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A 22-year-old trans woman of color (TWOC) found dead in a vacant field in Texas on July 29th has finally been identified as Shade Schuler. Schuler is the 13th trans woman murdered in the United States in 2015, meaning this year's total already exceeds the number of transgender women killed in 2014.  When found, Schuler was originally identified as a male. With help from Trans Pride Initiative’s Nell Gaither, though, authorities correctly identified Schuler as a trans woman, ending a two-week investigation. Read More
On Monday night outside of Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, protesters organized a “#RoyalShutdown” for Eric Garner and other victims of police violence. Visiting British royalty William and Kate met a crowd of demonstrators reacting to the recent non-indictment of officer Daniel Pantaleo from a Staten Island Grand Jury, and chanting Garner’s last words: “I can’t breathe!” The organizers of the demonstration, Justice League NYC, an arm of Harry Belafonte’s social justice organization, The Gathering for Justice, called for a “die-in. Read More
Check out the new trailer from reporters Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's three-part documentary series, A Path Appears, premiering in January 2015 on PBS. The inspiring series will provide a voice for women around the world facing gender-based oppression and explore solutions to widespread social ills. Read More
Self-described writer, comedian, and cheeseburger aficionado, Megan MacKay, presents her witty censure of Ray Rice and the NFL via another clever makeup tutorial. If you like this one, check out her youtube channel where she roasts Hobby Lobby and other gender-offenders weekly. Her videos are especially bold because the acerbic one-liners attacking misogyny are delivered with an eyeshadow brush. There are a lot of layers here: she is defending femininity, subverting expectations of feminism, and exposing the foundations of systemic injustice. We can’t wait to see more. Read More
A teenage girl took a knife to her uncle in India took action when he tried to rape her for a second time, cutting off his penis.  Trigger warning: the second paragraph of this article includes a potentially triggering description of rape.  The girl, who reports have left unnamed (likely because of the stigma associated with rape), was ill and had been sent to visit her uncle Mahendra Mehta for a cure. Read More
Good news is rolling in on the abortion front from, of all places, Birmingham, Alabama!  On Monday, a federal judge ruled that a new Alabama law—which would restrict doctors who perform abortions and force several women’s clinics to shut down—placed unconstitutional restrictions on a woman’s right to choose. Read More
On Thursday July 31, 24-year-old Reginald Anthony Klaiber approached a group of teens riding Washington D.C.’s Green Line train concealing a knife.  As reported to The Raw Story, Klaiber was harassing the teens repeatedly on the train, particularly a 15-year-old transgender girl. Then, Klaiber went in for a hug and proceeded to stab the victim in the back. The victim was transported to a local hospital and is reported to be in stable condition. Read More
In August of 2006, a group of African American lesbian women went out for a night on the town in NYC's Greenwich Village area, a well-known historical landmark and haven for the LGBTQ community... or so these women thought. Proud spirits quickly vanished after an instance of homophobic street harassment was initiated by an older man. The threats quickly escalated, resulting in the attempted strangling of two women and then the stabbing of the perpetrator. Although this attack was a glaring moment of self-defense, the media and the law were quick to disagree. Read More
On May 25th The Washington Post published an article by Ann Hornaday which cited movies like Judd Apatow's and Seth Rogan’s recent film “Neighbors” as feeding into the misogynistic culture that cultivates killers, like Elliot Rodger, who experience the conflicted “toxic double helix of insecurity and entitlement that comprises Hollywood’s DNA.”  Now, I enjoy your average Hollywood flick as much as the next girl, but I have to say, I see her point. Read More
When I was 19 and in my second year of university on Vancouver Island, a robber entered my home and stole a number of valuables.  I had been home alone. I had fallen asleep and when my friends left my house they didn't lock the door. I was agonized by the idea that something worse than theft might have happened. The sense of invasion when your home is robbed is tantamount to the way girls feel at all times: nowhere is safe-- not your home, not your street, not your campus. This is the climate that girls must survive in small-town Canada, and it's time you knew about it. Read More