How to fight Trump, starting right now

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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

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

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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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

Chelsea Manning ends hunger strike, following government promise of treatment for gender dysphoria

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Manning's hunger strike began on September 10, as Manning faced potential years in solitary following her suicide attempt, which an expert psychologist with years of treating gender dysphoria attributed to the government's refusal to treat Manning, who is transgender. Read the rest

Chelsea Manning on hunger strike, demanding treatment for gender dysphoria

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Today, days before she is to face an administrative board who will punish her for her recent suicide attempt, whistleblower Chelsea Manning has announced that she will go on hunger strike until she receives treatment for her gender dysphoria. Read the rest

Pro-tar-sands activists say dirty Canadian oil is better because "lesbians are hot"

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The "In Canada lesbians are considered hot!" campaign is the brainchild of Robbie Picard, a tar-sands booster from Fort McMurray, Alberta. Read the rest

Laurie Penny on hanging out with Milo Yiannopoulos and the gay trolls of the RNC

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Laurie Penny, "a radical queer feminist leftist writer burdened with actual principles," has a weird frenemy relationship with trolling, racist, alt-right opportunist Milo Yiannopoulos, who was just permanently banned from Twitter for orchestrating a racist harassment campaign against Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones. Read the rest

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