"But only 2% of the population is intersex. It's not that common. Why should we reframe or perception of gender for intersex people?"

    Completely ignoring the fact that empathy exists. You do realize that 2% of the population in the medical field is considered very common, yes?

    2% of children and 0.5% of adults have a peanut allergy and that's so common that they have entire rules around in in public spaces.

    0.24-1% of the population has Rheumatoid arthritis. That's an eighth to a half of the number of intersex people!

    1-2% of people are estimated to have autism, and that's considered a common condition.

    0.1%-2.6% of people will get melanoma in their life time, and that's considered common.

    1.2% of people have epilepsy and that's considered common.

    Completely ignoring statistics like 6% of women have PCOS (which is a condition that can fall under the intersex umbrella). 2% of the population in the medical field is considered a common condition, and ergo by medical terms intersex is in itself common.

    I don't think you realize how big 2% is. That's 2 in 100 people. If you walk into 3 fully filled classrooms (when I was in school a full classroom was 40 students). Chances are you just saw 2 intersex kids and didn't even know it.

    So yeah. I think intersex is common enough to include in our discussions around gender and how transphobic rules affects intersex people.



    Good tags for conceptualizing how much 2% is


    Hearing the words "they called them flamewars back then" in the latest strange-aeons aged me to dust.


    wait, what do they call them now?




    I can not BEGIN to tell you how twitchy it makes me that “discourse” has become a euphemism for “flamewars”. Because, of course, now “discourse” has negative connotations it didn’t have before.


    I’d also argue that calling it discourse lends some legitimacy to what the bad-faith actors are doing and that the switch was intentional to avoid being called out for what they really are: bullies.

    Like legit, some people use discourse to mean what it means (i.e., a (hopefully) well-informed debate), but too often now, I see posts tagged as ‘discourse’ when what they really are is either fandom wank or flaming.


    So apparently last year the National Park Service in the US dropped an over 1200 page study of LGBTQ American History as part of their Who We Are program which includes studies on African-American history, Latino history, and Indigenous history. 

    Like. This is awesome. But also it feels very surreal that maybe one of the most comprehensive examinations of LGBTQ history in America (it covers sports! art! race! historical sites! health! cities!) was just casually done by the parks service


    This is really great??

  • Chapter 1: Prologue: Why LGBTQ Historic Sites Matter by Mark Meinke
  • Chapter 2: Introduction to the LGBTQ Heritage Initiative Theme Study by Megan E. Springate
  • Chapter 3: Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) History in the United States by Leisa Meyer and Helis Sikk
  • Chapter 4: The History of Queer History: One Hundred Years of the Search for Shared Heritage by Gerard Koskovich
  • Chapter 5: The Preservation of LGBTQ Heritage by Gail Dubrow
  • Chapter 6: LGBTQ Archeological Context by Megan E. Springate
  • Chapter 7: A Note about Intersectionality by Megan E. Springate
  • Chapter 8: Making Bisexuals Visible by Loraine Hutchins
  • Chapter 9: Sexual and Gender Diversity in Native America and the Pacific Islands by Will Roscoe
  • Chapter 10: Transgender History in the US and the Places that Matter by Susan Stryker
  • Chapter 11: Breathing Fire: Remembering Asian Pacific American Activism in Queer History by Amy Sueyoshi
  • Chapter 12: Latina/o Gender and Sexuality by Deena J. González and Ellie D. Hernandez
  • Chapter 13: “Where We Could Be Ourselves”: African American LGBTQ Historic Places and Why They Matter by Jeffrey A. Harris
  • Chapter 14: LGBTQ Spaces and Places by Jen Jack Gieseking
  • Chapter 15: Making Community: The Places and Spaces of LGBTQ Collective Identity Formation by Christina B. Hanhardt
  • Chapter 16: LGBTQ Business and Commerce by David K. Johnson
  • Chapter 17: Sex, Love, and Relationships by Tracy Baim
  • Chapter 18: LGBTQ Civil Rights in America by Megan E. Springate
  • Chapter 19: Historical Landmarks and Landscapes of LGBTQ Law by Marc Stein
  • Chapter 20: LGBTQ Military Service by Steve Estes
  • Chapter 21: Struggles in Body and Spirit: Religion and LGBTQ People in US History by Drew Bourn
  • Chapter 22: LGBTQ and Health by Katie Batza
  • Chapter 23: LGBTQ Art and Artists by Tara Burk
  • Chapter 24: LGBTQ Sport and Leisure by Katherine Schweighofer
  • Chapter 25: San Francisco: Placing LGBTQ Histories in the City by the Bay by Donna J. Graves and Shayne E. Watson
  • Chapter 26: Preservation of LGBTQ Historic & Cultural Sites – A New York City Perspective by Jay Shockley
  • Chapter 27: Locating Miami’s Queer History by Julio Capó, Jr.
  • Chapter 28: Queerest Little City in the World: LGBTQ Reno by John Jeffrey Auer IV
  • Chapter 29: Chicago: Queer Histories at the Crossroads of America by Jessica Herczeg-Konecny
  • Chapter 30: Nominating LGBTQ Places to the National Register of Historic Places and as National Historic Landmarks: An Introduction by Megan E. Springate and Caridad de la Vega
  • Chapter 31: Interpreting LGBTQ Historic Sites by Susan Ferentinos
  • Chapter 32: Teaching LGBTQ History and Heritage by Leila J. Rupp
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    Let me explain what is happening here, because I don’t think that this post is very representative of why this matters.

    The purpose of the theme studies, this one included, is to locate the physical remnants of the past, so that they can be properly preserved by governmental and nonprofit entities. They are not just descriptions of history, they are documents that can be used for grant work, for preventing places from being destroyed, or for promoting the restoration of those places. This theme study is a statement from the federal government that the preservation of these places is important, and that can be translated by the states into these places being legally required to be protected.

    The theme studies are also really important because they recontextualized what it means to locate history in a place. This started before the LGBT theme study, there’s a lot of this in the Latino theme study, but they present a reconsideration of what you can call historic when the actions of a group left no physical traces on the spaces that they used. We are now seeing the possibility of considering places like cruising areas as historic properties because they represent the patterns of a culture.

    This is the Park Service’s job. This is what you should be expecting from them. There are theme studies and special resource studies on dozens of things. A really important Civil Rights one dropped like last week. The Park Service is charged with running our national parks, sure, but the bulk of their work is like this. This is the type of shit that you can and should expect out of your National Park Service. Nobody else is gonna do it.


    I like stories where a normal human child is being raised by a sinister supernatural being who is totally malevolent except when it comes to their kid. Those are so much better than the “kids are scary” changeling type horror movies.


    Like a perfectly well-adjusted well-mannered friendly child that is like “This is my dad, Surazal. He comes out of the mirrors in dark rooms. He makes really good blood pudding but he’s bad at playing catch. Most people can’t see his corporal form but I can because he says I have special eyes.”


    “Mom says that you can stay over but you have to promise not to leave my room between midnight and 1 am. You can play Mario Cart with me! But you have to knock on every closed door in the house before entering just because dad might be in there and if you look upon his visage without drinking the holy fruit juice, you might go crazy or something. Also dad is really excited I have a new friend and he’s going to to make hardtack and mystery stew for us! You’ll love it!”


    In high school the kid gets a friend that is an amateur demonologist who initially befriends them in hopes of exorcizing their house but ends up becoming buddies with Surazal too because they crave parental affection.


    Surazal stands at the end of the vast dark hallway and says “You Too Have Special Eyes, Little One. You Can See Me Without Being Taken By The Madness. Within You, I Sense Great Turmoil And Sadness. In My Younger Years, I Would Have Exploited The Sadness As Weakness In Your Very Soul. I Would Have Worn Your Skin Like A Mask And Run Through The Village Streets, Supping Blood From Every Man I Encountered. But Now I Have No Use For Woe. Perhaps You Would Like To Watch Beetlejuice In The Family Room With My Daughter While I Prepare Cupcakes. I Am Sensing You Have A Fondness for Red Velvet.”


    Monsterfucking is out. Monsterparenting is in.


    Why would you hide this in the tags

    One thing that MASSIVELY pisses me off is how fainting is shown in media. It’s always the person sways a little, collapses in one movement, and then is unconscious for like… fucking ages??? They wake up hours later tucked under a blanket and it’s acted like that’s normal. It’s NOT. A person that’s fainted should be back with you pretty quickly, actually:

    (From NHS website)

    I had an experience in my last work place where I fainted, but because it looks so different to how it’s shown in film and TV my managers had no idea what had happened. Here’s a comparison of usual media vs my actual fainting that they were all confused by-

    Films, TV shows, plays etc:

    1) Person goes “oh goodness” or something similar whilst holding hand to chest

    2) eyes roll back, gracefully falls to the floor

    3) nearby people see the poor fainted person, pick them up, put them on a bed or sofa

    4) person comes to hours or even days later with no idea what happened and everyone else is just like “oh good you’ve woken up 🙂”

    My usual fainting experience:

    1) Everything starts spinning. Incapable of making words as my sole focus is on trying to get myself to the ground ASAP

    2) Stumble to floor/chair/ anything I can lean against

    3) Quick violent slump as actual faint occurs. There is no dainty falling- the whole body has hit shut down. Usually smack my head on the floor if I haven’t managed to get myself somewhere soft

    4) Aware of surroundings almost immediately, but takes a few seconds to fully come back round

    5) Carefully sit back up and explain to everyone going “what the fuck happened” that I fainted, and no, I do not need smelling salts actually.


    If Elon starts beef with wikipedia they should start hosting that kid's tracking data for the Musk jet on their front page


    Don't fuck with wikipedia.


    I admit I always give money to Wikipedia. When it’s like, ”Did you get $2 worth of knowledge from us this year?” I have to honestly answer the question YES. And because I believe in non-profit websites on the internet and am tired of capitalism, I give them a few bucks whenever they ask for it. I’ve never heard that they use the money inappropriately, and I feel if we spread it around, we all get the benefit of the free knowledge contained on Wikipedia.

    One of the promises of the internet was having access to all human knowledge immediately, and Wikipedia is actually what I think many of us imagined when we thought of that possibility.