President Barack Obama on Monday will sign an executive order banning workplace discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender workers of federal contractors and the federal government. The executive order has two components: It prohibits federal contractors from discriminating against employees based on sexual orientation or gender identity — a move that affects 24,000 companies employing roughly 28 million workers, or about one-fifth of the nation’s workforce — and it explicitly bans discrimination against federal employees based on their gender identity.Obama Finally Ready To Sign Executive Order Targeting LGBT Job Discrimination (via ryansallans)
Towards the whole "pronouns hurt people's feelings" topic. Am I REALLY the only person on the planet that thinks people are becoming far to sensative? Nearly to the point that they shouldn't leave their little home bubbles in the case that a bird chirps next to them in a way that sounds like a mean word. Maybe, JUST MAYBE, we're becoming a little TOO coddling and people need to learn to deal with simplistic shit like words. And yes, I've been insulted and made fun of. I got over it. So can you.Anonymous
Supposedly invented by the Chinese, there is an ancient form of torture that is nothing more than cold, tiny drops falling upon a person’s forehead.
On its own, a single drop is nothing. It falls upon the brow making a tiny splash. It doesn’t hurt. No real harm comes from it.
In multitudes, the drops are still fairly harmless. Other than a damp forehead, there really is no cause for concern.
The key to the torture is being restrained. You cannot move. You must feel each drop. You have lost all control over stopping these drops of water from splashing on your forehead.
It still doesn’t seem like that big of a deal. But person after person, time and time again—would completely unravel psychologically. They all had a breaking point where each drop turned into a horror. Building and building until all sense of sanity was completely lost.
"It was just a joke, quit being so sensitive."
"They used the wrong pronoun, big deal."
"So your parents don’t understand, it could be worse."
Day after day. Drop after drop. It builds up. A single instance on its own is no big deal. A few drops, not a problem. But when you are restrained, when you cannot escape the drops, when it is unending—these drops can be agony.
People aren’t sensitive because they can’t take a joke. Because they can’t take being misgendered one time. Because they lack a thick skin.
People are sensitive because the drops are unending and they have no escape from them.
You are only seeing the tiny, harmless, single drop hitting these so-called “sensitive” people. You are failing to see the thousands of drops endured before that. You are failing to see the restraints that make them inescapable.
I am so proud of Kacy Catanzaro! She’s the first woman to ever qualify for the final stage of American Ninja Warrior! It’s so exciting to see her tackle every obstacle with such power and control - and she’s only 5 feet tall and 100 lbs!!
What I’m also extremely proud of from this is the amount of absolute respect and excitement shown by the hosts, male competitors, and audience members as she completes this course! Not a single comment was made that involved sex - they were simply excited and amazed at her athleticism! This is the kind of response we need to women like Kacy! I love this so much!
South Florida’s pine rockland, itself an endangered habitat with less than 2 percent remaining, hosts over 225 types of plants, 20 percent of which are exclusive to the area, and five of which are either threatened or endangered. And now, according to the Miami Herald, it’s about to boast a 158,000-square-foot Walmart, along with a L.A. Fitness, a Chik-fil-A, a Chili’s, and about 900 apartments. Of the 88 acres sold to a developer by the University of Miami, a mere 40 will be set aside for a preserve.Walmart is about to level an entire forest. (via wilwheaton)
Your real son did come back — he came back and he showed you his real self and you killed him for it! (requested by thefirstrisenisbeautiful)
#imagine that though #the boy you loved so much that you ended your own life because you just couldn’t live without him comes back #you both come back and you have this new chance #a new chance to have what you could have had before you both died #and you get it into your head that things are going to be okay different this time around #and then it all gets ruined #what you could have had is taken again by the same man’s ignorance #but this time there’s no quick way out like before because you’re pretty much immortal #and you’re stuck to live with that pain and anger forever and still the person who caused it doesn’t understand #this show is one giant tragedy caused by ignorance #this show is so painfully real (x)