Hump Day Happiness #2 (late)

I had every intention of posting this yesterday. I’d been collecting internet goodies that made me happy. I had them tagged and saved in my feed aggregator. Then, I spent two plus hours talking on the phone with this girl, who unfortunately, lives six hours away. It was a nice conversation though, so I can’t complain.


True Blood star Anna Paquin comes out as bisexual in a PSA for The site appears to be overwhelmed with traffic at the moment (imagine that!) but I will try to embed the video later.


Blogger Dorothy Snarker of Dorothy Surrenders posted a swoon-worthy collection of women in suits. Hot damn.

(Her blog, by the way, is an amazing take on pop culture. Check it out.)

Tilda Swinton


This beautiful picture was posted on Genderfork. Can anyone find me that umbrella?


Yesterday was Transgender Day of Visibility and this week is National LGBT Health Awareness Week. The first seems to be largely organized on Facebook. The later has a dedicated website with the of “Closing the Gap.”

From the website:

“The LGBT community has, on average, worse health outcomes and less access to the care we need than the straight community. We cannot afford to ignore the gap anymore. We need to educate ourselves and our health care providers about our unique health needs as well as our health risks. We need to commit to closing the gap, because everyone deserves good health!”

I’m glad to see both groups organizing and fighting for viability and awareness.


I am constantly getting e-mails from my grandparents about how to “avoid being raped.” Clearly, I shouldn’t go out at night. I shouldn’t wear anything sexy. I shouldn’t walk to my car, or talk on my phone, or drink at a bar.

I love this new set of standards that has been floating around the internet ( by Colleen Jameson, originally posted on

Sexual Assault Prevention Tips Guaranteed to Work!

1. Don’t put drugs in people’s drinks in order to control their behavior.

2. When you see someone walking by themselves, leave them alone!

3. If you pull over to help someone with car problems, remember not to assault them!

4. NEVER open an unlocked door or window uninvited.

5. If you are in an elevator and someone else gets in, DON’T ASSAULT THEM!

6. Remember, people go to laundry to do their laundry, do not attempt to molest someone who is alone in a laundry room.

7. USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM! If you are not able to stop yourself from assaulting people, ask a friend to stay with you while you are in public.

8. Always be honest with people! Don’t pretend to be a caring friend in order to gain the trust of someone you want to assault. Consider telling them you plan to assault them. If you don’t communicate your intentions, the other person may take that as a sign that you do not plan to rape them.

9. Don’t forget: you can’t have sex with someone unless they are awake!

10. Carry a whistle! If you are worried you might assault someone “on accident” you can hand it to the person you are with, so they can blow it if you do.

And, ALWAYS REMEMBER: if you didn’t ask permission and then respect the answer the first time, you are committing a crime- no matter how “into it” others appear to be.


Finally, someone on Gendefork posted about stomping around in boots, saying:

“I like boots— always have. I’ve been accused of “stomping around” in them, of being un-ladylike. I have kept a pair of Blundstones for years without wearing them much, so as to avoid “stomping.” They were in the back of my closet, gathering dust. The more aware I become of how I have pushed down my gender noncomformity in my life so far, the more I wear those boots. Now I want ten more pairs of boots— with steel toes, with worn leather, with buckles and heavy soles. Stomping is just a part of being the real me. Wearing non-girly boots = facing my fears and finding joy.”

I find stomping around in boots to be one of the great joys of life. I get my powerful, I-can-kick-your-ass thing going. Great fun.


What things have brought happiness to your mid week blues?

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