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Because representation matters. Because writers often control representation in our culture. Because there isn’t a single person on this website, or in the world, who couldn’t benefit from a bit more informed dialogue and…

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I am excited to confirm that Ryka Aoki, Magnoliah Black, and Virgie Tovar will all be performing at the book launch party! The party is taking place September 26th from 7-9 pm at Show and Tell in Oakland. Mark your calendars!

Magnoliah Black (first photo) is a New Orleans native and Bay Area transplant. She is a storyteller who promotes body love and diversity through the mediums of vocal performance, dance, burlesque, writing and public speaking. She performs both as a soloist and as a core member of the internationally-traveled and award-winning Rubenesque Burlesque.

Virgie Tovar, MA, (second photo) is an author, activist and one of the nation’s leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image. She is the editor of Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love & Fashion (Seal Press, November 2012). Virgie has been featured by MTV, Al Jazeera, the San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, Huffington Post, Bust Magazine, Jezebel, and XOJane, as well as on Women’s Entertainment Television and The Ricki Lake Show.

Ryka Aoki (third photo)has been honored by the California State Senate for “extraordinary commitment to free speech and artistic expression, as well as the visibility and well-being of transgender people.” Her collection Seasonal Velocities was a finalist for a 2013 Lambda Literary Award in Transgender Nonfiction. Ryka also appears in Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation, Transfeminist Perspectives, and The Collection. Her novel, He Mele a Hilo, was be published by Topside Signature Press in spring 2014. She is a professor of English at Santa Monica College and of Gender Studies at Antioch University.

Nia King, Jessica Glennon-Zukoff and Terra Mikalson have spent the last year editing a one-of-a-kind collection of interviews titled Queer and Trans Artists of Color: Stories of Some of Our Lives. Come out to our book launch to EAT GOOD FOOD, SEE AMAZING PERFORMANCES, and BUY THE BOOK!

Entrance to the party is $10-20* (which includes dinner) with no one turned away for lack of funds. Copies of the book are $10-$20 sliding scale. Please BRING CASH.

Space is limited. Seating is first come, first serve, so get there early!

The venue is wheel-chair accessible. We are also trying to keep the space as low-scent as possible. Please do NOT come to the space with smoke (cigarette, weed, wood, or incense) or chlorine on your person or clothes. Please do NOT wear perfume or cologne to this event. If possible, also avoid scented shampoos, conditioners, deodorants, laundry detergent, fabric softener, etc. before coming. More info on how to be fragrance-free and support folks with chemical sensitivities here: http://www.brownstargirl.org/blog/

*Artists featured in the book get in free!

This event will also feature catering by the incomparable Amirah Mizrahi, who will be cooking delicious Palestinian food and also vegan brownies.


This reality is a bit harder to swallow: There are more white people in the US and Canada because the US and Canada were established using the systematic genocide of Native peoples, the theft of Native lands, and the labour of enslaved peoples in the past and immigrant peoples currently who were and are never meant to stay or survive.

And now you’re uncomfortable. Good.

When you accept and acknowledge that census figures reflect a long history of marginalization, it is preposterous to use these same figures as the benchmark to which you measure the inclusion of marginalized people.


— There’s a great piece in the Toast about representation and diversity (‘Proportional Representation’ Has No Place In Diversity Discussions by Léonicka Valcius) today. (via whineandbeer)

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… I should say that’s a current thing. It’s not a lifelong thing.

I’ve always had a tendency to stick up for my body hair, though. I could never bear the thought of tweezing my unibrow, or, when it came in much later, my chin hairs. I hated when people would bleach my mustache. I just felt like…

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Important, always-relevant comic done by the wonderful Ursa Eyer.

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still laughing about yesterday during gender/sexuality studies class when our professor had everyone chant “VAGINA! PENIS! VAGINA!” a few times to make us more comfortable with saying those terms

and this girl just stands up slowly and says “…this… this isn’t math class…”

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The Diversity Gap in the highest grossing science fiction and fantasy films. Sad, right? You can see the full study here.

The #Diversity Gap in the highest grossing science fiction and fantasy #films.


The Diversity Gap in the highest grossing science fiction and fantasy films. Sad, right? You can see the full study here.

The #Diversity Gap in the highest grossing science fiction and fantasy #films.

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Day in Washington Episode 2 – The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act. The DIW Disability Policy Video Podcast explores and discusses subjects of interest to the disability community. This episode highlights the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, through its changes to the Internal Revenue Code, its impact on Social Security and Medicaid asset limits and what that means for people with disabilities.

H.R.647 (Identical to S. 313) – The ABLE Act of 2013 – https://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/647

U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight Hearing:
Saving for an Uncertain Future: How the ABLE Act can Help People with Disabilities and their Families
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 – http://www.finance.senate.gov/hearings/hearing/?id=838dfbc2-5056-a032-52d6-5cff32022993

Special thanks to the National Down Syndrome Society for some great resources:

Confluence of Poverty and Disability: http://housingforall.org/rop0304%20poverty%20and%20disability.pdf

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ICYMI: Here’s me on the internet radio talking about Illegal, Princeless, misrepresentation and under representation in the media, and diversity in comics and other media - a thing which, if you didn’t know, I maintain is important.