that is the way with stories; we make them what we will. It's a way of explaining the universe while leaving the universe unexplained, it's a way of keeping it all alive, not boxing it into time. Everyone who tells a story tells it differently, just to remind us that everybody sees it differently. Some people say there are true things to be found, some people say all kinds of things can be proved. I don't believe them. The only thing for certain is how complicated it all is, like string full of knots. It's all there but hard to find the beginning and impossible to fathom the end. The best you can do is admire the cat's cradle, and maybe knot it up a bit more.
--Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Jeanette Winterson
Sometimes rocks have urges, too

lgbtqblogs:

Meet the First Trans Man to Win a Gay Games Gold in Powerlifting

Last month, Kinnon MacKinnon became the first out transgender man to take home a gold in powerlifting at the Gay Games.

This was the first time that MacKinnon, a 28-year-old athlete based in Toronto, attended the Games, which is an international gathering of multi-sport events for LGBT athletes. The Gay Games have been held every four years since 1982; this year marked the ninth gathering, held in Cleveland, Ohio.

The 2014 Games’ cultural events and 37 athletic competitions attracted 20,000-25,000 athletes from 51 countries, including two other out transgender athletes: Caradee Tajalle of Guam, who competed in mixed volleyball, and Mason Caminiti of the U.S., who competed in bodybuilding.

"I’m looking forward to representing trans people because I think within the LGBT community, trans people are often left out of the conversation, and remain a vulnerable population within the [already] vulnerable population," MacKinnon told Mississigua News before the competition.

Now that he’s returned home triumphant, The Advocate caught up with an ecstatic MacKinnon via email. Read the interview below and check out photos of MacKinnon in the following pages.

The Advocate: Congratulations on your recent win at the Gay Games! Can you tell us about the competition?
Kinnon MacKinnon: Thank you so much! I want to express big gratitude for all the contest organizers and volunteers, as well as The McClean Clinic for sponsoring me. Dr. Hugh McClean and patient-care coordinator Liz Dezan are huge supporters of trans folks.

It was an incredible experience winning a gold medal for the men’s 75 kilogram weight class. I had been dreaming of competing at the Gay Games since I began entering local powerlifting competitions about two years ago.

What was most memorable about this year’s Gay Games?
It would have to be pulling a 450-pound deadlift — which was, based on my own 158 pounds, 2.85 times my own bodyweight.

It was a very long competition. We arrived at 8:30am and lifted all day. I was deadlifting until 9 p.m. that night. I was physically and mentally exhausted and very much doubted I could pull 450 pounds off the ground. With the support of my fellow athletes and the crowd, I got the personal record I was aiming for!

In your experience, have athletic spaces been accepting of you as a trans man?
I would say that overwhelmingly, yes, I have felt a lot of acceptance. I am on a powerlifting team here in Toronto and I feel a lot of support from my teammates, and from other powerlifters as well. [My trans identity] is not something I announce when I compete, because I am there to focus and do my best, but I am sure that news travels within the powerlifting community.

How did you get into powerlifting?
Well, I had a lot of experience competing in amateur sports up until the age of 19. Not coincidentally, that was also around the time I had come out [as a transgender man]. I became quite inactive for four years, but started getting back into shape and developed a real passion for lifting weights and getting stronger. My competitive itch returned, and so my friend and I decided to give powerlifting a shot. It was such a fun time; I was hooked!

So you’ve been an athlete since you were young?
Growing up, my competitive sports were soccer, highland dancing, freestyle skiing, and snowboarding. My parents were very supportive of my athleticism and I was naturally pretty good at most sports I tried. I have always derived a lot of satisfaction from pushing myself and improving my performance.

queensbian:

queensbian:

What was Zeus’s stripper name?

Greece Lightning.

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zaynmalif:

what an icon

barefootdramaturg:

This is the correct face to make when being told you’re a heinous bitch.

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ourwayswillchange:

20 Vivid Hummingbird Close-ups Reveal Their Incredible Beauty

File under:
#quarter life crisis

thebananaparadox:

That awkward moment when you procrastinate things you actually want to do and you don’t even know why

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File under:
#disney #laugh rule

shining-magically:

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kevinbolk:

"ARTIST BOLDLY REIMAGINES DISNEY PRINCESS AS A PILE OF ROCKS" 

You’ve never seen them like this before. Mind blown!

idk they all look like Rapunzel :/

I can’t believe Disney is getting away with using the same rocks over and over

Doctor, l’d love to chat. Tea, cake, the whole shebang. But l have a ship to launch, and you’ve got your outfit to buff up.

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File under:
#monster girls
bridgioto:

Always be on fire <3

bridgioto:

Always be on fire <3

File under:
#history #feminism

terfosaurus-rex:

thegendercritic:

Gender is a hierarchy.  Gender is oppression. 

funny how dudes that don’t even question suffrage don’t realize they are recycling the same boring ass arguments as anti-suffrage males from back in the day

anonymous reader on The Dish

One of the more helpful and insightful things I’ve seen about depression/suicide in the last couple of days.

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File under:
#disney #potc

fuckyeahvictoriakaye:

gameraboy:

Let’s take a ride on Pirates of the Caribbean shortly after the ride opened in 1967. The original “Lust” sequence is still in place. I also have the original ride audio if you want to give it a listen!

oh look its the old current boats

lady-borg:

inherentlyrandom:

forthewildthings:

  • Striped hyena pups

    Hyaena hyaena 

LOOK AT HIS FAT LITTLE BELLY!!

Omg babies!