"…when I say carry yourself like a man, I don’t mean whether he’s feminine or effeminate; I just mean he’s honest…"

Michael Kenneth Williams on the “Omar,” the character he animated for The Wire.

Good interview with him in the September/October issue of Mother Jones: Read the full interview, plus bonus audio of Omar whistling, here.

(via jalylah)

i love this man’s work.

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2 years ago  #Michael Kenneth Williams #Omar #The Wire #interviews #television #lgbtq #manhood  77 notes

Survey of Tumblr Queer Community

uprootedandrunning:

tigersmilk:

hickiesandhotpants:

demisexuality:

Sorry to bother, but I figured this would help get as much publicity as possible.

I am trying to get basic demographic information about the queer tumblr community. Unfortunately I was a little limited on questions (only 10) but in my survey, I’m including aromantic, aces, demisexuals, etc. And fuck anyone who doesn’t consider them to be in the queer community cause I sure as hell do, and I’m a sociologist (as in, I’m getting a degree in and going to grad school within a few years). So booyah.

~~~

It’s not a bother at all!

Super quick and easy. :) did it.

signal boost!

Takes like 30 seconds, do it up!

(Source: , via strugglingtobeheard)

2 years ago  #LGBT #LGBTQ #LGBTQQ #LGBTQQIA #asexual #demisexual #gender #queer #sexuality #survey  403 notes

College won't give lesbian a job interview

strugglingtobeheard:

fatqueernerd:

gaywrites:

A college in Texas is being sued for refusing to interview a candidate for a teaching position because administrators discovered she is gay. 

Jacqueline Gill is a Ph.D. student and a former high school teacher who was hired as a temporary instructor in 2009 at Tarrant County College. She was told at the time that temporary teachers generally transition to permanent positions. 

Though Gill was generally considered a talented and dedicated teacher, she was falsely accused of “flirting with girls in class,” a rumor spread by a student in retaliation after Gill punished the student for academic dishonesty.

The department chair told her that the school “does not like homosexuals.” Towards the end of her contract, she was not allowed to interview for a permanent teaching position. Now she’s suing the school, being co-represented by Lambda Legal and another attorney.

“I’m a good teacher and I work hard,” Gill said in a statement Thursday. “But none of that mattered once Eric Devlin suspected that I’m a lesbian. While I have never hidden my sexual orientation, neither have I ever told anyone on campus that I am gay. My partner and I have been together for over 12 years and we’re both Texas natives. Finding a job these days is hard enough — no one should have to go through something like this.”

I can’t believe this. 

Tarrant County is generally conservative as hell so this doesn’t surprise me. This incident also happened in Tarrant County a little over 2 years ago.

What bullshit. It’s funny though (not like haha but you know) how the asshole could have kept his mouth shut and not said anything and got away with the discrimination much easier. People have to get real robust with their hate and legally put themselves in a jam when they forget their positions. I hope she gets what she deserves!

again, i am not nearly as pressed about queer ppl being able to legally marry when shit like THIS is still the widely-accepted norm. fuck. 

2 years ago  #lgbtq #news #texas #education #rights #equality #really  139 notes
stfuconservatives:

timekiller-s:

thedailywhat:

They Don’t Shoot Bullies of the Day: Jennifer McKendrick (AKA Jen McKen), a self-employed photographer from Pennsylvania, recently came across a Facebook page created by a number of teenage girls as a sort of “Burn Book” for the purposes of “say[ing] mean and hurtful things about their class mates.”
“It was beyond ‘your clothes are ugly’ or ‘you don’t have any brand  clothes’ or ‘you are ugly, your hair is not right,” she told 6 News. “It was vicious. It was talking about sexuality.”
McKendrick recognized some of these girls as clients who had senior picture photoshoots scheduled with her. She promptly sent those girls (and their parents) an email letting them know that she will not be able to proceed with the sessions.
“[H]ow I could spend 2 hours with someone during our session trying to take beautiful photos of them knowing they could do such UGLY things,” she wrote on her blog. “Realistically, I know by canceling their shoots it’s not going to make them ‘nicer people’ but I refuse to let people like that represent my business.”
McKendrick says she’s received emails back from two of the girls’ parents, expressing shock at their daughters’ actions and apologizing for their behavior. “So far I haven’t received any backlash but I’m ready for it,” says McKen, who understands that this decision may affect her business.
But her new policy stands, cemented with a powerful motto: “If you are ugly on the inside, I’m sorry but I won’t take your photos to make you look pretty on the outside.”
[wate / mefi.]

Good for her! If only more people could take Jen’s lead and make a principled stand against bullying.

I don’t remember if we already wrote about this, but it is an awesome story about someone standing up for their principles.

i more or less fucking love this.

stfuconservatives:

timekiller-s:

thedailywhat:

They Don’t Shoot Bullies of the Day: Jennifer McKendrick (AKA Jen McKen), a self-employed photographer from Pennsylvania, recently came across a Facebook page created by a number of teenage girls as a sort of “Burn Book” for the purposes of “say[ing] mean and hurtful things about their class mates.”

“It was beyond ‘your clothes are ugly’ or ‘you don’t have any brand clothes’ or ‘you are ugly, your hair is not right,” she told 6 News. “It was vicious. It was talking about sexuality.”

McKendrick recognized some of these girls as clients who had senior picture photoshoots scheduled with her. She promptly sent those girls (and their parents) an email letting them know that she will not be able to proceed with the sessions.

“[H]ow I could spend 2 hours with someone during our session trying to take beautiful photos of them knowing they could do such UGLY things,” she wrote on her blog. “Realistically, I know by canceling their shoots it’s not going to make them ‘nicer people’ but I refuse to let people like that represent my business.”

McKendrick says she’s received emails back from two of the girls’ parents, expressing shock at their daughters’ actions and apologizing for their behavior. “So far I haven’t received any backlash but I’m ready for it,” says McKen, who understands that this decision may affect her business.

But her new policy stands, cemented with a powerful motto: “If you are ugly on the inside, I’m sorry but I won’t take your photos to make you look pretty on the outside.”

[wate / mefi.]

Good for her! If only more people could take Jen’s lead and make a principled stand against bullying.

I don’t remember if we already wrote about this, but it is an awesome story about someone standing up for their principles.

i more or less fucking love this.

(Source: thedailywhat, via kadalkavithaigal)

2 years ago  #LGBTQ #Teenagers #Awesome #Bullying  7,751 notes

Father Lopez Helps Local LGBTs, So The Vatican Is Investigating Him | gayagenda.com

projectqueer:

Mexican Bishop Raul Vera Lopez who oversees the Diocese of Saltillo is known for his work with the region’s LGBT population. He says, “we have very clear objectives. We work with “(the queer community) to help them recover their human dignity, which is frequently attacked at home and in society, and they are treated like scum.” But instead of praising Lopez’s noble humanitarian efforts, the Vatican has decided to investigate him.

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2 years ago  #religion #oppression #vatican #discrimination #heterosexism #lgbtq #queer  66 notes
"This media white-out has insidious implications for both straight and gay children of color. If gay children of color don’t see loving adult gay and lesbian caregivers then they will continue to internalize their own dehumanization. If straight children of color don’t see loving representations of LGBT parents and families of color, gayness will still be equated with “white” deviance. Next week, the California State Assembly will vote on a bill requiring that the contributions of LGBT communities and historical figures be taught in K-12 classrooms. Clearly, the invisibility of LGBT families of color not only reinforces homophobic opposition to LBGT equality within African American communities, but validates the absence of public policy that specifically addresses LGBT youth of color issues."
2 years ago  #family #lgbtq #sikivu hutchinson  21 notes