Protected Beliefs

What with the Maya Forstater case recently, what a better time to explain what “protected belief” means and what it does not mean.

Layman wise it’s means you can believe whatever you want. Also layman wise, it also means you CANNOT harass, discriminate and be violent towards others.

So you can believe there is a man who lives in the moon.

You can have a religious belief.

You can believe that Unicorns truly do exist.

You can “believe” that white people are better than POC.

You can believe that the earth is flat.

You can believe that wearing a mask is restricting your speech.

This is all protected.

What is not protected, is harassing, demeaning, degrading and being violent towards other people who don’t believe in what you believe in. Just like others can’t do that towards you and what you believe in.

It’s been interesting to see TERFs and Gender Criticals bragging how MF “won”. All she won was the opportunity to appeal at the employment tribunal. Which she would probably still lose anyway, it’ll be interesting to see if she goes for it. She also “won” the confirmation that what she thinks IS a belief. I really wish the main stream media, would be a bit smarter than this. But then again, we are talking about main stream media.

A little bit of LGBT “Science”

Just a quick blog about some of the History behind LGBT. I decided to write this, because a lot of TERFs and Gender Criticals don’t like being compared to the Far Right, Fascists’, or the beginning of the Nazis. Honestly, I don’t care if you don’t like being compared to a group that you don’t like, especially if you are doing what they do, or what they have done.

Expect a lot of “Did you know”

So…Did you know that the Nazi’s actually burnt down the first “modern day” LGBTQIA learning center?

LGBTQ Institute in Germany was burned down by Nazi’s – Teen Vogue, 2017: LUCY DIAVOLO

On May 6, 1933, Nazi demonstrators raided the libraries of the Institut für Sexualwissenschaft, a German name that roughly translates to the Institute of Sexology. The Institute was a privately operated research space for studies of human sexuality. More than 20,000 books were taken from shelves and burned days later in the streets by Nazi youth groups.

It was a blow to the life’s work of Magnus Hirschfeld, the institute’s founder. Hirschfeld, was himself Jewish and gay. He was a pioneer for rights and liberation in Berlins LGBTQ community. Founding the institute in 1919, after beginning his career as an activist in 1896, he created the pamphlet Sappho and Socrates, about a gay man who took his own life after he felt he was being coerced into a straight marriage.

The resources and data at Institut für Sexualwissenschaft were never replaced.

Teen Vogue Lucy Diavolo

The next two links, are links to papers that demonstrate how the a trans brain works and how a gay brain works. These are very complicated. These are actual academic papers, and are not from teen vogue.

It should also be noted that LGBTQIA is a relatively new “Science”, so not everything is 100% known. Especially since the destruction of Magnus Hirschfeld’s work, there’s hasn’t been much to go on. Other than how older cultures and religions have represented the LGBTQIA community.

Transgender brains are more like their desired gender from an early age”

European Society of Endocrinology. “Transgender brains are more like their desired gender from an early age.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 24 May 2018. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180524112351.htm>.

Structural connections in the brain in relation to gender identity and sexual orientation

Burke, S.M., Manzouri, A.H. & Savic, I. Structural connections in the brain in relation to gender identity and sexual orientation. Sci Rep 7, 17954 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-17352-8

Breast cancer risk in transgender people receiving hormone treatment: nationwide cohort study in the Netherlands

This large nationwide cohort study in the Netherlands showed an increased risk of breast cancer in trans women compared with cisgender men. The risk in trans women is still lower than in Dutch cisgender women and resembles a more female type of breast cancer and hormone receptor status. In trans men, a lower risk compared with Dutch cisgender women was observed.

Part of the studies conclusion from the BMJ

de Blok C J M, Wiepjes C M, Nota N M, van Engelen K, Adank M A, Dreijerink K M A et al. Breast cancer risk in transgender people receiving hormone treatment: nationwide cohort study in the Netherlands BMJ 2019; 365 :l1652 doi:10.1136/bmj.l1652

This is a completely fascinating paper. If you don’t want to read too much, and you’re like me. Not very smart, Science-wise. This has pictures! Haha … Showing the differences, and you can definitely see them!

After May the 4th and May the 5th

Comes May the 6th!

Here’s a few things that have happened on May the 6th (over different years).

  • 2004 The final episode of Friends is aired
  • 1994 The Channel Tunnel linking the United Kingdom with France is opened
  • 1992 Marlene Dietrich passes
  • 1976 A massive earthquake hits northeast Italy
  • 1957 The last episode of “I Love Lucy” aired
  • 1937 The Hindenburg zeppelin filled with hydrogen goes up in flames – killing 36 of the 97 persons aboard.
  • 1915 American baseball player Babe Ruth, hit his first major league home run; he finished his career with 714 homers, a record that stood until 1974.
  • 1877 Crazy Horse, a leader in the Sioux resistance to European Americans’ invasion of the northern Great Plains, surrendered in Nebraska.

Learn, will you

Not a difficult concept.

So I am going to write a list of things, that in my mind make sense. But others seem to have difficulty with this concept. When trans became more legal. That is usually a sign that it’s becoming more socially acceptable as well. Other things that increased when it become legal or more socially acceptable.

  • Gay and Lesbian
  • and by extension LGBTQIA+
  • Left Handers
  • Women voting (I’m sure the numbers of women voting increased).
  • Different religions, well, some of the actual first religions, being “accepted” into Christian societies.
  • When vaccinations came along, and especially when they became safer.

Why I find some other people weird

I was thinking about how some people out there, mainly your Conservative Christians or Conservative Religious people. How one of their complaints about trans people is that “God didn’t make a mistake, so stop trying to change your sex”. Now as we all know trans gender people know they can’t actually change sex. (Although with Science this is not actually that far off).

Whose saying though that God made a “mistake”? Apparently God doesn’t make mistakes? And who are they to question whether or not God made a mistake?

The same people who say to others to stop changing their bodies, because God doesn’t make mistakes. Are also the same people who:

  • Want surgeries done on intersex infants
  • Bleach their hair, change their hair
  • Straighten their teeth
  • By glasses and contact lenses
  • Don’t stop (and sometimes get some themselves) people from cosmetic surgeries.
  • They use make up.
  • Fight against people getting abortions.

1533 – 2003

In 1533 King Henry VIII passes the Buggery Act 1533 making all male–male sexual activity punishable by death … That bugger.

1967 … Ten years after the Wolfenden Report, MP Leo Abse introduced the Sexual Offences Bill 1967 supported by Labour MP Roy Jenkins, then the Labour Home Secretary. When passed, The Act decriminalised homosexual acts between two men over 21 years of age in private in England and Wales. Although it was progress …

Together with the criminalisation of anal sex, it was finally repealed by the Sexual Offences Act 2003. As a result, for the first time in 470 years, England and Wales had a criminal code that did not penalise gay sexuality. In Northern Ireland, the ban on anal sex was not finally repealed until 2008. Scotland’s anti-gay laws were repealed in 2009 but, in the case of sodomy, did not take effect until 2013. It seems scarcely credible, but gay sex ceased to be a crime in the UK only four years ago.

“Don’t fall for the myth that it’s 50 years since we decriminalised homosexualityP.Tatchell, The Guardian: Published – Tues 23, May, 2017

For over four hundred years, 400 yrs, being homosexual was a crime. But people still were homosexual.

Oscar Wilde died in 1900, November the 30th. After never fully recovering from hard labor. His crime? Having sexual relationships with men. Although, he did have a few with women, including having children with them. Still, he had them with men too.

My point is, being homosexuality, being gay, being bi, being trans isn’t and never has been a “ideology”. There is evidence for all group of the LGBTQIA group, or at the least very strong assumptions. I don’t think anyone would have noticed if someone was asexual, they would have just been called a Bachelor or a … crone -.-

World Lion Day

Nat Geo Lion GIF by Savage Kingdom - Find & Share on GIPHY

Some facts about the mighty Kings and Queen of the Savannah…NOT the Jungle!

  • Lionesses are usually the main hunters for the Pride. However, Males will join in too.
  • The Tiger is generally bigger than the African Lion. The Asiatic Lion is smaller than the African Lion.
  • Asiatic Lions are normally found in more colder climates.
  • Asiatic Lions are Asian Lions.
  • Lions are the biggest sleepers out of all the big cats. They can sleep up too 16-20 hours per day!
  • A group of male lions are called a coalition. A group of female lions and family of lions are called a “Pride”.

Some famous Lions, and Lionesses!:

Meet the Lion: Scarface -National Geographic Video

The Tsalala Lioness

Cecil the Lion

Jericho the Lion – Jericho was Cecil’s “brother” unlike Cecil, Jericho died from natural cases. Jericho also helped to allow his and Cecil’s cubs long enough to succeed on their own.

Bibi the Marsh Lioness (found poisoned)

Leo, the MGM Lion

Bbc Earth Lions GIF by BBC America - Find & Share on GIPHY

A hundred years ago over 200,000 lions roamed Africa and Asia. Today, that number is about 20,000. That’s a 90% reduction in the population. With only around 20,000 in the wild, they’re now officially classified as ‘vulnerable’.

Conservation and Funding … Reputable Business. 

Lion Recovery  – The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

GG Conservation – The Glen Garriff Foundation

 

30 Day writing challenge … Day 18

18. Post 30 facts about yourself

  1. I’m pretty open on here really. I don’t really hide that much on here, and I don’t think that I’m that interesting to be honest,lol. I am a basic biotch.
  2. The word biotch is the only thing I’ve kept from my time of liking Khloe Kardashian.
  3. I have liked all the Kardashians/Jenners at some point…All, but never Kim. Also, I don’t like any of them anymore…Except for Scott, funnily enough. I really like him. He’s a character. He should has his own show, but I don’t think he could handle it.
  4. I wish I was more confident with my body. I would like to do a boudoir picture for my picture for my partner…But I would just start laughing.
  5. Even though I’ve been told in the past, that I’m annoyingly sexy. I have never felt sexy, as a person.Cute, but never sexy,lol…By annoyingly, they meant, because I don’t even realise how sexy I am,lol.
  6. When I take a good selfie of myself, there are probably about 10 more after and/or before where I make stupid faces purposely…and sometimes I keep them!lol
  7. I annoy myself, because I would love to be a vegan…But just can’t make myself.
  8. I can’t eat anything that has eyes on it still (so like prawns/shrimps. Those spit roasts).
  9. I actually REALLY like vegan food. I just don’t like it being shoved down my throat.
  10. I used to play the piano, but my brother actually played it well.
  11. I think The Golden Girls may be the best tv show ever!
  12. Then Death in Paradise and Poirot
  13. I love running my own Discord channel…*hint hint* There’s not a lot of people on it, but it’s been a lot of fun! I love having the responsibility of having to come up with ideas to talk about. It keeps me distracted. Thinking about other things, other than the harshest of life.
  14. I think Kim Jong Un was in a coma
  15. I think I’m allergic to calamari, but I don’t want to find out. So I can still eat it.
  16. I wish, a lot, that I looked like Liv Tyler.
  17. I prefer action movies over romantic ones.
  18. I had never heard the song “We’ll meet again”until I went to my Poppa’s funeral, a bit over 10 years ago now.
  19. I have really enjoyed the live action movies. Not better than the animated ones, but still really enjoyed them.
  20. I love plushies, after Pippy, they are the best to hug! They don’t complain like my partner and cat,lol
  21. If I won a big lottery, I would probably have a room full of plushies, and Charlie Bears,lol.
  22. I would LOVE to swim with whales.
  23. And stay with a pride (if I wouldn’t get eaten, which I probably would).
  24. I wish mythical beasts exist. It’d make life more interesting! Like your Loch Ness, Bigfoot. I know they don’t exist, but I wish they did,lol
  25. When I went to the UK to visit family, I didn’t think and my great uncle didn’t think to get a picture of me. But apparently when he saw me, he said he knew because I looked exactly like his sister…My gran,lol.
  26. Sometimes I really think I would be okay with having just furbabies over human babies.
  27. I am terrified of not having children.
  28. But I am also terrified of being pregnant.
  29. I really enjoy playing Planet Zoo, but I have no idea what I’m doing to be honest,lol.
  30. I hate wearing bottoms, except for tracksuit pants.

Share Your World…2/03/2020

Share Your World – 03/02/2020

Share Your World

QUESTIONS:

When was the last time you tried something new?

Food wise, I am always trying new food and to try to cook something these days. Adventures type wise, I haven’t done anything new for quiet a long time. I guess it also depends on what “new” is. Next week, I am seeing David Suchett (most famously plays Hercule Poriot_ talk about his career and I haven’t gone to one of those for years! The venue is not very comfortable or breathes easily, which is tough for someone with newly-ish developed anxieties. So it’ll be a new thing for some reasons, but also old.

If you were forced to eliminate every physical possession from your life with the exception of what could fit into a single backpack, what would you put in it?

I want to say my furbabies, but I guess that depends on what people would consider possessions. I personally don’t,lol. THEY ARE THE BABIES, NO MATTER HOW OLD THEY GET!

A single backpack, can I carry some too?lol…I would have to have at least favourite photo of everyone I care about. Probably at least two of my favourite books. I just don’t know which ones,lol.

Probably some of my favourite earrings/jewellery. Clean underwear.

What simple fact do you wish more people understood?

A meme is not a fact. If you’re going talk about truth and facts, then you have to back yourself up with them. Especially now.

What food item do you go through fastest in your house?  (credit to Sandmanjazz)

I have just discovered Philadelphia cream cheese, sweet chilli flavour pour-over dip. Freaking A! I discovered it probably about November last year. I have two containers of it at my mums and two at my partners,lol.

GRATITUDE (Not mandatory for participation)

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Please feel free to share something that really makes you happy!  

My partner gave my feet a little gentle rub. It felt REALLY nice. After being sick, work being at it’s crazy busy time. It’s the one time he did it, and it felt good,lol.

Secrets…Shh…

42 secrets you never knew about the Titanic and the people aboard it.

  • The Titanic sank on April 15, 1912 – 108 years ago.

  • The wreck was discovered 34 years ago on September 1, 1985.

  • While there have been many movies, books, and research about the ship, you might be surprised to hear these secrets of the Titanic and those onboard.

  • From a cellist who wasn’t declared officially dead until 2000 to the divorces that the sinking ended up causing, the Titanic affected the world in a multitude of unexpected ways.

  • One hundred and six years ago, one of the most famous – and deadliest – disasters took place.

On April 15, 1912, at 2:20 a.m., what was deemed one of the most luxurious and safe ships ever built, hit an iceberg and sank off the coast of Newfoundland, taking more than 1,500 lives. The ship, the world’s largest passenger ship at the time, was on its maiden voyage, headed from Southampton, England, to New York City.

It would take 73 years for the ship’s wreckage to be found. Dr. Robert Ballard and scientist Jean-Louis Miche located the remains of the Titanic on September 1, 1985.

While the tragedy has inspired myriad movies, books, and articles, the ship and its passengers still hold secrets and little-known facts that might surprise you.

Keep reading to remember the Titanic and those onboard, and learn more about those affected by the tragedy.