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Thalassodromeus Equality
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Published: March 26, 2013
Today marks arguments in front of the US Supreme Court regarding cases dealing with Proposition 8's legality in California, which overturned law that allowed LGBT to marry with equal status as heterosexual people. I produced this for the paleo-minded, and it currently occupies the header on my blog ([link]) so that I can help advance awareness. The sciences do not necessarily need awareness, but those who are not, and artists, and LGBT who do not speak out or are afraid, this gives you something to put up, share, and enjoy. Any money I make from sale of prints for this will go to LGBT charities and causes, focusing on helping kids in dangerous situations.
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OaglorHobbyist Traditional Artist
All pterosaurs are created equal.
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TheArchosaurQueenHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so very much for making this image for the equality movement, this neatly specks deeply about my life :happycry:. I would love to be a "paleo person" and willing to openly get a sex change with pride, rather then be afraid of segregation by "the norms".
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I do what I can, when I can. The image is about equality. The movement is about equality, and while it was started to respond to rights of homosexuals, or the freedom from gender typing in marriage laws and such, I think I'm gonna keep it around for everyone, at least as far as paleo goes. This is currently my Facebook image, and I think that's a good thing, too. A lot of straight people are in this movement, too. Don't be afraid to reach out beyond to the "norms" if you need help.
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I see, and I apologize for gender typing myself. I was letting out my frustrations in my first comment ^^;.
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Use whatever label you wish for yourself. People are free in their own minds, even if they are trapped in their own flesh ;).
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Indeed, thanks for the reminder :aww:.
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Love it!
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Right when I saw it I assumed what it would be like. Very nice - I like archosaurs and greatly dislike homophobia, so there goes.
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It was kinda odd growing up both paleo-inclined and gay. You had to find a community while in little-town Idaho that catered to both, but neither presented themselves. I am glad that I have many friends now, both paleo and tolerant or LGBTQ. It helped to know that there were a lot of open people in paleo ... just quiet about it.
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Outside of places/subcultures/people who are expected to be open to LGBTQs, I can see that the quietness of many may be disconcerting; then again, the alternative might look a bit patronizing. It's great just to know I guess - after all, people like me enjoy the privilege of not being targeted by idiots who take their non-LGBTQ sexual orientation for granted and respond to non-heterosexuals with anything from disparagement to open hatred.
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In the paleo community, there are some who have tried to collect together, to share the aspect of being a paleontologist AND LGBT(Q). But ... this is not publicized because, for the most part, the community accepts it, just as the religious affinities of paleontologists rarely comes up or is really very relevant at all. What matters is work. This is a good ethic to have, but it is also done at the expense of willfully ignoring the diversity of background, and the lack of role models in science who are also LGBTQ. Science has no LGBTQ superstars, no one who can by their presence and notoriety, help youth become more accepted. The fear, sadly, is a political one.
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Hey Jaime,

I am sorry and owe you a big apology - didn't see back then that I committed quite a colossal blunder. I didn't mean to imply that I have any right to have a say about LGBTQ identities, if I came off like that; I probably didn't capture the "The fear, sadly, is a political one" line. This might very well be a result of me being privileged when it comes to this, but I would have thought to have grown out of such habits.

What I also missed in being that pompous is that there is an other standard than your artwork by which I could judge you - I've been hanging around at various message boards with you for quite some years, and always held you in quite high esteem.

While I - being outside Academia - can't help in bringing LGBTQ interests to the forefront or push them into the spotlight, you can count me in that I am all for this. I apologize for my insensitivity.
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I didn't think you were being insensitive. A little selfish, maybe; but not insensititve. We always view these things from our own experiences, and for some of us these are terrible and traumatic. But I judge humanity by its strengths, by its ability to deal with its pain. We are better when we come from pain better, without causing more. That is why the "It Gets Better" program, which uses famous people -- many of them not LGBT themselves -- to help those who are in vulnerable conditions. But there is an amazing lack of this outreach in the paleo environment, despite dinosaurs being a gateway for many kids to Science. That is why there needs to be more publicity.

Thanks for the apology. I understand your feelings on this, but I don't think it's warranted. Take care at least that you try to bring more joy to the world!
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Thanks for the answer, Jaime; I can certainly relate to your conclusion :)
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Fuck superstardom. I like people because I like them, their ethnicity, color, sexual orientation, whatever, being completely irrelevant. I've been conversing with you via forums mostly since I was like 16, and I won't let you down for the trivial bullshit called your or my sexual orientation. Keep up your great work, Jaime. There's no other standard I could use to judge you, and frankly, I don't know why I should be such a jerk. Keep up your great work!
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