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PSA: I know image descriptions aren't possible for everyone and I respect that access-needs clash (all disabled people are familiar with this phenomenon). But I also know a lot more people can describe their images than are currently doing so.

If you can, you should describe
* jokes and memes; it's no good telling me I'm not missing anything
* gifs and videos
* your art! I see so much art I can't boost
* cute animal pics; I'm always sad when I can't boost the cute dogs
* audio clips too!

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My spouse has a podcast. Any support to his Patreon helps us recover from a precipitous drop in income a few months ago.

I've written about the podcast here hollymath.dreamwidth.org/94197
and his link is patreon.com/AndrewHickey

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charlie hebdo, french islamophobia 

macron is like, no you see it's a very important part of french culture that we persecute these ethnic minorities,

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weight and gender 

@glitterwitch @Manurweibling @lunchgirl yeah, my dysphoria was at its worst when I was fat because all the nonbinary representation I could find featured skinny, angular people. The body positive and fat acceptance movements actually did more to help me with gender stuff than most queer movements tbh

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weight and gender 

@Manurweibling @lunchgirl Mads you're a gem, thank you

in my experience as well, it's much harder to be read as androgynous or masculine if you have "afab" fat deposits. it's incredibly frustrating and a huge number of trans people, esp trans men, have comorbid eating disorders

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Since @lrhodes just recently suggested that there should be a feature to hide inaccessible posts, and @gemlog reminded me today that folks might not even realize their names and toots might be hard for some people to read unless they are told, I guess it is my duty now to write another round of educational posts.
Hmm, this isn't really my area of expertise ... maybe I should just go find some old one and reboost?
Nah, let's do this.
In this thread, I'll list a couple suggestions for #Accessibility adjustments you can do to help out people who are #Blind, #VisuallyImpaired, or those who for other reasons use a #ScreenReader. Boosts appreciated!
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**Poland abortion ruling: Workers strike nationwide**

"Poles are angry about a top court ruling that bans abortions in cases of fetuses with birth defects. People from across the country joined the strikes."

https://www.dw.com/en/poland-abortion-ruling-workers-strike-nationwide/a-55418784?maca=en-rss-en-all-1573-rdf

#news #bot

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trans, UK, new GRA consultation 

There's a new GRA reform consultation! Responses are due by Nov 27 2020.

They outline Truss' GRA reform response, and then set out a number of questions, soliciting people's views on how well the proposed reforms meet these criteria, including:

* Will the Government’s proposed changes meet its aim of making the process “kinder and more straight forward”?

* Should the requirement for a diagnosis of gender dysphoria be removed?

* Should there be changes to the requirement for individuals to have lived in their acquired gender for at least two years?

https://committees.parliament.uk/call-for-evidence/291/reform-of-the-gender-recognition-act

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@InternetEh It's a lovely morning in the Waimanu lagoon, and you are a blind bisexual polyamorous goose.

I've been awake so long I keep forgetting I still have to go to work today. To do something that is, again, really stressful for them and not a lot of fun for me honestly.

Ugh, this week has been so long and it's only Wednesday?!

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vaccine + 

It seems all we're waiting on now with the Oxford vaccine is for enough people in the trial to get sick. And it's actually a good thing that it's taking a long time; it means the sick people are more likely to need to come from the control group, which implies the vaccine is working well.

Also people who got the original SARS vaccine are still showing lots of antibodies >10 years later, which bodes well for not having to top this up like a flu shot every year.

news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2

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@Juju @Kiki oh dear :)

I don't actually like the agender flag all that much either. I mean I like it as something to identify with, but aesthetically it's much too complicated and flashy for a gender identity that's just "nope!" If I'd designed it I think it'd just be gray. Maybe with a big "NO." in the middle.

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@imani "The first rule of needs and boundaries club is you do indeed talk about your needs and boundaries."

But what would I change it to? I love this name!

I love that when we watched something about Apollo 11 and they got to this bit, my boyfriend made a big deal of nudging me and saying "It's you!"

And certainly the "overloaded but have to ignore that and keep doing the thing anyway" mood that made me choose it is even bigger now than it was a year ago or whenever I made this account.

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someone tell the French that the constant harping about "assimilation" is some super gross-ass colonial shit and telling people in the year 2020 they need to "assimilate" is bonkerballs and also tell them that their "culture" is poopoo and they need to stop it because i am super-duper tired of their xenophobic asses thank you have a nice wednesday

I'm really considering changing my username just because I hate the way my phone's screenreader says this one and I'm sick of listening to it. :)

Still, at least I could put Spouse's pillows back on the bed (he has to sleep with his feet up and lately has been uncharacteristically kicking the pillows off in his sleep) and give Gary some water (his bowl was dry and he drank so much of it when it appeared, poor little guy), so I'm an angel of mercy or something.

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txpol + 

oh hey remember that social worker bullshit from a couple weeks ago? they put back the nondiscrimination clauses for queer and disabled folks, at least temporarily

https://www.texastribune.org/2020/10/27/texas-social-workers-lgbtq-disabilities-discrimination/

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