Oakland, California teenager Sasha Fleischman was the victim of a horrific hate crime last month when another teenager lit hir* skirt on fire as ou* rode home, asleep, on a city bus. The teen suffered second and third degree burns in the attack. Why was Sasha targeted? The teen identifies as agender rather than male or female and is an activist for agender Americans. Sasha has gathered 27,000 online signatures in hopes of capturing President Obama’s attention on the issue. Keep reading »
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- First Andy Cohen, then Wentworth Miller, now Cher — everyone is telling Russia where to stuff it. (Well, not President Obama. Oh, Syria.) Cher revealed that she refused an invitation to serve as an “ambassador” at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia due to the country’s horrid criminalization of homosexuality. [Pink News UK]
- Looking back on the Steubenville rape one year later. [Jezebel]
- A doctor in Texas shamed a woman for sporting a big ol’ hickey. [Raw Story]
- Remembering the four little girls who died in a Birmingham, Alabama church bombing — credited with igniting the civil rights movement — 50 years later. [MSNBC] Keep reading »
Minnesota teacher Kristen Ostendorf is out of a job right now because she’s a lesbian. After 18 years at Totino-Grace High School, during which she kept her sexuality secret, the 43-year-old teacher came out last month in a workshop with her fellow teachers about how to make one’s mark in Catholic social justice. “I tried to figure out how I could encourage others to ‘make their mark’ if I was willing to be part of a community where I was required to hide and compromise and deny who I am,” she told the Minneapolis Post.
So, Ostendorf told her colleagues: “I’m gay, I’m in a relationship with a woman, and I’m happy.” Keep reading »
A show about women in prison could have easily devolved into mindless titillation or stereotypical boredom. But Netflix’s breakout hit “Orange Is The New Black” has skillfully avoided either trapping. Instead, viewers are treated to a show with well-thought-out story lines, sharp social commentary, diverse, multi-faceted characters with compelling backgrounds, and stellar performances. One of these standouts is actress Laverne Cox, who captures audiences with her portrayal of transgender prison inmate, Sophia Burset.
Looking at her career thus far, it’s easy to see why some have deemed Laverne a trailblazer in many ways. Not only has she made the enviable leap from reality star (appearing on VH1’s “I Want to Work For Diddy”) to skilled actress, but she’s also a producer and transgender advocate. Laverne’s visibility as a trans actress of color is breaking barriers on many levels, and hopefully will pave the way for more rich roles created for trans actors.
I had the chance to speak with Cox and learned more about working with Jodie Foster, her relationship to her activism and her art, and the future of trans actors. Keep reading »
- California Governor Jerry Brown signed a landmark transgender student rights bill guaranteeing schools respect students’ gender identity in facilities, sports teams and programs … [LGBTQ Nation]
- … and of course Fox News is already misrepresenting it. [Advocate]
- Bosses favor male employees when it comes to flextime. Work-life balance what what? [Slate]
- Here’s red carpet correspondent B.Scott speaking on MSNBC and doing an interview with Janet Mock about his gender identity discrimination lawsuit against BET. The network pulled B.Scott off the red carpet at the 2013 BET Awards because they objected that he wasn’t wearing more “masculine” attire. [The Root, Janet Mock] Keep reading »
Oh, hurray! A story with a not-horrible ending!
Here goes: photographer Anne Almasy purchased a print advertisement for a magazine called Weddings Unveiled. It was the first-ever print ad that she had ever purchased and she was pretty excited. So it really sucked when, on Valentine’s Day, the editor of Weddings Unveiled called to say they didn’t “feel comfortable” publishing an ad depicting a same-sex couple (partially displayed above). The editor asked if Almasy had another photograph she would prefer to use; she didn’t. The editor then said it was good that they hadn’t run her credit card yet to charge her for the ad. Keep reading »
Over the weekend, the UK’s Observer published an editorial about transgender people that crossed a bunch of lines. It’s not really worth repeating the things that the author wrote, but they included the sort of slurs that, if used against, say, black people or women, would make your eyes pop out. The Observer has since removed it, but it was full of “N-word” level stuff, with an editorial tone dripping with self-righteous, “if you don’t want to be called these things, stop being the way you are” privilege.
It was gross, in other words. I tweeted about it throughout the day on Sunday, when it ran, as I learned more about the author or different things occurred to me. Most of the rest of my tweets from that day were about football, which meant that I got some confused replies from people who follow me because they like when I make fun of Matt Schaub. I’m not transgender, and I don’t have any close friends or family who are, so why was I treating that editorial like it was personal? I am a dude who is straight and cisgender (that is, someone whose gender identity matches their biology) and who seems to have no stake in this fight.
Here’s why I take transgender issues personally… Keep reading »
- A lesbian couple who’s been together for 35 years got the first-ever marriage license for a same-sex union as soon as it became legal in Washington state at midnight last night. So cute, hooray for marriage equality! [Queerty]
- Congress is inching closer towards ending the ban on women in the military from using their health insurance to cover abortions in cases of rape and incest. [Washington Post]
- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is a highly favorable pick for a hypothetical 2016 presidential run, according to a Washington Post poll. [Feministing]
- This very afternoon, Michigan state senate politicians could be reviewing five pieces of anti-abortion legislation. [Think Progress] Keep reading »
Of course, here’s the inevitable response to the parody video “Gay Men Will Marry Your Girlfriends.” I’ll have you know, lesbians, that you don’t scare me. I’m pre-t-t-y sure my blowjob skills are better than yours. [Feministing]
- Mallory Owens, the lesbian woman in Alabama who was allegedly brutally beaten up on Thanksgiving by her girlfriend’s brother because he did not “approve” of their relationship, has released a statement about the hate crime attack. [Queerty]
- On how white male anger has found an outlet in Susan Rice. [Slate]
- Why hating Chris Brown isn’t the same as supporting Rihanna. [NYMag.com]
- Offensive boy band lyrics rewritten to be more feminist! [PopDust] Keep reading »