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I have a voucher for a free vehicle MOT at a Halfords auto centre to be redeemed before the end of May. It’s of no use to myself or anyone else that I know and it would be a shame to waste it.
The first person to send me a DIRECT/PRIVATE reply will get the voucher and I’ll update this thread publicly to confirm it’s been taken.
Capricorn, a black nonbinary person needs 1060€ to avoid being homeless + 5000€ to pay insurance! Please read their gofundme text, donate as much as you can and share with everybody!
*german text in the gofundme*
their paypal: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/Tynxle
help out a black transman in law school (donations, ok to boost)
I am a black trans man and I'm also in law school! Without saying too many specifics to potentially doxx myself, I'm a rising 3L (third year) law student. I currently work in criminal defense, will be doing impact litigation during the summer for LGBTQ people, and I hope to make LGBTQ impact litigation a career of mine.
I'm a first generation student and so I'm paying for law school with a generous scholarship and lots of loans! Boo, I know.
By doing public interest work, I sadly don't make the big bucks like some of my corporate-focused classmates.
Want to help me do cool shit like writing post-conviction relief motions, all while fueled by caffeine?
You can donate! Or boost! Thanks!
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These polls have been replaced by this more complicated survey:
today is the last day of my birthday month and trans day of visibility, please share my gfm link far and wide, i love u
Today is #TransDayOfVisibility. Two days ago the state of Arkansas became the first state in the US to ban health care for trans youth. Trans people, especially trans youth face an emerging hate and discrimination all over the wold. We all need to stand with them! ✊ Fighting the people who have chosen trans people as their new scapegoats to project their fear of progress and everything that is different from them! Who don't see the beauty of diversity!
trans stuff, uk (+)
The Court has ruled that, while trans kids can't consent to puberty blockers after the Bell decision, their parents *can* consent on their behalf without court intervention, where the child, parents, and docs agree: https://goodlawproject.org/news/tavistock-success/
This whole thing is a shambles but at least this is something positive. I expect they are losing it in certain corners of the internet.
covid-adjacent, vaguely scotpol (-)
I made the mistake of reading the comments on the Scottish Government sponsored 'get your jab' post that came by my FB feed, to try and get a sense of the volume of resistance.
(Yes, I know social media is always far louder on this stuff than the general public, not my first rodeo.)
Geeeeeez, some of these theories.
I'll say this much: The transphobia fundamentally involved in "detransition discourse" (which is about transphobia, not about the very real people with very real stories who detransition), has been a huge blocker for me at times in exploring the actual depth of my own gender expression and perception.
Detransition, transition-to-one-end-then-bounce-back-to-the-middle, and all sorts of other stories need to be **normalized** as the very natural part of the overall story of transition. Making these moves is not difficult because it's fundamentally difficult to "go back" or "undo" things. It's fundamentally difficult because we have made it a taboo. And that's on the trans community itself, too, which has until somewhat recently focused SO HARD on hard binary transitions, leaving those of us with more complex stories with a very limited (binary) selection of paths to take for ourselves.
Just a thought, as I think about and get more comfortable examining my own relationship to womanhood (and manhood, for that matter), and what real changes that might entail for me going forward.
(p.s. if you're on Twitter, feel free to respond to this in the thread over there. I'd love to hear people's thoughts on this)
uspol vs ukpol confusion, lol (~)
I keep receiving emails about the urgency of 'passing the Equality Act', then get confused for about 15 seconds (wasn't the Equality Act made law in 2010, oh god what are the t*rfs doing now)...
until I realise it's the US legislation of the same name and somewhat roughly similar concept.
A bit like, may he rest in power, when I received emails from John Lewis about civil rights issues alongside emails from John Lewis about my personal style edit.
uk lockdown, disability activism
on the anniversary of the first uk lockdown, i want to again shout out this compilation of texts and images by disabled scottish artists, Not Going Back To Normal http://notgoingbacktonormal.com/
A good petition for any UK resident (and UK citizens overseas) to sign.
I set up a tracker graph also: https://petition-track.uk/check-petition/579012
Petition: Do not restrict our rights to peaceful protest. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/579012
"'The appearance of hearing aids and cochlear implants never felt like me, and I had no control over their designs,' says Man, adding that he often found himself brainstorming ways to reclaim the machinery that had now become part of him."
"Man’s ongoing style conundrum served as the inspiration behind a new jewelry collaboration", including ear cuffs "that are meant to draw attention to and accentuate hearing devices or cochlear implants".
scottish small press publisher outed as nazi, julie burchill, islamophobia, terfs
after julie burchill's book about "woke cancel mobs" or whatever was dropped by its original publisher after burchill's islamophobic abuse of ash sarkar, it got picked up by a publisher based out of leith, "stirling publishing". what sort of publisher would pick up a shitty rant about "woke cancel mobs" by a racist terf? a publisher secretly run by a nazi: https://twitter.com/lauraewaddell/status/1371422886641156097
Paige. US Midwesterner in Scotland; geek into social justice. (As ever, I'm that @rhiannonrevolts from stuff.)
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