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The Daily Word in Feminism, Women and Power
Welcome to the dumpster fire as we know it.
Artists are taking a feminist message to Wall Street.
Without sex workers, we would be nowhere.
Women in Ghana are literally taking power back.
The Daily Word in the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Uber and the Slow Destruction of the US
This one's for the laaadiiiessss! But really, ladies, take a look at this.
The Trump administration may soon be rescinding the rights trans students have in schools across the US.
Muslim activists raised over $70,000 to repair a vandalized Jewish cemetery.
Guess who the first rapper to be elected to join the Songwriters Hall of Fame is?
Instagram presents an original idea!
No person owes anyone else an explanation for their existence. People don't have to be nice to you for your own comfort.
What health services vital healthcare services will the Trump administration do away with next? Maternity leave? Oral and vision care for children? Habilitative services? Prescription assistance? There's so much to choose from!
Uber is finally addressing issues of sexism and sexual harassment.
Drag Shows Are My Favorite Sport
Saturday, Jan 21: Rugby is a Drag • Truly Scrumptious Coxx
The Daily Word in Netflix, Food Rhythm and Doppelganger Competitions
Netflix knows what we want this holiday season.
Non-binary photographer Jennifer Jackson felt alone so they began a project to represent people like themself.
These kids won't give up on being educated—even under the threat of terrorism.
Has the phrase “rhythm of food” ever entered your consciousness?
Have you heard of the most interesting doppelganger competition in the world?
Copper Square Downtown is in new hands.
Four Years of Grabbing Back Starts Now
Friday, Nov 25: Civil Rights Workshop
Remember the Fallen
Sunday, Nov 20: Transgender Day of Remembrance Memorial Service
The Daily Word in the Senate, Tinder and Balloon Fiesta
Look at your new favorite animal.
A Christian group in Fla. wants to convict abortion providers and their patients with first-degree murder.
The demotion of the Fox News anchor that filed a lawsuit against the “news source” shines light on how the company views their women employees.
We all know people play games when they date but the dating-app sensation Tinder was literally designed to be like a game.
What makes balloons float the directions they do during Balloon Fiesta?
A Disney classic is about to be remade.
Modern family continues to be a 10/10 show by casting an actual trans kid as a trans kid.
Queer Peers and Some Beers
Friday, Aug 12: She Says
The Daily Word in Churks, Forward Thinking and Real Money
Delta Airlines is showing an edited version of the film Carol, where all of the lesbian kissing scenes have been removed. Ironic, considering the film depicts life among the backward, closed minds of the 50's. Progress.
Meet the "churk," a real-life government genetic engineering experiment in 1960 that resulted in a chicken-turkey hybrid. This monster was mentally retarded, physically deformed and grew twisted feathers. Science.
Irish police chased down a UFO and pulled it over. Turns out the whole thing was a publicity stunt (false flag operation) that the cops were in on (conspiracy)to promote a children's art festival (Illuminati indoctrination camp). Confirmed.
Two completely different women in Ghana are accused of being reckless witches. Reckless, because they both apparently crash landed while flying. One was in the form of a bird (allegedly) until she smashed into a woman's house and turned back into a human. The other was flying somewhere (allegedly) when she felt an "electric shock" that made her fall from the sky. According to the article: "There have, however, been suggestions that the woman might have been suffering from mental problems." Understatement.
A Florida judge said during a ruling that Bitcoin isn't real money. I can't tell if this is good or bad. Uncertainty.
FBI Director James Comey gave an address to the American Bar Association annual conference and told everyone the awful news: The FBI has a ton of trouble breaking into people's phones. And unfortunately, government agencies have no recourse. That means it's up to us—the little people—to make it possible for them to spy on us. Cooperation.
The Daily Word in Goth Style, Therapy and Local Fires
Did I hear you ask, “When will someone make a compilation of goth style?” Well...
Learn more about the best party in the world that you're definitely not invited to.
Whenever I tell people they should see a therapist (because I tell everyone that) I usually receive a scoff as a response, and you know what, that's totally reasonable because most people can't afford it. But why?
The Obama Library is now a go!
There's a new fire in the Manzano Mountains.
The Daily Word in emojis, the flu and the future via Twitter
Only a twitter bot can predict the future.
The suspected organizer of the terrorist attacks in Paris is reportedly killed.
A summation of anti-feminists to induce your daily rage.
Learn more about the history of lesbianism on the island of Nantucket.
Good Charlotte is back, thank Satan.
Morsels by Megan Foldenauer is deliciously lovely.
Where revenge porn and sex work intersect.
Take-out flu shots delivered by Uber? Alright.
Five Trans Musicians Happening Now
So, in case you missed it, a few weeks ago the band Whirr said some pretty hateful things on Twitter about trans* people and about the band G.L.O.S.S. (Girls Living Outside Society’s Shit) in particular. Things like “misogyny is hating women. g.l.o.s.s. Is just a bunch of boys running around in panties making shitty music.” In response, their record label dropped them quicker than you can say “transphobia is misogyny, you jerks.” It was one of those rare and gratifying moments of immediate justice being delivered on the internet.
You can listen to G.L.O.S.S.’s EP Demo on their bandcamp. Their queer brand of hardcore is filled with stellar lines like “with lined lips and spiked bats, gonna take femininity back” and “straight America, you will ruin me,” radiating a truly punk ethic of not giving a shit what people think about them.
In the spirit of throwing more light on trans* people in music, here’s a list of five other awesome openly trans* musicians who you should be listening to now. They deserve as much support as they can get—not just because they make good music, but because if we as a society can start not only tolerating but highlighting trans* people in music, then maybe there is hope for us yet.
(Note: below I’ve used the gender pronouns most recently cited as preferred by each artist. If you know better, though, please drop me a line.)
1. Mykki Blanco
Ok, hopefully you already know about Mykki Blanco—if from nothing else, from her 2012 single “Wavvy” that was playing everywhere for a minute. In addition to her short but prolific music career, Blanco has also made a name for herself as an LGBT activist, performance artist and poet, with the release of her 2011 book From the Silence of Duchamp to the Noise of Boys. Go watch all of her music videos, and then listen to Betty Rubble: The Initiation, her album from earlier this year.
Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons has also had a prolific and varied artistic career. A director and artist, Antony also has one of the most haunting voices in contemporary music. The band is known for tear-jerking baroque-pop ballads like “Hope There’s Someone.” Listen to their self-titled debut album of 2000, then check out some of Antony’s art projects, two of which were listed in SFAQ’s list of “The Top 5 Art Shows in New York City Last Year.”
3. Aye Nako
This punk queercore band from Brooklyn just won Village Voice’s “Best Garage Band of 2015” and it’s well deserved—their music is raw and emotional while still melodic and catchy. In their own words, the quartet plays “sad punk songs about being queer, trans, and black.” You can get their latest EP The Blackest Eye here.
4. Mya Byrne
Mya Byrne is a folk musician and songwriter from Boston. She released her first solo EP in 2004, and has been a staple in the New York folk scene since. She played for the band The Ramblers from 2008 to 2014. You can listen to her first solo LP since her transition in 2014, As I Am, on her website.
5. Rae Spoon
Rae Spoon started songwriting and performing in their hometown of Calgary, Alberta, when they were a teenager. Their early music is decidedly down-home folksy, with Spoon playing guitar, banjo and mandolin on albums Throw Some Dirt on Me and Your Trailer Door, but their most recent album My Prairie Home displays some much more slowed-down, orchestral elements. Besides their musical career, Spoon has authored a book of short stories called First Spring Grass Fire, and has collaborated on the book Gender Failure with Ivan E. Coyote.
Eddie Izzard and the political formation of comedy
The Daily Word in list porn and dressing like a spider
The good folks of D.A.R.E. got duped by anti-pot satire. And they can't even use the "too stoned" excuse.
The Dodgers Stadium kiss cam zoomed in on a gay, male couple. They kissed, and the crowd cheered.
Here's a list of 10 female producers you should know about in 2015.
Jim Morrison super-fans want the Northeast Heights home that Morrison lived in for two years to be designated a historical site.
Dutch designer Anouk Wipprecht's Spider 2.0 dress "uses biosignals and learned threat detection to defend the wearer’s personal space." How rad is that?!