Planning on writing more this year? Literary project, Many Gendered Mothers, is looking for contributors, posing the fruitful question: “which female, femme, trans or non-binary writer(s) made you feel like there was room in the world for you and your artistic temperament?”

Also: cléo journal is looking for contributors to its forthcoming SOFT issue, dardishi has a call for submissions about FOOD (and accepts work from contributors who identify as Arab and not male) and Red Rising Magazine has a new call for submissions about LOVE: 

An important piece by El Jones on violence against Black women and survival:

None of us were in the Desmond house, and we cannot know. I cannot speak for her, and she is almost nowhere to be found in the coverage. I cannot comment on the realities of her life, and I wouldn’t want to. All I know is when I hear how she was counselled by her family to stay in her marriage, how she said people wouldn’t be telling her that when she was dead, how she was told to stick with him till death do us part, I know how familiar that is. I can think of all the women I know in my family who, if it were me, would tell me the same. “You made your bed,” they would say, not because they didn’t love me, not because they were ignorant, not because they didn’t want me to be safe, but because that was the script they knew for survival.

Nikki Reimer on holding our communities accountable

Photographers of BLMTO talk about their work and share some incredible photographs from 2016

16 women of colour who made history in 2016

Top 5 things to do instead of diet in 2017

Great news: Canada’s Lesbian and Gay Archive, the world’s largest independent queer archive, is undergoing renovations this year to make the space more accessible

“When the dominant subjectivity of HIV is imagined to be white, male, cisgender, and Americanized, institutional responses in government policy and research follow suit.” Lindsay Nixon on the erasure of Indigenous women and two-spirited people in HIV movements.

12 activists, artists, writers, thinkers, and troublemakers on their 2017 political resolutions

A trickster with a cause crashes Canada’s 150th: Kent Monkman’s new exhibit

I have always believed that queer people live literally magical lives. I just try to write that down.”  An interview with Kai Cheng Thom, author of  Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir.

So grateful for this: A Playlist by Mitski

On queer tarot: “Feminists, political queers, and other social activists are always looking for new tools to explain the world around us.”

“Trans people don’t need more visibility, we need better visibility — in all its mess.”  Before you write about a trans character, read this

A Short History of the Tomboy

“I am caught in the middle. No matter how insistently I call myself a feminist, I am judged otherwise, and no matter how much I call myself a religious Muslim, I am also judged otherwise.” A conversation with Ausma Zehanat Khan and Monia Mazigh

Feminized workers deserve an adequate wage, but what happens when getting paid is conditioned on the further exploitation of other feminized workers? This is story is absolutely wild, and demonstrates how this tension materializes in women’s healthcare: the for-profit doula certification company that’s aiming to revolutionize doula work from a fundamental right to a luxury service.

“’If it hurts, it must be working’: my longtime approach to acne treatment.” On facial scrubs and acne shame.

“My 2017 resistance persona is Mariah Carey in a bedazzled bodysuit impatiently waiting for this indignity to end so I can go back to living my whole legendary life.” YES.

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