Happy Monday! Here are some things to read while you drink your iced green tea and pretend to work.
You Should Go or Do or Give
+ Support the Blue Diamond Society in Nepal.
For longer term: fund to repair both the damaged building of BDS, rehabilitation of LGBTI who have lost their homes and income/job creating program to support livelihood of LGBTI, mostly for those sex workers whose income are completely stooped now.
People have been asking us how to support LGBTI people in Nepal. This request has details of the an appeal that has been launched by the Blue Diamond Society. Please forward it to your networks – we need your support right now.
+ Get your #IllGoWithYou button and tell trans women, “Need a buddy in a gendered space? We will go with you.”
+ Help Nia King print Queer and Trans Artists of Color Volume 2!
+ Casting call: Casting Trans Women for Short Film, Happy Birthday, Marsha!
Queer as in F*ck You
+ Remember those Sally Ride Pride patches we showed you a few weeks ago? Well feast your eyes, pin lovers: Sally STEM Pride Pins.
+ Smith is Accepting Trans Women starting this fall.
Smith President Kathleen McCartney and board Chair Elizabeth Mugar Eveillard said in announcing the change on Saturday since Smith’s founding, “concepts of female identity have evolved.”
Smith will not admit students who were born female but identify as male.
+ An important piece you need to read today: From the Steps of the Supreme Court to the Streets of Baltimore by Angela Peoples.
Tuesday morning, as I got up early to hustle to the Supreme Court to help MC the “Unite for Marriage” rally, I got dressed while brushing tears out of my eyes. I felt like I was literally sitting in the middle of the intersection of my blackness and my queerness, being pulled in opposite directions, and I was hurting — for me and for my community. My personal pain was a pain of privilege, grounded in the fact that as the leader of a grassroots LGBTQ organization, the expectation of many would be for me to be enthused by this historic moment in the movement toward marriage equality.
Saw This, Thought of You
+ “Our Demand is Simple: Stop Killing Us.” in which Jay Caspain Kang profiles DeRay Mckesson and Johnetta Elzie for the NYT and it’s great and perfect and you need to read it.
+ How to Get Out of Your Own Way and Unblock the “Spiritual Electricity” of Creative Flow by the brilliant Maria Popova on Brain Pickings.
+ Lord have mercy give me strength: CatCon LA. “It’s like Comic Con, but for cat people.”
+ Books to Help Your Kids Understand Revolution by Janelle Harris.
+ Can you sue your government for not doing enough about climate change? A Dutch lawsuit filed by Marjam Minnesma of the environmental group Urgenda aims to find out.
+ Roxane Gay Interviewed Toni Morrison so I don’t know how your day could get any better?
Orange Creamsicle Jello Shots. Ok maybe this is how your day could get better.