anonymous asked:

Which problems do lgbt+ refugees face? How can we support them?

In many places, LGBTQ people continue to be persecuted. The reasons range from extremism to just plain ignorance.

Refugees who are at risk because of their sexual orientation are eligible for resettlement to the United States or other countries. Unfortunately, only 1% of all refugees get resettled.

So you can do a couple of things: urge your member of Congress to support the US refugee resettlement program by supporting Congressional funding for the program. That funding is currently under threat. You can also support LBGTQ refugees who have been resettled by volunteering at or giving to an IRC resettlement office. For more information, go to
Rescue - Nilaza - Star Wars - All Media Types [Archive of Our Own]
An Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
By Organization for Transformative Works

Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars - All Media Types, Star Wars Original Trilogy
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: Firmus Piett/Maximilian Veers
Characters: Maximilian Veers, Firmus Piett
Additional Tags: Torture, graphic description of knife torture, Blood, Veers is captured, and beat up, grapic description of violence, Piett gets his boyfriend out of a jam, Happy Ending, plot bunny borrowed from th3rm0pyl43

General Veers gets captured on a campain, and Admiral Piett leads the rescue party to get his favourite groundpounder back. Drabble.

alittleglassofmilk  asked:

I've heard so many people talking about how refugees should go back to their own country and not come to ours, and it makes me feel sick to my stomach. How can we change their minds about this? How can we prove to them that they are people just like them?

Great point. I couldn’t agree more.

I think there are two crucial things to help with this. One is to dispel myths about refugees with facts. For instance, only 1% of refugees are resettled to a third country, and, when they do, it’s proven that they contribute to the economy and strengthen their communities. The IRC has done a great job at this which may help - here’s the link:

Another crucial way to show that refugees are just like any one of us is to show the real, human stories. A great way to do this is to have them meet a refugee in person (who may be a local business owner or worker!) and learn about their story face to face. You can also show incredible refugee stories online, like the story of the Syrian Tlas family and how their thorough vetting process was like. You can show them the story of Salam, an Iraqi refugee and business owner in Boise, Idaho or even the story of Mulu, who was the first immigrant president of his high school class. These are just 3 of thousands of stories of real refugees who are incredible people.  Putting faces behind the facts is crucial.

A friend of mine had his mom pass away about a month ago. She had a cat. An extremely shy, declawed, cat that had been abandoned at the humane society terrified. The only person she interacted with was my friend’s mom.

He brought in a rescue org to trap her. No dice. 17 days and they gave up. Today he finally managed to trap her himself. The rescue group already has a home lined up with an older couple, who are prepared to keep her indoors. Poor baby. I’m so happy he did everything he could to find her a new place.
Experience Necessary - Chapter 1 - Guardian_of_Hope - Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) - All Media Types [Archive of Our Own]
An Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
By Organization for Transformative Works

Chapters: 9/?
Fandom: Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) - All Media Types
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Jedi General Kara Saje (OC), Chip (original clone), Captain Zip (original clone), Sergeant Blaze (original clone), Mash (original clone), Jumper (original clone), original clone characters - Character, Original Female Characters, Original Male Characters, Original Characters
Additional Tags: Found Family, Mission Fic, Kidnapping, Canon Typical Violence, Politics, Diplomacy, lightsaber diplomacy
Series: Part 6 of Search, Rescue, & Retrieval, the Clones Era

Jedi General Kara Saje uses her past experience to track down the missing Jedi General Jaran Val. She also finds herself facing a test she never expected to experience.

Big shoutout to the LGBTQ folks marching in the parade yesterday, in particular, survivors of violence due to their queer identities who still find the bravery to have pride, people repping great organizations with a track record of being queer-friendly (inluding a couple of domestic/sexual violence resource centers, lgbtq resource centers, and animal rescue orgs), and to the folks who briefly stopped the parade to bring attention to violence against QTWOC

Also a big fuck you to all of the banks, corporations, and politicians who used pride as a PR stint, this isn’t for you

anonymous asked:

Since I know you're somebody who cares a lot about proper animal husbandry and knows how bad a lot of pet stores are, I just thought you should know about one in my neighborhood that's doing things right! Even the baby beardies each have their own enclosure and none of them have sand and the little goldfish have spacious tanks and the employees educate people thoroughly and insistently about animals' needs before selling them. And they do fundraisers for a reptile rescue org (to be continued)

(good pet store, continued) have events where the reptile rescue people visit and do education stuff. Also, they have some big nerds on their staff who design beautiful terrariums for the spiders and scorpions, and also fancy hydroponic tanks that are fun to look at. (It’s Pets on Broadway and I recommend it to folks in the Portland, OR area)


this is so good omg??? I love that there’s a wonderful place where selling pets is done the right way 

I hate going to the pet stores around here and seeing the conditions that animals are in. I used to love going but now that I know better it really upsets me

anonymous asked:

Is there anything we can do about Lily? It just makes me so angry and I feel like tweeting about it isn't enough right now.

oh same.

i wouldn’t be the person to ask tho, bc i am so far away–and tbh right now I think we are all wondering that–but for real ideas Lysistrata and NYC swers would have the best notions. you can contact them on twitter and i think they have a site and fb too. they’re struggling like i am bc no one wants to find nonprofits that focus only on low income/houseless/streetbased workers or people who occasionally do survival sex–UNLESS said orgs are rescuing them but all those orgs sort of *magic finger wave* VANISH the money, like that space for sex trafficking survivors here that closed for lack of use but would have at least been more beds for desperate people INCLUDING SEX WORKERS.

lily is just a symptom of the problem i keep reminding myself, it just hurts more bc someone i liked was fictional and we need to be able to trust each other and she proved that’s a lot riskier than i wanted it to be.

but contact lysistrata. she’s trying to discredit them right now by saying one of them is an israeli and blah blah and it’s just like… she’s never ending.

anonymous asked:

Have you or your tumblr peers done an analysis of the radfem-slanted article "10 myths about prostitution, trafficking and the Nordic model" at Feminist Current?

I feel like I’ve seen a few around, but since, the article is ten months old (here’s a link  if anyone’s morning doesn’t have enough trash in it), I don’t have any to hand. It’s frankly too gross and tiresomely ignorant for me to put the energy into a full takedown, right this second, but here’s what’s generally wrong with each point, in brief:

1. “I love sex work, it empowers me” is a straw man that is always and forever completely fucking irrelevant to the discussion of sex worker rights. Radfems and abolitionists like to make the conversation about the enjoyment or lack thereof of sex workers, frankly, because it gives them tingly, prurient tragi-boners to think about all the exploited women being ravished and abused (and because, in many cases, they have a financial stake in profiting from these tragedies). 

2. “Only sex workers are qualified to comment” is being inaccurately framed as “my anecdotal experience trumps actual research” when in fact it is “my personal experience qualifies me to judge what approaches are helpful and harmful” and ignores the fact that most of the research that anti-sex work advocates like to wave around is incredibly poorly done, and done by people who’ve been discredited in a variety of ways, and again, by people who have a huge personal financial incentive to get the results they magically wind up getting. (For greater detail, see clarawebbwillcutoffyourhead’s sidebar masterposts).  

3. “All sex workers oppose the Nordic Model” — refuses to draw a distinction between current sex workers (you know, the people who are actually impacted by the shitty, backdoor criminalizing legislation) and former workers/survivors (who have the luxury of choosing to prioritize revenge on exploitative clients over their own personal safety while working, because they’re not working anymore). While there are many places where former workers deserve just as much of a voice as current workers, when it comes to new legislation, former workers have to take a back seat, because it’s not their asses on the line. There is also a fair amount of research showing that end demand models absolutely make sex work less safe for the workers. You can check my end demand tag, or sexworkinfo for more detailed information.) 

4. “The Nordic Model Denies Women’s Agency” — this invokes the strawman from point one again (agency and empowerment are secondary concerns in sex worker rights movement — potentially important on a philosophical level, not so much on a practical level), and, much more importantly, ignores the fact that the biggest problem is not that the Nordic Model doesn’t respect sex workers enough (although it doesn’t) but that it in fact does criminalize them (by criminalizing activities surrounding sex work, including being a partner, family member, or support service provider to a sex worker, allowing law enforcement to leverage other crimes to pressure workers into testifying, etc)  and that beyond criminalizing them, it does make working more dangerous (by making it harder to screen and work in ways that are safer).  

5. This one doesn’t even actually make sense, and both of the studies referenced are complete garbage. (Also, check out effrille’s writing on the inflation of the definition of “trafficking” for a more eloquent take down on why this point is completely insipid.)

6. This one has pretty well been covered the earlier points.

7.  ”The Nordic Model deprives women of a living” — this is, again, a clear misconstruction of the common sex worker advocate argument that, even if you could wave a wand and eradicate the demand for sexual labor, you wouldn’t solve the need of people doing sex work to make a living safely, and since sex work is oftentimes accessible specifically to people who can’t either procure or sustain civilian jobs.  Abolitionists like to talk about problems that are problems of capitalism as proof that the sex industry is a problem, and think that they can solve problems of capitalism by only focusing narrowly on sex work (Because they sure do like to think about women having sex in TERRIBLE circumstances, don’t they?). 

8. already covered this one pretty thoroughly,

9. “The Nordic Model is really a moral crusade in disguise” — I…wha? I don’t think opponents of end demand models feel there is anything moral about what these people are up to. this one just seems really out of left field. Like, yes, there are people pushing weird religious agendas while running shitty “rescue” orgs, but we really don’t have to peel the layers of this onion to figure out what’s morally reprehensible about advocating for end demand models. 

10. also already covered in detail. 

Tl;dr : abolitionists are creepy civilians who ignore what sex workers actually have to say in order to a) make money, and b) have many excuses to talk about women in difficult sexual circumstances.  They are gross and deliberately do not ever engage with the actual substance of what they’re opponents say, preferring to play with straw men in an echo chamber.