- Mashable 18:10August 21, 2019Trans woman googles every news story containing the word 'transgender' in a yearTea Uglow was having dinner with her family when her brother proffered an impromptu opinion on "the role of trans people in sport, women's spaces, and the 'danger to the kids.'"
"It was as surprising as it was personally devastating," said Uglow, who identifies as trans.
"After an emotional discussion it was even harder to persuade everyone that this was literally regurgitating ideas we’d seen on the front pages for the last few years," she added. "'Concerns' that were not concerning when I actually transitioned."
From the conversation with her family, an idea emerged. Uglow, who works for Google Creative Lab, said she wanted to see where those ideas about trans people emerged by doing a non-partisan review of headlines from the past year. "I just wanted to see, without cherry-picking the 'bad' headlines, how out of control the situation was," she said. Read more...More about Transgender, Transgender Rights, Media Industry, Social Good, and Activism
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- Guardian 08:00August 21, 2019Crystal Rasmussen review – drag star with charisma by the bucketloadUnderbelly Cowgate, EdinburghA Romanov raised by wolves meets a struggling Lancashire boy in a memoir dipped in glamour and pulsating to powerpopThere’s a well-travelled road from boy- or girlband glory to solo success. So why shouldn’t it be open to alumni of the drag queen quintet Denim? Crystal Rasmussen sings in that supergroup and now turns their memoir Diary of a Drag Queen into a fringe show. It charts the life stories of Crystal – a Romanov who fled the Bolsheviks to be raised by wolves – and their alter ego Tom, a gender nonconforming boy in Lancashire, struggling to live a life without shame. They meet; they help one another; they become one – with costume changes and powerpop cover versions en route.The twin-track narrative is a nice conceit, and it’s thrilling when they come together – by which stage, Crystal is married to seventh husband Mr Blobby and Tom is listening to Madonna on the school bus while being pelted with oranges. (The homophobia they experience gets worse, and is shocking.) Then the distinction between the two personae blurs, as Rasmussen reads from chapters of his memoir representing their various stations of their cross. Kate Bush, Madge herself and Minnie Riperton – if not quite with her signature top note – help the story along its way. Continue reading...
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- Huffington Post UK 14:23August 20, 2019Gagging Orders Clearly Discriminate Against Women – So Why Are They Still Allowed?
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- New York Magazine 20:50August 19, 2019How Would We Deal With Bill Clinton If Hillary Had Won?It’s Bill Clinton’s 73rd birthday, and he has largely been consigned to history thanks to his declining policy legacy and questions about his behavior that the #MeToo movement raises. It could have been much worse for him had his wife won in 2016.
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