I am now ‘solitary and alone,’ having no companion in the house with me. I have gone a wooing to several gentlemen, but have not succeeded with any one of them. I feel that it is not good for man to be alone; and should not be astonished to find myself married to some old maid who can nurse me when I am sick, provide good dinners for me when I am well, and not expect from me any very ardent or romantic affection.

President James Buchanan on his lover William Rufus King leaving the country to be the U.S. Ambassador to France.

James Buchanan was gay. Everyone knew and nobody cared. Also, he wasn’t the “worst president.”

So “Escape from the Citadel” was kind of amazing.

So “Escape from the Citadel” was kind of amazing.

rosalarian:

Everyone is feeling things today.

rosalarian:

Everyone is feeling things today.

Helena Bonham-Carter played Ophelia in the 1990 film version of Hamlet.

You have no idea how happy this makes me.

I’ve never been female. But I have been black my whole life. I can perhaps offer some insight from that perspective. There are many similar social issues related to access to equal opportunity that we find in the black community, as well as the community of women in a white male dominate society…

When I look at — throughout my life — I’ve known that I wanted to do astrophysics since I was 9 years old…I got to see how the world around me reacted to my expressions of these ambitions. All I can say is, the fact that I wanted to be a scientist, an astrophysicist was hands down the path of most resistance through the forces of society.

Anytime I expressed this interest, teachers would say, ‘Oh, don’t you wanna be an athlete?’ I want to become someone that was outside of the paradigm of expectations of the people in power. Fortunately, my depth of interest of the universe was so deep and so fuel enriched that everyone of these curve balls that I was thrown, and fences built in front of me, and hills that I had to climb, I just reach for more fuel, and I just kept going.

Now, here I am, one of the most visible scientists in the land, and I wanna look behind me and say, ‘Where are the others who might have been this,’ and they’re not there! …I happened to survive and others did not simply because of forces of society that prevented it at every turn. At every turn.

…My life experience tells me that when you don’t find blacks, when you don’t find women in the sciences, I know that these forces are real, and I had to survive them in order to get where I am today.

So before we start talking about genetic differences, you gotta come up with a system where there’s equal opportunity, then we can have that conversation.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson in response to a question posed by Lawrence Summers, former Treasury Security and Harvard University President

"What’s up with chicks and science?"

Are there genetic differences between men and women, explain why more men are in science.

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This was beautiful

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I love Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

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corrupter-of-words:

smith-q-and-a:

just a few of the signs we made today for our rally on april 24 starting at 8:30AM! thanks to everyone who came out. 

these are fantastic!  i’m so excited to see femmepowered and open gates MHC create a similar campaign at mount holyoke.  i know both colleges are worried (to varying degrees) about reactions from alumnae, but this alumna supports you—and trans women’s inclusion—100%.

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eposetties:

PEOPLE WHO COVER SONGS AND DONT CHANGE THE PRONOUNS 
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superdames:

The very first appearance of Lois Lane, and her very first date with Clark Kent. From the beginning, it was clear that she had better things to do.

—Action Comics #1 (1938) by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster

Lois Lane: Original BAMF

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I’ve thought about learning Spanish, but I realized that I already know how to say the two sentences most relevant to my experience:

"Donde esta la biblioteca?"

"Yo soy una bruja."

Writer, activist, born-in-flames trans feminist, and proud femme dyke.

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