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Testosterone Helped Me Feel Like Myself -- Here's Why I Stopped Taking It

The Establishment | Posted 07.05.2016 | Queer Voices
The Establishment

Ultimately, I realized that in order to find my voice, I had to begin by decolonizing myself not just in how I present my black identity, but my trans identity as well. After coming to this realization, I decided to discontinue taking T after six months.

Indonesia attempts to crush mass peaceful rallies across West Papua

Benny Wenda | Posted 06.20.2016 | World
Benny Wenda

In every corner of West Papua and in several Indonesian cities, the people of West Papua gathered peacefully to show their true aspirations.

If You Don't Fight Against Oppressive Structures, Then You Support Them

Hafsa Musa | Posted 06.09.2016 | Queer Voices
Hafsa Musa

I am twenty, queer, non-gender conforming, trans, black, mentally ill, and despite being college educated and situated in america, i do not expect to live long.

My Husband's Unconscious Racism Nearly Destroyed Our Marriage

The Establishment | Posted 06.08.2016 | Women
The Establishment

We hit a point where he had to change or we were going to separate. That point was the Trayvon Martin trial and verdict. From the moment Trayvon's murder became visible, I dismissed the idea that his murderer's actions were justifiable in any way. Imagine my surprise when Kevin said that the evidence supported the murderer's account.

The Transgender Body of Christ

Timothy Murphy | Posted 06.02.2016 | Religion
Timothy Murphy

As a minister, I am disheartened by the misunderstanding and hate displayed against transgender persons in many states across our country. According t...

Race Delusion: Lies That Divide Us

Robert J. Benz | Posted 05.31.2016 | Science
Robert J. Benz

Jack Moreh, Learning and Education - Brain Functions Development Concept David Livingstone Smith is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Ne...

Why We Need to Stand United Against Governments Cracking Down on Dissent

Danny Sriskandarajah | Posted 04.27.2016 | World
Danny Sriskandarajah

Across the world, civic activists are being detained, tortured and killed. The space for citizens to organise and mobilise is being shut down; dissenting voices are being shut up. In 2015, at least 156 human rights activists were murdered -- 156 that we know of.

Why Africa Needs a Strong Community of Activists

Kumi Naidoo | Posted 04.26.2016 | World
Kumi Naidoo

Activists need to support each other in our struggles, as neighbors across country borders and by joining in solidarity with people mobilizing in other parts of the world.

Internalized Oppression: Healing Scars You Can't See

Susanna Barkataki | Posted 04.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Susanna Barkataki

I'd repeat messages that inspired love, confidence, support. I began to talk to myself in my head the way I would encourage my best friend, or sister, or even a student.

When You're Accustomed To Privilege, Equality Feels Like Oppression

Chris Boeskool | Posted 07.14.2016 | Politics
Chris Boeskool

Equality can feel like oppression. But it's not. What you're feeling is just the discomfort of losing a little bit of your privilege.

Transgender Oppression (Cissexism) and Conservative Religion

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.22.2016 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

In my recent editorial, Pope Francis Erects and Fortifies Walls, I critiqued the symbolic and literal walls the Catholic Church has and continues to c...

Listening for Lent

Timothy Murphy | Posted 02.18.2016 | Religion
Timothy Murphy

Lent is an opportunity to take up a spiritual practice, as opposed to superficially avoiding sweets. Learning how to listen for the sake of building solidarity is an essential practice for progressive Christians.

'Justice Scalia' Is an Oxymoron

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.15.2016 | Queer Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Scalia promoted anything but justice in his opposition to the Voting Rights Act and affirmative action, women's reproductive freedoms, and in particular, the rights and freedoms of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans* people.

In This Era of Mass Incarceration, I Always Fit the Description

Dr. Kirk Anthony James | Posted 02.05.2016 | Black Voices
Dr. Kirk Anthony James

Last week I had the privilege to be a panelist at an NYU event. We were discussing the "Mass Incarceration" of colored people in America. It is a topic that I have significant personal and professional expertise; it is a topic that I feel represents one of the greatest social justice issues not only in America, but that of the world.

Sexism Against Men? I Wish.

Barbara Holm | Posted 01.26.2016 | Women
Barbara Holm

I acknowledge as a white, cisgender person that my beliefs come from a ridiculously privileged place. I understand that white feminists' voices have flooded civil rights conversation over the last couple years. That being said... If someone tells you that they are offended by something... just believe them.

Iran, Assassinations, and Hypocrisy

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 01.07.2016 | World
Warren J. Blumenfeld

While the Iranians rightly condemned Saudi Arabia, I find it quite ironic when they represent the murders as a "medieval act of savagery." It's as if the Saudi's, in executing Shiite clerics, held up a mirror to the Iranians in which they saw reflected back their own long-standing and brutal civil and human rights atrocities.

'The Roar of the Word': Eulogy for Shaykh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr

Tanvir Akhtar Ahmed | Posted 01.04.2016 | Religion
Tanvir Akhtar Ahmed

It brings me no small amount of pain to be forced to bring light to yet another disgraceful and shameful act perpetrated in the name of Islam. But such barbarism must be dragged into the light, recognized for what it is, and immediately stopped.

Defending Caitlyn Jenner Against Rose McGowan

Rocco Papa | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rocco Papa

McGowan doesn't seem to understand equality. Equality is welcoming all people regardless of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, etc.

Equality Is Not Special Privilege -- Here's The Difference

Ali Owens | Posted 11.24.2015 | Impact
Ali Owens

Simply put, oppressed groups that fight for social change aren't looking for a role-reversal; they're just looking for equal treatment. It's as easy as that.

Does Systemic Oppression Really Exist?

Humera Lodhi | Posted 11.12.2015 | College
Humera Lodhi

I always comforted myself thinking those people were in the minority; to me the open-minded people far outweighed the bigots. Then, February 10 happened. For the first time in my life, my life had less value than a white life.

A Guide to White Privilege For White People Who Think They've Never Had Any

Deborah Foster | Posted 11.11.2015 | Black Voices
Deborah Foster

Now I finally accepted what it meant to have white privilege and how being a poor white person didn't erase that, I have witnessed countless white people from backgrounds similar to mine struggle more than any other white people with accepting white privilege.

North Korean Defector Yeonmi Park Shares Her Harrowing Story

Kelley Calkins | Posted 11.09.2015 | World
Kelley Calkins

Yeonmi Park's childhood reads like the kind of fiction best-suited for sadists, marked by starvation, the execution of a friend's mother, the imprisonment of her father, human trafficking, and chronic sexual violence.

Reclaiming Salvation for Today

Timothy Murphy | Posted 11.02.2015 | Religion
Timothy Murphy

"Salvation" is often a dirty word in progressive Christian circles, but when abandoned, it leaves a void for others to fill. Instead, we need to boldly reclaim it.

Why It's Hard to Talk about Oppression in Academia

Cassie Premo Steele | Posted 11.02.2015 | Women
Cassie Premo Steele

While being a woman professor is a position of privilege, it is also a position of oppression. There. I said it. I think I was afraid to say it because of the interconnected nature of the privilege and the oppression.

Trans* People Murdered for Truth Telling

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

When any group of people is targeted for oppression, it is ultimately everyone's concern. We all, therefore, have a self interest in actively working to dismantle all the many forms of oppression, including cissexism.