via flataffect:

Above, Ai Weiwei, being arrested
China’s best-known artist Ai Weiwei has been detained at Beijing airport this morning and police have surrounded his studio in the capital. His detention comes amid a wider crackdown on activists and dissidents, which human rights campaigners describe as the worst in over a decade.
“For an intellectual thirsty for freedom in a dictatorial country, prison is the very first threshold. Now I have stepped over the threshold, and freedom is near:” Liu Xiaobo, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Imprisoned for inciting subversion of state power.
Below, Ai Weiwei tells the forbidden city to fuck off, and, by extension, those in power who defend the trampling of human rights with phrases such as “Asian values”.

via flataffect:

Above, Ai Weiwei, being arrested

China’s best-known artist Ai Weiwei has been detained at Beijing airport this morning and police have surrounded his studio in the capital. His detention comes amid a wider crackdown on activists and dissidents, which human rights campaigners describe as the worst in over a decade.

“For an intellectual thirsty for freedom in a dictatorial country, prison is the very first threshold. Now I have stepped over the threshold, and freedom is near:” Liu Xiaobo, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Imprisoned for inciting subversion of state power.

Below, Ai Weiwei tells the forbidden city to fuck off, and, by extension, those in power who defend the trampling of human rights with phrases such as “Asian values”.

(via mediaite)

03.04.11
via kateoplis:

Chinese authorities have finally acknowledged police action against Ai Weiwei. The news agency, Xinhua, announced that the police are “investigating him for suspected economic crimes,” but the single-sentence report was deleted shortly after it appeared and it didn’t directly refer to his detention. There is still no word on his friend Wen Tao, who has also been unreachable since his detention on the same day. 
Watch Ai Weiwei’s TED film, here.

via kateoplis:

Chinese authorities have finally acknowledged police action against Ai Weiwei. The news agency, Xinhua, announced that the police are “investigating him for suspected economic crimes,” but the single-sentence report was deleted shortly after it appeared and it didn’t directly refer to his detention. There is still no word on his friend Wen Tao, who has also been unreachable since his detention on the same day. 

Watch Ai Weiwei’s TED film, here.

06.04.11
What is happening to Ai Weiwei, by Bozidar Brazda - artnet Magazine
13.04.11
I challenge you to freeze-frame Bryant’s face in that moment of conflict with the referee Bennie Adams. Really examine the loathing and utter contempt, and realize this is something with which almost every lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender person is familiar. That is the sentiment people face in middle and high schools, in places of worship, work and even in their own homes across the United States.

A Gay Former Player Responds to Kobe Bryant - NYTimes.com

Please, go read this heartfelt and heartbreaking piece by John Amaechi. And tell your friends to read it. When a revered athlete (whether that reverence is deserved or not by out-of-game behavior) spits hate speech, we all lose something precious that can’t be made up by a half-baked apology and a $100k fine.

(via gainfulunemployment)

(via gainfulunemployment)

16.04.11
NYT: The Road to Gay Marriage in New York
25.06.11

So The Gay Started Getting Married Yesterday In NY And The World Ended…

NOT!

Congrats to all! Marriage is hard…get used to it! ;) #LeYawn #MoveAlongNothingToSeeHere

25.07.11

Foo Fighters now officially = Awesome.

I grew up in KCMO and glad to see the Foo Fighters step up and treat those hateful losers from Topeka, Kansas with the same tongue & cheek love that we used when they came to visit us here in Brooklyn.

18.09.11
sirmitchell:

vicemag:

Take a Stroll…with Rob Delaney - On Hating Gay People
I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. I studied jazz, tap, and ballet for years. I’m terrible at sports and I’m an excellent chef. I think Judy Garland is sublime. I realize those facts are like a spacious warehouse of red flags broadcasting homosexuality, but the fact is, I’m straight. If I had to guess, the chief indicator that I’m straight is that when I think about or stand near women, my dick gets hard. When I’m around guys—even fit, muscular ones with no shirts on—my dick remains in its dormant state. When I’m around women, I think about my dick and how it might feel inside of their body somewhere (like their vagina; not like in France or something, though that would be nice too (I just remembered that I speak French too, which can often identify an American man as “le gay”)).
When I’m around men, I don’t think about my dick, unless it wriggles out of my boxer flap, as it sometimes does, and touches a cold button of my jeans’ fly, and then I’m like “Get back in your cubby, you little rascal!” and nonchalantly adjust myself.
Bepenised Texan Rick Perry’s been in the news over the last few days for releasing a nakedly bigoted anti-gay ad that he believes will help revive his dying campaign. It won’t, but it made me think of a story I recently heard that illustrated the mindset and motivation of someone who actively fights to reduce and take away the rights of homosexual human beings.
It’s the story of a young man slowly discovering and accepting his homosexuality and it is extraordinarily painful and beautiful to hear. I cried. What’s most interesting is that the guy in the story used to actively and publicly campaign against gay rights.
People who concern themselves with the rights of other adults who engage in consensual acts involving sex, love, and/or eating croissants together are damaged and in pain.
Hating them won’t work. That doesn’t fix anything.
So far, the greatest quote I’ve heard in my 34 years is this: “Hatred never ceases by hatred in this world. By love alone it ceases; this is eternal law.” Gotama the Buddha said that about 2,500 years ago. Since it’s eternal, as he said, that means it applies right now.
I’m not suggesting that Rick Perry or those who campaign against gay rights are gay themselves. Some of them are, some of them aren’t; I don’t care. But they are damaged by, and damaging with, their hatred. I hope, for them, and for the people they are actively harming, that they can begin to experiment with some kindness and sympathy, and try on for size that Golden Rule that benefits both the giver and the recipient with real and immediate peace.
Homophobes aren’t going to hell, like they often say their perceived opponents are. Rather they are in hell, and they prolong their stay with each hateful act, word, and thought. They can leave whenever they want.
I hope you will listen to this story, because it is wonderful. It’s from an episode of This American Life called “So Crazy It Just Might Work.” It’s about a guy named Benny, whom you’re going to love.
Listen

Rob is a word wizard, and he deserves your follows. All of them. 

Yeah ~ and Judy Garland is the shit…so are the gay.

sirmitchell:

vicemag:

Take a Stroll…with Rob Delaney - On Hating Gay People

I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. I studied jazz, tap, and ballet for years. I’m terrible at sports and I’m an excellent chef. I think Judy Garland is sublime. I realize those facts are like a spacious warehouse of red flags broadcasting homosexuality, but the fact is, I’m straight. If I had to guess, the chief indicator that I’m straight is that when I think about or stand near women, my dick gets hard. When I’m around guys—even fit, muscular ones with no shirts on—my dick remains in its dormant state. When I’m around women, I think about my dick and how it might feel inside of their body somewhere (like their vagina; not like in France or something, though that would be nice too (I just remembered that I speak French too, which can often identify an American man as “le gay”)).

When I’m around men, I don’t think about my dick, unless it wriggles out of my boxer flap, as it sometimes does, and touches a cold button of my jeans’ fly, and then I’m like “Get back in your cubby, you little rascal!” and nonchalantly adjust myself.

Bepenised Texan Rick Perry’s been in the news over the last few days for releasing a nakedly bigoted anti-gay ad that he believes will help revive his dying campaign. It won’t, but it made me think of a story I recently heard that illustrated the mindset and motivation of someone who actively fights to reduce and take away the rights of homosexual human beings.

It’s the story of a young man slowly discovering and accepting his homosexuality and it is extraordinarily painful and beautiful to hear. I cried. What’s most interesting is that the guy in the story used to actively and publicly campaign against gay rights.

People who concern themselves with the rights of other adults who engage in consensual acts involving sex, love, and/or eating croissants together are damaged and in pain.

Hating them won’t work. That doesn’t fix anything.

So far, the greatest quote I’ve heard in my 34 years is this: “Hatred never ceases by hatred in this world. By love alone it ceases; this is eternal law.” Gotama the Buddha said that about 2,500 years ago. Since it’s eternal, as he said, that means it applies right now.

I’m not suggesting that Rick Perry or those who campaign against gay rights are gay themselves. Some of them are, some of them aren’t; I don’t care. But they are damaged by, and damaging with, their hatred. I hope, for them, and for the people they are actively harming, that they can begin to experiment with some kindness and sympathy, and try on for size that Golden Rule that benefits both the giver and the recipient with real and immediate peace.

Homophobes aren’t going to hell, like they often say their perceived opponents are. Rather they are in hell, and they prolong their stay with each hateful act, word, and thought. They can leave whenever they want.

I hope you will listen to this story, because it is wonderful. It’s from an episode of This American Life called “So Crazy It Just Might Work.” It’s about a guy named Benny, whom you’re going to love.

Listen

Rob is a word wizard, and he deserves your follows. All of them. 

Yeah ~ and Judy Garland is the shit…so are the gay.

09.12.11