Spirit Day

Oct. 20th, 2010 04:35 pm
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (gaychoice)
I'm wearing purple today. Mind you I own so much purple that it's statistically difficult to find a day when I'm not wearing it. But even so, I made sure to put purple on today, along with a fabulous pair of green ballet flats.

I have to admit on things like this I can't help but wonder what if those who died didn't particularly like purple? Like I get there's a theme and all, but if I died of, say, breast cancer and people wore pink in my honor I would so come back and haunt you all (probably by following you around and going "REALLY? Seriously? Do you know me AT ALL??" and then maybe doing the "I'm not touching you" game just to make sure you were as annoyed as I was about the whole thing.)

But, barring evidence to the contrary, who does it hurt? So I have my purple on. It does make you wonder if the other people you see wearing purple today are there with you, so there's that if nothing else.

I was never bullied to tears in school, though certainly I took my share of teasing and tormenting like any kid did (esp chubby, nerdy kids). Supposedly some kids called me and another girl lesbians in elementary school, but I didn't hear it if it happened. Which isn't to say it might not be true. Certainly I've had people try to use "lesiban" and the like as insults.

Typically, though, I was the one standing up for the bullied kids. I am nothing if not my mother's daughter, so seeing others getting picked on was always a great way to get me right into the fold. (My weapon of choice? Sarcasm.)

(Amusing side story: there was only once in my life when a school bully gave me the "I'll see you after school!" let's-get-ready-to-rumble speech. Her location of choice was, with no irony on her part, between the church and our Catholic school. Sure enough when school was over she was there, lying in wait. I walked right past her, feeling no need to dignify this nonsense with my attention. "You can't do that!" she said when she saw me. "Watch me," I replied and walked right on home.)

None of this is to say that I had awesome anti-bully skills, or that bullying can be survived with a skilled combination of boredom and a rapier wit. Not all bullies are alike, and there's no one-size-fits-all answer for how the victims can or should deal with it.

What it is to say is that bullying happens, at worst it's deadly and at best it's really fucking stupid. As Winston Churchill said, "It's the kind of horseshit up with which I will not put."
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (gaychoice)
You have probably heard (or at least I hope you have) about radio station KRXQ, aka home of Rob, Arnie and Dawn in the Morning, aka where transphobic bigoted assholes vomit their stupid all over the airwaves, aka NAMBLA. If not, GLAAD has a good roundup. The short version is that the show's hosts thought it'd be funny to spend a half hour talking about how transgender children are freaks who should be beaten with shoes. Good times, no?

The happy news, such as happiness can be found in a situation like this, is that people are pissed and have been making their displeasure known. This has resulted in companies like Nissan, Chipotle, Sonic, Verizon Wireless, and Bank of America pulling their advertising dollars from the radio station.

But the fight is not over yet. The hosts have refused to apologize and some companies haven't yet responded one way or another.

So what you, the viewers at home, can do is contact their sponsors and folks at the station (scroll down) to let them know just how much you appreciate this kind of humor brightening up the airwaves.

I've already done so, and I've included my letters for your enjoyment:

To the advertisors )

and To the radio station )

Now go forth and kick bigot butt, assuming you haven't already.
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (WTF Internets?)
As I catch up with my flist I find:

1) Amazon is possibly marking any LBGT book as 'adult' and therefore stripping it of its rankings. I say "possibly" only because I haven't researched this beyond the linked post. But if true that's surprisingly stupid of them. [ETA: more info here]

2) OW MY OVARIES

3) Approximately five billion posts that say "Can I have a dreamwidth invite code?" and nothing else. I leave any conclusions to be drawn form this as an exercise for the reader.
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (Community Organizer: Alice Paul)
What she said. Total effing WORD to what she said.
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (hopemonger)
I just had far too much fun sending book samples to my Kindle. Why is this defined as too much fun? Because my Kindle hasn't been delivered yet, that's why. (Though as of yesterday it has been shipped! EEEEEEEEEE!)

I am also looking forward to Election Day like a kid on Christmas Eve. Yes, as a child I would look forward to Election Day on Christmas Eve. I was a very nerdy and prescient youngster. Did I mention how the other day I had a nightmare that I slept through the election? Obama won but I was all "I didn't get to vote!! WAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!"

Though it's worth remembering that there are things going onto the ballot that have nothing to do with the presidential race. Senate seats are up for grabs, local political positions may be open, and of course there are the various propositions and referendums and what have you. If you haven't voted yet it's worth it to check out what's on the menu. Ballotpedia is one place where you can get a rundown. Take a lesson from me, because I only recently found out about Question 1 which is a sneaky attempt to try to set things in motion to overturn the CT ruling that allows gay marriage. (And if anyone is reading this who can vote in CT, please vote no on question 1).

I point this out not just to advocate against question 1, but also to demonstrate that it just goes to show that you could be a political news, gay-rights info junkie like I am and still have stuff sneak by you.

And while I'm on the subject, if anybody out there can vote in California or knows someone who can vote in California, please vote/ask them to vote no on prop 8. To all reports the anti-gay marriage "Yes" voters are putting out a killer campaign and it's going to be a close one. Making things potentially worse is the concern that if Obama has a significant lead as election day wears on, there could be people in CA who decide not to bother to vote and thus not vote on prop 8 either. So please please please get the word out that we need all the No on 8 voters we can get.

Radio TBQ

Oct. 15th, 2008 09:06 pm
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (Radio TBQ)
As I sit here trapped in cat bondage (seriously, Mac is lying across my wrists like a pair of extremely dense yet furry handcuffs) and waiting for the debate to begin, I have time for some links.

As always, tags indicate topics )

Finally, outside of the cut so more can see it: [livejournal.com profile] stoney321 is doing a 3-Day walk for breast cancer. she explains why far, FAR better than I ever could. All I can say is that her doing these 3-Days is just one of the many reasons why I think she is utterly awesome, and if you have a couple of bucks to spare (hard in this economy, I know) please follow the link and donate. As she says, even if it's a dollar, it's a dollar more than she had before.

Radio TBQ

Sep. 21st, 2008 12:59 pm
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (Radio TBQ)
It's so nice to have vision again. Or as good a vision as I ever have ;). Today is displeasing me by being warm but until I figure out how to handle that I figured I'd do a round of links. Haven't done this in a while due to the whole difficulty seeing thing. Insert your own joke here about how that doesn't seem to stop some talking heads.

As always, tags indicate subjects )

And this one is important enough that it goes outside the cut tag:

You have until September 25th to get your comments in to HHS regarding allowing doctors to refuse to provide birth control. The ACLU has a handy form that you can use with just a few clicks.
thebratqueen: Jon Stewart is not making this up (not making this up)
So, let's talk about McCain's choice of Tina Fey Gov. Sarah Palin for his VP candidate.

Get comfy, this might take a while. )
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (Default)
It is, omg, so freaking hot outside. I bring you links, not coherence.Not that I'm ever coherent )

Radio TBQ

Jul. 13th, 2008 10:50 pm
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (Radio TBQ)
Looooooooong day of visiting my Grams in rehab (fractured rib kind, not Lindsey Lohan kind) and dealing with related family drama. Also if anyone knows how to get AVG free version 8.0.136 to stop bugging me to restart my computer even after I've just restarted the damn thing That would be fabulous.

Now then, on to the news. As always, tags are your friends )
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (reading)
Okay, so another round of me sharing the links that I find during the day and any comments I may have on them.

The tags should indicate the topics )
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (reading)
So here's the thing: [livejournal.com profile] christinenj got me into using Google Reader. One of the features of said reader is sharing items from your feeds with your Google Reader friends, complete with comments if you were so inclined. Naturally I can't keep my mouth shut on much, and really the only downside to this system that I have found is that all y'all aren't on Google Reader too (don't worry about linking me if you are, it won't change this).

Well gosh, I said to myself, if only I had some way I could share interesting links and articles with the folks I usually blog with.

Yeah, I'm slow.

Anyhoo, so here's me giving it a go. We'll see if this lasts once the new toy shine is off of it. In the meanwhile it's all behind a cut tag for ease of ignoring. Look to the tags for the post to get an idea what all is included.

From TBQ's world news central in her livingroom.... )
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (angelbot)
Nabbed from [livejournal.com profile] mpoetess who nabbed from others and so the circle of LJ life continues:

As you presumably know, California's recent court decision regarding same-sex marriage was a huge deal. It was historic, long overdue, and took a hell of a lot of fighting.

Unfortunately (and not surprisingly) Governor Schwarzenegger is receiving tons of phone calls from the supporters of 'Limits on Marriage' (the constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in California) about his comment to a group of Log Cabin Republicans that he wouldn't support a constitutional amendment which discriminates against gays by defining marriage as only being between a man and woman.

We don't want him to go back on his word. So he needs to hear from us, too.

Calling to voice your support for California's gay marriage ruling means calling an automated system; you won't have to talk to anyone. And you can call even if you're not from California. So please, the more the better.

The number is 1-916-445-2841; press 1 (For English unless you prefer another language), 5 (Hot Issues), 1 to get to the particular issue, then press 1 again if you want to support upholding the court decision and are against a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.


Having just done it myself I can confirm that it's all automated. Also use the numbers given above because at one point an option is for "Current legislation" which could throw you. That's when you hit 5 for Hot Issues and then 1 for this particular issue.

And I was able to do it all in, according to my cellphone, one minute five seconds. Because I'm made of more awesome than [livejournal.com profile] mpoetess is. 8)
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (house marry)
[livejournal.com profile] tzikeh asks and I am happy to oblige.

Icon in honor of this. 8)

(ETA: credit for icon goes to [livejournal.com profile] alibi_factory)
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (the girls)
For National Coming Out Day (which, by my clock, it sill is in a few times zones in this country) I thought about doing a post about making yourself known, hi I'm a gay person, please treat me like a human being or else you're an asshole, blah blah blah.  But I've done that before and others have already done it ahead of me for today's go-round, so instead I'm stealing a meme from [livejournal.com profile] obsessedmuch

So, in honor of Natoinal Coming Out Day I present to you pictures that help explain why I just so happen to like the ladies.

Behind the cut, of course )

*Happy sigh*

I'll be in my bunk.
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (Shut up)
Now that I'm home from work I had a chance to write to the folks at Outsidepride.com, aka "I'm not a bigot but I want those fags to stop destroying America." Since I know from Stoney's LJ that most of the major points have been hit by now, I figured aim at something different.

My letter )

Incidentally, Liz Marcs has some other links on the subject for those of you interested.

More on me

Aug. 9th, 2006 11:08 am
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (the Dude)
Stitch n Bitch actually went off yesterday. Color me shocked, SHOCKED I tell you.

It was a weetiny group, but the girls were nice. We're going to try to do something every Tuesday. I got some more work done on my hat, which I shall eventually blog about over in the craft journal.

(Get me using blog as a verb, oooooooooo)

Also voted yesterday. You're welcome. BTW, can somebody tell Joe to stop calling the attack on his website "Roveian tactics"? Because Roveian tactics would be taking down the website yourself and accusing your opponant of being the one to do it, NOT THAT I MADE ANY ASSUMPTIONS AS SOON AS I SAW THE NEWS STORY, JOE, OH NO.

BTW, y'all should head on over to Stoney's LJ to find out about the homophobic gardening company. Because everybody knows only straight people buy flowers.
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (little friend)
You've undoubtedly seen this around your flists already but Georgia and New York just told gay couples to go fuck themselves. Okay, Georgia is not a huge surprise but - New York? THE HELL?

My favorite part:

The New York decision said lawmakers have a legitimate interest in protecting children by limiting marriage to heterosexual couples and that the law does not deny homosexual couples any "fundamental right" since same-sex marriages are not "deeply rooted in the nation's history and tradition."

Kiss my ASS.
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (god bless)
Here's the latest in exchanges with me and the Baptist preacher. I'll admit on this one I didn't feel like getting into all of his points like I usually do.

To refresh your memory, last time 'round I asked him to tell me what the gay agenda was. He replied with basically "Blah blah, want to be viewed as normal, blah blah, AIDS, blah blah, clearly you don't see marriage as being in need of defending but blah blah blah..." Only much wordier than that.

So this is what I zinged back: lj-cut, for your pleasure )

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