WOCtover: America Chavez, Kamala Khan, Ororo Munroe.
Marriage equality is cool and all, but uh…
Trickle down equality, yo!
the next targets.
New World is a black-and-white sci-fi/fantasy comic anthology with the theme of exploration, colonization, conquest, assimilation, “going native,” appropriation, imperialism, strained relations… essentially, what happens when mutually un-contacted cultures, continents, and species collide.
The deadline for submissions is November 20th. Head on over to the official page to see how to submit, and I can’t wait to see what you’ve got.
Quick! Someone write something for me to draw!
An aromantic asexual that excels at archery
An aro ace arrow ace
Girls, romanticize yourselves. You are a queen. You are a warrior. You are an enchantress. You are a mermaid. You are a goddess. You are all of these things and more, you are the stuff of fairytales.
Women, traumatize others. You are a dragon. You are a wolf. You are a bump in the night. You are the last thing they see in the darkness. You are all of these things and more, you are the heart of their fucking nightmares.
Tasty beverages and excellent company? It must be Bi+ Ireland Network’s latest round of meet-ups!
Either RSVP on the Facebook event page or else send us a PM or let us know you’ll be there in the discussion group.
And if you’re bi+ and in Ireland and haven’t joined our discussion group yet… What are you waiting for? Send us a Facebook PM and we’ll join ya right up.
Two down, two to go! Thanks to everyone who came to the absolutely wonderful Galway and Dublin meet-ups! They were epic!
Belfast has been moved back a week, so more people can make it! Now they’re totes twinsies with Cork!
OCT 25: Bi+ Ireland Belfast October meetup
Queen’s Arcade in Belfast, United Kingdom Time TBC
OCT 25: Bi+ Ireland October Cork meetup
Bodega Cork in Cork, Ireland 15:00
OCT 17: Bi+ Ireland October Meetup Dublin
Accents Cafe in Dublin, Ireland 19:00
OCT 17: Bi+ Ireland October Meetup Galway
The Secret Garden Galway in Galway, Ireland 20:00
so a guy gave his friend 10 puns hoping that one of them would make him laugh. sadly, no pun in ten did.
had a crappy day? just remember
Warner Bros is doing their share holder meeting today and is revealing details on their DC Comics films. There is lots to report but the big news is that Wonder Woman is now confirmed for a standalone film in 2017. I’ll be back with thoughts later.
I love The Onion …
— Welcome to Night Vale, episode 55: The University of What It Is (via the-librarians-of-night-vale)
Here’s a weird story. That site Who Dated Who lists Nathan Lane as a rumored ex-boyfriend of Ricky Martin. Naturally I decided to investigate. Turn out t was a fake rumor from Perez Hilton, go figure. Somehow though I decided i wanted to read Lane’s coming out interview. I Googled and found old back issues of The Advocate archived in Google Books.
So I read the interview, and then skim through the rest of the issue. It’s interesting to see where the gay press was in 1999. Apparently Keith Richards is a giant homophobe and Jon Stewart has always been pretty cool. Go figure.
The advertisements are still the kind you’ll see in gay mags today: booze, cigarettes, HIV meds. But then half way though I start seeing a lot of ads for vague financial services, and I don’t really pay attention to them. That is until I see this one. I assumed it was some horrible, horrible joke about negative to positive cash flow, but then I see the word “Viatical settlement.” Then I realize that term is in all of these ads. I have no idea what is, so of course I got to Wikipedia.
Turns out Viatical settlements were a once little used arrangement where you could sell your life insurance policy for cash up front, and then the buyer would get the full payout when you died.
They’re legal, but weren’t very prominent until the ’80s when AIDS took off. Since you know gay marriage wasn’t a thing, gay men often didn’t have anyone to have on their life insurance except their parents, people they may have been estranged from or who might not have needed the money.
So this entire industry pops up around Viatical settlements. Gay men got some of their life insurance money when they were still alive, kicked the bucket from AIDS a little while later, then the buyer cashed in.
“From the perspective of the investor, purchasing a vatical is similar to buying a zero coupon bond with an uncertain maturity date [however an annual maintenance fee is payable i.e. the policy premium],” says. Wiki. “The return depends on the seller’s life expectancy and when he or she dies.”
Gay mens deaths: just like buying a zero coupon bond!
And, ok, on one level, great, it provided a much needed way to get money for gay men dying of a disease. On the other this was sadly the easiest way for them to get money. An entire financial services industry arose around the deaths of hundreds of thousands of gay men.
People found a way to profit off of the AIDS crisis. Like holy shit. There’s people still to this day who probably have vacation homes they bought because gay men died.
America right there.
Keep in mind this issues is dated 1999. This was just 15 years ago.
reagan did this.
You ever just read something and need to put the computer down for a while to ponder the world?