Can I get myself out from underneath this guilt that will crush me?
In the choir, I saw our sad Messiah.
He was bored and tired of my laments.

He said, “I died for you one time, but never again.”
Never again.

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an apology with line breaks

sometimes
i find difficulty
saying two words

i apologize

perhaps because
that does not begin
to make up for
any
fear or anxiety
sadness or anger
distrust or insecurity
or whatever
fantasy or reality
or mess
i created

how does a true believer
thank the goddess
who saves
not by crucifixion
not by dying
but through her living and sharing
her existence?

Are songs of praise and wonder appropriate?
Does he write odes and sonnets of her beauty?
And at one point should the believer
no longer assume
gratitude for the first
is not an invitation for more?

how does a true believer thank
the warrior who chased suicide monsters
for a whole year or four?

these
two words

i apologize

ring as empty and vague
as two other words

thank you

words
cannot begin to heal
miraculously
to cure this uncomfortable
silence
clothed in convenient
excuses

but
i have to begin
somewhere

La Blogothèque’s Take Away Shows
"I Have Never Loved Someone"
My Brightest Diamond
Berlin, 2011

buzzfeed:

A look into the experiences of bisexual women who happened to fall in love with men

Graphics by Chris Ritter

Reblogging this again because it’s so important.

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fer1972:

Can’t Get It Out Of My Head: Photography by Emmanuelle Brisson

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wagrobanite:

think-progress:

Members of Congress are living off food stamps for a week to protest Republican cuts. It’s a challenge for them, but GOP cuts would hurt millions of everyday Americans

Why does this not have more publicity. This needs it!

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gaywrites:

Some of the biggest LGBT organizations in the field have formally dropped their support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act because it allows an exemption for religiously-affiliated employers and institutions. 

The organizations who cosigned this announcement are the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the ACLU, Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, Lambda Legal, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and the Transgender Law Center. Their statement reads that ENDA’s religious exemption clause has long been a source of concern, but “the Supreme Court’s decision on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby has made it clear that religious exemption provisions are ‘no longer tenable.’”

ENDA has been around for decades and reintroduced in many forms, but it has yet to make any real progress in Congress. These organizations say that if it passes as is, it will still leave a substantial number of LGBT employees without workplace protections.

"Moreover, it actually might lessen non-discrimination protections now provided for LGBT people by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and very likely would generate confusion rather than clarity in federal law," they wrote Tuesday. "Finally, such a discrimination provision in federal law likely would invite states and municipalities to follow the unequal federal lead." …

“Federal legislation to protect LGBT people from workplace discrimination is way beyond overdue, but Congress has no place giving religiously affiliated employers a license to discriminate against LGBT workers,” said Laura W. Murphy, director of the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office. ”We can no longer support a bill that treats LGBT discrimination as different and somehow more legitimate than other forms of discrimination.”

This could be a serious game-changer. The biggest name in the LGBT game, obviously and unfortunately, is the Human Rights Campaign. ENDA is huge for them right now, which is why we haven’t heard from them yet (and possibly won’t at all). If they come forward with an announcement, that’ll be an even bigger deal.

The absence of any religious exemptions in a potential new ENDA might make it even harder for workplace equality to pass (or even come up for a vote) in a Republican-dominated House, but considering it wasn’t moving as is, at the very least we can hope for a new version that doesn’t deliberately leave some of us out. Even if it takes forever to move, we’ll all be able to stand behind it proudly, knowing we’re not throwing LGBT workers from religious organizations under the bus in the process. 

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2wentysixletters:

Typewriter Series #129

2wentysixletters:

Typewriter Series #129

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buttonpoetry:

Akeemjamal Rollins - “Suicide Note” (Rustbelt 2014)

"Tell the pain I said goodbye. Tell goodbye I said hello."

A stunning poem from the 2014 Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam.

tyleroakley:

"Bisexuality: Setting the Record Straight"

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