About halfway through Totally Joe, Joe is telling a story about his childhood, and he casually says, “This was my first clue that maybe to other people there was something ‘wrong’ with me.” Oh, Joe. I wish I could just scoop you up and hide you away from the rest of the world. Joe is proud of how weird, loud, and wonderful he is, except for one thing - nobody knows that he’s gay. While students at school call him the kind of hateful names that make it clear that they’re suspicious, only a handful of people know the truth about Joe’s sexuality. And Colin, Joe’s secret boyfriend, is one of them. But when the bullies start coming after Colin because of his proximity to Joe, Colin can’t take the heat - and Joe is left to consider who he is, what he wants, and what he’s willing to do to be true to himself. Fans will recognize Joe from James Howe’s other novels, The Misfits and Addie on the Inside, and be tickled to get the inside scoop on this colorful character. It’s hard to believe that we still need this kind of fiction so desperately, but we do. To the parent that is unsure: IT IS NOT TOO SOON. The kids in your life are hearing these words, they’re seeing these behaviors, and they need to know what to do. While bullying scenes contain verbal harassment that can be tough to stomach, Totally Joe contains no violence or sexual content. Use of insults like “faggot” and “girl” are sure to start difficult but worthwhile conversations. James Howe’s books are great tools to talk about the roles of bully, victim, and bystander. The more children and young adults read books like Totally Joe, and talk about them with adults that they trust, the more likely they are to become advocates and allies. You can be the role model that gets them there. #lgbtq#safespace#ally#weneeddiversebooks#loveislove#queerliteverymonth#ireadya#bookreview#youngadult
Ever been mistaken for the opposite gender? I bet it evoked a very angry or hurt response! Trans-gendered people have to go through this all the time and it usually tends to continue even after they’ve corrected the mistake because they “look” like a certain gender enough to assume their genitalia. There are plenty of cis-gendered individuals who look like the opposite sex despite their born bodies, and if someone mistakes them for the wrong gender, they profusely apologize! Why such a focus on born sex? We don’t have a problem calling people by whatever name they want despite what they were assigned at birth because they didn’t CHOOSE their name. Why is this so different? .
We need a neutral pronoun that means “individual.” Not only for this issue, but to disarm sexism and equalize. Plus, itd make writing a hell of a lot easier! #ally#equality#smashthepatriarchy#sjw
😠 MOUTH FULL OF BLOOD as I bit my tongue. OK I gotta start with the UGLY. The last time I was @banffcentre @jesse.wente said something to the point of "now that you know, you can't go back and do the same thing" and it has resonated in my being.
I attended @glidesf this morning and listened to the outstanding @og.rev510 deliver a sermon about oppression and fighting the system. He spoke of “Turning the tables” on the powers that be. I listened to Rev. Williams as I looked at a wonderful picture of beautiful Puerto Rican fighting for their human rights, their right to live. I was taken back by it. My man @senortravis once told me in a conversation about travel, “The human experience is all the same.” I think about that. I waffle back and forth about allyship and solidarity, because I don’t know if it is possible. It is an elusive goal. I feel deep down in my heart that people will only fight for what is in their best interests. I have seen this time and time again. I felt this way during the Kavanaugh hearings, and I guess that is why I was not that engaged. Still, we must keep fighting. I cannot worry about if you will ally with me or not. My liberation has never been tied to other folk helping out. @joudicca and I had a conversation about allyship this morning and she said, “Everyone is problematic.” That is true, and yet we must keep going. #glide#sanfrancisco#liberation#ally#oppression#revolution#faith#believe#dontgiveup#blackpeople#puertorican#racism#justice#love
Película dirigida por Bradley Cooper y protagonizada por Bradley Cooper y Lady Gaga. Es la historia de amor entre Jackson Maine, una estrella de la música y Ally, una camarera con aspiraciones a cantante. Después de escucharla cantar, Jackson le ayudará en su carrera hacia la fama.
Aunque parece la típica historia mil veces vista, esta contada de una forma magistral e innovadora. Es imposible no compararla con La la land con la que comparte muchas similitudes. Lo mejor de la película sin duda es la química entre Bradley Cooper y Lady Gaga y con unas canciones que emocionan y a la vez transmiten mucho. El final, aunque trágico y duro, pone los pelos de punta y sirve como colocón final a una trama muy bien llevada. Lady Gaga en su debut como actriz está correcta pero el mejor papel sin duda lo tiene Bradley Cooper ofreciéndonos una interpretación magistral.
“Look, talent comes everywhere, but having something to say and a way to say it so that people listen to it, that’s a whole other bag. And unless you get out and you try to do it, you’ll never know. That’s just the truth. And there’s one reason we’re supposed to be here is to say something so people want to hear. So you got to grab it, and you don’t apologize, and you don’t worry about why they’re listening, or how long they’re going to be listening for, you just tell them what you want to say.” - Jackson Maine, A Star Is Born