Living

Lesbians, a species known for obsessive love with an insatiable desire to be around one’s partner at all times, might be, in some ways, living in their golden era. The COVID-19 pandemic has given the community exactly what it has always wanted: an opportunity to live in one’s home watering plants, walking dogs, being “forced” to stay in watching true crime documentaries and making snack plates for one another throughout the day. Sure, the economy is collapsing and many of us are on the daily...
I love my friends. Really, I do. The majority of them are wonderful people that amaze me every day. They are artists and teachers and powerful businesswomen. But many of them are young and healthy and they don’t know what they don’t know, including what it’s like to be a chronically ill person, especially during a global pandemic where your disease is constantly listed as being in a “high risk group.” As a Type-1 Diabetic, that is one thing I am aware of. Please don’t get...
  Meet Petra De Sutter, the highest senior ranking transgender official in Europe. Ms. De Sutter is a 57-year-old Belgian gynecologist and Green party member. The Green party in Belgium is led by core values of ecology, peace, and democracy. Since the 1980s, the party has emphasized diversity and social justice. De Sutter will be representing Belgium’s Green party as the Deputy Minister of Civil Service. In addition, De Sutter is a professor at the University of Ghent where she specializes in fertility and runs the Department...
Let’s go voter, we’re saving the United States Postal Service. Having to fight to stabilize this country's postal service from the President definitely wasn’t on my shortlist of things to do, but it’s 2020 and here we are. If you haven’t already heard, 45 is currently trying to sabotage the upcoming election in his favor by sabotaging the USPS in the middle of a pandemic. “They need that money in order to have the post office work so it can take all of these millions and millions...
I have to admit, before this year, I always kind of took Atlantic City, NJ, for granted. Las Vegas’ grungier, East Coast counterpart, this seaside vacation town is where my grandparents on both sides all spent their humble honeymoons and was the setting for a seedy 1980 crime drama starring Susan Sarandon. But a recent visit to the shiny, new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino—a miraculous re-build over the remains of Donald Trump’s dismal Taj Mahal—really opened my eyes to what safe travel can look...
Gender strikes again and this time its California land that is suffering. Last week a wildfire broke out due to a gender reveal party in El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa located in San Bernardino County.  The cause? A "smoke-generating pyrotechnic device" according to the CAL FIRE San Bernardino Unit press release.            View this post on Instagram                   CAL FIRE Law Enforcement has determined the El Dorado Fire, burning near Oak Glen in San Bernardino County, was caused by a smoke generating pyrotechnic device, used during a gender reveal...
The way America’s current political system works, Super Political Action Committees—aka “Super PACs”—are seen as a necessary evil. These organizations can give candidates unlimited cash with the expectation that donors will get special treatment once that person gets elected. In a democracy, Super PACs shouldn’t be legal. But right now, they are, and big corporations love them. In an effort to “spank the system,” PAC That A$$ (pacthatass.com)—a new Super PAC founded by former Cory Booker campaign staffer Linh Nguyen and staffed entirely by young POC—is...
We are 47 days out from one of the most important elections of our lifetimes, and there is a lot on the line. Despite how fond (or not) you may be of Joe Biden, one thing is for sure: the courts may never be the same if he loses. The "Ruth Bader Ginsburg is in the hospital" freakout is such a well-recognized feeling among left-leaning folks that it has become a meme. Bader Ginsburg is a national treasure, of course, but we deserve better. The moral...
The BUST Guide to Media Literacy Now, more than ever, it is important not to believe everything you read (and watch, and listen to, and scroll through). But how do you know what’s real—and what’s a carefully crafted lie? IT WAS 2015 when it likely first popped up in your Facebook feed: an old interview with Donald Trump. “If I were to run, I’d run as a Republican. They’re the dumbest group of voters in the country,” Trump was quoted as saying in a 1998 People Magazine...
FROM FOOD, TO HOUSING, to health care, indigenous people in America have been exploited and neglected by the governments set up by European colonizers since the 1600s. Federal policies enacted to exert control over native communities are still restricting the ability of people on reservations to survive and thrive. And with the onset of COVID-19 this injustice is being compounded, as government aid going to the rest of the U.S. does not apply to indigenous communities. For example, on the Wind River Reservation in Riverton, WY,...