We Interrupt This Blog For a Political Rant

So I was working on a post about how Ray Bradbury has touched me as a writer, and as a person, and how his writing made me hopeful when I was a teenager and didn’t have a lot of hope to go around.

And then Washington state conservatives decided that their precious Jesus-feelings are more important than my rights as a human being and, well, so much for hope.

I don’t talk about it much on here but those of you’ve I’ve met in person probably figured out – I’m trans. I’m not medically transitioning because of health reasons and I don’t pass as male most of the time and therefore, while Amber and I are actually a heterosexual couple, we can’t get married. Yet.

And now I have to fucking sit around and wait to see if people deign to give me my rights? No. Fuck that shit. I am a goddamn motherfucking magician.

I am tired of people disclaiming and talking about how all magic is internal. Doing magic for larger goals is given the side-eye, seen as almost megalomaniacal. How dare one person claim they changed the weather, or the politics, or… well. You get the idea. Even with something like job magic, you’re dismissively told to do the “fill out an application” spell.

I can campaign, and talk to people, and write letters, and whatever, and still do the magic. That can be part of the magic, or related to. But there’s no point in working with the spirit of a place if I’m not also engaging with the people of that place, and therefore with the politics. A city, in particular, is shaped by it’s people.

I live on the Washington side of the Columbia. That means Portlandia is not really the lady I need to call on for this. Maybe John McLoughlin, who founded Ft. Vancouver and did his best to work with and defend the rights of everyone who lived in the area, British, American and indigenous, would be interested.

I have to do something, anyway. Even if I fail, I’d rather say I tried and it didn’t work out.

0 thoughts on “We Interrupt This Blog For a Political Rant

  1. I’m so sick of conservatives thinking that they have the right to impinge upon the rights of others. They don’t even know what freedom of religion is or what it really looks like. They think they are all high and mighty, that their values are for the good of all of us. Bullshit. They don’t even understand the deep respect it takes to say, you know what? I don’t necessarily agree with you, but you have a right to believe/live/act in that way. They think that freedom is the freedom to impinge their value systems on the rest of us. So yes, write letters. Stand up for your rights. Do your magic. Whatever it takes.

    I think we are seeing BS laws like this one, laws that limit human rights and dignity, because the conservatives are afraid. They know the tide is turning; we have openly gay characters on TV, homosexuality is now discussed–and in many places in the USA–embraced. Its a battle, yes, but its a battle that will be won–its the civil rights issue of our time.

  2. That’s completely fucked. Living in the south where one’s sexuality can legally be a source of discrimination, where I am afraid–for my job, my wellbeing, my home–to be out to the world as a queer person (let alone as a biracial Pagan), I tend to idolize and dream wistfully of Washington, my home state (to which I have actually been making arrangements to return, so uncomfortable am I in this place). This was a depressing (yet motivating) slap in the face.

    I’m all with you on magic performed for such causes as this one, for human rights and truth-exposure. Selfishness is often the accusation, but is not living in a global community (for better or for worse) and choosing never to utilize your magic in a way that sends a ripple of compassion across the Wyrd Web a misuse of power?

    I’ll be right with you, writing letters, having conversations, and awakening to this struggle Those who might sympathize and empathize and lend Their power to individuals in this country who still believe fiercely in human rights, still have some modicum of compassion left, and still want to live in a place where we can all be respected as fucking human beings. If magic is a tool that can at once aid those fighting against such repulsive and blatant discrimination while instilling pride, confidence, and hope in those fighters, why in Hel shouldn’t a magic-worker utilize it?

    Thanks for this post.

  3. I’ve been puzzling on political magic of this nature for some time. My biggest hurdle has been coming up with symbol sets that will allow for cooperative work. (Because, really, utterly solo work for the sake of community? Seems to be missing the point.) If you want any assistance with this project, feel free to contact me either publicly or privately.

    Pride and solidarity, yo.

  4. So my first reaction is, UGH, that sucks. But I just want to say, as a Christian, not everyone with “Jesus feelings” is a fascist, conservative, status-quo loving bigot. In fact, really what I liked about what Jesus said, was “Hey! Stop judging and start loving!” May I suggest fighting fire with fire and connecting politically with some Christian groups who support your identity and your right to love openly? (Obviously, not encouraging you to be a Christian, here of all places!) Here in California, at least, many different religious groups have been working this angle for some time and making real headway.

  5. I’m sorry you must suffer because of bigots. They’re being unfair and hypocritical–but you know that. More power to you moving along all the avenues you see for change. I’ll keep your work in my thoughts.

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