Actress Molly Ringwald in ‘Don’t Forget About Me’ by Patrick Fraser for Vogue Australia, June 2013.
I’m not forcing you to do anything you don’t want to.
why don’t you stop asking people to do anything with their bodies or themselves? it’s not your place.
Gosh knows when I want to promote happiness in others, the first thing I think to do is to demand that…
You would give people more happiness by leaving us in fucking peace, OP. You have no goddamned idea what is going on in my life, so walking up to me and telling me to smile is a total fucking dick move.
Also, just because someone isn’t smiling, doesn’t mean they aren’t happy. That’s a clown ass assumption, OP.
NO ONE, not even the happiest person in the world, walks around with a smile plastered on their face 24/7, that shit hurts your face muscles after awhile, just ask dancers who are berated by their instructors to smile through their entire 7 minute performance or people who compete in beauty contests.
Don’t tell people to smile, you don’t know their life and you don’t know the state of their happiness, they are not obligated to oblige you because it makes you uncomfortable or whatever. You aren’t doing them a favor.
And I can attest that every time I’ve been asked to smile by a man, he has NEVER taken my “no” as an adequate answer. I have to explain to him why I don’t want to smile because he feels entitled to it. He feels entitled to me following his commands even though he is a complete stranger to me.
St. Pius X Catholic High School in Albuquerque color-codes graduation attire for its students based on gender: white caps and gowns for girls, black robes for boys.
Damien Garcia’s friends, family and teachers recognize him as a man. But because he’s transgender, his school says he must wear the graduation uniform designated for women or he won’t walk with his class.
The school superintendent told KRQE the school determines graduation dress code by the gender listed on the student’s birth certificate. Although Garcia’s birth certificate now contains his legal male name, his gender is still listed as female, since New Mexico requires a medical affidavit and proof of legal name change before amending gender on a birth certificate.
A pair of young Quaker brothers in Albuquerque heard about Garcia’s story and launched a petition on Change.org calling for St. Pius to let Garcia walk in men’s regalia for graduation. The petition, addressed to St. Pius principal Barbara Rothweiler, currently has more than 24,000 signatures.
Garcia’s family, who supports his male identity, said they don’t expect the parochial school to make an exception before graduation, but hope the school will consider doing away with gendered graduation gowns altogether in the future.
First off, what’s the benefit of having different graduation attire for men and women anyway? But more importantly, this is outrageous and hurtful in a lot of ways. Sign the petition and maybe the school will take note and wake up.
Elizabeth Birch, Human Rights Campaign Executive Director, 1995-2004
figured now would be a good time to remind everybody exactly who these people are and exactly how much they value trans people
(yes, I realize Birch is no longer with the organization, but this is not because they found her ideas repellant—it’s because she retired)
Hrc, trans inclusion
O_O this is really fucking important to be aware of
New York City: Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, veterans of the Stonewall Rebellion and founders of STAR (Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries), march in the 1973 Pride Parade.
i think people do not really understand how POWERFUL these two were. in the early 70’s they became house mothers and revolutionaries for trans* people, especially TWOC.
and now they barely get a blurb because they weren’t nice to their oppressors and called their shit out and weren’t “nice t-words” like how cis gay white men wanna think of people like Christine Jorgensen or others. They didn’t want to be erased and shut up. They didn’t wanna sit in jail and wait for motherfuckers to help them in patronizing, erasing ways. They didn’t shut up about the violence against them.
just like…fuck anyone who doesn’t think they’re awesome. They inspire me everyday to get up and kick ass, even as a cis woman of color.