the invisible minority

2015 BET AWARDS HAMILTON CAST CYPHER 

Featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Daveed Diggs and Black Thought from the Roots

[VERSE 1: LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA]
I’m full of surprises, it might take a minute to digest
I’m gunnin’ for Pulitzer prizes. Ah, it’s a bit of a process
But I got a Grammy, got a Tony, got a Emmy
Goddamnit, homie, somebody show me the way to the Oscars

[VERSE 2: RENEE ELISE GOLDSBERRY]
Upgraded the Railroad to a chariot with Harriet
And Marie Curie brought some shit so hot we had to bury it
Get my golden lariat, I’m a Wonder Woman gunnin’ for ‘em
What you runnin’ from?
You hear the thunder rumblin’ something’s coming
Shatter y’all, hurricanes on wood frame houses
The name’s Renée, you’ll never be the same
BLAO. Game: blouses

[VERSE 3: DAVEED DIGGS]
Diminishing returns make the burners come out, start to wave
Question me if you wanna, y’all, I was up on the stage
Playing a polyglot glutton, suckin’ a molly popsicle
So sick of the club I just turn up at the hospital
Ordering orderlies to turn the heat up four degrees
So I can take my shirt off and live out my California dreams
Scribble “Thug Life” in invisible ink
An umbilical minor chord-clipping metaphysical link
To the pastime high, wrecks, last time I checked
There was hella rappers in line for the time to scream “I’m next”
I just walked right in the door marked “Hamilton Stage,” stayed patient
Playing these dead presidents I’m getting my reparations

A short guide for the inclusion of trans, intersex and gender non-conforming youth in the classroom

1. DON’T WAIT to have an openly trans, intersex or gender non-conforming student before adapting your teaching or behaviour!

Since school can be a very dangerous space for those minorities, they are often invisible in the classroom. Either you don’t know they are there or they haven’t come out yet/they don’t know it themselves. Those minorities being invisible, it is important to be aware of their needs.

2. Use inclusive language and ressources

If you are in a position of authority, chances are that everything you say has an impact on children. Words have the power to make things exist in the mind of people.

I’m sure you can think of something better than “boys and girls” to address a group of children! What if I’m neither? Or a mix of the two?

Try to avoid polarizing sexes (male or female), as it erases the existence of intersex people. Also, some boys have vulvas, and some girls have penises. Be careful when talking about what makes a girl or a boy!

3. Call-out anything that is wrongfully binary or cissexist.

As a teacher, I know too well how impossible it is to have a classroom free of gender essentialism and intersex erasure.

It is everywhere! In books, in manuals, in educational movies… The thing is to not let it go unnoticed. If you hear, see or read anything that you consider problematic, discuss it with your students.

While it is unlikely that gender- and sex-inclusive manuals will be available anytime soon, it is still possible to educate with materials that invisibilize trans, intersex and gender non-conforming youth by calling it out!

4. Make gender segregated spaces inclusive

Do you know how dangerous restrooms or changing rooms can be for trans or gender non-conforming youth?

Trans and gender non-conforming students need access to their preferred restroom or changing room. It is not a caprice! Violence and aggressions are more likely to happen there than anywhere else, and those students are often easy targets for bullies.

Make it clear in the school policies that trans and gender non-conforming are welcome in those spaces. Inclusiveness has to be made visible for students and parents or tutors.

Using the infirmary or staff restroom may be a temporary solution, but by no means a long term plan, since it stigmatizes and marginalizes trans and gender non-conforming students.

5. Protect gender identity and expression in your classroom and in the school policies

Your students need to know they have rights regarding their gender expression and identity. Include rules against discrimination based on these in your classroom’s charter.

Officially recognizing these rights and making them visible might also empower closeted or questioning youth, who’ll feel safer at school.

6. Have the staff trained

Not everybody is comfortable with discussing issues such as sex or gender. Make sure that the school’s staff is trained so that your school can be a safer space for trans, intersex and gender non-conforming students.

There are many trans organizations that provide staff training. If there are none where you live, parents of trans, intersex or gender non-conforming children can be a great source of knowledge too!


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I hate how there is an invisible limit to having minorities in shows/movies. like, there can’t be more than one gay couple in a show. not even a third, single gay character. only two, existing together. one of whom most probably doesn’t even have their own story arc. no more than one or two poc. if it is a group of 5-6 white friends, maybe one of them will be a poc. the same with having a female character. it is like filling a diversity quota. and in their mind, 1 poc in a group of 5 white people, or a woman in a group of 5 men is “diversity”.

we also can’t exist without having a special purpose or an important lesson to teach the audience. you can hardly find a gay character without a coming out arc attached to it. or a trans character that just exists without tying the story to their transition. I have never seen a character that just happens to have a mental or physical illness/disability. there is no between when it comes to the mental health of a character: either everyone is neurotypical, or it is an ableist garbage like split.

at this point we aren’t even treated like actual human beings. either we are there to fill some quota, or our identities are stripped off of us, so storytellers can make money by using it. 

Honeymooners Pt 9

I was gonna end it in a different spot but then this place showed up and it was too good not to here and like? I’m cruel maybe, but I went from thinking this was awful to this was maybe good, so here’s to that. Hope people agree, also hopefully my dialoguing is good because I really think I struggle there, but yea, please please let me know (especially if you can think of how to improve) Thanks everyone!


Your eyes fluttered open, vaguely aware of the warm arm wrapped around your waist. You smiled at the sensation, feeling deep even breaths from behind you ghosting along your neck. Your smile widened, knowing it was Loki.

“Hey,” you murmured softly, rolling over to face him, hand reaching up to cup his cheek.

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D&D 5E NPC - Duchess Vanderbar - Noble Wizard

Art by: Helga Sable

Name: Duchess Vanderbar 
Race: Human
Gender: Female
Height: 5ft 5′ / 1.65m
Age: 42
Class: Wizard

STAT BLOCK:

Level: 18

AC 13 (16 with mage armour), Hp 120 (18d6 Hit Die), Proficiency +6, Speed 30ft,

Alignment: Chaotic Good

languages: Common, Elvish. Dwarven, Halfing,

Ability Scores:
Str 11 (+0) Dex 16 (+3) Con 16 (+3) Int 20 (+5) Wis 12 (+1) Cha 14 (+2)

Attacks: Dagger (+10 to hit, 1d4+4 Piercing Damage)

Spellcasting: 18th level wizard, spellcasting ability is Intelligence (spell save DC 19, to hit with spell attacks +11)

Spells: 
Cantrips (at will): Acid Splash, Mending, Shocking Grasp, Message, Prestidigitation,

1st level (4 slots): Shield, Unseen Servant, Magic Missile, Chromatic Orb, Mage Armor,

2nd level (3 slots): See Invisibility, Scorching Ray, Darkvision,

3rd level (3 slots): Fireball, Fly,

4th level (3 slots): Banishment, Ice Storm, Control Water, Dimension Door , Greater Invisibility, Conjure Minor Elementals,

5th level (3 slots): Cone of Cold, Passwall,

6th level (1 slots): Disintegrate,

7th level (1 slots): Whirlwind,

8th level (1 slots): Maze,

9th level (1 slots): Meteor Swarm, Time Stop,

Skills: Arcana, Deception, Insight, Perception, Persuasion,

Equipment: Dagger +1, Arcane focus, Scholar’s pack, Spell book, Hat of Disguise, Boots of speed, 200pp, A large Estate,

Class Features: Spellcasting, Arcane Recovery, Arcane Tradition (School of Evocation), Evocation Savant (School of Evocation), Potent Cantrip (School of Evocation), Empowered Evocation (School of Evocation), Overchannel (School of Evocation), Spell Mastery (Magic Missile, Scorching Ray)

PERSONALITY:

Duchess Vanderbar is well spoken and carriers herself an elegance customary of those of her status. After years of the finest schooling and access to the greatest library’s in the land it is fair to say that Duchess Vanderbar is well educated, and is never shy to show that fact off.

Ideal: I have no time for bureaucracy and if a problem needs solving I’ll do it myself.

Bond: An item of great importance to me was stolen and I believe the only group with the resources to do so is the Thieves guild. I won’t rest until I have recovered my item and put the Thieves to the spell.

Flaw: I was born with a sliver spoon in my mouth and can’t cope with out my luxuries.

C Train…..I think, or the F
New York City, October 12, 2017
This picture is not Instagram material. It requires the viewer to actively participate, to take note of the background and read it, to then apply the background to the characters in the foreground and tie it together. To have the ability to appreciate subtle irony, and be willing and able to appreciate an image that lacks glamour of any kind. There are three characters in this image, one invisible but very much a part, and the two women that are immediately apparent. New York City is a place that gives a street photographer ample opportunities to exploit these little narratives that appear and disappear in life, these split second nuances so easy to miss but that tell a story, while transitory and almost too subtle to be perceived nonetheless display a daily reality that’s truthful but unfortunately hard to define. This isn’t a picture for everyone, lacking as it does the shadowplay, the photographic pyrotechnics, the techniques often employed by very capable people who make beautiful pictures that say nothing special, and, technical triumphs aside, leave a moment after I remove my gaze.

But here….all three of these characters resonate with me and those that I carry with me, past and present. The woman on the left has given up. The one on the right still has hope. The man in the middle is the one we all seek. But he is older, my father’s age, and represents an invisible minority, a rare find to be treasured should you have the good fortune to stumble across him one day. The women are unaware of his presence, he is so quiet and still, unobtrusive and humble. He’s the one we didn’t notice, and the one we missed seeing altogether.

2017 and being asian american is still very much a struggle

(1) You get judged for trying too hard to be “American” … “white-washed” and other Asians might automatically assume you think you are better than your own race and look down on you for trying to steal another race’s identity

(2) You also get judged for being too “Asian” and acting like a “fob” 

(3) When you are in between white-washed and fobby, you may not get judged as harshly, but you tend to get lost in the chaos, and nobody really knows what you are or how to categorize you, and you don’t really know your own identity either anymore

(4) Model minority stereotypes undermine your talents - nobody thinks much of your achievements when it is expected/standard - people are just like “oh well yeah you’re Asian”; on the other hand, when you don’t perform well it is immediately tied to your work ethic and you are labeled as “lazy” and your parents are immediately criticized as well, giving you the added pressure of performing not just to avoid such criticism but to help prevent your parents from receiving such criticism; sounds like a lot for a hormonal/emotionally unstable and anxiety-ridden teenager to deal with because IT IS

(5) You get no sympathy from other minorities and certainly none from ‘the majority’ // nobody really thinks there even is a problem

(6) You are borderline an invisible race with lackluster/one-dimensional representation on screen (even fresh off the boat is disappointing in its one-dimensional depiction of being asian) … it seems like when you’re on tv people either hit the stereotypes too hard or pretend there’s no difference at all which is also not good

(7) You have essentially no influence in the field of politics because your group as a whole lacks a unifying identity and agenda due in part to its inherently diverse racial background (asian isn’t just chinese) and also in part to the high emphasis on pursuing one of three career paths (law, medicine, science) … no power in politics = these issues will persist 

Bottom line is …  being Asian in America is very different than being Asian in Asia and it is definitely no walk in the park over here. People think they know everything about you when you don’t even really know yourself yet. Even when you try not to, you find yourself living life trying to either break away from Asian stereotypes or fit into them proudly, and after the exhaustion of it all, you come to realize nobody else is watching that struggle anyways because nobody thinks it is a real one. Other minorities have concrete things to point to for their struggles like economic disadvantages … and what do you have? Repressed mental health woes which are unacknowledged by your family and/or peers and stigmatized by society as being “not a real” problem. Sounds like the rest of America is trying to keep you invisible, but what are you going to do about it? What can I do about it? 

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What We Talk About, When We Don’t Talk About Natives
Dia Lacina talks about the often overlooked appropriating and colonialist racism of Native Americans in video games and video game journalism's hesitancy to talk about it

I’m glad someone wrote this so I didn’t have to. When it come to inclusion and representation, Native folk are often an invisible minority. Do wish it took more of a hard edge to it, but it’s being brought up. 

Whenever you are arguing for representation of any minority group in the media, bring up the “red hair” example. Naturally red hair occurs in only 1-2% of population yet people with red hair are hardly underrepresented in Western media. I can easily name five ginger characters off the top of my head but I can’t name five intersex characters or five asexual characters and I’ll probably need google to name five canon autistic characters. And they are all 1-2% of the population as well. So the question is, are those minorities invisible in the media because they only make less than 5% of the population, or because they are marginalized and aren’t accepted? That’s right, the “but it’s only two percent!!1!1!!” argument is invalid.

There is an acute stress that comes from feeling like you are not a legitimate member of a community.

In non-urban areas lesbians and bisexual women experience comparable levels of frequent mental distress, but in urban areas distress decreases for lesbians and nearly doubles for bisexual women. Resources and support are more likely to be available for lesbians in urban areas, and still likely to be nowhere to be found for bisexuals.

Regardless of established need, projects addressing issues related to bisexuality are the least funded among programs for the lesbian, gay, bi, and transgender communities.

Reader Insert Masterlist Part II

Teen Wolf:

The Internship:

The Maze Runner:

Cross-Over:

Lord of The Rings/The Hobbits:

Supernatural:

Prompts:

Teen Wolf:

Supernatural:

The Maze Runner:

Doctor Who:

Harry Potter:

Invisible Model Minority: Africans

African immigrants and Americans born to African immigrants have been described as an “Invisible Model Minority” mainly due to their high degree success in the United States, but due to misconceptions and stereotypes of them their success is not a widely known fact or have been greatly acknowledged by the greater American society and other Western societies and thus are invisible. The invisibility of the success of Africans was even touched upon by Dr. Kefa M. Otiso an academic professor from Bowling Green State University he stated that “Because these immigrants come from a continent that is often cast in an unfavorable light in the U.S. media, there is a tendency for many Americans to miss the vital contribution of these immigrants to meeting critical U.S. domestic labor needs, enhancing American global economic and technological competitiveness". 

In the 2000 U.S. census it was revealed that African Immigrants were the most educated immigrant group in the United States even when compared to Asian immigrants.Some 48.9 percent of all African immigrants hold a college diploma. This is more than double the rate of native-born white Americans, and nearly four times the rate of native-born African Americans. According to the 2000 Census, the rate of college diploma acquisition is highest among Egyptian Americans at 59.7 percent, followed closely by Nigerian Americans at 58.6 percent.

In 1997, 19.4 percent of all adult African immigrants in the United States held a graduate degree, compared to 8.1 percent of adult white Americans and 3.8 percent of adult black Americans in the United States, respectively. According to the 2000 Census, the percentage of Africans with a graduate degree is highest among Nigerian Americans at 28.3 percent, followed by Egyptian Americans at 23.8 percent.

Of the African-born population in the United States age 25 and older, 87.9% reported having a high schooldegree or higher, compared with 78.8% of Asian-born immigrants and 76.8% of European-born immigrants, respectively.

This success comes in spite of facts such as that more than 75 percent of the African foreign born in the United States have only arrived since the 1990s and that African immigrants make up a disproportionately small percentage of immigrants coming to the United States such as in 2007 alone African immigrants made up only 3.7 percent of all immigrants in coming to the United States and again in 2009 they made up only 3.9 percent of all immigrants making this group a fairly recent to the United States diversity.

In terms of education as a whole African immigrants and American born to African immigrants they slightly outperform Asian Americans, they outperform White American sat double their rate, and outperform Black Americans who are descendants of Africans from the Atlantic slave trade at four times their rate. Of the 8 percent of the Ivy League Universities’ such as Princeton population which are Black students at an overwhelming 50-66 percent was made up of Black African immigrants, Caribbean immigrants, and American born to those immigrants. Many top universities report that a disproportionate of the black student population consists of recent immigrants, their children, or were mixed race.

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Chronically ill person trying to educate able-bodied people about not making assumptions
  • Chronically ill person: Don't assume that young equals healthy.
  • Able-bodied people: But MOST young people ARE healthy!
  • Chronically ill person: Just don't assume. I, for example, am not healthy, and suffer a great deal from your assumptions which force me to do stuff my body physically can't.
  • Able-bodied people: I'm not going to listen to you. Your existence is invalidating my society-taught assumption. You're a minority and I don't care about your feelings or well-being.
50 Potter Themed Asks


1. Hogwarts House?
Gryffindor through and through (according to pottermore)

2: Patronus?
Uhh a golden retriever perhaps?

3: Butterbeer, fire whisky, or pumpkin juice
Butterbeer

4: Diagon Alley or Hogsmeade?
Diagon Alley

5: Favorite shop?
Flourish and blotts

6: Your quidditch team?
Holyhead harpies

7: Top five ships?
Dramione
Harmione
Romione
Hinny
Blaise-ginny/luna

8: Otp?
Dramione

9: Notp?
Drarry and snape-hermione

10: Hogwarts, Beauxbatons, or Durmstrang?
Hogwarts

11: Your wand?
Alder wood, 12 and ½ length, dragon heartstring core

12: Owl, cat, or toad?
Owl

13: Character you most identify with?
Hermione

14: Character you hate for no good reason?
Umbridge

15: Character you would bring back to life?
Fred

16: Character you just want to be happy?
George 😭

17: What does amortentia smell like to you?
Probably my boyfriend’s soap

18: Favorite Hogwarts class?
DADA

19: Least favorite Hogwarts class?
Lockhart

20: Favorite professor?
Mcgonaggal

21: Centaurs, mermaids, or ghosts?
Ghosts

22: Chocolate frogs or Bertie Bott’s?
Chocolate frogs

23: Zonko’s or Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes?
WWW

25: The Leaky Cauldron or The Three Broomsticks?
Three broomsticks

26: Lowkey ships?
Blaise Ginny

27: Favorite Marauder?
Moony

28: The Knight Bus or broomstick travel?
Broomstick

29: Unicorns or Thestrals
Unicorn

30: Your go to spell?
Expecto Patronum

31: Quidditch position or spectator?
Position-chaser

32: Favorite friendship?
Harry hermione

33: Animagus?
Dog

34: Wizarding World job?
Mediwitch

35: Your broomstick type?
Firebolt

36: Dream Yule Ball date?
Draco Malfoy

37: Gobstones or Wizard Chess?
Wizard Chess

38: Crookshanks or Pigwidgeon?
Crookshanks

39: Potions expert or charms expert?
Charms expert

40: Favorite common room?
Gryffindor

41: The Quibbler or The Daily Prophet?
The Quibbler

42: Favorite of the Golden Trio?
Hermione

43: Fantastic Beasts or The Cursed Child?
the Cursed Child

44: Invisibility cloak, elder wand, or resurrection stone?
Invisibility cloak

45: Favorite minor character?
Dean thomas

46: Harris or Gambon?
Harris

47: Would you apparate?
Definitely

48: Favorite book?
Chamber of Secrets

49: Favorite movie?
Order of the phoenix

50: Who would your BFF be?
Ginny

i don’t really blame people for wanting to use these obscure “asexual variant” labels because i know most of them are teens and, like. honestly i was fucking terrible as a teenager and even when i was 20 i believed some bad discourse shit from this site regarding sexualities other than my own. but like

i see posts making pride flags for orientations like “placiosexual/romantic” and i just know that these people don’t understand the point of pride. because society really is not going to shit on you just for being okay with your attraction not being reciprocated. that is, in fact, how most people would hope you would react to your feelings not being reciprocated

like if that’s how you feel and you really want to use that label to be specific and you’re ALSO gay or pan or ace or whatever then that’s one thing, whatever. but you can’t act like you’re an invisible sexual minority just for choosing to use an obscure label to describe feelings that most people have. that’s not the point of pride. you’re not being disowned or killed because you’re okay with rejection or just because you only want to give and not receive in bed or some shit

especially if you’re gonna use labels like that to try and gain Queer Cred and include yourself in spaces with gay/bi/pan/etc. people only to turn around and call us evil sex demons or complain about us focusing so much on our romantic feelings and try to lump us together with straight people as one big oppressive social class

like you cannot claim that you need pride only to turn around and shit on the communities that REALLY need it

anonymous asked:

Is Roma supposed to be the better term then gypsies?

As far as I know as a non-Romani person:

Yes, “Roma” / “Romany” / “Romani” (also spelled “Rromani”) are the words any non-Romani should use in regards to those people, and never “gypsy.” A Romani person can call themselves a “gypsy” if they choose to - because after all they’ve gone through, they’re allowed to try to take back that word for themselves - but that is still their choice. 

The post I made was regarding people calling themselves “gypsies” and claiming they practice “gypsy magic,” when they aren’t and they don’t - I don’t even think “gypsy magic” is an actual thing. It’s like a trend in the witchcraft community on Tumblr - and even in other parts of Tumblr and beyond - to say one is a “gypsy” or has a “gypsy soul” because they like to travel and they wander, etc., and it’s just so bloody offensive and verging on disgusting. People just really suck sometimes.

I CANNOT STRESS HOW IMPORTANT BOTH #ASIANINVASION AND #ACEDAY ARE. BOTH NEED TO BE VALIDATED.

At least here the US (I can really only account for the country I live in), Asians/Asian Americans are seen as either the “foreigner” or the “invisible minority.” We are constantly being ejected out of the country with questions like “where are you really from?” or comments such as “Your English is super good.” Our position in the United States is invalidated and we are stripped of our citizenship through the Perpetual Foreigner Syndrome. IT IS DIFFICULT FOR ASIANS/ASIAN AMERICANS TO ASSIMILATE INTO THE AMERICAN POLITICAL BODY. On top of that, because of the stupid “model minority” stereotypes placed on us, our struggles are often ignored. Yes, our problems may come in different forms than what other minorities face, BUT IT IS STILL A PROBLEM. THE MODEL MINORITY STEREOTYPES ENCOURAGE THE WHITE SUPREMACY BY PINNING ASIANS AGAINST OTHER MINORITY GROUPS. THE INSTITUTION ITSELF IS NOT BEING CHALLENGED BECAUSE OF THAT THUS RUNNING IN A CIRCLE WITHOUT ADDRESSING THE ACTUAL PROBLEM. 

Asexuals also seen as “invisible.” We are often not seen as a real sexual orientation. (This is not to ignore that there are many other sexual orientations that deal with the same issue, I am just highlighting one of them.) Often people disbelieve or don’t accept that one is not/cannot be sexually attracted to another individual (or in terms of the gray spectrum, rarely are). WITH THIS KIND OF IGNORANCE, OUR STATUS WITHIN SOCIETY IS NEGLECTED AND WE ARE LEFT OUT OR OUR IDENTITIES ARE PUSHED BENEATH THE RUG. 

AWARENESS FOR ASIANS AND ASEXUALS EVERYWHERE AND ANYWHERE. 

anonymous asked:

Hey my girlfriend is considering writing her dissertation next year on biphobia and erasure in literature do you have any tips/resources/encouragement of any kind that I can pass along to her?

Hi! We’re always glad to hear of people writing about bisexuality and bringing attention to important issues. I can try to provide you/your girlfriend with some resources to look through.

Since she wants to write about erasure/biphobia specifically in literature, I would first direct her to bisexual-books. They do lovely reviews concerning bisexual representation in literature, so that would be a good place to start. 

There’s also this article, ”The Case Of The Missing Bisexuals: Bisexuality In Books For Young Readers”, which you should be able to access here.

Here are some other sources I recommend. They might be more generally about bisexuality/media representation rather than biphobia in literature in particular, but they could be helpful:

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