“I know that our story is the story of so many others, and I want those people to know that they’re not alone, and that they do have the right to fight back.”
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.
On the 45th anniversary of Stonewall and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, it is worth interrogating how we learn and know our histories — and the conditions that contribute to our learning environment.
“A part of me thought about making this article just be a list of Laverne Cox quotes from this interview because she says that many brilliant things. Where Cox was able to turn the conversation around and get in some great talking points last time, this time she was given free reign to talk about important issues for a full half hour.”
Much about this case is confusing, but one thing is clear: the stories that our culture tells itself about violence, justice, and women were ultimately more convincing to the jury than the actual evidence.
CeCe McDonald, Dean Spade and Tourmaline are coming together to make a series of videos and an event on April 21 centering around discussions about the prison-industrial complex and how to survive the violent atmosphere it creates.
The criminal justice system in the United States is a fucked up institution that is every kind of -ist you can think of. Lots of people are working to fight it.
Vanity Fair’s Hollywood issue is getting better and Russia’s only getting worse.
“I’ve always been like, ‘Love myself? How the heck am I supposed to do that?’ I believe, now, I’m starting to understand a little bit of what it means.”
Bow down, bitches.
A historic lesbian union, a failed hunger strike, queer ladies in the lap of luxury, and the ultimate “fuck you” to Linda Harvey’s anti-gay bullshit.
Brush up on this year’s biggest news so you can impress that cute girl at your New Year’s Eve party.
A celebration of all we’ve accomplished in 2013.