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This post by Shaikina Nayfack originally appeared on brokeassstuart.com Last year was a hectic one, recovering from gender confirmation surgery (while writing a show about it), running a theatre company, getting on the scene as a trans actress... So much of my energy was spent working on and talking about becoming a woman in the world that I spent very little time actually being one. Year one is over, and I’m ready to get out there and take my new self for a spin.Dating pre-op was...
  “Why plus size women shouldn’t do yoga.”That’s how the Canadian plus size retailer Pennington’s new campaign video begins. But this isn’t some “aspirational” Lululemon bullshit. The brand’s #iwontcompromise campaign shows yoga teacher Dianne Bondy prove harmful stereotypes about plus size women wrong: “Plus size women have no balance.” “They sweat a lot and slip.” “They’re too heavy to lift themselves.”     Shot-by-shot, pose-by-pose, with a knowing wink thrown at the camera, Bondy proves every single one of those statements wrong. It’s refreshing to see an athletic retailer...
  Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz is not having a good couple of months. Chiefly responsible for organizing campaign activity in support of the Democratic platform and candidates,  Wasserman Schultz is essentially the head of the Democratic Party’s PR. She is charged with the raising of funds, commissioning of polls, coordinating of campaign strategy, and—if a Democrat gets elected—working closely with the President to help meet the ends of the party. But recently, Wasserman Schultz has been in some hot water, accused of not being...
  Never in my life have I been this excited to start the New Year. 2016 will bring in the start of my dream job, countless concerts, and the first time that nearly all of my friends will be living in New York City. But most importantly, 2016 marks the start of a new, healthy me. It marks the end of 2015: the end of cancer patient me.It was two weeks into January 2015 when I began to feel weak, and by the start of February...
Happy birthday, Zora Neale Hurston! The brilliant author of Their Eyes Were Watching God, Dust Tracks On A Road and many other works would be 125 years old today. Born on January 7, 1891, Hurston died in 1960 at the age of 69.Hurston was one of the lead writers of the Harlem Renaissance, a cultural explosion of black creativity centered in Harlem, New York in the 1920s and 30s. A prolific writer, Hurston published four novels, over 50 short stories as well as plays, essays...