Also.Also.Also: When Ultraconservative Texans Stand Up for Their Trans Kids and Other Stories for Your Week

Direct Action

+ Protest Groups to Unite as “The Majority” for Massive Actions Across the Country on May 1.

Queer as in F*ck You

+ She Was an Ultra Conservative Texas Christian, then Kai was born and everything changed.

But this fight has also created a new and promising partnership between the state’s LGBTQ community and a cadre of fiercely protective parents. And many of these “mama” and “papa bears” of Texas trans pride are former conservatives, surprised to find themselves radicalized by their children’s ordeals, working hard to prove that Texas values are neither uniform nor fixed.

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+ A Columbia University Student Is Suing After She Was Allegedly Raped Twice In Her Dorm.

+ Why Lesbian Journalist Karen Ocamb is Suing Frontiers for Age Discrimination.

+ Against the Law: The LGBT Artists Branded Criminals.

+ A Film Mixes Fact and Fiction to Illuminate the Lives of Queer Teens in Bangkok.

+ Couple Creates Media Network for Black Queer Community.

+ Hollywood Is Getting Outsized Credit For Seriously Small Moments Of LGBT Inclusivity.

+ Judge Grants Oregon Resident the Right to Be Genderless.

+ AP Style Allowing Use of the Singular “They” in “Limited Cases”. Pin a rose on the AP’s nose, guys.

+ Federal Judge Rules Florida Must Add Same-Sex Spouses to Death Certificates.

Welcome to the Hellmouth

+ Trump Appoints Leading Opponent of LGBT Civil Rights to Lead Civil Rights Office but everything’s fine, it’s ok.

+ Still Trying to Portray Trump as an LGBT Advocate? Here Are Some Facts.

+ A Guide to Treason 2.0.

Doll Parts

+ Pussy Wars:

In the necessary turn toward intersectionality, I don’t want to erase lived forms of bodily vulnerability. An uneven distribution of sexual violence is historically skewed toward persons with vaginas, but it is also skewed toward women without them, to trans persons more generally, and to persons of color across gendered forms of embodiment. At this juncture, it seems more promising to open up the biological area, to reconsider feminist contestation amid a spectrum of organs and bodies, rather than as equivalent to this or that genital configuration.

+ A New Wave of Socially Conscious Tampon Companies Focuses On Organics And Giving Back.

+ Work Is My Self-Care.

+ Why Claudia Jones is the Black Feminist Hero We Need Right Now.

Keep Up

+ A Conversation About Disability Rights in Education.

+ Who Owns Your Face?

Saw This, Thought of You

+ Doll in Shadow.

+ Dutch Kids Aren’t Stressed Out.

+ Students Serve Up Stories Of Beloved Family Recipes In A Global Cookbook.

And Finally

Eleven New Cloud Types! Also, 11 new potential names for your next kitten, if you think about it.

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  1. Thanks for that Buzzfeed article on how Hollywood is getting too much credit for small moments of queer representation. It was a good counterpoint to Heather’s article last week, and I’m glad you guys have been able to provide commentary on both sides of the debate.

  2. When are students going to understand that colleges are for profit businesses. They don’t give a damn about your welfare. They never have. If she had went to the cops then at least she could be saying how bad the NYPD is and it would be a decent story but going to the college and expecting anything when they don’t care whatsoever is foolish. They never have and they never will. Parents need to teach their kids that when they go to college and someone breaks the law. Go to the Police. Not the campus police or the local RA. Go to the city police and get it investigated. You got a better chance of getting justice.

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