There’s no denying that the transgender community has made major strides lately in pursuit of mainstream acceptance. Pop culture has helped — Laverne Cox, star of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black and a trans rights activist, recently landed on the cover of TIME Magazine accompanied by the headline “The Transgender Tipping Point.” High-fashion model Andreja Pejic came out publicly as a transgender woman in July, and in February, former People magazine editor Janet Mock wrote a memoir about her trans experience. It made the New York Times best-seller list.
Yet this forward motion — while in many ways momentous — isn’t the end of the story. Transgender people still face enormous discrimination, and it comes from plenty of sources. It’s both institutional and cultural, and it’s often worse than injustices faced by other groups, including gay, lesbian and bisexual people.
-Sophomore Global Studies major.
one of the worst things about becoming educated on social issues is when people are like ‘you used to have a sense of humor’
no i used to have internalized prejudices which i’ve worked really hard to overcome and i realize now that your jokes are shittyAlways reblog this because becoming more socially aware makes you dislike a lot of people
This is why I don’t have friends anymore
Find three hobbies you love: one to make you money, one to keep you in shape, and one to be creative.
I kind of like it.
What men don’t understand is that women are FIERCELY PROTECTIVE of underage girls because we remember when we were young and some adult man made us uncomfortable or manipulated us or was inappropriate with us and we were powerless.
Yes! I am very protective of these young women out here!
Visarute Angkatavanich (Thailand)
Bangkok-based photographer Visarute Angkatavanich captures some of the most elegant portraits of fish. His intimate, crystal-clear photos of Siamese fighting fish (betta) make it seem as though they are suspended in air instead of water. Angkatavanich recently told Popular Photography that he only started photographing the fish after encountering them for the first time three years ago at a fish show and has since become obsessed with the different species which vary greatly in size, shape, and color patterns. Limited edition prints of his work are now available through La Lanta Fine Art. (src. Colossal) © All images courtesy of the artist
#BlackWomenAreKilledByLawEnforcementToo @khadastrophic speaks my radical race woman politic
NEVER either/or but ALWAYS both/and
Person at a table behind me at the mall does a series of racist impressions for random passers-by as I seethe silently eventually he turns to me and
says “do you like my accents, I’ve been practicing them?”
Me:”no I think they are racist as fuck”
Him: “I’m gay, which means I can’t be racist”
Me: oh yes you can be, and your mouth is most certainly fucking racist.
Him: *stutters incoherently* this is obviously the first time someone has called him out on this behavior, and his brain is scrambling to catch up. Ends with “I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’ll pay better attention and be nicer.” Not great, but at least he heard me and is thinking about it.
Working on a new client, a white guy who works at the state office of women and minority owned businesses. I laugh and asked;
Is that office ran by a bunch of white dudes?
Client stares at me blankly, well yeah, but I don’t see what that has to do with anything?
I wanna yell, ITS INSCRIBED ON THE FUCKING DOOR!!!
Instead I smile and am inwardly sickened by the fact I have to keep touching this person for another 32 minutes.
Crosscut to present special award to late activist Billy Frank Jr.
Crosscut will present a special award later this month to the late treaty rights activist Billy Frank Jr.
Frank died in May 2014 after dedicating his life to protecting the treaty rights of tribes in the Pacific Northwest. His efforts will be recognized with the first irst David Brewster Lifetime Achievement Award in Courage.