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Texas isn't exactly #1 when it comes to progressive policy-making. Recent legislation has disenfranchised lady-voters and made it nearly impossible to access a safe and legal abortion. Finally, the twinkle of hope we've been waiting for has emerged! Harris County, the jail serving the Houston area of Texas, has adopted comprehensive policy that states "discrimination or harassment of any kind based on sexual orientation or gender identity is strictly ... Read More
In stuff you never thought about but is actually really cool news, a recent color restoration of an Addams Family on-set photo reveals not one inch of the doom and/or gloom you would expect.  Instead, the color scheme is bubblegum and bottle green! Since the show was filmed in black and white, it doesn't seem like there was a need to decorate with a specific color palette in mind. The look of the actual set in color is a little bit "Crazy Aunt Sally," and I'm ... Read More
Unlike the rest of his peers, high school senior Jeydon Loredo will not be appearing in the La Feria School District yearbook. Why? Because Jeydon, who identifies as male, is wearing a tuxedo in his picture.  The tuxedo is standard wear for every other boy being photographed, but according to the school district, Jeydon's photo in particular does not meet "community standards." Wait...what? Can someone send a memo to these people that it's 2013?  Stella ... Read More
How do I love Fred Flare?...Let me count the ways! Where else could you score roller skates, a turntable, and a giant gummy bear on a stick...all at the same time? Fred Flare is the ultimate kooky-kitschy experience, perfectly curated for the total weirdo in all of us. Now, after fifteen years, the dream is over. Fred Flare creators, Chris and Keith, are reportedly "packing up the three cats" and "moving to the country" and we couldn't be any more bummed! There's ... Read More
  Apple is a company known for it’s LGBT-friendliness, but if you looked up the word “gay” on the Apple Dictionary any time before this week, you wouldn’t know it. For a long time the dictionary defined “gay” as 1. homosexual; 2. lighthearted and carefree” and you’ll be shocked to read this one: “3 informal foolish; stupid.” Although we’ve all heard people misuse the word in that extremely ... Read More
 As Thanksgiving approaches, it is difficult not to get wrapped up (badabing!) in preparations and endless phone calls with the folks. Or if you’re like many of my friends in NYC, you might be preoccupied with finding a way to make the Holidays special even though you will be working like a champ. Cheezy as it sounds, half of the fun of the holiday spirit is helping others. Whether you are hosting a traditional turkey fest for your close friends or ... Read More
  Reportage aims to give readers and viewers the impression of being there; we consume news because knowledge of goings on in faraway places grants us the illusion of actually participating in significant events. The most famous photojournalistic images either capture something so momentous or historic that they make us forget that we weren’t actually there when it was taken. The well-known “Kissing Soldier” photo is one such image; although ... Read More
After a several-year hiatus, British pop goddess and former BUST covergirl Lily Allen is back with an incredibly awesome video for her new single, “Hard Out Here.” Directed by Christopher Sweeney, the video tackles sexism in the music industry through Allen’s signature blunt sarcasm, addressing tired gender roles and expectations with lines like, “If you’re not a size 6 and you’re not good looking / Then well you better be rich, ... Read More
In honor of this season’s amazingly bizarre American Horror Story: Coven, Vulture has created some crazy cool tarot cards that you can include in your next reading/secretly carry around with you EVERYWHERE. Behold in their glory below: Warning: POTENTIAL SPOILERS   For Kathy Bates’ sadist-turned-maid Delphine LaLaurie, the Hanged Man. Even though she’s probably (definitely) the most awful mother/human to ever exist, she’s still ... Read More
Friday, a super-typhoon struck the Philippines, leaving vast damage and a potential five-figure death toll. The country is doing its best to sort through the wreckage, but with emergency funds already depleted from a 7.2 magnitude earthquake four weeks ago and debris-covered highways making certain areas unreachable to aid, the situation remains incredibly grim. Power, water, and food are all scarce, creative an environment volatile to looting and violence. The ... Read More