I was in the UK, and apparently I bought a house to permanently stay in. I reached the backyard which had two small chairs placed near a tree. I walked over to sit, and suddenly a girl was sitting right next to me, holding my hand. "Do you think that you can do this?" I smiled. "I think I'm going to be alright."
I have never felt that calm and safe in my entire life.
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The grand staircase of Versailles at Oldway Mansion, Paignton, Devon, United Kingdom,
The grand staircase of Versailles, which was destroyed in 1752, has cast a European shadow. This astonishing re-creation of 1904-07, based on engravings, is at Oldway Mansion the private residence of Isaac Singer, and rebuilt by his son Paris Singer in the style of the Palace of Versailles.
Devon. Credit Paul Highname for Country Life
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hey! if youre in the uk, theres an active government petition to get non-binary recognised as a legal gender, and to have non-binary recognised as a valid transgender identity.
it currently has less than half the signatures it needs to for the government to respond, and though the deadline to get them is in october, i don't know if we can leave things to chance.
please, please sign it if you are a uk resident. this is personally important to me and im sure to many other non-binary individuals here. if you don't live in the uk, reblogs to spread this are so appreciated.
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I love talking about this so here's another instance of me talking about it: during the 504 Sit-Ins, wherein disabled activists occupied federal buildings in 1977 demanding better protections from the US government as they delayed enacting the regulations set forth in 1973's Rehabilitation Act, specifically the section entitled 504, which was supposed to provide better access to education and employment for disabled people, and the accommodations needed for such.
The activists, disabled or sick in a variety of ways, occupied multiple federal buildings across the the USA. The occupation of 50 United Nations Plaza Federal Office Building in San Francisco lasted 26 days, the longest of the protests, and I believe the longest occupation of a federal building in the USA's history.
The protest was spear-headed and led mostly by disabled women, many of them queer disabled women.
The length of the occupation was only made possible by the support of the Black Panthers, who brought food to the activists daily and stood their ground against the FBI when the feds tried to stop them from entering the plaza in an attempt to starve the protesters out. The Black Panthers then proceeded to bring hot meals every day for the rest of the protest, which ended with the enactment of the 504 regulation
Moral of the story: mass movements and protests work better when you have solidarity among various movements who, while initially fighting for different people, are all fighting for a common goal--rights, safety, empowerment, etc--and the Black Panther Party was demonized by the federal government and individual authorities not only because they were they fighting for the rights, safety, and empowerment of Black people, but because they were fully capable of and did bring unity among the many civil rights groups fighting for the individual causes, in a way that would have enacted great change in this country had they not been infiltrated and destroyed from within, arrested on bs charges, or flat out murdered by the federal government.
Anyway the history of disabled rights are unknown even among the modern disabled, the involvement of the Black Panther Party is even less known, and without the 504 regulation laying down the base foundation we probably wouldn't have the ADA so here's your history lesson informing you about all this. And thank you Black Panthers ✊🏿♿✊
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