QUEER DISABLED OKLAHOMA CITY COUPLE IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE
Two weeks ago, I was pretty confident that we were settling in here in Oklahoma - I was even getting paid enough that we were going to be able to cover everything and not starve! It was very exciting.
A week ago I was illegally fired from my job due to my disability. While I am obviously filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Committee, that still means that my April 1st paycheck will only have a couple of shifts on it, and then we won’t be getting anything more.
I am beyond angry and beyond upset by this turn of events. Both my wife and I are putting in applications all over the northern Oklahoma City area, but there’s only so much we can do, and we have yet to hear back from anyone yet. Birdie is in the process of applying for disability, but her interview isn’t until the 4th, and they still have to process it afterwards. It is looking more and more like come April, we won’t have any money. Not for rent, not for utilities, not for food - at least not until halfway through the month at the earliest. And that means that we’ll be risking losing our power, our internet, and possibly (worst case scenario) our apartment.
I am not accustomed to asking for help, and I had to ask some friends on twitter for help earlier this month due to just “first paycheck” issues, and now I need to ask again. I don’t like it. I have too much pride to be comfortable with it.
But I have a wife and four animals who depend on me, and by gods I am not going to refuse to ask for help that we need just because of my stupid pride.
MY PAYPAL ADDRESS IS THATLOVINGRAINBOW@GMAIL.COM
If you guys can spare anything, anything at all, please - shoot us a couple of dollars. I can’t afford to buy or make you anything, but I’m going to keep a list of everyone who donates, so just leave your tumblr url or whatever you’d like to be called in the comments, and you will get a permanent place on the “THESE PEOPLE HELPED ME AND I WILL NEVER EXPRESS MY GRATITUDE ENOUGH” page that I’m going to make on my blog. Hell, if you have a ship for a fandom I’m in, I’ll try to write you a little drabble.
My bank account currently has about $300 in it after paying this month’s bills, and our rent is $600, due by April 3rd. Our bills will be about $250, due by around the 15th or 16th. And we still have to eat.
If there’s anything you can do - from getting us some money via paypal to helping us find job openings that will be willing to make reasonable accommodations for our disabilities, please consider getting in touch with me. And if you can’t do anything else, please consider reblogging this. Thank you.
Beth Cavener Stichter & Alessandro Gallo Collaborate on Ornate Sculpture:‘Tangled Up in You’
Beth Cavener Stichter’s sculptures have an intensely-visceral quality. The ceramic animals she hand-builds demonstrate an human-like sense of understanding with their sensitive gazes and anthropomorphic eyes. But despite their thoughtful countenances, these characters are also perfectly at home in their animal skins. Cavener Stichter’s work does not shy away from the brutality of the animal world, from its untamed sexuality to its endless cycle of predator and prey.
She recently collaborated with Italian artist Alessandro Gallo , who embellished her latest sculpture, Tangled Up in You, with painted tattoos reminiscent of traditional Japanese tattoo art. The 65-inch-tall sculpture (15 feet total, from the top knot of the rope to the floor) shows a lanky rabbit intertwined with a snake in mid-air. It is unclear whether the two figures are caught in a struggle to the death or a passionate embrace. Tangled Up in You is currently on view at the Milwaukee Museum of Art. Take a look at some detail shots of the elaborate piece as well as some photos of Cavener Stichter in her studio.
‘Tangled Up in You‘ is currently on view at the Milwaukee Museum of Art
IT’S IN MILWAUKEE??
shoutout to all the other ex-gifted & talented/honor student/straight a/senior editor/star student/99th percentile/once-creative burn-outs who have, since high school, realized they are truly miniscule fish in a giant, endless ocean, criticized themselves to the point of creative paralysis, and participated in so much self-sabotage they no longer see the point of doing anything at all because they’re just going to ruin it for themselves anyway
this one’s for you
Q:Hey. I have a question that has troubled me for a while now. I am a firm believer and communicator of the feminist movement and ideals. I believe that women are not defined by the clothes they were, their skin color, their sexual orientation, their gender expression or the genitals they were born with. But when discussing this with friends and strangers alike, ultimately the same question raises, "then, what is it that defines a woman?" I never know how to answer it. Do you think you could help?
I mean I think the compulsion or need to put a definition on something as fluid and ambiguous as gender is part of the problem to begin with
#maybe there is no definition #and maybe that’s okay