#Introduction, far too many tags, seriously this many tags is crazy
Howdy! Figured I'd put up one of these for the curious as I start using this thing.
By day, I work in #infosec (#pentesting specifically), but my heart's really in #choral and #classical music, as well as #writing. Serial-aspiring novelist, current work is #cyberpunk, but I also love #scifi and #fantasy
Did I miss anything? Probably! Feel free to ask or just start a conversation if you've got something to say!
Thoughts from an 'ally' to 'allies'
Allyship if it means anything is often something that is best practiced out of sight of LGBT folks. The rooms that they are not in are the rooms where someone should speak up.
Did someone make a homophobic joke because no LGBT people are in the room? I know it's awkward, but you gotta step up to the plate.
Does your work not have gender neutral bathroom accomodations? Make a fuss to HR. You're cisgender. You're not risking anything by complaining about this.
Cyberpunk is a genre before it was a game. Cyberpunk was a thought experiment before it was a genre.
Cyberpunk is what you do today with technology to make humans more human and individuals more empowered to define what "human" in the face of a system that wants to standardize everyone so that they're more amenable to corporate optimization.
Software might be neutral, but the people making it are not, so the idea it is possible to remain in the middle is complete bullshit.
As we've seen with mstdn, Purism and even masto main, unless you come down hard and consistently on hate speech, harassment and abuse, it will spread. Period.
Bigots exploit the alleged neutrality of people to spread their hate and violence.
I believe in free speech too. What I don't believe in is endless harassment and abuse.
It's very easy to do both.
Having pronouns in your bio is important to normalise the practise, not just gor trans people but everybody. If only trans people do it, then it becomes a marker of who is trans, if you all do it then it's just a standard thing. I know it can be annoying to be asked over and over yo do it, but it is important
As odd as it is to say these days, especially on a platform such as this, I really do find a lot of inner tranquility and solace in prayer and scripture. It really does help when other, more contemporary, methods fail. Can't quite put my finger on why, and I really wish I had more close friends that I could discuss such things with.
(disclaimer: I would never force my views on anyone else, for the record. If this idea is painful for you in any way, I empathize. Truly, I do.)
Toots are mine alone. Staying true to myself
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