Reblogging because I noticed a lot of people posting pics of Taylor and I from Q102’s Jingle Ball. They were captioning the photos with things like “OMG TAYLEY MAKE THE PERFECT COUPLE OH MY FEELS THEY SHOULD JUST START DATING ALREADY OMG HAYLOR”. 1st of all, it’s absurd. 2nd, it’s disrespectful. One gossip site even mentioned that they know I’m in a very serious relationship… but then went on to talk about how Taylor and I should just totally go out. Ugh. Get me out of here!
For some reason people still can’t seem to wrap their head around the concept of a female-fronted band. Much less a band comprised of nothing but females. But I’m still holding out hope for some of you.
Really, everyone should just know better anyway. I hate to see anyone belittle the friendships that I have with Taylor or Jeremy. We’ve worked way too hard for shallow-minded people to undervalue what this is. This is just a girl who joined a band with two guys based on a shared passion for creating music. It’s not complicated so don’t make it that way.
If you’ve seen the original FCKH8 post going around, please do not reblog it. Please. Encourage your friends and followers to ignore it.
Sending those colouring books into Russia could result in so many repercussions for the families of the children who receive the books. The Russian government and many of the country’s people do not take kindly to those encouraging something they are attempting to eradicate from the country.
When I interned at a non-profit humanities news organisation last fall, I was put on editing recordings of interviews from individuals in Russia who had been persecuted, imprisoned, and even sent on the run because they were LGBTQIA, or were found to support the movement for equal rights in the country.
Their stories were heartbreaking, and it took a while for me to accept that yes, somewhere in the world this is going on, and this is what life is like for those individuals. I am not - by any means - an expert on life for LGBTQIA individuals in Russia. But I am telling you what I believe and know, from past informational experiences. If these books are sent to homes in that country, the lives of those children and their families will be at risk.
FCKH8 can try to send the books discreetly. They can try to smuggle them into homes. But there is always the huge chance that the books will still be found, and the government would not hesitate to hand out consequences.
Children would be taken from their parents. If they were heard talking about their “colouring pages with Misha and his two moms,” these children could be forced to endure physical punishment by any number of people. Adults and parents found guilty of accepting the books into their homes would most likely be put in prison.
According to the Nov. 1 article from advocate.com, FCKH8 is also planning on handing out thousands of “GAY OKAY!/ГЕЙ ОКЕЙ!” bracelets during the Winter Olympics. Anyone caught wearing these bracelets in the country will be putting themselves in danger of temporary imprisonment and/or a fine from the Russian government.
There are other options when it comes to fighting for equal rights in Russia - not purchasing Russian products, not attending the Winter Olympics, becoming more informed on the movements and organisations already in action in Russia.
I don’t believe FCKH8 has completely thought through their plans, and the consequences of it. But you can make sure it doesn’t happen. Tell your friends, family, and anyone who will listen. Do not like or reblog/repost the FCKH8 post on Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, or any other form of social media. Stay informed.
DO NOT SUPPORT THESE IDIOTS THEY’RE GONNA GET PEOPLE KILLED.
Finally you people understand that meddling in Russian domestic policy is a bad idea.
After listening to my Russian friend Deme describe Russian prisons and the amount of xenophobia that’s rooted in the way they treat outsiders, I’m staying the HELL AWAY from that country, thank you. Besides, Deme made a good point earlier, “Why should they be so concerned with my country? We’ll sort it out, whether through policy or violence, we do not know yet. But it’ll get sorted out. I mean, people who support [FCKH8] should be focusing on the [US]. They’re so many issues that your country and mine need to sort out on their own. Whether its with policy change or violence is up to the people.”