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MT: 22-year-old co-coordinator of Sunrise Movement, the Twin Cities hub of climate justice

Ose: 17-year-old reproductive rights activist and filmmaker from Cleveland, Ohio

Amelia: 23-year-old Vice Chair of the Yellowstone County Democrats in Billings, Montana and first trans political candidate to run for office in the state

Michelle: A 20 year old trans model, makeup artist, and trans activist working with LGBT youth of color in Tampa, Florida.

Lavendar:  18-year-old trans and gender non-conforming college freshman and volunteer for New Era Colorado, a nonprofit nonpartisan organization that works to get young people involved in democracy.

Willow: 14 year old trans girl who is passionate about advocating for trans lives, people of color, mental health care, and suicide prevention. 

Art by Iris Gottlieb


RIP Jerry Lewis (1926-2017) - Today we lost the great comedian, actor, writer, producer best known for his duo with Dean Martin in several films, and for roles in The Bell Boy (1960), The Nutty Professor (1963) and Scorsese’s The King of Comedy (1982); and also for his efforts as a humanitarian becoming national chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and hosting his own telethon for the cause for more than 40 years. He died at age 91 leaving an impressive and remarkable career, and paved the way for many comedians and artists that came over the years. 

The Elements as Activists

Fire signs: Tries to inspire you, makes you feel like change is not only possible, but easy

Earth signs: Makes you feel like you don’t have to do much to make a big change without having to put in too much effort

Air signs: Convinces you that the cause is important, and that you would be illogical for not understanding the severity of the situation, makes helping seem like the rational thing to do

Water signs: Convinces you that the cause is important and that there could be huge negative consequences if you do not choose to help

October 3rd: Love Potions

Day Three of the Drarry Halloween Fest. @drarry-halloween-fest . Inspired by a post I can’t find anymore and Greenboxshop.

Draco swept his arm across the t-shirt and letters appeared, one after the other. The number of orders they’ve been receiving has been increasing rapidly. The reason behind it was probably Granger’s insistence on joining their company. Before, their business sold enough to stay afloat. He and Pansy decided to keep their identities secret so their part in the war wouldn’t affect their business. That way they were able to start from the bottom and build some kind of name for themselves.

The company was very important to them. They were both activists and they made shirts and other apparel that addressed different social issues like racism, blood supremacy, sexism, and problems the LGBTQIA+ community has to face. It started out with just them, but expanded to the Greengrass sisters and the Zabini’s. To everyone’s surprise, Luna Lovegood heard of their company and wanted to join as well. Apparently, Luna talked about her new job often and Hermione grew interested. When Hermione joined, she joined with the promise that more of her friends would like to contribute as well. Since then, Thomas, Finnigan, Brown, the Patils, Weasleys, and even Potter had given something to the company. They usually either volunteered or donated money to help production.

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Photographer Gabriel Garcia Roman’s portraits feature friends and acquaintances, activists and poets, Americans and immigrants — some naturalized, some undocumented.

All of them are queer people of color.

“I wanted to specifically focus on this community because queer and trans people of color are so rarely represented in the art world,” says Roman, who is Mexican-American and also identifies as queer.

The photo series, called “Queer Icons,” evokes the colorful, religious artwork that Roman grew up with. “Because I grew up Catholic in a Mexican community in Chicago, my first introduction to art was religious art,” he says.

He was particularly inspired by the fresco paintings of haloed saints that decorated the walls of his neighborhood church. “I’ve always thought of the halo as something very powerful — it’s like a badge of nobility,” he says.

And because Roman’s subjects are activists and artists who do good for the community, “I wanted to represent them as saints,” he says.

He also wanted to capture their pride and their strength. “I wanted them to be warriors — that’s why a lot of them are looking straight at the camera, saying ‘Here I am, and I’m not going to hide.’”

Not Your Mother’s Catholic Frescoes: Radiant Portraits Of Queer People Of Color

Photo credit: Courtesy of Gabriel Garcia Roman