links for 2011-01-13

    "In the last four weeks the bodies of five transgender women in Honduras have been found. The murder of women, especially transgender women, has been on the rise following the June 28, 2009 coup. According to the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission, prior to the most recent murders, there have been 31 deaths of LGBTI people in Honduras in the last year and a half."
  • "The DREAM Act is back, in California at least. Today Assemblyman Gil Cedillo re-introduced the DREAM Act which would allow undocumented youth who are accepted to college the ability to apply for institutional financial aid and state grants from the state’s public universities, state and community colleges.

    "Cedillo’s new strategy is to split the bill in two. The San Jose Mercury News reports that one bill would allow undocumented immigrant students who are California residents to apply for Cal Grants, a state student aid program for low-income students who are accepted by state community colleges or the University of California. The second bill will allow undocumented immigrant students to apply for fee waivers from public institutions that they are accepted by."

  • We get it: you love/like/are/neutral/hate her music. Your thoughts about the images?–AP "'Everything I do has been approved by me personally,' Nicki Minaj tells V. 'My team is mostly made up of guys, but none of them would ever think about telling me what to wear or what to do with my hair. They know that ultimately I’m gonna do what I’m gonna do.'

    "And what did Minaj do? A spread in the upcoming V magazine, hitting newsstands [today]…"

  • "Haven’t heard of Stud Magazine? You should take a look. Started in 2009, Stud is a Toronto-based quarterly publication that offers a glimpse into the lifestyles and issues that effect non-gender confirming females. It features almost all studs of color, and tackles everything from education and health to the art that’s being produced to challenge mainstream norms of race and gender. But we’re not only fans because they’re helping to redefine gender. With an eye for aesthetics and a fashion section that’s certainly worth a peak, they’re also making it look good. Their blog also features insightful posts on friendship and communication, two topics that show just how profoundly love can play a part in everyday interactions."
  • "After the success of the Grand Divertissement, Mr. Koda added, it was not just American fashion that was on the ascendant but some starkly democratic New World beauty ideals.

    “'What made our show different was that in Paris no one had ever seen a black model on a runway,' Oscar de la Renta said last week by telephone. And while there are those who might dispute the assertion (the designer Paco Rabanne, for one, employed black models in the 1960s), there is no arguing with contemporary reports that described the presence of black models as a major factor in the transformation of American fashion, which the French had derided as mass-produced goods, into a global force."

  • "It all started on twitter with #teamlightskin vs #teamdarkskin. Now club promoters have decided to make a party around it. The flyer reads “Most Anticipated Party Of The Year” “Light Skin vs Dark Skin Party”. I’m not so sure this is the most anticipated party of the year but it does have the most controversial theme. It seems like the Good Hair Bad Hair scene from the Spike Lee film “School Daze” is coming to life…"