We have to consciously study how to be tender with each other until it becomes a habit.
- Audre Lorde (via ryanbhilliard)
Those who hear not the music… think the dancers mad.
- those who hear the music
"J Mason" - Emily Satis (2012), watercolor
From In Visible Skin, a watercolor portraiture series focusing on gender identity within the Philadelphia transgender community. Revealing personal narratives and insight from subjects will guide viewers through a complex conversation about gender representation not only in mainstream society, but in the LGBTQ community as well. By investigating gender stereotypes, viewers will be confronted with the complicated nature of identity, thus challenging their own beliefs of self-representation in everyday life.
why do you live in your body like you will be given another? as if it were temporary. you starve it, you let anyone touch it, you berate it. tell it that should be completely different. you tug at your soft flesh, wish it thinner, wish it gone. you fall in love with those who praise the way it sighs under their hands, but who praises the way it holds up your weight, even when you are falling apart?
- warsan shire (via warsanshire)
We show our sympathy with slavery by emancipating slaves where we cannot reach them and holding them in bondage where we can set them free.
- Abraham Lincoln’s Secretary of State, William H. Seward, commenting on The Emancipation Proclamation (via eltigrechico)
Johannesburg street style
You guys know about vampires? … You know, vampires have no reflections in a mirror? There’s this idea that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. And what I’ve always thought isn’t that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. It’s that if you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves. And growing up, I felt like a monster in some ways. I didn’t see myself reflected at all. I was like, “Yo, is something wrong with me? That the whole society seems to think that people like me don’t exist? And part of what inspired me, was this deep desire that before I died, I would make a couple of mirrors. That I would make some mirrors so that kids like me might see themselves reflected back and might not feel so monstrous for it.
- Junot Diaz (via Tatiana Richards)
The Peacock Room (di earthmagnified)
Castello di Sammezzano in Reggello, Tuscany, Italy.
In the 1920s, she met the only woman she ever lived with, Ceciline “Babe” Franklin. They moved together to Detroit, Michigan in 1937 where Ellis became the first American woman to own a printing business in that city. She made a living printing stationery, fliers, and posters out of her house.
Ellis and Franklin’s house was also known in the African American community as the “gay spot”. It was a central location for gay and lesbian parties, and also served as a refuge for African American gays and lesbians. Although Ellis and Franklin eventually separated, they were together for more than 30 years. Franklin died in 1973. Throughout her life, Ellis was an advocate of the rights of gays and lesbians, and of African Americans. She died in her sleep at her home on October 5, 2000.
Life is too short to be sensible.