It is remiss to celebrate Pride without looking back on the tireless of work of the warrior mothers of gay liberation, Ms. Marsha “Pay It No Mind” Johnson and Ms. Sylvia Rivera. Trans women of color were, are, and always will be on the frontline of LGBTQA+ revolution.
There are many ways to turn your outrage towards acts of warfare against Syria into action. Click on for just a few tools to support Syrians during this ongoing crisis.
Be twice as good to get half of what they have. Growing up black in white America, this phrase is your constant companion. Passed down by your parents, it’s part-gift, part-curse, and supposed to be the ultimate motivator—do your homework, go to class, get good grades, work hard, rise above, go high. Always aim to be better than yourself.
We are here to say we stand with all marginalized communities, and we are here to stand by you. We want to reaffirm to you that every emotion continues to be valid. That your voice is powerful. Your existence matters. And ultimately that You, I, She, Her, They are unimaginably resilient, even through all moments we feel the most powerless.
Donald Trump is not my President. He will never have the honor of being referred to as my President. It’s not me who put him there, and it sure as shit wasn’t my people. NOT MY PRESIDENT is our newest series made up of personal stories intended to create a space for healing and empowerment amidst the current political climate.
Here’s the thing no one tells you: studying abroad is extremely difficult. Put that together with being a woman of color in the middle of a country whose language you do not speak and, well, it’s expected to be a bumpy ride. It is a harsh reality when you are stripped of your cultural identity and thrown to the sharks, a reality I will admit I struggled with quite deeply.
Modern Girl Kristen shares with us some of her favorite books and movies from a Sexual Identity & Culture course she took at her college.