Gender & Sexuality

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How 'Neurospeculative AfroFeminism' Uses Virtual Reality to Explore Otherworldly Transformation at a Black Hair Salon

Colorlines sat down with designers from Hyphen-Labs, a multidisciplinary creative collective led by women of color, to discuss the inspiration behind the immersive experience they showcased at South by Southwest.

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REPORT: Women Who Are of Color, Trans and HIV-Positive Must Fight Overlapping Oppressions

Research by the Transgender Law Center highlights the major economic, social and health challenges facing trans women of color living with HIV.

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Trans Health Panel Breaks Down Why Trans Workers of Color Are a Necessity

Diana Feliz Oliva and her colleagues from the Transgender Health Project at Los Angeles' St. John's Well Child and Family Center addressed health and care disparities affecting trans people of color during their South by Southwest panel.

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'Self Defense Starter Kit' Offers Practical Moves to De-Escalate Everyday Discrimination

Rana Abdelhamid and Maryam Aziz of the Women's Initiative for Self-Empowerment guide viewers through practical self-defense strategies. 

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A New Subscription Service Aims to Give White Allies a Way to Do More Than Rocking Safety Pins

Created by two Black women activists, The Safety Pin Box is a monthly service for White allies meant to replace the symbolic gesture of wearing a safety pin with tasks and financial contributions to Black women.

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Katherine Johnson and Mae Jemison To Get Their Own Lego Figurines

The mathematician and astronaut feature in an upcoming "Women of NASA" Lego set.

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Ava DuVernay's Array Kicks Off Women's History Month with 12-Hour Twitter Takeover

The "13th" director's film network's third "Rebel-A-Thon" features the likes of Julie Dash, Mira Nair and more in social media conversation about representation in film. 

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Take the 2017 Colorlines Reader Survey. Then Get Free Stuff!

Please take our first reader survey in many years. There's good music in it for you.

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New Doc Series, 'Other Boys NYC,' Shines a Light on Queer Men of Color

The series' first 26 episodes, each of which profiles a different gay or trans man of color living in New York City, are now available through Slay TV.

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Devyn Galindo Captures East LA's Xicanx Youth Culture in Debut Book

Galindo—a non-binary queer artist of Mexican-American descent—discusses photo book, "We Are Still Here," in a new interview with Remezcla. 

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Meet Ernesto Yerena Montejano, the Artist Behind the Ubiquitous 'We the Resilient' Protest Poster

Chicano/Native/Yaqui artist Ernesto Yerena Montejano explores questions of identity, gender norms, politics and spirituality in his vibrant illustrations, prints and collages. Here, an intimate portrait of the man behind the "We the Resilient" image you keep seeing at protests across the country. 

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How Civil Rights Groups Feel About Sessions' Confirmation in 9 Tweets

“The man in charge of enforcing hate crimes laws doesn’t think they should exist.”

An Interfaith Group of Clergy is 'Blessing' New and Existing Abortion Clinics

"We were claiming the sacredness of the space and the decisions that women and families make," says Katey Zeh of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, the group that co-produced the first blessing ceremony with Planned Parenthood Metro-Washington. 

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How the Super Bowl Became a Battle for America's Soul

The subtle—and not-so subtle—roles race, xenophobia and Islamophobia played in Super Bowl LI.

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Leaked Executive Order Draft Could 'Legalize Discrimination'

“Policymakers across the nation are leveraging religion to push forward crude and discriminatory laws that impose extreme financial, dignitary and emotional harm on women of color and their families.”

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SCOTUS Nominee Neil Gorsuch: Where He Stands on Civil Rights, Reproductive Justice, the Environment and More

Human Rights Campaign: “We cannot afford a justice who will roll back our rights, or who will be a rubber stamp for Donald Trump’s unconstitutional actions.”

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Fatimah Asghar on Why Her New Web Series is a Love Letter to 'Brown Girls' Everywhere

"I want people to see the joy of being a person of color, the joy of these communities, the joy of this friendship."

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#ResistanceInPhilly Rocks Republican Congressional Retreat

Thousands of protesters descended on a GOP retreat in Philadelphia featuring Donald Trump, Mike Pence and other Republican leaders. Herewith, some photos and videos from the action. 

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LGBTQ Activists of Color Talk Trump and What They're Doing to Create Change [VIDEO]

We interviewed a range of LGBTQ activists of color at last week's Creating Change conference in Philadelphia and found that there still is strength in numbers.

WATCH: Linda Sarsour, Ibtihaj Muhammad and More Discuss Why They Wear Hijab

The activist and Olympian star in the latest episode of "The Secret Life of Muslims."