Sistagirls do Mardi Gras: Indigenous trans community crowdfunds for pride parade

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Imagining a world without diversity, culture and the full rainbow of gender identities is a very dull prospect. Recognising and celebrating the expression these human values makes us healthier and stronger. 

A world without the colourful and ecstatic celebration that is Australia’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras? No thanks.   

Cue the Tiwi Sistagirls. A transgender community of around 40 who reside in the Tiwi Islands, a small group of islands around 100km north of Darwin and officially part of the Northern Territory.

The Sistagirls — who have given themselves this name, as a sign of self-respect and the desire to shun a western label — have overcome many challenges to create for themselves a vibrant and supportive network where they now feel confident and safe.     Read more…

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FIFA 17’s rainbow kit provokes ‘gay propaganda’ accusations in Russia

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A new in-game rainbow uniform supporting LGBTQ people has been on the receiving end of homophobia and construed as “gay propaganda” in Russia.

The colourful kit was provided to players of popular soccer video game FIFA 17 until Nov. 28, as part of the game’s online “Ultimate Team” component. 

It was created in tandem with the English Premier League’s promotion of the Rainbow Laces campaign by UK charity Stonewall, which encourages LGBTQ inclusivity in sport. 

But it hasn’t been received well by some Russian politicians, who want action against the game for violating the country’s law against gay propaganda, according to The Guardian Read more…

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LGBTQ community receives a state apology in parliament for inequalities

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It is little secret that the Australian government’s policies lag behind their global counterparts when it comes to marriage equality. 

However overnight the premier of the state of South Australia (SA) made an important step towards healing — apologising to the LGBTQ community for past wrongs.

Appearing before the parliament, Premier Jay Weatherill made a public and formal apology for the past mistreatment of the South Australian LGBTQ community and pledged to move toward recognition.

The public galleries surrounding the floor were filled with advocates and members of the community, eager to receive the apology. Read more…

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Neighborhood has inspiring reaction to complaint over gay pride flag

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Donald Trump may try to build a wall against Mexico — but Susan Pearlman of Ann Arbor, Michigan, is busy constructing her own kind of wall.

Pearlman recently came home to her college town to find an anonymous letter telling her that her gay pride flag made a neighbor feel “deeply troubled.” Pearlman, whose daughter is a lesbian, chose not to take down her flag but instead reached out to her neighbors — who responded by putting up 20 pride flags outside their own homes, Pearlman told Mashable.

Pearlman, who describes her community as having a “history of being LGBT friendly,” was shocked to receive such a letter. Read more…

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The Kickstarter campaign that’s making fidgeting sexy

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Can fidgeting be sexy? Ask the self-proclaimed Didget Babes, and you can probably guess their answer.

Fidgeting is something we all do, but it’s especially helpful for people with ADD, ADHD and autism. A new line of luxury devices from the Didget Babes, a design duo, goes beyond simply normalizing the action — it destroys stigma by making fidgeting liberating, productive and, yes, even sexy. 

The Didgets Collection was created by Belen Tenorio, a New York City-based product designer living with ADHD, and Rachael Elder, a creative writer and self-identified fidgeter living in New Zealand.  Read more…

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This is what it looks like when LGBTQ teens tell their own stories

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Young love is difficult for any teen to navigate, from decoding flirty texts to stealing kisses in high school hallways.

For queer youth, however, these universal hesitations and anxieties also come with the stigma of LGBTQ identity. Not only do queer teens have to worry about teachers scolding them for PDA, but they also fear judgment and ridicule from peers who may not accept their sexuality. 

A new video powerfully depicts what it’s like to be an LGBTQ teen finding new love — and why we need to empower at-risk teens to tell their own stories, and challenge media representation of queer lives. Read more…

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