A bus poster designed by Gran Fury for Art Against Aids in 1989. Gran Fury was an art collective which used the power of art to battle the Aids crisis

Photograph: Gran Fury, Courtesy of the New York Public Library Manuscripts and Archives Division

To get this on the sides of buses and other public places they were forced to remove the caption, which read:










LGBT: insufficiently inclusive

LGBTQQIA: increasingly cumbersome, subject to mockery, still not fully inclusive

GSM: co-opted by pedophiles apparently

MOGAI: utterly swamped in Discourse

Queer: “q-slur”

Non-cishet: negative framing, weaponized against asexuals of insufficient purity

Help: me

I feel this so hard sometimes.



Both are generically inclusive, potentially infinitely extendable, and pretty uncumbersome.

Those are among the best possible solutions, but they have the flaw of privileging people whose labels fall within the acronym and further marginalizing those whose letter didn’t “make the cut.” I think queer is the best option. The point of the post is that there is no umbrella term without its share of drawbacks.

The discourse. The discourse is eating me.

I’m very pro using “queer” since it’s literally just “weird”, which all of us are.


Ooooh, I like that last one but:


I first saw it used on LJ back in The Day – as a way to make the original lengthy acronym more like words, I think, as well as imply the way a patchwork of dissimilar things can be a thing of beauty – and still see it there (or DW) these days but it seems it never got out of certain communities. I’ve no idea why, I’m a bad queer, I don’t keep up with all The Discourse(s) and discussion and I suppose it probably has some ~problematic~ aspects as well, because of course everything is awful.

A second vote here for QUILTBAG. It is a bag that is either made of quilt squares or a bag that contains quilts and it is a good thing because you can then give soft blankets to people who need them.


Let people grow.

When I was younger I was very right-wing. I mean…very right-wing. I won’t go into detail, because I’m very deeply ashamed of it, but whatever you’re imagining, it’s probably at least that bad. I’ve taken out a lot of pain on others; I’ve acted in ignorance and waved hate like a flag; I’ve said and did things that hurt a lot of people.

There are artefacts of my past selves online – some of which I’ve locked down and keep around to remind me of my past sins, some of which I’ve scrubbed out, some of which are out of my grasp. If I were ever to become famous, people could find shit on me that would turn your stomach.

But that’s not me anymore. I’ve learned so much in the last ten years. I’ve become more open to seeing things through others’ eyes, and reforged my anger to turn on those who harm others rather than on those who simply want to exist. I’ve learned patience and compassion. I’ve learned how to recognise my privileges and listen to others’ perspectives. I’ve learned to stand up for others, how to hear, how to help, how to correct myself. And I learned some startling shit about myself along the way – with all due irony, some of the things I used to lash out at others for are intrinsic parts of myself.

You wouldn’t know what I am now from what I was then. You wouldn’t know what I was then from what I am now.

It distresses me deeply to think of someone dredging up my dark, awful past and treating me as though that furiously hateful person is still me. It distresses me to see others dredging up the past for anyone who has made efforts to become a better person, out of some sick obsession with proving they’re “problematic.”

Purity culture tells you that once someone says or does something, they can never go back on it. That’s a goddamn lie. While it’s true that some remain unrepentant and never change their ways and continue to harm others, it’s important to allow everyone the chance to learn from their mistakes. Saying something ignorant isn’t murder. Please stop treating it that way. Let people grow.

Click here to support Funding Indigenous youth ambassadors for Riddu Riddu 2017


Ai, shé:kon!

My name is Akinasi Partridge, and along with my brother Isaac, we are trying to raise money to allow us to attend this year’s Riddu Riddu Indigenous arts festival (July 12-16, 2017) in Northern Norway, as Indigenous ambassadors representing Canada in the festival’s youth program.

This program hosts indigenous youth from countries around the world for several days of cultural and artistic exchange, providing a dynamic and culturally rich environment in which Indigenous youth alike can share knowledge about their traditions, life experiences and engage in activities and workshops related to Indigenous cultures, arts, and politics.

As mixed Inuk and Mohawk peoples, we look forward to meeting other Indigenous youth and sharing our unique perspectives on life within the juxtaposition of these Indigenous identities. We hope to bring awareness and provide insight of our respective cultures through open dialogue on Indigenous sovereignty and decolonization, and demonstrating traditional cultural practices such as Inuit throat singing and drumming/dancing.

The festival has offered to cover a portion of our travel costs as youth ambassadors, from Montreal to Tromso, Norway, and we are fundraising to cover the rest of the airfare and other travel costs. We are excited and hopeful to be able to attend this life-affirming event, an opportunity for Indigenous youth like us to demonstrate and represent ourselves in a context specifically created for us.

This experience will provide us with the opportunity to engage in Indigenous cultural empowerment and learning, as it highlights and celebrates the diversity and resilience of Indigenous peoples all over the world through the arts.

Please share and donate if you can, and keep sharing, our festival date is coming up and we’d need to travel by the 10th of July at the latest! For more info on it, visit their website here: http://riddu.no/en 

You can also donate via e-transfer at: akinasi.p@gmail.com

Thank you for your support. Nakurmiik.

Please share, reblog, signal boost and DONATE if you can! This is happening in less than two weeks!

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