"I hope dads across the country can, for just a minute on this Fatherâs Day, contemplate the risks that migrant fathers take to make their children safe. And I hope they are morally outraged when this administration separates children from the person who is trying to and expected to protect them. Knowing all the while that the race of who is migrating is the determining factor in the outcome." -- George Goehl, 2018-06-15
"When we choose to live authentically we chip away at others prisons of pretend and create an opportunity for them to walk out of darkness into freedom." -- Anthony Venn-Brown, A Life of Unlearning - a journey to find the truth
"The nourishment of body is food, while the nourishment of the soul is feeding others." -- Hazrat Ali Ibn Abu-Talib
[Eid mubarak, to all celebrating today!]
"This might surprise some people but I think this is the most polite White House in history. They're always saying 'pardon me.'" -- Tim Kaine (@timkaine), 2018-06-04 [thanks to @Redshift42 for retweeting this earlier]
"As I child, I internalized these messages of hate. I learned to never tell a soul and bottle up the pain until it became unbearable. As this country becomes more inclusive, trans kids are coming out earlier in life, and avoiding decades of denial and suffering. This generation deserves to grow up without stigma, and become the future doctors, engineers, and artists who make America the envy of the world." -- Jenny Hall, "Coming Out as Transgender Made Me a More Effective CIA Officer", The Atlantic, 2017-03-20
"An old couple came to the door stumping for a GOP gubernatorial candidate. They know I'm a retired pastor so they assumed I was one of them. I finally interrupted and said, 'just so you know, I'm a Jesus Christian, not a Fox News Christian.' Stunned, they walked away speechless." -- @edrowell, 2018-06-04
"The cat is above all things, a dramatist." -- Margaret Benson
"June is Pride Month, which means everyone in the LGBT community becomes lions and eats everyone who is rude to us" -- Kendra (@kendrawcandraw), 2018-05-31
"When you hear of Gay Pride, remember, it was not born out of a need to celebrate being gay.
"It evolved out of our need as human beings to break free of oppression and to exist without being criminalized, pathologized or persecuted.
"Depending on a number of factors, particularly religion, freeing ourselves from gay shame and coming to self-love and acceptance, can not only be an agonising journey, it can take years.
"Tragically some don't make it.
"Instead of wondering why there isn't a straight pride be grateful you have never needed one.
"Celebrate with us."
-- Anthony Venn-Brown, A Life of Unlearning - a journey to find the truth
"See, at the end of the day, when Toto draws the curtain open, the scheme that was concealed becomes the truth that is revealed -- people don't choose to be LGBTQ, but they sure do choose to believe whether it's a sin or not." -- Chris Kratzer, 2016-12-16
"Jordan Peterson first became famous for refusing to use trans college students correct pronouns. That should be front and center in every conversation about him.
"He parlayed a media controversy over him misgendering trans people into a career giving advice to men. Write that into the lede of all ur stories about him plz."
-- P. E. Moskowitz (@ptrmsk), 2018-05-26 (two tweets)
[That is to say, not just "he did that," but that we would never have heard of him if not for that. As for the folks who decided to elevate him as someone to take advice from, there's this (granted, rather less objectively)...]
"If Jordan Peterson told his fanboys to drink poison, so they could shed their mortal form and be one with logic, half of them would do it, and the rest would say 'well actually he's been misrepresented, as the cyanide is really a metaphor for taking responsibility for your life'." -- Charlotte J. Benton (@C_J_Benton), 2018-05-27
"I wish everyone the joy of rejecting the 'your body is a temple to be kept perfect and pure' and embracing the fact that your body is your very own house forever so you should buy that tacky amazing ceiling lamp and paint your walls that too-bold colour and enjoy it shamelessly" -- Robot Hugs (@RobotHugsComic), 2018-06-02
"Rosa Parks was not protesting the bus. Gandhi was not protesting the food. The colonists were not protesting tea. Players are not protesting the flag or the anthem. They are protesting injustice." -- KD (@kdreamcatchers), 2018-05-24
"She suspected that civilization had been invented to make more stories." -- Gregory Benford, "Naturals"
"We really need a mashup DJ equivalent of Chopped 'DJs, open your box. Inside you will find: The Phantom of the Opera soundtrack on vinyl The stems for Anaconda by Nicki Minaj A cheese grater ...and a download code for the third volume of Homestuck music The timer starts now.'" -- several gay monsters (@Orcanist), 2018-05-21 [thanks to @marnen for retweeting this earlier]
From "Meet Sam: the Russian doll helping trans children with identity struggles", CTV, 2018-05-26:
"Research is very clear, that gender identity starts developing at around two to three years old," explained Annie Pullen Sansfacon, from Universite de Montreal's school of social work. "It will start consolidating at around eight, and may be expressed to others during their lifetime."
Professor Sansfacon said tools like the Sam doll are an effective way to educate children in these age groups. But the stakes are high, she explained, because statistics show that 41 per cent of transgender individuals will attempt suicide at some point in their lives -- unless they get early support.
"Libertarians are to liberty as vegetarians are to vegetables: they claim a special spiritual affinity, but somehow there are never any carrots left for anybody else." -- Paul Anderson, 2018-05-26 ( probably-useless FaceBook link, because FaceBook is broken by design but I gotta try...)
[Yes, I know there's more than one kind of [Ll]ibertarian.]
"democracy dies in darkness would be a cute catch-phrase if it wasn't dying in broad daylight" -- m i t h (@ManInTheHoody), 2018-05-25
"There are those who hold that there is a pattern to all that is said and done in this world, that no thing happens without reason nor out of time. As to that , I cannot speak, for I have seen too many threads cut short to believe it, but of a surety, I have seen too the weft of my fate shuttled on the loom. If there is a pattern, I do not think there is anyone among us who can stand at a great enough distance to discern it; yet I will not say that it is not so. I do not know." -- Phèdre nó Delaunay, narrator of Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey (2001, Tor Books)
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