Fox Mulder’s office from The X-Files (1993-2002)
i’m doing a two-day workshop today and tomorrow on cryptography and steganography (codes and secret writing) and i’ve decided to make an alphabet of symbols that lgbt folk could draw on/near a building or street to communicate that location/organisation’s positive/negative attributes (in a hypothetical situation).
it’s inspired by the “hobo alphabet” that was used by homeless people in 19th and 20th century US to communicate attributes of a place (for example “clean water available here” or “act religious to get help” or “you will be beaten here”) [more examples + images]
so I’ve come up with a few things we might want to communicate with a similar set of symbols, but was wondering if there’s anything you think I might have missed. here’s what I’ve got so far:
HIV+ friendly/unfriendly space
trans-inclusive feminist space
alcohol-free LGBT space
women-only safe space
men-only safe space
trans friendly/unfriendly space
poc friendly/unfriendly space
bi friendly/unfriendly space
non-binary friendly/unfriendly space
fat friendly/unfriendly space
religious space/religion unfriendly space
you can’t be out here
trans friendly bathrooms
free condoms available here
haven from abuse
dumpster dive possible here
not safe for minors
hate crime hotspot
if you wanna help, please comment below with an idea or message me!
on the phone w my doctor feeling cam’ron inspired
British-Somali songwriter, feminist, and musician Marianne Joan Elliott-Said, also known by her stage name Poly Styrene, is most notably known for being the founder of punk rock band X-Ray Spex.
She was born in Bromley, London, and ran away from home at the age of 15 with just £3 in her pocket, hitchhiking from one music festival to another. This adventure ended when she stepped on a rusty nail while bathing in a stream and had to be treated for septicaemia.
After seeing the Sex Pistols performance at the Pier Pavillion Hastings on her 19th birthday she thought that anyone could do what they were doing and so decided to form her own Punk Rock band, putting an ad in the paper calling for ‘young punx who want to stick it together’, and that was the beginning of X-Ray Spex. She eventually became a passionate feminist and posted a blog dedicated to women’s rights and defense of women.
She was described by Billboard as the “archetype for the modern-day feminist punk”; because she wore dental braces, stood against the typical sex object female of 1970’s rock star, sported a gaudy Dayglo wardrobe, and was of mixed race. She was “one of the least conventional front-persons in rock history, male or female”.
Needless to say, she was a total bad ass.
she’s also bipolar. role model <3
Mini Shift Dress: Urban Outfitters
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