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I'm now doing some writing for my company's blog. I'm pretty excited, and nervous, about it. 

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Signal-boosting for an IndieGoGo that deserves to get some more love.

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Our Christmas tree is exactly the right height.
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For +Kiya Nicoll. (Her cat, Sir Lennon Underfoot, 1999-2016.)
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For those wondering how this all went down: my (trans woman of color) friend Elena Rose was at Pride, and commented afterwards:

"You know, I saw an awful lot of police yesterday show up to 'protect' the march and festival--hell, they lined the outside of the march practically shoulder-to-shoulder on Market--but I never saw a one of them face to watch anyone outside the march. They kept their eyes on us, not on whoever might come running up to hurt us. And they followed after the march with at least three arrest vans and a bomb squad vehicle.

You don't bring three or four arrest vans as a precaution against a murderous gunman. You bring those for something else."

She also commented: "Most intense 'smile, honey' I've ever experienced: a cop, handlebar mustache and truncheon and all, accosting me while his crew were clearing the street following the Trans March. 'You just came from a parade. Why don't you look happy?' ... On the site of Compton's Cafeteria Riot, a police officer clearing me from the street surrounded by squads of his fellows wants to know why I'm not smiling for him. Yeah."
Black Lives Matter is pulling out of San Francisco Pride weekend celebrations.

“For us, celebrating Pride this year meant choosing between the threat of homophobic vigilante violence and the threat of police violence,” said a joint statement from Black Lives Matter, an organizational grand marshal of this year's Pride event; Janetta Johnson, a community grand marshal; and the sex worker advocacy group St. James Infirmary.

“We had a tough decision to make, and ultimately we chose to keep our people safe by not participating in any event that would leave our communities vulnerable to either.”

This week, SF Pride announced that this year’s events would have a “significant police presence” and that, for the first time in the celebration’s 46-year history, attendees at the festival would be required to pass through security screening. Many LGBT people of color expressed concern with that news, citing the historic targeting and harassment of communities of color by police.

“I’m more afraid of police than terrorists,” Johnson, who is a black transgender woman, told the Guardian.

The ACLU of northern California also criticized the decision, writing in a blog post: “Cops in the clubs won’t make people feel safer. And SF Pride should not be an excuse to over-police the city’s most vulnerable communities.”



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Not really with my own words yet, so I share others. Virginia Tech wasn't quite still my community, as I'd graduated and moved away a decade earlier, but it wasn't quite not, either.

I grew up there: I spent a fair bit of time in my father's office when I was young, on the side of the building that faced Norris Hall. And then I went to school there: If you could look at my class schedules (and at this point I'm not even sure I can), I'm expect you'll find the rooms where students were shot, and I know I was in other rooms in the same building. You'd also on my schedules notice Dr. Librescu, who has his own Wikipedia page in part for saving many of his students by barring the door to one of those classrooms.

On the other hand, by 2007 I'd been on the other side of the country for a decade, and while I went back to Blacksburg to visit my mother fairly often, I didn't really visit campus much. So it was a lot of complicated feelings, but not quite the visceral horror it would have been if the campus had still been directly part of my daily life.

Pulse feels somewhat similar to me. It's not my community, but it's not very distant, either. It's a part of the community of a lot of people that are important to me, so it's connected.

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A thing I posted on Dreamwidth about my father, and how I became interested in engineering.

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To clarify something I was momentarily confused by: There are at least two GoFundMe fundraisers for responses to the Orlando shooting at Pulse, both using Pulse's logo so it's a little confusing. Both are 501(c)3 organizations, and both have links to the GoFundMe campaigns on their official websites:

Equality Florida:
https://www.gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund

GLBT Community Center of Central Florida:
https://www.gofundme.com/29bubytq

At this point (midnight PDT) they've collectively raised an amount on the same order of magnitude as an average person's entire lifetime earnings, to bring healing to this community.

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This is a quite good analysis of how Clinton works as a politician, and how gender biases and behavior expectations play into that. In large part, she doesn't look like what we tend to think of as a "strong" politician because those things largely don't work when women do them. Instead, she's strong as a politician in ways that involve building coalitions and working with people to get what she wants from them.

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A clothing company that sounds like it is pretty much directly intended for +Theresa Mecklenborg -- or, at least, for her when she was working in the office world.
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