for those wondering why QueerAsCat has hardly been updated this past week, it’s all Yuki’s fault. it’s his fault i’m now obsessed with hedgehogs to the point of barely being able to function like a normal person. ;(

on the upside, i’ve made a Tumblr devoted to my Yuki/hedgehog obsession so that QAC won’t have to see any more of it.

QAC should be back to normal very soon!

shutuproseshaw asked:

Heya, i'd just like to ask what exactly counts as a service provider for the non-binary zine? I just really don't know what the term covers? Thank you!

that’s a good question, but one that i don’t know an answer to, sadly. i recommend contacting the person over the zine at non.binary.zine@gmail.com

pessimismpossum

marshmallowbrigade:

harrie5:

Sign it here

People like pictures right?

The signatures have started slowing down on this, and that’s not very good.
As of me typing this, there’s still 37K signatures left. That’s a lot!

So keep sharing the link guys!

33,779 signatures needed by April 20, 2014!

Also another thing you can do is talk to you representative! If you don’t know who you’re representative for your district is this is an easy website to use that will let you know who your representative for Congress is.

The petition is important, but that doesn’t guarantee anything. It just means that President’s administration will issue a response to the issue. That can help something gain traction, but letting your congressional rep know that this is an issue close to your heart can also help make a difference!

ardentmoon
ardentmoon:

queerascat:

totally off topic picture of my new ハリネズミ/hedgehog because i am such a proud hedgie parent and he is too cute not to share.
he’s 7.5 weeks old, tiny and timid as hell right now, but eventually we will conquer Japan together. 8)

Totally continuing your off topic ;) as someone who is planning on going to Japan once i finish my degree, i’ve always wondered. How do pet owners deal with no central heating…. it just seems like i would worry all the time about them being warm enough/spend all my money on using the heater 24/7. neither seems like it would work well.

you’re right, heating is an issue in Japan where central heating and insulation (INSULATION OH MY GOD) are practically non-existent. it’s something that i had to think hard about before getting a hedgehog as they can and will literally die if their temp drops below 21c/70f and my apartment got as cold as 8c/46f this winter.
in the end, i went out and bought a space heater + thermometer to constantly keep the room the hedgie’s in at 25c. i have an A/C that does heating + cooling, but it is ridiculously expensive and inefficient to run.
there’s also the fact that like half the population (myself included) lives in an apartment/condo that doesn’t allow pets in the first place, but eh. you do what you’ve got to do…. lol

ardentmoon:

queerascat:

totally off topic picture of my new ハリネズミ/hedgehog because i am such a proud hedgie parent and he is too cute not to share.

he’s 7.5 weeks old, tiny and timid as hell right now, but eventually we will conquer Japan together. 8)

Totally continuing your off topic ;) as someone who is planning on going to Japan once i finish my degree, i’ve always wondered. How do pet owners deal with no central heating…. it just seems like i would worry all the time about them being warm enough/spend all my money on using the heater 24/7. neither seems like it would work well.

you’re right, heating is an issue in Japan where central heating and insulation (INSULATION OH MY GOD) are practically non-existent. it’s something that i had to think hard about before getting a hedgehog as they can and will literally die if their temp drops below 21c/70f and my apartment got as cold as 8c/46f this winter.

in the end, i went out and bought a space heater + thermometer to constantly keep the room the hedgie’s in at 25c. i have an A/C that does heating + cooling, but it is ridiculously expensive and inefficient to run.

there’s also the fact that like half the population (myself included) lives in an apartment/condo that doesn’t allow pets in the first place, but eh. you do what you’ve got to do…. lol

swampgallows

swampgallows:

extermanhate:

punkrockluna:

swampgallows:

swampgallows:

The 30 Day Asexuality Challenge asked what I’d imagine asexual pride looked like, and I thought an introductory campaign of sorts combating the erasure and invalidation asexuals experience upon coming out would be a good start. So I whipped these up! A couple of these I feel I need to remind myself of now and again, so I feel like they might be helpful to both aces and non-aces.

Feel free to distribute, but please don’t reupload to Tumblr; use the reblog function instead. 

Edit: I had put “opposite” gender for straight when it should say “different”. It’s now been corrected. My apologies!

Please reblog the corrected set!! Thank you :)

Might wanna change the ‘two’ definition of bisexual too, since… that’s not even a lil accurate.

I actually interpreted two as meaning “same & different,” not necessarily male & female but same gender & different gender. But I do think a lot of people will interpret that as enforcing the gender binary, so maybe some clarification would be nice? (IDK how you’d clarify it and keep it succinct, but I’m sure someone will think of something). Other than that, I like these.

Yes, extermanhate has the right idea. I thought “both” would be confusing and reinforcing a gender binary. I have addressed this before; I tried to keep it succinct and indiscriminate while accessible to the everyday person with little to no knowledge of GSRM. Thank you for your input!

i still dislike “two” (as well as “both”), but i appreciate the effort.

that aside, the other issue that i have with these is this:

Asexuals desire emotional closeness and intimate relationships like anyone else….

because no, not everyone (asexual or not) desires emotional closeness or intimate relationships. using such a blanket statement to suggest that asexuals are humans “like anyone else” suggests that there is something wrong with those who do not desire emotional closeness or intimate relationships.

Zine Callout— Are you a non-binary trans person? (Zine: stories and advice for service providers)

If you think anyone might be interested, please post:

Zine Callout— Are you a non-binary trans person?
(Zine: stories and advice for service providers)

I’m a non-binary person and I’m going to be on a panel of non-binary people talking to LGBTQ+ service providers at an LGBTQ+ service provider’s conference in Ontario, Canada. Non-binary people are a very diverse group with all sorts of different needs and perspectives. I would very much like to collect stories and input from other non-binary people (whether trans-identified or not) to share with people at the conference because I have the privilege of being able to access this space safely and many non-binary people don’t.

Non-binary trans people all have different identities and experiences… many of us face some pretty intense hostility, discrimination and violence. And a lot of that comes from people who are supposed to be there to help us. Many non-binary people avoid all sorts of services even when we really need help, because we know how we’re likely to be treated… and it’s not okay.

As a non-binary person, what do you have to say to LGBTQ+ service providers about the kinds of stuff you’ve experienced from service providers and about how they do better?

Audience: LGBTQ+ service providers at an LGBTQ+ service-providers’ conference (“professional” people who claim to care about non-binary people, but who probably have no idea what that means). LGBTQ+ services providers are medical and mental health professionals, educators and teachers, social workers and workers at community organisations serving all sorts of different LGBTQ+ populations.

Some possible guiding questions:

Do you have experiences interacting with service providers you’d like to share? (These are people who won’t know what interacting with service providers is like for you.)

  • What happened and what effect did that have on you?

  • How did they treat you?

  • Have these experiences kept you from seeking services? If so, how?

  • What would you have liked to happen?

  • How did things like racism, ableism, misogyny and other forms of oppression matter?

Do you have any advice or information you’d like service providers to know about working with non-binary people? (This includes non-binary people who also face other kinds of oppression such as racism, ableism and misogyny.)

  • What are some barriers you’ve faced because your gender identity/expression?

  • What services have you not been able to access that you have liked to?

  • Have you ever avoided seeking help from a service provider when you needed it because you were afraid of how they would treat you (or didn’t think you’d be able to deal with it)?

  • What were some things service-providers can do to be more accessible to non-binary people and to better meet your needs as a non-binary person?


Short
pieces of writing are ideal (e.g., 250 words)… when it comes to service providers actually reading them, but longer pieces are okay too if you have a lot to say, and so are images if that’s how you express yourself.

Please e-mail submissions or questions to: non.binary.zine@gmail.com
Deadline: May 31st, 2014 (so the zine can be ready in time for the conference)
Zine to be printed in black and white only.

Anonymous asked:

I love it when jerks can't think of good insults, though. fruit fly has to be the most hilarious actual insult ever uttered over the internet.

{ in reference to this post }

i know, right? at the very least it makes it easier to laugh/roll my eyes and then ignore the comment.