How one woman’s yard sign became a rallying cry for allies

[ad_1] It was a cold night in November 2016 when I first saw the sign.  Long runs in the winter darkness were my response to post-election anxiety. Music both angry (DJ Shadow’s Nobody Speak) and somber (Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker) provided the soundtrack as I chewed over the president-elect’s racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, fact-denying…

Powerful Black Lives Matter protests continue into a third weekend

[ad_1] The protests that sprung up after the police killing of George Floyd on May 25 are now in their third weekend, and there’s no sign that they’re slowing down. Crowds gathered in major cities around the country (and the world) while residents in smaller localities also turned out to stand against systemic racism. And…

Trump admin strips away healthcare protections for transgender people

[ad_1] You wouldn’t be blamed if you haven’t heard about the Trump administration’s latest rollback of protections for transgender people. With the coronavirus pandemic, the economic crisis, and the  continuing protests against the police killing of George Floyd, there’s a lot going on. On Friday, the government reversed an Obama-era regulation which makes it illegal…

Crisis Text Line CEO ousted after staff exposes culture of discrimination

[ad_1] After examples of discrimination, microagressions, emotional abuse, and tokenism at Crisis Text Line exploded on Twitter, the nonprofit’s board ousted its CEO.  Nancy Lublin was terminated from her position and board seat Friday, according to a statement from the organization’s board, which former employees shared on Twitter. The firing comes after employees staged a…

Why the social network of systemic racism is ripe for change

[ad_1] It took two weeks of explosive, transformative national upheaval on race and policing before the head of America’s hyperlocal social network finally took a stand. “Let me say it unequivocally,” Nextdoor CEO Sarah Friar said in a statement sent to millions of members in 200,000 U.S. neighborhoods Thursday. “Racism has no place on Nextdoor.” …

Sofie Hagen on fat activism and taking up space in a fatphobic world

[ad_1] This article has been published to coincide with an episode of Mashable’s new podcast, History Becomes Her. Sofie Hagen is a Danish comedian who co-created the Guilty Feminist podcast with Deborah Frances White. Hagen is non-binary and uses pronouns she/they/he.  Hagen is a fat acceptance campaigner and plus size fashion designer, who speaks candidly…