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!! OMG, quote of the day: Frank Ocean pens a beautiful reaction to the Orlando tragedy !!

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Everyone should reads this! It captures much of what many of us are feeling I think…

I read in the paper that my brothers are being thrown from rooftops blindfolded with their hands tied behind their backs for violating sharia law. I heard the crowds stone these fallen men if they move after they hit the ground. I heard it’s in the name of God. I heard my pastor speak for God too, quoting scripture from his book. Words like abomination popped off my skin like hot grease as he went on to describe a lake of fire that God wanted me in. I heard on the news that the aftermath of a hate crime left piles of bodies on a dance floor this month. I heard the gunman feigned dead among all the people he killed. I heard the news say he was one of us. I was six years old when I heard my dad call our transgender waitress a faggot as he dragged me out a neighborhood diner saying we wouldn’t be served because she was dirty. That was the last afternoon I saw my father and the first time I heard that word, I think, although it wouldn’t shock me if it wasn’t. Many hate us and wish we didn’t exist. Many are annoyed by our wanting to be married like everyone else or use the correct restroom like everyone else. Many don’t see anything wrong with passing down the same old values that send thousands of kids into suicidal depression each year. So we say pride and we express love for who and what we are. Because who else will in earnest? I daydream on the idea that maybe all this barbarism and all these transgressions against ourselves is an equal and opposite reaction to something better happening in this world, some great swelling wave of openness and wakefulness out here. Reality by comparison looks grey, as in neither black nor white but also bleak. We are all God’s children, I heard. I left my siblings out of it and spoke with my maker directly and I think he sounds a lot like myself. If I being myself were more awesome at being detached from my own story in a way I being myself never could be. I wanna know what others hear, I’m scared to know but I wanna know what everyone hears when they talk to God. Do the insane hear the voice distorted? Do the indoctrinated hear another voice entirely?

Thoughts?

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!! OMG, RIP: Top AIDS researchers among Malaysia Airlines passengers killed after plane shot down !!

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In ‘Reason 1,138,942 the world needs to get its shit together‘ kind of news:

More than 100 delegates and family members of the 20th International AIDS Conference, due to begin Sunday, were on board Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, the Australian, the Star Observer, and the Age reported Friday morning local time.
Those headed to the conference in Melbourne included medical researchers, health workers, and activists. Joep Lange was one of the passengers killed in the jetliner crash in Ukraine on Thursday, the Kirby Institute confirmed in a statement.
Lange was one of several HIV/AIDS researchers and activists on board Flight MH17, according to colleagues on Twitter. They were on their way to the AIDS 2014 conference in Australia which begins on July 20.
“How do we measure how much a person has done for humanity? People like Joep change the course of epidemics.”
Dr. Seema @DoctorYasmin
Lange has been involved in HIV research and treatment since 1983. He worked in particular on pivotal trials in antiretroviral therapy and on the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

Also on the flight were Glenn Raymond Thomas, a Geneva-based spokesman for World Health Organization, Pim de Kuijer, an AIDS activist from the Netherlands and a parliamentary lobbyist for Stop AIDS Now!, Martine de Schutter, who worked for organizations associated with the AIDS Fonds foundation and Stop AIDS Now!, and Executive Director Louise van Deth, along with so many others.
While every single life lost is an awful tragedy, one can’t help but feel the weight of losing a group of such prominent voices in the AIDS research field — influences and educators who would have gone on to save so many others. A terrible loss and our thoughts are with their friends and families, along with everyone effected or touched by the crash. RIP Flight MH17!
[via buzzfeed]

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