QUICKIES 7/19/2013

Annika Penelope, trans blogger, waxes poetic on things she wished she would have known about transitioning genders.

For anyone who has ever claimed there is no such thing as white privilege, I dare you to read this article on painful talks between Black American parents and their sons.


While I personally have no issue with Rolling Stone using an attractive picture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as their cover shot, the internet exploded with rage. Outrage toward the picture may reflect an interesting breed of Islamophobia: are many Americans only satisfied with photos of terrorists being released when they are (1) unattractive, (2) older, (3) look insane, or (4) are very clearly of Middle Eastern descent? As a reminder, no one complained when photos of Bin Laden et al. graced the covers of most of our media outlets. All that aside, RS piece was stunning, moving, and insightful — a long(er) read, but 100% worth it.


Oh, satanists, you are all kinds of funny with your attack on Westboro Baptist church. Also, please support this indiegogo campaign to join the dark lord and help keep our roadways free of debris.


Eric Ohena Lembembe, a prominent activist in Cameroon for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people, was found dead in his apartment in the capital of Yaoundé, soon after he wrote about attacks in the country on organizations that support LGBTQ people.


And for some motivation in these dark days, We Shall Not Be Moved!

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Melanie Elyse Brewster

Melanie Elyse Brewster

Melanie Elyse Brewster is an assistant professor of psychology and education in New York City who would describe herself as a new atheist and queer. Her research focuses on identity intersectionality and experiences of marginalization. Her book on "coming out" as atheist will be released next summer. Until then, for inappropriate jokes, feminist rants, and inane musings, you can follow her on twitter @melysebrewster

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