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In Orange is The New Black, Season 3, Laverne Cox's character Sophia is placed in solitary confinement. Photo via Netflix The Chelsea Manning case brought an incredibly important issue to light that is all too often overlooked — transgender prisoners and their safety. Prison is a risky and scary place on its own, but entering prison as a transgender or gender nonconforming person can make that experience even scarier. Trans prisoners are often immediately seen as targets by both inmates and officers. Chelsea Manning, like so many...
It's February, which means — at least for BUST HQ in Brooklyn — that both the weather and the world can seem dreary and grey. And having some brightness and fun around you can help you feel a little bit brighter. These cute cushion covers definitely fit the bill. We're bringing you an excerpt from Tie & Dye: Colorful Clothing, Gifts, And Accessories by Lizzie King; it's already out in the UK and will be released in the US on March 7th (in the meantime, it's available for...
As may people have pointed out, Trump has seemed to nominate his cabinet based on loose facsimiles. For example, for the EPA, he nominated Scott Pruitt, who is actively trying to dismantle the agency. For Secretary of Education, he chose Betsy Devos, perhaps because she is a mother and to Donald, that is close enough to a teacher. And now he is nominating Andrew Puzder, the CEO of CKE Restaurants, which owns chain brands Hardee's and Carls Jr., for Labor Secretary. Puzder has many counts...

Ever since Trump signed his Executive Order on immigration — one of his first in office _ there has been noticeable fear in immigrant communities across the country. Last week’s widespread raids that seemed to sweep the country are only solidifying that fear for many who are in the country illegally. The Obama administration was no stranger to deportations — deporting approximately 2 million — but under the Obama administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents had a clear focus on who was to be deported.  Now,...

Smile NowThis all-natural DIY toothpaste 
will make your grill gleam If you have teeth, you have toothpaste (we hope). But most store-bought brands contain a bevy of questionable ingredients. In this DIY recipe, common household items do the heavy lifting: coconut oil takes care of bacteria and baking soda gently scrubs off plaque and food, while salt does both. Your teeth will feel uber-clean, and the money you’ll save will have you grinning from ear to ear—so you can show off those pearly whites!

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  Yes, Betsy DeVos has cited protection against grizzly bears as justification for guns in schools. Yes, DeVos has said that she would support Trump should he seek to ban gun-free schools. Yes, our angel mother Elizabeth Warren essentially wiped the floor with her at a Senate confirmation hearing on January 17th. No, DeVos does not understand the difference between proficiency and mastery. Nor does she understand the workings of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Or the importance of a secular, public education. Or...
On Thursday, a federal appeals court refused to reinstate Trump’s anti-Muslim travel ban, which would see people from seven majority-Muslim countries denied entry to the US. The ban was a blatant racist and Islamophobic attack and would target vulnerable refugees, as well as visa and green card holders. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously to uphold a temporary restraining order against the ban, stating “There is no precedent to support this claimed unreviewability, which runs contrary to the...
Like many Americans, watching the debate last night between Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz on the future state of healthcare gave me anxiety. I worked for an insurance company for five years coordinating the Member Services between the pharmaceutical, claims and enrollment departments. I also have a personal stake in the game — I’m a Type 1 Diabetic whose monthly prescriptions, out of pocket, would cost me $1,000. I personally don’t have anything to be scared of. I have a job that’s provided me with a...

The Medieval Times in Buena Park, California, is looking for a good man. To be exact, they are offering a Squire position. Squires are proficient horse handlers with the physical capacity to run in sand, perform in a live show format, and to be a man. The advertisement clearly requests applications for “male performers.” Squires are promoted to Knights, and Knights must be male to “preserve the authenticity and genuineness of the scripted role of Knights in the Medieval Times theatrical production.” History is an important...
Does Trump's election, and the uprising of hatred that has followed, have you considering purchasing a gun to protect yourself? As someone who has been both a feminist and a gun owner her entire adult life, I'm here to offer some friendly advice. Please know that I am not an expert, and that I can only begin to scratch the surface of what you will need to know in order to be a responsible gun owner. I can, however, give you an overview of what...
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