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Arrived at work to my team mates wearing purple yesterday. A conversation went something like this:

Them: Oy, Gin. Why are you in black?

Still. It was really sweet of them to care, I guess. Anyway, it did say on GLAAD's website to wear purple through October 20, not just on. *waves to [livejournal.com profile] ryogrande as well* XD

Have gone back to living with my grandparents again because I am a impoverished little bastard with no capacity to pay rent without killing myself from hunger (um, and I suppose the tendency to splurge on books and clothes has something to do with that, too--except it doesn't, because I can't even get myself a copy of the latest ASoIF book...s after GoT, l-lol. I AM A STARVING ARTIST (except I'm not really), HOW DOES MY KIND EVEN STILL EXIST. erm.)

Also, the commute from the condo we were renting was hella exhausting. One and half hours when traffic was being a bitch. Which was every fucking day, basically.

The only thing I hate about this new arrangement is that I don't get to live with [livejournal.com profile] dadomz anymore. No more crazed midnight sexcapades, boo.

Watched No. 6 following [livejournal.com profile] copperiisulfate's recommendation, and it was lovely. There were a couple things that left me scratching my head in confusion, but overall I enjoyed its wonderful mixture of shounen anime themes and, well, shounen ai.

It's something that I constantly long to see in most shows I follow, getting to watch the (gay/bi) subtext unfold into the actual "text" of the story (if you're friends with [livejournal.com profile] saramir, head on over to her very sound rant on the subject here), and having that special connection between two male characters progress from something that is only being hinted at into something that actually is.

They've done it in comic books (hello Wiccan and Hulkling, Rictor and Shatterstar, Scandal Savage and Knockout, Obsidian), and we do have Captain Jack Harkness on British television, and Glee's Brittany and Santana on American TV (not including Kurt and Blaine because we already knew they were gay from the start, so there wasn't exactly any progression from subtext and they didn't even have to be "outed"), but we need even more stories, especially popular shows with a vast reach, that play that way. Something to throw non-LGBTQ supporters back, and experience finding out about and dealing with their beloved character's sexuality.

Which is why I'm inviting you all to participate in [livejournal.com profile] rachelmanija's Permanent Floating YA Diversity Book Clubs project. I know, I know I said popular shows, but this project deals with Young Adult novels, which I believe is a good enough venue to start as well.

People always treat LGBTQ themes in media as if they're vessels of the devil or someshit, I am widely aware of that. (The regulatory board in the Philippines still censors television scenes that show girls kissing other girls or boys kissing other boys on the cheek. I had to download episodes online back when I still liked Glee, even though they featured match airings here, because intimate scenes between Santana and Brittany would be cut out.) It was a bit surprising for me, though, to find out that the same is widespread in the literary world as well. Hopefully if more people talk about the importance of having good LGBTQ examples in books, especially young adult fiction, we can change that and give a better access for the youth (who, especially in these times, need it very much) so LGBTQ teens hopefully won't feel so alone and, along with everyone else, become more educated in the understanding of LGBTQ people.

Lol, rambly today. I'm not sorry. :P HERE, have [livejournal.com profile] hermette's Merlin Fandom Primer! :D My fellow Merlin aficionados, help us pimp out our shiny to the world (if you haven't already)! My JE homies, Inception buddies, HP fen and other non-Merlin-crazy friends: hop on over and be converted! 8DDDDb

you know you want to tap that sir dat ass

Date: 2011-10-18 11:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chokoraetodisco.livejournal.com
Hi Ginny! I'm also for LGBT rights! Yaaaaay for equality! *high five!!!*

Date: 2011-10-18 02:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ravyn-ashling.livejournal.com


Date: 2011-10-18 04:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chokoraetodisco.livejournal.com
The gif!!! <3 and lol at junno :)))
Thank you ginny for the gif!! :)

Date: 2011-10-18 11:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chaosmaka.livejournal.com


OMG don't you starve, bb!! *WORRIED*

Date: 2011-10-18 02:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ravyn-ashling.livejournal.com


it's okay, i tend to over-dramatize things! D: comes from having been partly raised in the theatre. or something. i do eat regularly, don't worry! <333333333333333

Date: 2011-10-18 03:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chaosmaka.livejournal.com
HAI HAI HAI *jumps you* ♥

Awwwwwwww you say the loveliest things ♥

HAHA lol ok I see ;) Nah I knew you're not literally starving but I want you to have tonsssssssssssssssss of foooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood and stuff...

Date: 2011-10-18 12:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lolafeist.livejournal.com
I love all of this post so much. So glad you have access to the Internet, dude.

I need to finish No. 6.

Date: 2011-10-18 01:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ravyn-ashling.livejournal.com
♥ i kind of owe the internet my life, man. that might sound a little sad, but it's quite the opposite, really. if i hadn't been coerced into reading fan fiction and hadn't accidentally read Harry Potter slash first, then it would have probably taken me much longer to understand my having ~feelings~ for both boys and girls.

yes, go! :D

Date: 2011-10-18 01:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ryogrande.livejournal.com
wasn't it just last year that they were all mocking you for wearing purple? or maybe that was someone else. that's pretty awesome that your coworkers are not only supporting it, but actually giving you shit for (allegedly) not.

luckily i have enough purple to last all week. :D

Date: 2011-10-18 01:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ravyn-ashling.livejournal.com
i did post about wearing purple last year, but i don't remember you guys mocking me for it? 8D yeah, it really is cool of them. even though their ignorance still makes me headdesk at times, i'm glad that they at least listen whenever i attempt to "educate" them about LGBTQ issues more. i'm also grateful none of them have tried to strangle me for being so anal about it sometimes. XDD

was actually surprised to find out that i have THREE purple garments here. to think i used to hate wearing purple.

Date: 2011-10-18 01:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ryogrande.livejournal.com
no no not US mocking you, your workmates. sorry that wasn't clear. :3

Date: 2011-10-18 02:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ravyn-ashling.livejournal.com
oh, oh! XD i wasn't mocked by my coworkers either (they wouldn't dare), but one of them did say some shit about not minding if all the gay people in the world were to disappear. >__>

Date: 2011-10-18 06:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shes-gone.livejournal.com
oh, thanks for the Spirit Day reminder! most of my wardrobe is purple so I'd probably participate by accident anyway, but it's nice to do it on purpose!

aaaaaaand stealing that gif, hope you don't mind!!! :D

Date: 2011-10-21 03:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ravyn-ashling.livejournal.com
>___< late reply is late, but i'm glad i got to remind you with this post! is it still the 20th there right now? :D

Date: 2011-10-21 03:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shes-gone.livejournal.com
It is, for another couple of hours! And I wore purple all day long. :))))))))) <3

Date: 2011-10-21 03:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ravyn-ashling.livejournal.com
hurray! that's fantastic. :D it's already the 21st where i am, but yesterday was all about the purple and it was lovely. ♥

Date: 2011-10-18 08:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_profiterole_/
[livejournal.com profile] saramir's post was very interesting. I'm always all over posts like that. And like I mentioned there, there's also the Canadian show Lost Girl, where the lead character, Bo, is a bisexual succubus. ^^

I'll be reading Witch Eyes too, for [livejournal.com profile] rachelmanija's bookclub. I've got several LGBT YA books already and this one looks very interesting. ^__^

Date: 2011-10-21 04:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ravyn-ashling.livejournal.com
ou, that's really cool! ♥ checking out some clips of Lost Girl right now, and dayummmm. thanks for letting us know about this :D

i am hoping to find at least a few of the titles found in the LGBT list [livejournal.com profile] rachelmanija linked to. *fingers crossed for the next bookshop trip*

Date: 2011-10-21 08:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_profiterole_/
I'm glad you're enjoying Lost Girl. It's not perfect, but it's a fun watch. ^__^

Happy book shopping! :-)

Date: 2011-10-18 08:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] snoozing-kitten.livejournal.com
When Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy comes out, you should watch it for Benedict Cumberbatch being the gayest little ginger spy ever.

I completely agree. It drives me mental if I want to watch something with LGBTQ it's ABOUT that, not like if you go to an action film there will be romance on the side. It's never not the main focus. It's hard to explain.

Jack is awesome. Arthur's ass. Oh yes. Very much yes


Date: 2011-10-21 03:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ravyn-ashling.livejournal.com
ah, yeah. i heard about B.Cum in TTSS, and that was a real pleasant surprise. ♥ i don't think they're showing the movie here at all, but i'll definitely pick it up when the DVD comes out.

It's never not the main focus.
-- exactly. i get that it's important to have stories that do that, if it wasn't for slash-centric fanfiction i probably wouldn't have understood my own sexuality until college, but those stories usually only get people who are LGBTQ and are already LGBTQ supporters (also fujoshi--obviously not the same thing, as i've heard there are a lot of fujoshi who find gays irl scary =_=). we also need stories that would captivate the general audience because of its really cool plot or whatever, and just happen to have a hero or heroine that's in a same-sex relationship with someone.


Date: 2011-10-18 09:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] therandomgirlie.livejournal.com
I really have to go, so I'll just say SO MUCH OF THIS POST IS AWESOME and I hope you become less impoverished soon! xxx

Date: 2011-10-21 03:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ravyn-ashling.livejournal.com
thank you bb!

Date: 2011-10-19 01:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] copperiisulfate.livejournal.com
i'm really glad you watched no. 6 and liked it. aside from being just very visually pretty and nuanced, the handling of the relationship was exactly the reason it worked for me too. i loved the quiet swell of how they developed and how, despite the very subtle hinting at first, it was never made explicit at the start, how they they felt for each other, and yet, it took its form wonderfully and became this constant thread amidst all the crazy and the chaos. i think it was a very brave move on the author's part to be almost sneaky(?) about the romance because i know it got a lot of fans of shonen genre to open up to a different relationship dynamic than they were used to and yet, one that didn't fall into the really polarizing stereotypes (UGH don't even get me started about the frustrating tropes of bl/yaoi animanga). apparently a lot of folks, especially a lot of dudes, who would normally not go near a series featuring a gay romance watched this and went huh that was actually pretty neat and i think it is largely because it was not all about the gay at all but a part of something bigger. it was more like, here is a city with really skeevy politics and this kid wants to take it down, etc, and btw, these guys tend to dance and kiss and die for each other sometimes.

while i understand the importance of coming out stories, i wish so much that we had more narratives that treated canon lgbtq characters and relationships as simply characters and relationships without all the frills and the vendettas. (and i think this is also why i couldn't really care about kurt/blaine on glee either. i know it's like blasphemy because ~omg canon gay~ but it was too easy and served to me on a plate and i don't want that. rather, i need more than that. i need context and a bigger story at play.) oh and, i still have to read young avengers so at least i get to look forward to that *__*

i also read [livejournal.com profile] saramir's post and found it spot on so thank you for linking to that!

Date: 2011-10-21 03:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ravyn-ashling.livejournal.com
here is a city with really skeevy politics and this kid wants to take it down, etc, and btw, these guys tend to dance and kiss and die for each other sometimes
-- dammit, mirai, that's beautiful.

basically, YES to everything you said. when you recommended No. 6 to me, i'd told myself i would watch it when i get the time. i hadn't been fully invested in the idea because i wasn't aware that it was canonically shounen ai, and had thought it was going to be one of those shows that makes you ship the two boys SO FUCKING HARD but doesn't actually give you anything more than endless ust and ambiguous eyefucking. ngl, i still go gaga over things like that, but i thought, wth. i still have Merlin atm; it gives me more than my fair share of that.

what really got me to watch this series was one of my guy friends spazzing about it on plurk one moment, and then going all, "OH MY GOD HE ACTUALLY--WHY--BUT--AGH--okay moving on," complete with a screencap of Shion kissing Nezumi, and then proceeding to spazz about the latter episodes later on.

i can't wait for the day when LGBTQ themes would cease to be ~*themes*~, and instead simply exist naturally in stories.

Date: 2011-10-23 09:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] saramir.livejournal.com
Hi again! Ahhh thanks so much for linking to my post!

Oh man, that floating book club sounds AWESOME. I will definitely check it out and pass it on. It's so strange to me finding out that less than 1% of characters in YA lit right now are on the queer spectrum, because most of the YA lit I was reading when I was a teenager (and now, really) involves queer characters in leading and/or supporting roles. Guess I put myself in my own little bubble sometimes and I'm reading almost exclusively that less-than-1%, haha. Argh, literary world, somehow I'd expect you to fail better at these things. :-/

Date: 2011-10-24 03:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ravyn-ashling.livejournal.com
you're welcome bb. and thank you for such a lovely and insightful post again. ♥

isn't it? i haven't read much YA, but the ones i have mostly (if not all) feature LGBT characters, so it was also a surprise for me to find out that there are only so few of them around.


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