lisaquestions: Phoenix looking toward the viewer. (Default)
( Nov. 15th, 2011 01:51 am)
So twitter tonight is alive with reports of NYPD officers arresting protesters, destroying private property, and blocking the press from seeing what's going on.

Al-Jazeera does have a story and video up about the police breaking up the the OWS camp.

Just passing it along.
Originally posted by [ profile] lavenderfrost at ...WTF.
Well, there goes my good mood for the day.

NYTimes, the bastion of quality reporting, reported on the gang-rape of an 11 year-old girl in Texas  that's led to charges against 18 high-school boys so far - all well and good so far, right?  Shit like this NEEDS publicity to raise awareness. 
Read more... )
Originally posted by [ profile] neo_prodigy at The We Got Your Back Project
The lovely ladies [info]tanyad and [info]whereisjoy  are spearheading an amazing campaign entitled The We Got Your Back Project.

In light of recent events, it's clear these projects are needed more than ever. Case in point:


So… Joy E. came up with a nifty idea. A project where LGBTQIA youth, straight allies, adults and others could share their stories to encourage and strengthen youth who may be getting bullied, harassed and otherwise mistreated for being who they are. This project will make sure that lgbtqia of color, bisexual and transgendered folks will not be left out of the work of telling their stories and having their voices heard.

Yes, I know some of you are thinking… but there’s already a similar project out there! Well, yes there is but whereisjoy and I wanted to be sure everyone’s voice is heard, that everyone is able to share their story in the hopes it would give strength to others who are dealing with coming out, being out and bullied as well just for being who they are.

This idea is just a wee idea, barely out of the box and we need your help to make sure it thrives. What we need help with is:

Contributors; anyone who falls within the LGTBTQI & A spectrum, allies, anyone who has been touched by the injustice of having their voices silenced or drowned out by the masses.

A couple people to be editors; to help with reviewing content, posting and maintaining the site (which is now a WordPress site). Please note that the site is pretty bare at the moment, and we are adding content, submission guidelines and such over the next couple of weeks.

As the project grows, we hope to have someone who is media savvy, who can talk to the local LGBTQIA media, and deal with the issues that will arise from creating a project similar to one that already exists. Please note that we are not doing this to be in direct competition with the It Gets Better Project, but rather to supplement and give everyone a voice who may not feel as if they will be heard otherwise.

For now, please spread the word about this project, what we hope to do and most importantly the soft launch date of mid-October 2010. In the interim, please leave questions here, if you want your question discussed off site want to have a longer chat, email us at:

So there’s the great idea, let’s make sure it not only learns to crawl but learns to soar.

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Oh, what the hell, Livejournal? What kind of inane, misogynist question is this? Were you wistfully wondering why there wasn't enough eugenicist talk lately? Did you think that women needed to be reminded that our bodies are never considered to actually belong to us? Did you just feel that it was a good time to have a rip roaring classist, misogynist, ableist party?

You're not even trying. Just throwing out questions wrapped in fake edginess and inviting your readers to show the worst of themselves to the world.

Seriously, stick to the fluffy questions. Don't bring anyone's human rights under debate. It's sickening.
But the new QT doesn't have an LJ feed. [ profile] gender_euphoric made the original feed way back in the mists of time (2007), but it needs a new one.

Is there anyone with a paid account who can help with this?
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I heard a rumor that Grito de Dolores is an entirely different holiday.
lisaquestions: Phoenix looking toward the viewer. (Default)
( Apr. 9th, 2010 12:21 am)
Shinin' the Light on White Privilege:

"White mob violence guaranteed the white privileges from the economy of internal colonialism. In the 1840's and 1850's Irish working class immigrants pushed African Americans out of the skilled trades in New York City by burning down parts of the Black community while Irish police and fire fighters looked on. White homesteaders murdered indigenous warriors trying to protect their historical homelands, and slaughtered millions of their buffalo. Unemployed white workers burned down parts of San Francisco Chinatown in the 1880's to drive Chinese workers out of the cigar-making and shoe industries. White squatters lynched Chicanos fighting to keep their ancestral lands in Occupied America."

Saving this link the next time anyone talks about how the Irish were oppressed in the US.
[ profile] sparkymonster lays down the facts on Amanda's latest fail. Between this and the response to criticism of Evelyn/Evelyn? No limits on the fail.

Some of the pictures at Sparkymonsters post are potentially triggering images of racist violence. Be warned.

h/t [ profile] karnythia
So I went through the entire series on DVD over the past few weeks. I'm a big fan of fiction about people with superpowers - not just comic books, but specifically stories that try to cover the ramifications of people having these powers, so The 4400 seemed to be a good fit.

And to a large extent, it was. Until the fourth season episode, Fear Itself.

In this episode, people start coming down with massive phobias with hallucinatory components - the first guy gets a massive fear of clowns (coulrophobia!) and imagines everyone he sees are clowns. This happens to other people as well, as the main characters (NTAC - heh - agents) try to track down the person with the power causing all this trouble. As it turns out, the person was a young autistic boy. His father hoped that injecting him with promicin* (the fictional neurotransmitter that causes powers in The 4400) would turn him neurotypical. In an emotional scene, he confesses that all he wanted was for his son to hug him and call him dad. This was a really bad moment, I think, because he's presented as sympathetic and his desire understandable, even with the potentially lethal outcome of a promicin injection.

But it gets worse - one of the NTAC's agents' nephews is one of the original 4400, and has a healing power. They bring him in to heal Brandon (the autistic boy), and it works. Not only does it work, but once he's done, Brandon immediately hugs his dad and tells him that he loves him. As if the autism were really a prison locking the real Brandon away from the world. As if autism is something that can or should be "healed."

Anyway, this was really disturbing (and I'll admit it, enraging) to me, because of this idea that autism steals children away, leaving this autistic doppelganger, or that there really is a neurotypical child waiting inside. And showing a parent who would rather see his child die than live on as autistic, and presenting him as sympathetic and understandable, while the victim - the boy who was nearly killed and given a nigh-uncontrollable power - is not really discussed as such.

At least they sent Brandon's father to prison, but it looked like for using promicin (which is illegal) and not, say, attempted murder.

* Promicin has a 50% chance to kill and a 50% chance to give a power. This guy was gambling with his son's life because it'd be better for him to be dead than autistic... ugh.
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( May. 27th, 2009 01:10 am)
So, zeroing in on what I want to write about, instead of, you know actually writing it, I've come down to a few ideas, any or all of which I'll start researching or developing:

* Titanomachy
* Ragnarok
* Something that's kind of hard to explain, but is sort of urban fantasy/supernatural without werewolves and vampires. More like gnostic weirdness...
* Something that's not hard to explain, but is queer-focused fantasy.

And I'm starting to wonder if it would help to just write vignettes or something to post here, just to get back into the practice of writing on a daily basis. Right now, I'm not nearly as productive as I was before my previous computer died in November, but at the same time I'm having trouble finding a topic to hold my attention long enough to write.

Yay, navel-gazing.
lisaquestions: Hawkgirl from Justice League cartoon looking shocked with the words "No amount of therapy will ever make this okay." (Hawkgirl therapy)
( May. 20th, 2009 08:06 pm)
Never try to explain Scott Summer's love life.
Much creativity and many good posts from fans of color in the [ profile] foc_u community.
I haven't really made much use of DW, and my last post was on LJ at any rate.

I'm hoping, here, to focus more on fandom and SFF over political activism (although that remains important as well), and maybe write a bit.

I probably won't filter most posts here to my access list, and I'm ambivalent about moving over here entirely, at least so far.
lisaquestions: Phoenix looking toward the viewer. (Default)
( May. 12th, 2009 07:02 pm)
So now, having seen Star Trek exactly once, my imagine of Zachary Quinto as Spock has completely consumed and overwritten my image of Zachary Quinto as Sylar.

Edit: And now my journal is overflowing with Star Trek ads. Go figure!
lisaquestions: Phoenix looking toward the viewer. (Default)
( May. 3rd, 2009 08:41 pm)
So, people keep talking about getting invite codes via Dreamwidth, something I haven't yet experienced (beyond my first).

Are those of you who get them subscribing with money at this point?

(asking because I wouldn't mind having a couple invite codes to hand out, and if I need to subscribe to get them, that's okay...just need to know).
lisaquestions: Toph from Avatar: The Last Airbender (Toph Rawr)
( Oct. 10th, 2008 10:20 pm)
If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now (even if we don't speak often or ever) please post a comment with a completely made up, fictional memory of you and me.

It can be anything you want - good or bad - but it has to be fake.

When you're finished, post this little paragraph in your LJ and see what your friends come up with!

Every year, on November 20, many people - cis people as well as trans people - observe the Transgender Day of Remembrance. Trans people are 16 times more likely to be murdered than the general population, and 1-2 trans people are murdered every month. So far, the TDOR website lists 18 names: Read more... )

I don't mean the one at Alas, A Blog... but an actually comprehensive one that's at least as good as Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.
Via Monster’s Creed:
Medics were illegally detained and removed from hurricane-affected areas because “no one here needs help”.
The article below is at these alternative media sources

US indymedia:
Street medics need ~46k to pay for legal fees and other expenses )