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The 17th Queer Festival opened with a colorful program and parade in Seoul on June 11, under the slogan, “Queer I Am — Fighting for our existence!” It is the largest and most important queer festival in South Korea. It began in 2000 with just two thousand people. This year it attracted about 50,000 people and around one hundred organizations were represented, including a transgender group for the first time, “Parents of Sexual Minorities." However, an opposition protest was organized that attracted over 10,000 people, according to police.
    Kamaiyah, a rising hip-hop star out of Oakland, CA, is making a name for herself as a female rapper and musician. This can be incredibly difficult, especially if your look is atypical to the standard for female performers. Kamaiyah's album "A Good Night in the Ghetto" dropped in March and has swept the scene with great vibes and hit song, "How Does It Feel.
  Seattle-based photographer Adrien Leavitt has spent the last year capturing images that “appreciate the aesthetic beauty of queer bodies.” Together, these photographs make up Queer Feelings, a project that examines the healing process and growth of queer, transgender, and non-normative bodies. Queer Feelings isn’t Adrien’s first project; it manifested itself from another project, #1 must have, compiled with Adrien's friend A. Slaven.
He’s texting you. He’s texting your friends. He tells you he must see you as soon as possible. He doesn’t text you for five days. Never makes concrete plans. Makes bids for your affection and baits you into an emotional trap. ALERT: A fuckboy warning is issued for your area. It is recommended you take the following actions. 1. Stop all contact immediately. With dubious promises freshly ringing in your ears, you might be tempted to keep this fledgling flirtationship afloat. But he said he wanted to meet my dog. But he said he wanted to see me my feminist slam poetry.
  This past year, when no people of color were nominated for any major awards at the Oscars for the second year in a row, we saw #OscarsSoWhite rise up as people expressed their anger and frustration. The Academy is currently composed of 25% female members and 8% members of color.  In order to combat this, the Academy has set the goal of doubling their minority representation by 2020. As a means to accomplish this goal they invited 683 new members for the upcoming year—this list has 46% women and 41% people of color.
  Sophia, Dorothy, Blanche, and Rose have the incredible ability to tell it exactly how it is. They are blunt, they don't sugarcoat, and frankly don't often give a fuck what other people think. Their level of no-fucks-given is something we have all felt at one time or another. Here are a few times my favorite seniors have been completely relatable: When Someone Is Really, Really Creepy Sophia: There's just something I don't like about him. I can't put my finger on it, but if I did, I'd have to wash it.
Lena Horne was one kickass woman — an actor, singer, dancer, and Civil Rights activist — what a resumé!  She started her career at the Cotton Club in Harlem at just 16, but soon was touring the country with Noble Sissle's Orchestra and landed a spot as NBC's featured jazz vocalist. In the 1930s, she rose up on Hollywood and the nightclub world to become the highest paid black entertainer of her time — even with McCarthyism.Yep, even after being blacklisted and pushed out of the mainstream limelight in the late 1940s, Lena just wouldn't stop singing.
Miss Teen USA has (rightfully) decided to remove the swimsuit competition from the yearly event that judges and critiques teen women on their appearance. They had been claiming that this particular segment of the show was meant to celebrate athleticism, but in reality, it was objectifying 15-19-year-old teenagers. The show is replacing the swimsuit competition with an athletic wear portion.
If you’re anything like me, your average day is filled with screen time. Whether I’m writing on my laptop or managing Bossed Up’s Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts from my iPhone, I love being connected with you bosses! But we all know the perils of being plugged in ALL the time. The good news is, it’s not the phone and computer itself that are damaging—it’s how we choose to use them. Here are six apps to integrate into your Internet usage to make sure you’re the boss of your devices instead of the other way around.
Under the Offences Against the Person Act of 1861, any pregnant woman who acted with intent to “procure her own miscarriage” was guilty of a felony and could, if convicted, be sentenced to “penal servitude for life.” This same law that punished women who attempted to rid themselves of an unwanted pregnancy also punished the nurses and midwives who were frequently engaged to assist them. In most cases, it was impossible to enforce the law.
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