A Curious Eye

A Curious Eye

My name's Ben. I'm a 22 year-old recent grad living in Seattle. I've been told my gayness is only matched by my enthusiasm.
I post my favorite news from all around the web.
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Queer - Liberalism - Activism - Student Issues- Public Transportation - Peace - Environmentalism - Politics - Law - Atheism - Vegetarianism - Feminism - Sex Positivity - Philosophy.

Maryland insurance now covers transition-related care for trans state employees

gaywrites:

Transgender state employees in Maryland can now access transition-related healthcare under their state-provided insurance. 

The decision comes after 31-year-old Sailor Holobaugh sued the state when he was denied reimbursement for a mastectomy he got as part of his transition. Maryland is only the third state after Oregon and California to extend these rights to trans state employees. 

"It’s a pretty sweeping change," said Jer Welter, managing attorney at Free State Legal. "It is going from care for gender transition being completely, categorically excluded in all of the plans, to being fully covered under all of the plans."

Welter said a 2007 executive order by Gov. Martin O’Malley banning discrimination against transgender state employees set a clear precedent under which to challenge the health insurance carve out, and that officials at the state were more than willing to work with him to change the policy when they heard about Holobaugh’s case.

Woohoo! Way to go, Maryland! (For real, only three states do this?!) 

GLAAD study shows 83% of major Hollywood films in 2013 had no LGBT characters

gaywrites:

GLAAD has just released its 2014 Studio Responsibility Index, tracking LGBT representation in the past year’s major Hollywood films. 

Of the 102 major Hollywood films from 2013, 17 of them — about 16.7% — included characters who identified as LGBT. That means 83.3% of last year’s biggest movies had no LGBT characters. The study tracks the "quantity, quality and diversity of images" of LGBT people in movies, and this year’s results were not promising. 

None of the seven studios received an “excellent” rating, but Sony Columbia came in on top with a “good” score, thanks to movies like “Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” which also nabbed a GLAAD Media Award nomination. Meanwhile, Universal and Disney were among the studios to receive an “adequate” grade, while both Paramount and Warner Brothers were considered outright failures.

Meanwhile, to assess individual films, GLAAD officials developed the “Vito Russo Test,” which examines how multidimensional a LGBT character is, as well as how significant he or she may be to the plot of a specific movie. Seven out of the 17 major studio films featuring LGBT characters passed the test this year, according to the report.

In case you’re wondering — yes, the Vito Russo Test is totally a spinoff of the Bechdel test, and it’s pretty cool. Here’s what you need to pass the test:

  • The film contains a character that is identifiably lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender.
  • That character must not be solely or predominantly defined by their sexual orientation or gender identity. I.E. they are made up of the same sort of unique character traits commonly used to differentiate straight characters from one another.
  • The LGBT character must be tied into the plot in such a way that their removal would have a significant effect. Meaning they are not there to simply provide colorful commentary, paint urban authenticity, or (perhaps most commonly) set up a punchline. The character should “matter.”

Check out the full results over at GLAAD. I honestly hadn’t thought about movie representation of LGBT people — too busy worrying about TV! — but come to think of it, these results are actually miserable. 

crimsong19:

consultingpiskies:

Jessica Williams speaks with Sgt. Jasmine Jacobs about Army regulation AR 670-1

Jessica Williams and Travon (one of the staff writers) do it again!
crimsong19:

consultingpiskies:

Jessica Williams speaks with Sgt. Jasmine Jacobs about Army regulation AR 670-1

Jessica Williams and Travon (one of the staff writers) do it again!
crimsong19:

consultingpiskies:

Jessica Williams speaks with Sgt. Jasmine Jacobs about Army regulation AR 670-1

Jessica Williams and Travon (one of the staff writers) do it again!
crimsong19:

consultingpiskies:

Jessica Williams speaks with Sgt. Jasmine Jacobs about Army regulation AR 670-1

Jessica Williams and Travon (one of the staff writers) do it again!
crimsong19:

consultingpiskies:

Jessica Williams speaks with Sgt. Jasmine Jacobs about Army regulation AR 670-1

Jessica Williams and Travon (one of the staff writers) do it again!
crimsong19:

consultingpiskies:

Jessica Williams speaks with Sgt. Jasmine Jacobs about Army regulation AR 670-1

Jessica Williams and Travon (one of the staff writers) do it again!

crimsong19:

consultingpiskies:

Jessica Williams speaks with Sgt. Jasmine Jacobs about Army regulation AR 670-1

Jessica Williams and Travon (one of the staff writers) do it again!

(via sepiacircus)

micdotcom:

This is the face of someone who knows they’re running for President

Hillary Clinton, despite writing a book and traveling around America giving speeches, will not acknowledge that she’s running for higher office.
And Jon Stewart is having none of it.
(GIFS via sandandglass)

micdotcom:

This is the face of someone who knows they’re running for President

Hillary Clinton, despite writing a book and traveling around America giving speeches, will not acknowledge that she’s running for higher office.
And Jon Stewart is having none of it.
(GIFS via sandandglass)

micdotcom:

This is the face of someone who knows they’re running for President

Hillary Clinton, despite writing a book and traveling around America giving speeches, will not acknowledge that she’s running for higher office.
And Jon Stewart is having none of it.
(GIFS via sandandglass)

micdotcom:

This is the face of someone who knows they’re running for President

Hillary Clinton, despite writing a book and traveling around America giving speeches, will not acknowledge that she’s running for higher office.
And Jon Stewart is having none of it.
(GIFS via sandandglass)

micdotcom:

This is the face of someone who knows they’re running for President

Hillary Clinton, despite writing a book and traveling around America giving speeches, will not acknowledge that she’s running for higher office.
And Jon Stewart is having none of it.
(GIFS via sandandglass)

micdotcom:

This is the face of someone who knows they’re running for President

Hillary Clinton, despite writing a book and traveling around America giving speeches, will not acknowledge that she’s running for higher office.
And Jon Stewart is having none of it.
(GIFS via sandandglass)

micdotcom:

This is the face of someone who knows they’re running for President

Hillary Clinton, despite writing a book and traveling around America giving speeches, will not acknowledge that she’s running for higher office.
And Jon Stewart is having none of it.
(GIFS via sandandglass)

micdotcom:

This is the face of someone who knows they’re running for President

Hillary Clinton, despite writing a book and traveling around America giving speeches, will not acknowledge that she’s running for higher office.
And Jon Stewart is having none of it.
(GIFS via sandandglass)

micdotcom:

This is the face of someone who knows they’re running for President

Hillary Clinton, despite writing a book and traveling around America giving speeches, will not acknowledge that she’s running for higher office.

And Jon Stewart is having none of it.

(GIFS via sandandglass)

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micdotcom:

Watch: John Oliver and some puppets sing about how broken America’s prison system is

It’s easy to ignore conditions in the prison system. Once you’ve seen John Oliver’s tirade on the subject, though, it’s impossible not to care.

What the government is doing to fix it

(GIFs via sandandglass) micdotcom:

Watch: John Oliver and some puppets sing about how broken America’s prison system is

It’s easy to ignore conditions in the prison system. Once you’ve seen John Oliver’s tirade on the subject, though, it’s impossible not to care.

What the government is doing to fix it

(GIFs via sandandglass) micdotcom:

Watch: John Oliver and some puppets sing about how broken America’s prison system is

It’s easy to ignore conditions in the prison system. Once you’ve seen John Oliver’s tirade on the subject, though, it’s impossible not to care.

What the government is doing to fix it

(GIFs via sandandglass) micdotcom:

Watch: John Oliver and some puppets sing about how broken America’s prison system is

It’s easy to ignore conditions in the prison system. Once you’ve seen John Oliver’s tirade on the subject, though, it’s impossible not to care.

What the government is doing to fix it

(GIFs via sandandglass) micdotcom:

Watch: John Oliver and some puppets sing about how broken America’s prison system is

It’s easy to ignore conditions in the prison system. Once you’ve seen John Oliver’s tirade on the subject, though, it’s impossible not to care.

What the government is doing to fix it

(GIFs via sandandglass) micdotcom:

Watch: John Oliver and some puppets sing about how broken America’s prison system is

It’s easy to ignore conditions in the prison system. Once you’ve seen John Oliver’s tirade on the subject, though, it’s impossible not to care.

What the government is doing to fix it

(GIFs via sandandglass) micdotcom:

Watch: John Oliver and some puppets sing about how broken America’s prison system is

It’s easy to ignore conditions in the prison system. Once you’ve seen John Oliver’s tirade on the subject, though, it’s impossible not to care.

What the government is doing to fix it

(GIFs via sandandglass) micdotcom:

Watch: John Oliver and some puppets sing about how broken America’s prison system is

It’s easy to ignore conditions in the prison system. Once you’ve seen John Oliver’s tirade on the subject, though, it’s impossible not to care.

What the government is doing to fix it

(GIFs via sandandglass) micdotcom:

Watch: John Oliver and some puppets sing about how broken America’s prison system is

It’s easy to ignore conditions in the prison system. Once you’ve seen John Oliver’s tirade on the subject, though, it’s impossible not to care.

What the government is doing to fix it

(GIFs via sandandglass) micdotcom:

Watch: John Oliver and some puppets sing about how broken America’s prison system is

It’s easy to ignore conditions in the prison system. Once you’ve seen John Oliver’s tirade on the subject, though, it’s impossible not to care.

What the government is doing to fix it

(GIFs via sandandglass) 

micdotcom:

Watch: John Oliver and some puppets sing about how broken America’s prison system is

It’s easy to ignore conditions in the prison system. Once you’ve seen John Oliver’s tirade on the subject, though, it’s impossible not to care.

What the government is doing to fix it

(GIFs via sandandglass

(Source: sandandglass)

7 Things I Wish Parents Would Stop Teaching Their Children:

sparrowteeth:

goddess-river:

  1. That nudity is inherently sexual
  2. That people should be judged for their personal decisions
  3. That yelling solves problems
  4. That they are too young to be talking about the things they’re already starting to ask questions about
  5. That age correlates to importance
  6. That interacting with someone of the opposite sex is inherently romantic
  7. That the default for someone is straight and cisgender

I want to reblog this a million times. 

(via sepiacircus)

cheerfulmetaphysics:

sourcedumal:

starslicer:

tsamthepoet:

I hardly see any heroic posts about Muslims on here, so here you go.

It’s iron fist yall

Good fucking job dude.
#beattheshitouttarapists2k14

I love that it takes the time to specify that his attack of choice was a flying kick

cheerfulmetaphysics:

sourcedumal:

starslicer:

tsamthepoet:

I hardly see any heroic posts about Muslims on here, so here you go.

It’s iron fist yall

Good fucking job dude.

#beattheshitouttarapists2k14

I love that it takes the time to specify that his attack of choice was a flying kick

(via greeklesbian)

breakingnews:

Key Obamacare subsidies in 36 states struck down in court ruling
Washington Post: A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that people in 36 states that use the federal insurance exchange cannot receive tax subsidies under Obamacare.
The ruling, if upheld, could prove a major setback for President Obama’s health care law. 
Follow the latest at Breaking News. 
Photo: Mike Segar/Reuters via Washington Post

breakingnews:

Key Obamacare subsidies in 36 states struck down in court ruling

Washington PostA federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that people in 36 states that use the federal insurance exchange cannot receive tax subsidies under Obamacare.

The ruling, if upheld, could prove a major setback for President Obama’s health care law. 

Follow the latest at Breaking News

Photo: Mike Segar/Reuters via Washington Post

rhubarbrastreisand:

I WANT QUEER DOCTORS
I want androgynous doctors, I want doctors w beards and lipstick, I want doctors who bind, I want fat femme doctors, I want doctors who are on grindr between appointments, I want two-spirit doctors, I want asexual doctors, i want trans doctors,
I want doctors who I even feel remotely okay talking about my life and body and health with, FUCK

(via gayqueers)

99percentinvisible:

In Seattle, there’s an elevated section of highway jutting out of SR 520, left over from a connector that was never completed. 
Over the years, Seattle residents have covered it in graffiti and transformed it into a dance floor, skateboard park, a swimming hole, and a kayaking course. Lovers have even been married under it. 

Now the city is scheduling the removal of the ramp. In tribute, a group of architects and designers have coated it with curved acrylic that will stay with the structure until its end.99percentinvisible:

In Seattle, there’s an elevated section of highway jutting out of SR 520, left over from a connector that was never completed. 
Over the years, Seattle residents have covered it in graffiti and transformed it into a dance floor, skateboard park, a swimming hole, and a kayaking course. Lovers have even been married under it. 

Now the city is scheduling the removal of the ramp. In tribute, a group of architects and designers have coated it with curved acrylic that will stay with the structure until its end.99percentinvisible:

In Seattle, there’s an elevated section of highway jutting out of SR 520, left over from a connector that was never completed. 
Over the years, Seattle residents have covered it in graffiti and transformed it into a dance floor, skateboard park, a swimming hole, and a kayaking course. Lovers have even been married under it. 

Now the city is scheduling the removal of the ramp. In tribute, a group of architects and designers have coated it with curved acrylic that will stay with the structure until its end.

99percentinvisible:

In Seattle, there’s an elevated section of highway jutting out of SR 520, left over from a connector that was never completed. 

Over the years, Seattle residents have covered it in graffiti and transformed it into a dance floor, skateboard park, a swimming hole, and a kayaking course. Lovers have even been married under it. 

Now the city is scheduling the removal of the ramp. In tribute, a group of architects and designers have coated it with curved acrylic that will stay with the structure until its end.

therainbowgorilla:

stuffman:

image

People have written a lot of touchy-feely pieces on this subject but I thought I’d get right to the heart of the matter

This is so precious and day-brightening to me

(via sepiacircus)

Don’t hate former versions of yourself

realsocialskills:

So, I see this kind of thing a lot:

  • Wow, I can’t believe I used to like that
  • I was such a loser when I was 13
  • What was WRONG with me
  • I just found some of my writing from the 90s. How embarrassing. 

And here’s what I always want to say when people say things like that: You didn’t suck then. Your old writing is nothing to be ashamed of. Your youth is nothing to be ashamed of.

You were a person, and you were younger and knew less than you do now. That’s a good thing. It means you’re still learning.

But your younger self was worthy. Good. Deserves respect. And so do other young people who are similarly young and inexperienced, and who similarly have a lot to learn.

(via sepiacircus)

genprogress:

Did you know only 5% of LGBT adults ages 18-24 are “out” in the workplace? A new report from Generation Progress and the Center for American Progress finds LGBT youth are facing “undue burdens” as they enter the workforce. Read the report here.

genprogress:

Did you know only 5% of LGBT adults ages 18-24 are “out” in the workplace? A new report from Generation Progress and the Center for American Progress finds LGBT youth are facing “undue burdens” as they enter the workforce. Read the report here.

micdotcom:

Watch: Black teen uses Vine to catch white people following him around stores 

These videos allegedly show a number of convenience store clerks nonchalantly following Polo to “make sure” he doesn’t steal anything.
They are not slick. Each time Polo catches them snooping, his accusatory outburst sends them scurrying down the aisles. 
It would be hilarious social commentary if it was so real.
Follow micdotcom

micdotcom:

Watch: Black teen uses Vine to catch white people following him around stores 

These videos allegedly show a number of convenience store clerks nonchalantly following Polo to “make sure” he doesn’t steal anything.

They are not slick. Each time Polo catches them snooping, his accusatory outburst sends them scurrying down the aisles. 

It would be hilarious social commentary if it was so real.

Follow micdotcom

herbgardening:

hippie-galaxy:

This is perfect.

YES

herbgardening:

hippie-galaxy:

This is perfect.

YES

(Source: treerings-sing, via greeklesbian)