Jared Leeds shoots Top Chef Kristen Kish for Inked Magazine.
It has been brought to my attention (repeatedly) that I am neglecting my duties as a co-moderator. (Apparently saving a bunch of things as drafts and never posting them is not helpful.)
Anyway, I have been holding on to this, because OMG, Kristen Kish came out as having a girlfriend!
To my knowledge, she has not publicly said how she identifies yet, but it is so great to see a badass Asian chef who is into women. Also, she has cool hair. Also, integrity! (She was eliminated during Restaurant Wars for someone else’s mistake, but then won Last Chance Kitchen and came back and won her season.) Watching Kristen compete was a constant debate of “Do I want to date her or be her?” Still not sure.
I grew up watching cooking shows on PBS, until we finally got cable in high school, but Martin Yan was never exactly relatable as a role model. So Kristen coming out was all kinds of wonderful and joyous, and so exciting for her! I have many more thoughts about representation and coming out and diaspora and Korean adoptees.
In any case, YAY!
Hello there. The following is an incomplete list of Domestic Violence shelters for Queer and Trans* People of Color in all 50 United States. This list will also contain reading resources with tools for addressing abuse and domestic violence in queer communities.
Signal boosting this project that March of Tigers is leading. I won’t reblog the whole list because (luckily) it’s huge but do click through the link and check it out. Also, support March of Tigers by either further helping spread awareness of this resource or by contributing with further data.
so that’s cool.
this is my imperfect not-a-fluent-signer understanding but:
(based on a presentation by a deaf trans guy i was at in 2005 where he was promoting that sign)
it seems like that sign was invented and implemented by trans people over the last 10-ish years. before that the predominant vocabulary was “sex change” and then some deaf trans people were like “yo fuck that” and came up with the current sign, which starts off with the sign for “myself,” then motion that indicates both change and coming together, and ends with the closed hand held against the sternum.
and in the process it also mimics the sign for “beautiful”
and because of spatial grammar, things closer to the front of your body in ASL are generally more vital, more emphatic, more immediate, more present.
so it’s actually a case where the word coherently indicates “beauty” and “self transformation” and contains hints of the complete thought of “my self transforming, through a coming together of disparate factors, into something more real, immediate, and vital than I was before.”
so yeah. that’s just fuckin’ awesome.
and that’s just the way to express that concept now.
(in which members of the lgbtq community speak out about why they’re not open about their sexuality with their families.)
Shari Heck, 2014.
The notions that LGBT people MUST be out or else they don’t respect themselves, or their harboring internalized homophobia, or they’re not being TRUE to themselves are SO harmful and SO problematic because there are people like this in situations where the choice between staying in the closet and coming out is often the choice between safety and very real danger.
also very important for people who wanna be all, “gay people are totally accepted now stop complaining.”
So Marina Watanabe/marinashutup is putting together a really, really exciting new series.
The Women of YouTube Project will include a series of videos featuring perspectives of a wide variety of women on YouTube who will discuss an array of topics (body image, sex education, representation of women in media, sexual harassment on the internet, etc.) The goal is to represent all types of female content creators, give advice to and educate other women and girls, and start a discussion in the YouTube community.
David Wojnarowicz wore this jacket in 1988, just 4 years before he’d ultimately die from AIDS. Sadly, just a few years ago some of his artistic work was censored at the Smithsonian. People in power are still content to try and erase his history and the continued struggles of people with AIDS
everyone everywhere please please please reblog this important artist.
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