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Human Rights Campaign president: "HRC has done wrong by the transgender community"

gaywrites:

Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, gave a powerful, almost shocking keynote speech at the Southern Comfort Conference in Atlanta this week. In the speech, he apologized for the organization’s past mistreatment of transgender people.

Griffin also announced HRC’s renewed commitment to trans equality, including a fully inclusive antidiscrimination bill, tackling antitrans violence, pushing for equal bathroom and public accommodations access, and opposing the “womyn-born-womyn” policy at the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival. 

The link above includes the full speech, but here’s an excerpt:

So I am here today, at Southern Comfort, to deliver a message. I deliver it on behalf of HRC, and I say it here in the hopes that it will eventually be heard by everyone who is willing to hear it.

HRC has done wrong by the transgender community in the past, and I am here to formally apologize.

I am sorry for the times when we stood apart when we should have been standing together.

Even more than that, I am sorry for the times you have been underrepresented or unrepresented by this organization.

What happens to trans people is absolutely central to the LGBT struggle. And as the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization, HRC has a responsibility to do that struggle justice, or else we are failing at our fundamental mission.

I came here today in the hopes that we can begin a new chapter together. But I also came here to tell you the truth. We’re an organization that is evolving. We may make mistakes. We may stumble. But what we do promise is to work with you sincerely, diligently, with a grand sense of urgency, listening and learning every step of the way.

And I also want to be clear that I’m not asking you to be the ones to take the first leap of faith. That’s our job. My mom taught me that respect isn’t given, it’s earned.

Read the whole thing. Holy crap. 

I actually had the privilege of going to the human rights campaign office in D.C this summer for a program at the camp I went to. I met with one of their representatives, and a representative from GLSEN. We learned so much about the LGBTQ+ community, plus some knowledge we’d been studying, and then went to go talk to members of congress about equal rights to ALL LGBTQ+ peoples. After I met with them, I went back to my camp to try to get people to donate to GLSEN, The Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network, and had the misfortune of talking to a counselor who proceeded to tell me he thought gay people were okay, but transgender/sexual people were disgusting. I was absolutely abhorred by his comments, but I can understand why he thought that way. For years now, many campaigns have really only been working towards sexual rights openly, while transgender and transsexual rights have been in the shadows. So, this man has only learned to accept gays and lesbians because he has not been taught about understanding transgender people. To hear the president of the human rights campaign say this is a huge step forward for all people to understand and accept transgender and transsexual people as they are.

huntri-ftw asked:

Hi there! So I'm in the process of creating my own Web comic and I was curious if you had any tips or advice? And any resources that you'd recommend? Please and thank you~

mayakern:

i don’t really have any resources that pertain specifically to webcomics. i went to school to study comics but it was pretty heavily focused on print so what i do online is pretty much just take those ideas and apply them to the web as a medium. i always suggest scott mccloud’s “making comics” to anyone who wants to make comics at all. it’s a really good basic guide to comics and he’s a great comic artist.

other reading i highly recommend: asterios polyp (by far one of my all time favorite comics; it isn’t a guide or a how to, but i think anyone who has read it can understand how valuable it is to have in your mental archives), framed ink (actually about storyboarding, but can be applied to comics as well), and perspective! for comic book artists (do i even need to explain this one; actually, i need to go back and dust up on it now that i think about it…)

other than that, all i can really tell you is to just do the work. make the story you want to make but understand that different types of stories will require different amounts of work in different areas. if you’re going to make a comic in space, you better get good at drawing all that space stuff, etc etc etc. basically, it’s your story, work as hard as you want to to do it justice. if you put in good work, even if it starts out rocky, eventually you’ll get to a good place. if you crap out on yourself, you’ll probably make crap. making comics is a lot of work and there is no way around that. it is very much a labor of love (not to say there can’t be compensation, but it’s like animation; why would anyone draw that much of the same thing over and over and over again if they didn’t love what they were doing).

one last thing: you’re going to screw up. it happens. you can’t make a perfect comic. it’s better to start and realize you messed up a year later than to keep putting it off for years and be left with nothing. there is a lot to be said for careful planning and plotting, but after a certain point you just have to make the damn thing and know that no matter what, in a year you are going to grimace when you look back at that first page. our taste always evolves ahead of our talent so don’t wait until you are “good enough.” if i had waited until i was good enough i would never have made any comics. it’s all good and well to practice drawing beforehand and improve yourself, but nothing with force you to improve more than actually making that damn comic.

yuiinyan:

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lacedupinshame:

I didn’t see any many galaxy/nebula brushes floating around, so I made my own! (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧*:・゚✧  Hope someone find it helping ;v;

You have to add detail and effect by self, but it’s pretty easy!! Maybe I make tutorial on it later ;v;

I suggest detail and blend layers on luminosity or addition!! Use bright colours!

FOR BLENDING:

I suggest using a watercolour brush on following sets:

Size: 26.0

Min size: 60%

Density: 100%

Spread: 50%

(No Texture)

Blending: 50

Dilution: 50

Persistence: 80

Keep opacity: yes

Smoothing Prs: 50%

+Advanced Settings:

Quality: 2

Edge Hardness: 0

Min Density: 0

Max Dens Prs: 100%

Hard <-> Soft: 100

Dens: Yes Size: Yes Blend: Yes

FOR DETAILING:

I suggest using a brush on the following sets:

Size: 100.0

Min size: 3%

Density: 54%

Spread: 100%

(No Texture)

Blending: 49

Dilution: 0

Persistence: 80

Keep opacity: no

+Advanced Settings:

Quality: 2

Edge Hardness: 0

Min Density: 10

Max Dens Prs: 49%

Hard <-> Soft: 0

Dens: Yes Size: Yes Blend: No

gavinosbornedrors:

howtodrawcomics:

When it comes to creating characters, sometimes it’s easy to let them slip into the same old stock standard set of body types. Basically clones with a few props, hairdos and make up to spice things up a bit. After a while, having the same actor play dress up for every character gets kinda boring…

It’s tough to break the habit too, especially when you’re taught a single set way to draw. Not to say having a solid construction method is ever a bad thing, as long as it doesn’t confine your creativity.

Check out these nifty tips and pointers by jeinu to give each of your comic book characters their own a unique flavour of memorable originality.

(To download these at full res simply hit the options menu and click download, otherwise head on over to jeinu’s DeviantArt Tutorial Gallery at http://jeinu.deviantart.com/gallery/25335623/Tutorials )

This is important, and something I super need to improve on. All these tips and stuff for drawing are crazy useful and very, very appreciated. 

donkos:

gekkan shoujo nozaki-kun is a treasure,

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