lifetime presents: my apartment is a fucking disaster and i don’t care
today i am having a postdoc in lab teach me all about cloning so i can happily avoid the shit i actually need to do while still feeling productive
QPoC Housing Resources and Initiatives: an incomplete list
Hello everyone! This is an incomplete list of LGBTQ shelters/initiatives that provide housing as well as assistance to LGBTQ PoC/ QPoC. If there are any shelters/initiatives I have left off please add them to this list, and then please let me know. While this list covers all 50 states in the U.S., please feel free to add the ones from your country, territories, or place of origin. We need as much as we can get. Thank you.
List of states in the U.S. and all Shelters (Please add more):
THE ARK OF REFUGE
The Ark of Refuge runs a 15 person transitional living facility specifically targeting LGBTQ young adults in San Francisco.
LA GENTE UNIDA
La Gente Unida is an organization serving the needs of
LGBTQ Latinas and Latinos in the Denver and Colorado
PO Box 11714
Denver, CO 80211
•District of Columbia
http://www.1800runaway.org/ (National Runaway Switchboard)
Fellowship of Lights: Runaway and Homeless Youth
Phone: (410) 285-7496
Fellowship of Lights provides emergency housing and supportive assistance for foster care involved and homeless and runaway youth, ages 12-17 in two shelter facilities, and operates after school programs for elementary and middle school aged children and youth in Baltimore City.
THE AUDRE LORDE PROJECT
The Audre Lorde Project is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People
of Color community organizing center, focusing on the
New York City area.
85 S. Oxford Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
147 W. 24th Street, 3rd floor
New York, NY 10011-1911
SYLVIA RIVERA LAW PROJECT
Sylvia Rivera Law Project provides free legal services to
transgender, intersex and gender nonconforming lowincome
people and people of color. It represents and
advises clients in a variety of contexts.
147 West 24th Street, 5th floor
New York, NY 10011
Toll Free: 866-930-3283 Fax: 212-337-1872
Youthworks (Bismarck-Mandan Area)
Phone: 701-255-6909 (24-hour Crisis Line)
1 877 837 1801 (toll-free)
Youthworks is a resource for homeless youth in North Dakota. The Bismarck location has a peer mediation program, a cultural achievement program, and a Turnabout program for those at risk. They also provide services to runaway and homeless youth including individual, family counseling and mediation; group counseling; attendant care; juvenile diversion; transitional housing; support groups; emergency food, clothing and shelter; advocacy; crisis intervention and emancipation preparation
Phone: 701 232 8558 (for 24-hour Crisis Line, press 2 during message)
1 877 897 1213 (toll-free)
Youthworks is a resource for homeless youth in North Dakota, with drop in-hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. They also provide services to runaway and homeless youth including individual, family counseling and mediation; group counseling; attendant care; juvenile diversion; transitional housing; support groups; emergency food, clothing and shelter; advocacy; crisis intervention and emancipation preparation.
•Northern Marianas Islands
WIND RIVER COUNTRY INITIATIVE FOR YOUTH
Wind River Country Initiative for Youth is an alliance of
LGBTQ and allied people of Native American and
Caucasian ancestry who work to address multiple
oppressions at the local level.
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Source Citations Page and Additional Readings, Master posts, etc.
Note: These resources are lengthy and span all corners of LGBTQ homelessness. If you feel that these resources aren’t comprehensive enough, or if you would like to add your own, please let me know.
boost please. this is an incredibly useful list and hopefully some people might find it useful.
There are some very warm-hearted and lovely people I know that have quit graduate school because it felt more like The Hunger Games than a collaborative learning environment. We need to stop applying a “survival of the fittest” mentality to academic success, wherein intelligence is linked to ability to endure rigor. I think it’s a huge loss of the academy that people I know to be brilliant and life changing have quit due to a lack of support.
so far i’ve been pretty successful at wasting my day
Black female professor reprimanded for pointing out existence of structural racism to white male students | The Raw Story
A faculty member at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Shannon Gibney, received a formal reprimand for her handling of a discussion about structural racism in her Introduction to Mass Communication course.
According to Gibney inan interview with City College News, a white male student asked her, “Why do we have to talk about this in every class? Why do we have to talk about this?”
She claims she was shocked, because “[h]is whole demeanor was very defensive. He was taking it personally. I tried to explain, of course, in a reasonable manner — as reasonable as I could given the fact that I was being interrupted and put on the spot in the middle of class — that this is unfortunately the context of 21st century America.”
Gibney says another white male student followed the first, saying “Yeah, I don’t get this either. It’s like people are trying to say that white men are always the villains, the bad guys. Why do we have to say this?”
When Gibney attempted, again, to inform the students that they were mistaking a systemic critique for a personal attack, the students continued to argue. Eventually, she told them that “if you’re really upset, feel free to go down to legal affairs and file a racial harassment discrimination complaint.” This is exactly what they did.
Gibney is familiar with white male students taking discussions about structural racism as personal attacks, as it has happened before: ina 2009 incident, an editor of the school newspaper took offense at a similar discussion. In both that case and this one, Gibney received an official reprimand. After the latest accusation, the Vice President of Academic Affairs appended a letter to her file, in which he said he found it “it troubling that the manner in which you led a discussion on the very important topic of of structural racism alienated two students who may have been most in need of learning about this subject.”
“While I believe it was your intention to discuss structural racism generally,” he continued, “it was inappropriate for you to single out white male students in class. Your actions in [targeting] select students based on their race and gender caused them embarrassment and created a hostile learning environment.”
Gibney told lawyers at an investigatory meeting for an anti-discrimination lawsuit she and six other professors are filling against MCTC that the vice president’s words “have helped those three white male students succeed in undermining my authority as one of the few remaining black female professors here.”
There’s a lot of irony in this story. In the students’ subsequent freak out about feeling “singled out” about structural racism they went over her head and tried to get the professor fired…indicating structural racism.
"Let me tell you something about privilege. It’s so intoxicating you can convince yourself you don’t have it." - Goldie Taylor
WHEN THE CONTROL GROUP IMPROVES MORE THAN THE TREATMENT GROUP DOES
03 December 2013
Smiles All Round
A child’s smile is one of life’s greatest joys but here it’s being used to measure the success of a pioneering therapy for cerebral palsy – a condition caused by damage, during early childhood, to those areas of the brain that control muscle movement and balance. There is currently no cure although treatments like physiotherapy can help. Researchers gave this child, who was previously unable to smile or respond to the world around him (top left), a blood infusion – like a transfusion but using his own blood taken from his umbilical cord. This ‘cord blood’ is rich in stem cells, which have the capacity to replace damaged tissue. The boy’s subsequent improvement was remarkable, much better than expected with physiotherapy alone. He is the first child ever to receive this new treatment and many questions about its safety and effectiveness remain to be answered before it becomes a mainstream treatment.
Written by Julie Webb
Image by Arne Jensen and Eckard Hamelmann
Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
Originally published under a Creative Commons Licence (BY 3.0)
Research published in Case Reports in Transplantation, April 2013
i used Splat brand from CVS, and i left it in for about 2 hours. it looked quite nice after my initial rinsing. i think my mistake was diluting it with conditioner to get a gradient effect on my hair. the ends of my hair, where i used the dye undiluted, still look quite nice, but i’ve lost a lot of color further up. but now i know i don’t need to be so tentative with the depth of color in the gradient. having never done this before, i had no idea how the color would take on my hair. hair things give me an unreasonable amount of anxiety.
i should have known from my previous experience with dying my hair a natural red that it fades quickly. first wash has taken a fair amount of color out despite using cool water and no shampoo. i plan on re-doing it at some point, and clearly i need to go a little bolder on the first dye so it fades to the intensity i want over a few washes.
Microsoft Publishes Sexist Form Letter To Help Dudes Convince Women To Let Them Buy An Xbox One
Today Microsoft released a form letter essentially created for men to send to women, encouraging their partners to let them buy an Xbox One console, as the new device will be great for both of them.
The letter, which can be customized slightly, is incredibly bad, playing to ridiculous male and female gender stereotypes. It presumes that women don’t like sports or play video games and need to be condescended into technology purchase decisions by their male partners as they oh-so-certainly couldn’t come to those conclusions on their own!
After all, women and technology, amirite?
Holy hell, Microsoft. I know that young male gamers can be a touch on the ignorant side when it comes to gender equality, but from a company worth more than $300 billion, and with better-than-normal female representation in its senior leadership, producing something this sexist and ignorant is an incredible disappointment and shame.
Propagating sexist stereotypes isn’t something to be tolerated. What’s almost incredible in the letter (before its language is potentially shaken up by the user) is that it manages to be directly sexist in implication, using loaded language like “honey” and comments on the physical appearance of the unnamed recipient, while eliding direct indication of gender. But it’s there. If you can’t see it, open your eyes.
This from a company that managed to come out on the right side of history on gay rights in Washington. The letter is also stridently heteronormative. Its almost oppressively straight tone is off-key from a company such as Microsoft, which has a large LGBT workforce. You almost want to wonder what’s up over in Xbox-land.
For flavor, a few quotes:
Hey honey, Not sure if you’ve heard, but Xbox One is now available.
After all, women don’t follow news, let alone technology news, and so how could she know! Time to let her in on the secrets of little boxes with blinky lights!
Maybe you don’t LOVE games like I do, but there’s really something for everyone. […] You love movies and I love football. Well, with the Xbox One, we can love both.
Again, women don’t play games. Ever. And apparently don’t like football. But they do love those movies! You know, the ones with the actors and actresses they read about in their fluffy women’s magazines! The sort of magazines that never discuss technology, of course. We know that as we’ve already established that the women this letter is for have never heard of the word “Xbox” before!
We can talk on Skype with your favorite sister whom, of course, I love dearly.
Because men don’t have close family! That’s for women! And dear heavens if men have, you know feelings and all that. Those are for women! And fine dear we can talk to your goddamn sister so long as I get Man Time later to shoot things. Pew, pew, pew, woman.
So what do you say? Let’s be like an awesome movie montage-just me, you, and my [the my is crossed out] our Xbox One-together at last.
Again, women don’t own consoles! Silly women!
P.S. Did I mention how beautiful you are? And how I really appreciate that you love me more than anything?
Microsoft, did I mention how stupid this letter is and how much respect for you I just lost?
The Xbone Zone strikes again and this time they’re dousing themselves in gasoline and lighting themselves ablaze.
I’d literally be ashamed to own one of these consoles at this point, and my resolve to get away from anything Microsoft has only gotten more intense.
Receiving a letter like this would be instant cause for ending any and all association with the sender.
The version above appears to have been altered from the version on the news site—which, by the way, does not include a working link for this form. The “original” version, wherever it was, doesn’t include knitting, abs, or a favorite sister. There’s also a discrepancy with “movies” vs “football” when the next sentence refers to “teams” (as if originally two different sports, not two different things to watch, had been mentioned). The first “original” letter I read—the one on the news site, not the one here—didn’t read so badly, and actually sounded like something I would send my bf (who is big on TV/movie watching but not so much football). It’s still not clear to me if Xbox released an example form, or just the form itself. If someone who internets better than I do can locate an official release example, that would be good to see.
building a kleenex mountain in your house when you have a cold