Hey guys,

Today’s show is in Chicago, Illinois which is home to both the first openly-LGBTQ advocacy group in the United States and to Boystown, the first officially recognized gay village in the U.S. Boystown is now known for its nightlife and colorful atmosphere.

In Chicago we’ll be working with Project Fierce, an incredible organization that aims to reduce LGBTQ youth homelessness in Chicago by providing accessible housing and support services.
At a time when LGBTQ youth are at greater risk for depression, bullying, and violence, than their peers, organizations like Project Fierce are a necessary resource for teens that don’t feel safe. About 40% of homeless American teens identify as LGBTQ and Project Fierce can provide them with a safe and comfortable environment.

Want a ticket upgrade? We’re taking donations of basic necessities that are often taken for granted. We are asking that you bring a new stick of deodorant to donate at the show. Bring at least one to be entered in a raffle for a ticket upgrade.

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Model Hanne Gaby Odiele comes out as intersex
Odiele is speaking out to raise awareness of harmful and unneeded surgeries intersex kids often endure without their consent.

Internationally-recognized fashion model Hanne Gaby Odiele has just become one of the most famous intersex public figures. 

Odiele, 29, came out as intersex in an interview with USA Today. She will be partnering with the advocacy group interACT Advocates for Intersex Youth to raise awareness about the humans rights violations, such as nonconsensual genital surgeries, that intersex babies and children often undergo. 

Odiele was one of those children. She was born with an intersex trait known as Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS) in which a woman has XY chromosomes more typically found in men. She also had internal, undescended testes, and her parents were told that if she did not have her testicles removed, “I might develop cancer and I would not develop as a normal, female girl,” she says.

At 10, she had surgery to remove her testes, an experience she could barely process at the time. “I knew at one point after the surgery I could not have kids, I was not having my period. I knew something was wrong with me.”

At 18, Odiele — whose modeling career took root when she was discovered a year earlier at a music festival in Belgium — underwent an equally distressing procedure in the form of vaginal reconstructive surgery.

“It’s not that big of a deal being intersex,” she says. But the anguish of the two surgeries is an issue for her that is still troubling today. “If they were just honest from the beginning… It became a trauma because of what they did.”

Wow. This is a gripping story – one that so many people share – and she has an incredible platform to tell it. Congratulations on sharing this with the world, Hanne, and thank you for paying it forward. 


They began Saturday as a series of pop-up demonstrations outside several major airports. But by Sunday, the protests against President Trump’s temporary immigration freeze had leapt from those airports to squares and plazas in cities across the U.S.

Outside the White House, in Boston’s Copley Square and Battery Park in New York City, immigrant advocacy groups have organized protests to register their discontent with the executive order Trump signed Friday.

That order bars all refugees from entering the U.S. for 120 days, as well as citizens of seven largely Muslim countries for 90 days. The freeze also applies to green card holders, who are legal U.S. residents; they will need a case-by-case waiver to enter the country, which officials say will be granted so long as there is no evidence of the person presenting “a serious threat to public safety and welfare.”

“Protecting this nation and our people is the No. 1 priority of this president and our government,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Sunday, arguing that the immigration ban is the best way to do that.

Groups of protesters across the country disagree with that assessment — so much so that they make their objections readily evident with signs and chants, rallies and marches in at least a half-dozen different cities.

Dispatches Of Discontent: Protesters Of Immigration Ban Take To The Streets

Photos: Spencer Platt/Getty Images, Darren McCollester/Getty Images, Molly Samuel, Andrew Nixon/Capital Public Radio


New public advocacy group Feed the Truth will blow the whistle on shady nutrition science

  • Drinking a glass of wine is just as healthy as going to the gym. Cheese is as addictive as crack. Fat, not sugar, is to blame for America’s obesity problem.
  • This is the kind of prevalent misinformation that Daniel Lubetzky, founder and CEO of KIND snacks, hopes to diminish with a new organization called Feed the Truth, launched Wednesday.
  • Lubetzky has pledged $25 million to fund the public health advocacy group in order “to offset self-serving industry agendas at the expense of public good,” a press release stated. Read more (2/15/17 7:02 AM)

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Trump’s Muslim ban enables the gender-based violence it claims to condemn, groups say

  • A coalition of more than 50 advocacy groups and humanitarian organizations sent an open letter to Trump on Monday evening in response to the administration’s attempt to justify the Muslim ban by citing gendered violence in the Middle East.
  • The original executive order as well as the revised order have called on the Department of Homeland Security to record and publish data on the “number and types of acts of gender-based violence against women, including so-called ‘honor killings,’ in the U.S. by foreign nationals.”
  • The letter, signed by Amnesty International, the International Rescue Committee and CARE, among many others, debunked the Trump administration’s assertions about gender-based violence in Muslim-majority countries. 
  • Islam and Muslim-majority countries are not unique in their oppression of and violence against women. There is zero evidence to back up claims that honor killings in the U.S. are a commonality.
  • Advocates later added that Trump’s Muslim ban — which calls for the ban of all refugees and new visas for Iranian, Libyan, Somali, Sudanese, Syrian and Yemeni nationals — actually puts the lives of women fleeing gender violence at greater risk. Read more (3/14/17 3:03 PM)

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In her Huffington Post spotlight, LGBTQ parent Clara Yoon says, “I marched because I wanted to uplift the visibility of Asian parents who love their LGBTQ kids and to celebrate the different type of family in Asian immigrant community.”

This year’s Chinatown Lunar New Year parade ushered in a wave of support for LGBTQ youths in Manhattan’s Asian community, indicating a shift in commonplace acceptance amidst usually more traditional groups of people. When Q-Wave (the Asian American LGBTQ advocacy group) first applied to join the parade in 2009, they were denied.

The sun rises in 2017 – the Year of the Rooster – and time for sleeping is over, participants in the parade urge, many signs reading, “Woke in the Year of the Rooster.”

Read the whole article here.
Why The ‘Conservative’ Chinese New Year Parade Was Super Queer This Year
Asian-Americans are calling on us all to be "woke in the year of the rooster."

“We don’t normally get political,” Stephanie Hsu, a volunteer coordinator for Q-Wave, an Asian-American LGBTQ advocacy group, told HuffPost. “And this parade isn’t usually political ― it’s more conservative. We actually got denied participation to the parade when we first applied in 2009. But we couldn’t stay silent this year because of things Trump has said.”

The groups cited the GOP’s harsh anti-LGBTQ platform and Trump’s immigration orders as reasons for the Asian-American community speak out. There are currently more Asian-American undocumented immigrants than undocumented Mexicans living in the United States.

Read the full piece and see more photos here

anonymous asked:

Dramione post hogwarts please! I love your writing by the way!

  • within a month after the war draco turns himself in, and convinces his father to do so also
  • their sole condition is that narcissa doesn’t step foot in azkaban
  • draco gets two years
  • lucius gets life
  • within a year after the war hermione has, on top of her work at the ministry, started a small advocacy group 
  • (as well as split with ron because, in the end, they just want two fundamentally different things out of life)
  • in the following year her group triples in size and workload and, although she loves it, it’s getting to be quite stressful
  • which is not made any easier by malfoy turning up at her ministry office just as she’s locking up
  • “malfoy? what - i thought -” she is beyond confused
  • “i was. i’ve served my time and now i’m out and would i like to help.”
  • “help? with what?” she’s aggravated and tired and the books in her hands are getting heavy
  • “you know,” he says, gesturing vaguely at the air around her. she looks at her office door then back to him
  • “you want a job at the ministry?” she asks, as if its the most ridiculous thing she’s heard all year. 
  • and he laughs the same way. “merlin, no. are you daft? no, no. at your little -” he says, gesturing again, “group…thing.”
  • hermione’s mouth drops open a little and she huffs. “little group thing? yeah, call me daft and then insult my work, that’ll get you what you want.” she tucks her chin and pushes passed him, fuming at his gall. 
  • draco sighs, “the creevey foundation” he calls, giving up his aloof facade and she stops, but doesn’t turn around. “you’re over eighteen hundred galleons short in the werewolf rights fundraiser, you’re no where close to getting that muggle building for your proposed orphanage, you need actual offices if you’re going to grow any more at all, and do you even have any idea what really goes on in getting a bill passed? because if you’re not willing to do whatever it takes then you can kiss your house elf reformation good bye.” 
  • hermione grips at her books and grinds her teeth. so what if he did his research? she’s done just fine on her own for two hers, and she hadn’t even spoken with harry about the lycanthropy fundraiser yet. okay, sure she couldn’t continue to work out of her ministry office (or her home) for much longer, not if she kept amassing employees and volunteers like she had been, but she could figure something out, couldn’t she?
  • “face it granger, you need me”
  • she whips around, ready to throw a scolding at him, but nearly stumbles when he’s right there, looking down at her with a defeated look in his face. 
  • “and i… kind of need this” he finally admits. “please.”
  • she closes her eyes and takes a deep breath. “fine” she says through her teeth. “my office, seven am sharp. if you are even one -”
  • “granger i’m never late.” 
  • “one second late, you can find somewhere else absolve your  conscience.” she turns on her heels and hurries away, hoping to god she isn’t making a mistake. 

President Obama sees a role for himself in rebuilding the Democratic Party after he leaves office — coach.

“What I am interested in is just developing a whole new generation of talent,” Obama told NPR’s Steve Inskeep in an interview on Morning Edition.

“There are such incredible young people who not only worked on my campaign, but I’ve seen in advocacy groups,” Obama said. “I’ve seen passionate about issues like climate change, or conservation, criminal justice reform. You know, campaigns to — for a livable wage, or health insurance. And making sure that whatever resources, credibility, spotlight that I can bring to help them rise up. That’s something that I think I can do well, I think Michelle can do well.”

Read/watch more of NPR’s Exit Interview with President Obama:

To Rehabilitate Democratic Party, Obama Plans To ‘Coach’ Young Talent
Millennials earn 20% less than Boomers did at same stage of life
Downward mobility: Their student debt is drastically higher and "I think the opportunities have just been fading away."

Baby Boomers: your millennial children are worse off than you.

With a median household income of $40,581, millennials earn 20 percent less than boomers did at the same stage of life, despite being better educated, according to a new analysis of Federal Reserve data by the advocacy group Young Invincibles.

The analysis being released Friday gives concrete details about a troubling generational divide that helps to explain much of the anxiety that defined the 2016 election. Millennials have half the net worth of boomers. Their home ownership rate is lower, while their student debt is drastically higher.

The generational gap is a central dilemma for the incoming presidency of Donald Trump, who essentially pledged a return to the prosperity of post-World War II America. The analysis also hints at the issues of culture and identity that divided many voters, showing that white millennials — who still earn much more than their blacks and Latino peers — have seen their incomes plummet the most relative to boomers.

Andrea Ledesma, 28, says her parents owned a house and were raising kids by her age.

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Most Americans support LGBTQ rights across the board
A survey finds that, from marriage to bathrooms, a majority of Americans are on board with LGBTQ equality.
By German Lopez

“This is how LGBTQ advocacy groups built support for same-sex marriage and plan to continue building support for other LGBTQ causes: by showing the public that LGBTQ Americans are just normal people who just happen to identify with a different sexual orientation or gender identity. Given PRRI’s findings, that seems to be working — and the majority of Americans are already on board with LGBTQ equality.”

Tom Price’s confirmation as health secretary is a bad sign for LGBTQ Americans

  • On Friday morning, Tom Price was sworn in as secretary of health and human services after a vote that took place at 2:00 AM.
  • Even a quick glance at his stance on most issues might cause LGBTQ Americans to worry. 
  • As a member of Congress from Georgia, he voted to allow job discrimination based on sexual orientation and voted to define marriage constitutionally as between one man and one woman.
  • In an interview with BuzzFeed, American Civil Liberties Union legislative representative called Price a “longtime opponent” of LGBTQ rights who has “consistently supported efforts to use religion to discriminate." 
  • The Human Rights Campaign, an advocacy group dedicated to LGBTQ rights, gave Price a 0 rating — out of 100 — three years in a row when it came to defending queer rights in Congress. Read more (2/10/17 1:04 PM)

Homeless People Read Mean Tweets About Themselves To End Stereotypes

When celebrities read mean tweets about themselves, it’s funny. When homeless people do it, it’s heartbreaking.

In a powerful PSA by Canadian advocacy group Raising the Roof, people who are dealing with homelessness read actual tweets written about those living without stable shelter. See all of the emotional reactions here. 

Watch the full video here.
Liberal Democrats lash out at DNC, say overhaul needed to woo back working-class voters
Lawmakers, advocacy groups are looking to remake the organization in the wake of Trump's win.

In the wreckage of Hillary Clinton’s unexpected loss, liberal lawmakers and advocacy groups have started plotting a major overhaul of the Democratic National Committee, with the aim of using the staid organization to reconnect the party with working-class voters it lost to President-elect Donald Trump.

Much of the talk since Tuesday’s election has focused on selecting a new chairman, with the most frequently mentioned successor being Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), a leader of the Congressional Progressive Caucus who backed the primary bid of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)

In an interview, Sanders said he is lobbying for Ellison and argued that the DNC needs to be reoriented so that it becomes less of an insider’s club “preoccupied” with raising money and more of an advocate for the concerns of the working class.

“You can’t tell working people you’re on their side while at the same time you’re raising money from Wall Street and the billionaire class,” Sanders said. “The Democratic Party has to be focused on grass-roots America and not wealthy people attending cocktail parties.”

Sanders acknowledged the need for the party to continue its function as a fundraising vehicle, but suggested a model akin to his presidential campaign, which raised much of its money from small-dollar donors.

“Millions of people are willing to put in 20 bucks, 30 bucks, 50 bucks if there’s a party to believe in,” Sanders said.


Ever since Donald Trump signed the executive order banning refugees and immigrants from Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States of America, thousands of people across the country have marched in the streets to protest, particularly in New York City, home to millions of immigrants. Due to the collective efforts of advocacy groups and organizers in New York, the Federal Court for the Eastern District of New York has now issued a temporary stay halting Donald Trump’s executive order. Activists gathered at Battery Park in lower Manhattan to demand human rights and dignity for refugees and immigrants and the immediate reversal of the executive order banning Muslims from entering the United States of America.


Ever since Donald Trump signed the executive order banning refugees and immigrants from Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States of America, thousands of people across the country have marched in the streets to protest, particularly in New York City, home to millions of immigrants. Due to the collective efforts of advocacy groups and organizers in New York, the Federal Court for the Eastern District of New York has now issued a temporary stay halting Donald Trump’s executive order. Activists gathered at Battery Park in lower Manhattan to demand human rights and dignity for refugees and immigrants and the immediate reversal of the executive order banning Muslims from entering the United States of America.

Grimes Is Matching Donations To CAIR Up To $10,000

Donald Trump just signed an executive order banning citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for 90 days. In the wake of this despicable act of bigotry, the Council For American-Islamic Relation, the nation’s largest civil rights and advocacy group for Muslims, has announced plans to file a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the order. And now Grimes has announced that she will match all donations to CAIR up to $10,000. You can give here.


What's happening in Australia

Australia still doesn’t have marriage equality.

Today the government announced that on February 11 2017, a plebiscite (compulsory vote) will be put to the citizens of Australia to answer the question: “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”

The Australian government is pledging $15 million in public funding (tax money) towards the “Yes” and “No” advocacy groups.

This means $7.5 million dollars worth of tax money is being spent on a campaign against LGBTI+ human rights.

This means 5 dehumanising months of LGBTI+ people being forced to have their humanity “debated” on.

Of children listening to hateful homophobic rhetoric. Of LGBTI+ people’s lives and well-being being put in danger.

Even worse, the fact that Parliament isn’t voting on the issue themselves means the likelihood of the plebiscite passing (allowing “same-sex” marriage) is actually very low. There’s no logical reason for Parliament not to vote on the issue because in Australia, the definition of marriage is civil (governmental), and not religious.

Essentially a tonne of money is being used in a bid to prevent marriage equality passing in Australia and endangering the lives of LGBTI+ citizens.

LGBTI+ people in Australia are hurting today.

#NoPlebiscite is the tag being used on Twitter in protest, please consider helping.

Here’s to the trans guys who just want to live completely average lives. Who lay around in plain t-shirts and drive a Honda. Who want to grow up and be the goofy dad that embarrasses your kid with your dance moves.

Here’s to the trans guys that wear the same pair of converse until they fall apart. Who go to class, go to work, and live normal, everyday lives that don’t stand out at all.

You don’t have to join advocacy groups or tell everyone that you’re trans. You don’t have to break gender norms and wear dresses. You don’t have to be super masculine and chiseled. It’s okay to live a normal, quiet life in some suburb.

This post definitely includes nonbinary guys and guys that never want hormones or surgery. You aren’t any less of a guy for that, and you can live totally average lives, too 💙