Performative allyship isn’t helping. If you’re interested in building more than just a “woke” brand and want to be part of lasting, systemic change, here’s where to start.
My family is part of the problem, but if I choose to just ignore this fact, do I become part of the problem too?
We see violence not only in the crimson of blood spilled far too many times but also in the varying shades of brown on the skins of people of color. To be a person of color in the United States, and in the global narrative, is to be the shadow of violence.
Alternative forms of protest are necessary to make activism accessible. Sometimes, they’re even more effective at creating change than a permitted march.
“And I thought how interesting is it that America can be this dark star, death star, and also at the same time this incredible shining light.”
As annoying as it is, probably, to hear it, you really have to lead with love. It’s not our responsibility to love people who hate us or wish us ill, but if those people are your friends or family, it is yours. If you genuinely care about your family and want them to be and do better, let that ground your conversation.
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.
If the Dean positions are largely dominated by men, guess who the most punished group in school is.
We’ve got data and timelines and infographics and conversation on topics including: white actors getting Oscars for playing people of color, white savior narratives, roles that garner nominations for Black actors, the shocking lack of nominations for Asian, Latinx and Native American actors and so much more.
This piece was co-written by Natalie, Reneice, Alexis, and Carmen. We’re four of the black members of The Speakeasy, Autostraddle’s collective for its writers of color.
An attack on a black gay celebrity like Jussie Smollet is also a message sent to his black and gay fans. So today, for all our queer fam out there, but especially for my black queer family, feel the love and strength of our community. Our kinship is a gift. Please, fortify yourself in that gift today.
“How much do I need to engage with my serious girlfriend’s racist immediate family members? She is close with them, and I’ve spent time with them in the past, but put simply I no longer have the energy or inclination to do so, even though I love my gf.”
Bergdorf was recently fired by L’Oreal over a Facebook post about white supremacy.
White silence = violence, and it is well past the time to stand up.
On the White Supremacist “rally” in Charlottesville
The step from “good ol’ boy” to “armed white supremacist mob member” is as simple as believing you have to protect a way of life that’s under attack by an “other.”
In the middle of a truly banner week for the White House, it seems one of their priorities is… opposing affirmative action programs at universities.
Lots of people are talking about gentrification, but who’s actually doing something about it? Queer and trans people of color, of course. In Oakland and Seattle, QTPOC are creating visionary solutions to combat gentrification and reclaim land for communities of color.
Pay black women, South Dakota queers take a stand, Dyke and Fats, anti-choice men are fucking idiots infinity, you have something in common with John McCain though, come on giraffes, updates from The Hellmouth, and so much more!
Molly went to North Carolina to expose a KKK rally disguised as a Trump victory party and found a counter protest that sent the cowards scurrying.
Why not bring the fight to them? Wear your heart and your guts and your politics on your sleeve. And across your chest, and on your head.