this is our youth

more people should talk about dan reynolds

in case you dont know who that is hes the lead singer of imagine dragons and an amazingly outspoken lgbt ally who specifically focuses on trying to help lgbt youth and i never see anyone on tumblr mention him or the work he does.

dan reynolds was raised mormon and in 2012 the first major imagine dragons single “its time” was on glee, and he started receiving letters from gay fans saying that they loved him and his music but that he probably didnt accept them because he was a mormon. he says that this broke his heart and he knew he had to do something.

not only is he really vocal about lgbt support and issues (which is more than i can say about a lot of people in the spotlight like he is) he created the loveloud foundation last year which is dedicated to supporting and helping lgbt teens and educate people about the things they go through, aiming to lower the rates of suicide, mental illness, drug use, etc.

the foundation puts on the annual loveloud festival in salt lake city, and the second one happened this past july. its an all-day music event that donates all of its profit to lgbt organizations (actually good ones, not shitty fake ones) and this year they raised ONE MILLION DOLLARS in one day.

but he and the people in charge of the festival actually GIVE A SHIT. a trans woman was harassed at the festival when she tried to use the restroom, being told she was in the wrong bathroom, and the loveloud festival not only immediately acknowledged it they ENCOURAGED other people to share any unpleasant experiences they had at the festival so they could reevaluate and figure out how to do better next year.

heres his speech from this year’s loveloud:

“…i wish you could understand… i wish you could see how much we care about you, how much we love you, how much we support you, how much we stand with you. i hope that tonight, and today, you know… you know that your sexuality is pure, and its true, and its clean. i hope that you know you are needed; we need you. i dont wanna hear any more stories of youth taking their lives in utah. we must change our culture. we must change the way we see each other. i know this culture! i know these people! i was raised in this world. i know it. i understand religion. i identify with the beautiful aspects of how i was raised. i cherish many of those things today as part of my life, but one thing that will not be part of my life, ‘cause it does not align with my heart, is to tell someone how to love, and who to love. it’s the most simple concept! its the first thing we’re taught! from a young age! all my girls [he has three daughters] know it. they come out of the womb, and they know, you love. you dont tell someone how to love; you just love. let… love and let love, thats it.

i accept you, i see you, i stand with you, i fight with you. til the end, i will fight with you. i love you all.”

i think allies could learn from him and the way he talks about being gay. its not just okay, its pure. its true. its clean. its perfect. specifically addressing the way gay love and sexuality is demonized and slandered.

idk. i just love dan reynolds and i think more people need to know about what he does.

The Avengers on Celebrity Family Feud
  • Host: Name something you pullout.
  • Peter: Your penis?
  • Tony: Peter!
  • -
  • Host: Real or fiction, name a famous Willy.
  • Bucky: Willy the Pooh.
  • Steve: Bucky, no. Close but no.
  • -
  • Host: Name something you'd pay money to get rid of.
  • Tony: Your spouse.
  • Steve: Now that's just hurtful.
  • Tony: We aren't even married, Steve.
  • Steve: And whose fault is that?
  • -
  • Host: Name a kind of bear.
  • Steve: Papa.
  • Sam: Dammit, Steve.
  • -
  • Host: During what month of pregnancy does a woman start to show?
  • Stephen: September.
  • Host: ...
  • Stephen: I'm a fucking idiot.
  • Host: Aren't you a doctor?
  • -
  • Host: Name a small animal that people find just as scary as a big shark.
  • Rhodey: A chihuahua.
  • Tony: Come on, Rhodey.
  • Rhodey: Don’t tell me you don’t remember that devil dog the dude in the dorm next to us had, Tony.
  • Tony: Not everybody shares your experience.
  • -
  • Host: Name something you might buy that could turn out to be phony.
  • Thor: A horse.
  • Host: ... what?
  • Thor: A horse.
  • Thor: I speak from experience. My brother enjoyed his fair share of mischief in our youth.
  • -
  • Host: Name something Russia is famous for.
  • Natasha: Russians.
  • Bucky: She's not wrong.
  • -
  • Host: Name something a burglar wouldn't want to see when he breaks into a house.
  • Sam: Naked grandma!
  • Host: Naked what?
  • Bruce: I wouldn't want to see that either.
  • Host: No one does. It's just an incredibly specific answer.
  • -
  • Host: Name a yellow fruit.
  • Bruce: Orange!
  • Host: ...
  • Audience: ...
  • Bruce: I ... panicked.

Buying me something designer and expensive will never fill my stomach with the butterflies that appear when I’m about travel and fly out instead. It’s cheaper too. Understand that experiences will always outweigh materialism. I don’t want new meaningless possessions, I want to lay up with you at 80 and laugh about all the memories we created in our youth.

- Meggan Roxanne

Your sexuality isn’t a fucking threat to minors, okay? Since staff is deciding to be a total asshole to the LGBTQIA+ community during pride month I’m gonna spit some facts to set things straight

- “gay” and “lesbian” are sexual identities, do not reduce their meaning to a fucking porn tag. It’s dehumanizing and fetishizing

- being anything other than straight does not automatically make things nsfw

- your existence is not “sensitive content” and is not inherently dangerous

- there is absolutely no reason Tumblr needs to worry about “protecting” minors from gays especially when a lot of the content they are censoring are helpful, supportive posts for LBGTQIA+ youth

I’m so sorry that staff is literally censoring our entire community out of existence. Your sexuality is real and valid and you deserve better than to be treated like this

There was a gun scare at my school.

What happened was that we were having police officers screen our school for weapons, drugs, etc. Word started spreading that it was because of a shooter. That the school had received notice of a threat, and they were screening to try and prevent it.

These rumors spread to the entire school within a matter of three to four hours. Parents were rushing to the school to pick their child up from the suspectably unsafe environment. My mom was one of these parents.

I left the school only around fourty minutes before the shooting was said to occur, which was during the last quarter of the third period of the day, during one of our lunch breaks.

When I went to the front office to leave, I saw a long line of parents waiting to sign their child out. It stretched from the desk at the front and all the way to the entrance to the building, which is a good twenty feet. The line was so long and moving so slowly that my mom didn’t even bother to sign me out and simply had us leave the building to take me home.

I was terrified for my friends that had to stay in that seemingly unsafe environment. I messaged them, telling them that, when their lunch time comes around, to stay as far away from the cafeteria as they could. I told them to go to the tennis court outside. My reasoning was that it was far away from the cafeteria, there were tarps boardering the fence, meaning it would be hard for them to be seen by the shooter, and it was still technically on school grounds, meaning they wouldn’t get into trouble if they were caught.

More rumours began spreading that two guns had already been found and four kids had been arrested, all on the nineth grade campus.

About an hour later my mom receieves an email from the school.

There was no threat. There were no students arrested.

Only scared kids spreading their worst fears, kindled by recent events from all across the country. They very real, and very possible, idea of a killer lurking among our classmates.

And if that kind of rumour is able to begin in the first place, let alone spread so quickly and be believed by the entire school, there is something very, very wrong.

And the school is blaming us for sharing “unverified” information. And they’re telling us to first check to make sure that the information is, indeed, real. But how are we supposed to do that.

How are we supposed to check to make sure the threat is legitimate when, by the time that we do, we could already be dead.

It’s like living in an area with feral dogs. You’re stuck in a corner with a dog right there, barking and growling. You’re not going to think, ‘Oh, but do I really know that this dog is feral?’ When over half of the dogs in that area are.

We shouldn’t need to fact check when we feel like we’re in immediate danger.

We shouldn’t feel in danger at all.

Duality songs in one sentence
  • The Haunting: Have fun getting over me.
  • N.M.E.: Does your new significant other know you're an asshole, because if not, I'll totally let them know.
  • Why Worry: Stop stressing, it's not good for you.
  • Ancient History: I should REALLY break up with you, but you're hot so I'll wait a bit.
  • Bleak December: I should've found out you were an asshole before we got this far into our relationship.
  • Duality: I'm not a good person, but hey, at least I admit it.
  • Tomorrow: You'll make it through this, and you're chance will come, trust me.
  • Bad Guy: Why are you calling me an asshole when all I did was try to keep this relationship alive?
  • Miss Mysterious: I didn't know you were an asshole because you're so good at hiding and now I regret it.

Well, comrades… We’ve had our fun! Lived, laughed and loved! Friends of my youth, when shall we meet again?