I haven't been able to get the story of the missing "Gay Girl in Damascus" blogger -- Amina Arraf -- out of my mind since I first heard about it on Monday. The blog, which has been online since February of 2011, detailed the life of an out American/Syrian lesbian and, in particular, her views on the uprisings in Syria and her desire to see the current administration fall. But as detailed here previously, someone who identified herself as Amina's cousin posted to the blog on Monday that Amina was abducted by armed government thugs and hadn't been seen or heard from since. Read More
House of Vans, which is located at 25 Franklin St., Brooklyn NY, is hosting six free shows this summer! One of them will be featuring BUST sweetheart's the Cults! As Rebecca Black would say "We So Excited!" For those who don't know,  the Cults are an indie-pop band from NYC, formed in 2010 when band members Brian Oblivion and Madeline Follin were students at NYU. They are featured in our June/July Music issue that is currently in news stands!June 30th is on a Thursday, and it should be a great way to kick off another hot steamy summer weekend. Read More
         These girls rang in my summer last year and this year, they’re doing it again. Dara Puspita (“Flower Girls”), an Indonesian quartet from the 60’s,  put out four albums during their six year run. Though they disbanded in 1972, Dara Puspita made Indonesian history by being one of the few girl groups that provided their own instrumental backings. At the time of their debut, rock and roll was a big no-no with the Indonesian authorities - the music of the Beatles was banned and rebels faced possible jail time. Read More

Male Birth Control

BY Emilie Branch in Feminism

Scientists in India have come up with a birth control for men that is 100% effective and lasts a minimum of ten years. You read that correctly, but I’ll repeat it: 100% effective for ten years. The birth control is administered via an injection, called RISUG—an acronym for “Reversible Inhibition of Sperm Under Guidance.” The injection is given to the male through the scrotum, twice during the same session. The procedure totals about fifteen minutes, has no side effects, and is completely reversible. It works relatively simply. Read More
Yes, you read that right. Aelita Andre, the 4-year-old daughter of two Australia-based artists, has her own solo exhibit, The Prodigy of Color, at the Agora Gallery in Chelsea, NY until the 25th of June. While the popular joke about abstract art may still be “my kid could have done that,” Andre’s success adds new meaning to the common trope. The artist sold paintings for as much as $24,000, and celebrated her second birthday during her first exhibit in Australia. Read More
My summer goal this year is to learn to can and preserve. I’m all about self-improvement, but I just don’t feel like I’m going to get around to speaking fluent French, keeping bees or sewing my own sundresses in the next couple of months. It’s the right season to preserve produce at it’s peak, so now is the perfect time to start. And doesn’t that lady in the Canadian WWI “Waste Not Want Not” poster look wise? I anticipate that I will look that wise by the end of the summer due to my newfound canning knowledge. Read More
1)The Hermes Apple Carrier: Maybe this is just the Hermes way of helping out the "Obesity Problem" we've been facing, or maybe its just a ridiculous way for amazingly rich people to spend their money… Regardless this Hermes new apple carrier is SILLY. This bright granny smith-green, apple-holder is made out of lambskin, and lined with a stainless palladium shell. The strap has a horn handle knife, to slice up your apples and maybe fend off apple thieves. I want it. Read More
Utopia, the second song to be released from YACHT's new album, Shangri-La, is a super-fun, synth-pop dance song.  As the duo sing “There’s nothing in the future / it’s up to us to make utopia” it's hard to not find your head bobbing about and dreaming about whatever fantastical utopian world they're going to create. Listen for yourself! Shangri-La is set to release June 21st, and both Utopia and Dystopia, (clever!) the first song released from the new album, are already available on itunes. Read More
The LA Pride Celebration, taking place June 10-12 this year, will honor BUST’s favorite comedienne/singer/writer/LGBT activist extraordinaire Margaret Cho with the Morris Knight Lifetime Achievement Award. In a recent interview with Out Magazine, this year’s recipient reflects the historical progression of the LGBT movement and her own role in it: “The [LA Pride] parades were small until 1978, when Harvey Milk died. There was a shift in the participation. Read More
Forever21 always kind of irked me for a variety of reasons: the sizes are strange and ill-fitting, they pretty much blatantly knock off designers,  and their bags have random bible verses on them, which can seem a bit pushy in my opinion. Now let's add one more reason to the mix..they can't take a joke! WTForever 21 (while it's still up) is a blog run by Rachel Kane whose purpose is to hilariously and endearingly poke fun at the franchise's more ridiculous items of clothing. Forever21 is now threatening to sue Kane over the website. Read More