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Transgender Day of Remembrance

Posted by Kohaku , in FABULOUS, Real Life Nov 20 2013 · 242 views
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Today I am posting a bonus comic from the internet. I also have a few words to share with you today thanks to my boyfriend Aleks.
 
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), occurs annually on November 20th at the conclusion of Transgender Awareness Week. It is a day to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of transphobia and anti-transgender violence. Even now, anti-transgender hatred is largely ignored and many of these murders are still unsolved. TDoR serves to raise awareness of hate crimes against trans*gender people as well as to honor the lives of those who might otherwise be forgotten. Transgender Day of Remembrance vigils offer an opportunity for trans*people and their allies to memorialize these victims of transphobia and prejudice.
 
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Love and Peace

Posted by Kohaku , in Real Life, Rant, FABULOUS Aug 21 2013 · 204 views

So there has been a post going around Tumblr for awhile and I think it has some things that need to be said here.
 
It is illegal to be gay in 76 countries.
 
It is illegal to be gay in 76 countries.
 
It is illegal to be myself in 76 countries.
 
 
First off the number 76.This comes from a UN report from 2011. If we use a bit of Google we find that the number is currently a bit higher. But the point stays the same, it is illegal for me to be myself in 76+ countries.
 
Many of the countries have harsh imprisonment laws among other forms of punishment such as whippings. Or worse, some countries have the death penalty.
 
I can be imprisoned for being myself.
 
I can be killed for being myself.
 
Even in the United States it is not safe for me to be myself, there are states such as Louisiana that have had sting operations meant to target gay adults. Not to mention there are still a lot of hate crimes. Even in New York which is a very progressive area, there were a bunch of hate crimes that cropped up earlier this year.
 
I will stand against homophobia and transphobia. I will stand up for equal rights. Calling someone out for being hateful and harmful is not insulting them or hurting them. A lot of their hateful words have done more harm than calling them a bigot has ever (or will ever) done to them. However by calling people out on these issues hopefully it can inspire change.
 
Just because someone believes something that is hurtful does not mean they will always believe it. People do have the power to change.
 
BZPower is going to be a safe place. In fact in order to survive I believe BZPower needs to become a safe place. So many websites and communities are not safe places on the internet. There is a lot of bulling. Bullying has led to so many people committing suicide. I don't want BZPower to be like those places, I want BZPower to be a place where everyone is accepted for who they are.
 
I care for the people on BZPower, many of them have helped me through so many hard times in my life. Even now I've got great friends who have helped me through things (such as Hurricane Sandy). There are so many times that I've wanted to simply give up, even recently I've been going through some huge depression regarding my situation. However, I've met so many wonderful people here and they have all impacted me in some way and it has kept me going. There have been multiple times in my life where I have been in such dark places, and I've had great friends who have pulled me out of those places.
 
Let's make BZPower a safe place for everyone. A place where everlasting friendships can continue to be forged. A place of love and peace.


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Lunch with Her Royal Highness

Posted by Kohaku , in Real Life, FABULOUS Aug 16 2013 · 96 views

Last week Aleks and I had lunch with Princess Grr (aka Her Royal Highness). It was pretty awesome getting to see her again and we should totally do that again. <3
 
You go girl!
 
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So, I heard you wanna party!

Posted by Kohaku , in Animal Crossing, FABULOUS, Video Games Jun 23 2013 · 587 views
Mario Party, Link, Zelda
Here are some Animal Crossing QR Codes.
 
From Mario Party and there is one from the Legend of Zelda. All of these were designed by me~
 
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I've also designed Link's shirt from the beginning of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker.
 
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Spirit Day

Posted by Kohaku , in BZPower, FABULOUS, Real Life Oct 19 2012 · 332 views
Purple, Bullying
I was bullied as a kid, I don't want others to go through the same thing. It sucks and it leads to depression and even suicidal thoughts.

I'm going purple and you are free to join me.

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Any insensitive comments of any kind towards anyone shall not be tolerated. Especially not today.

Kohaku


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NYCC 2012 Cosplay

Posted by Kohaku , in Cosplay, Doctor Who, FABULOUS, Manga/Anime, NYCC, Pokemon, Real Life, Video Games Oct 16 2012 · 676 views
NYCC, New York Comic Con, Cosplay
Okay! Thanks to Aleks being fabulous at making some of the images smaller and such, let us get this show on the road with some cosplay!

New York Comic Con was a ton of fun, we hung out with some friends we went with and then I even got to hang out with Disky for a bit. Not to mention all of the free stuff that we got and our cat ears. (OMG I WANT THE TAIL THAT IS COMING OUT TOO) :3

I'll be posting some and linking to the gallery with the rest.

We'll start with some of our own cosplay!


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Doppelgangers!

Oh hey look, it is Rhyme! Doctor Horrible will be erased!

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A wild Disky attacked!

New-Gen hired some professional cosplayers to promote one of their comics.
Captain Jack Sparrow and Will Turner.
Vash the Stampede and Wolfwood.

Pikmin!

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I love the way the Ghost Rider turned out.

And look who we saw in Castelia City! I wonder if I can get an Oshawott?
Mr. Freeze.

Four Swords unite!

FIGHT THE POWAH!

These are only a few of the cosplays we saw, you can see a ton more here and here.


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Look what I got today!

Posted by Kohaku , in FABULOUS, Real Life Sep 26 2012 · 197 views
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EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE IT IS SO FABULOUS.

(Also excuse the bad picture quality I took it with my phone)


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How Homophobia Hurts Everyone

Posted by Kohaku , in BZPower, FABULOUS, Real Life Sep 21 2012 · 2,164 views
Tolerance, Love not hate
First off, before I start I would like to point you all to a fantastic entry by Gato on the problem with the redefining of homophobia.

Let’s face it, homophobia can be really damaging for LGBT youths and even for people who identify as straight. Intolerance hurts everyone. Even if you think you are right in terms of using religion. To tell someone that you don’t accept a part of them means so much more to that person, it means you don’t accept them.

There has been a lot of homophobic bullying in the world and it leads to a lot of tragedy. Intolerance accounts for the reason so many LGBT youths are homeless and it is a leading cause as to why LGBT youths have one of the highest rates of suicide. The Suicide Prevention Resource Center synthesized these studies and estimated that between 30 and 40% of LGBT youth, depending on age and sex groups, have attempted suicide. That is an alarmingly high amount of youths considering that the rate in the general population is around 1-2%.

Even such phrases as, “That’s so gay!” are proven to be harmful towards LGBT youths. Just recently there was a study on the effects of the phrase conducted by the University of Michigan. Those who heard it more frequently were more likely to report feelings of isolation, as well as negative health symptoms, such as headaches, poor appetite, or eating problems.

Study author Michael Woodford, assistant professor of social work at U-M, describes the results:

“Given the nature of gay-lesbian-bisexual stigma, sexual minority students could already perceive themselves to be excluded on campus and hearing “that’s so gay” may elevate such perceptions. “That’s so gay” conveys that there is something wrong with being gay. And, hearing such messages about one’s self can cause stress, which can manifest in headaches and other health concerns.”


Clearly even simple phrases can be so hurtful. I ask you, please think before you speak. Or type as is the case on BZPower.

Homophobia Hurts All of Us

(The following list has been adapted from Warren J. Blumenfeld, ed. Homophobia: How We All Pay the Price.)

Within the numerous forms of oppression, members of the target group (minority groups) are oppressed, while on some level members of the dominant group are hurt. Although the effects of the oppression differ qualitatively for specific target and dominant groups, in the end everyone loses.

1. Homophobia locks all people into rigid gender roles that inhibit creativity and self-expression.

2. Homophobia compromises the integrity of heterosexual people by pressuring them to treat others badly, actions that go against our basic humanity.

3. Homophobia limits our ability to form close relationships with members of one’s own sex.

4. Homophobia generally limits communications with a significant portion of the population and, more specifically, limits family relationships.

5. Homophobia prevents some lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people from developing an honest self-identity, and adds to the pressure to marry and/or have children, which places undue stress on themselves and their families.

6. Homophobia results in the elimination of any discussion of the lives and sexuality of LGBT people in the curriculum, keeping important information from all students.

7. Homophobia can be used to stigmatize, silence, and, on occasion, target people who are perceived or defined by others as lesbian or gay, but who are, in actuality, heterosexual.

8. Homophobia prevents heterosexuals from accepting the benefits and gifts offered by LGBT people: theoretical insights, social and spiritual visions, contributions in the arts and culture, to religion, to family life, indeed, to all parts of society.

9. Homophobia (along with racism, sexism, classism, etc.) inhibits a unified and effective governmental and societal response to HIV transmission and AIDS.

10. Homophobia takes energy away from more positive activities.

11. Homophobia inhibits appreciation of other types of diversity, making it unsafe for everyone because each person has unique traits not considered mainstream or dominant. Therefore, we are all hurt when any one of us is disrespected.

(End list, back to Kohaku’s ranting.)

Why did I choose to add this list? Honestly, in its current form, I can’t really see a way to improve upon this list. It shows the ways that homophobia hurts everyone. It hurts me, it hurts you, it hurts your best friend. It just plain hurts.

Now, I’m going to tell a bit of a story that I haven’t told anyone. Ever. I’ll keep it short and to the point.

When I was in middle and high school, I was bullied. I was bullied all the time, I was called derogatory names and in some cases physically assaulted. At the time I honestly didn’t know why I had been singled out. I didn’t even know what being gay was. I lost a lot of innocence back then and it continued for years. I hated school and I honestly hated life. I thought about suicide plenty of times. And came close to attempting it.

However as time went on I gained two important friends on BZPower, Alku and Kinali. How important were these friends? Honestly, they helped me keep things together more than they know. Even after I became staff here they helped me keep it together. If it weren’t for them and their support I might not be here. Those two friends gave me some much needed support and through every experience with them we have grown as people and as friends.

Homophobia in any sense hurts us all. So please think before you speak.

Think about it.

“How will this hurt people around me?”

“How will this hurt myself?”

“How would I feel if I was in their shoes?”

Please, think about how the words you say can hurt others. Think about your beliefs and how they can be hurtful. Think about it.


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Cucumber Quest Book

Posted by Kohaku , in FABULOUS, Real Life Aug 14 2012 · 701 views
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So, I got an email from Kickstarter for the Cucumber Quest book that I backed.

MAN I CAN'T WAIT!

It looks fabulous. I'll be getting the paper back version, it is the one on the left.

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Touching Lives

Posted by Kohaku , in Real Life, FABULOUS, BZPower Aug 03 2012 · 251 views
BZPower, Staff, Experiences, Life and 1 more...
After listening to the BZPowercast yesterday it got me to thinking about how much BZPower has shaped my own life. I've met some of my best friends on BZPower. That started all from our love of video games. Then I ended up becoming staff. And I made even more friends.

Those connections I made with people are some of the greatest things in the world. The people around us do help to shape who we are and how we interact with others. They gave me help when I needed it and courage to move on so many times.

I've fallen so far before, but I've had great friends who were there to support me. These connections and life experiences made me stronger and eventually helped me to accept myself for who I am. As a part of that acceptance I started coming out to people. Most people were really supportive. A few weren't but not many. And I was okay with that, because I had accepted a huge fact about my life.

To this day, even if it caused a bit of controversy, I'd do it all over again. Now, there is a point to all of this. The connections I made on BZPower and having become staff put me into an interesting position for awhile.

I had members at that time and a bit after send me PMs and IMs, many of whom didn't accept themselves yet. So, I talked to them and helped them. I told them that thinks were okay. I comforted people I didn't even know, but I knew how they were feeling.

Sometimes people need help, and sometimes there isn't anyone to talk to about those problems. At the time I didn't know it, but I became someone people could talk to in private. Someone who could help on a website that at the time didn't have anyone.

As we've all grown up with BZPower, so have our views. So many members started on the website at a young age, as they grew they faced problems that weren't easy to talk about. I did not mind at all being someone to talk to. In many ways I wished I had someone to talk to in those awkward times for myself. Sometimes, we all need someone to talk too.

Helping people through ways I never even thought that I would. Helping give people the will to move on. That is my crowning achievement on BZPower. All the stats and ranks mean nothing in the long run. The ways in which we have all affected the lives of others, that is to me the best thing about BZPower.

We always touch the lives of others through every interaction. Always keep in mind that there is someone else on the other side of the computer screen.


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About Me

Posted by Kohaku , in BZPower, FABULOUS, Video Games Aug 01 2012 · 167 views
Profile, Fabulous
So, I updated the about me information here.

Well, not the information. The picture.

It fits me so well as I would totally do that.


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Shopping <3

Posted by Kohaku , in FABULOUS Jul 26 2012 · 142 views
Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
So, how many of you girls want to go shopping?

I think I need another hat for my lovely ears.

Something cute. <3


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The Slumber Party

Posted by Kohaku , in FABULOUS Jul 25 2012 · 185 views
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This slumber party looks a lot less fun than I was imagining.


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World Domination Slumber Party

Posted by Kohaku , in FABULOUS Jul 25 2012 · 249 views
Slumber party
We’re gonna throw a world domination slumber party and we’re not inviting any boys!!

(Well except the Nightmare Knight, I guess he has to be there)

(That’s it though)

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Kayaking

Posted by Kohaku , in FABULOUS, Real Life Jun 18 2012 · 90 views
Kayaking, What a funny word
So, we went kayaking today.

On my boyfriends birthday. You should wish him a happy birthday.

Kayaking is a silly word.

Just say it.

Kayaking.






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