BY Alexa Salvato
on Jul 13, 2015
We hear most often about how the school-to-prison pipeline fills our prisons with poor youth of color, but there’s another harmful system that, until recently, has been overlooked: the sexual abuse-to-prison pipeline.
In a recent report by the Human Rights Project for Girls, The Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality, and the Ms. Foundation for Women called “The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls’ Story,” four researchers explain that the majority of girls detained in the juvenile justice system have previously experienced sexual abuse. Read More
BY Claire Filipek
on May 23, 2014
The series ‘Agender’ was created by photographer Chloe Aftel and captures young adults who refer to themselves using the term “they” as opposed to the gender normative pronouns “he” or “she”. Aftel started the project after she was commissioned by San Francisco Magazine to shoot portraits of a Maybeck High School Senior named Sasha Fleischman. Fleischman suffered a heinous arson attack when they were sleeping on a public bus on their way home from school. Read More
BY Michelle Beiter
on Apr 30, 2014
Laverne Cox, star of Orange Is The New Black and activist for trans* rights, awareness and visibility is at work with Logo and MTV to produce a new documentary that will follow the lives of four transgendered teens and young adults between the ages of 14-24. This new film will proceed Cox’s previous production debut: a documentary on the life and case of CeCe McDonald, a TWOC that was arrested and charged with accidental murder after defending herself from a racist, transphobic attack in Minneapolis. Read More
The Washington Post columnist Amy Dickinson has made a name for herself by giving awesome relationship advice, and this letter will show you why! A parent, who identifies only as “Feeling Betrayed,” wrote to Amy about his or her gay son. He is 17, and as Betrayed puts it, “he will not stop being gay.” Betrayed is sad, mad and embarrassed; Betrayed thinks the family needs Amy’s help in making her son a heterosexual.
Enter Amy’s perfect response. Read More
At 25, April Ashley was a sensation, gracing the pages of Vogue, appearing in Blockbuster hits, and partying with celebrities and socialites. Those who witnessed her rise to fame called it “fairytale-like.” She rubbed elbows and flirted with Elvis Presley. April Ashley is also a transsexual, and she is one of the first people ever to transition from male to female through reassignment surgery.
Sadly, the glamour of her life and career was short-lived, as a friend exposed her gender assignment to Sunday People. Read More
Cataloguing one’s first sexual encounter is nothing new. As a teen who pored over magazines in airports, I traced the ongoing debate on what “virginity” means. At what point are we no longer virgins: oral sex, intercourse? Do the rules change depending on one’s gender or sexual orientation? I learned that it’s kind of one of those things an individual must define for her or hir or himself.
And we always want to record it in some way; we want to crystallize the memory of the exact moment we give away our virginity. Read More
It reads like an SNL sketch: a girl scout in pigtails (Amy Poehler) rings the doorbell, only for the grumpy homeowner (Bill Hader) to tell her that her beloved Thin Mints will turn his kids into evil lesbians. At least that’s how pastor Kevin Swanson and his colleague Dave Buehner would have it.
On their radio show, the pair begged listeners to boycott Girl Scout Cookies because apparently the organization “doesn’t promote godly womanhood.” He implies that the organization’s website supports Planned Parenthood, abortions, and lesbianism. Read More
When I was in high school I didn’t have a homecoming dance, but I saw a lot on TV and I would get quite invested. From what I could tell, the ritual of crowning a homecoming queen could either be a way of celebrating teen girls or a cruel means to tear them down. I don’t know if it’s at all like this in real life, but homecoming queens seemed all powerful when I saw them in the media. For my favorite fictional characters, being crowned meant being validated socially; it meant being recognized as a young woman. Read More
BY Diana Denza
on Aug 06, 2012
While most of us are in the midst of taking full advantage of the lazy days of summer, 16-year-old Amelia Roskin-Frazee has been hard at work for LGBT teens. As the founder and president of the Make It Safe Project, she has managed to create an indispensable resource for gay and questioning students across the country. Citing her own school library’s total lack of resources for LGBT students, Roskin-Frazee founded the organization in November 2011 to provide schools and homeless shelters with fiction and nonfiction LGBT-themed titles. Read More
BY Diana Denza
on Jun 11, 2012
Being gay is hard. But being a young gay person is even harder. Not only must you face homework-filled nights and awkward stages, but you're also forced to grapple with a difference that could cost you everything: your family, your friends, your education, your job. Oh, and let’s not forget about those good Christian pastors who want to watch you perish behind an electric fence. Read More