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.
On January 27th, activists from around the country will converge on Jacksonville and in their home cities to stand in solidarity with Alexander on the day of her release and bring visibility to women who have been targeted for their resilience and survival.
Tina Belcher, Hero Cat, a t-shirt you’ll probably like, rape culture at its finest, Ava DuVernay’s snub, indigenous women of Canada, Janet Mock interview, CeCe McDonald interview, is self-care ruining your relationships?, a super fucking logical thing re: kids and nutrition, Stevie Nicks, your hat, and so much more!
Statements and changes on a number of important fronts came from the Attorney General and from Rikers Island this week.
This case has already been successful in winning a platform for trans voices to raise public awareness about the contradictions and dangers of the prison system.
In addition to fighting for reforms within the prison system, we can keep people out of prison in the first place.
“To be clear, we are not here to change the system. We are here to SHUT IT DOWN.”
I’m sorry we didn’t hang out on Monkey Day!