janelle monae’s secret agenda via uptown magazine here.
from the piece by isoul h. harris:
Do you feel a social responsibility with your artistry and celebrity?
If I were not a woman, or African-American, or have people in my life that have not been directly discriminated against, then I would not feel a social responsibility. When you love and care about people and you see young people dying, it’s impossible to ignore. Let me be clear: When I speak of androids, I am speaking of the new form of the ‘other.’ You can parallel that to people who are gay or lesbian, those whose skin is considered too dark; women still are not receiving equal rights. I write music that fights against self-hate. It is about loving yourself even if it makes others uncomfortable.
I’m always so curious about past ways people have done hormonal/bodily alterations. . There is a farm i’ve heard about in eastern Washington where a couple trans women are harvesting wild yam root and using it to make estrogens (the extract of which is normally used in bioidentical progesterone). I know large amounts of saw palmetto can nearly stop androgen production in the body; and that lavender extract can cause camab bodies to start producing more estrogens and has nearly identical effects as estrogen- doctors actual ban it from being used on skin treatments b/c of how it ”stunts puberty” and causes ”gynecomastia”. I dont really recommend anyone use herbal routes, unless its the only thing you can do, but I really wish something of these knowledges of our past survived.
(also, premarin has been widely replaced by estrodial, which does not come from an animal source, jus fyi.).
This is super interesting. I am always amazed at the knowledge people had about medicine before “modern (western) medicine” took the stage.
San Francisco is often viewed as a Mecca for gay people. But the warmth of the city’s welcome can quickly vanish for those who are poor.
City leaders were startled this year when a survey revealed that 29 percent of the homeless population —about 2,100 of the 7,350 people counted — identified themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.
Bevan Dufty, the director of the city’s homelessness initiatives, said he was surprised the percentage held true for all age groups, even adults and the elderly. “What was really staggering was to see that it didn’t change as you got older,” he said.
The survey found that gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people who are homeless had higher rates of disability than homeless heterosexuals and were more likely to be homeless when they arrived in the city. Some of them were older gay men with AIDS who had been evicted from their apartments or people who had been cast out by their families in other states. Others, like Mr. Bolvito, a native of Guatemala who graduated from college in Hayward, Calif., with a degree in political science and once worked as a real estate agent, had good jobs that disappeared during the recession.
In response to the findings, Mr. Dufty and Kara Zordel, a coordinator of Homeless Connect, organized an event in October that offered medical and dental services and other assistance to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people who are homeless. And in August, the city’s planning commission approved permits for a 24-bed shelter with a focus on helping them. The shelter is expected to open in the coming months. Other cities have shown interest in San Francisco’s efforts, Mr. Dufty said. Officials from Santa Clara and Phoenix attended the Homeless Connect event.
Brian Basinger, a co-founder of the AIDS Housing Alliance in San Francisco, said the harassment of gays is common in the city’s shelters.
People there “do not have a lot of status in society to begin with, and so the way they protect or generate status in these social environments is to step on the queers,” Mr. Basinger said.
Gay and transgender residents have their shoes stolen, he said. They are robbed or beaten up in line.
Supervisor David Campos, who held hearings on the shelter problem, said that even though the homeless population may not have grown, homelessness has become more visible in San Francisco recently, perhaps because of an increase in evictions. Mr. Basinger and other advocates held a “sleep in” in Dolores Park in October to protest a proposed ordinance that would close city parks, where many homeless people sleep, between midnight and 5 a.m. The proposal narrowly passed on Nov. 5.
Disclosure: Only the facts and statistics were published in this post. Check out the article by the New York Times to read about the life and experiences of the homeless queer people who were interviewed.
who needs punk rock when you can have punk cock
that could have been a very different picture
How to contour and highlight your face!
Here is an image I found on where natural highlights are on men and women, a perfect reference for beginning drag kings and queens like me.
guys this is a lifesaver for cosplay! espECIALLY if you’re doing troll/painted up cosplay and want to blend to make your features actually stand out no matter what gender the character you’re cosplaying is
The Twitter Mandela Hall Of Shame
This needs more notes and these people like angry-hippo and the usual derailers aren’t mentioning them tho.
I’m sorry but can we talk about how the Doctor has visited Ankh-Morpork
albertonykus’ dinosauria diagram [dinogram?], which illustrates dinosaur relationships and why birds are dinosaurs. i remade myself it to be a little easier on the eyes, but i give full credit for this to albertonykus.
I just discovered Nimona! It’s awesome and I paused reading only to make fanart.
OMG OMG OMG OMG
Stunning medieval murals survive under twenty paint layers
The BBC reported today about an amazing find in a local church in Llancarfan, Wales. A thin red line was discovered some time ago and upon further investigation expert discovered numerous 15th-century wall paintings behind the 20 layers of lime wash that were added over the past five centuries. They have been restored over the past months and can now be enjoyed by everybody. It’s fascinating how these medieval paintings lay dormant - were able to survive, really - behind layers and layers of paint.
There may be many more medieval murals (ooh, alliteration!) waiting to be discovered: what with Henry VIII, the Reformation in general and then Cromwell’s Puritan-slanted Commowealth, a lot of medieval religious art was destroyed - but a lot more was “hidden in plain sight” with lime-wash, just like these.
Wendell is hands down the greatest homeless fashion designer who ever lived. He makes almost all his clothes from things he finds. I hadn’t seen him in awhile, so I was quite thrilled to walk up on him Tuesday, doing this to a Gandhi statue.
did not read the entire thing and realize that Wendell is behind the Gandhi statue until just now