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lyraeon:

But what if the princess was in the tower because she was the dragon?

Like the queen gives birth and oops it’s this adorable little scaley lizard with tiny wings that she can never quite seem to fold right

None of the King’s advisors or doctors can explain it, no one can remember anyone who might have cursed the royal family, plus sire she’s clearly yours still I mean look at those eyes

They just kind of accept it and keep her in a tower so no one tries to slay her

The queen or castle servants reading bedtime stories to the toddler princess, who’s made a nest of her favorite toys and some jewelery she stole off her mother, and when she laughs little puffs of smoke come out of her mouth

The king being so proud when she flies across the room for the first time

And once the princess comes of age, confused knights breaking into the tower to find a twenty foot long dragon sitting at the vanity getting her horns polished by her handmaidens

White people get so angry at the phrase, “You cannot be racist towards white people.”

I will never understand why.

Why are you so angry that you are being treated as actual human beings? You are not reduced to caricatures, but portrayed as characters. You are treated fairly, judged not by your skin tone, but by the ways that you carry yourselves, by your actions.

Why do you want to experience racism so badly? It is not fun to be mocked, dehumanized, attacked, killed, incarcerated simply for daring to exist. It is not fun to know nothing of your history or family because it was torn apart, whether through distance or death. It is not fun to hear, at every turn, comments reminding you of your lesser status as humans.

Do you really want to turn on the tv, open a magazine, watch a movie, play a video game, and not see yourself? Or, even better, to only see yourself as a criminal, as a drunk, a mocking stereotype, or as someone to be killed off? Or would you rather see fleshed out, well-written characters with lives and personalities and feelings? I know which I’d rather pick.

If I were a white person, the phrase, “You cannot be racist towards white people,” would be the best thing I could ever hear.

i finally put some thoughts into words // thedeathcats (via taint3ed)

allthecanadianpolitics:

Program that helped special needs children on reserves loses funding

A Regina-based program that helped special needs children has lost funding from the federal government to provide services to families living on reserves.

The Early Childhood Intervention Program, which helps developmentally-delayed children in their early years, used funding from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada to train workers and travel to reserves. Funding, which was used to help about 150 youngsters on reserves, amounted to $800,000 and ended in June. The non-profit which runs the program will continue to offer services, but only to Regina clients.

The visits made a huge difference to the McCallum family from the Pasqua First Nation, 60 kilometres northeast of Regina.

Three-year-old Dannalee McCallum has a form of spina bifida and doctors told her parents it was unlikely the youngster would be able to speak or walk.

But the child has made huge gains, credited to the Early Childhood Intervention Program, or ECIP.

"The doctors always told us they didn’t know where her paralysis was in her legs," the girl’s mother Danna Henderson-McCallum, told CBC News. "So the ECIP workers would work on exercises to get her from sitting to crawling to standing. And now she walks along furniture."

CBC News contacted officials in Ottawa to learn more about the funding cut to ECIP, but no comment was provided. An official only noted that the federal government is committed to helping aboriginal children.     

The McCallum family, however, does not feel that is happening.

"I want to be that voice for my daughter — for people who cannot speak — that our children deserve a chance," Henderson-McCallum said. "I feel like we’re not getting a chance."    

She added that paying for the program, from the family’s own resources, is not an option because they cannot use the Regina service even if they drove into the city. Nor is there a program available on reserve.

Todd Peigan, chief of the Pasqua First Nation, told CBC News that he attempted to get information from officials in Regina about the program’s funding cut and a possible alternative. He is still waiting for a response.

"It’s unfortunate that the department of Indian Affairs initiates programs, starts helping children and then cuts the program," Peigan said.

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On the left is Richie, my fiancé, about a year and a half into our relationship and pre-t. He had come out as trans to me about a few months prior to that. On the right is Richie 4 years later and almost 3 years on testosterone. We’ve been together almost 5 years now and his birthday is coming up.

I created a secret top surgery fund for him in hopes to surprise him for his birthday on August 30th. I’m not at all expecting $5000 to be raised by then, in fact, I don’t have any kind of expectation towards the amount raised before his birthday. I just wanted to get this started for him as a surprise to remind him that there are so many people that love him and support him and are wishing him a happy birthday and I know any amount donated would be the best birthday surprise he could ever receive.

Right now, Richie doesn’t believe that top surgery will ever be a reality for him and I want to change that incredibly dangerous mind set. A whopping 41% of trans* people attempt suicide. Richie’s dysphoria, negativity and hopelessness has been growing at an alarming rate. I want to do everything I can to prevent and/or limit the amount of pain he has to deal with on a daily basis. Top surgery would undoubtably eliminate a big chunk of it.

Richie has been medically transitioning for almost 3 years. He has identified as trans for about 4 years. In that time, he has seen so many of his friends within the community get top surgery and it has been a silent struggle for him. He has become more reclusive, isolated and depressed. I don’t want Richie to ever feel inhibited by his body and/or isolated because of it. This year for his birthday, I want him to truly believe that top surgery is entirely possible for him and unquestionably going to happen in the near future. I can’t do that alone, so I’m reaching out to his family, friends, my followers on tumblr, as well as any kind strangers who may know what it feels like to deal with dysphoria or just want to help out an amazing guy who has done so much for others. I honestly can’t imagine anything better than knowing that we all helped make it possible for him to live happily, authentically and without fear or insecurity of his identity, by contributing to the single most liberating and defining moment in his life. I know top surgery will change his life forever and I know that it is something that will give him back that contagious spark and thirst for life that he used to have and remind him that he once thought the world was beautiful and it still is.

Please spread the word by reblogging and if you’re capable of donating anything, you have no idea how much it is appreciated. No amount is too little so please do not feel embarrassed if you can only donate a dollar or two, I’m still just as humbled by your generosity.

For those of you who have already donated and/or have been reblogging and sharing this with your followers or friends, I am forever indebted to you all.

The link to donate:
http://www.gofundme.com/topsecrettopsurgery

I will not stop reblogging this until he doesn’t ever have to worry about wearing a binder for 12+ hours a day and come home with bruises on his back, or be afraid that someone will see the outline of his binder through his shirt and be outed, or doesn’t have to close his eyes whenever he takes a shower because the sight of his chest right now makes him feel further disconnected from his body. This is no way to live and as his partner, I can’t sit idly by and allow him to continue half-living like this.

I’ve gotten in touch with Rodeoh.com, thanks to an amazing follower Stefanie. They have agreed to offer a $25 gift certificate to all contributors of $100 or more!!

If you haven’t, check out the website, there are so many great products from rodeoh and hopefully this will encourage more people to donate for a great cause!

SIGNAL BOOST. Let’s keep this going! I’ve seen pictures of random pretty girls get hundreds of thousands of reblogs and likes. Let’s like and reblog something that will potentially change someone’s life forever. You can make an impact that significant and powerful in a strangers life, it’s your choice and you can make that choice right now by reblogging the hell out if this.

I know we still have a month left but there’s still a long long ways to go. We need to raise $3266 in the next 30 days, guys! That’s about $108 a day. I know it’s an ambitious goal but if you can spare $5, please please do. I can’t stress how much every little donation counts and adds up. If everyone who reblogged or liked this was capable of donating a dollar, Richie’s top surgery goal would have been met by now.

Before you just hit the like and/or reblog button and move on, I urge you to seriously consider if you can spare a couple dollars. I would never ask for help if I didn’t need it. Right now, I need it more than ever.

You cut up a thing that’s alive and beautiful to find out how it’s alive and why it’s beautiful, and before you know it, it’s neither of those things, and you’re standing there with blood on your face and tears in your sight and only the terrible ache of guilt to show for it.
Clive Barker, The Damnation Game (via h-o-r-n-g-r-y)

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Danyel's Kidney/Pancreas Tranplant

courtmgarrett:

Guys, my cousin, Danyel, was recently informed that she is in stage 5 renal failure and is now a candidate for a Kidney/Pancreas Transplant. This fundraiser is to help defray medical expenses, fuel expenses and to help relieve some of the financial burden. Please read and share the link below. Any donations are appreciated. God bless!

dogjournal:

THE TRANSFORMATION OF A NEGLECTED DOG - When we first saw this dog in it’s cage, we didn’t know which end was front or back. We had to get a treat to see which end lifted up to sniff.”

The Trio Animal Foundation recently rescued a badly neglected dog, now named Ellen, from a cage in the Chicago area. The dog’s fur was extremely matted and soaked with urine. A groomer named Kelli from the Mutt Hutt helped shave Ellen and gave her a bath. Ellen was taken to the vet for treatment and is currently in a foster home. Applications for Ellen’s adoption are available through Project Rescue Chicago. Read more from the Trio Animal Foundation Facebook page:

Kelli, a veteran groomer at Mutt Hutt, agreed to come into work very early this morning to see what she could do to help. Without Kelli’s generous offer, I am not sure what we would have done. The amount of grooming tools that she had to use to break through the hard shell of fur was unbelievable. 

Within the first ten minutes we found out that our matted pup was a girl… we have now named her Ellen. For the next hour and a half, I held Ellen and Kelli quickly worked to shave the heavy casing of fur away from Ellen’s body. Even though we had to pull out fur that had grown 2 inches down Ellen’s ear canal and shave matted fur away from her irritated paper-thin skin, never once did Ellen growl or show her teeth. When it came time to shave the matted fur that had tightly wrapped its way around Ellen’s raw legs like a snug boot, Ellen actually looked up at me and started to give me kisses… I could have died. Even better, the first time that she could feel the touch of my hand on her newly shaven back… she looked me in the eyes and it was as if she was saying thank you… her past abuse was literally being shaved away. In fact, 2 POUNDS of fur was shaved away!

Once almost all of Ellen’s fur was shaved off, she was given a bath and then one more trim so that no nook went untouched. We then took a walk upstairs and bought her a new collar, harness, leash and a few toys. 

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If you are interested in adopting this 8.5 pound, around 2-year-old girl, please fill out an adoption application at www.projectrescuechicago.org . Once Ellen receives a clean bill of health from TAF’s vet, she will be spayed and ready for her new forever home.

A BIG thank you to Kelli from Mutt Hutt and to all of the staff at HEAL for seeing Ellen with no appointment and for the extra TLC that you all gave her! Without all of you, this baby girl would not be sleeping on the couch next to me tonight!

Ellen looks like a sweet dog who now has a second chance at life. Click here for more information and photos of Ellen, here for more about the Mutt Hutt, and here for adoption information at Project Rescue Chicago. (Photos from the Trio Animal Foundation) 

disabilityinkidlit:

Want to win books featuring disabled characters?

A lovely YA fantasy novel featuring a protagonist who uses crutches?

A not-yet-released YA contemporary novel about a young actress struggling with OCD?

Then go visit those links, because there’s only five days to win a signed paperback of The Elementals, and only one more day left to win a signed advance copy of Don’t Touch. Your odds look great, and entering is incredibly easy.

Keep an eye on Disability in Kidlit this July, because we’ll be doing several more giveaways like this!

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