Dear White People/Queridos Gringos: You Want Our Culture but You Don’t Want Us — Stop Colonizing the Day of the Dead


By Aya de Leon on, cross-posted with permission Dear White People (or should I say Queridos Gringos/Gabachos), Let me begin by saying it is completely natural that you would find yourself attracted to the Day of the Dead. This indigenous holiday from Mexico celebrates the loving connection between the living and … [Read more...]

As a Black Lesbian, Queerness Is Not Made in My Image


By Kesiena Boom for BuzzFeed, cross-posted with permission I am unable to marry my Blackness and my queerness in my mind. I will pull myself apart. It starts superficially. I clutch at my hair and despair at the frizz and kink and curl. I go to a white salon for only the third time in my life and ask the gay hairdresser to … [Read more...]

America Still Doesn’t Get It: White, Blue-Eyed, and Thin IS the Universal Standard of Beauty


By Alana de Hinojosa Earlier this month, journalist Ester Honig had what seemed to be a pretty good idea. Having stumbled upon Fivver, a freelancing platform that connects freelancers around the world for a variety of tasks, Honig decided she'd send a makeup-free picture of herself to 40 individuals in 25 countries with one … [Read more...]