California state employees may no longer use state funds travel to states where LGBTQ discrimination is legal

If you're a California state employee -- including an employee in the UC system -- no longer use California state funds travel to Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina or Tennessee, or any state "that has passed a law that (1) authorizes discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, or (2) voids or repeals existing state or local protections against such discrimination." It's hard to imagine any major academic conferences being held in those states anymore. Read the rest

It’s about Time: Reading Steampunk’s Rise and Roots

In Like Clockwork: Steampunk Pasts, Presents, and Futures , Rachel A. Bowser and Brian Croxall present a lively, engaging collection of essays about the past, present, future (and alternate versions thereof) of steampunk culture, literature and meaning, ranging from disability and queerness to ethos and digital humanities. We're proud to present this long excerpt from the book's introduction.

Women and African-American sf writers created trumpist dystopias because they were beta testing trumpism

Kameron "Geek Feminist Revolution" Hurley notes that writers like Octavia Butler crafted stories that feel eerily prescient of our present moments with books like Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents -- but not because they were fortune tellers, but because trumpism -- corrupt confiscation of wealth, overbroad policing powers, discriminatory hiring practices, impunity for violent abusers -- has been a daily fact of life for brown people, women and queer people. Read the rest

A heartwarming story about a comic clerk who helped a "baby gay" teen customer come out through Supergirl comics

Mary (AKA @sapphicgeek) works in an Indiana comic shop, and Saturday, she met a customer, a distraught teen girl, looking for Supergirl. Read the rest

How to fight Trump, starting right now

Anil Dash says that once we finish grieving, we need to organize. Start by figuring out who's already fighting for racial justice, against climate change, and for civil rights (including LBGTQ rights and women's rights) in your community and commit to helping them. Read the rest

The first transgender suicide hotline: 877-565-8860

Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860 ( Read the rest

Everfair: a diverse, ambitious steampunk novel of Fabian socialists and American Black Zionists in Belgian Congo

Though Everfair is Nisi Shawl's debut novel, it's also been a hotly anticipated book for years, as Shawl is the co-author of Writing the Other, a seminal book about diversity in prose; and is a much-respected critic and teacher. The book was worth the wait.

Turing's law: UK to retroactively pardon thousands of men prosecuted for having sex with men

When the Crown pardoned codebreaking war-hero and computer science pioneer Alan Turing in 2013, we noted that 50,000 other British men who were also convicted of "sodomy" remained criminals in the eyes of the law. Read the rest

Queer Kid Stuff is the perfect resource for the LGBTQ kid in your life

Looking for a way to talk to young kids about LGBTQ issues? The fantastic web series Queer Kid Stuff is here to help! Along with her teddy bear friend Teddy, host and creator Lindsay Amer breaks down complex LGBTQ issues in language that even really young kids can understand. From sexuality to gender to marriage equality to homophobia, Queer Kid Stuff tackles issues that affect the lives of both gay and straight kids. And in doing so, the series makes the world a little safer and easier for everyone.

New episodes of Queer Kid Stuff are released every Wednesday on YouTube. And you can support the series on Patreon too.

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Did transphobia help kill Colombia's peace referendum?

As the "cool Pope" and other conservative religious leaders wage a war on "gender ideology," one of the biggest casualties may have been the peace vote to end Colombia's decades-long civil war.

Trans rights are increasingly used as a wedge issue by conservatives, and it often involves moral panics around "protecting children" from LGBT people in general and transgender people in particular.

The controversy began earlier this year when an unfinished draft of a teaching handbook, produced by the education ministry in tandem with international agencies including UNICEF, was published online. One sentence sparked particular fury: “One isn’t born a man or a woman, but rather learns to be one, according to the society and age in which they grow up,” it read. That passage, along with false versions of the handbook and other misinformation, circulated widely on social media. Critics accused then-Education Minister Gina Parody, a lesbian, of trying to indoctrinate students with “gender ideology,” a term used by many conservative groups and leaders throughout Latin America. Parody quickly became the center of a smear campaign, while others argued children needed to be protected from same-sex marriage. That was when the lines between the handbook controversy and the peace deal vote started to blur.

Did an Anti-LGBT Panic Help Defeat Colombia’s Peace Deal? (Americas Quarterly)

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Diverse fantasy writers of non-European-derived worlds: Tor.com opening for novella submissions

Submissions open on Oct 12 for at least three months; they're considering 20,000-40,000 novellas "that fit the epic fantasy, sword and sorcery, high fantasy, or quest fantasy genres, whether set on Earth or on an original fantasy world" but "will only be considering novellas that inhabit worlds that are not modeled on European cultures" and the editors "actively request submissions from writers from underrepresented populations." Read the rest

Chelsea Manning sentenced to 14 days of solitary confinement in retaliation for suicide attempt

Yesterday's disciplinary board hearing for imprisoned whistleblower Chelsea Manning ended with Manning being sentenced to 14 days' worth of solitary confinement, with 7 of the days "suspended" unless there is another infraction. Read the rest

Understanding vulvas: what do they really look like?

The Guardian's released the first of "The Vagina Dispatches," four short documentaries about women's genitals. This episode is about vulvas, labiaplasty, anatomy, and sex, and is a fascinating 15 minutes. NSFW, if you work somewhere where images of vulvas are frowned upon. (Thanks, Mae!) Read the rest

Chelsea Manning's disciplinary board happens today

The Chelsea Manning Support Network has just emailed us this latest update:

Chelsea's board started at 9:30 am CST today. It is expected to take up most of the day. (The board will give its decision at the end.)

As soon as we get a call from Chelsea, we will let you know the news. (It will most likely be in the mid-late afternoon Central Standard Time.) Read the rest

1 day until Chelsea Manning's disciplinary board (for her suicide attempt) (Tomorrow)

The Chelsea Manning Support Network has just emailed us this latest update:

1. Fight for the Future has released the Formal Charge Sheet and accompanying documents today, that will be used in Chelsea Manning's disciplinary board hearing tomorrow. Read the rest

2 days until Chelsea Manning's Disciplinary Board (for her suicide attempt)

The Chelsea Manning Support Network has just emailed us this latest update:

1. Chelsea has written an op-ed for the Guardian explaining the painful experience of spending this whole last week preparing for her disciplinary board hearing.

2. The disciplinary board hearing happens at 9:30 am, Thursday September 22, 2016.

3. Please sign the petition at FreeChelsea.com

4. Please spread the word by sharing these videos by Dan Ellsberg and Michael Stipe. Read the rest

4 days until Chelsea Manning's Disciplinary Board (for her suicide attempt)

The Chelsea Manning Support Network contacted us by email to inform us that:

1) The date of Chelsea's disciplinary board hearing has been changed to Thursday, September 22 at 9:30 am CST. Read the rest

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