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Trans firefighter serving as grand marshal for NYC Pride March shares moving story on FDNY Instagram

  • On the Sunday of Pride March, the annual parade in New York celebrating the triumphs of LGBTQ people, the Fire Department of New York took to Instagram to post a powerful message from Brooke Guinan, a 29-year old trans firefighter and LGBTQ outreach coordinator for the FDNY who is one of four grand marshals for the parade.
  • In her message, Guinan opens up about her struggles as a trans woman and why being chosen as a grand marshal for the parade is such an honor.
  • “As a trans woman, it was a supremely difficult experience trying to find safe spaces, acceptance and love in society, but by being honest about my experiences I hope that others can learn from the paths that I have navigated,” Guinan said. “Being a grand marshal is beyond anything that I have ever thought of and I feel very much that I owe the honor to those LGBTQ heroes who have inspired me and helped me to find my own voice.” Read more. (6/25/17 2:04 PM) 
I’m a feminist because...

I’m a feminist because everyone should be.

Growing up, my parents would always tell me to be properly dressed around my brothers. Never mind that they were walking around in short boxer briefs, it was me who had to be presentable. I was the girl, after all.

In school, I was always taught that the way I dressed affected a boy’s education. I was taught that the slight peek of my shoulder was enough to get me sent to the head office. It was much too distracting, because after all, a boy’s education had to be more important than a girl’s. At least, that was what they were teaching me.

This is why I’m a feminist.

I’m a feminist because it is 2017, and when I talk about how unfair it is that a professional athlete gets to walk away from the accusation of raping a girl without a single ding to their career, I’m some sort of radical that needs to calm down. Because that poor girl’s life will never be the same, but said athlete’s career is perfectly intact.

I’m a feminist because my aunt says things like, “Oh, those feminists, they just need to shave their armpits and get over it.” Because somehow the grooming of my body hair has everything to do with the rights I’m fighting for.

I’m a feminist because people still think you must have a vagina to be considered a woman.

I’m a feminist because I am 20 years old, and when I tell people I’m not sure I want to have kids, they look at me like I just defied all womankind.

I’m a feminist because when mothers choose to work rather than stay at home with their children, they aren’t doing “enough.”

I’m a feminist because when fathers choose to stay at home with their children rather than work, they somehow aren’t as “manly.”

I’m a feminist because parents still won’t let their sons play with Barbies.

I’m a feminist because young boys are taught that crying is bad. Showing emotion is bad, better to bottle it up and never feel. If you cry, you’re a girl, and no one wants to be a girl.

I’m a feminist because when my family talks about the Women’s March that happened yesterday, they say things like, “What’s protesting going to change?” and “They’re honestly just wasting their time. Nobody’s going to listen to them.” Never mind that the country we are living in found its freedom through protesting—No Taxation Without Representation. But I suppose that’s okay. It was men protesting then.

I’m a feminist because when my aunt saw a picture of a man marching with women yesterday, she snorted and said, “What’s he doing there? Doesn’t he have something better to do?” Her seven year old son was sitting next to her.

I’m a feminist because a highly qualified politician lost the presidential election to a less than mediocre businessman who based his campaign on misogyny, racism, bigotry, and slander. Because this country would rather see an over privileged, racist, homophobic, white man, whose years of experience sums up to zero, in office rather than a woman whose qualifications are more than his will ever be. Because I somehow have to have years of experience before I can even get my first job, but Donald Trump can get sworn into office without a single day of political experience.

I’m a feminist because the President of the United States speaks vilely of women and all minorities, and I’m the terrible one for disliking him.

I’m a feminist because I get made fun of for being a feminist.

I’m a feminist because I want the next generation of girls to live in a better world than mine.

I’m a feminist for these reasons and so many others.

I’m a feminist because everyone should be.

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June 15, 2017

Jay Z updates his Twitter.

2017 Songwriters Hall of Fame. First rapper to be inducted!

All of those who have inspired him as he has inspired us.

The last tweet: Obama on Jay Z’s induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame! Now what other rapper has the President’s praise and stamp of approval like this? Check out the video here.

🌸🍃 Beltane Tips! 🍃🌸

Hello, my loves! I know it’s relatively early, but I wanted to make a post about this in advance for those who need some help / inspiration with the upcoming holiday. :-) Beltane, also known as “May Day,” is at the very beginning of May, and its purpose is to continue the celebration of Spring and fertility. We bow to the abundance of the fertile Earth, and become aware of Her opening up to the fertility God. Their union gives life to healthy and strong livestock/crops and new life in general. This is inspiring to many witches and magick workers who wish to bring change into their own lives, as well as show a passionate appreciation for life itself.

- If you’re on a bit of a schedule, there are simple things you can do to show your thanks for the planet we live on and the gift of life. Much like with Ostara, just try your best to thank nature - take a short walk, notice how green everything is, eat some fresh vegetables, and take deep breaths of morning air. 🌸

- Create a Beltane altar! Include lots of green items, inspired by the lushness of the growing grass and the leaves on the trees. Also include pastels to honor Spring, such as yellows, blues, and pinks. Incorporate these lively colors into the objects in your altar - think ribbons, decorated sticks, flowers, candles, cloths, succulents, baskets, grass, chalices and statues. Add some symbolism to represent the strong  male energy of the God, which is especially potent at this time. Think sticks, acorns, seeds, antlers - and try your hand at creating your own mini Maypole! 🌿

- If you have the environment / time to do so, gather a group of friends and have a bonfire (or even just a fire in your fireplace, if you have one)! Beltane is one out of the four fire festivals in current Pagan traditions, so its presence during this time is especially welcome. Can’t have a bonfire? Light some green candles and meditate near them, perhaps while writing a list of things you wish to renew in your life. 🔥

- Eat!!! Try and incorporate milk, honey, and/or oats into your meals during this time, as well as fruits -  peaches, mango, pomegranates, and cherries. 🍒🍯🥛🍑

I hope this guide is helpful! xoxo

( I’m still alive!! I swear!!

But here’s just a quick lil valentine I made up to send to your favorite Jooniepeople ay. )

June 15, 2017

Jay Z updates his Twitter. 

2017 Songwriters Hall of Fame. 

First rapper to be inducted! All of those who have inspired him as he has inspired us. 

Obama on Jay Z’s induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame! Now what other rapper has the President’s praise and stamp of approval like this?

How to Find Yourself

1. Follow lots of interests and try lots of activities. That will reveal your genuine passions, and highlight the things that you really enjoy.
2. Don’t be afraid to say “no” to others and to reinforce healthy boundaries. If you don’t, you will find you get pushed around, can’t think for yourself, or can’t simply “be me.”
3. Enjoy being alone and embrace solitude. That will stop the distractions and quieten the noise.
4. Travel, go on adventures, and see something new. That will change your perspective and give you fresh dreams.
5. Be with people who’re different, who challenge your views, extend your horizons and change how you think.
6. Think of those who inspire you, and cause you to dream. What is it about them that ignites that spark?
7. Don’t quieten the longings that rise from your heart. They reveal your soul – and the person you are.

you remind me of uranus
(stay with me)
because the seventh planet from the sun symbolizes change
it represents freedom
it means “i evolve”
and darling,
you have gone through so much change
you are not the person you were when i first met you
but the person you are now
this is who you truly are
the real you
i feel like now
you are free
and like the planets who never stop turning
i hope you never stop evolving as well.
—  ♅ // @ghostheroes
(cc, 2017)
L’Ange de la Musique

Originally posted by assassinscreedbrotherhoodlegend

Disclaimer: I do not own anything except for the story itself. Please do not copy or credit this as your work. Photo above is not mine.

Pairing: Arno Dorian x reader

Warnings: none

Word count: 718

Tagging: @writingsofawaywardnerd @romancingthecreed @bunnyyumyum @thepandadrawer @rooks-and-blighters @kebeo @amarabliss @fortunefavoredthebrave @imakemyownblog @scarlet-marionette @thehalodiaries @an-order-of-fryes @thatonepieceofpaper

A/N: The following fic is part of a writer’s trade with the lovely Chess (aka @romancingthecreed or @frostychess). My thanks to @thepandadrawer for beta reading this and I hope you all enjoy!


You swear you hear singing whenever you enter the music hall. The void of empty velour seats seem to grow more obsolete the longer you stare, the large glass chandelier appearing to snap off of its chain every single moment, all of the inanimate objects in the room singing a story of its own. But this time, you hear actual singing coming from the stage when you set your bag on a spare table backstage.

A rich tenor melody dances its way into your ears as you peek out behind the heavy curtain to see a dark haired man belting his heart out with a perfect balance of vibrato, volume, and voice.

You stand there in awe as he stops abruptly and turns around to gaze in your direction. Slow heel clicks resonate under your feet as you slowly step out from behind the black drape to see him looking at you curiously.

“Hello there.” He greets with a warming grin as you look somewhat shyly towards him.

“Hi.” You manage to say before a wave of embarrassment washes over you and you let out a nervous giggle.

“How long have you been standing there?” The man asks in a distinct French accent and you cross your arms across your chest as you try to look at him directly without a hint of timidness in your eyes.

“Long enough to hear you sing.” You reply as you brush a stray lock of hair away from your face. “You’re wonderful.”

“So I’ve been told.” He laughs and you smile at him. “When I was thirteen, they called me L’ange de la Musique because of my voice. I didn’t realize how much that would mean to me later on.”

“We never do. At least until it’s too late.” You nod and he smiles at you.

“I’m Arno.” He tells you and extends his hand.

“Y/N.” You reply and take his hand gently.

“So Y/N, what brings you to the Palais Garnier?” Arno inquires. “I don’t believe you came here only to hear me sing.”

“My mother was the primadonna for the Paris Opera many years ago and she was teaching me before she passed five months ago. I remember when she would bring me backstage and all of the performers were in their costumes, ready to give everything for the show. That was the moment I realized I wanted to be an opera singer. ” You pause as you try not to let your eyes shed any more tears before you continue.

“When I told her I wanted to follow in her footsteps and at least achieve the position of understudy for the lead of one of the opera’s upcoming productions, she was so happy and even promised to be there on opening night before she died. I suppose I came here to see if to show me that singing was worth my time and devotion.” You finish and for a moment, you think Arno’s giving you a pitying look, the ones you’ve seen before one too many times, but instead, he’s giving you a different look. One you can’t pin quite accurately just yet.

Arno nods understandingly as he paces in between the distance from you to the stack of sheet music he had placed down earlier before you see his dark eyes light up with what you believed to be an idea.

“Perhaps I can be your new teacher. That is of course if you want one at all.” He offers and you turn your head to stare at him so fast that you feel like you could’ve snapped your own neck.

“R-really?” You stammer as you gape at him.

Oui, ma chérie. It would be my pleasure.” Arno replied and you engulf him in a hug which clearly shocks him, but you as well. You immediately let go of him and laugh slightly to try and shrug off any embarrassment you were currently experiencing.

“Thank you.” You reply and he picks up his music again.

“Meet me here tomorrow at noon. We’ll get started then.” Arno informs and takes his leave as you continue to stand there with a giddy smile on your face and hope in your heart.

The people weren’t wrong,’ you thought as you walked backstage. He truly was an angel of music.

Covetous (Part One)

Prompt: @ruth-hamilton-delrio requested “You can’t be jealous if we aren’t even dating! man up and ask me out if you’re going to act like that.” I wanna see your take on that, for Lin x reader” and I happily turned it into a slow burn, multiple part series fic. 

Author’s Note: I have not yet written an angst or slow burn fic, so this is quite different from my usual fluffy fics. It’s been fun to write so far and I’m looking forward to writing the rest of it. I know I said yesterday that I wouldn’t be posting for a bit, but this prompt was too good to ignore so… here we are. 

Words: 2,766 

Warnings: Angst, mentions of surgery/hospital 

Also, for this, it’s modern and Lin has Hamilton and Moana done, but he’s obviously not married and doesn’t have his son for sakes of the fic. 

Enjoy!! (don’t hesitate to tell me how you like it through asks, messages, comments, or reblogs!) 


“I’m just saying… why would Rassilon say that Time Lords would stand as monuments such as the Weeping Angels if it wasn’t true? And it’s the perfect bit for the immortality thing – they’re immortal as statues.” You continued your ages old debate with your best friend as you pushed open the door to your favorite spot – the hole-in-the-wall tea shop you had frequented since your freshman year of college. Greeted with the sugar and spice notes of the over one-hundred different kinds of tea brewed here and a “hello” from your favorite worker, you nodded before Lin countered your opinion.

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“The Voltron fandom is garbage,” but could we make it good?

Most of the talk of the Voltron fandom nowadays is really negative, so much so that it has a reputation. There are people who don’t even watch the show, and all they know about it is that “the fans are terrible.” 

And honestly? I understand where that reputation comes from. Between ship wars, and borderline obsessive callouts and taking these conflicts to the cast and crew themselves, I agree that some of these things have gotten completely out of control. But if you’re unhappy with that behavior, then do what you can to change it!

A bad reputation comes from attention. When people give attention to the ugly behavior, that ugliness gets spread to others, and they want to respond to it. It’s a fight that doesn’t need to be fought, and one that will never be resolved.

Drama is bound to happen, obviously, and people will always disagree. But the response, and the value given to it is what matters most. As easy as it is to find drama around here, it’s also really easy to just…avoid it.

I’ve heard a lot of fans recently talking about how the release of the season 3 trailer reminded them of how much they love the show, and how bogged down everyone feels by the behavior of the fandom. And that’s what should be the most important part of a fandom! We calls ourselves fans because we love what is being created, and use that love to create things as well. 

When I see fanart, or fanfiction, or edits, or headcanons, or just people talking about the things they love here; that’s where I find the positivity. This is a huge fanbase, filled with some very talented and kind people. That’s where the focus should be: on those who find inspiration behind something creative, and use that as a means to foster their creativity and positivity.

So maybe this is a callout of my own, towards everyone who likes this show. If you find yourself dissatisfied with the way fans behave, then removing behavior that takes work. Not every negative comment, or message, or post needs to be acknowledged, and it doesn’t necessitate a response. Not every opinion that contradicts yours needs to be debated or fought over. The point of being in a fandom is to explore what doesn’t show up on screen, to find inspiration and happiness in something you love and share that with others. 

That is the goal of my blog, and I hope it could be the goal of yours, too. No matter what you create, or even if you don’t, you control what shows up on your blog, and you have the power to make it something good.

I love this show, I love its characters, and I love its fans. I love the ones who have ideas similar to mine, and I love the ones who think completely differently. It’s inspiring to see how everyone can find their own truth and beauty in the same thing.

Negativity will be out there, and it will be present in every fandom! The only difference between them is the attention it is given, and how you respond to it. It’s important to remember that the ones who speak loudest aren’t necessarily the voice of the larger group. If you think that the fans of this show are “garbage,” then separate yourself from it! Spread love when you see hate. Create something good if you see something bad. Share the things that make you happy, and ignore the things that upset you. Remember that everyone has their own opinion, their own idea, and their own voice, and that letting someone use theirs doesn’t need to silence yours.

I don’t typically like asking people to spread posts, because like I said, you control what you post, but. I think that if you stand for positivity, creativity, and sharing something good with others, then it’s important to make that known, whether that means reblogging this, telling others in your own words, or taking action without a big statement. I love this community, and I would love to see it change into something more kind. Negativity might be the norm, but it doesn’t have to stay the norm. And everyone likes a good redemption story, right?

Long story short, I love you all, genuinely. I believe you want to show your love for this show, and make it a good place for you to be. I don’t care who you are or what you believe, I want your experience in this fandom to be a good one, and I will do what I can to make sure you can have that, and that I can have it to. Be good! Do good! Fight hate with love, because that’s the only thing that can defeat it.