A record number of LGBTQ Texans running for office, Nafessa Williams as Thunder in Black Lightning (swoon), America’s first lesbian mag herstory lesson, first trans woman in British Vogue suffragette spread, and choppin’ a whole hell of a lot of cilantro.
“Her first step into her first floor apartment was into a puddle of water. Everything was wet: furniture, photos, poems, journals, her shoes. The water lines on her walls marked the flood waters at a foot and a half.”
On Thursday, I heard we were going to have some rain over the weekend, and now the city that I have lived in my whole life is underwater. How do you grieve such a catastrophic loss?
During a never-ending cycle of negative news on our feeds, a failed discriminatory anti-trans bill is definitely something to celebrate.
New cloud names, your face and the ownership thereof, Oregon resident officially genderless, disability rights in education, Claudia Jones, a quick guide to treason, Dutch kids are chill, and so very much more!
Once the bill receives final chamber approval, SB6 will move forward to the House, which is dominated by Republicans but whose members are not as eager to take it up.
“I refuse to place myself in danger because it makes some fools at the Texas capital uncomfortable that girls like me exist publicly. I will not be limited to a sexual fantasy or some kind of untouchable position in society because I am a transgender woman.”
Looking at SB92 and SB242, two bills introduced in Texas that would be a huge blow to the LGBT community there, and what we can expect in terms of legislation like this at the state and federal level going forward.
Finally I got to be unapologetically queer amongst this familia that came together in the face of rejection from the homes we came from or by the systems that governed us in the US/Mexico border community that is the Rio Grande Valley.
A day after a federal judge sided with Texas in a different lawsuit against transgender students’ rights, Texas and four other states filed a lawsuit claiming a federal nondiscrimination health regulation forces doctors to act against their religious beliefs.
SCOTUS finds HB2 unconstitutional but it doesn’t mean things will be right back to normal; attacks at Istanbul’s International airport leave at least 36 dead and 140 injured; some helpful links to understand Brexit and all of its implications; some updates on the Orlando shooting and more news.
“I talked about how so much of my work with FFAF or here at Autostraddle is really just a sort of queer femme lighthouse keeping. I’m here, you’re not alone, this is a perfectly alright way to be, let me help you.“
A rundown of everything that happened at the University of Missouri and the #ConcernedStudent1950 movement, the Mississippi Supreme Court issues its first gay divorce, the Nebraska Health and Human Services will list the names of same-sex spouses on birth certificates and more news!
A bunch of us went out over the last two weeks to see historic places and explore local nature. Come see what happened when we #GotOutThere and find out what challenges we’re doing next!
Houston failed to pass a nondiscrimination ordinance by a really wide margin. It’s frightening to think how successful Republicans and religious right-wing conservatives were at creating a fearmongering, smear campaign against trans women and how it ultimately won over voters and the election.
It’s gonna be a close race in Houston as it decides if a nondiscrimination ordinances passes, there’s a bunch of other municipal elections happening that you should keep an eye on, Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project has a new survey to gather stories and data on LGBTQ immigrant experiences, the AP uncovered over 1,000 cases where law enforcement officers committed a sex crime and more news stories.
“It was like we were living in this alternate reality, where the north was celebrating and down here in the south we were wondering what the fuck was going on,” said Hali Felt.
Aquí Estamos is Spanish for “we’re here.” The first ever QPOC conference in the RGV is letting everyone know just that — we’re here and we’ll be here to organize and fight against the social and political factors that affect us.
Kristene has struggled to overcome the loss of her girlfriend, physical and mental health challenges, and financial barriers to receiving the care she needs. Today, her dream is to spread a message of hope to other trauma victims and the LGBT community.
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.