“What about little microphones? What if everyone swallowed them, and they played the sounds of our hearts through little speakers, which could be in the pouches of our overalls? When you skateboarded down the street at night you could hear everyone’s heartbeat, and they could hear yours, sort of like sonar. One weird thing is, I wonder if everyone’s hearts would start to beat at the same time, like how women who live together have their menstrual periods at the same time, which I know about, but don’t really want to know about. That would be so weird, except that the place in the hospital where babies are born would sound like a crystal chandelier in a houseboat, because the babies wouldn’t have had time to match up their heartbeats yet. And at the finish line at the end of the New York City Marathon it would sound like war.”—Jonathon Safran Foer- Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (via loveyourchaos)
“I am sorry to inform you that your gay experiment won’t have a future. Please try to understand this. It was fun for a while, like watching weird looking animals in a zoo, but only as long as you were hiding and not showing your affection to the same sex in public. Years ago, homosexuality was…
the whole time i read this i fought back tears and told myself people dont think this way, this is just one person, most people would never say things like this. but i cant lie to myself. there are people out there who think this way. my bosses think this way. my mom used to think this way. my catholic grade school teachers thought this way. there will always be someone out there who thinks this way. and i cant help but cry. im so afraid that all our progress could be taken away in an instant if power landed into the wrong hands. im disgusted.
This is a link to the full report of the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) survey on transgender discrimination, the results of which were released the weekend of February 4th at the NGLTF’s annual Creating Change conference. Both the executive summary (linked here) and the full 288-page report are available to download for free.
This survey was conducted over a period of time in 2008-2009 and collected data from just under 6,500 trans and gender nonconforming people in the United States. This is groundbreaking; nothing of this size has ever been done about our community before.
While the results demonstrate a devastating situation for many people in our community, there are some very positive details that are worth noting. For example, in a presentation of these results on February 5th, NCTE Executive Director Mara Keisling made sure to point out that while trans people are underrepresented in higher education in the 18-24 age range, we have a much, much higher rate of going back to college later in life than the US population as a whole.
Also, if you are a researcher (e.g. graduate student, attorney) and/or social justice advocate interested in using the raw survey data, you are able to contact the NCTE for inquiries. If you are currently working on an initiative with a closely-approaching deadline, please contact me (Kyle/thambos) through my ask box for an email address that could expedite access to the data.
“Since her death in 1979, the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque. Her newspaper obituaries do not mention her greatest discovery. […] Every high school student knows that Isaac Newton discovered gravity, that Charles Darwin discovered evolution, and that Albert Einstein discovered the relativity of time. But when it comes to the composition of our universe, the textbooks simply say that the most abundant atom in the universe is hydrogen. And no one ever wonders how we know.”—Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery. (via alliterate)