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A legislator in Erie County New York has introduced legislation that would ban conversion therapy locally. The proposed law is great news for LGBT people in the community, but the icing on the cake is that it's named after Vice President-elect Mike Pence, a supporter of conversion therapy. Progressive AND petty, exactly how I like my elected officials. Patrick Burke has been fighting for a ban on this aggressive "therapy" for two years, and on Monday introduced new legislation with the title Prevention of Emotional Neglect and...
I first noticed them weeks ago. While out walking my dogs I’d spot a small dead bird on the sidewalk near my building. Days would pass and then another. Then there were two in one day and I came back inside flustered. “That’s it,” I said to my wife Samantha. “It’s a bad omen.” I’m not one to look for signs, but I tend to believe in them when they appear. With our first child weeks away from his or her due date and an election...

London’s coolest craft fair, BUST Craftacular returns this weekend filled to the brim with independent craft makers and DIY workshops. Bethnal Green’s York Hall will be decked with boughs of holly, bespoke screen prints and bags of present perfect treats as it welcomes back BUST’s carefully curated, bi-annual craft collective for another year. But no one likes a party with a poor soundtrack which is why we’ve made sure there’s more for you to shop and bop along to than just that snowy Pretenders track or...
Trump's America is already a cesspool of violent hate crimes, increased prejudicial treatment toward minorities, and the rise of white nationalists into power, and he hasn't even been sworn into office yet. At the heart of many of these controversies is a movement that refers to itself as the "alt-right." As story after story comes out about the Trump supporting "alt-right," it's important that we call members of this movement what they are: neo-Nazis. The Alternative-Right Movement is described as a group of far-right thinking people (mostly...
Since Trump’s election, my social media feeds are full of people from traditionally oppressed groups (women, LGBTQ, people of color, religious minorities) posting about their anger at current events and people from traditionally privileged groups (white men, often Christian) shaming them for their anger. The policing of our emotions perpetuates a culture of silencing that allows racism and misogyny to thrive. Here is why you should stop telling us not to be angry and what you should do instead. 1. Anger is an appropriate response to...

Virtual reality is finally an actual reality. Here’s why you need to try it. You’re in someone’s kitchen in the Gaza strip. To your right, a woman is busy cooking, while another woman tells you about her life here. You look down and admire the tiled floor, then turn around and check out the appliances. Next, you’re standing alone on a giant plain. The sun is setting, and when you look up, you see that there isn’t a cloud in the sky. In front of you,...
Nearly a month ago, 19-year-old Heraa Hashmi was asked by a classmate why Muslims don't "condemn violence." Since then, she's been pulling up the receipts to prove her classmate's assumptions wrong. On Saturday, Hashmi tweeted the results of her effort: a 712 page long list of 5,686 examples of Muslims all over the world denouncing acts of violence and terrorism in the name of Islam. Oh, and it's completely sourced and organized by four different identifiers. (Heraa, more like Hero, am I right?) The list garnered so...
  This past week has been one of the shittiest in human existence. So there’s no better time to bring you a recipe for poop emoji cupcakes. We’ve had this excerpt from the book CAKEMOJI: Recipes & Ideas For Sweet-Talking Treats in the works for the past few weeks, since before the election, when the world was a brighter place. Back then, the cupcakes seemed funny and cute. Now, they still seem funny and cute, but they’re also very, very appropriate.   So, make these to celebrate making...
It's been about a week since the official election results have come out. People are continuing to resist in any way they can — from petitions passed around social media, protests across the country, to donations to charities like Planned Parenthood, the National Immigrant Law Center, and the Trevor Project — but many of us are still asking if there's more we can do to undermine Donald Trump's power.  #GrabYourWallet, created by digital strategist Shannon Coulter, is hitting Trump where it hurts: his family's profits. Coulter's up-to-date list...
Looking for hot singles in your area who feel included in the profile process of a dating app? Well, Tinder is stepping up! People using the dating app finally have an opportunity to provide more information about their gender identity, as opposed to just submitting "male" or "female." With this update users can identify as transgender, trans man, trans woman, gender queer, agender, and over 30 other identities. The update comes after Business Insider reported in June that some transgender users reported being banned from the...
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