of reps:
As the House of Reps is limited to just your electorate the list of potential candidates is often smaller. This makes it easy to preference. There is no above/below the line here, that’s for the Senate paper.
As the Senate is state-wide this often leads to almost every micro-party in the state wanting some action. Voting above the line you’re just voting for the party itself and it doesn’t matter to you which person from that party gets elected. Some people care more about individuals and feel one senator might be better or more experienced than the other from the same party so voting below the line can get really specific (if you want it to be…) Voting below the line also helps your preferences get exactly where you want them to because not preferencing parties could get micro-parties like the Motoring Enthusiasts Party elected into the Senate without many primary votes. Some people like the MEP of course but Ricky Muir is basically in the senate because of voting above the line and letting micro-parties do deals for preferences.
So that’s the difference in what they do and why their papers look different. Good luck!