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#ItsNotOver: Why the One Year Anniversary of Natasha McKenna's Death Matters

Rachel Anspach | Posted 02.07.2016 | Black Voices
Rachel Anspach

February 8 marks the one-year anniversary of McKenna's death. Now is the time for journalists who were missing a year ago to shed light on the circumstances surrounding McKenna's death. This date is an opening for activists across the country to take to the streets and march for justice for Natasha McKenna just as they have for Black men.

Hollywood Is Not The Only Arts Industry With A Race Problem

Julia Sharpe-Levine | Posted 01.25.2016 | Arts
Julia Sharpe-Levine

The conversation around Tonya Pinkins and Mother Courage desperately needs to be broadened. To an extent, the question of whether Pinkins' decision was "professional" is irrelevant. Activism is inherently unprofessional. Without disruption, there is no activism.

The National LGBTQ Task Force Censors the Jews

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

The LGBT civil rights movement has evolved admirably over the past few years to become more inclusive, working against institutional bigotry of all kinds, and grappling with the intersectionalities that exist within all of us. Unfortunately, some of that progress has empowered the more radical amongst us to act in a brazen, autocratic manner.

Stories of Solidarity at the Gay/Christian Intersection

E.C. Iwata | Posted 01.13.2016 | Religion
E.C. Iwata

"I didn't even know this was a thing that I could do--gay and Christian. From my own mother, I was told to hide it... Yesterday, one of the moms come ...

Are Feminism and the Transgender Movement At Odds?

Isaac Fornarola | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Isaac Fornarola

As long as we overlook the differences between patriarchy and masculinity and continue to conflate the two, we will struggle to be sufficient allies to transgender men.

On Being Brown When Your Father Is White

Sarah Gladstone | Posted 01.04.2016 | Black Voices
Sarah Gladstone

I'm African American on my mother's side, and I'm a Russian, Polish Jew from my father. In a world where we're so often told black and white issues don't exist, I have been coerced into telling the world that's exactly what I am: A black and white issue.

At 22, I Forgave Myself for 13 Years of Self-Hate

Justin Maffett | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Justin Maffett

In being Black, my presence was uncomfortable. But in being openly gay and Black, my presence was offensive. I leaned on respectability more than ever.

Trans-Exclusionary Feminists Cannot Exclude My Humanity

The Establishment | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
The Establishment

Sometimes I imagine taking a cut of skin and slowly peeling it off, sliver by sliver until there is nothing but red. I wonder how long it would take t...

Meet The Instagram Star Elevating Black Contemporary Art

Cosmopolitan | Taryn Finley | Posted 12.01.2015 | Black Voices

A photo posted by kim drew (@museummammy) on Oct 27, 2015 at 6:39pm PDT Twenty-five-year-old Kimberly Drew is one of the art world's rising ...

Why Women Are Dominating Thought-Leadership Across All Fields

Erin McKelle | Posted 11.24.2015 | Women
Erin McKelle

When you envision a thought-leader, what first comes to mind? For me personally, I get a mental image of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg giving a speech ...

National Service for a Just and Equitable Society

Adren O. Wilson | Posted 11.19.2015 | Impact
Adren O. Wilson

As our cities grow larger and more diverse, we can no longer afford to overlook, dismiss, or ignore the promise and potential of so many who live in them. Justice and economics demand that we create more opportunities for young adults, and national service is a proven strategy.

Black Woman, White Movement: Why Black Women Are Leaving The Feminist Movement

Lindsay Hoffman | Posted 11.15.2015 | College
Lindsay Hoffman

Black feminists seek emancipation from the norms and expectations of typical white women. In a society where the Black female body is appropriated, Black feminists are clamoring to be seen as an everyday type of beauty rather than exotic.

A Queer Disability Anthology: Disability and LGBTQ Intersectionality

Karrie Higgins | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Karrie Higgins

Sometimes a book drops in your lap like a miracle you didn't even know you needed. That's what happened with QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology edited by Raymond Luczak and published by Squares & Rebels Press.

Rebounding from Houston: How to Be a Hero

Rabbi Debra Kolodny | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rabbi Debra Kolodny

When every lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, genderqueer, intersexed, asexual activist is doing this work the bathroom wars will be over. And we will win ALL the ordinance battles.

How Dare You: The Costs of Shutting People Down

Khanh Ho | Posted 11.03.2015 | Impact
Khanh Ho

Minorities often find themselves in this situation -- whether they work in academia or business or government. And they often have to think about the backlash of someone, quite often an ally, who will take offense if they don't tow the line.

'Notorious RBG' Authors On Ruth Bader Ginsburg And Intersectionality

The Huffington Post | Ryan Buxton | Posted 10.29.2015 | Women

Thankfully for women everywhere, the feminist movement has embraced intersectionality as a foundational piece of the effort to advance equalit...

Same-Sex Marriage is Great. What's Next for the LGBT Movement?

H. Caleb Simmons | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
H. Caleb Simmons

Nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage is a historic step towards full LGBT equality, but there's still much to be done. Intersectional advocacy isn't a prime focus of leading organizations yet; there are few organizations that focus only on serving transgender or bisexual Americans, and funding for LGBT advocacy at all levels is not completely equitable.

The Voice of a Misunderstood Black Millennial Voter

Lindsay Hoffman | Posted 10.18.2015 | College
Lindsay Hoffman

As African-Americans and citizens of a country that values political participation, this country is always asking for political engagement from blacks but if it's not in the manner deemed appropriate, we are asked to sit down and be silent.

Dear Black Men, You Are Not Pro-Black If You Are Not Pro Black Women

Daniel Johnson | Posted 10.10.2015 | Black Voices
Daniel Johnson

Pro-Black means you fight for your people. All of your people. Not just Black men, not just straight Black men, not just Black men you think are upstanding and productive members of society, but all of your people.

Reflecting On 30 Days Of Kindness

Alicia Raia-Hawrylak | Posted 10.06.2015 | Impact
Alicia Raia-Hawrylak

I am also reminded that it takes extra effort to cross the intersection and meet those I don't encounter everyday as a function of my position and my privilege. But now the crosswalk is there, connecting me to the world, and making the intersections newly ripe places for collaboration and action.

Why It Matters That Ahmed Mohamed Is Both Black And Muslim

Sara Abbas | Posted 10.02.2015 | Black Voices
Sara Abbas

The media's focus in the Ahmed Mohamed story has been on Obama's invitation to the teenager to visit the White House. But the response is symptomatic of what America is prone to do: turn these kind of stories into a greeting card -- "Sorry you were profiled. Know that you are precious." That's just not enough anymore.

Is Patriarchy the Religion of the Planet?

Susan M. Shaw | Posted 10.02.2015 | Religion
Susan M. Shaw

The world has a problem of gender of religious proportions. We need a reformation, perhaps a revolution, to tear down the altars to male power and rebuild a global sanctuary of inclusion, equity, justice, peace, and love.

To End Violence Against Women, End Violence Against Boys

Sheena Vasani | Posted 09.30.2015 | Women
Sheena Vasani

Research conducted in 2010 by the International Center for Research on Women [ICRW] illustrates this complexity, demonstrating that a significant number of men who abuse their partners were themselves abused as children.

Understanding the "Privileged"

Sheena Vasani | Posted 09.15.2015 | Impact
Sheena Vasani

I realised what my friend was saying: just because you've the upper hand in one area of life doesn't mean you've the happier life. Nobody's immune from pain, no matter her or his gender, race, or wealth. After all, depression and suicide can affect anybody.

The Race/War

Christian Gabriel | Posted 08.11.2015 | Black Voices
Christian Gabriel

Non-white people uphold and participate and support racism every day simply by existing, but they will never experience the privilege of whiteness existing in a system designed to keep white peoples on top.