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Nearly a week after election day the #Arizona Senate race has been called for Democrat #KyrstenSinema. She will occupy the seat currently held by Republican Jeff Flake. When she was elected to the U.S. House in 2012 she became the first openly #bisexual person elected to Congress.
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Article: “The language of distress: Black women’s mental health and invisibility”
“Indeed, many Black women I know are no strangers to what most mental health professionals would see as depressive and/or anxiety ‘disorders’. The majority of us consider these experiences to come with the territory of having to navigate through injustice and oppression. We call that life.”
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Recently I have been filling out a ton of paperwork where the only options are Male or Female. This has been infuriating to see but is usually something that I do nothing about due to feeling overwhelmed by circumstance I am in, or the number of pages of paperwork I need to fill out. Last week at a conference a trans-advocate implored us to use our privileges and become better allies by asking for more non-binary options on forms such as medical forms, legal documents, applications, and all other forms that only offer binary gender options. Trans and non-binary people face countless barriers that many cis-gendered people never consider. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“According to the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey Report, 33% of transgender people surveyed had at least one negative health care experience in the past year related to their gender identity” - @Wired. “65% of transgender people reported discrimination in one or more public accommodation settings in the past 12 months. Because of fear of discrimination, 1 in 5 transgender people postponed or did not try to get health care in the past year.” @AMSAnational
Hopefully, the people who have created or are in charge of distributing these forms have not considered how the antiquated binary options affect and exclude many people. Asking for more inclusive gender options can lead to change, or can highlight companies and people who are not supportive of inclusivity. I am by no means an expert in this area, so if there are additional or alternative ways to be an ally in these situations, please let me know! Thank you so much to @LunaSnapsPics for all of their help on this piece, go check her out!
For more info visit @HumanRightsCampaign@FenwayHealth@TransLawCenter@GLAAD#TransAwarenessWeek#WontBeErased#TransRightsAreHumanRights #GenderIdentity
We're DONE with old, white men attempting to manufacture our fantasies. We're leaving body shaming, transphobia, and white-washed versions of beauty behind. When we look up at runways and screens, we wanna see activists like @geenarocero, survivors like @ihartericka, and role models like @yanismarshall.
The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is a prime example of casting taking the shape of one privileged person's antiquated worldview. #EdRazek – the 70-year-old transphobic, fatphobic 'senior creative' (see: CASTING DIRECTOR) – has held the reins at VS for too long, and his comments this week about who the fashion show is for are dangerous, hateful, and out of touch. If VS plans to keep Mr. Razek high up in its ranks, then we'll plan to #CancelVS. It's not BY us, and it's sure as hell not FOR us.
SHARE & comment below tagging #MakeVSDiverse if you think Mr. Razek and what he stands for should get the boot and be replaced – ideally by a woman, person of color, or LGBT person.
There is no denying that #WhoppiGoldberg is revered as one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood. Gifting us with characters from #TheColorPurple, #SisterAct, #Ghost & so much more, we don't know what the history books would look like without this phenomenal woman. Sending #EBONYLOVE to an EGOT Queen! #HBD 🎂
*👀 Wedding Bells!?* Birdman says he's tired of waiting & wants to tie the knot by the end of the year! Toni Braxton is holding out for a big wedding, rather than taking a quick trip down to the courthouse, telling Wendy Williams, “I need the dress. I want the dress.” #linkinbio to watch Toni spill the 🍵! [📸Derrick Salters]
Splashing some culture on your feed ✨ So mesmerised by mehendi artist @nehaassar! All of Neha’s designs are like mini rom-coms, each telling a different love story 😌💞