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Birthday, Community, and Lesbians: maireddog: Mark Ashton died on this day, the 11th of February, in 1987. Mark was born on the 19th of May, 1960 in Oldham, but grew up in Portrush, Northern Ireland. He moved to London in 1978, where he worked in a bar in King’s Cross, in drag as a barmaid with a blonde beehive. In the 1980s, he volunteered for London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard, campaigned for CND and joined the Communist Party, becoming the first gay secretary of the Young Communist League. Though Mark transformed the Party’s approach to LGBT rights, he and Mike Jackson, who he’d met through Switchboard, wanted to be active as openly gay people. They formed Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) when they collected donations for miners on strike at 1984 Gay Pride. In the evening of 1984 Pride, a miner spoke at a rally, and they were struck by the similarities between the two struggle, of LGBT rights and the Miners’ Strike. Having collected about £150, they advertised a meeting in Capital Gay. 11 people turned up and from the meeting they made a leaflet to launch LGSM - the leaflet was accepted except with an amendment to ‘one in ten miners is gay.’ As LGSM, they supported the miners as lesbian and gay people. At the second meeting, they decided to focus on one community, of the Dulais Valley, as one of the members, Hugh Williams, was from there. They then met David (Dai) Donovan, who also had thought through the similarities of their struggles and how LGSM could help. A month later, 27 lesbians and gay men, arrived at Onllwyn village in Dulais Valley. Other than some hostility (and confusion towards vegetarianism), they experienced warmth, friendship and solidarity. LGSM raised £20,000 for families of miners on strike, and based on The Sun writing that “a group of perverts” were “supporting the pits,” they organised the Pits and Perverts concert in December, 1984, headlined by Bronski Beat. The miners marched with LGSM at Gay Pride in 1985. Mark was admitted to hospital on 30th January, 1987, and died 12 days later from pneumonia, aged 26. At his memorial, there were banners from the Communist Party, Anti-Apartheid, anti-nuclear, Caribbean and community groups, as well as from LGSM. The Mark Ashton Trust was created to support individuals diagnosed with Aids; Mark is also remembered on the UK Aids Memorial Quilt and by Terrence Higgins Trust, with the Mark Ashton Red Ribbon Fund and a plaque at their London headquarters. In 2017, on what would have been his 57th birthday, he was honoured with a blue plaque above Gay’s The Word bookshop. [Images: 1. Mark Ashton at Gay Pride 1981. 2. Mark Ashton at Gay Pride 1985, wearing a LGSM t-shirt and holding a pink “Communist Party” banner with the words “pinko commie queers.” 3. Blue plaque reading: “Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners. Mark Ashton 1960-1987. Political and Community Activist. LGSM met at Gay’s the Word bookship on this site 1984/5.”]
Birthday, Community, and Lesbians: maireddog:
Mark Ashton died on this day, the 11th of February, in 1987. 
Mark 
was born on the 19th of May, 1960 in Oldham, but grew up in Portrush, Northern Ireland. He moved to London in 1978, where he worked in
 a bar in King’s Cross, in drag as a barmaid with a blonde beehive.
In
 the 1980s, he volunteered for London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard, 
campaigned for CND and joined the Communist Party, becoming the first gay secretary of the Young Communist League. Though Mark transformed the Party’s approach to LGBT rights, he and Mike Jackson, who he’d met through Switchboard, wanted to be active as openly gay people. They formed 
Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) when they collected donations for miners on strike at 1984 Gay Pride.
In the evening of 1984 Pride, a miner spoke at a rally, and they were struck by the similarities between the two struggle, of LGBT rights and the Miners’ Strike. Having collected about £150, they advertised a meeting in Capital Gay. 11 people turned up and from the meeting they made a leaflet to launch LGSM - the leaflet was accepted except with an amendment to ‘one in ten miners is gay.’ 
As LGSM, they supported the miners as lesbian and gay people. At the second meeting, they decided to focus on one community, of the Dulais Valley, as one of the members, Hugh Williams, was from there. They then met David (Dai) Donovan, who also had thought through the similarities of their struggles and how LGSM could help. A month later, 27 lesbians and gay men, arrived at Onllwyn village in Dulais Valley. 
Other than some hostility (and confusion towards vegetarianism), they experienced warmth, friendship and solidarity. LGSM raised £20,000 for families of miners on strike, and based on The Sun writing that “a group of perverts” were “supporting the pits,” they organised the Pits and Perverts concert in December, 1984, headlined by Bronski Beat. The miners marched with LGSM at Gay Pride in 1985. 
Mark was admitted to hospital on 30th January, 1987, and died 12 days later from pneumonia, aged 26. At his memorial, there were banners from the Communist Party, Anti-Apartheid, anti-nuclear, Caribbean and community groups, as well as from LGSM. The Mark Ashton Trust was created to support individuals 
diagnosed with Aids; Mark is also remembered on the UK Aids Memorial 
Quilt and by Terrence Higgins Trust, with the Mark Ashton Red Ribbon 
Fund and a plaque at their London headquarters. In 2017, on what would have been his 57th birthday, he was honoured with a blue 
plaque above Gay’s The Word bookshop. 

[Images: 1. Mark Ashton at Gay Pride 1981. 2. Mark Ashton at Gay 
Pride 
1985, wearing a LGSM t-shirt and holding a pink “Communist Party” banner
 with the words “pinko commie queers.” 3. Blue plaque reading: “Lesbians
 and Gays Support the Miners. Mark Ashton 1960-1987. Political and 
Community Activist. LGSM met at Gay’s the Word bookship on this site 
1984/5.”]

maireddog: Mark Ashton died on this day, the 11th of February, in 1987. Mark was born on the 19th of May, 1960 in Oldham, but grew up in P...

Bad, Fucking, and Head: Literally nobody wanted a new background color on Tumblr It's just a color change. Nobody cares. Many people rely on higher levels of contrast in order to read due to vision-related disabilities. Now they can. Other people have different disabilities where higher levels of contrast can cause migraines or seizures. This was a bad idea. heres no one Size fits all solution for accessibility, but at least they made an effort to follow Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. hey are in direct violation of other parts of WCAG. They should meet all standards, not just convenient ones WCAG has only been widely accepted for six years. Adoption takes time, and something is better than nothing. Standards don't exist in a vacuum. You need to talk to people with a variety of disabilities to ensure actual accessibility. This likely was not primarily prompted by compassion, but by digital accessibility lawsuits in the news, like the Domino's app case All of this could have been avoided by creating multiple color schemes, like many of their competitors do User choice leads to user satisfaction. Let people set up their own colors. This silly meme I made to vent my frustration probably put in more thought about this than all of Staff did. Meanwhile, there are still fucking Nazis here. youcannotnotbereal: This all went through my head in like four seconds. Image description below the cut. Keep reading
Bad, Fucking, and Head: Literally nobody
 wanted a new
 background color
 on Tumblr
 It's just a color change.
 Nobody cares.
 Many people rely on
 higher levels of
 contrast in order
 to read due to
 vision-related
 disabilities. Now they can.
 Other people have
 different disabilities where
 higher levels of
 contrast can cause
 migraines or seizures. This
 was a bad idea.

 heres no one Size fits
 all solution for
 accessibility, but at
 least they made an
 effort to follow Web
 Content Accessibility
 Guidelines.
 hey are in direct
 violation of other parts
 of WCAG. They
 should meet all
 standards, not just
 convenient ones
 WCAG has only been
 widely accepted for
 six years.
 Adoption takes time,
 and something is
 better than nothing.
 Standards don't exist
 in a vacuum. You
 need to talk to people
 with a variety of
 disabilities to ensure
 actual accessibility.

 This likely was not primarily
 prompted by compassion,
 but by digital accessibility
 lawsuits in the news, like
 the Domino's app case
 All of this could have
 been avoided by
 creating multiple color
 schemes, like many
 of their competitors do
 User choice leads to
 user satisfaction. Let
 people set up their
 own colors.
 This silly meme I made
 to vent my frustration
 probably put in more
 thought about this
 than all of Staff did.

 Meanwhile, there
 are still
 fucking
 Nazis here.
youcannotnotbereal:

This all went through my head in like four seconds.
Image description below the cut. Keep reading

youcannotnotbereal: This all went through my head in like four seconds. Image description below the cut. Keep reading

Bad, Fucking, and Head: Literally nobody wanted a new background color on Tumblr It's just a color change. Nobody cares. Many people rely on higher levels of contrast in order to read due to vision-related disabilities. Now they can. Other people have different disabilities where higher levels of contrast can cause migraines or seizures. This was a bad idea. heres no one Size fits all solution for accessibility, but at least they made an effort to follow Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. hey are in direct violation of other parts of WCAG. They should meet all standards, not just convenient ones WCAG has only been widely accepted for six years. Adoption takes time, and something is better than nothing. Standards don't exist in a vacuum. You need to talk to people with a variety of disabilities to ensure actual accessibility. This likely was not primarily prompted by compassion, but by digital accessibility lawsuits in the news, like the Domino's app case All of this could have been avoided by creating multiple color schemes, like many of their competitors do User choice leads to user satisfaction. Let people set up their own colors. This silly meme I made to vent my frustration probably put in more thought about this than all of Staff did. Meanwhile, there are still fucking Nazis here. youcannotnotbereal: This all went through my head in like four seconds. Image description below the cut. Keep reading
Bad, Fucking, and Head: Literally nobody
 wanted a new
 background color
 on Tumblr
 It's just a color change.
 Nobody cares.
 Many people rely on
 higher levels of
 contrast in order
 to read due to
 vision-related
 disabilities. Now they can.
 Other people have
 different disabilities where
 higher levels of
 contrast can cause
 migraines or seizures. This
 was a bad idea.

 heres no one Size fits
 all solution for
 accessibility, but at
 least they made an
 effort to follow Web
 Content Accessibility
 Guidelines.
 hey are in direct
 violation of other parts
 of WCAG. They
 should meet all
 standards, not just
 convenient ones
 WCAG has only been
 widely accepted for
 six years.
 Adoption takes time,
 and something is
 better than nothing.
 Standards don't exist
 in a vacuum. You
 need to talk to people
 with a variety of
 disabilities to ensure
 actual accessibility.

 This likely was not primarily
 prompted by compassion,
 but by digital accessibility
 lawsuits in the news, like
 the Domino's app case
 All of this could have
 been avoided by
 creating multiple color
 schemes, like many
 of their competitors do
 User choice leads to
 user satisfaction. Let
 people set up their
 own colors.
 This silly meme I made
 to vent my frustration
 probably put in more
 thought about this
 than all of Staff did.

 Meanwhile, there
 are still
 fucking
 Nazis here.
youcannotnotbereal:
This all went through my head in like four seconds.
Image description below the cut. Keep reading

youcannotnotbereal: This all went through my head in like four seconds. Image description below the cut. Keep reading

Ass, Bilbo, and Rey: 10 August 2018 Revised: 16 October 2018 Accepted: 23 October 2018 DOI: 10.1111/gcb.14506 WILEY Global Change PRIMARY RESEARCH ARTICLE The influence of climatic legacies on the distribution of dryland biocrust communities David J. Eldridge Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo2. 2,3 Centre for Ecosystem Science, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of New South Wales, Sydney,New South Wales Australia Departamento de Biología y Geología, ísica y Química Inorgánica, Escuela uperior de Ciencias Experimentales y ecnología, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos stoles, Spain operative Institute for Research in ironmental Sciences, University of rado, Boulder, Colorado Abstract Predicting the distribution of biocrust species, mosses, lic ated with surface soils is difficult, but climatic legacies (changes in climate hens and liverwor last 20 k years) can improve our prediction of the distribution of biocrus To provide empirical support for this hypothesis, we used a combination c analyses and structural equation modelling to identify the role of climatic predicting the distribution of ecological clusters formed by species lichens and liverworts using data from 282 large sites distributed across km2 of eastern Australia. Two ecological clusters contained 87% of the lichen and liverwort species. Both clusters contained lichen, moss and live cies, but were dominated by different families. Sites where the air t increased the most over 20k years (positive temperature legacies) were with reductions in the relative abundance of species from the lichen and Teloschistaceae) and moss (Bryaceae) families (Cluster A spec spondence J. Eldridge, Centre for Ecosystem e, School of Biological, Earth and mental Sciences, University of New Wales, Sydney, NSW Australia eldridge@unsw.edu.au groundstorey plant cover and lower soil pH. Sites where precipitation over the past 20k years (positive precipitation legacy) were ass increases in the relative abundance of lichen (Cladoniaceae, Leci Trying to be an adult and read a scientific paper and your wife does this
Ass, Bilbo, and Rey: 10 August 2018 Revised: 16 October 2018 Accepted: 23 October 2018
 DOI: 10.1111/gcb.14506
 WILEY Global Change
 PRIMARY RESEARCH ARTICLE
 The influence of climatic legacies on the distribution of
 dryland biocrust communities
 David J. Eldridge
 Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo2.
 2,3
 Centre for Ecosystem Science, School of
 Biological, Earth and Environmental
 Sciences, University of New South Wales,
 Sydney,New South Wales Australia
 Departamento de Biología y Geología,
 ísica y Química Inorgánica, Escuela
 uperior de Ciencias Experimentales y
 ecnología, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
 stoles, Spain
 operative Institute for Research in
 ironmental Sciences, University of
 rado, Boulder, Colorado
 Abstract
 Predicting the distribution of biocrust species, mosses, lic
 ated with surface soils is difficult, but climatic legacies (changes in climate
 hens and liverwor
 last 20 k years) can improve our prediction of the distribution of biocrus
 To provide empirical support for this hypothesis, we used a combination c
 analyses and structural equation modelling to identify the role of climatic
 predicting the distribution of ecological clusters formed by species
 lichens and liverworts using data from 282 large sites distributed across
 km2 of eastern Australia. Two ecological clusters contained 87% of the
 lichen and liverwort species. Both clusters contained lichen, moss and live
 cies, but were dominated by different families. Sites where the air t
 increased the most over 20k years (positive temperature legacies) were
 with reductions in the relative abundance of species from the lichen
 and Teloschistaceae) and moss (Bryaceae) families (Cluster A spec
 spondence
 J. Eldridge, Centre for Ecosystem
 e, School of Biological, Earth and
 mental Sciences, University of New
 Wales, Sydney, NSW Australia
 eldridge@unsw.edu.au
 groundstorey plant cover and lower soil pH. Sites where precipitation
 over the past 20k years (positive precipitation legacy) were ass
 increases in the relative abundance of lichen (Cladoniaceae, Leci
Trying to be an adult and read a scientific paper and your wife does this

Trying to be an adult and read a scientific paper and your wife does this

Ass, Bilbo, and Rey: 10 August 2018 Revised: 16 October 2018 Accepted: 23 October 2018 DOI: 10.1111/gcb.14506 WILEY Global Change PRIMARY RESEARCH ARTICLE The influence of climatic legacies on the distribution of dryland biocrust communities David J. Eldridge Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo2. 2,3 Centre for Ecosystem Science, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of New South Wales, Sydney,New South Wales Australia Departamento de Biología y Geología, ísica y Química Inorgánica, Escuela uperior de Ciencias Experimentales y ecnología, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos stoles, Spain operative Institute for Research in ironmental Sciences, University of rado, Boulder, Colorado Abstract Predicting the distribution of biocrust species, mosses, lic ated with surface soils is difficult, but climatic legacies (changes in climate hens and liverwor last 20 k years) can improve our prediction of the distribution of biocrus To provide empirical support for this hypothesis, we used a combination c analyses and structural equation modelling to identify the role of climatic predicting the distribution of ecological clusters formed by species lichens and liverworts using data from 282 large sites distributed across km2 of eastern Australia. Two ecological clusters contained 87% of the lichen and liverwort species. Both clusters contained lichen, moss and live cies, but were dominated by different families. Sites where the air t increased the most over 20k years (positive temperature legacies) were with reductions in the relative abundance of species from the lichen and Teloschistaceae) and moss (Bryaceae) families (Cluster A spec spondence J. Eldridge, Centre for Ecosystem e, School of Biological, Earth and mental Sciences, University of New Wales, Sydney, NSW Australia eldridge@unsw.edu.au groundstorey plant cover and lower soil pH. Sites where precipitation over the past 20k years (positive precipitation legacy) were ass increases in the relative abundance of lichen (Cladoniaceae, Leci Trying to be an adult and read a scientific paper and your wife does this
Ass, Bilbo, and Rey: 10 August 2018 Revised: 16 October 2018 Accepted: 23 October 2018
 DOI: 10.1111/gcb.14506
 WILEY Global Change
 PRIMARY RESEARCH ARTICLE
 The influence of climatic legacies on the distribution of
 dryland biocrust communities
 David J. Eldridge
 Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo2.
 2,3
 Centre for Ecosystem Science, School of
 Biological, Earth and Environmental
 Sciences, University of New South Wales,
 Sydney,New South Wales Australia
 Departamento de Biología y Geología,
 ísica y Química Inorgánica, Escuela
 uperior de Ciencias Experimentales y
 ecnología, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
 stoles, Spain
 operative Institute for Research in
 ironmental Sciences, University of
 rado, Boulder, Colorado
 Abstract
 Predicting the distribution of biocrust species, mosses, lic
 ated with surface soils is difficult, but climatic legacies (changes in climate
 hens and liverwor
 last 20 k years) can improve our prediction of the distribution of biocrus
 To provide empirical support for this hypothesis, we used a combination c
 analyses and structural equation modelling to identify the role of climatic
 predicting the distribution of ecological clusters formed by species
 lichens and liverworts using data from 282 large sites distributed across
 km2 of eastern Australia. Two ecological clusters contained 87% of the
 lichen and liverwort species. Both clusters contained lichen, moss and live
 cies, but were dominated by different families. Sites where the air t
 increased the most over 20k years (positive temperature legacies) were
 with reductions in the relative abundance of species from the lichen
 and Teloschistaceae) and moss (Bryaceae) families (Cluster A spec
 spondence
 J. Eldridge, Centre for Ecosystem
 e, School of Biological, Earth and
 mental Sciences, University of New
 Wales, Sydney, NSW Australia
 eldridge@unsw.edu.au
 groundstorey plant cover and lower soil pH. Sites where precipitation
 over the past 20k years (positive precipitation legacy) were ass
 increases in the relative abundance of lichen (Cladoniaceae, Leci
Trying to be an adult and read a scientific paper and your wife does this

Trying to be an adult and read a scientific paper and your wife does this