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wattaabunkamamuti  asked:

Thank you for your posts during these times.

You’re welcome lovely.

BTW, anyone here, if they can do anything, please do. There’s a blood drive happening as @wattaabunkamamuti has already reblogged here along with other ways of helping.

And please, for all that is good and fair in this world, don’t drum up Islamophobia or post/share morbid images of the injured and dead. Have some common sense, some respect and stop yourself from the kneejerk reaction which is what ISIS want. Because if you blame Islam and All Muslims, then they have more possible recruits as you attack, blame, stigmatise and isolate young Muslims in the community.

Be better than that. Please.

Please don't attack young witches!

So many of these young girls and boys are trying desperately hard to understand and use difficult concepts in their daily life. We have to encourage exploration! If they use a term incorrectly, politely correct them and explain what they may have been trying to use! We need to foster growth! I’ve seen too many witches and pagans alike jumping down the throats of young kids who are accidentally being “offensive”. Please remember what it was like when you first started. Remember trying to find your footing.

Shout Out to Younger Aces

Shout out to Younger Aces who never had a crush.

Shout out to Younger Aces who don’t understand what their peers are talking about when it comes to liking someone, finding someone attractive, dates, etc.

Shout out to Younger Aces who don’t understand attractions.

Shout out to Younger Aces who can’t distinguish which attraction they are feeling.

Shout out to Younger Aces who feel alone.

Shout out to Younger Aces who feel lost.

Shout out to Younger Aces who feel broken.

Shout out to Younger Aces who know they are ace.

Shout out to Younger Aces who are still trying to figure themselves out.

Shout out to Younger Aces who don’t know they are ace.

Your fellow Aces are here for you. Your fellow Aces understand, support, and believe in you. 

Remember that you are never alone, you are not broken, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with you. It’s okay to be Ace <3 :).

Submit your questions for a new Issue Time on transgender body positivity! 

You can submit questions here until Wednesday 2/22. Answers will be posted on Refinery29′s tumblr Saturday 2/25. Anyone is welcome to participate, but we especially want to help transgender and nonbinary people of all genders.

And now, meet our panelists…

Rylan Jay Testa, Ph.D., Psychology Professor

Dr. Rylan Jay Testa is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at Rhodes College and the Director of the Health Behavior and Disparities Lab. Dr. Testa is a clinical psychologist and transgender man whose research focuses on understanding and preventing self-destructive health-related behaviors, such as suicide, eating disorders, and substance abuse in marginalized communities.

Daniel Friedman, Founder of Bindle & Keep

Daniel Friedman is founder of Bindle & Keep, a NYC-based custom suit company serving all gender identities. He also costars in the HBO film SUITED which follows the stories of five gender nonconforming people in their journey to wear clothes that accurately reflect the way they feel. 

Justice Roe Williams, Executive Director of BodyImage4Justice & Fitness Coach for JusticeBodies

Justice Roe Williams is a published poet originally from Atlantic City, New Jersey.  He is a founding Director of BodyImage4Justice (BI4J), an holistic wellness and fitness program for the LGBTQ community that primarily focuses on Trans Bodies. Prior to his work at BI4J, Justice organized to free political prisoners for low income communities and young people in the South End, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain and Roxbury areas of Boston.

Aydian Dowling, CEO of Point5cc and Point of Pride

Aydian Dowling is a Transgender Activist and Entrepreneur, owner of Point5cc Clothing and President/Founder of Point of Pride, Non Profit. Aydian has documented his transition since 2009 via his Youtube Channel, ALionsFears, and is most commonly known to be the first Transgender Man on the cover of the worlds biggest mens magazine, Men’s Health.

Precious Davis, Diversity & Inclusion at Columbia College Chicago and LGBTQ Activist

Precious Davis is lauded nationally as an award winning diversity professional, social justice facilitator, and educator.  She currently is the Assistant Director of Diversity Recruitment Initiatives at Columbia College Chicago, her alma mater from which she received a BA in Liberal Arts. Precious currently implements and oversees the Campus Wide Diversity Initiative and is the first woman of color to hold this position.

Davis finds deep meaning in engaging individuals in conversations surrounding bias, bigotry, and prejudice in their communities on the basis and belief that humans can coexist with one another positively through the embracing of each other’s differences and the celebrating of  each others human diversity. With over 15 years of diversity training, leadership development, and social justice education experience Precious is a highly demanded speaker and panelist who has been featured at: The University of Chicago, Northwestern University, The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The University of Michigan, The Chicago Community Trust, Reed College, Hampshire College, and Loyola University Chicago.

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The Last Marauder (Part One)

At five years old, Remus Lupin was precocious. He didn’t believe in the monsters under his bed… even when the mean neighbour kids put them there. Every full moon, he would climb out of his bed, being as quiet as possible, just in case his mum or dad might hear his little feet padding across the cold wooden floorboards. His dad said that the most dangerous and deadly monsters came out on the full moon, that there were things worse than death. Remus refused to believe that anything could hurt him. His dad was the smartest man he could ever imagine, and knew every spell there was to know. His mom was the most beautiful woman in the entire world, and nothing could ever hurt her or the smile she perpetually wore. And besides, there was just… something about the full moon. The way the light was almost as powerful as the sun, but completely different. Remus would just sit there on the bay window seat for as long as he wanted, peeking through the curtains and wishing he were on that moon, swimming in the light. He knew what magic was, but this was a whole other level of it. Something even wizards as adept as his father couldn’t tame.

A shadow crossed the street. Remus blinked, and there was nothing there, but he hopped off the window anyhow. Sure, he liked to think he didn’t believe in the monsters, but he was still only five, and his heart was skipping wildly in his chest at what he thought he might have seen. He had forgotten to shut the curtain all the way, and a glimmer of moonlight slanted across the floor, lighting on his bed. He shut his eyes as he clambered back under the covers, trying to ignore the way the window creaked against a slight breeze. He didn’t want to call out to his parents because he knew that there couldn’t possibly be anything there. He curled up into a ball, tears leaking out of his eyes until he finally drifted off into sleep.

He didn’t wake up pleasantly. The thing that actually woke him was probably the snout that was grunting and snuffling up to him from the end of his bed. But the first thing he was aware of was the rancid stench of rotting meat rolling off the creature in waves. Immediately, his heart kicked its pace up, and obviously the creature sensed it. It let out a growl. Remus whimpered. Where was his father with all his spells? His mother with her smile and warm arms that chased all the bad things away? The creature moved closer, and Remus made an impulsive move, rolling out from under it and onto the floor.
“DADDY!” He screeched as loudly as his little voice would allow. “HE-” But he was cut off by a body six times larger than his own slamming into him and pinning him to the floor. Claws dug into his sides, puncturing his skin. He was now crying, and all he could make out was a horrendous maw yawning above him, the rotten meat breath wafting over him as tears streamed down his face. He heard footsteps running up the stairs and over the next few years he’d think about that face and be certain that the creature had been grinning as it ripped into him.

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Amaal Said’s Portraits Explore the Immense Beauty of WOC

London-based photographer Amaal Said’s quiet, poetic portraits offer humanizing photographs and poems of people in her community, frequently young people of the diaspora who are far too often under- or misrepresented.

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Hi Tumblr! Have a question for Cynthia Germanotta?

Cynthia Germanotta is the President and Co-Founder of Born This Way Foundation, which she launched alongside her daughter Lady Gaga. Born This Way Foundation is committed to supporting the wellness of young people and empowering them to create a kinder and braver world. To achieve these goals, Born This Way Foundation leverages rigorous academic research and authentic partnerships in order to provide young people with kinder communities, improved mental health resources, and more positive environments – online and offline. 

Cynthia will be answering questions in an Answer Time right here on @postitforward on Monday, 5/15 at 3pm ET / 12pm PT.

Submit your questions now to our Ask Box! 

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I’ve always been a huge advocate of teens helping teens and speaking out on self confidence and body issues. I’m such a strong believer in open communication with young people to promote the idea that you are not alone in what you go through. I go through the same things you go through, even though you might not believe it. I’ve had my fair share of experiences and insecurities.

Do you ever sit and think about how you were never anyones first choice. No one saw you and thought ‘I need her in my life’ from the get go, it was never like that, it was more of checking every other option off then settling for you…
—  You don’t deserve to be the one they just settle for. {G.M}
It’s hard for me to explain how much I love having sex with women without being labelled as man-hating. Which I find to be rather funny because I know plenty of men that don’t want a dick inside them so are they man-hating too?
—  Hannah Hart, Buffering

View of houses on a hill painted with vivid colours in Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico. The initiative, promoted by the Crime Prevention Secretariat, seeks to motivate young people from communities under pressure of violence to paint murals in their communities. YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images

autism is extremely misunderstood — there are many successful autistic people who are brilliant and thriving, but their autism is ignored and erased. so, here’s something autistic people can use for positivity, and non-autistic people can use as a tool for understanding autism better

here’s a list of some famous autistic people:

  • dan aykroyd
  • satoshi tajiri (creator of pokemon)
  • dan harmon (creator of the show community)
  • adam young (owl city)
  • vincent d’onofrio
  • susan boyle
  • daryl hannah
  • temple grandin
  • hikari ōe (composer)
  • courtney love
  • stanley kubrick

and here are some famous historical people from before autism was studied, who are theorized to be autistic/have been posthumously diagnosed as autistic through their writings and the writings of others about them:

  • albert einstein
  • mozart
  • isaac newton
  • charles darwin
  • emily dickinson
  • nikola tesla
  • abraham lincoln
  • tom wiggins (most famous piano player of the 1800s and a blind former slave)

and here’s a list of some canonical autistic characters (autism is mentioned in the story and/or the writer or actor has confirmed that the character is autistic) that aren’t harmful or inaccurate portrayals:

  • abed nadir (community) — said repeatedly on the show and by the show’s creator dan harmon, who is also autistic
  • spencer reid (criminal minds) — said repeatedly in interviews by the actor and hinted at on the show later on
  • temperance brennan (bones) — said in interviews by the actress and the character was written to be autistic
  • rich purnell (the martian) — said by the author of the book
  • sonya cross (the bridge) — said repeatedly in interviews by the actress, and the show’s producers hired an autism expert (an autistic person) to help create this character
  • rebecca blithely (strange empire) — said repeatedly in interviews by the show’s creator; written to be autistic but takes place before autism was studied/named
  • alternate universe!astrid (fringe) — said in interviews by the actress
  • lisbeth salander (the millenium trilogy) — mentioned in the book
  • special mention: mike warren (graceland) — said on the show that he was diagnosed with ADHD as a child (autism is often misdiagnosed as ADHD and the two are very often comorbid), and he’s referred to as a “savant”
  • special mention: wilson fisk (daredevil) and robert goren (law and order criminal intent) — both played by autistic actor vincent d’onofrio and have autistic traits
  • plus here’s a list of autistic characters, but i have no idea if they’re good/accurate portrayals or not 

(non-autistic people are welcomed and encouraged to reblog)