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naturallybent:

interspecies cuteness alert!

tastefullyoffensive:

[@loslos]

Truth.

kateoplis:

Skateboarding in Iran, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey. 

Watching this will immediately make you cooler. Seriously, take a few minutes from your hard-scrolling and chill with this.

Thanks imageoscillite.

I do feel ‘cooler’ and I haven’t even watched all of it yet…

huffingtonpost:

Goodnight Earth Day!

Now back to our regularly scheduled plundering, slashing, and burning of the planet.

janetmock:

How fly is the greeting of queer and trans colorful gorgeousness I received from students at Oberlin college tonight befits my talk?!

janetmock:

How fly is the greeting of queer and trans colorful gorgeousness I received from students at Oberlin college tonight befits my talk?!

mothernaturenetwork:

Weather-controlling super lasers get closer to realityResearchers ‘fix’ the inherent weakness of a laser beam, making it capable of creating rain and lightning from afar.

"Zeus be warned" indeed, of man’s hubris.

mothernaturenetwork:

Weather-controlling super lasers get closer to reality
Researchers ‘fix’ the inherent weakness of a laser beam, making it capable of creating rain and lightning from afar.

"Zeus be warned" indeed, of man’s hubris.

We need labels because we do not want to be overridden by the default. And that includes labels for the default, instead of allowing people to insist that they are the norm and thus don’t need a label. Hence all the brouhaha over ‘cis,’ a term used to describe people who have a gender consistent with that assigned to them at birth. It’s perfectly reasonable to label those people, distinguishing them from trans people, who have genders that differ from those assigned to them at birth. Both groups of people need to be identified.

aljazeeraamerica:

Is India on the cusp of a gender revolution? 

MUTHANGHI, Andhra Pradesh — In late March, Raveela Gangula rallied a dozen women to stop a drunken man from savagely beating his wife in Muthangi, a village in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Although they restrained him and called the police, he was released that evening without charges.

“The police should have locked him up for at least a week and scared him from ever touching another woman like that again,” Gangula said. “The government does not support us.”

For Gangula, the tenacious leader of a local microlending organization for women, the injustice was another reason to challenge a broken system — especially at a moment when India appears ready for change.

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quickhits:

Chart of the Day: Wind Turbines Don’t Kill Very Many Birds.
Gay couple arrested, fined for kissing in Mexico
Activists will hold public kissing protest in response to ‘violent’ arrest
A gay couple was arrested in Mexico for kissing.

Mexican cops abused a gay couple, bundled them into a police van and fined them – just for sharing a kiss.

Jorge, 24, and Alan, 26, were accused of ‘disturbing the peace’ by officers as they kissed on a street corner at around 10pm in La Paz on Sunday (20 April).

The couple claims an officer approached them, called them a homophobic slur, and ordered them to come with him to a police station.

When they refused, the policeman allegedly ‘violently’ forced them into a van and held them at the station for a few hours.

They were released after paying a fine of 300 pesos each ($23, €17).

‘While we know of other cases, this is the first time something like this has happened to us,’ Jorge said, according to local media.

‘Yes, people have shouted ugly things before, but we have never bothered the authorities.

‘We were terrified. The officers who arrested us were homophobic, corrupt liars. We never bothered the public order.’

La Paz police have not responded to the couple’s accusations.

Following hearing the news of the arrest, the local LGBTI group has organized a kiss protest on 17 May - the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

Mexico has seen LGBTI rights progress in recent years.

In 2001, a federal law was passed banning discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Same-sex marriage has since been recognized in various states, including the capital of Mexico City.

womenrockscience:

Happy Earth Day Everyone!

"Saved" might be a bit premature but they are certainly inspirational.

womenrockscience:

Happy Earth Day Everyone!

"Saved" might be a bit premature but they are certainly inspirational.

Laverne Cox, Rea Carey, and Jonathan Groff Named Grand Marshalls of 2014 NYC Pride Parade

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Heritage of Pride, organizers of NYC Pride and the annual New York City Pride March, has revealed the Grand Marshals for 2014’s New York City Pride March are trans activist and Orange is the New Black actress Laverne Cox, Rea Carey, Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and Broadway, film, and television and Broadway actor Jonathan Groff.

Said March Director David Studinski: “Our 2014 marshals are leaders in brilliant forms of activism through which LGBT people and their allies engage. Individually, they represent the diversity within the LGBT community and the various struggles our community members have and continue to face. Collectively, their stories reinforce that no voice is too small nor weak to make change in our world - and it starts with being yourself.”

2014’s March will honor the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots with the theme “We Have Won When We’re One.”

The two-mile march begins in Midtown Manhattan at 36th Street and Fifth Avenue and proceeds down Fifth Avenue to the Village. It begins at noon on Sunday, June 29. Registration for interested groups is open through June 7, subject to availability.

holygoddamnshitballs:

This is how your plastic bag ends up in massive ocean garbage patches
Ever heard of the Pacific garbage patch? It’s one of several swirling trash zones in our oceans, and it’s where a lot of our plastic litter ends up. While these debris patches aren’t visible piles of floating trash in the water, the reality of what they are and how they got there is just as gross — and just as harmful to marine life.

holygoddamnshitballs:

This is how your plastic bag ends up in massive ocean garbage patches

Ever heard of the Pacific garbage patch? It’s one of several swirling trash zones in our oceans, and it’s where a lot of our plastic litter ends up. While these debris patches aren’t visible piles of floating trash in the water, the reality of what they are and how they got there is just as gross — and just as harmful to marine life.

Transgender Islamic school reopened

Daring to be different: Two transgendered people recite the Holy Koran at the relaunch on Friday of the Transvestites Islamic Boarding School (pesantren) Al Fatah in Yogyakarta — probably the only one in the world. The school has two dozen students, mostly migrants from other provinces. JP/Bambang Muryanto

Daring to be different: Two transgendered people recite the Holy Koran at the relaunch on Friday of the Transvestites Islamic Boarding School (pesantren) Al Fatah in Yogyakarta — probably the only one in the world. The school has two dozen students, mostly migrants from other provinces. JP/Bambang Muryanto

A Pesantren Waria (Islamic boarding school for transgenders) in Yogyakarta has once again opened its doors, and brought the subject of freedom of religion for all — regardless of sexual orientation — back into the public arena.

After the death of its founder Maryani last month, the school moved to a house belonging to Shinta Ratri, a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and transsexual (LGBT) activist, in a heritage area in Jagalan, Kotagede.

“Everyone has the right to observe their religion in their own way,” said Faithful People Brotherhood Forum Yogyakarta Abdul Muhaimin advisory board member in his speech at the launch of Pesantren Waria Al Fatah in Kotagede, Yogyakarta, on Friday evening.

Muhaimin said humans were not allowed to undermine others, including transgender people, since everyone was made by God.

“According to the Koran, we are not allowed to classify people based on economic, social, political, gender or theological values,” said Muhaimin, who also leads Nurul Umahat Islamic boarding school for girls in Kotagede.

He said although transgenderism was not specifically mentioned in the Koran, it had been discussed in fiqh (Islamic legal philosophy).

“I hope the students here are strong as they must face stigma in society. We have to care for them [transgender people],” he added.

Muhaimin lauded the reopening of the Pesantren Waria, which was originally located in Notoyudan.

Waria is a portmanteau of the words for woman (wanita) and man (pria) and is often used to describe transgender women.

Maryani had received local and international media attention since 2008 when she transformed her home into a place for transgenders to study Islam.

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naturallybent:

a great lesson here: use sex, not violence, to relieve stress.  :)