Ray Daudani NBC12 - “Saw this while traveling at the San Diego airport. What do you think?”

Source (this is a Facebook post, comments section TW for transphobia, transmisogyny)

For more gender and trans-inclusive bathroom signs, and a town that did a GREAT job of making their parks trans-friendly, check out this post.

And this one:  Vancouver Park Board launches new trans, gender variant awareness campaign

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Mad Men S3E09 “Wee Small Hours” x 16th Street Baptist Church Shooting

The 16th Street Baptist Church bombing was an act of white supremacist terrorism which occurred at the African-American 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama on Sunday, September 15, 1963, when four members of the Ku Klux Klan planted a minimum of 15 sticks of dynamite attached to a timing device beneath the front steps of the church.

Described by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as “one of the most vicious and tragic crimes ever perpetrated against humanity”,  the explosion at the church killed four girls and injured 22 others.

Although the FBI had concluded in 1965 that the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing had been committed by four known Ku Klux Klansmen and segregationists: Thomas Edwin Blanton, Jr.; Herman Frank Cash; Robert Edward Chambliss; and Bobby Frank Cherry, no prosecutions ensued until 1977, when Robert Chambliss was tried and convicted of the first degree murder of one of the victims, 11-year-old Carol Denise McNair. Thomas Blanton and Bobby Cherry were each convicted of four counts of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment in 2001 and 2002 respectively, whereas Herman Cash, who died in 1994, was never charged with his alleged involvement in the bombing.

The 16th Street Baptist Church bombing marked a turning point in the United States 1960s Civil Rights Movement and contributed to support for passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Hillary Clinton Has Taken a Stand That No Presidential Candidate Has Taken Before

Hillary Clinton has become the first mainstream presidential candidate to give unwavering support to same-sex marriage as a constitutional right afforded to all Americans.

“Hillary Clinton supports marriage equality and hopes the Supreme Court will come down on the side of same-sex couples being guaranteed that constitutional right,” campaign spokeswoman, Adrienne Elrod, said in a statement to BuzzFeed on Wednesday.

Clinton originally came out in support of same-sex marriage in March 2013 in a video message, following her legendary speech declaring “gay rights are human rights” in December 2011.

No other formidable major party candidate has articulated their support for same-sex marriage during their presidential campaign. Furthermore, this marks the first time ever that a presidential candidate has taken such a clear, direct stance in favor of marriage equality, excepting President Barack Obama, who said he supported marriage equality during his 2012 re-election campaign.

Politicians rarely take stands that are unpopular or that could cost them votes. Clinton’s current stance, markedly different from her stance in 2008 when, like Obama, she opposed same-sex marriage in favor of civil unions, is a sign of the times. It is also a sign that the 67-year-old candidate is listening and can definitely keep up with those times.

Politicians should be able to “evolve.” While some may mock Clinton, as they did Obama when he came out in support of marriage equality in 2012, her ability to “evolve” on this social issue indicates that she respects the American people, 60% of whom support same-sex marriage, according to a February 2015 poll. Besides which, a whopping 37 states have legalized same-sex marriage.

As a presidential candidate contending for the first time that marriage is a “constitutional right,” Clinton explicitly differentiates herself from her opponents (at least until she has a Democratic primary challenger) and proves that she, more than any other other candidate, really wants to be a champion for the people.

All the people.”

Read the full piece here

Profeminist official “Hillary disclaimer” -

Hillary haters, please hold off before you start messaging me re: why Hillary sucks / is evil / etc. This isn’t my endorsement, my relationship with her is “It’s Complicated,” and I’ll NEVER forget this story (TW for rape, victim blaming):

Hillary helps get a child-rapist off and laughs about it later: ‘Hillary Clinton Took Me Through Hell,’ Rape Victim Says 

I’m TEAM ELIZABETH WARREN but she’s not running. If it’s Hillary vs. the Republicans, there isn’t even a question, she’s got my vote - but she’s not off the hook. I’ve been working on a longer Hillary post which I’ll publish next week with the good, the bad, and the problematic.I just wanted to share this piece in the meanwhile for info value and to show one of the many reasons why she WILL get my vote if she’s the Democratic candidate, which seems immensely likely at this point. 

More Profeminist posts on Hillary Clinton

HEROES OF OLYMPUS : ONE OF THE MOST DIVERSE CASTS, EVER.
  • Percy Jackson :White male. [Sexuality is debatable with Jason around]
  • Annabeth Chase :White female. [Super smart and representation is important!!!]
  • Piper McLean :Native American female [Native American are shockingly under-represented in pop culture]
  • Leo Valdez :Hispanic male. [Once again, representation is important]
  • Jason Grace :White Male [Sexuality is debatable with Percy around]
  • Hazel Levesque :Black female of French descent, from the 1940's [How many main characters are as diverse as this???]
  • Frank Zhang :Chinese-Canadian male. Also, animals. [How many Chinese protagonists do you get? Few. How many Canadian protagonists do you get? Fewer. How many Chinese-Canadian protagonists do you get? 1. Frank.]
  • Nico Di Angelo :Gay, Italian Male from the 1940's [Incredibly diverse. How many gay protagonists do you get in mass media pop culture? Besides Dumbledore, almost none.]
  • Reyna Ramirez-Arellano :Hispanic woman [Who is easily one of the most badass characters, and isn't distracted by trivial things like 'love' or 'relationships'.]
  • Thanks Rick Riordan! Representation is important!!!

Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman Among Finalists to be on $20 Bill

Women on 20s is pushing to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with a woman, and online voting from the pool of more-than-worthy candidates has narrowed down the field to four women.

The final cut of Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks and Wilma Mankiller were selected by more than 250,000 voters from a field of 15 famous American women.

“We believe this simple, symbolic and long-overdue change could be an important stepping stone for other initiatives promoting gender equality,” the group says on its website. “Our money does say something about us, about what we value.”

The group, which also goes by W20, is lobbying to put one of these women on the $20 bill by 2020, the 100th anniversary off the ratification of the 19th amendment, which granted women the right to vote.

There are still no women on U.S. paper currency and W20 is petitioning the president and Congress to change that.

Read more here

All four of these women are amazing, and I would be perfectly happy with any one of the choices except for Eleanor Roosevelt, who is a HERO of mine so I don’t say this lightly.

With all three other choices, we get racial representation and “normalization, not ‘diversity’” as Shonda Rhimes put it. Adding a white woman to the money mix reinforces white superiority and “white as normal, color as ‘other’” even while it STARTS to address male superiority and “male as normal, female and non-conforming as ‘other’.

My vote is for Harriet Tubman. Rosa Parks’ role is modern civil rights is undeniable, but Tubman has been justly compared to Moses.

Considered by many the “Moses” of her time, escaped slave Harriet Tubman became one of the country’s leading abolitionists before the Civil War. She returned to the South an estimated 19 times to rescue her family and others from bondage as a “conductor” on what was known as the Underground Railroad, an elaborate secret network of safe houses leading to freedom in the North. Later, with her intimate knowledge of the geography and transportation systems of the South, she became a valuable asset to the Union army as a spy and scout. Her Herculean accomplishments were attributed to extraordinary courage, shrewdness and determination. The Quaker Thomas Garrett said of her, “If she had been a white woman, she would have been heralded as the greatest woman of her age.” (Source)

Vote here: Womenon20s.org 

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Award-winning avant-garde filmmaker Akosua Adoma Owusu is back on the scene with her newest project “Bus Nut’.

“Bus Nut” is the retelling of a well-known event of the American Civil Rights movement- the 1955 Bus Boycott in Montgomery, Alabama. The events that led up to the boycott were fostered by a system of segregation on buses that forced black passengers to give up their seats for white passengers. On December 1st 1955, Rosa Parks refused to obey a bus driver’s order to give up her seat to a white passenger. Parks’ act of defiance sparked a year long bus boycott that culminated in a Supreme Court declaration that Alabama’s segregation laws were unconstitutional.

Owusu’s film connects a recreation of Rosa Parks’ story to an educational video about public school bus safety in which a young girl dreams of riding a bus.  MaameYaa Boafo, who plays the role of the ‘Bus Nut’ in the short film said the effect of recreating the two individuals’ stories “ with words from the trial of why an innocent woman had no reason to leave a bus, and footage of a little girl who dreams of always being in one.” was powerful and jarring.Currently, “Bus Nut” is competing for awards at the Oberhausen Film Festival in Germany, and at the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival.

Written by Zelipah Mitti.

Here’s Exactly When You Can Record the Police

According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the right to photograph police has a broad reach, and in many cases is unassailable as many interactions occur within the public space. “That includes pictures of federal buildings, transportation facilities, and police,” the organization points out, adding that photography is a powerful form of public oversight of government. Moreover, it’s a right that has been repeatedly and consistently upheld by the high courts. As Reason’s Jacob Sullum points out, its constitutionality has been cemented in the 1st, 7th, 9th, and 11th circuit courts, not to mention in explicit listings detailing the framework by multiple photography, civil liberties, and legal advocacy groups.

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Rand Paul for Prez? JUST SAY KNOPE!

Review of Rand Paul both as politician and person:

Here’s why:

Rand Paul slams gay rights in unearthed 2013 interview: “I don’t really believe in rights based on your behavior” 

“I don’t think I’ve ever used the word gay rights, because I don’t really believe in rights based on your behavior,” Paul said.

As Seth Meyers joked, “I guess you’ll never use the words ‘hey, I’m president!’ either.”

Mike Huckabee and Rand Paul to appear in documentary featuring “ex-homosexuals”

Watch Rand Paul Explain to a Female Reporter How to Ask a Question, also Rand Paul to Female TV Anchor: ‘Shhhhh,’ ‘Calm Down’ 

Graphic source

Hillary Clinton is running in 2016! 

Now to sit back and wait for all the “BUT I DON’T LIIIIIIIKE HERRRRRR!” whining. Lookit, IDGAF if you “like” her or not. Women, POC, LGBT and poor people’s actual lives are at stake. With a Republican in the White House, those of us in those groups are in HUGE trouble. So if people were to vote 3rd party or just not vote because they don’t like her, that’s the same “I got mine” mentality of Republicans. It means you don’t care about our rights.

People on the fence: don’t let your privilege ruin this for the rest of us, please.

Yesterday in Times Square, Creative Time​ re-staged a performance of Cuban artist Tania Bruguera’s work Tatlin’s Whisper #6. Bruguera is currently facing criminal charges in her native Cuba for attempting to stage this performance, in which a microphone is placed in a public square and people are permitted to speak uncensored for one minute. Several artists, including Hans Haacke, pictured here, participated to voice their support for Bruguera.