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mortisia:

Patricia A. McKillip, Harpist in the Wind

mortisia:

Patricia A. McKillip, Harpist in the Wind

Poetry is a kind of witchcraft. We have the power to manifest, to call forth, to make what didn’t happen, happen. I think of the griots who delivered stories from town to town, the soothsayers and playwrights and brujas, all the ceremonies and dedications and incantations and proclamations, everything that starts with the word. And how the word gains its power by being spoken and handed to the next person and how what we write will last longer than our skins, our poems are the truest husks of our former selves.

- Rachel McKibbens, interviewed by Leah Umansky for Tin House (via nps2013)

(Source: bostonpoetryslam)

looksgreatwithtrouble:

thegodlessatheist:

The Man, The Myth and The Legend… Rufos…. I mean George Carlin

He is missed. We could use him these days.

fucking this right now and forever!

(Source: imanah)

thebigblackwerewolfe:

ajamstream:

A gay couple in Oklahoma found a way to bypass the state’s same-sex marriage ban by obtaining a marriage license from the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes on October 18. Since state laws do not apply on sovereign Native-American land, Jason Pickel called the tribe after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act to inquire if he and his boyfriend Darren Black Bear could get married. Both Pickel and Black Bear are members of the tribe and the marriage was allowed because the tribe’s legal code does not specify gender. Read The Stream’s storify on the event here.

Y’all better work around that white supremacist and heterosexist bullshit, yaaaassss

thebigblackwerewolfe:

ajamstream:

A gay couple in Oklahoma found a way to bypass the state’s same-sex marriage ban by obtaining a marriage license from the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes on October 18. Since state laws do not apply on sovereign Native-American land, Jason Pickel called the tribe after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act to inquire if he and his boyfriend Darren Black Bear could get married. Both Pickel and Black Bear are members of the tribe and the marriage was allowed because the tribe’s legal code does not specify gender. Read The Stream’s storify on the event here.

Y’all better work around that white supremacist and heterosexist bullshit, yaaaassss

(Source: fyeahmovieclub)

Proving your sexuality?

A serious post for once - it turns out gay and lesbian people seeking asylum in the UK are being told by UK Border Agency staff to ‘prove’ their sexual orientation, in some cases having to hand over photo and video evidence of “highly personal sexual activity” in an effort to persuade officials.

The United Nations human rights conventions set down a basic expectation that people should be able to “live freely and openly” in their own country without fear of persecution. However there are plenty of countries where this isn’t possible for LGBT people (extend that as necessary - LGBTQ, LGBTQI, HLBTQIPO and so on), often with high levels of victimisation of people with ‘non-straight’ orientations. So, yeah, they end up as asylum-seekers. 

Many won’t be seeking asylum just because of their sexuality. They may also be political activists, human rights campaigners or others considered ‘dissident’ in a range of ways. But when they get to the UK, the Border Agency wants them to prove their sexual orientation.

That’s an interesting concept. If you had to get out of your country safely and seek asylum, would you want to be caught with evidence that could result in your being arrested if it was found in your luggage, your pockets, your mobile phone…? If you make it to a country you think is safe, and you’re alone there, how would you feel about it being suggested to you, albeit in slightly coded language, that it would be an idea to make an amateur porn video to prove your sexual orientation and hand it over as proof? Would you do it? Pick up someone randomly for sex and video it as proof? Would you feel ‘Fuck that, if I’m going to go down that road I’ll make sure it’s on Xhamster or some other porn tube and just give them the URL’?

In any case you’d probably be (a) offended, (b) concerned if you’re a political dissident that any video could be used to discredit you and (c) wonder whether the officials you’re dealing with are on the level. I would, anyway. And I’m not even gay, for me it would be more like ‘You say you’re into BDSM, so send us a video of you tying someone up and spanking them’. Er… I think not.

So: the Home Affairs Committee is looking at this and so far they seem to be rather alarmed and concerned this is taking place. More from the BBC is on their report “UK asylum seekers ‘told to prove they are gay’” which includes an audio interview with one asylum seeker describing what she had to prove to an immigration tribunal.

Perhaps the most enlightened comment on the audio comes from the head of the Law Society who points out that ‘gay’ isn’t a case of who you have sex with, it’s a self-identity that affects a wide range of lifestyle issues besides sex; someone who’s gay is gay even if they never have sex, and in any event much of the discrimination in the asylum seekers’ home countries starts not because of who they have sex with but because of accusations about other aspects of their lifestyle and values.

Oct 9

A must read: An Acid Test for Doms.

gregorystgermain:

"The term ‘Acid Test’ is an old prospecting term. A powerful acid can dissolve most base metals in a matter of minutes. Gold however, will stand up to most acids. The ‘Acid Test’ was an easy way for people to make sure they had a real nugget of gold and not a lump of the ‘fool’s’ variety. In the same way, these tests are meant to be quick ways to identify fake Doms." (via submission.org)

Oct 9

fatoutloud:

From 26 Male Survivors Of Sexual Assault Quoting The People Who Attacked Them

Oct 5

(Source: a-useless-ham)

englishbondage:

Screw writing “strong” women. Write interesting women. Write well-rounded women. Write complicated women. Write a woman who kicks ass, write a woman who cowers in a corner. Write a woman who’s desperate for a husband. Write a woman who doesn’t need a man. Write women who cry, women who rant, women who are shy, women who don’t take no shit, women who need validation and women who don’t care what anybody thinks. THEY ARE ALL OKAY, and all those things could exist in THE SAME WOMAN. Women shouldn’t be valued because we are strong, or kick-ass, but because we are people. So don’t focus on writing characters who are strong. Write characters who are people.” – Lori

Abso-fucking-lutely. Advice to take to heart.

(Source: daisycalloway)