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June 13 2017

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Lana Parrilla leaving the Max Mara Women in Film event, June 12th 2017.

boob is back!

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Scenes from the Equality March in D.C. and the Resist March in L.A. yesterday. (via the Huffington Post)

June 12 2017

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Hogwarts Houses for Gay Rights

Pride Month - June 2017

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Finally giving in and admitting to yourself that you have a fetish you were avoiding

my favorite part about this is that are no tags, no comments. everyone knows what theyre guilty of

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Hogwarts Houses for Gay Rights

Pride Month - June 2017

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tumblr user, drinking a bottle of uncontaminated water in post apocalyptic america: i love this?? this is so pure omg

tumblr user, finding a miraculously untouched packet of frozen pastries in post-apocalyptic america: beautiful cinnamon roll too good for this world, too pure

tumblr user, succumbing to dehydration in the wilderness of post-apocalyptic america: my hands are literally shaking as I type this

tumblr edgelord, to a booby-trap in post-apocalyptic america, an arrow embedded deep in their chest: i’m sorry, are you triggered? 

tumblr user, attempting to reestablish a pony express mail service across the shattered remnants of post-apocalyptic america: this post is important

tumblr user, standing behind thousands of other refugees from post-apocalyptic america, straining to hear the instructions of the volunteer who is giving them their floor space assignments: say it louder for the people in the back

tumblr user, handing out vials —filled with a cure for the plague which has devastated the world— to the remaining people of post-apocalyptic america: spread this like wildfire

tumblr user, checking the post-apocalyptic town’s notice board for information important to rebuilding: why doesn’t this have more notes??

tumblr user, about to venture out into a dangerous part of the post-apocalyptic world with a small group of volunteers for whom they care for dearly and are concerned about the mental wellbeing of and the impact the adventure could have on them: if you don’t like this unfollow me right now

tumblr user, watching a boy be dragged into the stocks of a post-apocalyptic settlement for the crime of stealing a crust of bread: FREE HIM

Post post modernism

tumblr user, trekking on foot across the burned out plains of post-apocalyptic america in search of refuge for what seems like forever: Is Canada even real?

tumblr user, being offered bark tea to fend off against scurvy in post-apocalyptic america: This tea is HOT!

tumblr user, alone and searching for the warmth and comfort of other humans and being jumped by a group of post-apocalyptic american vigilantes: I came out to have a good time and i’m honestly feeling so attacked right now

tumblr user, caring for a nursery of small children, the last children born into this broken, dying world, gently feeding them watery broth: take a fuckin’ sip babes

tumblr user, watching a suspicious figure approach the gates of their ramshackle settlement in post-apocalyptic america: who is she

tumblr user, looking helplessly at their shattered pole weapon before perishing in the battle circle of post-apocalyptic america: wtf staff

staff replied, post is over



June 12, 2016 marked the deadliest mass shooting in American history. It was at a gay bar, Pulse, and it was a hate crime. The shooter was an American citizen, targeting the LGBT+ population, who ended the lives of 49 people.

On this, the anniversary, please don’t forget. Don’t forget the 49 people who lost their lives, don’t forget the reason the shooter carried out the crime, and don’t forget that still, today, we aren’t safe.

This is not normal.

And dont forget that it was a Latinx themed night so a lot in attendance were brown lgbt people.

June 11 2017

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this is why mental health professionals and psychologists are strictly against displaying suicide on screen, this is a “copycat suicide”

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Meet 63-year-old Lyn Slater, who has, until recently, been an ordinary professor at Fordham University. One day she went to meet a friend for lunch outside the Lincoln Center during New York Fashion Week. Foreign journalists suddenly surrounded her, mistaking her for a fashion icon and attracting spectatorsIt was a defining moment that turned Lyn into an ‘Accidental Icon’. Her blog of the same name, inspired by the experience, soon began making international waves. She is now a public voice against ageism in the fashion industry and the world.

“Fashion and my style help me struggle against that invisibility that comes with age.“

She was once asked about the old notion of ‘dressing for one’s age,’ and her response was clear:

“We use language to control people’s behavior. This phrase is a way of putting older women in their place. I’m certain that if you feel comfortable in your own clothes, it’s completely irrelevant how old you are.”

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*El Problema del Caballo*

Claudia Fontes. Argentina.

Curador: Andrés Duprat.
Pabellón: Arsenale, Sale d'Armi

57 Bienal de Venecia 2017.








the year is 2067. am elderly woman sits in a hover-rocker at the local care home. she’s nodding off to sleep when a voice says, “hey, i like your shoelaces.” the woman opens her eyes, confused. shoelaces? shoes stopped having laces decades ago. she stares at the grey haired lady in front of her for a long quizzical minute before it hits her. a large, dentured smile spread across her face and she replies:

“thanks. i stole them from the president.”

Can someone please explain this?

The innocence.

Awe children, they just don’t know anymore.

What do you mean innocent. This has nothing to do with innocence.

you come into my house and make me read this with my own two eyes

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I love this quote. I love this movie.

This scene impressed me so much when I first saw it. It still fills me with… idk something. I love it.

The first time I truly understood this scene I was filled with a terrifying understanding.

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Pre-Stonewall LGB History



(This is by no means a comprehensive list. I omitted gay and lesbian writers/artists to focus specifically on activists and ignored smaller scale outreach, like Ruth Ellis or Shirley Willer who individually took in gay & lesbian youth with nowhere to go, or career support like Jewish lawyer Peal Heart “the Guardian Angel of Chicago’s Gay Community”, or historical firsts like NAACP’s national youth secretary being a gay man named Laplois Ashford, or victims who mobilized others to action like Howard Efland, or historical figures like George Washington’s chief of staff General Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben. If you think something was too important to miss, let me know.)

1915: Emma Goldman’s anarchist platform includes homosexual rights (and she is rumored to be bisexual after love letters to Amelda Sperry appeared after her death). “She was the first and only woman, indeed the first and only American,” according to Magnus Hirschfeld, “to take up the defense of homosexual love before the general public.“ Her first speech on this subject, The Intermediate Sex: A Discussion of Homosexuality inspired many gay people of their time to get involved with labor rights, participation, like the Civil Rights Movement, that later helped them organize for themselves.

1924: German immigrant Henry Gerber, inspired by Hirschfeld’s advocacy to overturn Germany’s anti-gay laws, founds the first gay rights organization, Society for Human Rights in Chicago and publishes the first known gay newsletter, Friendship and Freedom, for a year. The Grandfather of the American Gay Movement later wrote for the Mattachine Society and contributed to a 1930s freethinker publication, viewing religion as the source of antihomosexual bias and atheism necessary to gay emancipation.


1930s: Prescott Townsend advocated the repeal of anti-sodomy laws before the Massachusetts legislature, “believed to have been the first individual to organize a public conversation about homosexuality in the United States”.

1945: Veterans Benevolent Association forms to support gays and lesbians given “blue discharges” from the armed forces, which denied their benefits for any length of service and negatively affected their civilian hireability, also advising on legal defense matters for housing discrimination.

1949: Interracial couple Merton Bird and W. Dorr Legg found the Los Angeles homophile social club Knights of the Clock, which also addresses “social problems that affected interracial couples, including employment counseling, and locating integrated housing for same-sex couples.”

1951: Under the pen name Daniel Webster Cory, Edward Sagarin writes The Homosexual in America: A Subjective Approach in the wake of Kinsey Report revelations. His book is the first sympathetic publication in the United States to discuss homosexual political rights and inspires many gay men to seek out the new homophile movement to advance their political standing.

1951: The Mattachine Society, the first national gay rights organization, is formed by Communist Party member Harry Hay (considered by many to be the founder of the gay rights movement) along with Rudi Gernreich, Chuck Rowland, Bob Hull, and Dale Jennings, meeting in the church basement of Unitarian minister Wallace de Ortega Maxey. The primary goals of the society were to Unify homosexuals isolated from their own kind; Educate homosexuals and heterosexuals toward an ethical homosexual culture paralleling the cultures of the Negro, Mexican and Jewish peoples; Lead the more socially conscious homosexual to provide leadership to the whole mass of social variants; and Assist gays who are victimized daily as a result of oppression.


1951: Philanthropist Robert Allerton starts encouraging adult adoption legislation in the Illinois state legislature. In 1960 he uses this legal loophole to legally protect the inheritance rights of his partner of 40 years, inspiring other gay men to do the same, including civil rights pioneer Bayard Rustin and Jim Naegle.

1952: Air Force Reservists Cpls. Fannie Mae Clackum and Grace Garnerrefuse their dishonorable discharges and win their reinstatement with back pay. “While the ruling turned on the fact that there wasn’t enough evidence to show the women were lesbians—rather than that there was nothing wrong with it if they were—it was the first time the military was brought to task for its arbitrary and clandestine attacks on gay service members.”

1952: Harry Hay assists Dale Jennings with the backing of the Mattachine-formed Citizens Committee to Outlaw Entrapment after being arrested in a sex sting in a legal first: pleading guilty to homosexuality, not guilty to criminal lasciviousness. 11/12 jurors found Jennings not guilty, and the publicity of the decision generated new Mattachine chapters across the country.

1953: The Mattachine Society sends letters to Los Angeles city council and school board candidates to introduce the organization and ask about their views on civil rights for homophiles.

1955: The first lesbian political organization in the United States, the Daughters of Bilitis, was established by Filipina American Rose Bamberger, Rosemary Sliepen, Del Martin, Phyllis Lyon, Noni Frey (who later founded the working class lesbian club Quatrefoil) and her Chicana girlfriend Mary, and Marcia Foster and her girlfriend June. “DOB’s activities included hosting public forums on homosexuality, offering support to isolated, married, and mothering lesbians, and participating in research activities.”


1956:  Editors of ONE: The Homosexual Magazine (the Mattachine’s periodical named by their black gay proofreader Bailey Whitaker) fight their obscenity charges all the way to the Supreme Court; One, Inc. v. Olesen becomes their first ruling to extend the First Amendment to gay-related speech. For the first time, “gay newspapers, magazines, and other publications could be lawfully distributed through the public mail service” without running the risk of confiscation, fines, and arrest. The same year, “ONE established the ONE Institute of Homophile Studies which, in addition to organizing classes and annual conferences, also published the ONE Institute Quarterly, a journal dedicated to the academic exploration of homosexuality.”

1958: Cuban-born Tony Segura is the first openly homosexual speaker on a news panel in television history. He’s nicknamed the “architect of the homophile movement” for his role in developing the New York Area Council of the Mattachine Society, organizing the Eastern regional chapters and reaching out to the south and as far west as Colorado to offer direction in their activist outreach.

1959: The Mattachine Society holds their yearly convention in Denver “mark[ing] a major turning point in the national reach and visibility of Mattachine organizing”. Elver Barker holds a press conference hoping bravery in media transparency will attract new members and positive attention, and the local leaders consent to have their names & photographs taken for The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News. (Although this backfires for them personally as one was imprisoned and several lost their jobs, Mattachine relies more often on TV/radio and magazines/newsprint afterward.)

1959: Cooper’s Donuts Riots predate Stonewall by a decade. Mexican gay author John Rechy described the targets as “two hustlers, two queens and a young man just cruising” who threw “donuts, coffee, and paper plates” at arresting officers, until police reinforcements returned to shut down Main Street where protestors allegedly danced on cars and set fires.

1960s: Homophile organizations host “gay-ins” around Griffith Park, Los Angeles; in addition to promoting visibility, they also hosted tours of gay bars and political forums with candidates for local office. Chinese-American lesbian activist Crystal Jang and friends reform the dress code at the City College of San Francisco so women can wear masculine attire.

1960: José Julia Sarria and Guy Strait form the League for Civil Education, which “ran programs on the topic of homosexuality and provided support for men being ostracized for being gay and those caught in police raids” (who he encouraged to plead not guilty and demand a jury trial, which clogged the courts).

1961: José Sarria becomes the first openly gay candidate for public office, running for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors


1961: Astronomer Frank Kameny files the first gay rights appeal to the Supreme Court, contesting his firing from Army Map Services for homosexuality as “an affront to human dignity”.


1962: Illinois becomes the first state in the U.S. to decriminalize homosexual acts between consenting adults in private. (Sodomy laws aren’t struck down by the Supreme Court until 2003.)

1962: Tavern Guild, the first gay business association, forms to raise “money for legal fees and bail for people arrested at gay bars, helping bar owners coordinate their response to California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and police”    

1963: Father of Florida Gay Rights, Richard Inman, started Athenaeum, “the first state-chartered, explicitly homosexual organization in the South” (Miami). He challenged the sexual profiling of gay men against Dade County State Attorney Richard Gerstein and the gay witch hunts targeting elementary school teachers up to state college professors by State Senator Charley John’s Florida Legislative Investigation Committee.

1964: Activists led by Randy Wicker (seeking more visibility after the positive reception of his radio panel on homosexuals’ right to be heard two years earlier) participate in the first gay rights public demonstration. They picket the Whitehall Street Induction Center over confidentiality violations of gay men’s draft records which followed them as permanently unemployable. Among them is Annie on My Mind author Nancy Garden.

1964: Black Pastor Cecil Williams and Rev. Ted McIlvenna, along Del Martin on the Board of Trustees, formed the along Del Martin on the Board of Trustees, formed the Council on Religion and the Homosexual to “educate religious communities about gay and lesbian issues as well as enlist religious leaders to advocate for homosexual concerns.” They’re believed to have the first use of homosexual in their name. They get Episopal bishop James Pike to appoint a church committee on homosexuality that would support the repeal of sodomy laws and an end to the harassment of homosexuals by police & other local authorities. A brief riot ensues after several members are arrested by the San Francisco PD during a costume party fundraiser for meeting space. There’s a movie about the evening: trailer here.


1964: Protests are held at both the White House and United Nations building to raise awareness of Cuba’s incarceration of gay men in forced labor camps.

1964: The Society for Individual Rights was founded with the street-level organizing goals of “public affirmation of gay and lesbian identity, elimination of victimless crime laws, providing a range of social services (including legal aid) to ‘gays in difficulties,’ and promoting a sense of a gay and lesbian community.” “SIR sponsored both social and political functions, including bowling leagues, bridge clubs, voter registration drives and “Candidates’ Nights”…In association with the Tavern Guild, SIR printed and distributed “Pocket Lawyers”. These pocket-sized guides offered advice on what to do if arrested or harassed by police.

1965:  150 people organized by three teenagers working with the Janus Society participate in a sit-in after the manager of Dewey’s lunch counter in Philadelphiarefused service to several people he thought looked gay. Over the next five days, the Janus Society distributed leaflets outside the hamburger chain and staged a smaller sit-in, finally prompting management to change policy.


1965: In the first known example of politicians courting the “gay vote,” the Council on Religion and the Homosexual hosts a forum for the gay community to question political candidates in San Francisco

1965: The gay volunteer organization the Imperial Court System is created to help fund efforts against domestic violence, homelessness, and health issues within the community.

1965: Gay Mormon Rev. Adrian Ravarour organizes Vanguard for homeless and marginalized LGBT youth in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district, hosting dinners, dances, and public protests “for equal treatment, acceptance and to end discrimination”. The street teens are so inspired, they’re the ones who picket Gene Compton’s Cafeteria after a mild riot the night before, when a drag queen tossed her coffee at a cop who requested his I.D.

1965: Mattachine Midwest fought police entrapment and bar raids in Chicago. They set up a gay and lesbian “legal, medical, counseling, employment or religious” referral hotline that lasts 18 years.

1965: When CRH member and straight ally Rev. Canon Robert Cromey was demoted by the Grace Cathedral Episcopal Church, 30 activists protested outside their iconic Ghiberti doors in the first documented gay protest against a religious institution.

1965: DOB newsletter editor Barbara Gittings (later dubbed the Mother of the Gay Rights Movement) and former government employees who lost their jobs under the Lavender Scare stage public demonstrations in front of the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department, and Independence Hall in Philadelphia for LGB civil rights. Listen to her Making Gay History interview here.


The black lesbian woman pictured in front of the White House is Daughters of Bilitis New York chapter Vice President, Ernestine Eckstein.

The picketing of Independence Hall in Philadelphia became a Fourth of July tradition known as Annual Reminders. What started with 40 gays and lesbians increased up to 120 in 1969. (The next year, the East Coast Homophile Organization changed their demonstration to “Christopher Street Liberation Day” to commemorate Stonewall. At the recommendation of first gay bookstore owner Craig Rodwell, they moved to New York City where he headed the committee for the first official Gay Pride.)


1966: Lilli Vincenz becomes the editor of the Mattachine Society of Washington’s quarterly magazine, The Homosexual Citizen, “the movement’s first truly militant civil rights publication.”

1966: The North American Conference of Homophile Organizations is founded to politically coordinate gay and lesbian groups around the country. In 1968 they “resolved to send questionnaires to political candidates to determine positions” on their new five point Homosexual Bill of Rights.

1966: The Mattachine Society protests the NY Liquor Authority’s prohibition against serving disorderly gay patrons with a “sip-in” at Greenwich Village’s Julius Bar before formally suing. Dick Leitsch brings his case to the New York State Appellate Court. Eventually, the New York City Commission allows homosexuals the right to be served, which also grants liquor licenses to explicitly gay bars.

1966: Multiple city protests were held against the military exclusion of homosexuals on Armed Forces Day, including a 15 car, twenty mile motorcade from Don Slater’s Committee to Fight Exclusion of Homosexuals from the Armed Forces regarded as the first gay parade. Slater was interviewed by CBS News, Time magazine, and the New York Times, reaching thousands.

1966: The first gay and lesbian community center opens

1966: The Mattachine Society pickets the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times for their refusal of press information and advertising from a homophile organization.

1967: New York City’s Civil Service Commission makes public its year-old policy of allowing city agencies to hire and employ lesbians and gay men, after successful lobbying by the Mattachine Society’s NY chapter

1967: Columbia University becomes the first American college to officially recognizes a gay student group - Robert “Donny the Punk” Martin’s Student Homophile League. In 1968, they disrupted a psychiatry panel discussing homosexuality.

1967: The Black Cat Riots start after uncover police arrest 16 kissing bar patrons celebrating the New Year. The altercation resulted in at least one arrest for assaulting a police officer and a gay man with a ruptured spleen. A month later, over 500 people organized by Personal Rights in Defense and Education (P.R.I.D.E.) marched outside the Black Cat Tavern in protest,supported by the major and other city officers, ending with a kiss-in. This is the first known association of pride with LGBT rights. Their PRIDE newsletter became The Advocate. The bar’s owner, Sol Stoumen, won his case against police raids as illegal under California state law but cost him $38,000 in the process and the bar stayed closed. The two patrons convicted for lewd conduct makes the argument for equal protection for homosexuals under the 14th Amendment, another first.


1967: A lesbian bar police raid spurs Cuban immigrant Ada Bello and Jewish social worker Carole Friedman to form the Homophile Action League. They request a meeting with the Philadelphia police inspector, forcing the hand of their public relations officer to tell the Philadelphia Inquirer, “Homosexuals have been, are now, and will be treated equally with heterosexuals.” They wrote letters to the state legislature to repeal Pennsylvania’s sodomy law and to the city council to pass a gay rights ordinance. One of the organization’s next presidents had immigrated from Cuba too: Lourdes Alvarez.

1967: Daughters of Bilitis founders and The Ladder editors, Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, became the first openly lesbian couple to join the National Organization for Women, Martin becoming their first out lesbian elected to the board of directors.


1968: Two gay bar raids before the Democratic National Convention mobilize a coalition between Chicago homosexuals and civil rights activists, who hold a press conference denouncing police harassment and circulating a petition among anti-war demonstrators.

1968: The Metropolitan Community Church is founded as the first explicitly gay-inclusive Protestant ministry, first meeting in founder Troy Perry’s home, then the Huntington Park Women’s Club, then the Encore Theater in Hollywood. (MCC has since expanded to 222 affiliated churches in 37 countries.) The Reverend officiates the first known public same-sex union of two Latino gay men.


1969: Boycotts and picketed are organized by the Committee for Homosexual Freedom against Tower Records, Safeway, Macy’s, and the Federal Building after homosexual employees are explicitly fired for their sexuality. CHF formed in San Francisco in response to the States Steamship Company firing Gale Whittington after his public coming out.


1969: The Stonewall riots transform the gay rights movement from one limited to a small number of activists into a widespread protest for equal rights and acceptance. Multiracial butch lesbian Storme Delaverie punched her arresting cop and shouted to the crowd, “Are none of you going to do anything?” One of the many gay Latino patrons, Raymond Castro, shoved the two officers dragging him by the arms to the ground. Three days of riots ensued. To build on the momentum, militant activist groups like the Gay Liberation Front formed in the following weeks and Dick Leitsch sprung the Mattachine Action Committee. The Mattachine Society and Daughters of Bilitis sponsored a rally at Washington Square Park a month after the uprising. Del Martin & Phyllis Lyon picked Robin Tyler up from the airport when she moved to San Francisco after reading The Ladder; 20 years later she organized the first March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. Harry Hay was behind the Radical Faeries too, and Randy Wicker surfaced again in the Gay Activists Alliance. Frank Kameny not only sent copies of his gay rights manifesto to Kennedy, Johnson, the cabinet, the Supreme Court, and US Congress, he mailed his newsletter to J. Edgar Hoover until Hoover died. Barbara Gittings used to bring a stuffed dinosaur toy with her to meetings after having her presence as an older woman questioned. After Stonewall, Gittings and Kameny successfully campaigned the American Psychiatric Association to declassify homosexuality as a mental illness. 

They never stopped dedicating themselves to gay liberation.

Free epub of Lillian Faderman’s The Gay Revolution: Story of the Struggle (x)


I can’t tell you how frustrating it is to have been in the queer movement for 20+ years, to have studied queer theory, to have contributed to you potentially enjoying the rights you have today because I was part of a groundswell of lobbying and direct action in the 1990s….

…to have a 15 year old who’s spent maybe 8 months being political and has never inquired about queer history anonymously message me, “EXCUSE ME QU**R IS A SLUR LMAO OMG EMBARRASSSING AN aCTUAL ADULT WHO THINKS IT’S OKAY TO USE QU**R!~!!!!”

Dude, we are a slur. Queer folks are a slur to conservative straight people. Everything we are will be used as a slur by everyone who hates us. Gay is a slur. Lesbian is a slur. People will try to use all of our words against us. Don’t fucking let them get into your head to the point at which you’re telling actual queer people not to use the words we’ve used to unite ourselves and empower ourselves for decades. 

June 10 2017

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Dear white women feminists who loved Wonder Woman–

Listen, I also loved Wonder Woman. But I also think that Diana would be the first to note that we are not free until we are all free. So if you posted a thousand times about how important WW was for little girls to see, then I hope you are also prepared to post a thousand times about how important the new Black Panther movie is for black kids- girls and boys- to see.

I saw Wonder Woman, and I teared up the first time she stormed the battlefield in her full regalia. But, as a black woman, I couldn’t not notice that the women who looked like me played supporting, and largely non-speaking, background parts. Black Panther is the chance for women who look like me to see ourselves as the heroes in our own story. To see ourselves as warriors, as epic royalty, as fully actualized superheroes. In a major studio blockbuster, no less. Never- not ever- has that happened before.

We are looking forward to your support.

June 09 2017

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People don’t understand this when I explain it to them.

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