"Killing oneself is, anyway, a misnomer. We don’t kill ourselves. We are simply defeated by the long, hard struggle to stay alive. When somebody dies after a long illness, people are apt to say, with a note of approval, “He fought so hard.” And they are inclined to think, about a suicide, that no fight was involved, that somebody simply gave up. This is quite wrong."
— Sally Brampton (via lungpeiling)
"She was a genius of sadness, immersing herself in it, separating its numerous strands, appreciating its subtle nuances. She was a prism through which sadness could be divided into its infinite spectrum."
— Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer (via lethifold)
"The trauma said, “Don’t write these poems.
Nobody wants to hear you cry
about the grief inside your bones."
— Andrea Gibson (via clementinebarish)
"There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside you."
— Zora Neale Hurston (via whatsatelephonebill)
"There is in this world no such force as the force of a person determined to rise. The human soul cannot be permanently chained."
— W.E.B. Dubois (via wisdomorganic)
"To be truly in love we must be found out,” he said. “The one place where you really have to practice transparency is, obviously, with that person, because without that there is no love. You have to lay down your shield. That’s why so many dudes are bad at it. Because we’re told vulnerability is the antithesis of masculinity. And you wonder why so many of us have trouble."
— Junot Díaz (via karanablue)
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"Compassion hurts. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. And you cannot turn away. Your destiny is bound with the destinies of others. You must either learn to carry the Universe or be crushed by it. You must grow strong enough to love the world, yet empty enough to sit down at the same table with its worst horrors."
— Andrew Boyd (via charlenekaye)
Gay and transgender youth, particularly gender nonconforming girls, are up to three times more likely to experience harsh disciplinary treatment by school administrators than their heterosexual counterparts.
As with racial disparities in school discipline, these higher rates of punishment do not correlate to higher rates of misbehavior among gay and transgender youth.
LGBT youth make up 13-15 percent of the juvenile justice system, even though they make-up only 5–7 percent of the population overall, and 60 percent of these youth are black or Latino.
This high rate of contact with the system is due in part to harsh school sanctions often based on their perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.
— Zero-tolerance policies perpetuate a school-to-prison pipeline for LGBT youths (via zeram)
(Source: queerkhmer, via wocwholikewoc)