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IMPORTANT LESSON

even if you really need a candle, don’t EVER walk into Bluemercury after a processing sess because the make-up people will drop everything and sprint over to you like NASCAR mechanics (because you are A HUMAN CAR CRASH)

last week, i went in to interview for a paid summer position at a local LGBT rights, marriage equality, and education non-profit. the interview was going great until the man stopped me mid-sentence and told me i was actually interviewing for an unpaid internship. i told him that i was already overwhelmed with volunteer work and couldn’t afford to work for free. this is absolutely true, but he continued to ask me if i could work from home—for no pay. a few days later, i received a presumptuous email asking me to volunteer at a $200 plate dinner honoring TD Bank and some straight politicians. here’s how i replied:

Dear [NAME REMOVED],

As I said in my interview (which I believed in good faith was for a paid position), I’m already overwhelmed with volunteer and pro bono work. 
More so, I am extremely uncomfortable with a $200 dinner rewarding straight people and corporations for meeting the bare minimum of human decency. In *my* queer community, $200 is a month’s rent or a minimum student loan payment. $200 is two doses of my friend’s hormone therapy, or 1/3 of a cheap laptop to access vital resources and opportunities. It is twice what I spend on groceries in a month. 
My generation is so disappointed by mainstream gay rights, we can’t even care enough to be angry. There’s just no place for those of us who can’t buy a ticket.
Finally, I respect that [NAME REMOVED] is a non-profit, but you should also be aware that the majority of unpaid interns are young womenUnpaid internships are the gateway to wage gap and are wholly classist, no matter the experience or networking opportunities provided. This is New York Times’ editorial commentary, not just my feminist politics
Sincerely,
Maddy Court 
P.S. are you aware that TD Bank finances fracking that poisons the groundwater of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world? Is Lex Luthor up for an award too? 

glowcloud:

have LGBTQ organizations ever considered…… like… giving awards/honors to actual LGBTQ people or

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borlax:

In honor of Earth Day I thought I would post a really cool audio file of how Earth sounds from space. Although there is no sound in space, this audio file is actually radio waves that were emitting from our planet and then converted into audio by computers. Pretty incredible stuff. 

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