So, do you guys remember LiveJournal? For those of you tiny-heads, it’s like the grown-ups Xanga. I had two different ones for some totally weird reason. One from 2004-2009 and one for a few months in the middle of 2008. I just read the first one in 2008 to try and figure out why I changed it, apparently I didn’t want to mess with all the L Word Icons I had….priorities you guys.
It’s also weird b/c I know in 2008 I used my myspace blog and also my tumblr…and like…I was a teacher in Chicago…what was I doing with an online journal??
Also…REMEMBER MYSPACE THO YOU GUYS??!?! I tried to delete mine but I couldn’t bc the email address I used to start it had been deleted, and you can’t delete your myspace without confirming via email. and since DANNICHICK@HOTMAIL.COM did not exist anymore, I had to do something different. I just unfriended everyone I knew, made my account private and deleted all my pictures…it was dramatic and I don’t even remember why I did it.
I think it’s funny how we make such huge deals out of things and then a few years later we can’t remember them in the slightest. It’s like…everyone calm down, stuff really doesn’t matter as much as we think it does.
Guess who is going to be called “Danniechick” for the next few weeks? Yuuuup.
So, here is where I am at today: I am starting to understand how people go from being “people who care,” to “activists.” It’s like, when you say the word ACTIVIST, it makes most people think of bands of ladies who don’t shave and who paint political slogans on their foreheads and stuff…and like, sure, those ladies are total badass activists, but…so am I.
The more work I do with everyoneisgay, the more people come to me and say, “Hey, did you know this thing is happening, and can you help,” and the more I’m like, “HOLY FUCKBALLS, WHAT DID YOU JUST SAY IS HAPPENING,” and then I have to write about it or sign a petition or do something, because…well, because I care and caring isn’t always enough.
Last week our incredible tour manager, Sloan, told us about this insane bill that is being proposed in Tennessee referred to as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. I have to share with you the text within this bill, which has passed by the senate standing commitee for education, and moves to the Senate floor this Thursday:
Human sexuality is a complex subject with societal, scientific, psychological, and historical implications; those implications are best understood by children with sufficient maturity to grasp their complexity.
Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, no public elementary or middle school shall provide any instruction or material that discusses sexual orientation other than heterosexuality.
You guys. I hope you took the time to read what that said, and then I hope you took the time to think about how fucking ludicrous, dangerous, and batshit bonkers it is. Are we really wondering why kids are taking their lives, and why other kids are punching in faces of those who don’t fit into the gender binaries or heterosexual norms that are propogated everywhere?!
In conclustion (I am sorry for the length of this rant, but JESUS CHRIST ON A CROSS), yesterday I received an email alerting me to a site called www.wesaygay.com, which was started by high schoolers and includes a petition to be signed against the bill.
Go to the site, sign the petition.
Let the high school students who were brilliant enought to start the site and petition know that their action is capable of bringing change, and help be the change-makers.
Let’s fucking do this, you guys.