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According to an op-ed in The Los Angeles Times by Noah Wilson-Rich, author of The Bee: A Natural History, the repeal of the beekeeping regulation is long overdue:

On June 10, 1879, Los Angeles lawmakers banned beekeeping within city limits. According to Mark Vallianatos, who teaches environmental policy at Occidental College, their rationale was frankly preposterous. Having noted the affinity between bees and fruit trees, they reasoned that bees attacked and damaged fruit, and concluded that outlawing bees was the best way to preserve crops.

Soon enough scientists debunked this ridiculous theory — bees are vitally important pollinators — and by 1917, the Los Angeles Times was calling the no-beekeeping policy ‘an ancient and still-unrepealed city ordinance.’

IN 1917 THEY ALREADY THOUGHT THIS WAS A RIDICULOUS LAW! And they just overturned it. 

Bees are great, and they need our help. Full story here.

Images: 1stThangaraj Kumaravel,  2nd Kiran Kumar, 3rd Chiot’s Run

Remember that outward appearance doesn’t equal identity. How society expects you to look doesn’t change who you are. I’m a trans boy, even if you wouldn’t know it just by looking at me and my “traditionally feminine” appearance. I know that some trans women love wearing makeup, but I also I know a trans woman who feels most comfortable shopping in the men’s sections at stores and despises wearing cosmetics. How someone presents does not define who they are — what matters is that everyone feels safe and accepted enough to present however they want.
—  Ideas to Make the World Better for Trans Folks, from a Trans Wizard Activist by Kiran Kumar from our Protego series highlighting trans narratives.