Saturday, August 7, 2010

sunny feeds





... to which he answered, "no, i'm that chick from the ellen degeneres show.'



except the video's kinda concerning. ie,
"YEAH. I THINK WE ARE AT A CRITICAL FULCRUM IN THE DEBATE, WHERE PUBLIC OPINION IS GRADUALLY CHANGING. I WISH IT WOULD HAPPEN A LITTLE FASTER, BUT WE ARE THERE ON A 50/50 LEVEL. AND I THINK OVER TIME AS OLDER PEOPLE DIE OFF, AND YOUNGER PEOPLE TAKE HOLD WITH THEIR ATTITUDES OF TOLERANCE FOR HOMOSEXUALS IN SOCIETY, I THINK IT WILL CHANGE AND BE DONE IN A MATTER OF TIME."

HOWEVER
smote by the higher forces
it has rained without lull for hours and hours on the only day i needed sunshine.

Friday, August 6, 2010

"I have this weird thing that if I sleep with someone they're going to take my creativity from me through my vagina."
- lady gaga

Thursday, August 5, 2010

the rose unfolds her yawning arms

that would outstretch in early mornings

we sit wrapped up in a mountain of sheets

with peaks of skin that rest in her bedroom's filtered light


almost a while ago, you said you'd never listen

now, look at you two lying face to face in a corner of her room

her wood-panelled walls are lined with thinly gold-plated frames remembering

her when she had her brothers and sisters to rest on


she holds you close pressing her forehead against yours

emptinesses are never empty and, this close,

you can see the multiple spokes that connect her centre to her perimeters

which spin and spin and bite at ankles


this close, you can feel community in breath

as you understand and counsel

one another's lips and eye lids


i was disfigured, by the looks of it, but

now i've become part of her shape

viewing her fallen hair in all landscapes


but now her words grow anemic

where has that blush gone that

always revealed itself past the darkness


- m. a. allen

i like sober eminem
hypothetically

Today, we join members of the LGBTQ community in applauding Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker’s decision to declare Proposition 8 unconstitutional. This declaration is a victory against state regulation of our bodies and relationships and a step further towards building a culture where everyone’s lives are deeply valued.


In the weeks and months to come, we have a tremendous opportunity to build on this victory to challenge the many other ways in which the state continues to violently regulate the bodies and relationships of so many in our communities, both LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ. On July 29, communities around the U.S. and beyond came together to refuse to comply with Arizona’s racist SB1070 and the broader set of local, state, and federal policies and laws unfolding throughout the country to criminalize and separate immigrant communities and families, such as the dangerous 287g and Secure Communities (S-Comm). These policies and laws increase ICE-police collaboration and create a culture of fear and scapegoating that leaves those of us most vulnerable more at risk than ever for arrest, detention, and deportation.

CUAV was proud to stand with our allies in the San Francisco Immigrant Rights Defense Committee to tell Attorney General Jerry Brown that California is no place for racism, and demand that he allow San Francisco to opt-out of S-Comm.
LGBTQ people are sending a clear message that we will not comply with violence of any kind, anywhere.

In our celebration of Judge Walker’s decision to combat institutionalized discrimination, we recognize that this victory is the tip of the iceberg in addressing many forms of state violence that LGBTQ people face. When our communities come together and refuse to leave anyone behind, we can win big victories.
We call on the LGBTQ movement to come out against all forms of state violence, and join with immigrant communities and communities of color in our ongoing quest for true justice and safety.

***

To find out more about national immigrant rights organizing or to get involved, visit the National Day Laborer Organizing Network.

Founded in 1979,
Community United Against Violence (CUAV) works to build the power of LGBTQ communities to create safety. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, you are not alone. Call (415) 333-HELP or come in during walk-in hours, Fridays 11am-5pm.


from Facebook | CUAV: CUAV Responds to Prop 8 Ruling via Curate

sunny feeds

the way bodies move genuinely to beats is, after all, gorgeous and affecting.

black lesbians matter

Black Lesbian Matters,” report is a quantitative study on the Black lesbian community. The creation of this report was a year long process of developing the survey, conducting focus groups, and finally writing the report. This report, “Black Lesbians Matter,” is an examination of the unique experiences, perspectives, and priorities for the Black Lesbian Community, and has been our most rewarding accomplishment as of yet. The report focuses on five key priorities: Aging, Health, Identity, Family, and Invisibility.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

being on the same wavelength is the stuff that dreams are made of.
thanks shants

With that said, I have begun to realize that there are several key aspects present in having these relationships (friendships and otherwise) come to fruition:

1.
Intentionality (being open and honest about who you are, what you want and where you’re coming from).

2.
Responsibility (owning your shit, no matter how difficult).

3.
Accountability (checking your shit. this includes sites of privilege and power that you may possess as per your social location).

4.
Communication (being able to articulate to your community about numbers 1 through 3 in an open and respectful manner).

5. Trust (understanding that trust is something that is built and earned over time and is indicative of investment in one another. bell hooks says that “trust is the heartbeat of genuine love” and I believe trust is absolutely essential in the formation of a healthy community).

more at you can have it all
FONT GAME. goodbye bananagrams.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

my imagined superhero power would look something like this:


  • cyclops sunglasses - uv protected
  • nipple pew pew
  • straight up, just red tights
  • aerodynamic bike features
maggot found in teenage boy's eye - boy must now wear glasses
promotheus brown does tumblr: brownouts
let's play "clues that tell you kristen stewart is a big homowner"

clue one: pseudo rolled up t-shirt
clue two: tied up hair in baseball cap
clue three: awkward posture and lanky frame with slightly uncomfortable smurk
clue four: THERE'S A RAINBOW TOWEL IN THE BACKGROUND.

clue four, you are the straw that broke the camel's back.

Monday, August 2, 2010

k last video about type: watch michael winslow takes the role of scribe to act out the evolution of typewriters. he is so real.

History of the typewriter recited by Michael Winslow from SansGil—Gil Cocker on Vimeo.

a completely unabridged play-by-play of how magazine layouts for esquire are created. whoever enjoys this as much as i do should probably contact me asap so i can ask you to marry me in some old fashion way already.

let us all cry in unison as we watch hermann zapf freehand his self-titled typeface.

The Art of Hermann Zapf from Johnny Dib on Vimeo.

good weekend, guys.
happy moments in life include vancouver pride 2010 with friends and stragglers that join the group because you realize there's a common bond of liking girls involved and no matter how awkward things might get at the end of the night, it doesn't matter because you realize that everyone is as high as a kite and your friend just lost her tshirt while hanging off a cage enclosing five people wearing lacy bras and skinny jeans. long armpit hair as a form of resistance and sexy eyes, DTP and awkward older lesbian after parties and then you call it a night. at the end of the day, when you come home and your pack is still pristine in numbers, you sigh a little sigh and grate your teeth one last time before falling into slumber as you listen to your friends try to inflate the web of hook-ups.

beautiful.
yaaaAAayyyy

THE ABC 2009 // KLUB7 from KID CASH // KLUB7 on Vimeo.

creepy but nice. in that way you understand and feel as though you share an affinity with holden caulfield at the beginning of the book, but by the end... YOU REALIZE YOU'RE ACTUALLY CRAZY. let's think of happy thoughts.

Your secret from Jean-Sebastien Monzani on Vimeo.

Friday, July 30, 2010

that's a hardass story.

"Listen: I was in St. Tropez, in the South of France. In Ibiza, Spain. I was in Monte Carlo. I was in the Ukraine, Russia, all those places, for three months. From Russia I went to Lisbon, Portgual, from Portugal I went to Amsterdam. In Amsterdam I met this drug dealer, right? And he sees that I like getting high, and he wants to be my buddy, right? This guy goes and gets me a big rock of cocaine. So pretty soon I got a party going on. I got everything: I got these rugby players. I got these naked girls, I got all these … everything’s going on in the room. Plus I also had this girl with me that I picked up in Romania. But then [the dealer he met in Amsterdam] saw how much of a mess I was. He came in and kicked everybody out of my room! All the nude people, all the people having sex. He said, “I feel so bad I ever gave him that stuff.”

- Mike Tyson, Sports Illustrated

Friday, July 23, 2010

the only thing that can make me feel better (besides making out with hot girls) after watching that "i want asian girls" video.

this is gross and disgusting and the answer to his question probably, "for the same reaon no one wants to have sex with you."

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

no i am not a hipster


and by stating that i am not a hipster, by no means, ironically notes me as a hipster


and i say ironically, not with a tinge of endearing style, but as in: i am not a hipster so stop using irony as a point of definition


because i do not subscribe to the colonial tactics that encourage an "independent" culture


because i see that appropriation is indeed appropriation and not using feathers as a stylistic ode to Indigenous cultures


because i see now that "independent" has now branched off to individualism and has ironically rooted itself to capitalism


(how's that for irony?)


because i see poverty as an issue, not as a fashion statement or muse with a view from the top


because i hate beards and flannel is so over (kidding, wear your and clothes however you like)


because i'd rather belong to a community rather than a scene


and whoever tells me i'm being racist, to them i shall say


firstly, hipsters do not make up a race


secondly, the hipster culture is predominantly white so if you're going to run that whole reverse racism shit on me, it's not going to work


because it's the power dynamics and history of the social majority and the social minority that create oppression


but let's expand from this victimized binary of the oppressor and the oppressed and view it more as personal agency-based


whereas i identify more as being part of a community that is inclusive and wise to race, gender, ability, class, sexualities, hybridized identities


where neither of them are exoticized nor appropriated nor invisibilized


and where style comes from beauty and where beauty comes from community - not the shit you see in lookbooks and do's and don'ts - but from families, born and chosen


so call me what you may


but remember context is everything, and i can sense that you're trying to compliment me in some strange way by saying i'm a hipster


except i just happen to be inherently stylish - all thanks to my inherently beautiful family

Sunday, July 18, 2010


illegal border volleyball

from curate

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Sunny Feeds


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

i like charice singing justin bieber. i'm thinking this might be a gateway to falling for those blond bieber bangs.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

y = (maggie gyllenhaal)vibrators + period piece
y = why not?

also...

how many times will you consider obsessively internet stalking maggie gyllenhaal after reading this post?
the answer: as long as it takes for your bitterness towards her being with peter sarsgaard to subside

Maggie Gyllenhaal is to star in a film about the origins of a sex toy.

The actress is reportedly in talks to take the lead role in
"Hysteria", a Victorian-era drama which examines the invention of the vibrator in the 1870s.

According to Daily Mail newspaper columnist Baz Bamigboye,
Rupert Everett, Hugh Dancy and Jonathan Pryce are also in negotiations to star in the film, which will be directed Tanya Wexler.

Jonah Lisa Dyer, Stephen Dyer and Howard Gensler are writing the screenplay, which is based on the mid-19th Century medical idea that some women suffered from 'hysteria', a condition which encompassed symptoms such as irritability, anger and lack of sleep.

Medics treated their patients with a manual pelvic massage, but over time a clockwork, then electric, device was created to do the job, developments which the film will explore.

The film will reportedly be shot in London and Luxembourg.

from noush via ohnotheydidnt

Sunday, July 11, 2010

tough, fair and practical: a human rights framework for immigration reform in the united states
global migration: a world ever more on the move
ms. ellene calling the ILO out on their shit
proud to say i've known and worked with amazing people
“A definitive, coherent, and comprehensive instrument is needed to clearly establish minimum standards and rights for all domestic workers as workers,” Migrants Forum Asia executive committee chair Ellene Sana said in a speech on June 3 to delegates to the ongoing 99th International Labor Conference in Geneva, Switzerland.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

for people who love nature so much that they aren't afraid to cry and be confused about what it could mean

happy birthday, ms. kahlo.

Two different versions have been passed by the two houses of the New York state government. The Senate version is more expansive and would grant guarantees such as paid holidays, sick days, overtime pay, and the right to collective bargaining. Right now, domestic workers are not even entitled to minimum wage.

Claudia Reyes from Mujeres Unidas y Activas talked about the fight for labor rights in California. In 2006, AB 2536, which gave household workers the right to overtime and fined employers who failed to pay their employees, passed both houses in California. But Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed it.

Reyes says that what happens in New York will help domestic workers in California in 2011 and 2012. It’s historic legislation. And it proves that it’s possible.

from curate

i'm comic sans, asshole.
here's to eurotrash swiss type.

enough of this bullshit. i'm going to get hammered with papyrus.

via danielle, ms. green

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

ok, without a doubt, i can't quite keep myself from saying that i thought this was FRIGGIN AMAZING. i mean, come on, so many costume changes. and he lands on that motorcycle so effortlessly. i mean, it didn't even hurt him ... in many cases, it would have hurt others who would have dove into a hot tub in such a graceful manner. but alas, his crotch was in tact. yenno? anyway, despite all this, i can't let this visually appealing, visual smooth sailing (it was like cutting a really really soft cheese with a sharp knife), mask the fact that it was extremely heteronormative and gender profiled to the utmost.

you didn't trick me, old spice. and you never will....

Monday, July 5, 2010

if the point of this trailer is to make its viewers feel uncertain about all movies having a meaning then it has succeeded. if the point of this trailer was to make a film that seemingly has absolutely no cohesion in plot, then it has once again succeeded.

but hey, joseph gordon-levitt's in it, guys!

he can even make family portraits look magical.



arial vs. helvetica
helvetica : the finest cheese and charcuterie :: arial : processed mcdonalds cheese burger

sunny feeds


sharon van etten :: love more


she makes me love, she makes me love more.

here's how arizona may target children of immigrants
far-right scores nebraska law banning immigrant renters
makes me sick to my stomach how much people don't look after one another. how can people say we're living in a post-racist world, or in canada's case, a post-colonial/colonization never happened world, when that our own neighbours are being redlined. first of all, "illegal" immigrants are not coming here for kicks. it's all part of a neoliberalist, capitalist, imperialist structure that slowly squeezes citizens and natural resources out of their own country like a tube of whitening toothpaste. second of all, no one is illegal.

love your fellow neighbours, people - whether they be in your community or not. we're all in this together.
the young people building tomorrow's queer world
i feel like some of my friends should be on this, too.
Squat
an anarchist birth journal
Natives propose a new name for Vancouver's Stanley Park
“Most people this day and age think that is the right thing and a pretty cool thing to do.”

Sunday, July 4, 2010

this is just a suggestion:
i wholeheartedly support the up-rise of hot queer lady sauna parties.
"... this is part of what it means to move through a world in a brown body."
thank you for looking at me the way you do

To all the beautiful, kick ass, fierce and full-bodied femmes out there, I would like to extend my thanks to you.

It is for you that I press my shirts and carefully iron my ties. It is for you that I make sure my underwear and socks match. It is to you that I tip my cowboy hat. It is for you that I polish my big black boots.

I know that sometimes you feel like nobody truly sees you. I want you to know that I see you. I see you on the street, on the bus, in the gym, in the park.

I don’t know why I can tell that you are not straight, but I can. Maybe it is the way you look at me. Please don’t stop looking at me the way you do.

All of my life I have been told that I am ugly, I am less than, I am not a man, I am unwanted. Until you came along, I believed them. Please do not ever stop looking at me the way you do.

I would never say that the world is harder on me than it is you. Sometimes you are invisible. I have no idea what this must feel like, to pass right by your people and not be recognized. To not be seen. I cannot hide, unless I am seen as something I am not. This is not more difficult, it is just different.

I know those shoes are fucking killing your feet. I want you to know how much I appreciate that you are still wearing them. You look hot. I love you in them. They look great with that dress.

If it makes you feel any better at all, the boots I have on right now weigh approximately 12 pounds apiece and they make the soles of my feet burn like diaper rash in a heat wave and it feels like I’m wearing ski boots when I have to walk up stairs. But I wear them for you.

Even still, my new boots are velvet slippers compared to your knee-high five-inch heels. I notice, and I salute you.

I promise, I am not just staring at your tits. I am trying to look you directly in the eyes, but you are almost eight inches taller than me, please see above note regarding your five-inch heels. At the same time, I would like to mention that while I was trying to look you in the eyes, I couldn’t help but notice your lovely new pendant. I am sure it really brings out the colour of your eyes, if I could see them.

I want to thank you for coming out of the closet. Again and again, over and over, for the rest of your life. At school, at work, at your kid’s daycare, at your brother’s wedding, at the doctor’s office. Thank you for sideswiping their stereotypes.

I never get the chance to come out of the closet, because my closet was always made of glass. But you do it for me. You fight homophobia in a way that I never could. Some of them think I am queer because I am undesirable. You prove to them that being queer is your desire.

Thank you for loving me because of who I am and what I look like, not in spite of who I am and what I look like.

Thank you for smelling so good.

Thank you for holding my hand on the sidewalk during the hockey playoffs. I know it is probably small-minded of me to smile wicked at all the drunken dudes in jerseys smoking outside the sports bar in between periods because you are so fucking hot, and you are with me and not them, but I can’t help it. That’s right fellas. You want her but she wants me. How do you like them apples?

Thank you for wearing matching bra and panties. I don’t know why this makes my life seem so perfect, but it really does.

Thank you for being the daughter my mother always wanted. You are so smart and successful and you dress so fine that you almost make up for her having me and my sister for her real children.

Thank you for reaching out in the dark at the movie theatre to grab my hand in the scary parts. It makes me feel like I am strong, that I can take care of you. Even if there is no such thing as vampires, and you do so much yoga that you could probably easily kick my ass.

I want you to know I love your crooked tooth, your stretch marks, the missing part of your finger, your short leg, your third nipple, your lazy eye, your cowlick, your birthmark shaped like Texas. I love it all.

I want you to know that I know it is not always easy to love me. That sometimes my chest is a field full of landmines and where you went last night you can’t go tomorrow. There is no manual, no roadmap, no helpline you can call. My body does not come with instructions, and sometimes even I don’t know what to do with it. This cannot be easy, but still, you touch me anyway.

Thank you for escorting me into the women’s washroom because the floor of the men’s was covered in something unmentionable. Thank you for asking me if I had a tampon in my purse really loud so the lady in the turquoise sweatshirt did a double take before gathering up her daughter and hitting me with a pool noodle. I can’t say for sure whether that is what actually would have happened, but thanks to you I didn’t have to find out.

Thank you for wearing that dress just because you knew it would match my shirt. Together, we are unstoppable. When seen through your eyes, I am beautiful. Turns out I was a swan the whole time

- ivan e. coyote
loose end

Saturday, July 3, 2010

julia schuurman, you're a fuckin' legend.

Friday, July 2, 2010

good days are lurking in the corner
which is good because i've already turned all my pants into cut-offs.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

dear canada,

do you really expect me to celebrate the red and white flag when

yesterday:
  • you created genocide in order to "civilize" this land - killing both people and culture
  • propagandized the language and storytelling of the true history of Turtle Island
  • created the maps that severe ties for any form of bayanihan/community

today:
  • you continue to occupy with little to no acknowledgment of unceded traditional Indigenous land
  • you fear the growth of the "minority" and mirror the anti-immigration legislation by naming "minorities" in your law but still continue to state that everyone is treated equally under the eyes of the law
  • you continuously go about with both your discreet and blatant systemic racism
  • you completely dispel any important talk about reproductive rights at the g8/g20 summit
  • you introduce HST today after a clear response that it is unwanted
  • you cut funding for pro- women's, children's, youths', POC's and Indigenous peoples' organizations
  • the red on the flag symbolizes the blood and tears shed from the canadian government's continuous subjugation of racialized and Indigenous peoples
  • the white on the flag symbolizes the dominating and unchallenged whiteness in this nation
tomorrow:
  • you will not even shudder when you continue to perpetuate all this
sorry canada, our histories get in the way of your celebration.

sincerely,
mel
k i usually wouldn't post pictures or video of myself on my own blog... and despite the fact that this video gives little to absolutely no information on what's actually happen... BUT i must commend myself on being photogenic in this one. THAT NEVER HAPPENS.

ALSO, go here from time to time.

Also, check out those shorts. It's basically like all the folds are arrows pointing to my crotch. Last time I wear those babies when I'm doing outreach.

"abnormal" disinterest in babies, don't want to play with girls' toys or become mothers, and whose "career preferences" are deemed too "masculine."


It's been more than two months since Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed SB 1070 into law. Since then, at least 17 cities across the country have passed official boycotts of the state of Arizona, helping to galvanize a renewed national immigrants rights movement. The state is facing multiple lawsuits and the Justice Department is expected to file its own suit next week.

But then there's the simultaneous, countering trend: SB 1070 has also lifted up the most vitriolic elements of the anti-immigrant movement and as of today, politicians in 21 states are following Arizona's lead. We've found five states in which legislators have introduced laws that mirror the one in Arizona and 16 in which politicians say they plan to introduce bills.

more at colorlines

Monday, June 28, 2010

bursting with old love and new confidence.
when bad plumbing takes the initial cake & when people run for the valleys: worry not, the underdog will prevail.

Friday, June 25, 2010

re: today
there seems to be a storytelling of beautiful tattooed women in vancouver and an ostentation of lurking creep-o men. in this situation, the beauty seems to be overthrowing the awkward glaring. also - just realized - i hope i'm not part of the creepy lurker crowd.

action: get tattoo sleeve
action: move to city that is not victoria

Thursday, June 24, 2010

fodder for your poeticisms

collective nouns for animals
a culture of bacteria
a singular of boar
a storytelling of crows
a memory of elephants
a mischief of mice
a watch of nightingales
an ostentation of peacocks
a murmuration of starlings

kentucky supreme court rules fetus cannot be considered separate person
there's hope for us yet

In Solidarity

The Miss G___ Project