Maureen Taylor is a hero.
We think it is rape culture or gun violence that will define us as a fallen civilization. But it’s the indifference that will do us in.
"And maybe it’s a stage. And maybe it’s not. But either way, I don’t want him to ever feel like he wasn’t able to express himself because his parents didn’t support him."
from Seth Menachem’s great piece at xoJane My Son Wears Dresses and That’s OK With Me
Throughout the country Pride parades took place on Sunday. Pride commemorates the Stonewall Riots, which occurred 45 years ago and were sparked by Sylvia Rivera, a trans woman of color. Greenwich Village, the site of the Stonewall Riots in 1969, is now dotted with rainbow ads marking summer sales; some storefronts even offer mimosas and hors d’oeuvres to celebrate gay pride. Those offers, however, exist in stark contrast to the lives of trans people—and to trans women of color especially—who remain under attack.
If we don’t do something to fix the glaring inequities in this economy, the pitchforks are going to come for us. No society can sustain this kind of rising inequality. In fact, there is no example in human history where wealth accumulated like this and the pitchforks didn’t eventually come out. You show me a highly unequal society, and I will show you a police state. Or an uprising. There are no counterexamples. None. It’s not if, it’s when.