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  1. “We Need to Be Braver”: Voices for Diversity in 2016

    The past year has seen its share of struggles — and of important, tough conversations.

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    Protesters after a rally against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Photo courtesy of NativeinDC, from "We Are What Our Ancestors Prayed For."

  2. We Laughed, We Cried, We Felt: The Posts We Loved in 2016

    Curl up with some tea and a comfy blanket, and revisit our favorite reads.

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  3. So You Want to Wear a Safety Pin

    “[D]on’t do it without a plan. Because the very last thing a tense situation needs is someone full of good intentions but with no knowledge of de-escalation tactics or self-defense.” Ideas for moving beyond symbolism to activism in the wake of the US presidential election.

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  4. Today I learned that my fellow Americans hate me, my body, and my friends

    Thomas Page McBee — a transgender man — reflects on a Trump presidency: “My entire life has been a story about love trumping hate.”

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  5. Ivan Coyote

    Check out the site of Ivan Coyote — award-winning Canadian storyteller and author of 11 books, including the recently released Tomboy Survival Guide.

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  6. This Native American Trans Pageant Is Reviving an Ancient Tradition

    Sage Channel at the Miss International Two Spirit competition: “In a headdress framed by ribbons, she moved her feet in an intricate pattern, in a rhythm she knows by heart.”

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    Photo by Ashley Porton
  7. Shouldn’t I Feel Pretty?

    An excerpt from Ivan Coyote’s book, Tomboy Survival Guide: “Because all those years I mistook that fear for shame, and that mistake has cost us both so much.”

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  8. Apology to a Non-Black Partner

    Poetry by Radical Faggot: “I’m sorry loving me / meant splitting your bones / that my hands / were filled / by their own wringing”

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  9. Jill Soloway on Donald Trump, Locker Rooms, and Toxic Masculinity

    In the wake of the leaked audio of Donald Trump bragging about sexual assault, Transparent creator Jill Soloway discusses how men turn women into Others, and other men into accomplices.

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  10. THE FEM

    THE FEM is a literary journal that publishes feminist, diverse, and inclusive creative works — from fiction and spoken word to interviews with writers, artists, and creators.

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  11. I Was Taught to Hate My Lesbian Neighbors. They Took Me In Anyway.

    “Penny and Joy are going to hell, but you can save them.” Penny and Joy chose to love Dena even though they knew that she was being taught to hate them.

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    Photo by Michael Pham CCBY SA 2.0
  12. Celebrating Pride: Where Religion and Queerness Meet

    “Queer people of all faith traditions deserve to know that they are not alone and that they are loved.” At Longreads, contributor Emily Perper shares four stories exploring the intersection of religion and queerness.

    Current Events
  13. Fcuk Pretty

    “I’m not sure what lies at the root of this: did I reject pretty, did pretty reject me? Did anger tempt me like forbidden fruit, or drive me forward with its drill instructor’s bark?” Alice Isak on the tyranny of “pretty,” its passage from mothers to daughters, and breaking free.

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  14. One night — one of those nights when the world breaks –I said to friends: I need to dance. Watch that I don’t do anything crazy. And I danced. The dancing did not fix the world, but it made the brokenneness a little more bearable.

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  15. “The Club Became Like a Home” — Reflections on Orlando

    Bloggers speak out about the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, in June 2016.

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    "Orlando" by Jennifer Nichole Wells