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Gender Bent's Blog – June 2017 Archive (7)

Black transgender woman appointed as Editor-in-chief of feminist publication, making History!

The Wear Your Voice (WYV) team would like to congratulate trans-activist Ashlee Marie Preston on her appointment as the new Editor-in-Chief. Writer, activist and media advocate, Preston serves on local and national advisory boards that promote social change.



In an all-too-familiar, homogeneous field of journalism, Preston is determined to use media to empower marginalized and disfranchised communities, whose voices are often omitted from mainstream conversation.…

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Added by Gender Bent on June 29, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

17-year-old Ava Le’Ray Barrin becomes youngest of 14 trans-WOC murdered in the U.S. this year

Another transwoman, Ava Le’Ray Barrin, was murdered this week, becoming the youngest trans murder victim in the U.S. in 2017. As reported by the…

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Added by Gender Bent on June 28, 2017 at 11:37am — 4 Comments

Toxic masculinity couldn't stand the sight of a man's naked body on ESPN Cover

Now, every year ESPN magazine does a “body” issue featuring a major variety of athletes who bare it all for the camera, emphasizing the strength, skill, and endurance that their bodies are capable of. Nothing sexual about it at all, really. Regardless of that fact, tiny-minded men of Twitter were up in arms when ESPN …

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Added by Gender Bent on June 28, 2017 at 11:13am — 3 Comments

Salvador-based La Frida bike project combines biking and art to empower Black women to have healthier lifestyles

La Frida is a project created by self-proclaimed Black "cycloativistis." The project unites biking and street art to encourage urban mobility among Black women by amplifying their voices and encouraging them to occupy more spaces in public life. The project teaches women and girls to ride bikes while creating a “moving home” for them to express and share art and poetry. Paying particular attention to the way racism and sexism impede Black women from positive interpersonal…

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Added by Gender Bent on June 23, 2017 at 4:43pm — 1 Comment

#Hairties video series empowers Black girls to think positively about their hair

A new video series is empowering Black girls to redefine what is beautiful, and shaping how the next generation feels about their hair. #Hairties uses testimonials from Black women and girls to acknowledge the fraught history of Black hair, while looking toward the future to where we might go. Created by Antonia Opiah, the seven-part video series features the stories of six women across three generations, the individuals that influenced their hairstyles over the years, and…

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Added by Gender Bent on June 20, 2017 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Celebrate Pride by being trans-inclusive

This Pride month, express your solidarity for and support of gay and queer folx by being more trans-inclusive! Seems pretty obvious, right? But even (maybe especially) within the LGBTQIA community and spaces, so-called allies of gay rights continue to otherize and marginalize queer and trans folks, unintentionally or otherwise. While it’s a struggle, for some, to unpack the problematic ways in which we view gender and to actively diverge from what we’ve been programmed to…

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Added by Gender Bent on June 14, 2017 at 5:53pm — No Comments

I will always love and admire Black men, here’s why

Black men have been getting a bad rap since forever. They’re, “aggressive, violent, cheaters, liars, thieves…” or at least that’s the picture that’s painted of them. While this may be true for some, it is not the truth for all. I believe there are some decent, faithful, friendly, caring, loving black men out there. I know this because I’ve met some of them.



IN MY LIFETIME I’VE MET…



….an amazing guy who was all about his daughters. Probably one of the…

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Added by Gender Bent on June 1, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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