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When Politics Meets Oscar

Since it was the worst viewership of the Oscar's in seven years you may have missed what all the fuss was about. Here are the highlights of the acceptance speeches.   ...

Remembering the Lovings this Valentine’s Day

On this upcoming Valentine’s Day, I am reminded of no greater challenge to marriage equality than same-sex marriage that many LGBTQ activists are still struggling for in their states. ...

Full Moon in Leo

It’s snowing boatloads from the thick grey cloud covered sky and I not even sure daylight came today. ...

Chris Ofili Retrospective at The #NewMuseum

If you waited until the last minute to see the Chris Ofili retrospective "Night and Day" at the New Museum, this ...

Historic Black LGBTQ Intergenerational Discussion on “Selma”

If Bayard Rustin were alive today he certainly would have been proud on Monday as the LGBTQ communities held discussions on the film “Selma”. ...

Toshi Reagon's Parable

Toshi Reagon's latest musical project, "Parable of t ...

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Expansive Dream

Martin Luther King's actual birthday is January 15th, and I believe if MLK were alive today he would be well pleased with Ava DuVernay's film "Selma." Many people working for justice today stand on ...

Velvetpark's Official Top 25 Significant Queer Women of 2014

It is with great honor that Velvetpark announces our Top 25 Queer Women of 2014. ...

That day after Christmas

Garbage pick-up on my block is every Thursday. But with Christmas falling on that day of the week, this year garbage pick-up rolled over to Friday. ...

Finding Home for the Holidays

The Christmas season is a difficult time of year for me. ...

What Is In A Greeting?

One would think that an all-inclusive seasonal greeting emblematic of our nation’s religious diversity would be embraced by us all with two simple words—Happy Holidays! ...

Judge Orders NYPD to Disclose Surveillance of Black Lives Matter Protesters
the root
February 9, 2017

A judge has ordered the New York Police Department to disclose documents and video revealing the surveillance of Black Lives Matter protesters at the city’s Grand Central Terminal in 2014 and 2015.

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The Local Roots Behind the Music of The Women's March
washingtoncitypaper.com
January 28, 2017

How longtime D.C. music icon Toshi Reagon helped put together the musical program of the historic Women's March on Washington.

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Watch a nightclub shooting in virtual reality? For Rose Troche, painful subjects make for powerful art
LA Times
January 28, 2017

Director Rose Troche takes on the eerily familiar theme of a mass shooting for her latest virtual-reality project at the Sundance Film Festival.

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Trump Calls Madonna Disgusting for March Remarks
Vulture
January 27, 2017

But remember that he spent several years trying to scam her into a date.

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6-Year-Old Girl's Gendered Beliefs About Intelligence
The Atlantic
January 27, 2017

They’re more likely to avoid games meant for “really, really smart” children.

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Compassion for Melania is Misguided — But it Isn’t Wrong
NY Mag
January 27, 2017

Melania doesn’t need your help, but someone else might.

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Woman in Viral Photo From Women’s March to White Female Allies: ‘Listen to a Black Woman’
the root
January 25, 2017

Angela Peoples did not come to the Women’s March on Washington to play. “White Women Voted for Trump.”

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Thanks to Trump, Scientists Are Going To Run For Office
The Atlantic
January 25, 2017

And they’ve got help.

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Constance Wu Says Casey Affleck’s Potential Oscar Win 'Will Be a Nod to Trump's'
jezebel
January 25, 2017

Constance Wu, who is “mom” on ABC’s delightful Fresh Off the Boat and in our hearts, had a lot to say about Casey Affleck’s Oscar nomination ...

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One Day at a Time's Coming Out Storyline Is a Breath of Fresh Air
E! News
January 9, 2017

Showrunner Gloria Calderon Kellet breaks down the decision to tell a Latino LGBT story on the new Netflix series

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'Sister Wives' Daughter Mariah Comes Out: ‘I’m Gay'
Us Weekly
January 9, 2017

Sister Wives’ Kody and Meri Brown’s daughter Mariah came out to her parents in the latest episode of the TLC show — read more

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The next wave of trans bathroom bills will be even worse: Inside Virginia’s nightmare anti-LGBT legislation
Salon.com
January 9, 2017

Virginia bathroom bill is a cut-and-paste job of the most discriminatory elements of previous legislative efforts

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A new LGBT community center opens in St. Louis, providing comfort, acceptance amid uncertain future
stltoday.com
January 9, 2017

Jane Wilson and Cassie Taylor spent Sunday afternoon on a couch in the library of a new community center run by Pride St. Louis.

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2017 is shaping up to be a banner year for anti-LGBT discrimination
LA Times
January 9, 2017

If you thought 2016 was a nasty, brutish year for LGBT rights across the country, 2017 is already shaping up to be much, much worse.

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Katherine Johnson, the NASA Mathematician Who Advanced Human Rights with a Slide Rule and Pencil
Vanity Fair
December 17, 2016

NASA chief Charles Bolden recalls the historic trajectory of the “human computer” who played a key role in the Apollo 11 moon landing, and as a female African-American in the 1960s, shattered stereotypes in the process.

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Sarah Paulson Is Not Here For Your Concerns About Cat Fights While Filming Ocean's 8
jezebel
December 14, 2016

The light of my life Sarah Paulson is in the upcoming Ocean’s 11 reboot Ocean’s 8 along with Rihanna, Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett and more of your faves. And, to answer a very dumb question, she certainly isn’t worried ...

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Does this haircut make me look like a Nazi?
The Washington Post
December 7, 2016

How young fascists ended up with the same signature 'do as lefty metrosexuals.

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Some Showrunners Are Banning Rape as a Plot Device on Their Shows
jezebel
December 7, 2016

Much writing has been dedicated to the problems with how rape is used to motivate characters in our favorite television shows, particularly Game of Sex and Violence. Generally, women get raped and men get motivated to grow as characters because of that rape.

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Surviving Trump: Black Women Strengthen Coalitions, Practice Revolutionary Self-Care
the root
December 7, 2016

With only two months until inauguration, social justice advocates have been processing how the incoming regime will affect their work and are looking ahead with vigilance.

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