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Useful Martyrs and Invisible Deaths: On Leelah Alcorn and the Erasure of Trans Women of Color

Asam Ahmad on January 22, 2015

On June 3, 2014, the lifeless body of Kandy Hall, a 40-year-old Black trans woman, was found slumped in a field near a school and playground in Baltimore, MD. Exactly ten days later, the body of 28-year-old Zoraida ‘Ale” Reyes,...

365—An End to Solitary Confinement for Transgender Detainees

Jamila Hammami on December 10, 2014

December 10th is the United Nations International Human Rights Day. This year, the Convention against Torture is celebrating its 30th year, and the United Nations (U.N.) theme for 2014 Human Rights Day is Human Rights 365, the idea being that:...

Queer and Trans Artists of Color: A Collection of Interviews Unlike Any Other

Luna Merbruja on September 13, 2014

I met Nia King when she asked to interview me for her podcast, We Want the Airwaves, a podcast highlighting queer and trans artists of color and the work they are doing. When figuring out a quiet place to meet,...

Workplace organizing against oppressive language and behavior

Colt Thundercat on August 24, 2014

This article was originally published on Twin Cities Organizer. I knew it would be hard going into it. Friends who already worked in the distribution center I was about to start work at had warned me about the specific difficulties...

Let's Talk About AIDS: The Erasure of Gay Activism

Zachary Howe on July 30, 2014

The scariest thing about gay politics these days is not the ongoing stupidity of extremist Christian homophobia or setbacks in the march towards marriage “equality.” The scariest thing about gay politics is still AIDS. Yes, people continue to die from...

Pride Without 'Pride': Power in Shared Spaces

H Kapp-Klote on July 15, 2014

What could possibly be left to say about Pride? Everyone, it seems, queer and straight, has an opinion on pride. JD Samson thinks we should get off the internet and, somehow relatedly, that trans women should be nicer. Colorlines thinks...

Whose Pride Is It, Anyway?

Chrysten Jackson on June 29, 2014

Buffalo. The nickel city. The Queen City. Monikers of a city from a bygone era. Living in a post-Rust Belt world, where my city – a city once renowned as the eighth largest in the nation – now rides high...

LGBTQ histories didn’t begin with Stonewall and end with Windsor

Erik Lampmann on June 25, 2014

As I celebrate Pride this month I continue to identify mainstream narratives that situate the LGBTQ movement in the past, treat the expansion of same-sex marriage as a fait accompli, and fail to name the shared struggles for immediate survival,...

How to Break Pride: A Guide for the LGBTQ Movement

Emma Caterine on June 22, 2014

Pride in and of itself is worthless. Not only worthless, but a dangerous complex of invulnerability to criticism or even review. Pride is held by all tyrants and key to control in oppressive systems. Whether you want to call it...

At the Frontlines, Youth Continue to Fight Queer and Trans Homelessness

Hannah K. Gold on June 11, 2014

The LGBT Rally for Homeless Youth began even before the hundreds of people who had gathered in Washington Square Park stood at attention before the stage, while they were still milling around and greeting one another. A smattering of joyous...

Mississippi Students Come Up Against Their Governor in Commencement Fight

Patricia Tortora on June 07, 2014

The University of Mississippi Creed states that all those involved with the University are to “Believe in the respect for the dignity of each person.” Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant’s selection as commencement speaker misrepresents and dishonors this creed. Bryant recently...

Resisting Tropes: On Poetry, Masochism, and Domestic Violence

Christopher Soto on June 04, 2014

PART I At dinner she asked why I write such sad poems. And I told her, “my poems are not sad, they are masochistic.” My poems like a good choking, a good spanking. They want to be bound and gagged...

Why I Ran Out Of Pride

Chrysten Jackson on May 06, 2014

I remember when I received my first pride guide. I remember keeping an ultra secret profile when I returned to my fundamentalist Christian parent’s house. And I remember seeing the Evergreen advertisement. I remember the overwhelming feelings of hope, that...

From #Not1More Queer Detainee to #Not1More Immigrant Detention Center

Janani Balasubramanian and Jamila Hammami on April 06, 2014

When immigrants—often those who have faced situations of extreme violence and torture—arrive at the U.S. border without papers or otherwise in violation of immigration law, they are placed in mandatory detention. Cages are the U.S. government’s answer to multiply marginalized...

We Beliebe that Another World is Possible

Jenny Marks and Isabelle Nastasia on January 31, 2014

Teen pop singer Justin Bieber was arrested last week in Florida on charges of drunk driving and resisting arrest. Because he is living in the U.S. on an O-1B Work Visa, many people reacted by demanding that he be deported....

4 Queer Hip Hop Artists Better Than Macklemore

Asam Ahmad on January 30, 2014

Sometimes American pop culture can feel like an unending cannibalistic orgy where Black and African-American art forms are constantly consumed and regurgitated by White artists for more money, more fame and more credibility. As Jon Caramanica wrote in the New...

CeCe McDonald, Transgender Women of Color, and Dreams Beyond the Prison Industrial Complex

Lexi Adsit on January 14, 2014

I’ll be honest, I didn’t consistently follow CeCe McDonald’s story or read her blog. Mostly because incarceration is a huge fear of mine and I’ve heard so many negative experiences of incarceration for transgender women of color, I prayed CeCe...

Students Fined $5,000 for Activism by Wesleyan University

Mariama Eversley and Ross Levin on December 03, 2013

The self-proclaimed “Diversity University” is at it again.  Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, Connecticut, is prosecuting three trans* and gender-nonconforming students for taking political action to address transgender discrimination on campus.  This comes just one year after the University reversed...

The Real Movers and Shakers

Erik Lampmann on November 14, 2013

There are actions, policies, battles … and then there are movements. Over the past few weeks I’ve grown increasingly concerned that episodic protests, press releases, and elections receive the lion’s share of our concern, while strategic movements to build strong, resilient...

(Tired of) Loving You Long Time: The Problem of Miss Saigon

Kai Cheng Thom on October 22, 2013

“He pressed his wrist against mine and said his was too pale  My skin was so much more beautiful To him, I was Pacific sunset, almond milk, a porcelain cup When he left me, I told myself I should have...

Jealous, Wanting and Waiting: Privilege and (Not) Having Sex

Kai Cheng Thom on September 05, 2013

This post is the first in a column series entitled “Bad Ass: Real Talk about (Queer) Sex and Dating”. “We have been raised to fear the yes within ourselves, our deepest cravings […] The fear of our desires keeps them...

Cameron’s Britain: This Property-Owning Democracy is No Place for Queer Youth

Alex Gabriel on September 04, 2013

When Margaret Thatcher died this April, “Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead” reached number two on the UK singles chart. Campaigns on social networks all but swept the song to the top spot, but the BBC, citing concerns of propriety, offense...

What is Happening to Queers in Russia?

Jessica Fischer on August 30, 2013

The current situation in Russia did not happen ‘all of a sudden’ - the situation is the rampant governmental discrimination against the gender and sexuality minorities (GSMs) in Russia. In Russia male homosexual acts were decriminalized in 1993, but there...

Representations of Trans Women in a Post-Orange is the New Black World

Teagan Widmer on August 02, 2013

It seems Netflix has finally hit the jackpot with an original series. After the mediocre (and transphobic) 4th season of “Arrested Development”, the disappointing “Hemlock Grove”, and the underrated “House of Cards”, Netflix has finally hit its stride with the...

Re-Queering Pride

Ngoc Loan Tran on July 25, 2013

The history of Pride in America June was Pride month in the United States. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender folks from coast to coast celebrated the history of queer resistance led by drag queens, poor and homeless queer youth, and...

Saggin and the Assault on Appearance

William C. Anderson on July 12, 2013

I clearly remember a cold and windy night in Washington, D.C. A friend reached out to me to see if I wanted to go with her to hear some spoken word poetry. I walked into a building on the legendary...

My Body, My Marriage

Nicolas Quiazua and Lily Hoffman on July 03, 2013

Menstrual fluid is socially taboo; the first time an adolescent menstruates, (she) is celebrated for having achieved ‘womanhood,’ and now being capable of procreation. During the rest of a woman’s life, menstruation is repressed. It is deemed the source of...

Stonewall Riots

Mike Funk on June 29, 2013

Young New York based artist and musician Mike Funk’s comic about the story behind the Stonewall Riots. The comic is based on a speech that activist Sylvia Rivera gave in 2001. Check out the entire comic strip series here. //...

Nia King & Teagan Widmer: The Great Selfie Debate

Teagan Widmer and Nia King on June 19, 2013

By Teagan (Twid) Widmer and guest contributor Nia King; music courtesy of SAFE. Nia King is a mixed-race queer art activist from Boston, Massachusetts. She currently resides in Oakland, California where she runs the podcast We Want the Airwaves: QPOC Artists on...

Undocumented and Awkward: An Interview with Julio Salgado

Nia King on May 30, 2013

It’s the radicals versus the assimilationists. But wait, are we talking about the queers or the DREAMers? In this case, it’s both! Undocuqueer activist illustrator Julio Salgado discusses his political progression from painting a picture perfect portrait of undocumented students...