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It could be a while before we know who the winner of the 2020 presidential election is, but one thing we know for sure is that drug policy reform won big last night. While it is easy to focus solely on the presidential race, many criminal justice reforms that directly affect our lives and the lives of our neighbors are on state ballots— we have to keep our eyes on those turnouts, too. Pew research points out that two-thirds of Americans now support marijuana legalization. While...
There will undoubtedly be some long lines today at the polls. It is incredibly frustrating that in recent years long voting lines have become commonplace in many counties around the U.S., but it has never been more critical that we stay in line. If you aren’t sure about where you can vote, go to vote.org and use their Polling Place Locator. Here are a few tips to remember when going to vote today: 1. Dress comfortably and neutrallyDepending on the length of the line, which for...
Today's election is a culmination of four long years of a Trump presidency, seven months of a global pandemic, and six months of the globalized Black Lives Matter movement. It's no wonder that this election is a huge drain on our mental and physical health. It can feel all-consuming and life-changing in the calmest moments, and apocalyptic in the worst. But whether you feel ready or not, the election is here, and we need to take care of ourselves and each other. When I feel...
In the Survival Skills for Badass Bitches series, writer Melanie LaForce walks you through everything you need to know to survive the outdoors, tough situations, and/or the forthcoming apocalypse.  2020 has taught us that we can expect the unexpected. The universe has spoken, and its words were simple: “All bets are fucking off.” Amidst a pandemic, violence, wildfires, hurricanes, and oh yeah, fucking cannibal hornets, you’ll need some strategies to take the chaos in stride with a fat smile. We’re here to give you some real-world badass witch...
If you watched the most recent season of The Great British Baking Show, you saw Halloween-loving contestant Helena Garcia make matcha-flavored wicked witch fingers, a ghost-shaped almond cake decorated with lavender buttercream flowers, and a blood-red velvet cake adorned with bat wings, pink piping, and white chocolate fangs before she was unceremoniously eliminated in Episode 5. What you didn’t see was the new mom (her daughter Flora is now two) pumping breast milk off-camera between challenges. “I lost all sense of decency,” the 41-year-old says...
On Tuesday, San Francisco voted in favor of the Caution Against Racial and Exploitative Non-Emergencies Act, otherwise known as the CAREN Act. This legislation will give targets of racially biased 911 calls the right to sue the caller and is one of a few pioneering laws that have been passed in efforts to regulate the reporting of Black individuals for non-crimes including but not limited to barbequing, birdwatching, selling water, and more.  San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passes the CAREN Act—a new law that makes it illegal for someone to call...
Add some magic to your favorite photos by getting a little knotty. The often feared but oh-so-fabulous French knot is easier to ace than you might imagine. It’s also the perfect embroidery stitch to transform your fabric-printed photos into wall-ready works of art. Have a yearbook photo that needs a makeover? A group portrait you want to add some extra joy to? Thoughtful placement of a few French knots can highlight trim on an outfit, punctuate the center of a flower, or fill the air with...

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...