[Picture: Background — a six piece pie style colour split, alternating black and grey. Foreground — a picture of an armadillo. Top text: “ [Compare the Doctor’s idealized memory of Gallifrey to the Distant Green Light] ” Bottom text: “ [Get blank stares. Begin to quietly sob. ] ”]
I’ve had librarians say to me, “People in my school don’t agree with homosexuality, so it’s difficult to have your book on the shelves.” Here’s the thing: Being gay is not an issue, it is an identity. It is not something that you can agree or disagree with. It is a fact, and must be defended and represented as a fact.
To use another part of my identity as an example: if someone said to me, “I’m sorry, but we can’t carry that book because it’s so Jewish and some people in my school don’t agree with Jewish culture,” I would protest until I reached my last gasp. Prohibiting gay books is just as abhorrent…
Discrimination is not a legitimate point of view. Silencing books silences the readers who need them most. And silencing these readers can have dire, tragic consequences. Never forget who these readers are. They are just as curious and anxious about life as any other teenager."
The Doctor: Shout if you get in trouble.
River: Don’t worry, I’m quite the screamer.
A few months ago I made the mistake of letting [Alice] watch one of those TLC baby shows with me. She was really into it, and it was one that ended with a C-section. She thought it was fascinating. And then we had to play C-section, and she goes, You lay down, I will cut you.
Alice is one of my favorite people ever.
“I am a Christian and I don’t want there to be any confusion about what I believe or who I am. I don’t believe gay people are going to hell. I believe that judgment is left to the one upstairs and I believe Jesus is all about love. If I can live my life even just a smidgen the way God made his Son for us as an example I’m happy. I do not judge other people for what they believe but for me this is what works.”
Here’s what I see: “Oh, honey, you want to paint your nails pink? Okay, let’s do it.” Because do you have any idea how long a weekend is with children? Everybody gets bored; you’ll do anything to fill the time. And if you take them to a face-painting booth, it doesn’t make them cats.
- Jon Stewart on the J. Crew “controversy”