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November 26, 2011

What if They Declared an Emergency and No One Came? In Canada.

It’s been three weeks since Attawapiskat First Nation took the extraordinary step of declaring a state of emergency. Since then, not a single federal or provincial official has even bothered to visit the community. No aid agencies have stepped forward. No disaster management teams have offered help.

Meanwhile temperatures have dropped 20 degrees and will likely drop another 20 or 25 degrees further in the coming weeks. For families living in uninsulated tents, makeshift cabins and sheds, the worsening weather poses serious risk.

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In Pakistan, this woman killed her husband, cut him up and tried to cook him. He was trying to have sex with their daughter. Hmmm. Can’t say I feel bad for him.

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A short documentary that challenges gender assumptions and gender identities of all kinds by delving into the bathroom experiences of masculine identified queer women and transgendered men of color. It’s lovely.

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Porn For The People: Revolutionizing The Way We Look At Queer Brown Bodies. Wonderful.

What’s so groundbreaking about gay and trans folks of color pleasing each other on camera? Well…gay and trans folks of color pleasing each other on camera. With most porn being made only for the male gaze and pleasure, these films will be “equally sex positive while giving access to both passion and fucking and hardcore sex fantasies.” Queer Brown Porn (QBP) aims to also challenge the limited gender representations we tend to see in pornography, and to also make both the actors and sets as relatable as possible. You’ll find beautiful brown bodies with kinky hair and cozy sets like a Brooklyn studio with brick walls.

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Young, Gay And Homeless: Fighting For Resources (NPR Link)

Depending on the study, somewhere between 30 and 40 percent of homeless youths identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

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WTF?

Yediyur lake, one of the few remaining water bodies in the City, may soon shrink in size or even perish if the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has its way. The cash-strapped Palike has drawn up an extravagant beautification plan to build an island with the 33-ft bronze statue of Swami Vivekananda in the middle of the 12-acre lake.

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I realize that Michele Bachmann is invested in the idea of wives “submitting” to husbands and I guess, men in general? I don’t know. I don’t much care. But despite my deep apathy about this woman, I was disturbed by this. WTF, Michele Bachmann? Spitting at feminism turns out to be super awkward.

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