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Even in queer spaces, non-binary people are invisible. A brief history of forcing feminine people to shave. Rest in power, Asma Jahangir. Solnit on the #MeToo backlash. Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Alabama road trip. Mildly unhappy, with moments of joy. The end of gender. Fear of butch identity is costing us so much. How to queer the map. Hardliners fear the written word. American maniac. A literary trip to the heart of Russia. DACA in Appalachia and the South. Opening a queer, feminist bookstore in Mississippi. 

Brooklyn Museum. © E.A. Crunden

Brooklyn Museum. © E.A. Crunden


Journalism: Austin's paid sick leave vote was the result of a groundswell of progressive activism -- now, the city is the first in the South with such a requirement. Five months later and Puerto Rico is experiencing the longest blackout in U.S. history. Thousands of Canadians are demanding #JusticeForColten. The leaked IPCC report draft isn't looking very good for Paris climate targets. Here are the stories and faces behind the tragedy in Florida. Teen survivors want lawmakers to push for gun control. Before Adam Rippon, there was Rudy Galindo.

Around the Globe

Africa. South Africa's Jacob Zuma finally resigned from office; Cyril Ramaphosa will replace him. Zimbabwe's opposition leader died following a battle with cancer. Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has stepped down

Americas. Venezuela v. Colombia. In Canada, Native activists want justice. Trump's proposed budget is really something. Refugees resettlement offices close en masse. Seventeen people, many of them teenagers, were killed in the latest mass shooting in the U.S

Asia & Australia. In the Maldives, it's India v. China. Filipinx leader Rodrigo Duterte did indeed threaten to shoot people in the vagina. Monsoon season could spell disaster for Burma's Rohingya. Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu is facing corruption charges and Israelis want him to step down. Nepal's new prime minister is a communist open to China. Meanwhile, in Australia

Europe. Seventy-one people died in a plane crash near Moscow. Following a bill outlawing linking the Holocaust to Poland, the country is eyeing a bill limiting kosher slaughter. Mikheil Saakashvili, former Georgian president, has been deported from Ukraine to Poland. Romania’s new Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă apologized for calling Romanian European Parliament members "autistic." Kosovo has been independent from Serbia for 10 years.


Green Is A Thing

Iceland is on track to spend more energy on bitcoin "mining" than on home power. The coal miners living with black lung. Rural America's drinking water crisis. The invisible oil spill threatening some of Asia's richest fisheries. Above-average rainfall in the Ivory Coast is helping cocoa. The diversity of talent in Appalachia. The EPA Scott Pruitt first class drama. Giving mountains back their indigenous names. Eastern Kentucky's struggle with water, in context.


Spoken & Written

"I want to go over to the judges and say, ‘Can I just have a Xanax? And a quick drink? I’ll be fine.'" -- Olympic ice skater Adam Rippon