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For Refinery29’s celebration of Black History Month we put together a list of Black men and women you ought to know. Their legacy in civil rights, feminism, and LGBTQ equality lives on today.

  1. Bayard Rustin — A leading Black figure in the civil rights movement and advisor to Martin Luther King, he was the architect of the 1963 March on Washington and was heavily involved in the first Freedom Rides. He was also gay and a registered communist who went to jail for his sexual orientation. Although widely heralded, he was attacked even by fellow activists for his faith in nonviolence, unapologetic queerness, and attention to income equality. President Obama honored Rustin posthumously with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013.
  2. Combaheee River Collective — A seminal Black lesbian feminist group active from 1974-1980. Although officially short lived, its influence has been major. The group is best known for writing the Combaheee River Collective Statement, an important document in promoting the idea that social change must be intersectional — and that Black women’s needs were not being met by mainstream white feminism and therefore must strike out on their own. Members of the collective included Audre Lorde and…Chirlane McCray, now First Lady of New York City and author of the landmark essay “I Am a Lesbian,” published in Essence in 1979.
  3. John Carlos, Tommie Smith, and Peter Norman — The winners of the 1968 Mexico City Olympics 200 Meter Sprint. In one of the proudest and most political moments of sports history, John Carlos and Tommie Smith raised their leather-gloved fists in the Black Power salute. They wore black socks without shoes to represent black poverty and a scarf and necklace to symbolize “those individuals that were lynched, or killed and that no-one said a prayer for, that were hung and tarred. It was for those thrown off the side of the boats in the middle passage.”

    We also include in our list Peter Norman, the white Australian silver medalist from that ceremony, to commemorate his solidarity with the two Black athletes. White people are more than indebted to black history, and Norman is an excellent example of a white ally. Although he didn’t perform the black power salute, he publicly supported the duo without regard to personal safety or retribution. Norman was penalized for his alliance with Carlos and Smith and was never again allowed to compete in any Olympics despite repeatedly qualifying. Largely forgotten and barred from major sporting events, he became a gym teacher and worked at a butcher shop. At his funeral in 2006, John Carlos and Tommie Smith were his pallbearers.
  4. The Friendship Nine — This group of nine Black students from Friendship Junior College willingly went to jail without bail in 1961 after staging a sit-in at McCrory’s lunch counter in Rock Hill, South Carolina. They pioneered the civil rights strategy “Jail, No Bail,” which placed the financial burden for racist incarceration back on the state. They’re appreciated today for their bravery and strategic ingenuity. In 2015 their conviction was finally overturned and prosecutor Kevin Brackett personally apologized to the eight living members of the group.
  5. Barbara Jordan — A lawyer and politician, Barbara Jordan was the first Black woman elected to the Texas Senate after Reconstruction, the first southern Black woman to be elected as a US Senator, and the first Black woman to deliver a keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention. Her keynote address is widely considered the greatest of all time, aided by her charismatic and eloquent public speaking skills. She is also remembered as one of the leaders of the impeachment of Richard Nixon. We chose the above quote to illustrate her unique punchy sense of humor.
  6. Pauli Murray — This civil rights activist, feminist, and poet was a hugely successful lawyer who is also recognized as the first Black female Episcopal priest. Like many figures on this list, Murray was acutely aware of the complex relationship between race and gender, and referred to sexism as “Jane Crow,” comparing midcentury treatment of women to that of African Americans in the South. Although she graduated from Howard University first in her class, she was barred from enrolling as a postgraduate at Harvard because she was a woman. Instead, in 1965 she became the first African American to receive a JSD from Yale Law. Once armed with a law degree she became a formidable force in advancing feminist and civil rights. She is a cofounder of the National Organization for Women (NOW). She also identified as having an “inverted sex instinct,” which she used instead of “homosexual” to describe her complicated gender identity and lifelong attraction to women.

Do not turn…away my friend…like a willow…I can bend…


(With Stevie Nicks at the Prudential Center. Photographs by Riff Chorusriff. April 2, 2017….

After finishing “Stand Back,” Nicks interrupted the show. The late Prince Rogers Nelson was on her mind. While she clung to a scarf tied around her mic, a single spotlight stilled the auditorium. She still couldn’t believe he was gone. When she feels nervous before a performance, she admitted that she often calls on him to be with her. And he is. 

Nicks met Prince at a party in 1979 where she regretted advising him to be more social. She was grateful he didn’t mention it years later when she had to get in touch with him. Would he mind listening to something she just recorded in the studio? Prince said sure, he’d be right over. As fate would have it, he was only 20 minutes away.

After hearing his “Little Red Corvette” on the radio, Nicks was so inspired she substituted her own lyrics and composed a whole new song. She played it for him. Prince thought it was great. He even added some synth to the verses and a guitar part in the middle–the finishing touches to what became track six on her “Wild Heart” album: “Stand Back.” An hour later, she walked him to his car. As she recalled, it was an appropriately hued purple Camaro. 

Over the years, they grew closer. Prince used to call her up when he was worried about her. They’d speak for hours. In the midst of Nicks’ well-chronicled drug addiction, he was there for her. She wishes she could have been there for him too. Continuing to tug at another scarf, she asked the audience to do her a favor. Whenever spinning “Stand Back” or “Little Red Corvette” in the future, notice how they dovetail. And, most importantly, remember her friend.

When she resumed the concert with “Edge of Seventeen,” Nicks honored Prince with a slideshow. It rendered him floating across the stage again like a white-winged dove. The whole thing was bittersweet and transcendent. I snapped the images above from the tribute.)


THE FLASH & SUPERGIRL: Musical Crossover Set Visit


Zen compilation! (1/?) Photography by knightmare6​ and Carlos A. Smith

Oh my god Sakura Matsuri was amazing this year! Not only was the weather gorgeous, but pretty much everything was at peak bloom. :) Sunday of the festival included my (and my sister’s) first attempt at crossplay, which I found to be a lot of fun! More pictures to come!


It was my fault, my move, my game
If I’d known a little more, I’d a run away
It was dark out and I held the cards
I was the dealer and it wasn’t hard


[With Stevie Nicks at the Prudential Center. Photographs by Riff Chorusriff. April 2, 2017….

I’ve been watching Nicks perform since 2003 and each time I’m reminded of three things. One, she somehow continues to renew that tremulous upper octave of her voice that for years was unreachable. When she strives for a note from that arsenal now she really rings it. 

Two, her unraveling delivery of “Gold Dust Woman” never fails to assert itself as one of the most affecting moments in rock theater. You can’t miss it. Whether her character’s gradual exorcism is encouraged by the jarring sonics of Lindsey Buckingham or Waddy Wachtel, she always goes through with it. 

And, three, the kindness she extends to her fans is given with an unparalleled authenticity. It’s the hearth from which her behind-the-music stories spark, her bashfully repeated “thank-you-all-for-comings” arise, and her music keeps on warming you long after the glitter fades. 

Nicks’ setlist for the night was Gold and Braid, If Anyone Falls, Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around (with Chrissie Hynde), Belle Fleur, Gypsy (Fleetwood Mac), Wild Heart, Bella Donna, Enchanted, New Orleans, Starshine, Moonlight, Stand Back, Crying in the Night (Buckingham/Nicks), If You Were My Love (Fleetwood outtake originally from Mirage), Gold Dust Woman (Fleetwood),  Edge of Seventeen, Rhiannon (Fleetwood), and Landslide (Fleetwood).]

İzlenmesi Gereken Filmler
  • [Rec] I-II
  • 12 Years a Slave / 12 Yıllık Esaret
  • 21 Grams / 21 Gram
  • 28 Days Later / 28 Gün Sonra
  • 3 Idiots
  • 21
  • 300 Serisi
  • 500 Days of Summer / Aşkın 500 Günü
  • 2046
  • A Beautiful Mind / Akıl Oyunları
  • Artificial Intelligence: AI / Yapay Zeka
  • Avatar
  • Back to the Future / Geleceğe Dönüş
  • Basic Instinct / Temel İçgüdü
  • Batman Serisi
  • Battleship
  • Being John Malkovich / John Malkovich Olmak
  • Bel Ami
  • Big Fish / Büyük Balık
  • Black Hawk Down / Kara Şahin Düştü
  • Black Swan / Siyah Kuğu
  • Blood Diamond / Kanlı Elmas
  • Bourne Serisi
  • Carrie / Günah Tohumu
  • Catch Me If You Can / Sıkıysa Yakala
  • City of God / Tanrı Kent
  • Cosmopolis
  • Crash / Çarpışma
  • Crazy Stupid Love / Çılgın Aptal Aşk
  • Dead Poets Society / Ölü Ozanlar Derneği
  • Deja Vu
  • Divergent / Uyumsuz
  • Donnie Darko / Karanlık Yolculuk
  • Edge of Tomorrow / Yarının Sınırında
  • Edward Scissorhands / Makas Eller
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind / Sil Baştan
  • Exam / Sınav
  • Fight Club / Dövüş Kulübü
  • Forrest Gump
  • Gone Girl / Kayıp Kız
  • Gravity / Yerçekimi
  • Guardians of The Galaxy / Galaksinin Koruyucuları
  • Hancock
  • Harry Potter Serisi
  • Hunger Games Serisi
  • I Am Legend / Ben Efsaneyim
  • I Am Number Four / Ben Dört Numara
  • I, Robot / Ben Robot
  • Identity / Kimlik
  • In Time / Zamana Karşı
  • Inception / Başlangıç
  • Insurgent
  • Interstellar / Yıldızlararası
  • Into the Wild / Özgürlük Yolu
  • James Bond Serisi
  • Julie & Julia
  • Ka rolin'in Gizli Dünyası
  • Karayip Korsanları Serisi
  • Kill Bill Serisi
  • Law Abiding Citizen / Adalet Peşinde
  • Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain / Amelie
  • Léon: The Professional / Sevginin Gücü - Léon
  • Life of Pi / Pi’nin Yaşamı
  • Lost Highway / Kayıp Otoban
  • Lucky Number Slevin / Şanslı Slevin
  • Lucy
  • Matrix Serisi
  • Memento / Akılf Defter
  • Million Dollar Baby / Milyonluk Bebek
  • Mission: Impossible III / Görevimiz Tehlike III
  • Monte Carlo
  • Mr. and Mrs. Smith / Bay ve Bayan Smith
  • Mr. Nobody / Bay Hiçkimse
  • Mulholland Drive / Mulholland Çıkmazı
  • Muppets Most Wanted / Muppets Aranıyor
  • My Name Is Khan
  • Never Back Down / Asla Pes Etme
  • Now You See Me / Sihirbazlar Çetesi
  • Ölümcül Oyuncaklar: Kemikler Şehri 1-2
  • Percy Jackson Serisi
  • Pitch Perfect 1-2 / Mükemmel Saha
  • Pride & Prejudice / Aşk ve Gurur
  • Project X
  • Remember Me / Beni Unutma
  • Requiem for a Dream / Bir Rüya İçin Ağıt
  • Resident Evil / Ölümcül Deney 1-2-3-4-5
  • Salt / Ajan Salt
  • Scary Movie Serisi
  • Schindler's List / Schindler'in Listesi
  • Se7en / Yedi
  • Sherlock Holmes I-II
  • Shoot ‘Em Up / Hepsini Vur
  • Shutter Island / Zindan Adası
  • Signs / İşaretler
  • Silver Linings Playbook / Umut Işığım
  • Slumdog Millionaire / Milyoner
  • Snow White and the Huntsman / Pamuk Prenses ve Avcı
  • Snowpiercer / Kar Küreyici
  • Source Code / Yaşam Şifresi
  • Super 8
  • The Box / Kutu
  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas / Çizgili Pijamalı
  • The Butterfly Effect / Kelebek Etkisi
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button / Benjamin Button’ın Tuhaf Hikayesi
  • The Departed / Köstebek
  • The Devil Wears Prada / Şeytan Marka Giyer
  • The Dictator / Diktatör
  • The Fault in Our Star / Aynı Yıldızın Altında
  • The Game / Oyun
  • The Godfather / Baba
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel / Büyük Budapeşte Oteli
  • The Great Gatsby / Muhteşem Gatsby
  • The Green Mile / Yeşil Yol
  • The Hangover Serisi
  • The Hobbit Serisi
  • The Illusionist / Sihirbaz
  • The Island / Ada
  • The Italian Job / İtalyan İşi
  • The Judge / Yargıç
  • The Last Samurai / Son Samuray
  • The Lord of the Rings / Yüzüklerin Efendisi Serisi
  • The Machinist / Makinist
  • The Maze Runner / Labirent Ölümcül Kaçış
  • The Notebook / Not Defteri
  • The Others / Diğerleri
  • The Pianist / Piyanist
  • The Prestige / Prestij
  • The Pursuit of Happiness / Umudunu Kaybetme
  • The Shawnshank Redemption / Esaretin Bedeli
  • The Silence of the Lambs / Kuzuların Sessizliği
  • The Sixth Sense / Altıncı His
  • The Truman Show
  • The Village / Köy
  • Thor
  • Titanic
  • Troy / Truva
  • Twelve Monkeys / 12 Maymun
  • Under The Skin / Derinin Altında
  • Undisputed Serisi
  • V for Vendetta
  • Wanted
  • Warrior / Büyük Dövüş
  • Watchmen
  • Womb / Rahim
  • World War Z / Dünya Savaşı Z
  • X-Men Serisi
  • (Yanlarındaki yazılar Türkçe’leri değil, Türkiye’ye geldiklerinde sinemadaki adlarıdır.)

Da sinistra. Pinstriped jacket, Carlo Pignatelli Outside; pull grigio, Juicy Couture; pants gessati Boss Hugo Boss. Silk scarf e pochette, YSL Rive Gauche. Giacca doppiopetto di lanagessata e pantaloni, Brioni; turtleneck di cashmere, Cruciani; v-neck jacquard, Pringle. Foulard, pochette e guanti di nappaa, YSL Rive Gauche; leather shoes, Sergio Rossi



I caught some of the cast getting ready for the matinee! #spongebobshenanigans  #sitcomtakes  #nauticalnonsense

Threes Company - BG Studios. #musicallyapp

@politelyintheknow would love if you could GIF this? I actually know how to make GIF’s I’m just too lazy. ¯\_(ツ)_/

18 things you can do right now to protect LGBTQ rights under Donald Trump

1. Learn your rights. Many people don’t realize that their rights are, in fact, protected on a local, state, and federal level — specifically in health care, employment and in school. These laws cannot simply be undone overnight. Understanding your legal protections is very important to fighting discrimination. Lambda Legal has compiled a post-election FAQ and Know Your Rights information guide. Read the materials carefully. If you need help with any legal matter related to LGBTQ issues or HIV discrimination, contact Lambda Legal’s Help Desk. (Rachel Tiven, CEO of Lambda Legal)

2. Donate or volunteer with Trans Lifeline. Trans Lifeline is the only crisis hotline specifically designed for transgender people. They’ve experienced an unprecedented number of calls from trans people in crisis following the election (more than 300 within the first day or so). They’ve continued to experience a high level of demand in the days since. Transgender people are nine times more likely to attempt suicide than the general population. In the wake of the election, trans people fear for their rights and lives even more. Trans people who call suicide hotlines face ignorance and discrimination. They need your support. (Rachel Tiven)

3. Get LGBTQ individuals elected to office. We need more diverse talent in public life. Support the Victory Fund, an organization which works to support LGBTQ candidates running for office nationwide. Victory Fund provides trainings, endorsements, fellowships and resources for LGBTQ candidates. In November, 87 of the Fund’s endorsed candidates won elections across all levels of government, including Kate Brown of Oregon, the nation’s first openly LGBTQ governor. Carlos Guillermo Smith became the first openly LGBTQ Latino elected to the Florida state legislature, representing the Orlando area after the Pulse nightclub tragedy. All six openly LGBTQ members of Congress were reelected. You can find a list of all of the candidates that Victory Fund endorsed here. (Jared Milrad)

4. Gear up for the Supreme Court fight. There’s an upcoming Supreme Court case that is very important for the future of transgender rights: Gavin Grimm vs. Gloucester County School Board. In 2015, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Virginia filed a lawsuit against the Gloucester County School Board for adopting a discriminatory bathroom policy that segregates transgender students from their peers. The question will be heard at the Supreme Court in February, with a decision expected in summer 2017. Become familiar with the case, and then donate and show your support. (Justin Mikita, co-founder & partner at Hawkins Mikita)

5. Support media that correctly represents the LGBTQ community. Now more than ever, we need correct representation across all media, especially when it comes to the casting of cisgender people in transgender roles (ex. Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl) and the erasure of people of color and trans sex workers in stories of our history (ex. the “bioflick” Stonewall). Here are a few shows and films that do this the right way: Orange is the New Black, with Laverne Cox as trans prisoner Sophia; Tangerine, which casts two trans women, Mya Parks and Kitana “Kiki” Rodriguez, as trans sex workers; Sense8, in which Jamie Clayton plays a lesbian trans woman and cyberactivist; and How to Get Away With Murder, where Alexandra Billings plays a trans woman on trial for her husband’s murder. (Devlin Andrews)

6. Call your members of Congress. Tell your elected officials how important it is to protect LGBTQ people. Tell them you will be watching what they do. You don’t even need to be a citizen to do this! You can find your local representatives at Also check out the Human Rights Campaign’s guide to elected officials. Follow these tweets for guidance on how to effectively contact your member of Congress. And here’s a script you can use when you call, which includes a section about marriage equality. (Rachel Tiven)

7. Support LGBTQ centers around the country. Leading organizations are providing mental health, counseling and support group services to vulnerable LGBTQ people. Now more than ever, they need support. Consider donating or volunteering with CenterLink, a member-based coalition founded in 1994 that supports the development of strong, sustainable LGBTQ community centers in the United States and around the world. The Center Orlando organized vigils and provided counseling following the Pulse nightclub shooting. The Los Angeles LGBT Center serves Southern California, home to some of the most vulnerable LGBTQ populations in the country, and sees more than 42,000 visitors per year. (Jared Milrad)

8. Specifically, support local homeless youth shelters. An estimated 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ. Centers geared specifically toward youth are instrumental in providing career placement, school, college and secondary school mentorship and health care. Here’s a database of LGBTQ centers, where you can search for a homelessness-focused group. If you don’t have a center in your community, consider starting one or checking to see if shelters near you properly provide for their LGBTQ clients. Also, consider donating food, clothing or money to LGBTQ shelters in other communities. At this time of year, many hold toy and clothing drives; others accept donations year-round. (Devlin Andrews)

9. Support or create after-school programs for queer youth. Now more than ever, LGBTQ youth need safe spaces to build closer relationships with teachers and friends outside of their potentially hostile home environments. If you’re in a position to do so, start a gay-straight alliance or a chapter of PFLAG in your local school so that queer youth have a place to express their concerns, fears and needs without the threat of ridicule, rejection or outing. Check out GLSEN or PFLAG for more information and tools to start a program in your community. (Devlin Andrews)

10. Support the Human Rights Campaign. HRC is the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, representing more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide. Here are a few of the issues HRC is focused on: transgender equality and bringing visibility to the discrimination and violence transgender people experience daily; banning discrimination in housing and the workplace for all LGBTQ people; advocating for fair-minded Supreme Court justices. Become familiar with HRC’s work and donate or volunteer to show your support. (Justin Mikita, member, HRC board of directors)

11. Utilize the power of your wallet. You have tremendous power as a consumer to support brands that support LGBTQ rights. Conversely, don’t line the pockets of corporations that support anti-LGBTQ legislation and elected officials. To find out more about which companies to support, consider these resources: OpenSecrets, Human Rights Campaign’s corporate equality index and Guidestar, which allows you to review the expenditures of corporate foundations. (Brian Wenke, executive director, It Gets Better)

12. Take a stand as a business. Advocacy from businesses is particularly important at this time. If you’re an employer, make sure you have an internal LGBTQ group for your LGBTQ employees. Companies like Salesforce, Facebook, Apple, Google, and the Gap have great internal organizations that can serve as models. Salesforce’s Marc Benioff and Paypal’s Max Levchin have both been proactive in getting businesses to take a stand in the wake of LGBTQ protests in North Carolina and Indiana. For LGBTQ employees, make sure to join your company’s group if one exists. (Emanuel Yekutiel)

13. March, rally, make noise and fight! The modern American queer revolution started with a brick thrown through a window. Today, we can’t afford to take a passive role in this fight. Here are a few different tactics you can use to get involved: On social media, follow groups like @MarchAndRallyLA and monitor popular events in your area on Facebook to find large organized protests. Visit this page from the ACLU for a full list of your rights as a public protester. If you don’t live in a large metropolitan area, or don’t feel safe protesting in your community, take action online. Write protests in the form of blog posts, emails to your government officials, vlogs, or guest op-eds on news sites. (Devlin Andrews)

14. Be visible. One of our most effective and powerful weapons is sharing our own stories publicly. In March, South Dakota’s conservative Gov. Dennis Daugaard vetoed HB 1008, an anti-trans bill, after meeting with trans students and hearing their stories. It’s important for LGBTQ people to be loud and bold members of the community. If you’re in a position to do so safely, make sure people understand who you are and how you feel about queer issues. Post pro-LGBTQ articles on your Facebook page. Hold your partner’s hand in public. Wear a pride shirt. Talk to your friends and family about who you and other queer people are. As long as you keep yourself safe, do everything to ensure others you meet know you’re living as your authentic self and not going anywhere. (Rachel Tiven)

15. Study LGBTQ history. Contrary to popular belief, the LGBTQ movement as a whole did not begin at Stonewall. The first documented gay rights organization in the United States, the Society for Human Rights, was formed much earlier, in the 1920s, and LGBTQ history dates back hundreds of years. It is important to get educated on this history. One great resource for learning this history is Quist, an app that provides “this day in history” info about LGBTQ issues. Another is The Lavender Effect, which works to document LGBTQ history in creative ways. Finally, consider going to LGBTQ archives across the U.S. (Brian Wenke)

16. Convert your most unlikely friends into LGBTQ allies. Identify the most unlikely high-profile potential allies in your life and create a game plan to get them to become champions of LGBTQ equality. Perhaps you went to college with someone who is now a professional athlete, prominent preacher or politician? Maybe you are family friends with a local business owner who is well known in your community? In every community, there are people who perpetuate anti-LGBTQ stigma and stereotypes. If individuals from within the communities we trust the least become our vocal supporters, it will change hearts and minds. To educate and activate your friends, articulate the why and what. “Why” should they care about LGBTQ equality, and “what” do we want them to do about it? (Hudson Taylor)

17. Have conversations with Trump supporters. Find ways to engage loved ones and others who voted for Trump. Have honest, respectful and ongoing conversations. Here’s a resource with some suggested language, including some areas specifically focused on LGBTQ rights and gender identity. (Robbie Ross, chief of staff at Purpose)

18. Make your advocacy intersectional. Over the next four years, there will be many communities that find themselves isolated, excluded or othered. The only way to meaningfully prevent that is by working together. Pick three social justice issues with which you feel least comfortable and get educated about them by learning about the organizations doing the work in those spaces. Here are a few to start with: BYP100, a member-based activist organization creating justice and freedom for all black people; United We Dream, the largest immigrant-youth-led organization in the nation; and URGE, an organization mobilizing young people to support reproductive and gender equity. (Hudson Taylor)

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