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For +Kiya Nicoll. (Her cat, Sir Lennon Underfoot, 1999-2016.)
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What?  No!  Lennon. 
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A thing I posted on Dreamwidth about my father, and how I became interested in engineering.
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Would be fun to see if it still works. :) 
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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.
Hillary Clinton has achieved something remarkable, and it’s worth being clear about how.
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Have people doubted she was a good politician? That seems like an odd argument. The only one I have against her is that I'm surprised she didn't just come out and deal with the whole email thing early on to get it out of the way.

My support for Sander isn't a dislike for Clinton. It's a wish to see the vision he proposed for the US (no more Citizens United and creation of Single-Payer) come to pass.
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Giving this book project a little bit of a social-media boost.... I'm always in favor of projects by nifty people that work to get other nifty people's work shared with more people, especially when their ethos includes paying the people who make the art and write the words.
Help us take volume 2 of Queer & Trans Artists of Color on the road! | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your community. Make a contribution today!
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Out-of-context quote of the day, via +Kiya Nicoll: "His first civilian job after World War I was at the Oxford English Dictionary, where he worked mainly on the history and etymology of words of Germanic origin beginning with the letter W...."
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Story prompt!
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+Brooks Moses , I'm guessing that you will appreciate this video!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0zMip62o5E
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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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For what it is worth; the police were not doing that at the parade. Although much more somber then in previous years; lots of remember Orlando; and commercialized items. 
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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.
It has been over nine years now, and I still have a hard time explaining the impact that April 16th, 2007 had on my life. At the time, it…
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Current students and faculty had a different experience with the shooting than we did, but we certainly had a different experience than non-alums.  hugs
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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.
This is the official Pulse Victims Fund page for Equality Florida, the state's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization. Equality Florida is collecting contributions via this GoFundMe page to support the victims of the horrific shooting at Orlando's Pulse Nightclub...
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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.
MM.LaFleur has found success selling workwear to busy women who want to look great but defy stereotypes about fashion.
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Yep. I pretty much live in Target jeans and Old Navy tees.
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+Theresa Mecklenborg, +Jenn Bernat: This looks like a rather nifty kid-carrying bike. Not sure how it compares to our current bike-trailer arrangement for carrying multiple kids, but might be worth looking into.
Everything you can imagine in a family bike. And then some.
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Someone I'm Facebook friends with reserved one of these - I can see if I can find the post (therein lies the rub on Facebook ...) and put you in touch so you can get a review after it arrives. :) 
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