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Prince Was The Patron Saint Of Black Weirdos

flickr/Scott Penner By Ijeoma Oluo I remember it clearly, my white mother talking to her black friends as my brother and I, six and four, played underfoot. “These kids need to be around you, I’m afraid they won’t learn how to be black.” I understand now, as an adult, what my mom was saying. My white mother Read more

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The Battle For The Future Of Autism Advocacy

“Some people on the spectrum may not want a cure and may choose to advocate for themselves. Others who live with the serious medical conditions and other challenges that often accompany autism rely on Autism Speaks to advocate for them. A vital part of our mission is to speak about and address the needs of the broad community and to provide support to those who are seeking our help.” Read more

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Chris Brown Doesn’t Deserve Your Money Or Your Forgiveness

By Monica Busch If you haven’t heard, R&B singer Chris Brown is planning to release a documentary chronicling his life, rise to fame, and subsequent infamy following his 2009 assault on then-girlfriend and Grammy award-winning singer Rihanna. The documentary, dubbed Welcome to My Life, does not have a release date, but Brown Tweeted the trailer earlier Read more

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Anti-Trans ‘Feminists’ Are More Dangerous Than Religious Zealots

“Why does it matter, saying ‘women’ instead of ‘people’ when we talk about abortion or contraception or pregnancy? It matters for the same reason we have the word ‘feminist’ at all — because it picks out the fact that women are treated as an inferior caste, whose bodies don’t fully belong to them.” Read more

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7 Women On The Intersection Of Hair And Queer Identity

Teenagedom is largely a parade of awkwardness, self-doubt, and one’s body rebelling against its owner. For young queer girls, this time can be especially unwieldy, marked not only by burgeoning sexuality, but by a slew of quickly shifting hairstyles that let the world know they’re “not like other girls.” Read more