Posts Tagged With: representation matters

Posted in personal
January 30, 2019

Being better about Latinx advocacy

In recent months Gina Rodriguez has come under fire for repeatedly putting her foot in her mouth when it comes to advocating for better wages for Hispanics, as well as more roles for Hispanics in media. And I’m sure there are some advocates who don’t know what you’re supposed to do in order not to offend people. So Gina tweeted something like ‘where’s our Black Panther?’ when Black Panther came out and that was a huge mistake. First, it was stepping on what is a huge achievement for the African American community. No matter where their lineages hailed from, the…

Posted in personal
March 3, 2018

Lots of unfinished posts.

I’m clearing out my drafts by making this post. I had a lot of posts I started and never finished: It hurts to watch adults on Facebook criticize teenagers for protesting for gun control. Because inevitably, it’s baby boomers who suggest that bullying is the real problem with mass shootings – which ignores the fact that while bullying is a major issue in schools, the fact that only young men are behind mass shootings suggests there’s a lot more at work there. That it isn’t just about trying to befriend the outcasts, it’s about adults giving boys and young men…

Posted in personal
September 23, 2016

Biphobia and some really shitty timing.

I’m out. I’m bi. I am fortunate enough to be in a position where I can be more or less out in all of my life. My family, my close friends all know. I work for a company where that doesn’t matter, and so things are good. But growing up, I knew I liked boys and girls. (Okay, by middle school I knew) Sex ed classes mentioned it was okay to like boys or to like girls. But not both. I knew that bisexuality was a thing, but to be honest, the only time I’d heard about bisexuals it was…

January 25, 2016

OscarsSoWhite – The Clif Notes Version

Since the nominations for this year’s Academy Awards were released, the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite has been going around. It’s prompted calls for boycotts from Jada Pinkett-Smith, and many A-Listers have been weighing in with their own opinions. And I’ve had a lot of IRL conversations with people who really don’t seem to know what the issue is. Boycotting the Oscars isn’t about ensuring that a # of nominees are POC (People of Color), by saying that so many POC need to be nominated every year. Michael Caine seemed to be under this impression, as he suggested that you couldn’t just nominate…

Posted in personal
September 23, 2015

Happy #BiVisibilityDay

I know, I’ve crossed into hashtagging post titles. I’ve gone to the Dark Side. (Or maybe I’m already there. Huh) Today is Bi Visibility Day, a day to point out that Bisexual people do exist, and that we’re just normal people. Because bisexual people tend to be ignored. A lot of people firmly believe you’re either gay or straight. I can’t tell you how many people (gay or straight) who find out I have a husband and when I mention that I’m bi, mention that I decided I was straight since I married a guy.

Posted in books, Geek
September 19, 2015

SIGNAL BOOST: Black Girl Magic Lit Mag seeking submissions

This post popped up on my Tumblr dash, so I wanted to make sure others saw it. If you know a black woman who writes speculative/experimental fic about black women (or if you are one) – this might be for you! Just read the embedded post and click through for more information! I am always pleased to see any sort of publication that looks to amplify voices that you don’t normally get to read in mainstream – if you see any other similar notices, let me know so I can share them here.

I Skipped the Oscars and Patricia Arquette was WRONG.

(I should state that these opinions are my own. They are not a reflection of anyone that I know who works in Hollywood. Wouldn’t want any of you to get flack for my opinions.) I didn’t watch the Oscars this year. And I’m happy I didn’t. I did catch John Legend and Common’s performance. And I did see Lady Gaga and Julie Andrews. But it’s hard to watch a show you just can’t really support anymore. In recent years, I stopped watching fashion coverage. While I liked seeing what people wore- I do love fashion. The coverage was ridiculous- the…