"The system was not designed for us to be successful in the first place. It was designed to marginalize Black and Brown bodies. The oppressors who created the system are never going to give up their power. Even when there are laws that are supposed to protect us from discrimination by public services such as the police, trans women are profiled and targeted in LGBT ‘safe havens’ such as Greenwich Village and Hell’s Kitchen. Things that are considered items of safety, like condoms, are used to accuse trans women of being sex workers. Until we dismantle this broken system, I don’t see any real change happening."

~ Lourdes Ashley Hunter (Trans Women of Color Collective) | A Year Later, Still No Justice for Islan Nettles (via gaywrites)

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26 August 2014 ·

Pretty Little Liars 512: Summer #fAtalfinale Liveblog Situation OF DEATH

Pretty Little Liars 512: Summer #fAtalfinale Liveblog Situation OF DEATH

The Pretty Little Liarsmid-season, summer finale is here! Tonight at 8/7c, after four and a half season on the run from A, the girls jump in a helicopter and visit a new theme park full of dinosaurs who eventually run amok and eat the girls as they cower in various outhouses! Just kidding, they’re still trying to figure out who A is, but someone is going to die in this episode. (None of the…

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26 August 2014 ·

Ten Truly Terrible Pieces of Advice Offered To and About Bisexuals

Ten Truly Terrible Pieces of Advice Offered To and About Bisexuals

Today Dear Prudence/Emily Yoffe of internet website Slate wrote some real unhelpful advice to a beleaguered bisexual lady out there. GLAAD agreesthat advising bisexuals does not seem to be her strong point. Lucky for Prudence and unlucky for us, she is in pretty good company in that regard. Sometimes it’s telling bisexuals to definitely never come out ever; sometimes it’s telling them they HAVE…

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26 August 2014 ·

BREAKING: Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli Are Lesbianing Together

BREAKING: Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli Are Lesbianing Together

Today, deeply embedded and highly confidential yet incredibly trusted inside sources within the Autostraddle network have secretly possibly confirmed a story currently fingerblasting from the newsdesks of the hard-working and undoubtedly honest journalists of The Daily Mail: Orange is the New Black actress Samira Wiley and Orange is the New Black writer Lauren Morelli are A Thing.

lesbianing

“They are…

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26 August 2014 ·

He Said/We Said: SoCal Late Summer Swag

He Said/We Said: SoCal Late Summer Swag

Last March, dapperQ produced our first ever Cali He Said/We Said(HS/WS) shoot in San Fran for Autostraddle. For our 18th edition of HS/WS, we returned to Cali, this time focusing on SoCal style. While the fashion industry has already moved on to fall collections, dapperQ thought August was the perfect time to publish a late summer shoot, because (1) it is still hella hot in some areas and (2)…

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26 August 2014 ·

Unfortunately, This Magical Anti-Rape Nail Polish Won’t Save Us

Unfortunately, This Magical Anti-Rape Nail Polish Won’t Save Us

Four chemistry students are creating nail polish that changes colors when exposed to drugs often used in sexual assaults such as GHB, Xanax and Rohypnol. The idea behind Undercover Colors, they say, is to create an easy to use product to combat drug-facilitated sexual assault against women.

It sounds so logical, so simple. Their intentions seem good — they say they thought of the project because…

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26 August 2014 ·

VIDEO: GAYmous Gives Me Seriously Not-Pretend Feelings

VIDEO: GAYmous Gives Me Seriously Not-Pretend Feelings

Self-identified electro slut-step synth band GAYmous is the best and jazziest band to ever come from a game of truth or dare. From their Facebook fan page:

Motivated by a dare and a mutual belief in the power of the synthesizer, GAYmous started emotionally scissoring with audiences in 2012 and now fans never want it to stop. Bay Area Slut Step artists, Pizza Cupcake and FXBoi, heat up the stage…

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26 August 2014 ·

Virginity “Tests” for Brazilian Exams Defy Human Rights and Sex Ed

Virginity “Tests” for Brazilian Exams Defy Human Rights and Sex Ed

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Within the last year, various states in Brazil have come under attack for discriminatory practices towards female candidates who are taking the public service exams. These public service exams are designed as a selective process to evaluate the capacity for candidates in the roles of government entities and professions; however, a stipulation in many of these…

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26 August 2014 ·

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26 August 2014 ·

The Five Most Obnoxious Things That Happened At The 2014 Emmys

The Five Most Obnoxious Things That Happened At The 2014 Emmys

1. People were surprised by how hot the cast of OITNB is.

The cast of Orange Is The New Black looked stunning, per ushe, causing everyone else’s brains to fall out of their heads onto the red carpet. Approximately 10 gazillion highly original comments were made about how great the actresses looked out of their prison jumpsuits.

People mostly played it safe on the Red Carpet this year. Except Le…

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26 August 2014 ·

Drawn to Comics: Six Comics I’m Excited About for Fall 2014!

Drawn to Comics: Six Comics I’m Excited About for Fall 2014!

by rory midhani

by rory midhani

With autumn approaching and summer coming to an end, many new comics are getting ready to start up. For this week’s Drawn to Comics, I’m going to highlight six titles that I’m excited to take a look at in the next few months. Some of these are completely new titles with brand new characters, some are new titles with existing characters and universes and others are changes in…

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26 August 2014 ·

Abortion Access for All: Two Nonprofits Embrace Gender Inclusive Language

Abortion Access for All: Two Nonprofits Embrace Gender Inclusive Language

Feature image via Fibonacci Blue/Flickr

You may remember our coverage of the #ProTransProChoice campaign back in January. The campaign, organized by Beck Martens, Alice Wilder, and Calliope Wong, called on Planned Parenthood and NARAL to use more trans-inclusive language in their advocacy work.

Reproductive justice activists and trans feminist activists have questioned the framing of…

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25 August 2014 ·

"It isn’t the male gaze, dominant narratives of sexuality, or hegemonic femininity which reigns true throughout Minaj’s work. It’s her own sexual state of being. And when Nicki Minaj struts out in a string bikini or exudes her own sexuality in the middle of something otherwise empowering, it isn’t an inherent contradiction or a cause for debate. It’s simply a reflection of how many women — women who, often, feel comfortable with and empowered in their choices — are living their sexual lives. As sexual beings, we’re allowed to indulge in self-directed pursuits of pleasure without shame. We’re allowed to be frank about our own exploits. We’re feminists who fuck, and a lot of times it looks like both things happening at the exact same time."

~ AUTOSTRADDLE - Nicki Minaj’s Feminism Isn’t About Your Comfort Zone: On “Anaconda” and Respectability Politics (via carmenrios)

25 August 2014 ·

You Need Help: Where Do I Go From Here

You Need Help: Where Do I Go From Here

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Welcome to You Need Help! Where you’ve got a problem and yo, we solve it. Or we at least try.

Q:  Is there any way a so-called “mixed orientation” marriage can ever work? My straight, cis husband and I have been together for almost 15 years, and we have a young child together. When we started dating, I told him I was bi, but that it wouldn’t be an issue since I…

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25 August 2014 ·

"Minaj’s perspective has always been multi-dimensional; she comes forward as an immigrant, as a black women, as a female rapper, as a sexual being, as an artist, as a storyteller, as a survivor, as a bad bitch. She comes forward in order to tell her own story, be it one of domination or declaration. Minaj has even come forward as a feminist. She’s actually done it over and over again. And yet, instead of simply embracing her own discourse on the topic, feminists often can’t wrap their heads around it."

~ Carmen via Nicki Minaj’s Feminism Isn’t About Your Comfort Zone: On “Anaconda” and Respectability Politics | Autostraddle

25 August 2014 ·

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