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Get ready for the New York Burlesque Festival, that will celebrate its 14th return. The lustful event is spread out over four nights, from Thursday, Sept 29- Sunday to Oct 2, and is filled with salacious fun. Produced by Thirsty Girl Productions and Pontani Productions, it's the largest burlesque event in NYC, featuring performers from all over the world. Don't miss the opportunity to experience a weekend of glitter, lace, leather, and bare skin. Click here to order your tickets! Check out the photos below of the amazing performers taking the stage this year.
The Golden Girl's Bea Arthur has given back to the LGBTQ community in an incredible way, even though she died in 2009.  In her will, the actress donated $300,000 to New York's Ali Forney Center. AFC is an organization that provides housing and on-site counseling for LGBTQ youth. NewNowNext reports that Arthur's donation will go to open a new housing residence, which will be called the Bea Arthur Residence, in February 2017.
   There's a cute woman wearing headphones in front of you and you'd like to chat her up but you're a bit skeptical. Don't worry: there is a new guide on how to approach a woman listening to tunes. 1) Stand in front of her (with 1 to 1.5 meters between you). 2) Have a confident, easy-going smile.  3) If she hasn’t already looked up at you, simply get her attention with a wave of your hand. Wave your hand in her direct line of vision so she can see it. If she is still ignoring you, simply take off her headphones for her, and flash her your lovely smile.
  With one tattoo, Alison Habbal has defeated both cancer and sexist social media. The 36-year-old mother was inspired by the survivor scars she found on Instagram, and covered the scar that she was left after her lumpectomy rather than opt for nipple reconstruction surgery. She's already received 1,400  well-deserved likes on Instagram after the 13-hour tattooing process. She was able to share the photo on Instagram because the photos  successfully bypasses the rules that include the banning of genitals, fully exposed buttocks, and female nipples.
  Social media has become the new mountain high from which people in relationships are supposed to yell their love for another. It’s a weird phenomenon, considering it means today’s form of P.D.A. is electronic and doesn’t actually include touching. P.D.A, is no longer shared with just your partner but with 700 of your closest online friends too, making it, arguably, not even monogamous.
This post was originally published on Medium on July 7, immediately after the murders of Alton Sterling on July 5 and Philando Castile on July 6. We're bringing it to you now, with writer Chaédria LaBouvier's permission: My birthday is July 5th. I used to think that nothing of any great significance — beyond the invention of the bikini — happened on my birthday. It, however, never failed to tickle me with a certain irony that America and I almost shared a birthday. I am highly critical of America, but that is because she is me.
Brock Turner will be released from jail this Friday, September 2, after only serving three months of his already ridiculously short six-month sentence.  Prosecutors suggested that Turner serve a six-year sentence, meaning he only served 1/24 of the recommended sentence. The maximum sentence for the charges he received is 14 years. This is rape culture, folks.
Last weekend (August 20-21), Full Moon Fest came to Governor's Island, New York City, for a full weekend of music, art, and parties. The festival included a diverse mix of acts, with DJ sets in between musicians, keeping the crowd buzzed and moving from the afternoon until the sun was long gone. Oh, and there were booze buckets and part of the island was turned into a beach. It was glorious, and the perfect send-off to summer. If you missed the festival this year, trust me, you definitely want to make it next year. Check out some photos from this year's Full Moon Fest below.
Yesterday, millions of men and women freed their breasts all over the world. The parades took place from Missouri to Geneva to celebrate Go Topless Day- where people bare their breast in public to poke at the inequality in the law and to destigmatize boobs. It is a day of celebration and protest to reduce  the shame around women's bodies, as discussed in Global Citizen. The parades occur on the Sunday closest to Women’s Equality Day (Aug. 26 is the day women were given the right to vote in 1920 in the US).
The Bachelor is a reality staple show that seems to become more popular by the season. The show reaches a variety of demographics, and is incredibly addictive, like television nicotine.  Last week, mom and blogger Constance Hall posted a photo on Facebook of her 7-year-old daughter, Billie-Violet, who had asked if she could watch The Bachelor. Constance said no for a very interesting reason.  Constance explained how as a child, her daughter's life is full of competition.
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