Apayauq Reitan, the first trans women to run Iditarod, finishes last and wins the “Committed Through the Last Mile” award. The award, given by Lynden, honors Apayauq for her perseverance and commitment to finish the race through unexpected challenges. The last half of the pack of those running Iditarod faced sudden and extreme weather that caused many competitors to have to scratch and be rescued by race officials.
Apayauq had seven dogs in harness at the time of her finish and although this was not her rookie Iditarod, this was her first one she ran out and proud as an Indigenous trans women.
it’s so hard for me to imagine that people who don’t draw at all or regularly enough to consider themselves artists don’t get this itch to do it when they haven’t in a while. this phantom need to hold your pen, to feel your tablet or paper below your hand? it happens even during artblocks, or especially then, because the drive is there but you don’t usually manage to scratch it
this is a losing battle but I wish people would realize that gimli was aware of how fucked up moria probably was. him and gloin address this from the start, back in rivendell: they talk multiple times about how they've lost contact with those in moria and they fear evil things. the whole lead up to going through moria is interspersed with descriptions of how deeply important khazad-dum and the mountains it's set in is to the dwarves, even in its darkness and abandonment. then when gandalf proposes the idea we get this line: "only Gimli lifted up his head; a smouldering fire was in his eyes" -- nothing about this speaks to naivety or foolhardiness or ignorance as to moria's situation, this is gimli looking clearly and the choices and dangers and deciding that, for him, moria is the path he wants to take, both because he feels it's the only choice left to them (they'd tried the pass over the mountains (in winter!) and it had gone badly, so he genuinely believed it was the best path to take!) and -- despite the ruin & sorrow he expects there -- it's meaningful for him to go there. this is spelled out explicitly by galadriel two chapters later:
"Do not repent of your welcome to the Dwarf. If our folk had been exiled long and far from Lothlórien, who of the Galadhrim, even Celeborn the Wise, would pass nigh and would not wish to look upon their ancient home, though it had become an abode of dragons?"
I wish more people would get this not just because it's annoying but also because it's such an important element of his character, that he's sharply aware of his actions and choices, and their consequences, even as he feels them so strongly, and likewise that to him, that sort of grief and loss is ultimately worth facing & experiencing despite everything -- and that this is portrayed within the text as a meaningful choice that's worthy of respect and understanding
since we’re on the topic; the best thing Jaiden did in her new video was title it ‘Not Being Straight’ and use a (gay) pride flag in the thumbnail.
Right off the bat, its just a small yet important thing to so many people. Because yes; AROMANTIC AND ASEXUAL INDIVIDUALS ARE QUEER. we always were and always will be.
and to have someone who has such a big voice acknowledge this? it took me a very long time to feel like I was part of the LGBTQ+ community because, well, I didnt think I was ever queer enough.
sure, I experience attraction very differently, but I like boys to a certain extent; so im technically straight right? this was a mindset I had for YEARS. to this day I find it difficult to just go ahead and say that im gay or queer.
a while back, I was having a conversation with a close friend of mine who had recently come out as gay. we were talking about the queer experience, and at some point he ended up saying; ‘since we’re both gay...’. I was quick to shut him down, tell him im technically not that. but he said something that meant a lot to me next; he said ‘well you’re not cishet right? so you’re gay.’
he talked a little about labels, and how he doesnt feel the need to use categories when it comes to the non-hetero experience. because at the end of the day, we’re all in this together, right?
Quiet people are actually talkative around the right people.
Biden signed an executive order yesterday with the aim of protecting and expanding access to abortion services
Protects out of state travel to get abortions as well as purchasing medication
Protects access to contraceptives. Health and Human Services are to take any (crucially) legal steps to enable access to medical contraceptives and family planning services
Protects against privacy violations and deceptive practices. (Does this mean that HHS is expected to crack down on crisis pregnancy centres?)
Protects patients, providers and clinics, including mobile clinics, who are accessing or providing reproductive health services.
This order also claims to do a lot of other stuff, for more information please go to the official fact sheet linked in the article.
Also I think it’s super important to note that nowhere in this order does Biden codify abortion rights. He’s still defending state rights to decide the legality of abortion within that state, even though we know that states that criminalize abortion or putting women in danger.
I personally think this is him dangling abortion rights in the face of voters and asking them to vote Democrat or else. All said, it’s still important to know that there are now legal protections for you if you choose to travel for abortions or if you purchase medications.