Soooo... ya girl is turning 32 in a few weeks (10/12), and for my birthday this year, I'm raising money for @runningstart, an organization that empowers young women and non-binary folks to run for office and engage in public service! But wait, it get so much better...
Because when you make a donation to said fundraiser:
1. I follow your account. 2. I give you a RT of anything you want (within reason). 3. I send you a handwritten "thank you" note.
I turned 13 a few months prior to Train's "Drops of Jupiter" release as a single. My birthday dinner was okay. My father took me to a steak house to mark my "official entrance into manhood". It's okay. The steak was okay. The convo was okay. It's okay. Everything will be okay.
At this point, was it ten years of everything being okay? I hadn't really kept count. It wasn't something I monitored, or wanted to. It was just there: a gnawing feeling that something just wasn't right. With my body. With my soul. Something is missing. Or maybe should be.
I heard the song for the first time in the late summer of 2001, and it was instantly magical. I couldn't afford to buy CDs, and so, I waited for it to play on the radio or television, and I would listen with a lot of joy and a little sadness that I couldn't immediately replay it.
Hi folks! My birthday is on Oct. 12th (yay, 32!), and every year, to celebrate, I do a fundraiser for @runningstart, an org here in D.C. that trains + empowers young women and non-binary folks in high school and college to run for office + be leaders in public service. (thread)
Increasing the representation of women and non-binary folks in elected office is an issue near and dear to my heart, and starting folks early in life on that path is crucial to them leading down the road. So, here's my goal...
I want to raise $10,000 for @runningstart to provide four full scholarships for four high schoolers to attend the Young Women's Leadership Program here in D.C. next summer. And I would LOVE for y'all donate. But what's in it for you?
Could not watch the garbage fire on MSNBC for more than 30 seconds. Just couldn’t do it. The cognitive dissonance even now is astounding.
I don't wanna have a goddamn beer with my president. I want them to know how to do their damn jobs. I don't want the popular kid. I don't want the class clown. I want the girl at the front of the class who keeps raising her hand because she did her homework and has the answers.
I am so goddamn sick and tired of folks who need to be "inspired" to put in the work. Kerry sure as hell didn't inspire me, but you can bet your ass I canvassed for him when I was 18 because it mattered. It always does. Stop waiting for the world to come to you. Not gonna happen.
Taco Bell is not Mexican or Tex-Mex. It's grade-D beef thrown into a corn pocket with some salad on top. It doesn't try to be anything more than that. Which is perfectly fine because it's goddamn delicious.
Like... if someone goes to Taco Bell expecting authentic Mexican or Tex-Mex, bless their hearts. It's just delightfully sloppy and unhealthy food that hits the spot sometimes. All these things can be true.
My friend just told me: "Taco Bell knows exactly what they're doing. They're not trying to be anything authentic other than authentic Taco Bell."
“Any woman who has faced a pregnancy she does not want knows how terrifying that moment is... you know who doesn’t understand that? The men sitting in that room considering a nominee for the Supreme Court.”
This week, I met with Barry Gutin, co-owner of Cuba Libre, in a mediation hosted by the Office of @DCHumanRights. Barry came to the meeting with the intention of listening, learning, and committing to doing better. Our conversation was frank, cooperative, and productive. (thread)
I, too, am very pleased with the resolution we reached. Among all the policy and training changes listed in this release, I want to emphasize that Cuba Libre is partnering with @CasaRubyDC to help ensure other area restaurants are fully LGBTQ-inclusive. A wonderful thing.
I want to thank Barry for the humility and compassion he brought to the table. He clearly has a big heart and embraced a teachable moment. I also want to thank @DCHumanRights for their facilitation of our meeting.
Yeah, I did within hours of the news breaking. She preyed on a 17 year-old. But let's be honest, Sweetie: you don't give a shit about the kid she exploited. You just feel threatened by feminists and feel totally comfortable using that kid's pain for your shitty agenda. Classy.
Hey folks, don't take this the wrong way, but sending your transgender friends articles about whatever conservative media personality having a transgender fetish is just... not okay. At all. Don't do that.
And while we're at it, even with the best of intentions, sending your transgender friends articles about trans folks who have been murdered or abused is probably ill-advised unless you have an understanding with them. These things can be triggering. Just please be aware.
And I certainly don't speak for any other transgender person on this. We're not all alike. Just as with any group, there's an infinite nature to our worldviews. But consider this a friendly heads-up that these things are often anxiety-inducing. Take a few moments. Pause.
Sweetie, I served in the U.S. Army for six years, while I assume you were content with buying yellow ribbon car magnets to show off how "patriotic" you are. I took an oath you didn't have the courage to take. And my service is not yours to exploit. You're welcome.
Goddamn, I am so sick and tired of this National Anthem bullshit. These assholes watch "Band of Brothers" and think they're experts on military service. The white fragility is blatant and galling. The cowardice is embarrassing.
.@Bealsdeals7 Oh, you deleted it? What's wrong, coward? Don't wanna stand by your words like an adult?
It's probably appropriate that tonight especially illustrates the profound feeling of loss in this country across the political spectrum: that of an adult leading our nation. We seem to be a country without leadership, and that's most glaring on days of immense feeling. (thread)
Tonight, the Obamas released an official statement from his personal office on the death of Sen. John McCain. As did the Clintons. As will the Bushes. And Carter. These statements have been carefully considered, worded, and prepped ahead of time.
And Trump? A 21-word tweet.
Sarah Sanders informed White House reporters that this tweet by Trump is the official statement.
The pettiness and childishness of this "president" and the White House he leads underscores the rudderless nature of our government. We are without a leader.
In 1980, a psychiatric nurse at Chicago's Michael Reese Hospital (and mother of two) divorced her husband in the midst of a particularly troubled married life and decided to pursue her lifelong dream of an acting career. She was 40.
She had a poignant catalyst: her mother's deathbed confession that she regretted not pursuing her own dreams. So, this woman, with no previous experience or training in acting, signed up for classes at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago.
For ten years, she made a bumpy transition into acting. To support herself and her kids, she painted houses and hung wallpaper. She slowly learned the craft, winning parts in local theatre productions. And in 1990, at age 50, she was hired as a street performer at Disney World.
Oh, this is still vivid. While @JoelOsteen spent several days with his church's doors closed to survivors (and had to be shamed into opening them), Muslim youth and BLM groups fanned out across Houston to offer help to whomever needed it.
Is there honestly a person in this country who believes Trump hasn't said the n-word? This whole ridiculous news cycle is based on the bullshit premise that Trump folks will be less likely to support Trump if the tape is released. As if this will be the nail in the coffin.
As if Trump folks didn't specifically vote for him BECAUSE he's the kind of racist-ass person who would say the n-word. I feel like this news cycle is being driven by a great feigning of nonexistent shock solely for whatever ratings can be squeezed out of performative nonsense.
Trump said the n-word. He's probably said it a lot. His family knows this. His supporters know it (and probably love it). Every member of the media going through the laughable "analysis" on networks tonight know it. Every one knows it. And yet... we have to pretend to debate it.
Anxiety really sucks, and I think folks without anxiety disorders sometimes have trouble understanding how little it takes to create anxiety in those who have them.
What is the least thing you've experienced that created a panic attack or rush of anxiety?
For me, it's voicemails that are vague. I'm not kidding. My blood pressure spikes, I can have shortness of breath, and I have to calm myself down and recalibrate. Anxiety really is not something to take lightly.
This has happened to me since I was kid, by the way. Just kinda powered through it. When I became an adult and got through the stress of basic training without incident, I just thought I wasn't being tough enough. Nope. Not the same thing. Anxiety has different triggers.
Ever wonder about the harassment and bullying transgender children experience? Check out this post and replies in a Facebook parents group for Achilles ISD in Oklahoma, in which several parents mock and threaten a trans girl for using the girl's restroom. (thread)
Here's how it starts out. A parent named Jamie Crenshaw posts this...