Aleksei Ilídio Valentín (he/they) ✡️♿🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️ Profile picture
🇺🇦Writer, artist, dancer🩰Disabled Jewish queer trans mixed Latiné🧑🏽‍🦽Historian, witch, activist📚He/they❤️‍🔥Husband of @thelionmachine🪬
Jul 18, 2018 6 tweets 2 min read
For every abled telling disabled folks to just get our own reusable straws that bend and clean them, I present to you one of the greatest child killers of the 19th c: the rubber feeding tube. This is where single-use straws came from, in part. #StrawBan… Sterilising bendable plastic is exceptionally hard, and requires boiling and never getting any tears, scratches, or other surface damage to the straw where bacteria can lurk and turn deadly.

That's asking a lot to end 0.003% of plastic pollution. Get it right or die.
May 31, 2018 6 tweets 2 min read
The White House demanding Samantha Bee be fired for calling Ivanka a name is the exact thing the Bill of Rights was talking about when it talked about free speech.

The government, which includes the President, can't shut down speech because it's unfavourable or insulting. This is literally textbook, constitutional law 101 shit.

You cannot demand, as President, that someone lose their job for insulting a member of your government. Which Ivanka is. She represents the President all over the damn globe. She's part of this government now.
May 26, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
You...have you read about the slave trade? Tearing apart enslaved families? Native removals and residential schools? Immigration exclusion acts? Japanese internment camps? The US prison system?

This IS America. This has ALWAYS been America.

Son, read a motherfucking book. I don't know how you can know about any aspect of American history, from genocidal extermination of Natives to how the for-profit prison system operates, and think that the children ICE has "lost" are somehow a break with American patterns of behaviour.
May 2, 2018 33 tweets 9 min read
Okay, so slavery is trending, thanks Kanye West. And hopefully, y'all know that if you aren't Black, this is your time to sit back, listen, and learn, because it isn't your time to speak.

Got that? Good. However, as someone who has taught US History, I know how little most non-Black people really know about slavery in the Americas, and how foundational it is to Western dominant culture.

So I'm going to start tweeting some books so folks can educate themselves.
Apr 10, 2018 38 tweets 7 min read
Strap in, folks, because this is a cautionary tale about letting teenagers too smart for their own good write theology without oversight. So my grandparents on mom's side were Catholic, and at the time, I had a Catholic boyfriend. So I ended up doing lots of random stuff at the parish because, well, boyfriend. I ended up befriending all the artsy, queer Catholic kids who were afraid to come out. Shock.
Apr 8, 2018 34 tweets 10 min read
If @AmazonStudios wants to really make this a departure from the Peter Jackson films, then they need to hire PoC, women, and queer people to run this thing and write it.… via @theoneringnet I've been writing a Middle-earth filled with queer people, brown people, and women with @thelionmachine for a decade. And it's all in-line with the medieval world Tolkien drew upon.

We're also academics who've written on Tolkien studies, so yes, we know what we're talking about.
Mar 15, 2018 6 tweets 2 min read
This is what ableism looks like.

This says it's better Stephen Hawking is dead because now he can walk in some theoretical afterlife (that he did not believe in).

If that never dawned on you, it's because ableism is foundational in our culture. Now you can see it. Unlearn it. This shit hurts disabled people. This shit says our lives aren't worth as much as abled people because of our disabilities -- not because the world is designed without accessibility in mind, but fundamentally because we are disabled.

The ideal of a "healthy body" is deadly.
Feb 25, 2018 18 tweets 4 min read
Let me explain a few things about this bullshit idea that people love of "if you need psych meds, you never get a gun."

I'm going to introduce you to being mentally ill, poor, and living in rural areas. When I was growing up, there were significant portions of the time that if we didn't hunt, we didn't have enough meat. Hunting rifles were an important part of providing for the family. When Dad was at sea, I took over the job when I was old enough.
Nov 26, 2017 34 tweets 7 min read
The shadows are drawing in, darklings, and the nights are filling with ice and frost.

But we've got some cards to read, so pull up a chair for #TarotTonight. Tonight's card is from Les Vampires Oracle, and deals pretty bluntly with death. If you can't handle that, please mute the thread. I know this hits home for some folks who don't need extra stuff to deal with.

Got it? Good. On to "Death Rites."