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Originally posted by [ profile] darkspirited1 at SIGNAL BOOST: SAY YES TO GAY YA
This comes from an article by [ profile] rachelmanija entitled, Say Yes to Gay YA.
(click the link for the full article)

Our novel Stranger has five viewpoint characters; one, Yuki Nakamura, is
gay and has a boyfriend. Yuki's romance, like the heterosexual ones in
the novel, involves nothing more explicit than kissing.

An agent from a major agency, one which represents a bestselling YA novel in the same genre as ours, called us.

The agent offered to sign us on the condition that we make the gay
character straight, or else remove his viewpoint and all references to
his sexual orientation.

This isn't about that specific agent; we'd gotten other rewrite requests before this one. Previous agents had also offered to take a second look if we did rewrites… including cutting the viewpoint of Yuki, the gay character.

It's time to stand up and demand change. Spread the word everywhere if you are just as angry and outraged by this.

Astra: Are they fucking serious? No way can this shit continue. That's just horrible.
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So I'm on the bus today and as we go past a certain college, I see a banner draped from the roof reading 'Housing is a right, not a privilege', and a man leaning out of the window. That's alarming, because that college has been boarded up for years.

On my way home, parts of the footpath have been cordoned off and there's cops everywhere. Some are dressed in riot gear. There's a large number on the roof of the building nearest to the college.

When I get home, I do a little searching and find that seven students were in the college to protest about the lack of available housing here. 

That's it. Seven students, unarmed, who enter a college to protest about housing. No rallies, no riots, no weapons. And yet there's dozens of cops, some in riot gear.

How is this a good use of police funds? How was this time well-spent? I agree that they shouldn't have been in the college, but for fuck's sake, people. Overkill much?
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I have to admit, I was kind of hesitant about suggesting that kind of response. But now that I've thought about it, I've decided that they are asking for it. Now I know that there's two factors to take into account:

One: Most people who state their opinions on a forum do so expecting that said opinions will stay on that forum.

Two: Everyone has their own right to state their opinion.

And having taken those factors into account, my response is this: arseholes to the lot of them.

Yes, everyone has a right to state their opinion- but personal attacks on her just because she said things they don't like is just wrong. I'll admit that I've been guilty of similar things in the past, but what they said goes beyond 'this person is a moron who doesn't have a clue what they're talking about'. Deciding to ignore her stating that in parts, she was speaking for someone else was stupid. And anyway, I am really looking forward to their responses once she posts the next video and calls them out by name. 

I think part of my anger comes from the fact that I know her and they don't, and they're talking about her like they do. They don't know why she posted those videos, and yet they talk like they do, and like their hypothesis is the only valid reason. They disregarded things she said for no real reason. They shrugged her off as a bitter ex-fan, a troll and a hater, when she made points in a more reasonable and clear way than most trolls or haters... OK, the fact that she actually was trolling is relevant. And honestly, insulting her hair and her voice and the fact that she doesn't have public speaking skills... fuck the lot of them.

Just makes me wonder why I ever was a part of their hive mind.
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A certain teacher who keeps bugging me about my wearing scarves that aren't part of the school uniform told a student near me to take her scarf off. Then she greeted me and walked on. As I was wearing my very, very non-uniform trenchcoat.


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