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Darina
22 February 2013 @ 01:42 am

This is a Russian campaign against Article 6.13.1 (of the Code of Administrative Offences of the Russian Federation), the federal bill which is to ban the “propaganda of homosexuality among minors”. You can enjoy the full insanity of the bill in English here. It was already approved by their Parliament in its first reading, and has two more readings to pass.

So the Love is Legal site is where people’s photos and accompanying messages opposing the bill and supporting the Russian LGBT community are posted. I asked one of the Russian activists if I could join the campaign, and he gladly gave me his permission. I sent my photo and my message to the campaign’s email address, and this is the end result:



My message is in Russian (thanks to ilupin for the editing), so I’m translating it into English for you.

I am a volunteer who works with gay teenagers. I know from experience what it’s like to talk an underage boy out of killing himself over the Internet.

For such teenagers, the information that they are perfectly normal and no worse than the others can be literally life-saving. They need information and educational resources, and not protection from the “propaganda” of what is absurd to propagandize. They need to know that they are not alone on this planet. I am against Article 6.13.1.

Darina Ivanova

ETA: I'm making this post "sticky" for some time because I think it's important.

 
 
Darina
28 July 2014 @ 02:14 am
Last Tuesday (22 June), I got an unpleasant reminder of how much I had underestimated the wounds of my knee.

I made one clumsy absent-minded movement with my computer chair – and my knee bumped lightly against the edge of the computer desk. That wouldn’t do anything to a healthy knee, but the edge met exactly the place that was the slowest to heal. Ouch!

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So I disinfected that place with oxygen peroxide and left it alone. That little episode returned me to the stage of not tolerating the touch of fabric to my knee again, so I had to keep it from touching bed sheets or anything two more nights, wearing jeans was out of the question again, and the touch of my thinnest skirt against my knee still hurt in that special unpleasant way when I went out with my friend the next day. I’ve only been wearing my far from pretty in-home shorts around my part oft town since, but I think I’ll brave that skirt again if I go to some more “central” place tomorrow, or maybe wear my only dress with a shorter skirt if I decide that I’m not very likely to scare people with the sight of my knee (at least the interesting shades of blue in the better-healed areas are fading now). :P Well, at least that wound no longer limits my knee’s flexibility although I have a bit of scabbing here and there again now.

But it’s still just a minor inconvenience at this stage; it doesn’t even limit my movements any more, so I’d better not complain too much. :P

Now to get used to the heat that keeps trying to return my brain to Slow Motion Mode…
 
 
Darina
18 July 2014 @ 03:00 am
My brain is still struggling to get out of Slow Motion Mode, but I think I already have some success.

Of course it wasn't my knee itself that got me so badly out of shape; it was hardly getting any sleep for two weeks because of that knee. Then my knee recovered enough to leave me to sleep... and then came the insomnia. It seemed that my body had forgotten how to sleep in the same way as it had forgotten how to walk without limping. That still feels ridiculous; some people here have had much worse injuries or surgeries and still managed to function, but... here I am. I saved my energy on catching up with my work on my previous relatively good days, and I can't believe I'm saying it, but I'm grateful for going through another period of being  Almost Unemployed right now.

I'm not going to promise to return to LJ properly at any particular time now; I'll just wait until I feel fit enough, whenever that is. There is no way for me to catch up all the way back with all your journals, so I'll start with the people who have something major going on in their lives (if I am aware of that, of course).

And now I'm going back to remembering how to sleep. There will be more writing and more photo posts in the near future - severely out of chronological order, I'm afraid.

Love, Dari
 
 
Darina
18 July 2014 @ 02:43 am
Here are are some much-belated photos of the next version the monster toy I designed for those of you who haven't seen them on Facebook (where they were already belated :P). The previous versions are here and here.

Alas, the camera didn't manage to get the blue colour quite right; I think it looks better in reality.

This monster is full of bright colours in bold combinations that may be a bit too much for some people, but I made it for a lover of of bright colours in bold combinations, and he loved the photos (I have yet to see him in person to give him his monster).

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Darina
09 July 2014 @ 02:43 am
I think I finally found the right red yarn. :)

This one is going to a very brave young Bulgarian transgender lady who is more feminine than tomboy-ish me. :)

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Darina
08 July 2014 @ 02:23 am
I decided that I needed a knitting adventure as a distraction from the slowness of the healing of my knee, so I started knitting a Mystery Creature. It feels a little strange not knowing what exactly I'm knitting, but it's fun, and I like that designer's other toy patterns, so I hope this one is just as good. :)

Is there anybody else here who wants to join this mystery knit-along on Ravelry?
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Darina
29 June 2014 @ 02:07 am
Wow, I finished the second monster on 8 June, I took the last photos on 10 June, and then I didn't get around to posting the photos here for so long that I almost forgot about it!

So, here it is. It looks a little different than the black monster because this yarn drapes differently although it's supposed to be the same, but the black yarn is definitely softer.

It's going to live with one of my "adopted children". :)

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Darina
26 June 2014 @ 12:37 am
Guess who managed to fall on the sidewalk and get her knee badly skinned yesterday. :P And I thought that was my most stable pair of slippers sandals, but maybe their soles had gone a little worn out at last? Well, now we know that running to catch the trolley bus wasn’t a very wise thing to do. :P

I got a little bit of “decoration” on my face too, very superficial but convincingly scary to strangers. :P It’s good that I work from home and don’t have to go out much until that heals. There is a bit here and there on my left arm too, but that’s not very obvious against the background of my knee and face. Those new sidewalk tiles seem to have a very abrasive surface. *sigh*

The most interesting part of the whole “adventure” was when the kind lady who came to see how I was while I was still lying flat on the ground after  fell turned out to be a former teacher at my high school, and had even taught me a little, and lives in the building next to mine! So we took the next trolley bus together, and I managed to scare two other ladies with my bloody face and had to explain to them that it wasn’t as bad as it seemed to calm them down. :) I just washed all my injuries with soap in the shower and then disinfected them with a bit of rakia (ouch!) because I had nothing else at home. My doctor said that I had done the right thing when I got to see him today.

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And now that my knee hurts less if I don’t move, and my face almost doesn’t hurt, I’m going to bed because I didn’t manage to sleep much last night/morning. Ugh, I can’t throw a blanket or anything over that knee. I didn’t ask the doctor for a bandage because I can’t bear anything touching it.

And no, I’m not taking any photos. :P




 
 
 
Darina
23 June 2014 @ 03:51 am

So, the Sofia Pride got postponed because there was a flood in another part of the country and at least 10 people died in it (tomorrow is a day of national mourning). But our "nationalist" opponents still marched in the streets of Sofia and only postponed their "anti-gay rock concert". The video description claims that the event was 'traditional" and there were "hundreds" of participants, by the way, but I don't see exactly hundreds there. ;)

I don't think you would want a translation of what they said in the video; I didn't even count how many times they said "fags". This television is owned by that same political party that has been trying to make "demonstrations of homosexuality" illegal and some of its members embarrassed themselves in this TV show (as if their leader's sheer hooliganism wasn't enough to embarrass them all the time).

The motto of their campaign is something like "Oh, Europe, you whore of Babylon, you slut of Sodom," which the civilized people here find very amusing. :) It's on that poster at about 0:14 in the video.




The new date of the Pride rally is not known yet.

(Sorry for not writing about this yesterday; I felt so sleepy the entire day that I wasn't in good enough shape to compose a text or do any anything other than housework or very simple knitting, and I'm still in a loss if it was due to the suddenly colder weather or was the aftermath of all that pre-Pride adrenaline).

 
 
Darina
20 June 2014 @ 01:36 am

Please get  subscribed to lj_feedback and offer any useful insight you may have to the new LJ management!

And did you see this news here? *gasp*

Based on the feedback we've received regarding the redesigned version of the site, we've decided to keep the option to continue using the old friends page!

Did I really read that? :)

 
 
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