Tributes flood in for justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an equal rights pioneer and fierce LGBT+ champion.
The Supreme Court judge, known affectionately as RBG, has died at the age of 87. Since her appointment in 1993 by Bill Clinton, Ruth became an outspoken advocate for women’s rights and a LGBTQ+ ally. Only the second woman to serve on the supreme court, her advances in gender equality include defending equal access to education, the right to an abortion, and equal pay. Ruth was also a champion of LGBTQ+ rights, favouring rulings that advanced same-sex marriage and protect the community against discrimination. Her recent death shocked the many marginalised communities and allies that she fought for so fiercely.
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Harry Potter Pulled from Bookshelves After J.K. Rowling’s Recent Transphobia
In response to J.K. Rowling’s ongoing hate speech towards the transgender community, an Australian bookstore has announced they will no longer stock the Harry Potter series in order to preserve the safe space of the store. “There are more worthy books to put on the shelf”, a spokesperson put it simply. Rowling’s most recent controversy was caused by the announcement of her new book which features ‘a male killer who dresses in women’s clothing’. This is a dangerous and well-known trope used to vilify transgender people. The murderous man in women's clothing is not only a tired stereotype, but a truly dangerous one for Rowling to present to a large readership. In actuality, transgender or crossdressing people are far more likely to be subject to attack and abuse than the perpetrators themselves. Other bookstores has pledged to donate to a LGBTQ+ charity every time someone purchases one of her books.
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People of colour explain the difference between cultural appropriation and appreciation
This year has forced open more in depth conversations about racial discourse and although the topic of cultural appropriation is nothing new, Lindsay Dodgson emphasises that intent should be considered before making accusations. "You can appreciate the music, the lifestyle, the love of the people - but appropriating is where you take the influences you see and completely copy them for your own gain". Click the link to hear people of colour explain what you need to remember when appreciating a culture that is not your own, and why it can be so damaging and hurtful when you get it wrong.
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