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Is It My Job To Educate Cis Straight People?

Is It My Job To Educate Cis Straight People?

(The following post is an updated version of one of my old blog posts.) A few months ago, Miri Mogilevsky wrote a common occurrence that happens in the Social Justice Blogsophere: Person A is writing about or discussing Social Justice Things online. Person B comes across Person A’s writing or discussions, perhaps on Twitter or Tumblr, and has a basic-level question about Social Justice Things–some... »

7 Trans and Genderqueer Musicians to Check Out

7 Trans and Genderqueer Musicians to Check Out

Trans and genderqueer musicians almost never get the recognition they deserve, and as a result, they can sometimes be seriously hard to find. So, after a bit of a trawl through the internet, I’ve put together a list of some super cool trans and/or genderqueer musicians that I really like – hopefully you’ll like them too. 1. Anjimile are an indie rock band from Boston named after their lead s... »

Recommended Reading – Non-White and Non-Male authors

Recommended Reading – Non-White and Non-Male authors

Some folks have been making a commitment to spending a year reading books written by anyone but white men. I love this idea, though it’s not a commitment I can make right now because I’m a student and most of my reading is done for classes. However, I did want to take the opportunity to recommend some of my favorite books for those who are looking for some recommendations! However, unl... »

The Internet Helped Me Come Out But Made Me Terrified of Lesbians

The Internet Helped Me Come Out But Made Me Terrified of Lesbians

It was 3 am on a Friday night my sophomore year of college. I was lying in bed next to one of my friends, she snuggled closer to me, the perpetual blanket thief, and I looked at her and realized consciously for the first time that these feelings I was having weren’t just friendship, that when I kissed her I wasn’t just joking around. As a strong, independent twenty-first woman who grew up in the q... »

Like a Horse and Carriage

Like a Horse and Carriage

Last week, American Atheists’ Jamila Bey spoke at the yearly meeting of CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Committee. To give you some idea of CPAC’s tenor, this year’s highlights include: Phil Robertson, patriarch of Duck Dynasty, said that “I believe Jesus came down from Heaven in flesh 2000 and 15-years ago. I believe he paid for all of my rotten sins, and I have a lot. But I’m not the onl... »

I’m Your G-G-G-G-G-G Gender Bomb!

I’m Your G-G-G-G-G-G Gender Bomb!

CN: TRANSPHOBIA, REFERENCES TO NUCLEAR WEAPONS, SUICIDE, VIOLENCE (Apologies to The Runaways for borrowing one of their lyrics) Once again, Pope Francis proves he’s not the progressive people think he is. According to Gay Star News, the Pope recently compared transgender people to nuclear weapons in a book published in Italy called This Economy Kills. While the title sounds like a great read... »

The Bisexual’s 14 Step Guide to Being Celibate & Alone Forever

The Bisexual’s 14 Step Guide to Being Celibate & Alone Forever

Hi and welcome to our first column of The B, the new biweekly column made by and for bisexuals, pansexuals, the sexually fluid, queer, and anyone else who is attracted to people of more than one gender. “Bisexuality immediately doubles your chances for a date on Saturday night.” – Woody Allen It is well known that bisexuals are hyperactive nymphomaniacs, constantly and eagerly fe... »

Your Privilege, My Privilege: Addressing Homophobia in the Middle East

Your Privilege, My Privilege: Addressing Homophobia in the Middle East

In May, 2013, I was in Istanbul. I was eighteen and travelling alone for the first time, and despite my super cool, worldly-backpacker exterior, I was shitting it. Istanbul is a scary place for a first-time traveller. It’s vast and chaotic, with a street map that looks like a tangled ball of string. About a week into my stay, I decided to spend an afternoon exploring Istiklal Caddesi, the broad, b... »

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