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Occasional ramblings, introducing Smokes (the man in my life)
guardian:

From the picture desk: A man is doused with milk after being hit with gas by security forces trying to disperse demonstrators protesting against the shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri ( Adrees Latif/Reuters). 
• US attorney general Eric Holder is due in Ferguson today to check on a federal investigation into the shooting. Get the latest from Ferguson

guardian:

From the picture desk: A man is doused with milk after being hit with gas by security forces trying to disperse demonstrators protesting against the shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri ( Adrees Latif/Reuters). 

• US attorney general Eric Holder is due in Ferguson today to check on a federal investigation into the shooting. Get the latest from Ferguson

(Source: theguardian.com)

andythanfiction:

specialkthegreat:

cardsofwind:

THIS. MOTHERFREAKING THIS.

Excuse me as I causally anonymously mail this to all my relatives’ homes

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: Equating all Muslims with the Taliban or Al-Quaeda is like equating all Christians with the Westboro Baptist Church or those who bomb abortion clinics.

andythanfiction:

specialkthegreat:

cardsofwind:

THIS. MOTHERFREAKING THIS.

Excuse me as I causally anonymously mail this to all my relatives’ homes

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: Equating all Muslims with the Taliban or Al-Quaeda is like equating all Christians with the Westboro Baptist Church or those who bomb abortion clinics.

(Source: al-thaqalayn, via nekobakaz)

Christian singer comes out as gay

gaywrites:

Vicky Beeching, a popular Christian singer from the U.K., came out as a gay woman last week. Since then, she’s been a vocal advocate for LGBT people and hasn’t looked back. 

Raised as a Christian, Vicky said she has known she’s gay since she was 12, but kept it under wraps because her religion made her ashamed of her feelings. Now 35, she says her faith is “stronger than ever.”

Asked by the host if she has been living a lie, Beeching responded, “That is very much what I was raised to believe. Psychologically that’s very damaging for people because it make you feel like you’re fighting against yourself.”

Beeching went on to say that we need to “accept our sexual orientation as a God-given gift.”

Lively replied, “There is no such thing as a gay person. It’s this identity you adopt.”

“I believe God has made me the way he’s made me. It’s taken me thirty-five years  to come to terms with that, and I believe that’s it’s part of my God-wired identity,” Beeching retorted.

After Lively said that God has the ability to help her “overcome  your sexual inclinations,” Beeching replied, “That kind of thinking has been so damaging to me and it damages so many people.”

Click the link above to watch Vicky school Scott Lively on why it’s a-okay to be Christian and gay. Get it, girl. 

Vicky Beeching Is Gay, Hopes to Inspire Young LGBT Christians

autostraddle:

Vicky Beeching Is Gay, Hopes to Inspire Young LGBT Christians

feature image via vickybeeching.com

Vicky Beeching, a British Christian rock singer, theologian and commentator, came out as a lesbian in an interview published in The Independent. In the article, Beeching talks about her experience managing her attraction to women while establishing herself in the contemporary Christian rock scene.

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gaywrites:

Meet Ellen Gerber and Pearl Berlin. They met through mutual friends in 1964. They committed to spending their lives together on June 2, 1966. They tied the knot last year in Maine. But they are legal strangers in their state of North Carolina, where they’re the lead plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the state ban on marriage equality.

They’re also so cute my heart is crying.

"We’re still in love, after 48 years," Gerber, better known as Lennie, said recently. "We still can’t begin the day without a good cuddle."

"They can see that in us, that being gay or lesbian is just the same as being straight," Gerber said. "You just love somebody of your own sex. Otherwise, there’s no difference. … We want to be recognized for what we are — a married couple."

This is their story, and it’s a damn beautiful one.

agrabahprincess:

"Comedy is acting out optimism."
- Robin Williams (July 21, 1951 - August 11, 2014)

RIP Robin Williams, thanks for the laughs and comfort when I really needed it. Your amazing legacy in film and comedy will live on forever as long as people can laugh. My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to the Williams family and anyone else who needs a little support.

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