The 2 is Separate: Decolonizing Justice through Two-Spirit Sovereignty

The 2 is Separate: Decolonizing Justice through Two-Spirit Sovereignty

Recognizing the difference in the needs of Two-Spirit communities from mainstream LGBT+ and Native American communities is not only important, but necessary for the liberation of this continent. Assimilation will not save any community, especially not Two-Spirit communities because assimilation asks us to dismiss a part of ourselves, whenever that part may be. Allies and Accomplices must learn must learn that only Two-Spirits know what is best for Two-Spirits.

Two-Spirit Nation: Water Protectors Rise to Reclaim Space in the Sacred Fire

Two-Spirit Nation: Water Protectors Rise to Reclaim Space in the Sacred Fire

The presence of the Two-Spirit people at Standing Rock was one example of how the Two-Spirit community continues to support the non-Two-Spirit tribal members. The Two-Spirit community continues to face obstacles within their own tribal communities of acceptance, understanding, and inclusion. The ongoing stigma, hatred, transphobia, homophobia, and discrimination continues to drive off Two-Spirit members away from their tribal communities for urban areas.

Gender Isn't A Haircut: How Representation of Nonbinary People of Color Requires More Than White Androgyny

Gender Isn't A Haircut: How Representation of Nonbinary People of Color Requires More Than White Androgyny

Non-binary identities are separate from androgyny in that a non-binary individual defines what their identity means to them; there is no one way to visually present the body in such a way that it can be clearly read as non-binary without explicit proclamation of being so. Due to the elusiveness of a strict definition, non-binary visibility runs the risk of erasure in a broader media landscape dominated by a singular image of androgyny.

Living at the Intersections of Race, Gender, Sexuality, & Disability: Pushing for Visibility

Living at the Intersections of Race, Gender, Sexuality, & Disability: Pushing for Visibility

People of color with disabilities, and Black people in particular, with disabilities are considered subaltern, a broadly subordinate status, when our bodies don’t comply with what is imagined of us. Trans people of all abilities are scrutinized for not exhibiting the characteristics of cisgender bodies. Though our identities aren’t essentially determined by society, many trans disabled POC acknowledge how forces greater than us influence our lives.

The Conspicuous Trap of Desire in the Social Media Era

The Conspicuous Trap of Desire in the Social Media Era

The apps present the ability to custom order a person with the same ease one might order Grubhub. However, that accessibility doesn't mean we should treat preferences for human beings similarly, especially without critical examination of those preferences. On the other side, users find themselves focusing on what they can do to keep getting attention from other people on the app. The apps force users to carve away important parts of their identity until only the desirable parts are left.

They Aren't Just Preferences: Questions Around Attraction, Objectification, and Fetishizing

They Aren't Just Preferences: Questions Around Attraction, Objectification, and Fetishizing

Sexual attraction is and will continue to be a part of human existence that has many gray and unlit areas. Scientists and social theorists are constantly looking at ways to explain how and why we choose the people we fall in love with as well as the people with whom we spend the night. When it comes to the sexual attraction to or against a certain group of people, though, we have to look inward and ask ourselves the heavy questions while trying to understand why we make the choices that we do.

The Model Minority: East Asian Male Leaders And The Chase For Cis Hetero Whiteness

The Model Minority: East Asian Male Leaders And The Chase For Cis Hetero Whiteness

The Model Minority myth is an albatross, a cursed blueprint tantalizing Asian-Americans with the promise of whiteness, or a way out of their racialized status. It has allowed much discussion of the plight of Asian-Americans to be confined to Hollywood discourse and led mostly by cis men, seeking to eliminate the gap in privilege between themselves and white men while maintaining patriarchy and heteronormativity in their own communities.

Tools Of Supremacy: Ignoring Women And Southeast Asians While Treading On Black & Indigenous Communities

Tools Of Supremacy: Ignoring Women And Southeast Asians While Treading On Black & Indigenous Communities

Asian Americans, as a whole, seem to take on social justice issues in a way that excises the causes of Black and Indigenous people. This may seem like hyperbole, but the accusations of anti-Blackness in Asian communities have become increasingly common as Asian cishet men take on the mantle of social justice to litigate the status of their masculinity in society, equating it to other social justice causes and eluding the effects of patriarchal oppression on women in Asian communities.

Environmental Violence In Iraq And The Toxic Global Impact Of The Most Powerful Military In History

Environmental Violence In Iraq And The Toxic Global Impact Of The Most Powerful Military In History

I’d never seen media coverage of the irrevocable damage the U.S. has waged on Iraq’s environment. This dearth of coverage doesn’t negate reality: by using its military to deploy chemically toxic weapons, incinerate hazardous military waste, and impose incredibly cruel sanctions, the U.S. has acted as little other than an environmental terrorist against Iraq.