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“We gotta work on ourselves before we can work on the world” 🙌🌎 — @chancetherapper
For Father’s Day, this father got the chance to hear his late daughter's heart beat inside the man whose life she saved ❤
We are bringing her back because you cannot get enough of author and trans activist Janet Mock! Mock talks with @Mic about her new book, 'Surpassing Certainty,' and her process of writing it.👑
They say the eyes are the windows to the soul — so let your soul shine with these lashes!🙌🌟 Would you wear these lashes out?
Hey, breastfeeding is completely natural and this politician is taking a stand to normalize it in a society that has deemed the action inappropriate for public places.
Immigration activist Karyna Jaramillo recounts her experience as a trans woman immigrating to the U.S. and in a detention center. Trans women face the risk of mistreatment and harassment within these centers, and as defense coordinator for the organization Trans Queer Pueblo, Jaramillo is trying to bring awareness and change to these conditions 👐👐
@Manetamed is a gender-neutral barber shop, called Hairrari, with three locations across Manhattan and Brooklyn. @Mic asked Magdalena Ryczko, a queer Polish immigrant and the shop’s founder, what makes her business different. For one, Hairrari doesn’t have gendered price lists like in most barber shops or salons — they price based on length of hair. They also don’t assume the gender of a client, understanding that someone may be non-binary or in the process of transitioning. Ryczko has trained almost all her staff from scratch, employing many women and queer folk, and gotten a reputation online for “the best dyke haircut!” and the “best lesbian barber!” When asked if she saw a difference between feminist movements and queer communities in America and in her home country of Poland, Ryczko laughed and said, “I’m glad that I’m here definitely, because there’s like five lesbians over there.” She just recently visited and noted that “there were like twenty people on Tinder.” New York’s lesbian community is clearly very happy to have her, too.
This Indian ad represents progress for transgender rights and awareness in India. Check out these brave women. 👐
A nationally renowned poet, activist, immigrant, and a black queer single mother, Staceyann Chin shares her experience of coming into herself and her identity, when her surroundings were anything but accepting. In this episode of #FirstPersonPBS, Chin goes into the trauma that led her to pursue a life in which she will never be silenced again. “I think I was not just undone by the thing itself happening, I was also undone by the fact that I did not fight back, and that I didn’t respond in a way that was fierce and feminist and loud and unapologetic … and maybe it was then that I decided I would never be silent again about something that was happening to me,” she shares in the episode. Chinn’s first stirrings of activism centered around her lesbian identity, and once she came to the U.S., it was followed by her identity as a Jamaican immigrant. As she read the works of Audre Lorde and June Jordan, her philosophy became more intersectional and she realized all oppression is related. “I think if you form connections with people, if your life expands, then it is natural that the people who you are concerned about, the issues you’re concerned about, expands also.” For the full episode with this badass woman, go to @FirstPersonPBS’ Facebook page.
False stereotypes for immigrants have led to fear and exclusion. These three students share with @Mic their perspectives of why everyone needs to take a second to understand who undocumented immigrants are and why fighting for their rights is so important for our country.
On World Refugee Day, let’s all take a moment to recognize the number of people who have been forced out of their homes without refuge. Comment with ideas for what we can do, big or small, to help the 22.5 million refugees around the world and combat the refugee crisis. #WorldRefugeeDay
Yo senators, Imma let you finish, but Sen. Kamala Harris had some of the best questioning of all time! *mic drop.* What do you think about Harris’ male colleagues interrupting her mid-sentence?