Reblogged from fitisunderneathfat
People being angry about ~dem gays~ on Target’s Facebook.
I just want to give my two cents on this and tell you a story.
A couple weeks ago, I was hired at Target. I have a job at Target. Not a big deal right?
It is a big deal because i’m a transman.
It doesn’t take a genius to conclude that it’s hard for me, my brothers, and sisters to get a job. There are legal restraints regarding the job and if you don’t pass, it’s hard to be taken seriously at a job interview.
Right on the application, it asks what your preferred name is. It also asks if there is anything that target should know. I put the fact that I am a transman, expecting not to get a call because usually when you put that down, people will throw out the application. I got TWO interviews.
At the interview, they asked me about it. I told them I am on hormones and they told me that they didn’t care. Not in the sense that they don’t emotionally care, but that it didn’t matter. I was male and that’s all that mattered. They also told me that they give sex same couples benefits in states that do not recognize them as a married couple.
At my job orientation, I was not misgendered once. Even my supervisors who weren’t sure of my gender avoided pronoun use, which I found only happens when you’ve had pronoun training. They gave me a name tag with my preferred name and didn’t ask questions. I felt safe and respected, which is huge for a trans* person.
TLDR: Target is amazing not just for the LGB, but also the T. Shop there for the rest of your life.
Fuck yeah Target! ❤
Reblogged from the-absolute-best-posts
NY under water.
The eye-catching swimming pool in Mumbai, India, has been built to raise awareness about the threat of sea level rises as a result of global warming.
It was constructed by attaching a giant aerial photograph of the New York City skyline to the floor of the pool.
This post has been featured on a 1000notes.com blog.
Reblogged from thedailywhat
Webcomic of the Day: Hyperbole and a Half Update
Allie Brosh, the artist behind the popular webcomic Hyperbole and a Half broke silence from her indefinite leave to release the second part of Adventures in Depression, which chronicles the author’s personal struggle with clinical depression over the recent years. The latest issue, which comes after more than year and a half of silence, has already garnered raving feedback in the webcomic community as an accurate representation of the debilitating mental illness and how it can affect relationships with others. To catch up on the first part, click here.
Reblogged from the-coffee-break
Arizona had one of the worst allergy seasons in recent memory this year. Even people who normally don’t suffer found themselves with itchy eyes and runny noses.
Thankfully it’s only a couple months out of the year, but for one valley man, he had year-round allergy symptoms. A runny nose all the time.
He was shocked to find out after years of suffering, his runny nose was really a leaking brain.
Joe Nagy first noticed it when he sat up to get out of bed.
“Brooop! This clear liquid dribbled out of my nose like tears out of your eyes. I go what is this?”
A runny nose that got worse.
“Once or twice a week. Then pretty soon it was all the time.”
He started taking allergy medicine, but the runny nose didn’t stop.
“I got to the point where I had tissues all the time. in my pocket full of tissues always had them all folded up.”
He still remembers the embarrassing moments when he couldn’t get to the tissues in time, like when he was picking up blueprints for his model airplanes.
“It was about a teaspoon full. Splashed all over the top sheet… I said, these damn allergies. I was embarrassed as hell.”
Fed up with the runny nose, Joe went to a specialist to test that fluid dripping out of his nose and found out it wasn’t a runny nose. It was leaking brain fluid.
“I was scared to death if you want to know the truth.”
The membrane surrounding Joe’s brain had a hole in it and his brain fluid was leaking out.
“You don’t really think about it, but our brains are really just above our noses all of the time,” says Barrow Neurological Institute neurosurgeon Peter Nakaji.
“This is one of the more common conditions to be missed for a long time… because so many people have runny noses.”
Joe was ready to have brain surgery to fix the leak. When he got a near-deadly case of meningitis, that brain fluid became infected.
“Some people come in with meningitis and at first they have to be treated to stop the infection itself. Then as soon as the infection is under control we repair the leak.”
You might wonder how Joe could have brain fluid leaking out of his nose for a year and a half. Wouldn’t the brain dry out?
Each day our bodies produce about 12 ounces of brain fluid, give or take. Producing enough to keep the brain bathed in liquid.
“These leaks can be very very tiny, a little like a puncture on a bicycle tire, that sometimes you have trouble even finding where it is.”
Dr. Nakaji eventually found the leak.
“If you look right here you can see a little tiny hole. You see a little bit of what looks like running water.”
Dr. Nakaji showed us how this problem is fixed with surgery.
“Nowadays we do quite a bit of surgery on the brain and base of brain through the nose. We never have to cut up into the brain. We’re getting a needle up into the space to check it out, and then to put a little bit of glue. This is just a bit of cartilage from the nose that we can get to repair over it and then the body will seal it up.”
Joe wasn’t convinced it would work. After all, he’d been dealing with the problem for so long. But days after the surgery, they removed the gauze from his nose.
“I was waiting for the dribble. This leaking cause I was so used to it every day. I got my hankie. Nothing. It’s never come back.”
What has come back is his desire to work on the hobbies he loves, like his model airplanes. And bigger projects.
“Now I’m going to build a sailboat and the sailboat I’m building is called a Great Pelican.”
And after all he’s been through, Joe feels pretty confident this boat won’t leak.
Before you call a brain surgeon about your runny nose, Dr. Nakaji says it most likely is just a runny nose. Brain fluid, it’s different than a runny nose caused by allergies in that the liquid is very, very clear.
So if you have a chronic runny nose, start with an allergist or an ear, nose and throat specialist. They can perform a simple test to determine if it’s a typical runny nose or something more serious.
The causes of this type of leak can be numerous. Sometimes a past head injury can lead to brain fluid leaking, or it can be caused from complications of a spinal tap or surgery.