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Standing Rock is a well-organized, small city and will be impossible to evacuate

CANNON BALL, ND - The first thing you notice once you enter Oceti Sakowin Camp, close to the front lines of the showdown at Standing Rock, is that the “camp” is now a small city, housing some 8,000 people. That includes indigenous people, activists, visitors and media, all camping in the snow in below freezing temperatures. The indigenous people of Standing Rock have expanded the camp and have meticulously organized a massive operation running solely on donations, volunteer work and the spirit of the Sioux people and the visitors who’ve come to protect the water with them.

Many structures are so strongly built that you can walk on the rooftops. Notably, there is a school that has been teaching a class of Lakota youth as a home school resource center since August, which is planning an expansion.

That some refer to Standing Rock as their “home” is not hyperbole; for many Sioux, their home at Standing Rock is now a permanent residence. As you look around the small city, one thing becomes clear: Short of a small military invasion, requiring demolition and significant force, an evacuation is simply not realistic.

On Facebook, where incoming supporters share information, there’s a new rumor nearly every day of what is and isn’t happening at the camp. Some claimed that police shut down access to all supplies from the outside, but supply routes are still open. Some believed drones had been banned, but drones are in the air. However, alcohol, drugs and weapons of any kind are banned from camp. Security check through supplies, confiscating contraband like alcohol when it comes through.

It is unclear when the next action will be, but every morning there is a schedule for Oceti Sakowin Camp, with notices posted, whiteboards updated and signs put up in meeting halls and port-a-potties with new requests and announcements. Action meetings are at 8 a.m., mandatory orientation is at 9 a.m. Before dawn, a group leaves from one of the sacred fires for prayer. White allies are told to attend at least one of these prayers to pay respect. White allies are also recommended to attend to one of the many decolonization education sessions that are held at the dome every other night at 6 p.m.

More about life at the Standing Rock camp. | follow @the-movemnt

DALLAS <3

Hey Allllllll,

Today the tour stops in Dallas, TX. LGBTQ history runs deep in Dallas, and The Dallas Way keeps great record of it. Founded in 2011, the organization’s mission is to compile the untold stories of local LGBTQ community members. The Dallas Way has partnered with the University of North Texas to create a digital exhibit chronicling the people, issues, and events that were important to the LGBTQ community in this area.

On the #SuburbiaTour we are focusing on LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum in schools. The work that these two organizations are doing is immensely important. If LGBTQ history isn’t made available to the public, it will be like these people never existed. If LGBTQ kids grow up seeing people they identify with making a difference and shaping the world in which they live, they will know that they too, can make an impact in the world.

The organization we are working with tonight is The Resource Center. The Resource Center’s Youth First program is one of the only programs in the area specifically focused on the needs of LGBTQ youth. With approximately 15,000 LGBTQ youth living in North Texas, these services are vital in helping them with issues they face with their family members, peers, and fellow students. Youth First serves those ages 12-18, helping them strengthen healthy relationships, and build the confidence they need to lead an authentic life.

Want a ticket upgrade? We’re taking donations of basic necessities that are often taken for granted. We are asking that you bring a new stick of deodorant to donate at the show. Bring at least one to be entered in a raffle for a ticket upgrade.

Thanks ya’ll and see u tonight!!!

Troye x

anonymous asked:

"Bisexuality is defined by an attraction to two or more genders" Bi means two, though. More than two would be polysexual, while all genders or regardless of gender would be pansexual.

Everyone who tries to tell me what bisexuality means personally owes me and all of my followers $1.

***From https://robynochs.com/2015/10/11/the-definition-of-bisexuality-according-to-bi/***

Bisexual Organizations:

http://www.biresource.net/BRC_Brochure_2010.pdf (Bisexual Resource Center: USA)
“The BRC uses bisexual as an umbrella term for people who recognize and honor their potential for sexual and emotional attraction to more than one gender. We celebrate and affirm the diversity of identity and expression regardless of labels.”

http://bisexual.org/am-i-bi/ (American Institute of Bisexuality)
“A bi person has the capacity for romantic and/or sexual attraction to more than one gender.”

http://www.bisexualindex.org.uk/index.php/AmIBisexual (Bisexual Index: UK)
“This is how we define it: A bisexual is someone who is attracted to more than one gender. You might care about the gender of your partner a lot, a little, or not at all – but their gender doesn’t prevent you from being attracted to them.”

http://binetusa.blogspot.com/2014/03/binet-usa-bisexual-media-guide.html (BiNet USA)
“Bisexual – A person whose enduring physical, romantic and/or emotional attraction is to other people of various sexes and/or gender identities. Individuals may experience this attraction in differing ways and degrees over their lifetime.”

http://www.torontobinet.org/bi-culture.html (Toronto Bisexual Network)
“Bisexuality is the potential to feel attracted to and to engage in sexual and/or romantic relationships with people of any sex or gender.”

Activists:

https://robynochs.com/quotes/ (Robyn Ochs; Bisexual Activist)

“I call myself bisexual because I acknowledge that I have in myself the potential to be attracted – romantically and/or sexually – to people of more than one sex and/or gender, not necessarily at the same time, not necessarily in the same way, and not necessarily to the same degree.”

Community on Tumblr:

http://bifacts.tumblr.com/faq

“Bisexuality is the attraction to two or more genders, not necessarily to the same extent, not necessarily in the same way, not necessarily at the same time.”

http://bi-privilege.tumblr.com/idingasbipolyorpan

“bisexuality is, broadly speaking, the attraction to two or more genders. bisexuality is not inherently or transphobic or exclusive of non binary genders—note that there are both binary and non-binary trans people who identify as bisexual. it is possible for bisexuals to be attracted to be attracted to anywhere from two to an infinite number of genders. many times, bisexuals will define their own sexuality as the attraction to both similar and different genders (which encompasses all genders). however, it is important to remember that bisexuals can be attracted to multiple genders without being attracted to people of their own gender. for example, an agender bi person may be attracted to women, bigender, and genderfluid people, or a bi woman might be attracted to men and agender people…..”

http://bi-privilege.tumblr.com/definitions

“bisexual: the (sexual) attraction to two or more genders. sometimes defined as the attraction to same + different genders; however, this is not true of all bisexuals.”

http://biphobic-bisexual.tumblr.com/faq

“bisexuality is the attraction to two or more genders”

http://bisexuality-is.tumblr.com/faq

“Bisexuals have been defining bisexuality as the attraction to two or more/same and other for decades. This isn’t some made-up tumblr joke. Words change meaning. Prefixes change meanings. We didn’t even give ourselves the term bisexual to begin with, doctors did.”

http://nonmono-perspective.tumblr.com/definitions

“bisexual- sexually attracted to your same/similar gender and other gender(s), OR sexually attracted to 2 or more genders. Some bisexuals feel that they experience different kinds or degrees of attraction to different genders/gender presentations.”

http://pinkpurplebluepride.tumblr.com/faq

“Bi: attracted to two or more genders. Some people will define it as “attracted to similar and different genders,” but this is slightly less inclusive than the above definition. I’m of the mind that “similar and different” evolved to satisfy bi=2 prescriptivists, but they are insatiable and forever gross.”

http://thesunnysideofbeingbi.tumblr.com/basics

“…being bi does not reinforce the gender binary. And some bi people are only attracted to men and women–and that’s ok! However, bi is not defined as the attraction to men and women, or two genders. It can be for an individual, but not for our entire community. That definition is not only false, but harmful. (This is not to imply that bi people can’t be transphobic!)

This also means that you don’t have to be sexually attracted to people to be bi. There are so many different kinds of attraction, and to just focus on bisexuality would be excluding a lot of people (e.g. being biromantic).”

http://bisexuwhale-pride.tumblr.com/faq

“What does bisexual mean?

Attraction to:

1. Two or more genders or

2. More than one gender.”

http://themeaningofbisexuality.tumblr.com/

“Bisexuality is the attraction to two or more genders”

http://soloontherocks.tumblr.com/post/104877455841/nothing-extraordinary-soloontherocks-got-it

“Bisexuality is not half gay and half straight. Bisexuality is not in between gay and straight. Bisexuality is not gay when dating the same gender and straight when dating a different gender. Bisexuality is not gay-ish or straight-ish.

Bisexuality is its own fully independent self-contained complete orientation.”

http://bifaq.tumblr.com/post/124565262825/i-dont-find-bi-means-2-to-be-offensive-and-im

http://julietburgess.tumblr.com/post/17986625411/bisexual-is-not-oppressive-can-we-talk-about

Other things worth the read about the definition of bisexuality:

Bisexual Manifesto from 1990:

http://binetusa.blogspot.com/2014/01/1990-bi-manifesto.html

“We are tired of being analyzed, defined and represented by people other than ourselves, or worse yet, not considered at all. We are frustrated by the imposed isolation and invisibility that comes from being told or expected to choose either a homosexual or heterosexual identity.

Monosexuality is a heterosexist dictate used to oppress homosexuals and to negate the validity of bisexuality.

Bisexuality is a whole, fluid identity. Do not assume that bisexuality is binary or duogamous in nature: that we have “two” sides or that we must be involved simultaneously with both genders to be fulfilled human beings. In fact, don’t assume that there are only two genders. Do not mistake our fluidity for confusion, irresponsibility, or an inability to commit. Do not equate promiscuity, infidelity, or unsafe sexual behavior with bisexuality. Those are human traits that cross all sexual orientations. Nothing should be assumed about anyone’s sexuality, including your own.

We are angered by those who refuse to accept our existence; our issues; our contributions; our alliances; our voice. It is time for the bisexual voice to be heard“

http://www.thisisbiscuit.co.uk/but-bi-means-two-and-others-reason-why-we-should-change-the-conversation/

https://somewhatofsomethingother.wordpress.com/2011/03/27/being-bisexual-means-that-youre-only-attracted-to-two-genders-bi-means-two-two-genders/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/aj-walkley/the-bad-b-word-a-need-for-bisexual-acceptance_b_1781589.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/aj-walkley/bisexual-gender-binary_b_2425081.html

”Defining bisexuality, just like defining any identity label, can be complicated and controversial. My definition of the label “bisexual” is informed by the work of The Bisexual Organizing Project. It includes people who use labels such as “bisexual,” “non-monosexual,” “persexual,” “omnisexual,” “ambisexual,” “pansexual,” “queer” or any other term that people use to identify themselves as individuals who are emotionally, romantically or physically attracted to people of more than one sex, gender or gender identity. I also recognize that not everyone chooses to adopt a label to describe their sexual orientation, and I also include non-labeling people who see themselves as part of a queer, non-monosexual or bisexual community under my definition of “bisexual.”“

Reasons why the prefix/etymology argument is not a very good one against “bi = attraction to 2 or more”

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etymological_fallacy

http://bisexual-dragons.tumblr.com/post/124749476996/i-love-doing-the-october-is-not-the-8th-month-of

http://bifaq.tumblr.com/post/124565262825/i-dont-find-bi-means-2-to-be-offensive-and-im

http://www.thisisbiscuit.co.uk/but-bi-means-two-and-others-reason-why-we-should-change-the-conversation/

https://somewhatofsomethingother.wordpress.com/2011/03/27/being-bisexual-means-that-youre-only-attracted-to-two-genders-bi-means-two-two-genders/

http://bi-privilege.tumblr.com/post/88492965880/but-bi-means-two-fun-fact-did-u-know-we

http://freelgbtqpia.tumblr.com/post/112776160876/how-couldnt-but-bi-means-two-doesnt-it-its-the

http://ideas.ted.com/20-words-that-once-meant-something-very-different/

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/4847343

Under Construction : The Samwell Student Union

A wonderful thing has happened: the Check, Please! Fandom is getting quite large! However, that means many people have said they are missing events and groups because they aren’t following the right people to see the post. The goal of the Student Union is to centralize these things. We will also reblog the posts of events/networks, but the goal is to have permanent pages where you can easily see what is going on without scrolling forever.

What will the Samwell Student Union Have?

  • Community Calendar Shows the dates of Fic Exchanges, Big Bangs, Character/Ship Fests, Meet-Ups, Ngozi’s Con appearances, etc in one place.
  • Clubs Lists Check, Please! oriented networks that fans can join!
  • Resource Center Lists other fan resources 
  • Maybe more! Feel free to suggest things, though we are going to focus on shoring up the ideas above first.

Answers to more questions you may have below the cut.

Keep reading

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See roachpatrol’s works here !

To contact the seller before bidding, please email at rachelroach.art@gmail.com.

If you have a very specific prompt and are not flexible, it’s best to contact the seller before bidding, even if it fits within their listed parameters. If you are asking for a specific kink, always ask first.

Charities these auctions benefit: the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), National Immigrant Justice Center, Natural Resources Defense Council, Planned Parenthood, Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Standing Rock, Trans LifeLine

roachpatrol’s offerings:

roachpatrol Auction #1

Type of fanwork: fic
Fandom(s): homestuck, harry potter, animorphs, gravity falls, steven universe, motorcity, doctor who (ten or earlier), star trek
Rating(s): G, Teen, Mature, Explicit
Length/size: up to 5k words, 5-10k words
Especially interested in: war/rebellion stories, romance, slash, femslash, polyamory and trios, whump, sci fi, genre AUs (western AU, space pirate AU, werewolf AU, etc) , hurt/comfort, sick fic, species/gender/role/genre swaps
Will not: highschool aus, murder mysteries, spy stories, fluffy domestic fic, sweet slice of life
Notes: the higher the donation, the longer the fic. 1k words per 10$ bid seems very reasonable, BUT i’ll have to cap guaranteed wordcount at 10-15k, i can’t promise that anything longer will actually get finished. work may wind up longer than bidded amount but again this is not guaranteed.

A vague prompt and an incommunicative prompter are very frustrating. please be available to talk about and brainstorm what kind of fic you want me to write for you. thanks!

Auctions run from 12 January 2017 (Midnight, EST) to 19 January 2017 (Midnight, EST). Bids before or after this period are invalid and will not be counted. If you would like to bid on this auction:

Step 1: Check the bidding spreadsheet to find out what the current high bid is. (Note: It may take up to five minutes for a bid to appear.)

Step 2: Fill out the seller’s bidding form with a bid that is higher than the current high bid. If you want to make it harder for someone to outbid you, bid higher! You will NOT be notified if someone outbids you, so please bookmark this page and check frequently. You will only be notified if you are the high bidder after the auctions end.

Thanks for participating in Fandom Trumps Hate!

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Bi+/Disability* Support Group Community Forum

Monday, December 5th
6:00 – 8:00PM
Boston Living Center | 29 Stanhope Street, Boston | 2nd floor conference room

The Bisexual Resource Center (BRC) has facilitated or been affiliated with several bi-specific social and support groups in the Greater Boston Area over the past 30 years. In working to continue meeting the needs of our local bisexual+ community, the BRC is hosting a community forum to discuss potentially starting a peer-facilitated support group for individuals who identify as bi+ and as a person with a disability*

The purpose of this meeting is to learn more about our diverse community and collect thoughts or views on starting a bi+/disability* support group. Those who attend the community forum are encouraged to provide feedback and ideas regarding this potential group, including but not limited to, what they would like to see in such a group (e.g. discussion topics, preferred location, frequency of meetings, overall logistics & flow) as well as past experiences with similar groups (e.g. what has worked well vs. what hasn’t worked well).

To maintain a safe and supportive space for members of our bi+ and disability* community, this community forum will only be open to individuals who identify as a person with a disability*

Food and refreshments will be served. For more information, or to ask any questions, please contact brc@biresource.net

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bisexual+ (e.g. bisexual, pansexual, fluid, no label, queer, questioning)
disability* (e.g. physical, invisible, developmental, learning, mental)

EXO Chen Revealed To Have Donated Money In Secret

EXO‘s Chen continues to show his heart of gold with his latest series of charitable acts.

Korean media outlets recently reported that Chen had quietly made a donation to a project that helps young adults start their own businesses.

Recently, the Siheung Women’s Resources Development Center launched their Youth Meets Entrepreneurship project, which looks to assist adults between the ages of 18-39 who are interested in starting their own businesses. The project is supported by the Community Chest of Korea, Korea’s only government-sanctioned charity.

It was reported that this project all started because of Chen’s donation. A project representative revealed, “It’s true that a donation was made in Chen’s name. Chen’s mother delivered the donation and told us ‘Our wish is that you use this for the youth of Korea.‘”


My Chenchen is so precious ❤️

Facts about the ENTP
  • On personality trait scales, scored as Enterprising, Friendly, Resourceful, Headstrong, Self-Centered, and Independent
  • Least likely of all types to suffer heart disease and hypertension
  • Least likely of all types to report stress associated with family and health
  • Scored among highest of all types in available resources for coping with stress
  • Overrepresented among those with Type A behavior
  • Among highest of all types on measures of creativity
  • One of two types most frequent among violators of college alcohol policy
  • Among types most dissatisfied with their work, despite being among the types with highest income
  • Commonly found in careers in science, management, technology, and the arts
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(via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUnCguCLxZo)

Learn about health and wellness among Black bi+ folks with contributors to the recent book Black LGBT Health in the United States: The Intersection of Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation (Lexington Books):

Roberto L. Abreu, M.S., Ed.S., NCC
LaShaune P. Johnson, PhD
Jonathan Mathias Lassiter, PhD
H. Sharif “Herukhuti” Williams, PhD, MEd

Moderated by Denarii Monroe, board member of the Bisexual Resources Center

And now a serious "I am a college instructor" post.

Friends out there with mental illnesses, emotional disorders, anxiety issues, or any condition that might interfere with your school work:

I see a lot of posts about people being too stressed to go to class, complete homework, or take tests. Some colleges are super bad about letting you know your rights and about what resources are in place to help you out with your schoolwork. Even colleges with good resources can forget to actually let their students know about those resources! Your college will have a disability resource center or some similarly named organization that can get you a letter of accommodation. This letter and its conditions must be honored by your professors, no matter how much of a jerk they are. Please don’t be afraid to go get this letter- it will help protect you. If your chronic migraines cause you to miss classes, it will excuse your absences. If your test anxiety causes you to have problems with an online exam or in a room full of people, you’ll get extra time or a private place to take it. Are you self-diagnosed? They can still help. I’ve sent students there who have never had a professional evaluation and they’ve come back with letters granting them extra time on tests and on assignments. Many students don’t know what accommodations can be made. I’m currently working with a student who’s got ADHD and didn’t know that she was eligible for a lot of accommodations. Extra time on exams, take-home assignments, excused absences due to a reaction to a medication… the list goes on. Nobody during orientation told her that the DRC was for students who had psychological issues- it’s not just for physical disabilities. 

Not all teachers, sadly, are understanding about mental issues. I’ve known instructors who are downright mean about test anxiety. A letter of accommodation from your school will make toxic professors respect the terms of your needs. Please don’t be afraid to go to them. Don’t be afraid to give these letters to your professors- they are legally obligated to honor them (thanks, ADA!) and if they do not, your school’s administration will come down on them like a ton of bricks if you complain. I know that it might sound scary, but please don’t be afraid to be your own advocate! There are people out there who will help you if you need it. 

Are You Interested In Becoming A Bioqueer?

The bi pioneers, that is, the bioqueers, send out shuttles to outer space biweekly in the hopes of binally escaping the biphobia here on Earth. If you still need your ticket, please consult your local bi resource center for one of the billions still remaining. You will need some form of bidentification, such as your BI-D card, a Bad Bi Bureau patch, Bad Bi Bureau advertisement or a letter you’ve received from the Bad Bi Bureau probably looking something along the lines of this:

If you have neither, please write at once to the Bad Bi Bureau (@barbidreamdumpster) and request to be bidentified.

Thank you for your interest in becoming a bioqueer and I’ll have you all know that I am excited to host the biannual zero gravity birling tournament this year.

I was in the LGBT Resource Center on campus today because I’m crocheting a bunch of blankets for the room (there’s no heating allocated by the university for that part of the building). Dude with a Trump shirt on dropped by and said to the handful of people down there “Y’all know if Trump wins, your little group of perverted faggots is the first ones we’re coming from. You ain’t gonna last long on this campus once we have that national blessing.”

So basically, I attend the most conservative, least lgbtq-friendly public university in the United States and will no longer be able to visit one of the very few safe spaces on campus if Trump wins tomorrow, because I’m afraid I might be targeted. :/

For the love of god, your friends, and your fellow citizens, do whatever you possibly can to vote tomorrow.

stardestroyerevans-deactivated2  asked:

I was wondering if y'all or anyone else had advice about coming out to a parent as bisexual?😊 I wanted to come out to my dad as bisexual for bi week since i was gonna do it anyway id figure this week is great lmao

I’m thinking about coming out Officially on bi visibility day, but I’m one of those people that took a really long time to accept the label. I’ve been slowly telling people close to me for the last year or so, which has gone pretty well (including a girl I might’ve once dated, but she was uncertain then too and now also identifies as bi). My biggest hesitation is that now, I’m married (my husband knows) and in my late twenties and I’m worried no one will believe me. Any advice or reassurance?

I know this is a bit late but here it is for you guys!

Unfortunately, I have not come out to my parents and a lot of my relatives so I don’t have any personal experience with it. My parents are fairly homophobic and I try to keep things as easy, breezy with them as possible since we live fairly close geographically. That being said, I’m moving very soon and plan on coming out to them before I do so I’ve been trying to do a bit of research into how to go about it (because I’m a giant nerd and need to control how everything happens). 

The Bisexual Resource Center is a great place to start. They have a lot of anecdotes and tools for you to use in the process of coming out. One that I’ve been looking at can actually be found on their tumblr here. It helps you examine why you want to come out to someone and how to handle different situations. It also gives your family or friends resources to learn about things on their own after the conversation is over. 

Good luck, and I hope it all goes well!
Mod Bee

“Friends don’t out friends without their consent.”

And they don’t grab them by the shoulder without consent either!

Yesterday’s events in Albuquerque were amazing! Thank you for everyone who came - you filled the room and my heart with so much love! And huge thanks to the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico for organizing them! You rock!