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Hello, unironic silver ankle bracelets! I spent all this past week in New York City for work and it was a lot of fun, a lot of meetings, a lot of walking, a lot of catching up with friends, and a lot of coffee.
I think I really perfected my, “I’m totally a New Yorker and not a tourist please don’t talk to me,” resting bitch face/body language on this trip. Except for Friday morning when I got on the wrong subway train, but I think I covered my sudden realization that I was going in the complete opposite direction than I intended fairly well?
I love running around NYC, but I love coming home to Western NY to my house and my cat and my Waffle and my baby dino and my backyard and my economy car and my bed just as much. Let’s take a pause from everything that sucks right now (I see you, Britain) and appreciate the good that we’ve got.
Rain Dove Strips Down Gender Norms
Get ready for a feels fest as Rain Dove strips down literally and figuratively in this vulnerable interview for the StyleLikeU’s What’s Underneath project.
There are things people often think I am that ARE “commonly most advantageous” & usually safest (in my personal experience). Here is the list in order! (also race is added in there because it factors into the perception of the “gender” big time) . 1) Hetero Cis White Male- 2) Gay Cis White Male- 3) Cis White Lesbian/Bisexual- 4) Any Sexuality White Trans Male- 5) Hetero Cis White Female- 6) Any Sexuality White Trans Female. WHY?! Find out as I literally strip down in @stylelikeu most recent video- and share a bit of my story. If you’re interested the link is in my bio. Id love to hear your story too so feel free to always DM! #IAmWhatsUnderneath #lovetheskinyourein #thenakedtruth #lgbtqpiadkh #lgbtq #genderfluid #pffffftgenderisbasicallymakebelieve
Billboard Celebrates LGBTQ Musicians for Pride
Billboard’s got a whole lotta LGBTQ content in their June issue for Pride month. Here’s a few pieces that may be of interest I don’t know just take a look:
+ Melissa Etheridge sends a Pride message to her younger self and says, “Don’t let fear guide you.”
+ Justin Tranter on Ani DiFranco & Her Groundbreaking Use of Same Sex Pronouns. Oh, boi, this article makes me feel REALLY OLD.
Valentina Sampaio is Vogue’s First Transgender Cover Girl
Brazilian model Valentina Sampaio is the first transgender model to appear on the cover of Vogue magazine. Vogue Paris’ editor-in-chief, Emmanuelle Alt, wrote the editorial that accompanied the photo spread and said to Buzzfeed, “Only when a transgender person poses on the front cover of a fashion magazine and it is no longer necessary to write an editorial on the subject will we know that the battle is won.”
Sampaio’s success comes at the same time as increased hostility and violence towards transgender people in Brazil. 144 transgender people were murdered in Brazil in 2016.
However, Sampaio’s Vogue cover is a milestone for the industry and she feels she’s achieved her dream.
Transgender people need more opportunities. It’s not the gender of a person that determines your character or whether you’re good at something or not. Many times transgender women find the doors are already closed for them professionally, which only marginalizes us further — but everyone has something to show. – Valentina Sampaio
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+ Election results: Record number of LGBTQ MPs elected to Parliament (and the highest number of women!)
A Pride Playlist From The Gender-Bending Jazz Age
So if you didn’t want me, tell me to my face,
cause five or six women going to take your place.
– Alberta Hunter, Someone Will Take Your Place
Atlas Obscura made you this fine playlist celebrating the golden age of jazz and the golden age of queer Black gender-bending performers in Harlem and non-traditional gender norms in the post-WWI social upheaval in Berlin and the U.S.
Went out last night with a crowd of my friends
They must’ve been women, ‘cause I don’t like no men.
It’s true I wear a collar and a tie
Makes the wind blow all the while
Don’t you say I do it, ain’t nobody caught me
You sure got to prove it on me.
– Ma Rainey, Prove it On Me