redhillian: (Pride flag)
Depending on where you live, either today or yesterday is/was National Coming Out Day.

Last year I wrote this, and I still stand by it.

In addition, (and as at the time) I also identify as Queer, Pansexual and Polyamorous - for the sake of brevity I left this off last year. There's other stuff too, but let's keep this simple.

In the last year I've seen several friends come out, as all sots of letters of the alphabet. But you know what - there are still people being bullied over this. There are kids committing suicide because their friends and family don't get that they are still people. Parents being sniffy at their offspring getting married.

This years there's a lot of focus on the It Gets Better Project. Fronted by Dan Savage (the columnist behind Savage Love, and the words pegging and santorum in a sexual context) the page itself explains why. (link leads to you tube, no auto playing)

Also: MY FRIENDS ARE AWESOME. It was because I had good friends at the time that I spent little time in the closet, and it's because my friends are awesome that I can easily and freely discuss my sexuality when it comes up in conversation.
redhillian: (Pride flag)
or: maybe Aviva do want our filthy queer money after all...

The awesome and empowering [livejournal.com profile] oxfordgirl has received a prompt reply from Aviva's "Head of Media Relations", assuring her (and therefore vicariously, us) that her experience does not represent Aviva's ideals or policies and that a full investigation is under way, with a report to follow.

For the time being, we can probably hold off with the destroying and cleansing fire - there is a possibility that one customer facing call centre asshat is going to be skinned alive in the boardroom this afternoon.

I wouldn't recommend changing any insurance choices yet, but I would suggest being very sure of any terms & conditions as written and not as put forward by a call centre agent that may not be following company policy.
redhillian: (Pride flag)
My good friend [livejournal.com profile] oxfordgirl has attempted to obtain car insurance, and has run into an interesting problem with it, in short it seems that "Aviva don't want our filthy queer money" (thanks [livejournal.com profile] marcus_felix for putting up a non-friends locked version).

Side note: was going to use rage icon, decided pride flag more important.

ETA: Hold Fire. [livejournal.com profile] oxfordgirl has written to a person in charge, and is awaiting conformation/denial of weaselgreasing. More will follow.

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