In what one longtime activist called the largest rally in the history of the local black LGBT community, about 50 people gathered in a South Dallas parking lot on Saturday morning to voice their objections to City Councilwoman Vonciel Hill’s anti-gay comments last week concerning an HIV prevention billboard.
The billboard, part of the Greater Than AIDS campaign, features a black man with his arms around another black man and says, “UPDATE YOUR STATUS.”
Hill, who is African-American and virulently anti-gay, told a TV news station that she objected to the billboard in her district because she believes it sends the message that homosexuality is “acceptable.”
Saturday’s rally, which had as its theme a hashtag, #RevLOVE, was held under temporary awnings erected in the parking lot of Abounding Prosperity, an HIV/AIDS agency in the heart of South Dallas at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and SM Wright Freeway. Harold Steward, who organized the rally, explained to those who braved 90-degree heat that the hashtag #RevLOVE is based on a line from pioneering gay black activist Joseph Beam’s book, In The Life.
“Black men loving black men is the revolutionary act,” Beam wrote.
“We have been here before,” Steward told the crowd. “If we have to we will plaster our faces and lives and our loves on every billboard in America. We will love in this revolutionary way until our haters catch up with our history.”
Alpha Thomas, a longtime African-American lesbian activist, said she was attending the rally to support her black gay brothers.
“We will not be silent or invisible while AIDS continues to ravage and devastate our community,” Thomas told the crowd. “Black gay men have always been and always will be part of Dallas.”
— John Wright, “Vonciel Hill Sparks Largest Rally Ever In Dallas’ Black LBGT Community,” dallasvoice.com (via racialicious)
11:11 am • 25 June 2013 • 95 notes
“In English,” Professor Austin said, “a double negative forms a positive. However, in some languages, such as Russian, a double negative remains a negative. But there isn’t a single language, not one, in which a double positive can express a negative.”
A voice from the back of the room piped up, “Yeah, right.”
— Linguistics joke « The Diacritics (via katydidkatydidnt)
11:19 am • 19 June 2013 • 90,764 notes
Me escaping from the patriarchy
If only it were that easy.
8:31 pm • 15 June 2013 • 76,778 notes
Some days are just TOO nice, you feel me? It’s like, save some for the other days.
12:57 pm • 6 May 2013 • 29,867 notes
“When the LGBT community is not united with social movements that address the issues facing the most marginalized LGBT people, with racial justice proponents (proportionally more people of color identify as queer), with those fighting against systemic poverty, with pacifists, are we really making any progress? Or has the LGBT movement been kidnapped by power elites advocating for their own interests? The dilemma is reminiscent of an image circling some corners of the web: A white gay male couple superimposed over the Human Rights Campaign red equality symbol that dominated Facebook during the gay marriage Supreme Court hearings.”
Human Rights Campaign: Largest LGBT Donors Are Drone Manufacturers
“WE WANT EQUALITY! WE WANT JUSTICE!” etc, etc.
7:22 pm • 4 May 2013 • 326 notes
Someone just linked me this on facebook AHAHAHA
12:45 pm • 25 April 2013 • 1,385 notes
year you were born?
where you lived between 0-18yrs? (city, state, or region)
where do you live now? (city, state, or region)
are these words pronounced the same? (yes/no)
1. cot / caught
2. Don / dawn
3. full / fool
4. pen / pink
are these sentences acceptable in casual, everyday speech?
5. Do you want to come with?
6. I’m done my homework.
7. Gas is really expensive anymore.
8. The table needs cleaned.
omg someone please fill this out for me i’m dying over here it’s for my linguistics class if you do it i’ll love you forever
1992, male, Colorado, Colorado
3. not rhyme
4. not rhyme
1985, guy, west Michigan, east Michigan
1. no 2. no 3. no. 4. no
5. yes 6. no 7. my family says it but it still sounds a little off to me 8. yes
4:33 pm • 24 April 2013 • 44 notes
Tomorrow’s cover today: now especially, the world needs to hold fast to Margaret Thatcher’s principles.
the economist was hacked
1:30 pm • 11 April 2013 • 600 notes