Tracy Chapman and Alice Walker were in a relationship when they both lived in Brooklyn in the mid 1990s.
Walker discussed the relationship with an interviewer in The Guardian in 2006:
""Why was it kept so quiet at the time? "It was quiet to you maybe but that’s because you didn’t live in our area," she answers with a throaty laugh. She has written about the relationship in her journals, which she plans to publish one day.
So why did they decide against using their relationship to make a big social impact like other celebrity lesbian couples, such as Ellen DeGeneres and Anne Heche, have in the past? The idea seems to amuse her. “I would never do that. My life is not to be somebody else’s impact - you know what I mean? And it was delicious and lovely and wonderful and I totally enjoyed it and I was completely in love with her but it was not anybody’s business but ours.”“
11:45 pm • 2 February 2014 • 5,824 notes
For fat women, being stylish isn’t a luxury. It’s often a necessity to get hired, to get access to healthcare, to get treated like a human being.
Fat women have all kinds of narratives about sloppiness, laziness, dirtiness to overcome. Sometimes heels are a crucial part of looking “put together” in a way that sufficiently convinces people that we care about ourselves, that manages to counteract pervasive cultural narratives that fat people don’t care about ourselves. That we have “let ourselves go.”
Being “put together” is part of the way many of us convey to a judgmental world that we are worth caring about.
I get treated completely differently at a $20 hair salon if I’m dressed up or dressed down. Two totally different experiences. I get treated differently at the doctor’s office, and at the emergency room. I can’t go to the ER in sweatpants, because I’ll get shittier treatment. In an emergency, I have to worry if I am dressed up enough to prove that I deserve respect and care.
Melissa McEwan: Fat Fashion (via tangerineadamantine)
fuck the world.
when any person has to fight to be considered a human being with intrinsic value and need for care, concern, consideration, etc
something is seriously fvcked and wrong.
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11:13 pm • 2 February 2014 • 25,971 notes
Groundbreaking trans* literary magazine THEM, launched online last year, is now re-releasing its first issue in print.
If you missed out on it the first time, this is the perfect opportunity to acquaint yourself with the multigenre journal and its commitment to building a publication where contributors can, as founding editor Jos Charles puts it, “write without being afraid of addressing being trans,* but also where they don’t feel pressure to address their bodies according to cissexist expectations.”
As for their upcoming second issue, submissions are open until April 15, and THEM‘s staff is looking forward to reading and printing more “formally experimental” work that “tells a story we haven’t yet heard.”
4:20 pm • 29 January 2014 • 178 notes
Domestic Violence / Sexual Assault and The Superbowl
Its a little-known fact that to US domestic violence & sexual assault advocates, hotline staffers, and volunteers that Superbowl weekend is one of, if not the, most busy times of the year for crisis hotline calls, police response to domestic disturbances, filing for TROs (Temporary Restraining Orders), emergency shelter requests, domestic violence and sexual assault response team (DVRT/SART) activations, and hospital escorts.
Before writing off the Superbowl as annoying for its focus on consumer culture, consider the societal impacts that the event has for women, children, teens, the LGBTQ+ community, low-income individuals, undocumented individuals, non-English speaking individuals, and other groups disproportionally affected by domestic violence and sexual assault.
Please help spread information about resources for those who may need them, as well as donating your money or time to shelters throughout your community. You can find out where outreach offices are located in your area through looking up your state here. Tip: Nation-wide hotline calls placed to RAINN are diverted to local 24-hour shelters by area code of the phone used for the call. No matter where you live or currently are, an advocate will be able to refer you to relevant resources.
6:16 pm • 28 January 2014 • 76 notes
Transgender woman Islan Nettles was savagely beaten on August 17th, 2013 in Harlem and died from her injuries five days later. The case has gained national notice but justice is, yet again, elusive, for another trans* woman of color.
Let’s change that.
Protest to demand that Police Chief William Bratton and the NYPD explain failures to fully question witnesses, gather evidence, check the victim’s condition, and retain surveillance footage for FIVE DAYS!!!
The Transgender/Cisgender Coalition
ACT UP NY
Luz’s Daughter Cares
TWOCC: Trans Women of Color Collective of Greater NY
STARR: Strategic Trans Allliance for Radical Reform
LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent
6:13 pm • 28 January 2014 • 1,070 notes
Hoax Zine Assembly Party! Sat Feb 1st @ ~2pm in NYC
Ever wonder how you can support an entirely DIY feminist self-publishing project? Well, Saturday February 1st is yr lucky day!
sari is venturing into the city for the weekend! During this mini gaycation, the two of us have TONS of zines to assemble. This is a pretty exhausting task that sari predominantly accomplishes alone (our printer is at their house). It takes a bunch of time to fold / staple / number zines when it’s just the two of us — time we would rather be spending hanging out with friends.
Please consider hanging out with the two of us (sari doesn’t get to travel into the city that often) while also lending a really valuable helping hand. We can probably get this done quickly and it’s actually a lot of fun to complete zine tasks when you are in the company of friends! We will be hosting the party at a private location where we could also watch movies, cook, fill in Lisa Frank coloring books, and do other fun activities. If there is interest, we intend to conduct a small zine publishing skill share in exchange. We’ll teach some basic of zine formatting, and maybe even give a tutorial for how we use Microsoft Publisher. We’d also love to host a mini zine party afterwards!
If you’re interested in coming, please e-mail us at hoaxzine (at) gmail (dot) com before 12pm EST on Wednesday January 29th to RSVP!
11:33 am • 25 January 2014 • 8 notes
Filmmaker Frances Bodomo won FOUR GRANTS, count em up FOUR at Sundance yesterday, totaling what looks like $25,000 to pull together a full length production of her short film Afronauts which premiered in in the short film competition. The sponsoring companies and organizations were Kodak, Technicolor, the 2014 Women in Film/Calm Down Productions and Entertainment Partners. Afronauts is a 13 minute black and white film that:
Afronauts tells the alternative history of the 1960s Space Race. It’s the night of July 16th, 1969 and, as America prepares to send Apollo 11 to the moon, a group of exiles in the Zambian desert are rushing to launch their rocket first. There’s only one problem: their spacegirl, Matha, is five months pregnant. Afronauts follows characters that have not been able to find a home on earth and are therefore attracted to the promise of the space race.
All information is via her twitter account @tobogganeer (she has a tumblr of the same name) and Powder Room Films CONGRATULATIONS.
9:46 am • 24 January 2014 • 4,881 notes
HEY EVERYONE, I NEED YOUR HELP!!!
The pictures above are all of my mom, Teacher Lee. She runs a completely free developmental preschool. Her program targets the 49% of children in San Diego that can’t afford to attend conventional preschools and it is open to ANY children. Parents and caregivers are required to attend the classes because an important part of her program is to tech parents how they can turn every day activities into learning experiences that can help the child develop the skills they will need to be successful in kindergarten.
NOW, here is what I need from you! Teacher Lee’s program is absolutely DESPERATE for funding! She is currently up for a grant from FedEx, but in order to win, she needs people to vote for her. It would mean so much to me, and to her, if you went and voted once a day and shared this post with your followers. She has dedicated her life to this cause for so many years, and she needs all the help she can get. The link below will take you to the page where you can vote. It will only take a moment, so please, please help!!!!
If you want to learn more about Teacher Lee and her program, you can visit her website
I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH! THANK YOU FOR HELPING MY FAMILY!
Limora is a good friend of mine, whose mom is a goddess with a cause. Hope you all can take a second to help!
wow! 522 notes and she only has 265 votes??? come guys! it TWO clicks!
You can vote once per day til Feb 23!
2:53 pm • 23 January 2014 • 15,767 notes
“[[trigger warning: rape]]
In response to the Steubenville, Ohio teen rape case, West Virginia U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld is launching a program to teach high school athletes not to post evidence of rape online.
It’s called “Project Future,” and his goal is to teach teens how to avoid getting in trouble with the law by using cell phones, cameras, and social media “responsibly.” Instead of teaching teens not to rape, the U.S. Attorney wants to teach them not to get caught.
This is rape culture at work: The very people who are in charge of enforcing our laws look at a cruel, brutal attack on a young girl and think, “If only the teens hadn’t posted photographic evidence online.”
— "Project Future" (via firefoxed)
(Source: alchemy, via donutemergency)
10:52 am • 22 January 2014 • 54,239 notes
New York City Feminist Zine Fest 2014
Do you like zines? How about feminism? Because second annual NYC Feminist Zine Fest is coming up! Mark your calenders for March 1st at 1-6pm. This time we will be at Barnard College in uptown Manhattan, 3009 Broadway in the James Room on the 4th floor of Barnard Hall.
We will be opening the call for tablers very soon, so if you’re a zinester or artist interested in sharing your work, keep an eye on our website (http://feministzinefestnyc.wordpress.com/) for updates. We also need volunteers to help the day run smoothly so if you think that sounds like you (or you have questions in general), email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
APPLICATIONS FOR WORKSHOPS AND TABLES ARE NOW LIVE! Sign up before January 31st, and RSVP to the FB event!
Hoax co-editor sari is extremely fortunate to be an NYCFZF organizer this year and we’re both looking forward to it!
4:56 pm • 21 January 2014 • 106 notes
Justice for Islan Nettles Rally: NYC on Thurs Jan 30 at 4pm
On Thursday, January 30th, 2014 at 4 p.m., a coalition of representatives from New York City human rights organizations (including transgender and cisgender [non-transgender] activists) will protest the NYPD’s negligence in the immediate aftermath of the brutal beating death of transgender woman, Islan Nettles. The protest at One Police Plaza demands an explanation by incoming NYC Police Commissioner William Brattonand the NYPD for its initial malfeasance and demands a report on the current status of the felony investigation by NY County District Attorney Cyrus R.Vance, Jr. Members of the Trans Women of Color Collective of Greater NY, ACT UP NY, Luz’s Daughter Cares, and Queer Nation will attend.
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11:26 am • 21 January 2014 • 93 notes
Submission deadline: imminent!
We’re extending our submission window! Submissions to the journal will now be accepted through January 20, 2014. So send us your essays, your literature, your poetry, and your art!
Don’t know about us? Check our About Us page and our Call For…
1:10 pm • 20 January 2014 • 73 notes
Issue 3 of Red Umbrella Project’s Prose & Lore: Memoir Stories About Sex Work will debut on January 21, 2014. It will be our biggest issue yet, with more than 30 stories - and for the first time, we’re featuring stories by writers from outside of our NYC-based programs.
You can get print and digital subscriptions here or enter our Goodreads giveaway for a chance at winning one of four copies of the book.
Aaaand, we’ll be launching applications for the spring cycle of our memoir workshop in NYC as well as pitches for issue 4 here on January 6th.
(Source: redupnyc, via prudeghost)
12:05 pm • 20 January 2014 • 139 notes