Wednesday, March 6, 2013

If you step on my foot, you need to get off my foot.

If you step on my foot without meaning to, you need to get off my foot.

If you step on my foot without realizing it, you need to get off my foot.

If everyone in your culture steps on feet, your culture is horrible, and you need to get off my foot.

If you have foot-stepping disease, and it makes you unaware you’re stepping on feet, you need to get off my foot. If an event has rules designed to keep people from stepping on feet, you need to follow them. If you think that even with the rules, you won’t be able to avoid stepping on people’s feet, absent yourself from the event until you work something out.

If you’re a serial foot-stepper, and you feel you’re entitled to step on people’s feet because you’re just that awesome and they’re not really people anyway, you’re a bad person and you don’t get to use any of those excuses, limited as they are. And moreover, you need to get off my foot.

See, that’s why I don’t get the focus on classifying harassers and figuring out their motives. The victims are just as harassed either way.

Hershele Ostropoler, in a comment on John Scalzi’s blog post, “Readercon, Harassment, Etc.”   

The comment is in reference to sexual harassment that occurred at the Readercon convention and the subsequent defense of the situation by some members of fandom and the Readercon Board.  

It’s also applicable to other situations where someone claims their intentions were pure and they didn’t mean to do something sexist/racist/heterosexist/abelist, etc.  Even if you did not mean to step on someone’s foot—you did.

(via racebending)

knowhomo:

LGBTQ* Allies and Individuals We Are Amazed By
Brothers of Phi Alpha Tau at Emerson College 
(who have been campaigning to pay for a fellow brother’s top surgery)
 
Want to contribute? IndieGoGo HERE
Want to know more? Out.com Article HERE

knowhomo:

LGBTQ* Allies and Individuals We Are Amazed By

Brothers of Phi Alpha Tau at Emerson College

(who have been campaigning to pay for a fellow brother’s top surgery)

 

Want to contribute? IndieGoGo HERE

Want to know more? Out.com Article HERE



Wednesday, January 9, 2013

My name is Karmbir Chima, but I go by KC because it is just a lot easier for everyone to say.  I was born in Punjab, India and moved to the country when I was a few months old.  I am 26 years old living in San Francisco.  I am about to finish up 2 degrees, a B.S. in Biochem and a B.A. in Chem. No, I am not becoming a doctor.  The world has enough Indian doctors.  I am active member of my fraternity, Phi Kappa Tau.  This is my second time I am participating in CockTales and I am proud to be able to share my experiences with all of the guests.  

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Joseph Magsaysay, 17 year old, poet, artist, musician from ‘P.I’, ‘SF, and South San Francisco. I have a very curious/creative mind. I like observing, and seeing the seeds I sow into success. My success is defined by happiness and balance. 

Yosimar Reyes, a Two-Spirit Poet/Activist Based out of San Jose,CA. He holds the title for the 2005 as well as the 2006 South Bay teen Grand SLAM Champion, has been featured in the Documentary 2nd Verse: the Rebirth of Poetry. (2ndversefilm.com) And published in Mariposas: A Modern Anthology of Queer Latino Poetry (Floricanto Press) His words have open up concerts for Carlos Santana in his latest endeavor Architects of a New Dawn (Aoand.com)

Yosimar is currently touring his self-published chapbook For Colored Boys Who speaks softly… 

Abel R. Gomez is a student, writer, community organizer, and ritualist. He has worked with several organizations on campus including La Raza, the Jumpstart club, the Pride Committee, and with a group of student volunteers, organized Queer Yo’ Mind, the first queer leadership conference at SFSU in over thirty years. In recent years, his community work has focused on the intersectionality of queer identity, social justice, and earth-based spirituality. Abel believes deeply in the potential each of us has to step into the fullness of our humanity to transform our lives and bring more beauty and power into the world. He is a junior studying Philosophy and Religion and was recently elected Representative at Large in the Associated Students, Inc. board for the 2012-2013 term

Monday, January 7, 2013

Joseph Greenwell is originally from rural Kentucky and now calls San Francisco home.  He received his Bachelors in Music from Vanderbilt University and Masters in Education from Peabody College, Vanderbilt.  He has worked in Student Activities at Colgate University and Stanford University prior to joining SF State in 2005.  He served as the Director of LEAD, Interim Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, and Associate Dean of Students.  Joseph currently serves as Dean of Students.

Jonny Briz is a Medical Assistant who was inspired by other family members to get involved in the medical field. In his leisure time, Jonny enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing recreational sports, and playing music. Jonny has recently been crossing paths with other individuals involved with music and has been inspired and motivated to further his musical aspirations. One of Jonny’s biggest inspiration and musician is Bob Marley, as he also believes in the notion that music truly can cure hate and bring people together in a positive light.

After a number of years performing this will be Nikki’s return to the stage after receiving her BA last May. Communication and IT Consultant by day by Nikki is now focusing her efforts on her slam and stand up. It has been an honor to be the only female-identified woman to be performing in Cocktales two years in a row and will be performing an original slam poetry piece. 

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Phoenix performing at Cocktales 2012