I’m going to start this with a sort of disclaimer about my thoughts on the topic of marriage, because there’s a lot of things I don’t like about it (To do with shitty antiquated traditions of ownership of women, mostly.), but just because I’m not marriage’s #1 fan doesn’t mean I don’t feel pretty strongly about this, or that I haven’t been silently raging to myself for the last week since hearing about this stupid ass competition for rugby fucking tickets.
Anyway, back on the subject of marriage, and putting my own misgivings aside, I was fucking stoked when the marriage equality bill passed here in New Zealand. For one thing it meant that if I ever did manage to find a human being who I felt some sort of mutual love-feelings for, I now had the option to commit to them! Even though it seems like the most terrifying idea now, in my youth, it was cool to know that I had an option like that in my future if I wanted. Even more than that I was happy for all of the members of the LGBT community who now had that option too. I was stoked for them for what marriage equality represented too, being treated like an equal, in this one respect, despite the many struggles members of the LGBT community face every day, this felt like a huge milestone.
Though I thought it was kind of tacky of your radio station to capitalise on the popularity of gay rights issues, I appreciated the way you were outright supporting the LGBT community (even if it was really just the LG part of the community— but that’s not even really the point of why I’m mad right now.) Honestly, I understood why people took part in your weddings, I mean who wouldn’t want help with the enormous costs a wedding produces? and if you love someone and you’re proud of that and you want to show the world, why the fuck not? But with the way that you’re treating gay marriage like it’s a joke now, I can say that you weren’t really doing it to help the LGBT community in any way, not really. It seems like such a cheap gimmick when you consider how little time has passed since you’ve decided it’s obviously not about celebrating the love two people can feel for each other, or making a strong statement of support for the LGBT community, but about getting listeners and being a little bit controversial.
I understand that it must be difficult coming up with a new edgy gimmick every week to keep people listening to something old-timey like a radio station- but give it some time or something before you start shitting on gay marriage? I dunno how long you should wait till it’s not a big deal to pull something like this, but maybe wait till people aren’t still being sentenced to death for being gay in some countries? Maybe when queer kids and adults aren’t committing suicide at levels significantly higher than the general population? Or after we’ve done something about the fact that 40% of homeless youth are LGBT, despite being 10% of the population? I dunno, just throwing some suggestions out there. Because at the moment I might be feeling a little sensitive about the fact that this whole “equality” thing seems a little fresh for the whole LGBT community, you know? We have Marriage equality here in New Zealand, and this may seem shocking to some straight people, but it’s not quite the same as full equality. Maybe we’re just not ready to be made fun of quite yet?
Anyway at least we can have one bitter-sweet laugh about this situation, because of the irony that the people who are desecrating the sanctity of the institution of marriage since the marriage equality bill passed here in NZ aren’t the members of the LGBT community, but some straight assholes who thought that it’d be a cool gimmick to give some straight dudes some rugby tickets.
Exclusive First Look: Laverne Cox in V magazine’s “Rebels” issue:
“A lot of my life has been about me charting my own space for myself, creating a space for myself to survive. Now I’m trying to reframe my experiences. I’m not just in survival mode anymore. I’m in a space where I can thrive.”
Maori students from The University of Auckland have made this short video describing how being Maori in the 21st century feels to them
Nathan Stewart-Jarrett by Pål Hansen
"Why do police have quotas? If a doctor went around intentionally sneezing on people to get more patients, that would be seen as a travesty to their profession. But police, can sit around and wait for someone to turn on a red light or commit other mundane ‘offenses’ because they have quotas to meet. Quotas are all the proof we need that policing is not a public service vocation; it’s a business and a subsidiary of Wall Street."-Enrique Molina (via withoutadjectives)
My new Sculpture “Oh what a feeling, fuck it, I want a billion” (2014) Yale School of Art
straight women who casually use the word “girlfriend” to refer to their platonic lady friends, i have nothing against you, but you make the world really confusing,