"When it comes to transgender people, the past year has been an incredibly historic time for the community. From Laverne Cox on the cover of Time magazine to Janet Mock taking on Piers Morgan, trans people and issues have never received more attention or visibility. However, there is still much work that needs to be done to educate the general public and members of the queer community about what it means to be transgender. What’s more, we’d love to see more trans people — especially those who don’t normally or necessarily have the spotlight — featured and celebrated in the media.” (x)


[See more of the images here in Noah Michelson’s HuffPost article.]

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I find it interesting how society doesn’t care when the media sexualizes women, when men sexualizes women, when school and the government sexualizes women. but the second a woman is in control and sexualizes herself willingly it’s wrong and disgusting.

Beyoncé, anyone?

California’s “Yes Means Yes” (Affirmative Consent) Bill

Fifty-five colleges nationwide are under investigation for their handlings of sexual assault… And California lawmakers are taking a stand.

The senators unanimously passed a bill on Thursday that would require all colleges and universities receiving state funding to adopt new policies on on the matter— namely changing the definition of consent to be solely affirmative. From now on, only “Yes” will truly mean yes. (x)

Most importantly, “The bill states that silence and a lack of resistance do not signify consent and that drugs or alcohol do not excuse unwanted sexual activity." (x)

Radical? Not at all. But it’s damn well time that someone put it in law.

The problem is that white people see racism as conscious hate, when racism is bigger than that. Racism is a complex system of social and political levers and pulleys set up generations ago to continue working on the behalf of whites at other people’s expense, whether whites know/like it or not. Racism is an insidious cultural disease. It is so insidious that it doesn’t care if you are a white person who likes black people; it’s still going to find a way to infect how you deal with people who don’t look like you. Yes, racism looks like hate, but hate is just one manifestation. Privilege is another. Access is another. Ignorance is another. Apathy is another. And so on. So while I agree with people who say no one is born racist, it remains a powerful system that we’re immediately born into. It’s like being born into air: you take it in as soon as you breathe. It’s not a cold that you can get over. There is no anti-racist certification class. It’s a set of socioeconomic traps and cultural values that are fired up every time we interact with the world. It is a thing you have to keep scooping out of the boat of your life to keep from drowning in it. I know it’s hard work, but it’s the price you pay for owning everything.

Scott Woods (X)

Mic drop.

(Source: luvyourselfsomeesteem)