I have literally become obsessed with garden walls. Getting one of those with my next house.
I was tagged by future-subjunctive!
Rule #1, always post the rules. Rule #2, answer the questions the person who tagged you asked, then write 11 new ones. Rule #3, tag 11 people then link them in the post. Rule #4, tell them you tagged them. Rule #5, tell the person that tagged you when you’ve answered the questions.
I know I’m breaking rules but my brain is too fried to come up with questions or tags tonight, I’m sorry. Thanks for including me though!
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Argentina: doing it right. After passing a groundbreaking gender identity law on Wednesday, Argentina, which became the first Latin American country to legalize same-sex marriage, now leads the entire world when it comes to trans rights.
The new law, which was passed by 55-0 and is expected to be signed by president Cristina Fernandez, grants trans people the right to legally change their gender identity without having to get approval from doctors or judges–and, importantly, without having to change their bodies at all first. Not having a valid ID that matches your gender identity is a huge barrier to access to education, employment, health care, you name it. As Kalym Sori, an Argentinian trans man said, “This is why the law of identity is so important. It opens the door to the rest of our rights.”
The video begins humorously as Anthony Carbajal, a photographer, dresses up in a neon bikini top and soaps up a car before being doused with ice water.
There are a lot of diseases that don’t get the support they need because there aren’t a huge number of people who experience them, so it’s difficult to raise awareness, difficult to find investors, basically people don’t have the emotional connection they do with something that a huge number of people deal with and the pharmaceuticals to treat them aren’t as profitable. Like, a friend of mine was at an MS fundraiser and the grim joke used to try to lighten people’s spirits for feeling like they weren’t raising as much money as they wanted was “Let’s face it guys, we aren’t cancer”
The ice bucket challenge has made people donate something like ten times as much to ALS this year than previous years. I know people are concerned about wasting water, but you’ll do a lot more good on that front if you take a stand against bottled water and soft drinks, particularly from companies like Nestle, than getting mad at people trying to raise awareness for an illness that let’s be honest not a lot of people were very familiar with before this. Just be responsible, be aware, and try not to take your frustration out on the wrong people.
I know I already posted about this several times, but I think it’s worth mentioning again because this is so true. Most people had never heard of ALS before this challenge. And if you’re irritated that it’s so prevalent now or that there are so many videos clogging up your feed, is it really that difficult to just keep scrolling? Do you really have to be annoyed about something that’s making an astronomical difference where there was barely even any recognition before?
My siblings watched their dad fight this disease for years. They watched him slowly deteriorate little by little, going from an incredibly independent, strong, and hard-working man, to someone who could barely lift his head, barely move his eyes. They watched as his body rejected even a feeding tube, watched as he needed to be surrounded by machines just to breathe. But in all of that, his mind was 100% in tact and the same as it ever was. Can you imagine how terrifying that must be? I can’t begin to wrap my mind around it. He died just a couple of days before Christmas two years ago. Raising this kind of money, doing this kind of awareness campaign, it’s making a difference in lives like that. It’s taking huge steps toward making sure another family, another person, never has to go through that.
So if you find this irritating, I think you really need to look at your priorities. This isn’t the stupid “post the color of your bra to raise breast cancer awareness but don’t actually donate or do anything useful” thing, it’s making an actual difference in actual people’s lives. And it’s so desperately needed.
And one final note: that post going around about “wouldn’t it be funny if pouring a bucket of water over your head caused ALS”? No. It would not be fucking funny. Try laughing about it while you watch your family member with their incredibly sharp mind trapped in a body that is literally shutting down with them trapped inside. Jesus Christ, have some fucking tact.