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According to a recent report from the World Health Organization, transgender people are not getting adequate health care, and widespread discrimination is largely to blame. This really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, and it can be seen most clearly when you consider the extremely high rates of HIV among transgender women worldwide. Yesterday evening on All Things Considered, NPR’s Arun Rath spoke with JoAnne Keatley, one of the authors of this WHO report. Read More
Weeks after the Center for Medical Progress released its edited sting operation videos featuring Dr. Deborah Nucatola of Planned Parenthood, House Democrats are calling for an investigation into CMP – a logical step in the debacle. Currently, Planned Parenthood is under close scrutiny by House Republicans who want to shut the organization down by stripping it of funding. CMP believes Planned Parenthood is profiting from donated fetal tissue and wants to end the organization for good. Read More
Don’t you love when a random piece of news renews your fragmented faith in humanity? That’s precisely how I felt when I learned there’s a Thailand-based modeling agency opening a trans-only branch in LA this summer. The announcement is just another groundbreaking move by Apple Model Management, who made history last year as the first agency IN THE WORLD to include trans models alongside cisgender models. Read More
  Think back to the early 2000s, a blessed time in which children rode around in Heelys, Avril Lavigne was still making music, and, most importantly, Ms. Congeniality was a blockbuster hit. Now, think harder. Think about that scene where William Shatner is playing the host of Miss America and he’s interviewing all the pageant girls about what they want most for society.  “World peace,” one says. “World peace,” says another. Sandra Bullock, a disguised federal agent, responds with "harsher punishments for parole violators." Hilarious. Iconic. Read More
We all know a certain someone who claims to be educated in almost everything. That new band? They’ve heard of them. A new breakthrough in medicine? They’ve not only heard of it, but they know all the pros and cons. While the bullshit is evident (and tiresome), the act continues, and it seems as though it will never stop. Researchers from the Department of Psychology at Cornell University and the Department of Marketing at Tulane University must have been equally fed up, because a study was conducted to discover why these know-it-alls, well, know it all. Read More
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland – it’s the trending hashtag started after Sandra Bland was found dead in her cell a few days after being arrested for “resisting” on July 10, 2015. According to Bland's autopsy, the death was a suicide and Waller County Jail has confirmed Black hung herself, yet friends and family of the 28-year-old refuse to believe she would commit suicide. Skepticism around Bland’s epilepsy and a possible head injury has many believing the suicide was staged. Evidence points to the dash cam footage and its being tampered with. Read More
It was often thought that, because women live longer than men, it was obvious that they would have Alzheimer’s at a higher rate. However, studies are beginning to show that age and lifespan are not causing this disparity. Women make up two-thirds of Americans suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Not only that, but women tend to decline faster than men. We now know that Alzheimer’s disease, thinking problems, and memory problems are more prevalent in women than men, but we don’t know what the cause is yet. Read More
You may have never heard of her, but the pirates of the 1800’s sure did. Chang Shih, a.k.a. the most badass swashbuckler the world has ever seen, was in charge of 80,000 sailors on 1,500 ships. Those numbers make Blackbeard’s work look like child’s play. Chang’s legacy began when she married Zheng Yi in 1801. Unlike others, she actively helped her husband in operating The Red Flag Fleet, South China Sea’s force to reckon with. When Zheng passed away six years later, Chang took control of the fleet. Read More
  Somewhere off the dusty Wilson L stop in Brooklyn is a warehouse venue called The Muse, and there, I saw a cat circus last Friday. More specifically, I witnessed a purr-formance by The Amazing Acro-cats, a 14- cat Chicago-based ensemble famous for wooing audiences everywhere with feats of feline agility. Read More
In news that will shock exactly no one, a newly revealed deposition details Bill Cosby’s abuses of his power in manipulating and attacking women. Cosby discusses his relationship with Andrea Constand in the early 2000s. “He painted his relationship with Ms. Constand as one of mentor and mentee, casting himself in the role of an experienced guide and offering her the benefit of his contacts, fame, and experience,” The New York Times writes. Read More