buzzfeedlgbt reports on this amazing app:
Speech Pathologist Kathe Perez has been working with trans clients for years. She recalls one patient’s insightful remark: “It’s that when I talk, it really isn’t a reflection of my soul – it isn’t a reflection of who I am.”
Perez has now developed Eva, the first phone app designed to help transgender users change the pitch and tone of their voice to reflect their identity.
Eva (Exceptional Voice App) is an entire suite of voice training mobile app products for both trans men and women. The app guides users through various lessons and breathing exercises.
The app’s website states it will take at least 6 to 12 months to effectively alter one’s voice. This video clip features an example “before and after” segment, having a user sample her “original” and “altered” voice:
As one user of the app put it: “Voice can be a real liability. There are definitely large parts of this country, even this state, where it’s dangerous to be trans. It can be a matter of life or death.”
At just $4.99, this app is a far more affordable option for users than visiting a vocal coach or speech pathologist. What a great resource!
I KNOW I HAVE PROVO FOLLOWERS!
I haven’t been posting a lot about this this year because I haven’t been posting a lot, but we are in PRIDE SEASON!
We already had our youth Drag Pageant, this Sunday we crowned this year’s Righteous Miss Provo (and I’m gonna take a quick aside to remind y’all how much the Divine Sister Misters rock. And just fyi, they recently kicked out their head queen because she discriminated and NOOOW they have bio-queens and drag kings and they’re a team that all co-leads and yay we love them).
THIS WEEK STILL HAS SO MUCH PRIDE STUFF THOUGH!
Thursday: Interfaith Service. It’s religious and non-denominational, preaching about LOVE and TOLERANCE and COMMUNITY: the three things our Pride really, truly stands for! We have great speakers lined up and it’s freeeeeeeeeeeeee.
Friday: Kick-Off Party at City Limits which is BECOMING PROVO’S FIRST GAY BAR! Like yo, even if you don’t care that much about the party, COME SUPPORT CITY LIMITS! And if you DO want to come to party, there will be soooooo much free stuff. City Limits is bending over backwards (or forwards if that’s how you like it) to make an amazing party for our community. There will be drinks, music, drag queens…it’s 21+ and there’s a small cover. ($5 I think) FREE STUFF!
SATURDAY IS PROVO PRIDE!!!! MEMORIAL PARK! BRING YOUR BIKE OR SOMETHING! We will have bounce houses, music and entertainment all day, dancing, booths, food, more food, and soooo much fun!
And Saturday night: Provo Pride After Party. This party was WIIIIILD AND GAY last year, with drag and hilarity and sooo much fun. And booze, if you’re into that. There will be prizes I believe, and it’ll just be amazing.
So clear your weekend, gather your friends, get your gayest outfits and your cash ready to have an amazing Pride weekend. Because this community is AMAZING.
So it’s 3AM and It’s just occurred to me that the most telling scene in the entire Harry Potter franchise is the scene following the announcement of the participants of the Triwizard tournament.
When Harry’s name is pulled out of the cup, literally one of the first things he is asked is “did you ask an older boy to put your name in the cup for you?" or something to that effect, insinuating that, that was something nobody prepared for and that it was something that totally would have worked if anyone had been smart enough to figure it out.
However, in an earlier scene a student is turned into a hundred year old man when they try to artificially age themselves with a potion and put their name into the cup. Meaning someone trying to dangerously age themselves with potion they aren’t familiar with was something the teachers genuinely considered to be more likely than someone asking for fucking help from another student.
In other words, the wizards in Harry Potter’s world are so reliant on magic that it doesn’t occur to anyone save for people like Harry that asking for help is even an option in a given situation. This explains why wizards are so fucking ass-backwards at everything, they’re so confident that their magic is capable of doing everything for them that it has never occurred to fucking anyone that perhaps asking for help from the muggle world might be of some use.
Think about it, the wizarding world hasn’t changed in hundreds of years while in that same space of time the muggle world has figured out fucking space travel. I know it’s a cliché to say to say someone could have fucking shot Voldemort, but seriously, somebody totally fucking could have, he killed like 50 people, he was effectively a terrorist, if anyone in the wizarding world bothered to ask for help from the muggles instead of just telling them there was an invisible asshole flying around shooting death curses at everyone, they may have been able to help.
Pretty much the only reason Voldermort thinks he’s better than muggles is because he’s able to kill them with impunity using magic, something he’s only able to do so easily because muggles don’t understand what magic is. Voldemort is basically like a fucking disease, he’s an invisible, lurking entity preying on mankind from the shadows like a cowardly piece of shit. You know what else did that? Smallpox and we stomped that to death the second we understood it. That’s the difference between muggles and wizards, when muggles don’t understand something, they figure it out.
And here’s the kicker, the only reason muggles don’t understand magic at all is because the wizarding world deliberately withholds information about it. However, even if the wizarding world kept doing that, it’d only be a matter of time until a muggle figured out what magic was and how to stop or harness it because that’s what humanity does, it pushes past what we think is impossible to see what’s on the other side. We didn’t understand the sun as a species originally and now we use it to power satellites and smartphones.
The wizarding world isn’t a realm of infinite possibilities, it’s a universe of strict limitations where boundaries are never questioned. The muggle world is where the real magic happens. That’s why during the course of the Harry Potter books, which are set between 1991 and 1998, the muggle world (our world) discovered dark matter, cloned a sheep and invented fucking MP3s while the wizarding world were literally paying some dipshit to figure out what the purpose of a rubber duck was.
Wow, I really shouldn’t think about this stuff when it’s like 3AM, it gets kind of dark.
That’s not breaking Harry Potter, it’s understanding it!
(also: how did the trio defeat Voldemort? Essentially by analysing him on a technical level, what with the whole Horcrux business - “what is he made of, how does he work, how do we destroy the parts?” That’s not how wizards do things, it’s the Muggle way. So basically all of HP is a declaration of love to the modern way of life, while at the same time giving us all the entertaining stuff with the wizards and the explosions, so it’s all very impressive)
This is like the the Sorting Hat letting Gryffindors in if they have the courage to ask for it, or The Room of Requirement coming to someone who needs it and subconsciously asks for help in order to get it.
sometimes tumblr’s US-centric social justice makes me so fucking frustrated. Right now sweden’s third biggest party are literally neo-nazis and our elections couldn’t even get onto trending tags today, goddamit.
Okay, so the post is gaining notes and people are confused, so to explain what the hell is going on:
Swedish elections held were on last Sunday, 14th September. We’ve had a right-leaning government the past eight years and after this there will be a change of power. The new party, Socialdemocrats (S) gained a total of 31% percent. The old party, Moderaterna (M) gained 21%.
Sverigedemokraterna (SD) gained a total of 12.9%. Their policy is racist, Islamophobic, anti-immigration, anti-refugee, anti-diversity, anti-LGBT+, and anti-feminist. Basically, they tick every box on the douchebag lottery.
If you’re here to argue that they’re ~not actually~ Nazis: 1) Fuck you. 2) Fuck the horse the you rode in on. 3) I hope you get stepped on by a moose, you ignorant asswipe.
- they literally started as neo nazis. They have used a Neo-Nazi movement as campaign slogans,
- party members have assaulted immigrants with iron pipes (tw for racialised violence),
- worn Nazi symbols
- supported and helped build Neo-Nazi group SvP.
There’s probably more, but I don’t have links on hand.
They’ve been having rallies and demonstrations all over Sweden, and people have shown up just to turn their back on them and protest (this post explains it better).
In the 2010 elections, SD were pretty much considered no better than neo-Nazis and only got 5.7% votes - it put them in 6th place and was just enough to get them into parliament. In the elections before that, they got about 2.9%. In the past four years, they’ve grown exponentially in Sweden.
They’ve also run extremely extensive PR campaigns, appealing to the youth, kicking out members “exposed” of being racist, (note: these members often end up in SvP) and picking up buzzwords from the Socialdemocrats’ ideology.
29% of votes they gained this year were from swing voters who previously voted M, and the biggest gain have been in the south, in small towns and the countryside:
This is not something that’s just going on in Sweden. Europe has seen an influx of extreme-right parties over the last decade or so, often thinly disguised as a party that puts ‘traditional values’ and ‘national interest’ first.
In Greece and Hungary they’ve already been in power. In Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Finland France and UK, extreme-right-wing parties have been voted into the EU.
Because here’s the thing: we’ve forgotten what it looks like. We’ve gotten to the point where we’ve turned Nazism into a cartoonish lampoon of goose-stepping, uniforms and moral lessons that “we’ll never be like them~”, ignoring the fact nationalism is not as cut-and-dry two ends of an extreme but exists on a scale.
People have been apologising for SD’s actions for a while now because they’re not considered “extremist enough” to be neo-Nazis, because they don’t share the same beliefs, because they’ve “publicly denounced” SvP.
But the same people still get hurt. Still SD has the institutional and systematic power and privilege to oppress, degrade and humiliate people of colour, which they already have done. Stop making excuses for them. Stop making leeways for right-wing-extremists because that is how they gain tract.
Please spread this.
my girlfriend is a perfect little angel who you look at and think she’s so cute and silly and funny but aint nobody know that she had this crazy messed up scary past happen to her and she had to evolve and learn how to smile like she does and she isn’t totally healed but she recognizes and learns and grows and reaches out to other little pheonix babies and that makes her so perfect and so much more grown-up than punks like me and i am so so lucky and i hope she blesses millions and billions of people just by existing for the next 80~ years
Don’t settle for a soda.
YASS MORE MOCKTAILS