My friend (note, they are a trans woman of color) is asking for folx to help fill their survey on representation in the music industry if you don’t mind! Anyone can fill it out and boosts are appreciated. Many of the questions are optional
Can anyone recommend a good #Goodreads alternative?
Things that are important to me: usability, data privacy
I mainly want to track what I read; I dont really need socializing features. Phone-only apps are fine.
Missing things & surprising realizations
So weird that one of the things I miss the absolute most right now is being able to go to a pub and just hanging there. (When I say pub, I mean an Irish pub, and no, I don't live in Ireland).
I miss Irish accents around me, and the fun that's going a place and knowing the other regulars. Maybe reading a book, and then going home to bed. Bringing the doggos to hang in a corner, all comfy.
This is really surprising because it's not like I would hang out there before - in fact, it's been years I've been in one. And it's so interesting what things we realize we miss when we cant have *anything* long enough. Turns out, I really miss clubs and pubs, even though I thought that I don't like going out anymore...
Curious to see what other realizations come to the surface before the year is out!
Thanks 2020, I guess?
(Yes, this is an entirely weird post).
What is currently your largest peeve? Not pet peeve, bc those can be funny, but actual thing people do that has consequences.
For me it's the lack of solidarity. That is always something that irks me, but I think it's going to be very hard for me to forget how people are behaving currently, because I strongly believe that times like these show anybody's true colors... and that means, you can now see a fairly unfiltered version of people that reveals quite a bit about them.
struggling with mental state; online community suggestions?
Lately, I've really been struggling with my mental health...
I think it might help to just find a community and people to talk to about this (rather than randomly posting angry/sad rants here, though thanks everyone for replying!)... so I was wondering whether anyone could recommend a place to start (not a FB group)?
I heard Discord might be an option, but not sure what servers might be a good idea to join? Or do you know of any Masto instances that specifically talk about this? Or even a good old-fashioned forum? Dont mind at all if it's a .onion either.
Any help appreciated, thank you, fellow Fedies!
💓 Sending lots of love and strength to all HIV+ people & their loved ones!
I feel like lately, HIV/Aids has disappeared from the news or our shared consciousness, and it's time to bring it back:
This virus is still raging in many places and is an ongoing public health crisis (33 million dead so far!), and while we - in the West - have medication that helps control the effects of it, we still don't have a cure.
People are still stigmatized, and society still has LOADS of misconceptions about what it means to be HIV positive in 2020. This is "not just something that affects queer people" (I use queer to mean all the 🌈 here), but it affects us all, and the virus doesn't care who you are.
Take some time to read about that today. Start here: https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/hiv-aids
If you wanna get involved, look up your local HIV/Aids support organization and volunteer. Volunteers are always needed (in my experience, people speaking multiple languages especially!)
Thanks for reading, please share!
Liebe Community, jetzt wäre es Zeit, laut zu werden
#CryptoWars: Grünes Licht für umkämpfte EU-Erklärung zu Entschlüsselung
Diplomaten haben die von der Bundesregierung ausgearbeitete Entschließung des EU-Rats zur Verschlüsselung gebilligt. IT-Firmen sollen beim Entschlüsseln helfen.
I have 9 followers on here so I probably won't find anyone who's interested, but won't hurt to try, so: I make customised stim toys and jewellery! prices are 7-15 € depending on the style plus shipping (based in germany, so shipping is 10 € outside of the EU)
these are only examples, I always do custom orders so beads materials, texture, colours etc are customisable! #stimyfactory
there's no shop, if you want one just message me. I promise it's super easy to configure it just how you like it, I have a simple configuration form and everything 😌
Need help with finding a handle on birbsite
I'm thinking about creating a professional Twitter account... and am unsure about what handle to use. There are reasons to keep it separate from my private one.
Does anyone have experience with this? Just first name and last name? Are there conventions I should be aware of? Is it ok to make it more fun?
What professional accounts do you follow?
The developers of Signal are currently doing a user survey:
I told them that I really like the app but also that I would like:
a) Signal on @fdroidorg
b) a proper desktop client
c) no data stored in "secure enclaves"
Maybe you'd like to tell them, too?
❓ bell hooks question!
I want to give "The Will to Change" to a friend, but since they don't generally read feminist texts, and English isn't their first language... not sure they'd enjoy a long text in English, and I don't want them to get frustrated over language.
I was wondering whether anyone had maybe made a zine about the book/ topic that you could recommend? German or English would be fine. Or are there any books out there that discuss men, masculinity, love that I should look at besides (or instead of) this one?
Haven't read it yet myself (but plan to), so am really looking for something that speaks to men about connecting to their emotions and being more open/ able to (experience & give) love.
Would be grateful if you could share and ask around! Thank you so much!!
Oh damn, we arrived at "they are getting our women pregnant to make us die out".
Please somebody come pick up this lady. (I am so glad that my room is mainly 3 people talking about food.)
#cybrepunk queer femme --
i am lonely in crowds,
tethered here by chance