1. I wrote this paper last semester, and I’ve been planning to illustrate it, maybe expand it, and put it out as a zine. If I don’t do that, I may just include it in otherXcore #3.

     Many school personnel are undertrained in dealing with LGBTQ issues and 72% of teachers-in-training who were surveyed were found to hold negative views regarding LGBTQ youth (Graybill). Interviews suggest that many counselors have trouble discussing things like gay and lesbian relationships because “rarely will a straight male go to a male teacher who takes the position of being an adviser to discuss his girlfriend” (Graybill, Varjas, Meyers, & Watson); in other words, some advisers are unused to dealing with even heterosexual relationships directly, so the idea of confronting homosexual relationship issues is even more daunting and uncomfortable. Another issue regarding counseling is that many counselors neglect to address issues not related to academics; that is, many school counselors focus more time and effort on helping students further their academic careers than on their social needs and concerns (van Wormer & McKinney, 2003).



  2. You have no idea how glad I am that my Descendents post is one of my most popular ones.

    Someone on Tumblr had to say it. And I was right: literally no one “liked” or commented on that post on Facebook.

    I know how uncomfortable it can be to realize how shitty one of your favorite bands is in one way or another. I feel that way about AFI sometimes when I think about how much privilege Davey Havok has probably always had despite all his lyrical whining. I’ve always been the same way, though; I just try to keep my privilege in mind and acknowledge that others have it a lot worse.

    Sometimes, though, as much as those realizations suck, they can be really important. There’s this idea that punk is perfect, that there’s no sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, or any of that other shit, but when we look at things like the lyrics to “Hope,” (which, sadly, is one of my favorite Descendents songs as far as the melody goes), it’s like a reminder that this shit is out there. There’s still a lot of room for improvement in terms of creating a community that’s all-inclusive and fun for everyone.

    Yeah, it sucks when someone you like doesn’t wanna fuck you. However, as much as I adore pop-punk (and I really, really do, especially the ’90s stuff), I’m sick of this “friend-zone” misogynistic bullshit. I’m all for songs about unrequited love as long as they don’t make anyone out to be a whore or a tease just for wanting something different.

    Now let’s all go listen to J Church and think about inclusivity in punk spaces. 



  4. 2 AM at one of my most hormonal times of the month is not a great time for me to be watching Boys Don’t Cry. 

    It is a good reminder, though, to work even harder on making people in the scene more aware of things like homophobia and transphobia, because as far as most kids seem to be concerned, “gay” is still a great slur and there’s nothing wrong with making shitty jokes about trans* people.


  5. Ooooh, shit, and now my dad is bitching about how Chic-Fil-A is being discriminated against.


  6. I look at my newsfeed on Facebook and what do I see? Gays bashing gays. Ugh.


  7. lifeisw0rthliving:




    Beyond this being really cool, I just gotta say…



    This is awesome.

    This is so great!

    (via oohthatgrrrl)


  8. I took my little sister to Wing Stop today after we went Christmas shopping (she bought me a FRENCH BREAD-SCENTED CANDLE from Bath and Body Works, so my dreams have finally come true) and a woman seated near us was saying that the shooting today happened because Obamacare will make it impossible for gays to get their medications (???), so they’ll keep shooting people. She happened to be wearing a Rammstein shirt, which probably explains why her opinion makes no fucking sense.