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SAFIA, a German society primarily for older lesbians, has recently inaugurated the world’s first lesbian-designated cemetery area.  “Some people might say this is historic, but today we're saying her-storic,” founder Hilde Heringer told the gathered crowd.  These women hope that the 400 square meter space will become a place “where life and death connect, distinctive forms of cemetery culture can develop and where the lesbian ... Read More
For the long Memorial Day weekend, I took a break from my hectic Brooklyn lifestyle to go home and visit my family in the suburbs upstate. I expected five days of lounging outside, with two pugs draped over me and lots of barbeque, but what I got was an intervention from my family. No, I’m not addicted to drugs or alcohol or any dangerous vice; I’ve just gotten fat. I need to provide you with a smidge of background info for this story. I’ve always been ... Read More
"You're not like, a 'gay' gay guy." "I wanna set you up with my friend--he's gay, too!" Is anyone else sick and tired of gay people being clumped together into one stereotypical persona by ignorant straight people? *Shoots hand up enthusiastically* I literally could not stop LOLing about this parody video made by comedian Daniel-Ryan Spaulding called, “If Gay Guys Said the Shit Straight People Say..." It is Fabulous!!! (Deep and abiding ... Read More
I Love Train Delays.  I guess I’m outnumbered among New Yorkers. In a city where speed-walking is the norm and takeout is standard fare for lunch because it saves time to work at your desk, I find myself getting caught up in the whirlwind of the day.  With my brain trying to do so many things at once, I’m past exhausted by the time I pack up my bags to head home.  But this morning, when the train conductor’s strong Brooklyn accent ... Read More
If you didn't know already, or if you didn't believe it could be true, Amy Poehler has been writing a memoir, and the book cover leaked today will surely eliminate your doubts. Poehler's new book entitled, Yes Please, is set to be released on October 28th, 2014, and OMG we can't wait. Rumors have been floating around that the book will take on an non-linear structure that defies the conventional idea of the memoir. Oh yes. Amy, you're so cool. The book is said to ... Read More
It's hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world! Just ask the one and only Dolly Parton, cover woman for BUST's June/July Summer Music Issue. An idol for generations, this gal shows no sign of stopping, or even slowing down. And staying fresh? Please. Just listen to her cover of Bon Jovi's "Lay Your Hands on Me."(Make sure you listen all the way to the end so you can hear her say, "Lord, I'm ready for America.") Her new album, Blue Smoke, comes out May 29, ... Read More
Rineke Dijkstra is a Dutch photographer who primarily takes portraits that capture a very real sense of vivid and beautiful discomfort. Her series of photographs of young children and adolescents embodies the awkwardness of "coming of age." Its beauty arises from the sense of absolute reality in her work: it celebrates the ungainliness of life.  Her work is a pleasant change from the photographs of airbrushed models that we see plastered across billboards, ... Read More
 Award-winning author, renowned poet and civil rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou died this morning at the age of 86, but girl, did she live a full life. The way that Dr. Angelou's life overflowed with incredible achievements and wisdom is not just admired by all, but her unwavering dedication to helping others will forever be appreciated. As will her perseverance during the toughest of times. Angelou's long and honorable journey devoted to social justice ... Read More
On Friday night, Elliot Rodger embarked on a shooting rampage, killing 6 people in I.V. Deli Market in California.  In the days following, Rodger’s 141 page manifesto, in which he described in detail his feelings of alienation and isolation from society, began to circulate on the internet.  Of course, we’ve all felt alienated and isolated before, but something drove Rodger to act on those feelings, and for some reason he felt that murder was ... Read More
 Elliot Rodger, 22, killed seven people - including himself - this past Friday, during a drive-by shooting (in addition to killing his roommates while they were in their apartment). It all took place in Isla Vista, Calif.; a nearby neighborhood of UC Santa Barbara. Most victims were students of the university.   Now, in the wake of this tragedy, it is important to ask why this happened. While many attribute the shooting to conservative gun laws and ... Read More
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