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If there’s anything that warms my weary, gay, American heart, it’s Amsterdam Pride, which kicked off on Pink Saturday with a parade and concert in Amsterdam’s central park. I stumbled out of my Airbnb and joined the crowd, which was awash in not only in rainbows, but also flags from the 74 countries in which homosexuality is illegal. In a blend of celebration, solidarity, and activism, drum lines and disco drag queens walked amongst marchers carrying signs plastered with the faces of LGBTQ people from...

Sharpen Your DIY Skills With This Inspiring Paper Project Papercutting is an art form with a long history, dating back thousands of years to China. Final pieces can be intricate and detailed or simple and graphic, perfect for art with a message. Making a papercut is a meditative process, one that’s easy to work on for a few minutes and come back to later, or sit down and lose yourself in. Create your own, or use our template to make this one (inspired by the famous...
Some iconic food pairings just can’t be beat – like peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti and meatballs, and, of course, macaroni and cheese. So, vegans (and everybody else too), look no further to find delicious, easy-to-make mac and cheese recipes that can be made and eaten as side dishes or main meals. Caution: You may become super hungry while reading this post. Photo: Amanda, Maple Alps Blog Creamy & Dreamy Vegan Macaroni and “Cheese” This classic kind of mac ‘n’ cheese makes you nostalgic as you remember carefree...

  During the Victorian era, golf was a hugely popular sport. Both men and women played for pleasure and for competition. Much of this play was done in the company of those of the same sex. However, by the end of the century, it was becoming more common for men and women — especially husbands and wives — to golf together. As a result, many magazines and journals of the day offered advice to men on how to conduct themselves on the golf course when in...
According to data from the defense agency picked up by the Military Times, the Department of Defense spent $41.6 million on Viagra and $84.24 million total on erectile dysfunction drugs in 2014. . . which is 10 times the Pentagon's highest estimate of the $8.4 million that it costs the military to allow transgender persons to serve. Because fuck equal rights, flacid dudes on the loose is very important business, apparently. This report follows Donald Trump’s tweets on Wednesday announcing a ban on transgender people serving in...
For those, like myself, that hoped the Trump administration was going to be too incompetent to actually reverse the social progress we’ve made over recent years, it’s been disappointing to see the administration, while still a circus, quickly chipping away at equal rights. Yesterday, while Trump was tweeting that he no longer wanted transgender people in the military, the Justice Department (led by Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ shady ass) filed a brief at the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit arguing that Title VII...
Fake news is about more than just lies. It’s often deployed as a form of online harassment, designed to have a silencing or disorienting effect on people – making them unsure of themselves and what they know to be true. Since many of the stories hitting headlines these days seem unbelievable, it’s more important than ever to distinguish fact from fiction when reading and sharing news online. Luckily, HeartMob, a platform that provides support for people getting harassed online, has developed this amazing comic with...
It’s not surprising to learn that the latest studies say veganism is on the rise. More and more people are becoming educated about the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle, such as better long-term health, a reduced environmental footprint, or not contributing to animal cruelty. However, with veganism becoming more popular, high-end restaurants can demand more money for healthful and aesthetically pleasing dishes, which can make going out to dinner a break on the bank. Especially for individuals in high school, college, or their early adult life,...
  The nineteenth century news is filled with reports of hero pets rescuing their masters and mistresses from various catastrophes. Dogs routed burglars and saved children from drowning, while cats meowed the alarm when the house was on fire or when a family member had stopped breathing in their bed. Both cats and dogs were also known to intervene in cases of spousal abuse. For a battered Victorian wife, this animal intervention could sometimes mean the difference between life and death. In July of 1867, a man...
It’s back-to-school season here at BUST HQ and brainy babes are all over our August/September issue, starting with our groundbreaking cover star, Gina Rodriguez of Jane the Virgin! Inside, we’ve got an interview with Women’s March organizer Linda Sarsour; a revealing essay by an adoptee who was forever changed once she finally met her birth family; a guide to the women-led “death-positive movement”; a peek inside the stylish world of fashion icon Norma Kamali; and more. SUBSCRIBE NOW!     ON THE COVER: GINA RODRIGUEZ PHOTOGRAPHED BY KAT BORCHART;...