June 5th is Barricade Day for the Les Mis fandom — the anniversary of the 1832 uprising that forms the climax of Victor Hugo’s novel and all subsequent adaptations. But that’s not the only anniversary we should remember.
One year ago today — June 5th, 2013 — a young antifascist student activist was killed in Paris by skinheads. Clément Méric was only 18 years old, but he was heavily involved in several radical antifascist and antiracist organizations. Weeks earlier, for example, he had taken part in counter-protests when the French right marched in opposition to marriage equality.
On the afternoon of June 5th, Méric and some of his friends ran into a group of young far-right neofascists outside a store; a fight broke out between the two groups and Méric wound up dead. It’s still not clear whether he died from the blows he received (from skinheads who were probably wearing brass knuckes), or from falling to the sidewalk afterwards. Today, four young men remain under investigation.
Méric’s death prompted a huge outcry in France with massive antifascist demonstrations throughout the country, and led to the banning of three far-right youth organizations. Many took it as yet another sign of the extreme right’s resurgence in Europe…a resurgence that was confirmed in the latest European Parliament elections.
I know Barricade Day is usually an occasion for fan work production and historical geeking. I don’t mean to be a downer, really. But I think it’s important to realize that the struggle against oppression and dictatorship isn’t over — it continues to this day, even in the very city where the barricades stood.
And today, at the heart of that fight, are the same people who fought and died in 1832 (both in real life and in Hugo’s story): students and the young.
That’s really something worth commemorating.
"Tell us a bit about X-Men. Because you’re actually rivals in X-Men."
Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Bisexuals
- Bisexual men are 50 percent more likely to live in poverty than gay men
- Bisexual women are more than twice as likely to live in poverty as lesbians
- Bisexual men and women are at least one-third less likely to disclose their sexual identity to their doctors than gays or lesbians
- In comparison with lesbians and gays, bisexuals have a higher lifetime prevalence of sexual victimization.
- Forty percent of LGBT people of color identify as bisexual
- Bisexual women are almost six times more likely than heterosexual women to have seriously considered suicide, and four times more likely than lesbians
- Bisexual men are almost seven times more likely than heterosexual men to have seriously considered suicide, and over four times more likely than gay men
- Bisexual employees are eight times as likely to be in the closet compared to lesbian and gay counterparts
- Fifty-five percent of bisexual employees are not out to anyone at work
- From 2008 to 2012, only $5,000 in grants were awarded to bi-specific projects or bisexual organizations.
we’re here, we’re queer and we’re a lot more valid in our anger than you’d like to admit
The Charles & Erik Strip Game (round 3)
- if this gets 69 notes they are going to drop some clothes (i.e. I will post the next picture on my tumblr)
- we continue until there are no clothes left
- profit? :D;;
AU meme: Avengers ~ Star Trek AU
"These are the voyages of the USS Avenger…"Commanding Officer - Captain Steve Rogers
First Officer and Chief Engineer - Commander Tony Stark
Chief Science Officer - Dr. Bruce Banner
Pilot - Lt. Commander Clint Barton
Communications Officer - Commander Thor Odinson
Chief of security -Lt. Natasha Romanoff
This is a revised version, with slight rewording to improve accuracy. Thanks to all who made constructive suggestions!
I’m working on getting prints available for purchase.
be there or
That square is 5 bees by 6 bees I’ll have you know that is a bee rectangle you have failed
A solid way to accept someone’s feelings.
i’m gonna die still laughing at this
I gleefully showed this to at least four people and nobody got the joke so