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Queer relationships study, participants wanted 

"SOQIR (pronounced So Queer; Study on Queer Intimate Relationships) is an IRB-approved and NIH- and Columbia University-funded study designed to learn more about same-sex, same-gender, and trans relationships. While we occasionally see study data come out about queer folks’ relational experiences, it’s often designed as a comparison point to straight and cis relationships. SOQIR is different; its team of researchers all ID as queer, trans, and/or non-binary; they’re focused on our community exclusively, and want to learn more about the unique challenges, stressors and strengths of women (trans and cis), nonbinary people and trans men in relationships with each other."

"Who’s eligible to participate?

People who:

* Identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, trans, nonbinary, or are same-sex or same-gender attracted;

* Are currently in a relationship with someone who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, trans, nonbinary, or who is same-sex or same-gender attracted.

* Are 18 or over."

"Participants in the survey can expect to spend 35-50 minutes answering questions; some who take it may also be contacted about an additional face-to-face interview along with their partner, which will be compensated, and also may include an exclusive opportunity to meet Maizie, the leading feline member of the SOQIR team."

autostraddle.com/soqir-is-here

Direct link to the survey:

soqir.org/

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trent showed me a meme once that talked about how everyone in the midwest throws their paper plates away face down so as not to insult the host by showing the food u didn't eat and it's haunted me since

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@ox it's, uh, title is "hope: an invasive species that takes root deep in your muscles and even though you never did a thing to encourage it, even though you fear it, even though it leaves a bitter taste in your mouth, even though it will only die, again, and again it seeks a crack in your skin and blossoms and blossoms and blossoms." *cough* you can't take the theatre out of the theatre kid?

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Baltimore Museum of Art will present an exhibition of works selected by members of the security team, workers who spend more time amidst the collection than anyone else: artbma.org/about/press/release

via Metafilter: metafilter.com/192096/Guarding

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Handy tip for allergies from my allergist 

Hey, especially if the smoke is kicking your butt and you get eye drops to soothe your eyes, keep the bottle in the fridge. The drops going in cold feel so refreshing.

And in the US there are two main OTC antihistamine eye drop kinds: ketotifen (Alaway) and olopatadine (Pataday). Alaway is cheaper but can sting, but if cold it stings way less. (Pataday works a little better but is $$$).

Stay safe my smoky friends! :flan_set_fire:

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re: Testosterone, masculinity, transition, shyness of speech 

@ghost_bird @porsupah Yes, exactly.

It's why I've long said there needs to be an equivalent word to "transmisogyny" for the toxic combination of transphobia and misogyny that trans men face.

"Transmisandry" doesn't do it, because it's not based on our masculinity, at least not primarily (though a dehumanization of men in general is definitely also at work).

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I don’t follow transmasc issues particularly so I found this conversation about the attitude of “testosterone’s powerful stuff; best to start with a lower dose” very interesting:

thechatner.com/p/jules-gill-pe

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Got my Lego bonsai tree assembled last night and went with the cherry blossom variant they offered because there’s so. many. frogs!

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Disability wrath month 

2. It shouldn't have to happen. The Venn diagram circles of "building designers" or "public transport managers" and of disabled people barely overlap. They should.

It's so frustrating! Disabled people are chronically unemployed or underemployed. And /there are jobs we should be doing/ but aren't. These workers shouldn't have to simulate disability because it shouldn't only be abled people doing those jobs.

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Amazon stands by and does nothing as Chinese scammers hijack Cliff Stoll's Klein bottle business to usurp its positive reviews: kleinbottle.com/#AMAZON%20BRAN, via news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2

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I still like to freak out other people's kids by telling them about the old days when the app store was an actual place at the mall and they had shrink-wrapped cardboard boxes with one app inside for like thirty dollars and watch their brains melt.

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I've heard so much about how terrible it is that brands whisked away their pride month logos, this is a great example of what they should be doing instead. :)

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I sent this picture to the household group chat and @QueenMollyBones is immediately like "we should get one for the house" and I'm like "yes! we need to." :)

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i say a limited capacity because the way it works on the typewriter is there's a separate key for the "word extension" glyph. it works but its not terribly interesting. the same is true of Unicode, where there's a code point (U+0640 ARABIC TATWEEL) which plays the same role.

compare that to the jaw dropping beauty of Ottoman maps that use the elasticity of the script to make labels of things cover and follow the thing they label. digital text rendering cant really do this...

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(also, you do not have to be trans or nonbinary to perform this action, it is in fact a great thing for allies to do because you won't personally take a hit to your sense of self if someone gives you a hostile reply that invalidates the existence of nonbinary gender!)

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I really love this quote, from the ruling to allow X gender markers on U.S. passports:

"A chef might label a jar of salt a jar of sugar, but the label does not make the salt any sweeter."

lambdalegal.org/blog/zzyym_us_

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