April212014
deadlysubstance:

I connect with this on a spiritual level

deadlysubstance:

I connect with this on a spiritual level

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blackfrostshenanigans:

BUT THEN THERE’S THIS DORK

(Source: mcubitches, via techsgtjenn)

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4oq:

true friendship is talking about masturbating and it not being weird 

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“Crying does not indicate that you are weak. Since birth, it has always been a sign that you are alive.” Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre (via luhstinq)

(Source: larmoyante, via learn-love-eat)

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enliven-ed:

'Recovery is a challenge but it is less difficult than living with the wrath of an eating disorder!'
HELL YEAH! :)

enliven-ed:

'Recovery is a challenge but it is less difficult than living with the wrath of an eating disorder!'

HELL YEAH! :)

(via self-injury-awareness)

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on03zhikari:

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Transgender Against Me! Singer Wants Album “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” To Make The “Right People Uncomfortable”
Punk rock, for all its dalliances with pop style and sound, remains a cry against the status quo. Transgender singer Laura Jane Grace does that triumphantly by merging the personal with the political on her band Against Me!’s latest longplayer “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” — arguably the boldest statement about transitioning ever put to music, which also happens to be one of the boldest rock albums in recent memory.
"I wanted to make a record that would make the right people uncomfortable," says Grace. “Hopefully it doesn’t make everyone uncomfortable! But I definitely want to address things head-on and be direct."
Grace (formerly known as Tom Gabel) first came out in a Rolling Stone article in May, 2012, citing a life-long grappling with gender identity.
Against Me! formed in Gainesville, Florida in 1997 and enjoyed its biggest commercial success with the 2010 album, “White Crosses,” before being dropped by its major label, Sire. A new chapter was dawning for the band, and its lead singer/guitarist. Their subsequent album, “Transgender Dysphoria Blues,” was half-written before Grace’s public coming out and was originally a tale of a fictional transsexual prostitute. But it soon became clear what it was really all about.
"I wasn’t really thinking ‘I’m going to write a coming out record,’" she says. "The songs just started coming together, and I realized I would have to come to terms with these lyrics. I couldn’t stop writing from that perspective, or addressing these things. I guess it was me pushing myself, subconsciously. Once I came out, it was completely liberating. In the past when I was writing about these things, it was metaphoric. So being able to be blunt, and directly say things, it was what I needed to do."
Grace credits other trans artists such as actress Laverne Cox ("Orange is the New Black") and Mina (formerly Keith) Caputo, the singer of New York metal band Life of Agony, for encouraging her coming out. “Seeing Mina announce publicly in 2011 was one of those big moments for me. Like, ‘you’re not alone.’”
Now, with “Transgender Dysphoria Blues,” it’s Laura Jane Grace’s turn to inspire others. Quite apart from its lyrical themes, the album is the kind of big rock record with the potential for major crossover, a la Green Day’s “American Idiot.”
It boasts radio-ready pop smashes (“Unconditional Love,” “Dead Friend”), angry punk piss-takes (“Osama Bin Laden as the Crucified Christ,” “Drinking with the Jocks”) and ballads reminiscent of the band’s early explorations in indie folk (“Two Coffins”). It entered the Billboard 200 in the Top 25 (the band’s highest charting album ever) and they’ve even performed “FuckMyLife666” on David Letterman last month.
But the album’s cornerstones are the title track and “True Trans Soul Rebel” which has already been taking off as a popular sing-along anthem at Against Me! gigs.
"To me, it feels like there’s real momentum. Within the trans community, more and more people are becoming visible. I just want to be a part of that, and push that momentum. I’m a musician, I’m in a band, and I put out records, that’s what I do. That’s what I’m always going to do," she says.
"Getting on stage and doing a song like ‘True Trans Soul Rebel,’ singing ‘does God bless your transsexual heart?’ and seeing people sing that back to me, is almost like an out-of-body experience. I think, ‘this is really my life.’ It’s one of those moments when you realize you’re actually addressing something, and it’s making a change."

Ah!
More about Laura Jane Grace, of Against Me! because I’d heard about her through the article in The Baltimore Sun I took a photo of and posted earlier. I don’t know if she has a big fanbase here on tumblr but so far I think I definitely am a fan :)

on03zhikari:

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Transgender Against Me! Singer Wants Album “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” To Make The “Right People Uncomfortable”

Punk rock, for all its dalliances with pop style and sound, remains a cry against the status quo. Transgender singer Laura Jane Grace does that triumphantly by merging the personal with the political on her band Against Me!’s latest longplayer “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” — arguably the boldest statement about transitioning ever put to music, which also happens to be one of the boldest rock albums in recent memory.

"I wanted to make a record that would make the right people uncomfortable," says Grace. “Hopefully it doesn’t make everyone uncomfortable! But I definitely want to address things head-on and be direct."

Grace (formerly known as Tom Gabel) first came out in a Rolling Stone article in May, 2012, citing a life-long grappling with gender identity.

Against Me! formed in Gainesville, Florida in 1997 and enjoyed its biggest commercial success with the 2010 album, “White Crosses,” before being dropped by its major label, Sire. A new chapter was dawning for the band, and its lead singer/guitarist. Their subsequent album, “Transgender Dysphoria Blues,” was half-written before Grace’s public coming out and was originally a tale of a fictional transsexual prostitute. But it soon became clear what it was really all about.

"I wasn’t really thinking ‘I’m going to write a coming out record,’" she says. "The songs just started coming together, and I realized I would have to come to terms with these lyrics. I couldn’t stop writing from that perspective, or addressing these things. I guess it was me pushing myself, subconsciously. Once I came out, it was completely liberating. In the past when I was writing about these things, it was metaphoric. So being able to be blunt, and directly say things, it was what I needed to do."

Grace credits other trans artists such as actress Laverne Cox ("Orange is the New Black") and Mina (formerly Keith) Caputo, the singer of New York metal band Life of Agony, for encouraging her coming out. “Seeing Mina announce publicly in 2011 was one of those big moments for me. Like, ‘you’re not alone.’”

Now, with “Transgender Dysphoria Blues,” it’s Laura Jane Grace’s turn to inspire others. Quite apart from its lyrical themes, the album is the kind of big rock record with the potential for major crossover, a la Green Day’s “American Idiot.”

It boasts radio-ready pop smashes (“Unconditional Love,” “Dead Friend”), angry punk piss-takes (“Osama Bin Laden as the Crucified Christ,” “Drinking with the Jocks”) and ballads reminiscent of the band’s early explorations in indie folk (“Two Coffins”). It entered the Billboard 200 in the Top 25 (the band’s highest charting album ever) and they’ve even performed “FuckMyLife666” on David Letterman last month.

But the album’s cornerstones are the title track and “True Trans Soul Rebel” which has already been taking off as a popular sing-along anthem at Against Me! gigs.

"To me, it feels like there’s real momentum. Within the trans community, more and more people are becoming visible. I just want to be a part of that, and push that momentum. I’m a musician, I’m in a band, and I put out records, that’s what I do. That’s what I’m always going to do," she says.

"Getting on stage and doing a song like ‘True Trans Soul Rebel,’ singing ‘does God bless your transsexual heart?’ and seeing people sing that back to me, is almost like an out-of-body experience. I think, ‘this is really my life.’ It’s one of those moments when you realize you’re actually addressing something, and it’s making a change."

Ah!

More about Laura Jane Grace, of Against Me! because I’d heard about her through the article in The Baltimore Sun I took a photo of and posted earlier. I don’t know if she has a big fanbase here on tumblr but so far I think I definitely am a fan :)

(via marroncito)

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“I was very hopeful when President Obama was elected president, because I listened to his speeches about reform in the prisons and I just knew he’d be fair with clemencies.”

Barbara Scrivner, a California woman serving a 30-year prison sentence for refusing to testify against her drug dealer husband and his associates. She was slammed with 30 years thanks to mandatory minimum sentencing laws which are (thankfully) no longer on the books, despite having no history of violence.

While in prison, Barbara has “graduated from a drug-addiction program in prison and became a certified drug counselor; she nearly completed her bachelor’s degree in Bible studies; and she’s finally dealing with her previously undiagnosed mental illness issues.” She should be an ideal candidate for early release via clemency, but 20 years on she continues to languish in prison while her daughter and grandson grow up largely without her.

Now, President Obama claims he intends to grant clemency to “hundreds” of drug offenders like Barbara. Whether he actually will remains to be seen, as the Justice Department apparently has not started processing applications.

Meanwhile, Scrivner is trying not to get her hopes up that this time will be different. She struggles to understand what her life’s purpose is and why her seemingly robust clemency application has not been successful.

If her petition is denied again, she has a little bit more than five years until she can be released to a halfway house near her daughter in Fresno. Her daughter Alannah says it will be strange to see her mother for the first time outside of prison walls.

Scrivner says the new petition has filled her with hope, which scares her, because she doesn’t want to be let down again. The eye shadow runs down her face, creating blue tracks on her tanned cheeks. “Ten years is a long time to be in prison. And now it’s been 20 years.”

"It just doesn’t seem real to me," she said.

Last month, the president walked into the East Room to greet dozens of U.S. attorneys who traveled to the White House to discuss criminal-justice issues. The president told them he was expecting an influx of clemency applications for his new push, and warned that he wanted them to personally examine them all and not “reflexively” deny them.

"I take my clemency authority very seriously," he told them.

With just a few years left of Obama’s presidency, Scrivner, and others, will soon find out if he means it.

(via hipsterlibertarian)

(via humanrightswatch)

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