Threw a big Harry Potter party over the weekend. Overall we had over 23 people show up! I really wanted to go all out, so we made all sorts of treats from scratch (Including the favorites, like Chocolate Frogs and Pumpkin Pasties) and both regular and spiked Butterbeer. I also made a bunch of props for the house and printed out posters and signs. All in all it was a great party and I’ll have to throw another one of these next year!
For those curious, a lot of the snack food recipes and labels came from here.
If you’ve seen the original FCKH8 post going around, please do not reblog it. Please. Encourage your friends and followers to ignore it.
Sending those colouring books into Russia could result in so many repercussions for the families of the children who receive the books. The Russian government and many of the country’s people do not take kindly to those encouraging something they are attempting to eradicate from the country.
When I interned at a non-profit humanities news organisation last fall, I was put on editing recordings of interviews from individuals in Russia who had been persecuted, imprisoned, and even sent on the run because they were LGBTQIA, or were found to support the movement for equal rights in the country.
Their stories were heartbreaking, and it took a while for me to accept that yes, somewhere in the world this is going on, and this is what life is like for those individuals. I am not - by any means - an expert on life for LGBTQIA individuals in Russia. But I am telling you what I believe and know, from past informational experiences. If these books are sent to homes in that country, the lives of those children and their families will be at risk.
FCKH8 can try to send the books discreetly. They can try to smuggle them into homes. But there is always the huge chance that the books will still be found, and the government would not hesitate to hand out consequences.
Children would be taken from their parents. If they were heard talking about their “colouring pages with Misha and his two moms,” these children could be forced to endure physical punishment by any number of people. Adults and parents found guilty of accepting the books into their homes would most likely be put in prison.
According to the Nov. 1 article from advocate.com, FCKH8 is also planning on handing out thousands of “GAY OKAY!/ГЕЙ ОКЕЙ!” bracelets during the Winter Olympics. Anyone caught wearing these bracelets in the country will be putting themselves in danger of temporary imprisonment and/or a fine from the Russian government.
There are other options when it comes to fighting for equal rights in Russia - not purchasing Russian products, not attending the Winter Olympics, becoming more informed on the movements and organisations already in action in Russia.
I don’t believe FCKH8 has completely thought through their plans, and the consequences of it. But you can make sure it doesn’t happen. Tell your friends, family, and anyone who will listen. Do not like or reblog/repost the FCKH8 post on Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, or any other form of social media. Stay informed.
I know I reblogged a post about these books awhile ago and it’s a BAD IDEA I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON. Do not reblog or like or whatever with these books they are nothing but a bad idea.