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Come Together (Gaby/Illya/Napoleon | Man from UNCLE) from Syntactition on Vimeo.

Youtube deleted my Man From UNCLE vid, so I’ve had to reupload to vimeo with a password (00000000, because if it’s good enough for the Minuteman missiles at the height of Cold War, it’s good enough for this!).
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My hc_bingo card )

deals with demons - Bill Cypher
shipwrecked - could do Oliver, could also do destroyed canon ships
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(Also, I haven't forgotten about the kink meme prompts, just haven't gotten to them.)
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So, LJ's broken things so bad that people have been given access to other's accounts.

I don't have the energy to slough through everything to find out what the status is right now, but just. Yeah.
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My hastily edited teddy bear* has something to say.

"The National Center for Biotechnology Information conducted a study on social conditions for Oregon teens and how they affected suicide rates. They found that 21.5% of the queer kids had attempted to commit suicide, whereas their straight counterparts had a percentage of 4.2.

A typical day for a queer teen in an unfriendly environment involves constantly hiding pieces of themselves from friends and family, and often listening to their classmates use their orientation as if it were somehow an insult. 9 out of 10 queer teens have reported being bullied, and out of this number, half added that this included physical harassment, and another quarter were physically attacked. All this stress takes tolls on their schoolwork as well as their emotional state, as kids who were bullied for their sexual orientation tended to drop about half a grade from their straight counterparts.

The website Bullying Statistics estimates that queer teens are about five times more likely than straight ones to miss school due to sexual orientation-related emotional or physical threat, and 28% of them drop out altogether. Not all of them can report what’s happening to them to a parent or teacher, because they can never be sure if they’re going to get helped or just hurt more.

One of the more painful things about lgbt bullying is that it’s not something that only the students do. Depending on where you live, the education system itself can be against you. Tennessee – not a district, but the entire state – recently passed a bill that would ban students kindergarten through eighth grade and public school teachers from discussing homosexuality. Period. Last year, Constance McMillan was forced to contact the American Civil Liberties Union because she wanted to bring her girlfriend to the prom as her date, and her school said no. Even when they were forced, legally, to change their policy, they encouraged their students to organize a privately-funded prom that would allow them to exclude Constance and her date.

Home life isn’t necessarily an outlet, either. Kids who are in the closet have to deal with the stress of hiding something hugely important about themselves from their family. Overall, the chance of being received well when coming out of the closet is about fifty-fifty, and a little over a quarter of out queer teens are kicked out entirely. Even not being kicked out is no guarantee, because it might come down to a choice between running away or being sent to ‘reparative therapy’ camps, like Exodus International. They don’t have anywhere to go, so an estimated approximately 40% of homeless teens identify as queer. Even the kids who look like they’re doing okay can be actively terrified, because they know safety isn’t necessarily permanent.

A few projects have sprung up to address this. The Trevor Project, founded in 1998, is a helpline for queer teens who are at risk for suicide or just in need of support. Gay-Straight Alliances and other LGBT groups have sprung up in high schools where allowed. Most recently, the It Gets Better project, which I referenced earlier, has gotten a lot of publicity for getting celebrities as well as average, everyday people to reach out to assure queer teens that their lives won’t always consist of being harassed in school, if they can just make it through.

But it’s not good. Kids are being told from all sides that no one wants them around, and large numbers of people would rather they didn’t exist. It’s a nightmare, and it needs to stop."

*Shush, I have to get ready for class in half an hour.
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Originally posted by [ profile] gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.

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So you should ask me to write you things. Especially TGWTG things because yes sirree I sure have been writing a lot of that lately. But other things, too.
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So when I refer to Hoomania, now you can know what I was talking about! With shite audio.

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