One of the first things my mother’s boyfriend noticed upon waking up Thanksgiving Day was that all of the rooms were named after prominent confederate soldiers.
This past Saturday, just a few hours before the Millions March in NYC, I sat down with Barbara Smith, a Black lesbian feminist legend.
I’m sorry we didn’t hang out on Monkey Day!
Photos of the earth from space, let’s go camping, musical about a lesbian athlete, rape culture, tea, writing as a trans woman of color, butterflies, a tie knot that looks like a clit, gah Arkansas come on, so much weed money in Colorado, bunny-sized dinosaurs OH YEAH SAVED THAT ONE ‘TIL THE END. Get in here.
See, home isn’t for people like me — it is not for lesbians, or queers. I cannot return to a country that criminalizes and attempts to further oppress my personhood. One that publicly accepts psychological assaults on my being, while leaving no legal safeties or recourse for its state sanctioned actions.
This is a women’s issue because our sisters are being impacted directly, and because they’ve been harassed, beaten, raped, and killed by cops for centuries.
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Deshawnda Sanchez was only 21 when she was fatally shot after a robbery in Los Angeles. A vigil will be held in her honor tonight.
Evan Rachel Wood Bisexual, possums again, talking to kids about Ferguson, Santa Claus and coding, malls, nature, masturbating, Ellen Page, and more!
When a grand jury failed to indict Michael Brown’s killer, protests broke out across the globe. Members of the Speakeasy, with heavy hearts and revolutionary intentions, were on the front lines.
Fifty years of words I liked reading and you will too! Authors include James Baldwin, bell hooks, Kiese Laymon, Roxane Gay, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Toni Morrison, Bayard Rustin and Dr. Brittany Cooper.
Making donations in people’s names can connect your family or other important people in your life with issues that you care about.
How the media writes women of color, Thanksgiving things to read, lists of women and songs, Brittani Nichols, divorce, cultural appropriation in the birthing community, the importance of educating and also scaring children, milk crates, sea stars, unicorns, Stef possums, and a cover of “America” that legit made me cry this morning.
2. Tension is a productive force.
Out black lesbian Jacqueline Woodson wins in youth fiction, sci-fi gender pioneer Ursula LeGuin takes home an award for distinguished contributions to American letters and skewers capitalism and Lemony Snicket ruins the mood with racist jokes.
“It’s all fine that we become aware of our lives but we need more than for you to finally see that we are walking this Earth. We need you to hear us.”
The recent cultural trend of supporting trans women has made us highly prized assets; somehow you can prove your radicalness by being the example of someone who has worked through transmisogyny enough to view us as worthy of sex and love. But what kind of love views us as disposable?
Dear trans sisters and mothers and abuelas and aunties and daughters and nieces and cousins,
Thank you for everything.
Sesame Street, Margaret Cho, trans women in Bangladesh, a playlist, wishes, blue things, anime, Vikki Reich, Elaine Atwell, Thanksgiving dinner thoughts sprinkled with privilege, Arabelle Sicardi, geek girl culture, superiority by way of motherhood, Mean Girls, organ donors, dogs in cars and so very much more!
Facing Race 2014 is happening in Dallas on November 13-15. Let’s hang out!