August 8, 2020

On February 25th, a third of Poland has declared itself to be an official “LGBT-free” zone as local municipalities sign a pledge adopting resolutions against “LGBT propaganda”. The nearly 100 Polish municipal or local governments have pledged to “refrain from acts that encourage tolerance and must avoid providing financial assistance to NGOs working to promote equal rights.”

Shortly after activists revealed the extend of the anti-LGBT zones in Poland through an “Atlas of Hate” where you can see the extent of this pledge’s effects. The declar...

July 13, 2020

There is something fishy in the state of (historical romance) Denmark, and I feel compelled to let people know about it.

Scrolling through Instagram the other day, I saw an article by @bellabreenbooks about racism in the Regency era published to the blog Austen Authors, and I saved it so I could go back to read the blog entry when I had more time.

A few days later, when I remembered my saved post, I was met with an error 404: page not found. Turns out, the Austen Authors admins had removed Bella’s post because it was a “controversial” “hot bu...

In the wake of George Floyd’s death, protests erupted over the world and opened up a slew of conversations about social justice. One such conversation that has reignited in the acting industry has been about the importance of actors representing the characters they’re portraying on screen. 

Recently, specifically in the voice acting industry, many white voice actors portraying minority characters on animated TV Series have stepped down from their roles. In a statement a weeks ago, The Simpsons has announced they will “no longer have white ac...

July 4, 2020

It’s a weird Fourth of July this year. For most of us, there are no gatherings, no BBQ’s, not even fireworks. Disney Plus has given us the gift of Lin Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton to remind us of what we once were only a few years ago.

But there’s another film we should also be watching. Magnolia Pictures released the documentary on the life of Rep. John Lewis, Good Trouble, on July 3rd, and it’s riveting in a low key way that I didn’t expect. In case you were unaware, John Lewis is the 80 year-old Congressman from Georgia who is the only survi...

June 29, 2020

On Thursday, June 25th, Disney announced that the ever-popular ride Splash Mountain would be re-imagined due to its ties to the banned, infamous 1946 Disney movie Song of the South. The log flume ride will not be shut down completely, but instead redesigned to align with the 2009 movie The Princess and the Frog, which stepped away from the traditional White princess, featuring instead the first black princess, Tiana.

According to Vox.com, the project to “completely reimagine” Splash Mountain began last year, relaunching the whole theme of th...

June 22, 2020

On June 15th, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of LGBTQ+ workers in the U.S., deciding that workers cannot be fired for being gay or transgender. Prior to the decision of SCOUTUS, according to a Buzzfeed article written on April 17th, 2019, as of last year, states including: Virginia, Missouri, Texas, Arkansas, North Carolina, North Dakota, West Virginia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Wyoming, it was completely legal to fire a worker for their sexual orientation or for being trans...

June 18, 2020

I learned about Juneteenth from Ralph Ellison, the author of what I consider to be the greatest literary novel of the 20th century, Invisible Man. Juneteenth was the title of his posthumous second novel published in 1999.  To say I was floored that this holiday was completely unknown to me but considered the Black “Fourth of July” seemed like I had been living in a bubble.  I grew up in New York City, went to public school, and lived in a household that read three daily newspapers, but I had never even heard anyone speak about it.

Junet...

June 16, 2020

When I woke up this morning and began the daily ritual of checking my phone’s notifications, I was greeted with several news articles about a new Supreme Court ruling that was handed down. “What could it be?” I thought. “Something on abortion? Perhaps legal immunity?” Nope, it was a ruling upholding LGBTQ+ workplace protections. 

It slowly dawned on me, a transgender woman living in the American south, that I now had legal protections in employment via the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (also known as Title VII) thanks to this new landmark ruling....

June 14, 2020

Somewhere in the third month of this New York City lockdown, and amidst daily national protests over the killing of black men by brutal police officers, the new streaming service HBO Max announced that Gone with the Wind would be one of their premier films for their launch. Meanwhile, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling wrote a 3700 word essay during Pride month to announce that she believes that people who have transitioned to the opposite sex are indeed not equal to those who have lived with the genitals they were born with.

It’s been quite a...

June 12, 2020

As we’ve mentioned a few times before, the big, colorful Pride parades of June have been canceled all around the world. Yet that doesn’t quite mean that Pride has been canceled. The Pride this year will be bigger than any other, as protests continue across the world and companies who performatively flaunt Pride for profit. What’s left are those who have fought as individuals and communities to happily celebrate their sexuality to gather in celebration and solidarity to say “we are here, and we’re here to stay, and we’re going to fight for o...

June 11, 2020

Over the past two weeks, and now currently entering the third week, people all over the United States and other countries have been protesting the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless others people of color due to police brutality. These Black Lives Matter movements have not only taken the form of protests but also through petitions, emails to government officials, donations, and also social media. The latter of the four has been a major foundation in the building of political opinions for the younger generations. 

The majori...

After the death of George Floyd by the hands of police brutality and the video of his death circulating around media, a series of protests erupted throughout the United States and, eventually, cities in countries half way around the world. It seems apparent that the frustration boiling under the surface of America’s faux face of freedom and equality while ignoring its hypocritical and oppressive history has finally taken to the streets at a full boil. Still, that frustration and anger must, of course, be directed somewhere so things may cha...

June 6, 2020

As more and more companies and publishing-related businesses began to make statements in support of the national Black Lives Matters protests spreading throughout the country, Romance Writers of America (RWA) released an announcement to its membership late Friday in support of the protests. The statement said, in part,  “That our authors from marginalized communities, especially our Black authors, have been treated as somehow less deserving of a seat at the table of publishing. We must admit and learn from this shameful past, while standing...

June 5, 2020

On June 3rd, Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, and a successful actress, spoke in a moving graduation speech to her former Los Angeles high school, Immaculate Heart. In her speech, she responds to the murder of George Floyd alongside the protests that followed immediately afterwards. Although the Royal Family by tradition does not comment on political issues, Meghan and Prince Harry stepped down from their royals roles this year and relocated to the United States. While she initially planned on speaking to the graduating class of women, her...

June 4, 2020

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As we enter June, protests regarding Black Lives Matter, and the murder of George Floyd and countless other people of color continue to happen. The past few days have brought the spotlight to the problems within America involving race. However, people of all backgrounds have been coming together to fight back against the persistent racism that has been destroying our nation. While many celebrities have been using their platform to speak out against the...

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