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Ontario’s Progressive Conservative party passed a resolution to “remove the teaching and promotion of “gender identity theory” from Ontario schools and its curriculum”, calling the “theory” a “highly controversial, unscientific “liberal ideology”. The motion is not yet a law, but is already harmful for all of us, particularly trans children and adults. It’s up to cis folks in particular to fight against the implementation of this dangerous piece of legislation.

Indigenous women in Canada are being forced into sterilizations and lied to about the reversibility of the procedure. Approximately 60 people are now a part of the class action lawsuit against the Saskatoon Health Region, and Senator Yvonne Boyer is proposing a federal study of the issue.

“Abundance: the extravagant, unrepentant sexuality of walking into the university financial aid office with a pound of dentalium and beads on my ears, lips greased up with cheekbone beauty, preparing for another afternoon of trying to find a way to pay my tuition in a structure that was built with serious-colonial-money-WEALTH-wealth literally acquired from genocide.” Erica Violet Lee dreaming beyond the university

Erika Hilton speaks at a talk during Black Consciousness Week.

Erika Hilton and Erica Malunguinho are the Black trans women who were elected to Brazil’s legislature in the same elections that saw the election of Jair Bolsanaro

When excellence is a survival tactic – Saeed Jones on Kiese Laymon’s Heavy

Reginald Dwayne Betts on the journey from convict to attorney

Selected letters from incarcerated people

Billy Ray Belcourt on writing or maybe not writing a novel

Lianne Charlie is building a moose

This Sunday, I suggest that you listen to Robyn on repeat and read this review!

“Then, as now, journalists of color had to take a page from the playbook of the Carthaginian general Hannibal: either find a way or make one. Still today, they are usually uncompensated for this work, and much of it takes place, by necessity, in the shadows. There are informal coffees, meetups, and Slack channels. This remains the case even as diversity has become a corporate buzzword that employers sense they must embrace. Why should the “second job” still be required?”: on diversity as a second job for journalists of colour

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Editorial Note: Watch Yourself

GUTS editors reflect on writing about "watching ourselves" in a hyper-surveilled world

The Decentres

Marlowe is searching for her twin brother, Hugo. Ten years ago, they were kidnapped from their home planet, an all-black commune in space, and separated. Marlowe was left in an all-white suburb on Earth, but she's not alone. Together with...

A Part Yet Apart

Mirusha Yogarajah explores how gentrification in Austin and Vancouver uses surveillance methods to subjugate racialized groups.

Staying Soft Under the Gaze

eyos discusses how Indigenous lives are subject to hyper-surveillance, and the ways communities resist.

Ọrun is Heaven

“Ọrun is heaven, the water is sweet, the work is plenty, and they pay well. And nobody can vanish there.” The first instalment of Francesca Ekwuyasi’s two-part story chronicles the exploitation of a young migrant trapped in a dazzling but...

Watched and Not Seen: Tech, Power, and Dehumanization

The rise of corporate and state surveillance technology is terrifying, but we cannot talk about privacy without talking about power. Lorraine Chuen examines how technologies and data systems are being used to monitor communities at the margins.

Watcher Within, Watchers Without: My Black OCD Story

"my Blackness and my OCD are indivisible."