Things that aren’t marriage equality but are still really neat!!
Jennicet Gutiérrez of FAMILIA TQLM ejected from a White House reception for speaking out about LGBT detainees, Mo’ne Davis is drafted by the Harlem Globetrotters, a new report from the ACLU about the wealth gap between black and white Americans, court cases regarding witches, and more!
“I know that our story is the story of so many others, and I want those people to know that they’re not alone, and that they do have the right to fight back.”
You know about Alex Vause, but you may not know much about Catherine Cleary Wolters, the drug-smuggling lesbian in thick-rimmed glasses who inspired her character. That’s where Out of Orange comes in.
“Orange is the New Black” premieres today, here is your really thorough reading list — from Assata Shakur to nuns against nukes to incredible journalism on the various horrors of the U.S. criminal “justice” system.
Eric Casebolt of McKinney is resigning, Apple’s new period-inclusive HealthKit, India has its first lesbian couple in a commercial, abortion access restrictions being upheld in Texas, and more!
The experience of getting a letter is one of the most important moments or feelings of connection to something.
Many eyes are on Passion Star, but overall the urgency around prison rape has faltered in the 12 years since PREA passed, the Times notes. Regulations won’t do much if prisons and state governments don’t have cultures of taking sexual violence, especially against LGB and trans prisoners, seriously.
Stories on the status of incarcerated trans women, Palestinian statehood, Jeb Bush, blood donation guidelines, crisis pregnancy centers being glitter-bombed, and more!
I hear he’s a socialist. That’s cool. But also he’s an old straight white man, like the vast majority of American politicians, so what would his alleged socialism mean for people who aren’t old straight white men?
Get to know Loretta Lynch, the first black woman to ever hold the office of Attorney General.
The off-duty officer who killed Rekia Boyd is dismissed of all charges, Freddie Gray’s death brings more questions, students in Pennsylvania organize an anti-gay day and more bleak news!
“The Speakeasy has been restless this past week, working through our feelings, and trying to understand what justice looks like to us. Some of us believe in the abolishment of prisons, others just want to see criminals treated equally regardless of skin color. We are trying to reconcile our short-term needs with our long-term goals.”
Rihanna speaks out against Indiana’s anti-gay bill, a revenge porn website operator is off to jail, a lesbian couple is suing a Georgia sperm bank and more news!
The Trans 100 list is back to show us a bunch of awesome and inspirational trans women.
A hunger strike at an immigration detention center in Texas, a veritable cornucopia of RFRA news, water in California, Purvi Patel’s sentence in Indiana, a good day for a cat, and more.
SAMIRA WILEY READING TO A BABY, catcalls we’d actually be ok with hearing under certain circumstances, a much-needed history on the origins of the term “women of color,” Buffy the Vampire Slayer: still got it, Hannah Hart as Dyna Girl, did I say Samira Wiley reading a book to a baby? And so much more!!
“We need to be included, not persecuted, not targeted, not incarcerated, not discriminated. Release [trans women] from detention TODAY!”
Doulas aren’t just for rich white folks, Ruth Bader Ginsburg isn’t going anywhere, where are all the women hermits, even more on the Google View-Master because I’m obsessed, plus other cool neat rad stories you’ll appreciate on some level!
Sometimes, it can be hard to parse out exactly why queer and trans people have such a hard time getting by while the headlines would suggest we are advancing by leaps and bounds. On January 23rd and 24th, queer and trans people converged in New York City for the Invisible Lives, Targeted Bodies Conference to explore how the struggle for queer and trans justice and liberation is inextricably linked to struggles for economic, racial, immigrant, disability and reproductive justice.