Sex work is one of the most maligned forms of labor, and often subject to misrepresentation and speculation. We asked two leading sex worker activists to break down some of the most common misconceptions.
The Butte County Sheriff on Monday reported 13 more fatalities had been discovered on Monday from the Camp wildfire, which all but wiped out the town of Paradise, located about 90 miles north of Sacramento. This brings the death toll to 42, which eclipses the Griffith Park Fire of 1933 as the deadliest wildfire recorded in state history. It already holds the title of the most destructive wildfire on record.
Details: With more than 200 people still unaccounted for, the death toll may increase further. The wildfire has consumed over 6,400 homes. The latest death toll comes after President Trump said on Twitter that he had approved a request to declare the fires in California a major disaster. People affected would be eligible for federal government aid.
The big picture: The Camp Fire is part of a spate of destructive wildfires that have ravaged California communities in the north and south, with evacuations still in effect in parts of Ventura and Los Angeles counties due to the damaging Woolsey Fire, which has claimed 2 lives and destroyed more than 300 structures.
“Shouldn’t you have transsexuals in the show? No. No, I don’t think we should,” Razek remarked during the interview. “Well, why not? Because the show is a fantasy.” It may be the fantasy of far-right conservatives that trans people don’t exist, especially after the Trump memo. However, in a country where nearly 3% of teens are trans or gender nonconforming and the average woman is size 16/18, the fantasy is just that — unreal, unnecessary, and exclusionary.
Following a long silence on the clearly anti-trans and anti–plus-size statements, Razek clumsily walked back on the comments: “To be clear, we absolutely would cast a transgender model for the show. We’ve had transgender models come to castings… and like many others, they didn’t make it…But it was never about gender. I admire and respect their journey to embrace who they really are.”
In response to their continued refusal to cast trans or plus-size models, here are eight lingerie and undergarment brands you can support that actually embrace our communities.
“Good children’s fiction cultivates empathy, imagination, social conscience, and historical awareness. Some of the best children’s novels written during the early twentieth century also raise class consciousness—Natalie Savage Carson’s The Family Under the Bridge, for example; socialist E. Nesbit’s Railway Children, Eleanor Estes’s The Hundred Dresses, and the original Mary Poppins books, which are wonderfully critical of capitalism and give magical superpowers to a nanny and her working-class friends.
While the politics of these older books hold up well, it’s hard to miss how very white the characters are. Fortunately, a new wave of multicultural, politically attuned children’s fiction is now hitting the shelves. Thanks in part to a movement called “We Need Diverse Books,” many new novels for middle graders and young adults include more people of color, gay and lesbian characters, ethnic and religious minorities, and the differently abled.”
Gay and transgender rights activists are demanding justice after two alleged hate crimes in Queens — the stabbing of a transgender woman and the beating of a gay man — after the borough’s Pride Parade.
The beating happened at about 9:55 p.m. as victim Brandon Soriano, 25, was walking through Jackson Heights after the June 3 parade, police sources said.
“You’re a f—–g f—-t!” two men yelled, just before descending on Soriano and pummeling him on 83rd St. at 37th Ave., sources said. The men then ran north. Cops have made no arrests.
Soriano’s mom, Mary Kilafofski, 48, said one of the men knocked him unconscious, and the other started kicking.
Jefferson City- Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) delivered a
speech on the floor of the Missouri Senate regarding the importance of African American men standing up for their culture and their beliefs.
Rose McGowan, who first went public with accusations against Harvey Weinstein and whose campaigning became the focus of the #MeToo movement, tweeted Friday she is canceling all future engagements following a contentious confrontation with a transgender activist in New York City.
White House withdraws nomination of wildly unqualified climate science denier to top environmental post; Drought returns with a vengeance to California and Southern U.S.; Exxon Mobil pulled in an extra $8 billion in profits thanks to the Republicans’ tax cut; PLUS: California’s governor hits the accelerator on statewide electric vehicle charging network… All that and more in today’s Green News Report!
Durban – Police are failing to investigate regular
incidents of rape of young sex workers operating on Durban’s beachfront. So says Vashti Downs, a 41-year-old Christian missionary and founder of Anchor’s Hope, an organisation that cares for sex workers.
TOMS RIVER — An admitted drug dealer who was caught with about 4,150 doses of heroin worth $25,000 was sentenced to just six months of rehab and five years of probation.
Gary Fox, 30, of Toms River, who has a criminal record that includes previous drug convictions, avoided prison by being accepted by Drug Court and pleading guilty to two counts of third-degree possession with intent to distribute and a count of possession.