This weekend, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that prohibits “gay panic” and “trans panic” defenses from being used to escape murder charges.
All over the country, murder charges can sometimes be downgraded to manslaughter when a person claims they acted out of panic after finding out a person was gay or trans. (It’s especially common around the murders of trans women.) It perpetuates the idea that LGBT people are “lying” about who they are if they aren’t out to everyone, it attempts to justify murder, and it says that LGBT lives aren’t as important as others.
The American Bar Association has urged governments to end panic defenses, but with this legislation, California becomes the first state ever to outlaw them.
Current state law allows murder charges to be reduced to manslaughter if the killings happened in a sudden quarrel or in the heat of passion.
But under the bill, approved by the Assembly last month, defendants would be barred from using their victims’ sexual orientation or gender identity to support such a defense.
Read that again: California is the first state ever to say that a victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity is no excuse for murdering them. The first state ever. Wow, have we got a ton of work to do.
Braving Diversity: Intro Post
Writing with Color presents…
It’s ridiculously easy to fall into the trap. You are writing along, going about your merry way, actually finishing things, when BAM!! You notice that you do not have a single person of color in your story and it wasn’t your intention to exclude people of color from your story. You weren’t even aware of the lack of diversity in your story until someone points it out to you or you just come to that realization after the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign. However you came to notice it, the fact of the matter is that your story is seriously lacking in diversity and you would like help to change that.
First off: Don’t panic and don’t start changing characters skin colors all willy-nilly because people aren’t the sum of their skin color. Depending on your story, you might just need to add in a description, but you want to make sure that this isn’t all you’re doing.
Many white people feel like they need permission to write a story about a person of color. Many people think they need permission to write about someone that they don’t identify with. Straight writing gay characters, White writing people of color, people of color writing another culture. You don’t need permission to write about an experience or different point of view. You simply just do it. You write it with caution, concern, and most of all respect and dignity to the characters’ culture.
How do you do that?
September marks the start of NaNo Prep. Since I haven’t seen any calendars for this year yet, I decided to make my own.
The full-size and download links are over on my deviantART page here.
If you want to know more about National Novel Writing Month, visit their site here or send me an ask.
(the background images aren’t mine)
don’t use uteruses as symbol for feminism ok
- you’re excluding trans women
- you’re including some trans men
- you’re excluding cis women who may not have a uterus because they’ve lost it because of or to avoid #cancer
stop doing this it’s so gross
Well Tumblr it’s that time of the year again. It’s heart breaking I even have to remind people of this.
As we approach the Halloween season if you have a black cat [especially an indoor/outdoor one] it’s time to make sure they stay inside. Unfortunately around this time of the year people think it’s funny to harass and harm them. It makes me sick to my stomach but some people even go as far as to ‘sacrifice’ them. Most adoption groups won’t even adopt them out during this month. I’ve even heard of people trying to harass them when they see them sitting in windows of houses. It’s horrible and not funny but it’s important to protect them.
So if you or anyone you know has a black cat make sure they are aware of where the cat is. And if you see anyone hurting or harassing them [or any cat!] speak up, they can’t do it for themselves.
Reblogging because I’d cut a bitch if they hurt my baby boy, Ninja
As the owner of two beautiful black kitties it sickens me to my core that this happens. Luckily I live out in the middle of nowhere and my kitties are both indoor kitties but I hope everyone else in more congested areas keep their kitties safe!
This is why I’m really glad that Molly is an indoor cat and we have darkened windows.
Although this goes for cats in general this time of year, I’ve heard of a few incidents of this kind of thing happening to black cats in particular. Since I have a black cat, I feel it’s my job to spread this for any of my followers whose fluffy friends might be in similar danger from crazy people.
I had a black cat for 18 years who was my best friend and yeah, keeping him inside was very important, please keep your kitties safe. ;-;
There is a reason that most fanfiction authors, specifically girls, start with a Mary Sue. It’s because girls are taught that they are never enough. You can’t be too loud, too quiet, too smart, too stupid. You can’t ask too many questions or know too many answers. No one is flocking to you for advice. Then something wonderful happens. The girl who was told she’s stupid finds out that she can be a better wizard than Albus Dumbledore. And that is something very important. Terrible at sports? You’re a warrior who does backflips and Legolas thinks you’re THE BEST. No friends? You get a standing ovation from Han Solo and the entire Rebel Alliance when you crash-land safely on Hoth after blowing up the Super Double Death Star. It’s all about you. Everyone in your favorite universe is TOTALLY ALL ABOUT YOU.
I started writing fanfiction the way most girls did, by re-inventing themselves.
Mary Sues exist because children who are told they’re nothing want to be everything.
you know what upsets me
bunnies have tons of sex
like supposedly always humping right
but does that affect how we look at bunnies?
do we still think bunnies are cute af?
do we want bunnies any less because of their sex habits?
treat people like bunnies ok
this has been a psa
OH I get the note now. :3
Q:SOCIAL JUSTICE BUN
“If life has a sanctuary, it’s here in the nucleus which contains our DNA… the ancient scripture of our genetic code. And it’s written in a language that all life can read. DNA is a molecule shaped like a long twisted ladder or double helix. The rungs of the ladder are made of four different kinds of smaller molecules. These are the letters of the genetic alphabet. Particular arrangements of those letters spell out the instructions for all living things, telling them how to grow, move, digest, sense the environment, heal, reproduce. The DNA double helix is a molecular machine with about 100 billion parts called “atoms.” There are as many atoms in a single molecule of your DNA as there are stars in a typical galaxy. The same is true for dogs and bears and every living thing. We are, each of us, a little universe.” - Neil deGrasse Tyson