I love this person - I strive to be this brave and accepting of my body. And I agree, it is really fun to fuck with people when you pass as a woman with a beard/moustache
I think the fact that white people have been the most prone to decide whether I’m sufficiently authentic as a Latina or a WOC really speaks to the amount of authority these people sincerely believe they have, even with regard to cultures/groups they don’t even belong to. I mean really, what arrogance.
I think the fact that EVERYONE ELSE seems to decide whether I’m sufficiently Latin, or Middle East, or European, or white or POC really speaks to the amount of authority that PEOPLE IN GENERAL sincerely believe they have to categorise, discriminate, or include. They usually decide based on what makes them most comfortable. I guess that makes sense…
Manchester Public Hearings of Immigration System on Trial coming up on 22/02/2014
Not all toxic people are cruel and uncaring. Some of them love us dearly. Many of them have good intentions. Most are toxic to our being simply because their needs and way of existing in the world force us to compromise ourselves and our happiness. They aren’t inherently bad people, but they aren’t the right people for us. And as hard as it is, we have to let them go. Life is hard enough without being around people who bring you down, and as much as you care, you can’t destroy yourself for the sake of someone else. You have to make your wellbeing a priority. Whether that means breaking up with someone you care about, loving a family member from a distance, letting go of a friend, or removing yourself from a situation that feels painful — you have every right to leave and create a safer space for yourself.
Caseworker Emmanuel Lartey has the power to make a decision on Aderonke’s asylum application.
Will you call Emmanuel now and ask him to approve the application immediately?
If you are in the UK:
· Call: 020 8760 8700
If you are NOT in the UK:
· Send Emmanuel an email here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s what you can say for either message:
“Dear Mr. Lartey, I urge you to approve Aderonke Apata’s application for asylum into the UK, regardless of the Home Office’s controversial belief that she need to prove her sexuality. If Aderonke is sent back to Nigeria she will be imprisoned - if not sentenced to a horrible death. Her life is in your hands. Grant Aderonke asylum now.
"I fled for my life" - This is Aderonke’s story
"Growing up in Nigeria, I was unable to disclose my sexuality, yet unable to hide it.
The culture in Nigeria makes it clear that being gay or transgender is a sin, a sentiment that is fueled by homophobic messages from faith communities, political leaders, families, and schools.
I took these messages in, identified with them, and carried the shame of being a lesbian woman in Nigeria.
After graduating from University, I was arrested, tortured and extorted by the Nigerian Police. I was forced to endure the murder of three members of my family, who were killed because of my sexuality.
After a false allegation of adultery, I was sentenced to death by stoning by the “Sharia” Court.
It was then that I fled for my life.
Now, I am under threat of deportation in the UK, at risk of being sent back to a country that just passed an anti-gay law that would send me to prison for 14 years. I feel I will receive that sentence only if I am able to keep my life.”
Please share this story with others, and ask them to join us in protecting one of Nigeria’s bravest activists and voices for equality.
“Fragments of War” is a film about the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis in Iceland and it’s materialisation in the built environment. The film is shot on three different geographical locations that all play a important role in both Iceland’s financial success and its collapse. The first location is the former United States Naval Air Station. During World War II and later in the Cold War, Iceland became a significant and strategic location for Naval Air Station. The station and Iceland’s collaboration with the army contributed to the country’s growing economy and emergence from poverty. The US Naval Army abandoned the base in 2006, resulting in mass-unemployment in the area. The second part of the film is located in half-built suburbs surrounding Reykjavik. During the years before the crisis, there was a housing bubble which resulted in an excessive supply of housing. These neighbourhoods still remain half-built. The third and final location is in the centre of Reykjavik. The building shown in the film was a former public library but later bought by a high roller in the Icelandic buisness world. The house has fallen into state of decay and neglect due to the loss in the owner’s wealth.
Leaked document reveals lurid questions asked by Home Office officials in contravention of guidelines
Home Office officials are under fire for using “shockingly degrading” lines of questioning when interviewing gay and lesbian asylum seekers, despite clear guidance that such an approach is unacceptable.
A confidential Home Office document leaked to the Observer reveals how one bisexual asylum seeker was asked a series of lurid questions by a Home Office official, including: “Did you put your penis into x’s backside?” and “When x was penetrating you, did you have an erection? Did x ejaculate inside you. Why did you use a condom?”
The document reveals that during five hours of questioning in a UK detention centre, the male asylum seeker was also asked: “What is it about men’s backsides that attracts you?” and “What is it about the way men walk that turns you on?”
The questions, typed up by a Home Office employee, and dated last October, have been branded an “interrogation”.
The Home Office on Saturday admitted that staff were “not permitted to ask inappropriate or intrusive questions”, but added that attempts to determine an individual’s sexual orientation were conducted “as sensitively as possible”.
S Chelvan, a barrister and expert in asylum claims based on sexuality, said the interview, which was conducted with no lawyer present, was “shockingly degrading”.
He added: “I’m horrified by the nature of the questions that have been highlighted. It’s more like an interrogation than an interview. It is exceptionally troubling that there were questions like whether an individual ejaculated or whether they used a condom. This is an unacceptable investigation of a gay asylum claim. Clearly, something is going terribly wrong here.”
Immigration barrister Colin Yeo also voiced concern: “This is the worst I have seen, but these sorts of intrusive, abusive questions are features of Home Office interview practice, particularly in cases involving sexuality. The underlying problem is that officials believe everyone is a liar. It leads to a fundamental lack of respect for the people they are dealing with.”
Keith Vaz, chair of the home affairs select committee, said he was “shocked” that Home Office officials were still questioning asylum seekers in such a manner, and called for the practice to be stopped.
Campaigners said it exposed the culture of disbelief of vulnerable asylum seekers. In 2010, a whistle-blower who had worked at a centre for processing asylum seekers’ claims revealed how colleagues expressed vehemently anti-immigration views and took pride in refusing applications.
Gay rights group Stonewall, whose studies found almost “systemic homophobia” in the UK’s asylum system, said the approach could be “deeply distressing” to asylum seekers.
Richard Lane, spokesman for Stonewall, said: “Valuable time and resources is spent attempting to ‘prove’ a claimant is gay rather than establishing whether they have a legitimate fear of persecution.”
A Home Office spokesperson said: “The UK has a proud history of granting asylum to those who need it and we do not deport anyone at risk of persecution because of their sexuality.
"All applicants are required to establish they face persecution, inhumane or degrading treatment in their home country to qualify for our protection."
A former conductor for the Illinois Central railroad says he was the victim of ongoing racial harassment at the IC’s Markham yard, culminating in a physical assault where a co-worker cut locks from his hair.
We met our first day in college, then best friends, were roomates for two years, and quickly identified as brothers. Even with the late start to our sibling connection, our love and respect for each other has fostered important personal discoveries, which happened to be quite similar. Supported by one another, we felt comfortable delving into discovering what the transgender identity meant to our lives. We explored memories from childhood, feelings from our teenage years, and slowly began to piece together ideas. From this we came to realize what was missing in our identity, the piece that would make us truly happy and more comfortable in ourselves.
About three years ago, we began our transitions in separate states, kept contact, and supported each other along the way. The process for each of us, though different was equally as daunting as it was exciting and we certainly could not have come this far without the love and support we have received from all of you—our friends and family. Our transitions have been challenging for us, but they have also been a challenge for folks in our support system. For everyone involved, there has been a learning curve with understanding the meanings of transgender to using different pronouns to testing personal patience.
Although brothers tend to talk about boobs they don’t often have them. After two and a half years on hormone replacement therapy, chest reconstructive surgery is the next step to starting our future life plans. For this amount of time we have both been wearing constricting binders/compression shirts that hinder our ability to do the things we love doing most. For Jameson this is working as an outdoor educator, backpacking, paddling, timbersports, etc. For Bass this is working on farms, gardening, and bas(s)king in the sun. For both of us, especially in the summer, we’d love to go swimming and take up running again without the discomfort physically and emotionally of wearing a binder. This surgery will allow us to feel comfortable, with masculine chests, able to do these activities, and more!
In the upcoming months we will be fundraising for our surgeries, moving into a new house, and planning for Jameson and Erin’s wedding in August (Bass of course is the Best Man).
We’re asking for your support to jump-start our futures! This fundraiser is for both of us to have surgery and cover travel expenses. Our surgeries will be in Florida with Dr. Garramone who is one of the leading surgeons in FTM chest reconstructive surgeries. If you want more information on our surgeon here is a link to his website: http://drgarramone.com .
We have made some pledge rewards of gifts and crafts that we have put together; you can find more information about these below. Help us spread the word wide and far by sharing this with your friends and family! We understand that not everyone can support us financially but we are always grateful for your support and friendship.
If you would like to receive your pledge reward please email us at email@example.com with your name, address, and what you pledged.
$5- You will receive a link to our blog which will have educational material on the trans* community, milestone status for our fundraiser, and other fun stuff!
$20- You will receive a postcard from the Sunshine State, while we are there! (Don’t forget to email us your address for this one!) Plus the link to our blog.
$50- You will receive three cover songs by Erin (vocals) and Jameson (guitar) in MP3 format and a postcard from the Sunshine State while we are there! (Don’t forget to email us your address for this one!) Plus a link to our blog.
$100- Calendar 2014-2015 “We Go Together Like…”
You will receive hand-drawn calendars by Bass for a year subscription from July 2014-2015 (going against the grain here). The theme of the calendar is “We Go Together Like…” and will feature all of the wonderful couples of the world; likely to include one of the most famous couples, kittens and yarn, drawn in pen and ink. Of course, also likely to include line-work portrayal of Bass and Jameson!
"Gulabi Gang" is a gang of women in India who track down and beat abusive husbands with brooms.
this is too thug not to reblog
That’s not all they do - they’ve got more information on their website.
What else they do that is awesome:
- Stop child marriages
- Persuade families to educate girl-child
- Train women in self-defense
- Oppose corruption in administration
- Create awareness about the evils of dowry
- Register FIRs against sex-offenders and abusive husbands
- Publicly shame molesters
- Encourage women to become financially independent
Yesssssssss. Female empowerment is a wonderful thing.