When some Evangelical magazines and websites wrote snarky things about my participation in my gay son’s wedding, several prominent Evangelicals contacted me in private and said, “You did the right thing.” One told me that the hardest part of his job as a denominational executive was hearing from the parents of gay children who were driven out of churches in his denomination. He couldn’t change the denomination without splitting it, he said, and he was glad that he could retire soon because he couldn’t stand the agony of being part of causing pain for so many gay people and their families. A charismatic leader told me had had performed a wedding in private for his gay grandson. People would be shocked how many people seem to support the status quo by their public silence, but privately aren’t there.

Brian McLaren (via kenyatta)

You know what? I don’t care. I don’t care how much you disagree behind closed doors or in the privacy of your home with your family and inner circle. So what if that guy performed a wedding for his gay grandson? What about all the other gay grandsons and lesbian granddaughters and bisexual, transsexual, asexual sons and daughters and brothers and sisters who are suffering because their community rejects them while their family and their leaders sit silent? Just the fact that this quote and the conversation it goes with (yes I read the whole damn thing) exist means that there are other people like you. If the denomination splits over this, then let it split. Fuck ‘em.

"People would be shocked how many people seem to support the status quo by their public silence, but privately aren’t there."

You don’t SEEM to support it by your silence, YOU DO SUPPORT IT WITH YOUR SILENCE. Your silence is acquiesence. Your silence is agreement. Your silence says “yes.” If your heart says “no” then so should your mouth. I know all the reasons that you don’t, I’ve heard it all before, and it’s all BS. 

Hey Brian, next time you talk to you “Evangelical leader” friends? Tell them to put up or shut up. If they believe in something, they should be taking a stand for it. Tell them to use their power to make a difference in their community. Otherwise, I’m not interested, cause their private thoughts aren’t helping anybody.

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#personal rant

#pride

sAS>Kfjbk.ebfs.djbva;aoea/ jw/JC;OSDVN’E!!!!!!!

sAS>Kfjbk.ebfs.djbva;aoea/ jw/JC;OSDVN’E!!!!!!!

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#I'm very excited

This is how you celebrate turning in the last final of grad school :)

This is how you celebrate turning in the last final of grad school :)

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#3 days to graduation

sdzsafaripark:

The tigers of Tiger Trail

Kitties!

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#I want to hug a tiger

Feminists are routinely ‘accused’ of being lesbians or man-haters (as if the two are synonymous). Straight feminists often scramble to defy this stereotype by proclaiming their unfailing love for men and their affinity for bikini waxes. Some subtly distance themselves from lesbians by wearing buttons that claim ‘straight but not narrow.’ This is bullshit to me. If being called a lesbian is an insult to me, then I am an insult to lesbians. Any feminist who fears being called lesbian, or who fears association with a movement demanding civil rights for gays, lesbians, and bisexuals, is not worthy of being called feminist.

Anastasia Higginbotham, “Chicks Goin’ At it,” Listen Up: Voices From the Next Feminist Generation (via afterellen)

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geekyjessica:

mrsdwightkschrute:

realest shit ever.

USAA is a completely virtual bank.  They have one building in San Antonio, but they service people all over the world.

They reimburse all ATM fees.

USAA 4 LYFE!!!!

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not-in-front-of-the-klingons:

frontier001:

"So… your father tells me you’re a disappointment to the Empire…"

I need to reblog this again because it is probably my favorite post on this website.

This is the single best dashboard coincidence I have ever seen.

not-in-front-of-the-klingons:

frontier001:

"So… your father tells me you’re a disappointment to the Empire…"

I need to reblog this again because it is probably my favorite post on this website.

This is the single best dashboard coincidence I have ever seen.

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newsweek:

It has long been publicised that older (5 year old) animals are the last to be adopted and the first to be euthanized at shelters. But the color of an animal’s fur is almost as stigmatized — especially for black-coated pets.
This holds so true for black dogs, that a condition exists to describe the phenomenon — Big Black Dog Syndrome; animal shelters use the term “BBD” to reference the larger, mixed-breed black dogs typically shunned by potential adopters. Black cats face an equally formidable bias: they are far less-likely to be adopted than grey, tabby, and white-coated cats, and have been castigated as “evil omens” for decades. But what are the reasons behind this?
Why Don’t People Adopt Black Pets?

I used to volunteer for a shelter and I saw this over and over and over again. There was a BBD named Bear whose foster brought him to every event. He was 7 years old and ENORMOUS. He was at least part Lab, but the rest who knows? And he was the biggest love, we would let him out of his crate sometimes to lie at our feet and we’d let the kids pet him if they wanted and he LOVED it. And nobody ever gave him a second look when they were looking to adopt. It broke my heart cause he was a great dog. He was lucky, he had a great foster home. A lot of them don’t. 
Black cats and dogs get a really bad rap for no real reason, they’re just over looked. Add in factors like size and age and a large older black pet has almost zero chance of finding a forever home. FOR NO DAMN REASON.
Which is why, when I was finally able to get a cat, I came home with a 7-year-old black cat the size of a small panther. It’s also why, when we move into a place that allows dogs, I will be looking very carefully at BBDs. You should too.

newsweek:

It has long been publicised that older (5 year old) animals are the last to be adopted and the first to be euthanized at shelters. But the color of an animal’s fur is almost as stigmatized — especially for black-coated pets.

This holds so true for black dogs, that a condition exists to describe the phenomenon — Big Black Dog Syndrome; animal shelters use the term “BBD” to reference the larger, mixed-breed black dogs typically shunned by potential adopters. Black cats face an equally formidable bias: they are far less-likely to be adopted than grey, tabby, and white-coated cats, and have been castigated as “evil omens” for decades. But what are the reasons behind this?

Why Don’t People Adopt Black Pets?

I used to volunteer for a shelter and I saw this over and over and over again. There was a BBD named Bear whose foster brought him to every event. He was 7 years old and ENORMOUS. He was at least part Lab, but the rest who knows? And he was the biggest love, we would let him out of his crate sometimes to lie at our feet and we’d let the kids pet him if they wanted and he LOVED it. And nobody ever gave him a second look when they were looking to adopt. It broke my heart cause he was a great dog. He was lucky, he had a great foster home. A lot of them don’t. 

Black cats and dogs get a really bad rap for no real reason, they’re just over looked. Add in factors like size and age and a large older black pet has almost zero chance of finding a forever home. FOR NO DAMN REASON.

Which is why, when I was finally able to get a cat, I came home with a 7-year-old black cat the size of a small panther. It’s also why, when we move into a place that allows dogs, I will be looking very carefully at BBDs. You should too.

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That’s all, folks.

Yesterday, I participated in my first ever professional conference. A friend/classmate/colleague and I presented a research study we did for a class winter quarter. It was a small conference put on by the graduate school, so it was low-key and low-pressure, but it was a professional conference nonetheless. Good practice for the future and a nice addition to the resume. Because the conference was on a Wednesday, I had to skip my Wednesday afternoon class. It’s not the most stimulating class ever, so I wasn’t too broken up about it.

Then today I realized that the class I skipped yesterday was my very last class. The. Last. One. There are no more grad school classes to take. I have a two finals to write for next week and in NINE DAYS I will be walking across a stage in a silly hat and a cape like some sort of academic superhero to receive my degree.

Holy hell, how did that happen?

Grad school has been a wild, surreal, stressful, terrible, amazing two years. It seems like I started the program forever ago and yesterday. I alternate between feeling like I’ve got this and feeling like they really shouldn’t be allowed to graduate because I know nothing (Jon Snow). But here I am, applying for super amazing jobs that not that long ago I was in no way qualified for. And now I am. How about that.

My friends, my family, and especially Barrett have been patient, loving, supportive, and incredibly tolerant of my stressed-out panic attacks. They’ve celebrated and commiserated all the ups and downs and I would never, ever have done it without them.

And even while it’s been crazy and stressful, the last two years have been a wonderful period in my life. I’m so glad I took the leap. I learned so much and feel like I’m finally pursuing something that I’m passionate about. I’m so excited to see where things are going to go from here.

Master of the Universe in 9…8…

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#grad school

#graduation

#class of 2014

#archives

urbaneturtle:

aneye4beauty:

Indeed, best and coolest GIF ever!

wonderful

urbaneturtle:

aneye4beauty:

Indeed, best and coolest GIF ever!

wonderful

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