did i actually save or did i imagine it? better save eleven more times
Alina Davis, a 23-year-old trans woman, and Allison Brooks, her 19-year-old partner, donned matching white floor-length bridal gowns and married at a civil registry office earlier this month.
As Davis is still legally regarded as male, the office had no choice but to hand them a marriage certificate.
The couple said officials chided them, and appeared to be violent.
‘She called us the shame of the family and said we need medical treatment … I was afraid my pussycat [an affectionate pet name in Russian] would beat the fuck out of her,’ Davis said on her VK page.
But the couple were allowed to sign the papers, meaning a gay couple in Russia are legally recognized as married – even if it’s through a loophole.
‘This is an important precedent for Russia,’ Davis said.
Russia banned same-sex marriage and outlawed ‘gay propaganda’ in 2013.
holy jesus look at these two warrior princesses
they are my heroes
YOU GO GIRLS
"Oh, you don’t wanna recognize my gender? Okay then lol guess you have to recognize my marriage"
that is amazing
Two-Minute Personality Test by Jonathan Safran Foer
What’s the kindest thing you almost did?
Is your fear of insomnia stronger than your fear of what awoke you?
Are bonsai cruel?
Do you love what you love, or just the feeling?
Your earliest memories: do you look through your young eyes, or look at your young self?
Which feels worse: to know that there are people who do more with less talent, or that there are people with more talent?
Do you walk on moving walkways?
Should it make any difference that you knew it was wrong as you were doing it?
Would you trade actual intelligence for the perception of being smarter?
Why does it bother you when someone at the next table is having a conversation on a cell phone?
How many years of your life would you trade for the greatest month of your life?
What would you tell your father, if it were possible?
Which is changing faster, your body, or your mind?
Is it cruel to tell an old person his prognosis?
Are you in any way angry at your phone?
When you pass a storefront, do you look at what’s inside, look at your reflection, or neither?
Is there anything you would die for if no one could ever know you died for it?
If you could be assured that money wouldn’t make you any small bit happier, would you still want more money?
What has been irrevocably spoiled for you?
If your deepest secret became public, would you be forgiven?
Is your best friend your kindest friend?
Is it in any way cruel to give a dog a name?
Is there anything you feel a need to confess?
You know it’s a “murder of crows” and a “wake of buzzards” but it’s a what of ravens, again?
What is it about death that you’re afraid of?
How does it make you feel to know that it’s an “unkindness of ravens”?
My favourite thing about really talented writers is they say the most incredible things even when they’re not trying. (Jonathan Safran Foer for Cultivating Thought)
A few months ago I had the pleasure of being asked to illustrate a piece of writing by Jonathan Safran Foer as part of Chipotle’s new Cultivating Thought Author Series, which pairs illustrations with thoughtful musings by various authors and comedians and presents them on Chipotle cups or bags.
Foer’s piece, “Two-Minute Personality Test” (here), is an assortment of questions meant to give some insight into one’s personality, so my illustration depicts a man unraveling his head and revealing various references to the questions. I had a lot of fun working on this piece, and I’m so excited to be part of the series!
You can read about the background of the Cultivating Thought Author Series here and keep an eye out for the cups at Chipotle!
Last year, in total, British police officers actually fired their weapons three times. The number of people fatally shot was zero. In 2012 the figure was just one. Even after adjusting for the smaller size of Britain’s population, British citizens are around 100 times less likely to be shot by a police officer than Americans. Between 2010 and 2014 the police force of one small American city, Albuquerque in New Mexico, shot and killed 23 civilians; seven times more than the number of Brits killed by all of England and Wales’s 43 forces during the same period.
The explanation for this gap is simple. In Britain, guns are rare. Only specialist firearms officers carry them; and criminals rarely have access to them. The last time a British police officer was killed by a firearm on duty was in 2012, in a brutal case in Manchester. The annual number of murders by shooting is typically less than 50. Police shootings are enormously controversial. The shooting of Mark Duggan, a known gangster, which in 2011 started riots across London, led to a fiercely debated inquest. Last month, a police officer was charged with murder over a shooting in 2005. The reputation of the Metropolitan Police’s armed officers is still barely recovering from the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, an innocent Brazilian, in the wake of the 7/7 terrorist bombings in London.
In America, by contrast, it is hardly surprising that cops resort to their weapons more frequently. In 2013, 30 cops were shot and killed—just a fraction of the 9,000 or so murders using guns that happen each year. Add to that a hyper-militarised police culture and a deep history of racial strife and you have the reason why so many civilians are shot by police officers. Unless America can either reduce its colossal gun ownership rates or fix its deep social problems, shootings of civilians by police—justified or not—seem sure to continue.
I’m belligerantly unpopular among my kin and historycally speaking i could never understand why
Angel no more.
90,862 plays | Michael Cera
"In a sunlit tavern, in a corner booth sucking stale popcorn, there I met dear Ruth. She’d only just lost the baby, seven months and a week, drank a month of Seagrams, kissed me on the cheek."
this album is so good. michael cera diy king