These Girl Scouts rejected $100K from a transphobic donor, then raised it themselves.

The Girl Scouts of Western Washington were probably really excited to receive a $100,000 donation in the mail earlier this spring. Unfortunately, that gift came with a caveat. "Please guarantee that our gift will not be used to support transgender girls. If you can’t, please return the money.” So they did.

But instead of getting discouraged, the girls launched an Indiegogo campaign, and have raised WAY more than that original donation.

Meet Zea, the 7-year-old who silently waved a rainbow flag at an anti-LGBT protester as he screamed at her. In the video below, you see her collecting high-fives from passersby as the man continues to yell about Jesus at a first-grade child. Her bravery is amazing. 

The iconic moment is being turned into a printed t-shirt, and you can bet I have already ordered mine. If this is the next generation of LGBT activists, we’re gonna be just fine. (via the Huffington Post)

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Zea, The Ohio Girl Who Stood Up To A Homophobic Preacher, Is Everyone’s New Hero

Sometimes, the loudest voice is the one that doesn’t say a word – just ask this little girl.

Zea, a 7-year-old first grader, stood firm in the face of hate over the weekend at a celebration of the Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage. When a preacher began ranting at her through a microphone, little Zea quietly waved her rainbow flag and never backed down.

For more the brave and adorable Zea read on here. 

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A month after Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover, Jon Stewart’s prediction has come true 

How prescient Stewart’s statements have become. Like other female celebrities, the media has wasted no time trumpeting Jenner’s every move and outfit. Compare this to how she was treated before her public transition and the double standard becomes abundantly clear.

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Trans women can now be held in women’s facilities, immigration officials say
Immigration officials hold about 75 transgender immigrants each night.

For the first time ever, transgender detainees will be held in immigration facilities that match their gender identity, as opposed to being forced into spaces for people of their assigned birth sex. 

U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement made the change as part of a larger program to improve its treatment of trans people, especially trans women. The decision also comes shortly after trans activist Jennicet Gutiérrez demanded at the White House that President Obama stop deporting LGBTQ people.

“This guidance does not change the fundamental issue that Jennicet Gutiérrez so bravely brought to President Obama last week: detention and deportation of transgender people must end,” said Kris Hayashi, director of the Transgender Law Center, a transgender civil rights organization based in San Francisco.

“The guidelines released by ICE don’t go far enough,” said Cristina Jimenez, the managing director of the immigrant rights group United We Dream, in a statement.

“There is more that ICE can and must do to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer immigrants are safe,” said Jimenez.

ICE officials pointed out there are more transgender individuals that are outside on release mechanisms than in custody. Those release mechanism include posting bond, order of supervision, recognizance or alternative detention programs.

“It would be an improvement, certainly, to not be housed with men anymore, but it’s still not ideal. It’s still detention,” said Barbra Perez, a transgender woman who said she faced constant harassment while detained in an all-male facility last year.

There are still lots of questions around the new policies, particularly with regards to implementation, which has historically not been very reliable. We really are taking this step by step, it seems, but this step is a good one. 

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Somebody Set Fire to SF'S Galeria de la Raza Mural Depicting Latino LGBT Love
You can burn the mural down as many times as you like, but you can't change the fact that love won.

There will be a unity rally tomorrow July 1st 6:00 pm-7:00 pm.

Galeria de la Raza

2857 24th St, 

San Francisco, California 94110

More information here.

BrandFire Reimagines Logos Of Companies With Anti-Gay Records By Adding Pro-LGBT Twists

Pride may be over – but that doesn’t mean that the fun has to be.New York-based creative agency BrandFire recently took a little time to reimagine the iconic logos of some companies who have a history of anti-LGBT rhetoric. The agency took a tongue-in-cheek approach and incorporated, of course, the colors of the rainbow flag, but also some hilarious queer slogans.

See more here. 

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Just going to leave this here.