Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sunday Snippets: Three Day Weekend Cometh

And I'm very stoked for it.

I think about this all the time

And for the man in the back, fuck you too

According to Loeb, Vergara refuses to relinquish possession of the embryos. “These are issues that, unlike abortion, having nothing to do with the rights over one’s own body, and everything to do with a parent’s right to protect the life of his or her unborn child,” he wrote in an op-ed published by the New York Times.

#Dontrell Stephens 

Exclusively-obtained dash-cam video shows Dontrell Stephens, 20, talking on a cellphone while riding his bike on a Friday morning in September 2013. He can be seen turning onto Norma Elaine Road near Haverhill Road and Okeechobee Boulevard as PBSO deputy Adams Lin trails him. Moments later, Stephens realizes he’s being followed. He pulls over, gets off his bike with a cellphone in his right hand. And then, right there, Officer Lin begins to unload his gun into Dontrell Stephens. With nowhere to go, he gets shot in the back over and over and over again. Immediately, Officer Lin lies and says that he told Dontrell to get on the ground multiple times, but nothing of the sort happened.

The Larger Problem in Baltimore

Imagine that, cops non-violently disarming a situation

What a wonderful thought

This happened right up the road from me

The few media reports on Hall's death have been tinged with transphobia, with a Washington Post article continuing to describe Hall and Fleming as "men dressed as women," a revelation which it referred to as a "shocking twist." The Post also described the street scene where Hall and Fleming worked as a "choreography of cliches," focusing on the high heels, short shorts, and heavy makeup of the women.

In contrast to the outrage that the deaths of black men like Mike Brown, Eric Garner, and Gray have prompted on social media, there has been very little attention given to Hall's death. As a black trans sex worker, she and Fleming have been written off as "troubled." On Tumblr and Reddit, platforms that are usually supportive of transgender victims of violence and black victims of police brutality, Mya Hall's name is notably absent.


Violence may be wrong, but the powerful are given permission to use it, and the powerless are condemned when they fight back.

In what could be an exciting linguistic turn for trans and gender-nonconforming folks, the Oxford English Dictionary is considering adding the gender-neutral honorific Mx. to future editions.

Pronounced “mix” or “mux,” the term has been gaining mainstream traction in the U.K. in the last several years. According toBritish newspaper The Sunday Times, government departments, the postal service, and some universities and banks all accept the term on official forms.

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