Changing the Narrative: LGBT Young Adult Novels

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By Sayantani DasGupta It’s banned books week again, which is a time of year that always makes me appreciate the power of stories. Stories have such power, words such potential, that people actually fear them. Usually, this fear stems from a desire to limit the narratives that young people can access, and in so doing, attempt to … [Read more...]

Femme Invisibility: On Passing Right by Your People and Not Being Recognized

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By Melissa A. Fabello “So? How do you attract women, then?” I let out one of those awkward laughs that sound more like blurting out Surprise! “I’m serious,” my friend wailed, seeming embarrassed for having asked.  She broke off a piece of the brownie that we were sharing and stuffed it into her mouth, a look of defeat on … [Read more...]

Eating Disorders and LGBT: What’s the Connection?

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By Valerie Kusler October is LGBT history month, and as the resident eating disorders geek here at Adios Barbie (perhaps I’ll upgrade myself to “specialist” after I finish my MSW), it got me thinking about how little I know about the connection between eating disorders and LGBT population. The default assumptions I’ve heard are … [Read more...]

Transgender History Makers

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By Sharon Haywood, Co-Editor For transgender individuals, not disclosing their transgender status, also known as “living stealth,” has been the norm. Too many transgender folks have lived in fear of ridicule, discrimination, and rejection leading many to live a lie. But today, change is upon us; history is being made. October is … [Read more...]

Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”: Racist or Revolutionary?

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I’m always on the hunt for pop and hip-hop songs that celebrate our different cultures, genders, abilities and races. That's why one of my all time favorite songs is Earth, Wind and Fire's "Shining Star". How could you not smile with lyrics like these?: You're a shining star, no matter who you are Shining bright to see what you … [Read more...]

Body Image and Transgender Folks

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By Valerie Kusler The shopping and style blog, Racked, just introduced its newest guest blogger, Doll, who also happens to be its first transgender blogger. In Doll's first post, she talks about her transition to becoming a woman, and can you guess what her biggest concern is? Body shape. … [Read more...]

Gays on TV: Despite Growth, Real Portrayals More Urgent Than Ever

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by Pia Guerrero, Co-founder/editor Remember on Buffy the Vampire Slayer when Willow entered into a gay relationship with Tara, played by Amber Benson? It was a first for television that made me so proud to be a GenXer. At that time circa 1998, Adios Barbie was new on the scene but we knew we wanted to say something about this … [Read more...]

NOW’s Love Your Body Campaign and NOH8 Join Forces to Promote Acceptance For All

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America’s Next Top Model Whitney Thompson recently created a media buzz posing nude for the Hollywood NOW's Love Your Body campaign. The Love Your Body Day photo shoot, Thompson joined by the event's creator, Chenese Lewis. The dynamic duo is back with a new campaign combining Love Your Body and NOH8, protesting California's … [Read more...]

Transgender Beauty in India

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By Sharon Haywood For women and men alike, self-image and self-esteem are often intimately linked. For transgender people, positive self-image and high self-esteem can be elusive at best. In India, the combined efforts of activists and businesses attempt to alter this reality via the country's first-ever transgender beauty … [Read more...]

Gay/Trans Dance Crew, Vogue Evolution, Brings it to ‘America’s Best Dance Crew’

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I just watched Vogue Evolution compete on MTV's 'America's Best Dance Crew'. I was inspired by the fact that the crew challenged some long held stereotypes about what it means to be a hip-hop dancer. The crew represented by being the first openly gay group to perform on the show. Voguing has been forced underground (and into the … [Read more...]