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What does terrorism look like in America? Well, despite Donald Trump’s rampage against Islam, statistics show that right-wing extremists pose the biggest threat. According to a new report from The Nation Institute’s Investigative Fund and The Center for Investigative Reporting, there were twice as many terrorist incidents by right-wing extremists as by Islamist extremists in the U.S. from 2008 to 2016. Add to that list Saturday’s attack in Charlottesville, VA. Sparked by the city’s decision to remove of a statue of Confederate icon Robert E. Lee,...
This past Sunday, BUST's own Callie Watts and her husband Camilo Salas renewed their vows on Fort Tilden's shores with a Wiccan handfasting ceremony. Callie, one of BUST's longtime staff, and Camilo, a freelance writer for the Latin American press, brought their friends and family together to the Rockaways for a one-year anniversary with an eccentric flair that perked up the heads of their fellow sunbathers. Handfasting is a neopagan ceremony celebrated by Wiccans that affirms a couple's commitment to each. When all the guests arrived,...

Before I open my eyes from a sleep that feels like never happened, I feel a familiar pit in my belly. It expands as my mind files through the events of the night before. I try to recall every word I said. Every person I spoke to. Last night was my first date with Andy. One Old Fashioned before he got to the bar — good for nerves. Three while we got to know each other. A pickleback to show him I could hang. It...
Checking Facebook at a red light; ignoring a convo because maybe that Bumble cutie wrote back; scrolling Insta the second you wake up – sound familiar? Internet addiction is real, and it’s taking a toll. According to Harvard Medical School scientists, using a cell phone or laptop at night upsets the body’s production of melatonin, majorly disrupting sleep. And a study in the journal Psychopathology reported that heavy internet users are five times more likely to suffer from depression than less frequent users. Plus, there’s...
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...