I watched a girl delete her bible app to make room to take more videos of Panic! At the Disco at the concert last night.
this is gospel
PLEASE REBLOG EVERYWHERE!!! SCAMMER taking advantage of parents mourning the death of their infants
I know there are a lot of new people joining us so I am going to do a quick recap. I know it gets kinda confusing because there is not one issue being dealt with here but several. .
Kerin Lee is the owner and founder of I am a mother to an angel. She has been operating since 2010
Kerin has repeatedly told her followers and customers that the keepsake store she run is done on a “not for profit basis” there are several screen shots here where she actually straight out says she is a non profit organization. She has always claimed the proceeds got to IAAMTAA and infant loss awareness, and that her organization has sent out 2000 hospital bags and helped raise 5 headstones. The screen caps of her current fundraiser and about pages show this as well. She now claims I am a mother to an angel is a legally registered BUSINESS and it supports her family. She says she never claims to have been non-profit.
Kerin states a 12 week starting wait period for items purchased, there are numerous people who have waited 7 months and up for orders only to be yelled at when asking about orders. Several people that have spoken up have been flat out refused refunds on orders never received.
Kerin has repeatedly stated she was raising her niece Scarlette who passed away at one month old. She has stated numerous times that the child was “like her own child” and “she raised her like her own” in several of her blog postings she never once mentions Scarlette was her niece. She has used Scarlette’s name for the sale of her items and for promoting sales in the little girls honor. She has used Scarlette’s picture for the banner on her organizations page. She has accepted gifts and monetary donations and proceeds from the sales in Scarlette’s name. She misrepresented herself to a charity to receive a memorial bear in the child’s name. The mother of Scarlette has recently been tracked down and had no knowledge of of Kerin using her daughters name or any of the events going on. It has come to light that Kerin is not a blood relation to Scarlette and did not care for her. Despite the mother of the child stating Kerin has no right to do anything in her child’s name, Kerin continues to claim she raised and cared for the child.
Kerin runs a support group and support page for greiving parents and if anyone questions her rules, or speaks out against her in anyway, she bans them from her page and support group.
There are numerous screen shots both here and on the People Against I am a Mother to an Angel facebook page to back up these claims.
Bi/Pan erasure is still erasure.
For the love of all that is holy… IF your canon character has had dalliances with different genders that they seem to enjoy, but you’re shipping them with a same gender character, DO NOT point to the situations where they seem to have feelings for the character of your choosing as proof that they are “gay” canonically.
You can fic ‘em till the sun goes down and up again that they’re gay, gay, gay, never had a thing for anyone of a differing gender. If that’s your headcanon or fanon, I’ll defend it to the end.
But do NOT say that is canon. Not unless the character is like, “Oh, I’m totally gay.” (Eg. Willow, who liked boys but ended up being gay.)
But if a character has never said “I’m gay”, and continues to have tension/relationships/sex/etc with characters of whatever gender, then saying that they are canonically gay is a shitty thing to do. It’s erasing parts of that character’s experiences, and as a bisexual woman, it really pisses me off because I really love to see characters with fluid sexuality. It’s so rare to see positive characters with bi/pan/omnisexual tendencies, and when you ignore their spectrum of attraction, you’re saying that their entire love lives aren’t important.
This becomes increasingly problematic when the relationships ignored include women, which is prevalent in slash fandoms. I love Stiles. Stiles and Derek is an awesome ship. But Stiles is not, never will be canonically gay (until he says he is) because he loves women too. This also applies to Dean, Sherlock, Captain Kirk, Spock, and the list could go ooooon.
I know it seems really stupid in the grand scheme of things. It’s the weakest, silliest thing to complain about when you’re living a queer existence. Ninety percent of the time you’re more worried about, “Am I going to get bashed for holding my partner’s hand?” or “Can I eve get married?” or “Will the government recognise our relationship legally?” and shit like that.
But sometimes, to escape that shit, some of us delve into fandom where people are supposed to be more open-minded and more understanding. And I’m seeing people shipping straight pairings, and people shipping gay pairings, and both of them arguing about which is the more legitimate canonically, and it just reminds me of my days in art school when I was figuring myself out. I was suicidal, because I didn’t know where I fit in. My gay friends said I was gay, and my straight friends said I was probably straight, and nobody said, “Hey, there are *other* options…”
If there had been a little bit of representation for people like me, it might have helped me through that. I mean, the closest I had at the time was Rocky Horror Picture Show, and that movie saved my life for sure.
I hope that teens today have a better range of media franchises to absorb themselves into when the world gets too much. And those queer characters that refuse to fit any label you throw at them, they might mean something to somebody. The fact that they are bi/pan/etc is *important*. It’s not an inconvenience to your character view, or a mistake in writing, or whatever. Every little bit of representation helps. Every little bit of erasure is a straw, or a cut, or a tiny disappointment that builds up into something very ugly and terrible.
Childhood immunization rates plummeted in parts of Europe and the U.K. after a 1998 study falsely claimed that the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella was linked to autism.
That study has since been found to be fraudulent. But fears about vaccine safety have stuck around in Europe and here in the U.S.
Viruses and bacteria have taken full advantage of the immunization gaps.
In 2011, France reported a massive measles outbreak with nearly 15,000 cases. Only the Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Indonesia, Nigeria and Somalia suffered larger measles outbreaks that year.
In 2012, the U.K. reported more than 2,000 measles cases, the largest number since 1994.
Here in the U.S., the prevalence of whooping cough shot up in 2012 to nearly 50,000 cases.
If you don’t vaccinated your child, you are a fucking public health hazard and a terrible parent.