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Northern_Soul
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Howl

 
Youíre not Gay
I told myself, year on year
waiting for the queer  
to leave me
 
and well, perhaps  
I kept telling  
myself that
 
until red came
 
like the answer  
to a question
I was never  
brave enough
to fully ask.  
 
She was
the most beautiful thing
I ever got stuck on  
 
her thinly fluted wrists
draping casually over hips
waiting for somebody to write
the poetry of it all
 
and when she kissed me
I remember thinking  
how her lip balm tasted
like sweet, summer melon
 
red  
in our glasses
red  
on our mouths
red  
tangled in hands
that knew nothing  
of hatred.
 
See the thing is
when I think of her
I wonder how anything  
so pure could be a sin  
 
and I lay here in the dark
thinking of people
who have come and gone,
how their pillows spoke
different languages
each morning
 
how bodies are never the way
but a map of tangled lands
marking inescapable drives.
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My little inspiration from this thread 💗

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Mmhm.

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_feral said:




it's wonderful to know there's people out there that are accepting and just wholeheartedly want their loved ones to be happy in themselves; regardless all the nonsense and scaremongering that goes on in social media and newspapers trying to fill society with conditioned information, it'd drive anybody round the bloody bend

best mum of the year goes to mags 🏆 😎


Very true, I spend most of my me time with my headphones on, or my head in a book, or both

Thank you Ethan,

Life is hard enough for each and every human being. I don't get why anyone would want to make it any harder for anyone. One act of cruelty, no matter how small, causes a never ending chain reaction.

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Northern_Soul said:

I still find it amazing in this day and age that people give a shit about what other people are doing with their lives. I mean holy fuck... thereís worse things in the world to concern yourself with over a dude kissing another dude. 😂

Sounds like sound advice for your Son


Exactly

If society wanted to label me in 2021, I imagine it would be "asexual" but I'm not so easily categorised. The web of me is a lot bigger and more complex.

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Magdalena said:

Exactly

If society wanted to label me in 2021, I imagine it would be "asexual" but I'm not so easily categorised. The web of me is a lot bigger and more complex.


Oh absoloutly. No need to box yourself at all.

Pansexual for me is just the sexuality I identify with the most. Doesnít mean they have me down to a T.

People are complex and everyone is different. I think thatís what I love most about them. 😂


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I discussed this poem on the podcast some time ago, but itís relevant so Iím gonna leave it here because itís one of the most moving poems Iíve ever read. The language is brash and even shocking in places, but it only allows us to connect with the writerís feelings on this subject on a personal level. It was written by Christopher Soto after the pulse gay nightclub shootings in Florida, 2016.

ó

All the Dead Boys Look Like Me
BY CHRISTOPHER SOTO


Last time I saw myself die is when police killed Jessie Hernandez

                                     A 17 year old brown queer // who was sleeping in their car

Yesterday I saw myself die again // Fifty times I died in Orlando // &

                       I remember reading // Dr. Josť Esteban MuŮoz before he passed

I was studying at NYU // where he was teaching // where he wrote shit

                       That made me feel like a queer brown survival was possible // But he didnít

Survive & now // on the dancefloor // in the restroom // on the news // in my chest

                       There are another fifty bodies that look like mine // & are

Dead // & Iíve been marching for Black Lives & talking about police brutality

                       Against Native communities too // for years now // but this morning

I feel it // I really feel it again // How can we imagine ourselves // We being black native

                       Today // Brown people // How can we imagine ourselves

When All the Dead Boys Look Like Us? // Once I asked my nephew where he wanted

                       To go to College // What career he would like // as if

The whole world was his for the choosing // Once he answered me without fearing

                       Tombstones or cages or the hands from a father // The hands of my lover

Yesterday praised my whole body // Made angels from my lips // Ave Maria

                       Full of Grace // He propped me up like the roof of a cathedral // in NYC

Before we opened the news & read // & read about people who think two brown queers

                       Canít build cathedrals // only cemeteries // & each time we kiss

A funeral plot opens // In the bedroom I accept his kiss // & I lose my reflection

                       Iím tired of writing this poem // but I want to say one last word about

Yesterday // my father called // I heard him cry for only the second time in my life

                       He sounded like he loved me // itís something Iím rarely able to hear

& I hope // if anything // his sound is what my body remembers first.


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this thread inspired me
to paint this evening  🎨 🏳️‍🌈 🏳️‍⚧️

i hereby call this one
'who the fuck cares'

on acrylic
21mm x 29.7mm


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_feral said:this thread inspired me
to paint this evening  🎨 🏳️‍🌈 🏳️‍⚧️

i hereby call this one
'who the fuck cares'

on acrylic
21mm x 29.7mm



Mad fkn love for posting this. 👏🏻 👏🏻 👏🏻

#WeAreMoreThanParts

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Northern_Soul said:

Mad fkn love for posting this. 👏🏻 👏🏻 👏🏻

#WeAreMoreThanParts


thank you vitsy 👌🏻

#anatomyshmatomy 🏳️‍🌈 ⚧

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News story of the day

👉🏻 https://bit.ly/3ik3zRy

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Was reading about the theatre critic John Simon when I came across this line in an article*, a quote from a different critic, Christopher Hart:

ďThereís also quite a lot of men kissing. I can cope with most things on stage ó rape, torture, the plays of David Hare ó but I still have to lower my gaze at men kissing.Ē

As the article observes:

ďViewing violence against women is palatable to Hart but a display of affection between two men sends him over the edge.ď

* http://gratuitousviolins.blogspot.com/2010/02/homophobia-in-theatre-reviews.html?m=1

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As a practical element to this thread, would anyone like to share any resources for LGBT people either struggling with discrimination, coming out, understanding themselves, or just wanting to meet other LGBT people?

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The_Silly_Sibyl said:As a practical element to this thread, would anyone like to share any resources for LGBT people either struggling with discrimination, coming out, understanding themselves, or just wanting to meet other LGBT people?

Great idea 💡 Thanks for putting so much thought into this little space.

I found the stonewall website itself had some really great information on it in regards to dealing with discrimination.

https://www.stonewall.org.uk/lgbt-britain-hate-crime-and-discrimination

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Stonewallís a good shout. Theyíve unfortunately been getting flack for standing up for trans people lately.

Are you attending any Pride events this year?

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Standing up for Trans people. Pfft. I mean how dare they defend trans peopleís basic human rights to live freely without discrimination. What a travesty.... 😏

[/sarcasm]

I was chatting to Ethan about this the other day in that for some reason, we always seem to book our holiday getaway around Pride time and it always gets missed. So Iíd definitely like to go properly. Manchester has a huge pride event that Iíve been meaning to get too. Itís all just time and money innit. 😂

With a family member coming out as trans in the last few years I know heís itching to go too. Iíd love to experience that with him and show him some support as well as express myself 💗

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