Aya Kamikawa (born January 25th 1968) is the only openly trangender person to currently hold official office in Japan. She was elected as municipal official to Tokyo in 2003. When submitting her election application papers it is noted that she left a blank space for “sex.”
Despite the Japanese government announcing that they would continue to see her officially as male, Kamikawa stated she would work as a woman.
She was re-elected in 2007 for a second four-year-term seat.
She uses her official position to improve rights for women, children, the elderly, handicapped and LGBT people.
pompeii to fall | BASTILLE + QUEEN
what a great mashup!
Dark green georgetteo fabric with the white and yellow design throughout the sari. It’s absolutely beautiful, and perfect for a night out or any event. Maybe even try it with a corset! A dull yellow, or silver corset, or black, or a corset like mine! There is no blouse.
$10 + shipping
*Corset not included*
You are a goddess! Teach me.
Now that conventions are over for a while, I will be busying myself with a long term personal project. But when I’m not working on that, I’m either watching Ranma (which is now one of my new favorite animes ever) or playing Fire Emblem Awakening. I was going to doodle Lucina or something, but everyone already loves Lucina. She’s even in Smash now (which btw, is awesome). So instead I doodled Say’ri, my current favorite. What can I say, I have a thing for samurai designs.
Lions Facing Extinction in West Africa
The number of lions in West Africa has faced a “catastrophic collapse” with about 400 left in the region, a new survey suggests. There are concerns that the entire population could disappear with there being fewer than 250 mature lions of breeding age.
Panthera (a non-profit organization) has carried out a 6-year study in 17 countries – Senegal to Nigeria.
In 2005, it was believed that West African lions live in 21 different protected areas (PAs), however, according to the survey published in the scientific journal PLOS One, lions now exist in just 4 of those sites. The report also includes that lions now roam only 1.1% of their historic range in West Africa – a majority of their habitat has been converted for agricultural use (Philipp Henschel, co-author of the report).
“Researchers discovered that West African lions now survive in only 5 countries: Senegal, Nigeria, and a single trans-frontier population on the shared borders of Benin. Niger and Burkina-Faso.” If these lions end up extinct, we will lose a very unique locally adapted population as these lions have a genetic sequence not found in other lions.
“Our results came as a complete shock; all but a few of the areas we surveyed were basically paper parks, having neither management budgets nor patrol staff, and had lost all their lions and other iconic large mammals,” Mr Henschel told the BBC’s Sivaramakrishnan Parameswaran.”
Conservation of West African lions has been greatly neglected, whereas eastern and southern Africa, millions of dollars has been spent.
There is a bush meat problem:
Lions are restricted to protected areas. Poaching of animals (usually the prey/food source for lions) to supply local bushmeat markets is most likely the main threat. Not to mention, retaliatory killings of lions by herdsmen and local farmers have been witnessed.
There is a funding crisis:
There is a lack of funding for conservation of these West African lions as well as increasing human population and encroachment with impoverished economies, resulting in increasingly vulnerable lions. The IUCN (International Union for Conservation) is calling for urgent international support. Benin and Senegal are working to establish a National Lion Action Plan with research teams to identify measures to save the lions in their countries.
The unsung heroes.
That was one of the most horrifying, painful, beautiful parts of the movie. So many of them weren’t prepared, so many were administrators who had no clue that the STRIKE teams had turned, let alone that a killing machine like the Winter Soldier was on the loose.
So many of them died.
And yet none of them hesitated. Despite the propaganda Pierce had unleashed, despite their orders, despite everything, they still responded. Their sacrifice, their heroism - they gave the last full measure of devotion, and I can’t imagine that Steve wouldn’t attend the memorial service, even if he had to use a wheelchair or a cane because his own wounds hadn’t finished healing.
"Captain’s orders" indeed.
without these people, there IS no Captain America.
Modern teenage Kainora leaning against the air because I’m so legit get on my level
do you ever want to see someone, talk to someone, just TOUCH them and see their smile, but they are just so fucking far away….
wow porn is so HD these days
look at this fragile delicate flower of a man look at how precarious his value and identity is wonder at the marvel that is masculinity
The sweetest thing
LOL I imagine Jay-Z probably tells the funniest dad jokes.
Urbance animated project is now on Kickstarter.
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