and Red Cross
, amongst many other charities, have launched emergency appeals to help with the crisis in Haiti. musesfool links to more ways you can help
+ Turns out this became headline news overnight: Google: A New Approach To China
+ FWD: Disability and Domestic Violence
+ Questioning Transphobia: is a dream a lie if it don’t come true / or is it something worse
harrowing content discussing forced detransition]
+ There seems to be a debate going around the published m/m novel sphere, which I honestly have neither time or energy to get into - there are many links at linkspam
for the interested. But this post resonated with me:
Slash works for me, in a way that het doesn't. See, for me, being gay isn't just about how I prefer boobs over penis. It's how I see relationships. It's how I relate to everyone around me, how I lost friends when I was eleven and didn't know what the hell was going on, how I see myself and my future. Someone once wrote in a fic about how when straight kids grow up they know about marriage and expect subconciously to go there someday, but gay kids don't have that. I didn't have that.maryaminx
That's really fucking important.
So to read slash, to see other gay people come together in relationships portrayed as normal, as good, was invaluable. My knowledge of The Gay as a child was limited. I'd been to San Francisco once when I was nine and heard warnings about all the gays wandering around the wharf, and I heard one kid in Sunday School get called a queer even though I didn't know what it meant. By the time I figured out what it was, and that it was Wrong, I'd figured out about myself.
: In which I rant. A lot.
There's a lot of stuff I could say on that general subject, admittedly more to do with slash fandom than the profic world, but basically it comes down to wishing that certain areas of slash fandom/some people who talk about slash fandom stopped ignoring or being actively dismissive/hostile towards the queer chicks that hang out in those parts.
+ It's More Joy Day
tomorrow, where you challenge is to bring joy to someone else, somewhere, and spread the joy out. This year it means festivids
amongst other things. \o/!
+ Speaking of, fan_eunice
has a brilliant post on why all vid-watchers should be excited
. To which I say: SET ALL PHASERS TO FLAIL OH MY GOODNESS YAY.
is open for sign-ups
. It's a small gift exchange in which works feature characters who are Jewish and/or women and/or persecuted by evil viziers.
+ Rumours of Will Smith playing Captain America have prompted a bunch of picspams of fantasy chromatic casting for Marvel superheroes. The awesome includes John Cho as Tony Stark
, Indira Varma as Phoenix
and Dulé Hill as Reed Richards
. A lot more shiny at the links!