I cried a little when I saw this photo.
(via villagecolours)Source: liebling
LGBTQ* Bans and Health Codes
Since 1983, during the advancing years of HIV/AIDS scare, the FAC (Federal Advisory Committee) has placed a ban on gay* men donating blood. When filling out the blood donation questionnaire provided, donors are asked (if male) if they have slept with another male since 1977. If they answer yes, they are then told they cannot donate.
The FAC will be reviewing the policy again in the next few years (it failed to overturn the ban in 2010).
(via seekingspirits)Source: knowhomo
Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pennsylvania denied Tim (not his real name), a 13 year old boy, admission because he is HIV positive. From Change.org
Although discrimination against people living with HIV is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act,…
image: a comparison of race, gender and the ratio of median annual wages each group receives. White men are at the top with $1, then Asian men with 83 cents, Black Men with 71 cents, Asian Women with 68 cents, then Latino Men with 66 cents, then White Women with 63 cents, then Black Women with 53 cents, then Latina Women with 50 cents].
…I’m gonna begin making an issue out of this, because few others do… and it’s something that needs to be talked about..
Notice how Native Americans are not included. Notice how Native Americans are generally never included in these statistics and/or conversations/discussions of oppression whether that be economic or not. The only reason why there is as much talk about Native issues (particularly cultural appropriation) here on tumblr is because we Natives have stepped up and forced everyone to see that we are still here. But this is no the case in many places.
This trend in leaving out Natives effectively allows the public to believe we’ve died out and/or trivializes our experiences on the off chance there is some discussion.
I am glad that light is being shed on the oppression (economic or otherwise) of blacks, asian, and latin@s… but I refuse to be silent when I see these kinds of things. Sometimes it’s just as much about what’s left out of the ‘picture’ as we is left in.
Reblogging again because all of this is super important.
reblogging because this commentary should be spread.
with commentarySource: feminist-blackboard
Jimmy Carter, relevant now more than ever. (via gaywrites)
Jimmy Carter is so BAMFY, it hurts. There’s also this.
Former President Jimmy Carter issued a statement Sunday announcing he is severing all ties with the Southern Baptist Church due to their treatment of women. A devout Southern Baptist for more than sixty years, Carter left the church in 2000 because of ideologically differences where the religion justifies the subordination of women. His announcementcomes after the Elders, a group of world leaders with which Carter is affiliated, released a statement on the issue of discrimination against women and girls by religion. In his statement, Carter calls “on all leaders to challenge and change the harmful teachings and practices, no matter how ingrained, which justify discrimination against women.”
Check out the article. Good stuff to be had.