Posts Tagged ‘lgbt’

Friday link roundup 5/26

Same-sex marriage is now legal in Taiwan.

Fidget spinners are becoming popular. This writer thinks that may be problematic.

How a one hour walk, three times a week, benefits people with dementia.

How Jean-Michel Basquiat became the ultimate American artist.

The author of this article believes that the Manchester attack was aimed at women and girls.


Holding hope in the midst of atrocities and fear

I was the child who wanted to believe in the good in everybody.
I was the child who watched movies and questioned why villains could be so evil.

Now, I am still idealistic, and hopeful.

I am also cynical, and sometimes pessimistic.

I realized this week that as I watched the updates on Facebook, post after post after post about the Orlando mass shooting at the Pulse Nightclub, I felt like I should post something as way to express my emotions or make a stand.  And I also realized that I felt like I had everything and nothing to say.

I don’t want to feel obligated to say something. I do have very real feelings about this, and I also question the need to post everything on social media. And I’m speaking specifically to my own need – I don’t want to infringe on someone else’s desire or need to post something online.

As a bisexual woman and part of the LGBTQ community, I am sad and horrified. I grieve for those who lost their lives, for those still alive who witnessed such atrocities,for the family members and loved ones who survived them. I am deeply sad that many may be afraid to go into places of sanctuary – such as nightclubs like Pulse – in the coming months.

As the week goes by, the news comes, one thing after another. About Islam. About the LGBTQ community. Definitions of terrorism vs. hate crime. The articles pointed out what the mainstream media may have missed: most of those killed were Latino (or Latinx, as the LGBTQ community often calls them to encompass all genders).

I watch people take a vacation from Facebook. I watch people tell other people about what they need to be aware of. I watch people post rainbow flags, while others say that prayers are not enough: We need action.

I talk to my fiance the night after it happens. I rant, and I cry.

There are so many things that happen in the world each day. This is one event, and it is not insignificant. It is close to home, at least in the relative sense. It is something that impacts me personally in some ways, and not in others.

I don’t want to fear for my own safety or that of loved ones, friends, acquaintances.  It’s easy to feel helpless. I begin to stand against helplessness by writing these words. By acknowledging the ways I see people coming together. I hold fear, anger, and sadness. I also hold hope.

Friday link roundup 6/17

stand here

Quote/artwork from Brian Andreas of Story People


On gay bars as sanctuaries.

A mother’s letter to her LGBTQ Latino son after the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando.

LGBTQ Muslims speak out against the attack, homophobia, and Islamaphobia.

On property, and creating spaces (such as gardens) for the greater community.

“The harder you work, the less you will feel.” Life lessons learned from a Tai Chi class.

A new article on Sensory Processing Disorder.


Friday link roundup 5/13



“You need to let timing do what it needs to do. You need to see lessons where you see barriers. You need to understand that what’s right now becomes inspiration later.”  – From To Anyone Who Thinks They’re Falling Behind in Life.

A store in Manchester, England is starting a quiet hour initiative, in which they create a quiet shopping environment one hour a week for anyone who may need it. With my sensory issues, I’d definitely appreciate if a store did this. Although my first question would be: could you please dim the fluorescent lights?

Please, Please Clean Your Room – a dose of parenting humor from the New Yorker.

On being genderqueer and pregnant.

Diversify your reading list:  A list of LGBTQ books that have protagonists who are people of color.

“People make spreadsheets to assess their financial situation, but it’s not often that people do the same to take a hard look at the inner-workings of their personal or social lives.” Since I need time and space to restore my energy,  I’ve been budgeting my emotional energy for years (no spreadsheets for me – mainly mental check-ins to see if I have energy and desire to do certain activities, depending on the activity and how much I’ve done that week). It’s nice to see a post about the importance of it. 

It’s Friday the 13th! On the psychology of superstition.

Friday link roundup 9/25

Lighting a fire to welcome fall in.

Lighting a fire to welcome in Fall.  Photo Credit:  Mine. 

The Fall Equinox was on Wednesday, marking a turn towards shorter days in the Northern Hemisphere.  For those who might want to celebrate Fall through gatherings and rituals, from Gratitude Circles to Tarot Card Readings, this article from Nylon has several good tips.

A photographer’s series of surreal self-portraits.

A Dear Daughter letter:  A heartfelt letter to girls of the world and anyone who needs an inspiring message about worthiness.

From The Mighty:  18 messages for people who view medicating mental illness as a weakness.  Based on their own experiences, people give advice to those who might benefit.

Why it Concerns Me When You Say You’re a Little Bit OCD:  a woman with OCD shares how using OCD as a catchphrase increases stigma about this mental illness.

Punk band Bikini Kill is re-issuing their demo tape, originally from 1991.  Bassist Kathi Wilcox reflects on the experience.

It’s Bisexual Visibility Week, and Angela from the musical duo The Doubleclicks shared her own experience here.  If you’re curious about their music – they often play at comic conventions and the like – visit their website here.

Friday link roundup 7/3

Mary Oliver quote

A psychologist argues that addiction is not a disease, and does not use the term “recovery.” See why here.

On Americans and personal space.

Coping While Black: an article on the psychologically traumatic effects of racism.

6 Outdated Myths Everyone Believes about Bisexuality. Well, maybe not everyone. I have had people ask me, “What does that mean to you?”

A story on how a mother encouraged her struggling teenage daughter through poetry.

This week, Mike Huckabee remarked that Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts “needed medication for schizophrenia” because of recent rulings on healthcare and gay marriage. NAMI speaks out on how presidential candidates and public figures using mental health terms in derogatory ways affects those with who live with mental illness.  Also in the national news.

This makes me very happy: One of my favorite bands, the Wailin’ Jennys, is fundraising for NAMI and mental health awareness at their concerts.

Friday link roundup 6/26

soft heart quote
“Because no one tells you what to do when your life becomes a ten-car pile up during rush hour traffic. Because no one tells you how to tell the very people who framed your life and hung it up on the wall for everyone to admire the girl who has it all together that nothing is going right anymore.”

A young woman claims her life and her experience with depression through tattooing a semicolon on her wrist and sharing her story.

 More information about the Semicolon Project movement on Facebook and the official website.

What people with anxiety may want you to know about panic attacks.

Wear Your Label:  clothing that challenges mental health stigma.

Eastern Puma declared extinct.  A reminder that predators serve a important and essential place in our ecosystems.

A woman’s response to someone complaining that her yard decor was “relentlessly gay”:  Holding an online fundraiser to rainbow-ify her house and yard even more.

This is all over the news and internet today, and I personally think it’s worth noting and celebrating: The U.S. Supreme Court recognizes the right to same-sex marriage.