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Where Is My Black Body Safe in America?

Like so many African American women, myself included, Sandra Bland’s death, resulting from police brutality is not new news. The national attention it’s receiving is, however. ...

Ingird Sischy Once Sent Me A Letter (1952 - 2015)

You've heard the term kingmaker? Well, that designation is true in the case of Ingrid Sischy. ...

The Atticus We Don’t Want To Know

The literary world rejoiced when news disclosed that reclusive author Harper Lee was soon to release her second book "Go Set A Watchman", after 55 years since the 1960 publication of "To Kill A Moc ...

The Welcome Challenges of Marriage Equality

For some time now, my spouse and I have been bickering over where we should live in our retirement years. ...

Obama Used The N-word Appropriately

When news broke that President Obama used the n-word during the podcast interview “WFT with Marc Maron” about America’s racial history, it caused shock waves. ...

The Transparency of a "Incog-Negro”

In trying to make sense of Rachel Dolezal, the self-identified “black” woman of two white parents, and the thought -provoking queries now raised about transracialsim and transethnicity Boston Glob ...

Watch Fun Home's Sydney Lucas Performing at Tony Awards

The Adorable 11-year-old star of "Fun Home", Sydney Lucas performs live at the Tony's. The song, "Ring of Keys", in which the young Alison Bechdel recognizes her inner butch.   ...

Is Caitlyn Jenner The Rght Poster Girl For Trans Equality?

Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, has once again captured the world’s attention.  And this time not as America’s beloved 1976 Olympic gold medal decathlete or patriarch in the&nb ...

Astraea honoring Boston’s sheroes

The evening of May 12th at the South End’s wildly popular Bohemian hip spot “The Beehive” was a night to remember.  ...

Coming Home, Portraits of the Formerly Incarcerated

Megan Ghiroli's compelling portrait photography is what originally brought her to the attention of Velvetpark. ...

A Shrine For Girls, Installation by Patricia Cronin

New York artist Patricia Cronin, known for her bold social statements and use of traditional media in the form of cast bronze, marble, water color and oils, has a conceptionaly driven installation ...

Jennifer Hudson Crashes Same-Sex Wedding, Surprises Gay Couple
Us Weekly
August 3, 2015

Jennifer Hudson made one same-sex couple's wedding extra-memorable when she crashed their big day at a W Hotel in Dallas, Texas, and even performed

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Butch lesbians are paying a price for bending gender rules
The Guardian
August 3, 2015

As Lea DeLaria points out, even many in the lesbian community look down upon those who are openly and proudly butch rather than presenting as a ‘normal’ woman

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Wolfe Video Donates Complete Lesbian DVD Library to June Mazer Lesbian Archives
curve
August 3, 2015

In celebration of Wolfe Video's 30th anniversary, they have donated the best present to the June Mazer Archives!

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Jerusalem gay pride parade marcher dies from stab wounds
CNN.com
August 3, 2015

A man suspected of stabbing six people at a gay pride parade in Jerusalem was released from prison 3 weeks ago after serving 10-years for a similar crime.

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Are 'gayborhoods' a victim of the gay rights movement's success?
LA Times
August 3, 2015

For decades, the blinds of this semisubterranean Laguna Beach bar were closed tight.

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Russian police detain several gay activists
US News
August 3, 2015

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Police in St. Petersburg on Sunday detained several gay activists who have held pickets in defense of gay rights on a Russian military holiday.

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Meet Vietnam’s Gay Power Couple: U.S. Ambassador and His Husband
Bloomberg Business
August 3, 2015

Since their December arrival in Vietnam, U.S. Ambassador Ted Osius and his husband have become the most prominent gay couple in the Southeast Asian country.

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Meet Vietnam’s Gay Power Couple: U.S. Ambassador and His Husband
Bloomberg Business
August 3, 2015

Since their December arrival in Vietnam, U.S. Ambassador Ted Osius and his husband have become the most prominent gay couple in the Southeast Asian country.

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Camille Paglia takes on Jon Stewart, Trump, Sanders
Salon.com
July 29, 2015

Trump's a carnival barker, but funnier than Stewart. Richard Dawkins is a joke. Sanders and Drudge earn approval

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Cecil the lion's killer lands in the middle of an online hate storm
smh.com
July 29, 2015

Until two days ago, Walter Palmer was a "very private" man living in Eden Prairie, Minnesota

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How to Smuggle a Saint Out of India
nytimes.com
July 29, 2015

According to the police account, two hired men steal the saint statue and two others from a temple in Sripuranthan, 200 miles southwest of Chennai.

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Woman unknowingly kills possible serial killer
CNN.com
July 28, 2015

A West Virginia escort killed a man who was trying to rape her, police said. The man, Neal Falls, may have been a serial killer, police said.

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Campus Suicide and the Pressure of Perfection
New York Times
July 28, 2015

Despite her cheery countenance and assiduous completion of assignments, Ms. DeWitt had already bought razor blades and written a stack of goodbye letters to loved ones.

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35 Women Tell Their Stories About Being Assaulted by Bill Cosby
The Cut
July 27, 2015

“He gets on TV, ‘Pull your pants up, black people … I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom.’ Yeah, but you rape women, Bill Cosby

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Kim, Caitlyn, and the People We Want to See
The New Yorker
July 27, 2015

Kim Kardashian, Caitlyn Jenner, civil rights for trans people, and the meaning of womanhood, beauty, and self-display.

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Man Who Co-Owns Nails Salons Thinks They're Just Great, So
jezebel
July 27, 2015

The New York Review of Books ran a rebuttal this weekend to the much-talked about New York Times series “Unvarnished,” Sarah Maslin Nir’s yearlong investigation into the horrendous labor practices at many New York nail salons. The rebuttal, written by former reporter and current nail salon owner ...

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Satanic Statue Unveiled in Detroit
gawker
July 27, 2015

The Satanic Temple has unveiled its controversial bronze Baphomet statue in Detroit, Reuters reports. The statue was originally going to be installed in Oklahoma, next to a monument to the 10 Commandments. It didn’t work out.

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35 Bill Cosby accusers posed for one defiant, powerful magazine cover
Vox
July 27, 2015

Incredible.

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Cops Release New Details in Bizarre Jailhouse Death of Sandra Bland 
gawker
July 21, 2015

Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old Chicago woman, was found dead in a Texas jail cell last week. Cops say her death was a suicide; her family says it was murder. Now, authorities are releasing new details about her mysterious death...

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