Rejected by her family after coming out as trans, Angelica Ross left home and taught herself photo-editing and web design skills to start her own consulting business. When she felt restricted by the resources the nonprofit world gave to the trans community, she created TransTech Social Enterprises, the first trans-led nonprofit job-training organization. Ross has become one of the most prominent voices for the trans community, speaking regularly for corporations, universities, and on Capitol Hill. Ross, who studied acting her whole life, is also one of the stars of the Emmy-nominated YouTube series Her Story, which chronicles the dating lives of trans women.
For Ross, activism and acting are intertwined. “My mission is to prove that everyone has the right to pursue their dreams,” she says.
Lucy Burns (1879-1966) was an American suffragist and women’s rights activist who,
along with Alice Paul, founded the National Woman’s Party in 1916. Her
passionate efforts to secure votes for women brought her multiple encounters
with the police and even imprisonment, but not even jail impeded her activism.
She attended Oxford
University, and while in England met Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughters. They
were such an inspiration that Burns decided to stay in the United Kingdom and
work for the Women’s Social and Political Union. She eventually returned to the
United States, where she campaigned heavily for suffrage and more rights for
women. On one occasion, while she was in prison, she managed to write and
circulate one of the first documents to define the status of political
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In 1980, photographer Anita Corbin decided to turn her lens on the young women of UK subcultures. Over the next two years, rockabillies, mods, goths, rude girls, skinheads, rastas and more posed for Corbin and opened up about what it was like to be a young woman navigating an alt scene, and the importance of female friendships.
“I have chosen to focus on girls, not because the boys (where present) were any less stylish, but because girls in “subcultures” have been largely ignored or when referred to, only as male appendages.” -Anita Corbin, photographer, “Visible Girls”
Invisibility means every person you come out to requires a vocabulary lesson.
Invisibility means the very nature of your identity is up for debate.
Invisibility means years feeling alone, broken, and unnatural.
Invisibility means you might not even consider the possibility that you’re anything but what society says you can be.
Invisibility means you have to find out about your own identity from strangers in small, distant corners of the internet.
Invisibility means being taught in school that your orientation makes you inhuman.
Invisibility means being told by educated professionals that your orientation is pathological, a mental illness, and Must Be Fixed.
Invisibility means taking an extra year to convince yourself that your orientation could even exist before you even beginning to accept yourself as what you are.
Invisibility means coming up with an arsenal of excuses for your lack of Normality, an army of justifications for living a life that makes you just a little more comfortable.
Invisibility means “acceptance” comes at the price of breaking up and stuffing away the things that make you you, and struggling to force yourself into a hole that doesn’t fit.
Invisibility means forcing yourself into relationships and acts that you don’t want because the alternative is taboo.
Invisibility means you can never really tell them who you are.
Invisibility means you can’t even feel pride in your community half the time, because the world is intent on destroying what little of a community there is.
Invisibility means facing a world of people who would have you bow your head and let them rewrite your identity for you; who demand your complacence while they redefine the things that make you who you are.
Invisibility means your suffering doesn’t even matter to those supposedly fighting to End All Suffering.
can we please talk about how tone deaf and offensive and painfully unfunny S02E03
of Kimmy Schmidt–aka the one about “Asian American activism” & with Titus dressed as a geisha in yellowface–is????
Like it first of all frame AA activism–and all activism–as unreasonable internet jerks who aren’t interested in a conversation, just in yelling at people
the placing of the “transracial” white guy in the AA group is gross just because a) there ARE transracial asians in real life, such Asian adoptees, and b) the conversation around Asians as just “honorary white people” is unfortunately real and pervasive, and this just perpetuates that
the Asian American audience has dubbed Titus “Hitler” because of course that’s what those easily offended and incendiary activists do
the Asian-American crowd is “won over” by Titus’s performance, and is confused???????
and then they decide that mocking AA activism isn’t enough, they make a punchline out of sensitivity towards Black Lives Matter; the Asian American girl then vaporizes and disappears in a beam of light after she “offends” herself after saying that she can’t breathe
not to mention the presence of non East Asian voices in Asian American groups only there to contribute to the characterization of AA groups (and activists in general) as ridiculously disorganized and unfocused, and prone to exaggerated whining about issues as “silly” as “past lives”
Trivializing AA activism and people is not okay. what the hell????
After two seasons on HBO, Looking came to an end this weekend with a film, concluding the stories of a group of gay friends from the San Francisco area. As audiences are watching to see how the show will finally end, actor Raúl Castillo, who portrayed Richie Ventura, is already looking beyond the film and its reception.
“I’m excited for what comes next and what young Latinos, or young people of color, that are being exposed to these kinds of characters, like Richie, will bring to the table,” Castillo tells The Advocate in a recent phone interview.
Castillo is straight and Richie is gay. But the two share some indistinguishable qualities. The actor and the character were both raised in small towns — Castillo in McAllen, Texas and Richie in San Leandro, a suburb of the San Francisco Bay Area — before moving to big cities to pursue their dreams.
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Woman who defied 300 neo-Nazis at rally speaks of anger
“It was an impulse. I was so angry, I just went out into the street,” says Tess Asplund about why she raised her fist against the leadership of the Nordic Resistance Movement (NRM) in Borlänge, central Sweden. “I was thinking: hell no, they can’t march here! I had this adrenaline. No Nazi is going to march here. It’s not okay.”
Photograph: David Lagerlöf/Expo/TT News Agency/Press Association Images