Gender evaluation in 13 hours! Wish me luck.
Two blushing brides were legally married in Russia this week, even though same-sex marriage was made illegal in the country in 2013.
Scandalized Russian bureaucrats were outraged, but they were trapped by their own discriminatory laws. Alina Davis and Allison Brooks are now legally married.
Alina Davis, a 23-year-old trans woman, and Allison Brooks, her 19-year-old partner, walked into the Moscow registry office in matching wedding dresses and asked for a marriage license. Alina said later on her VK page (Like a Russian Facebook) that the clerk called them the “shame of the family” and told them they needed medical treatment.
Alina joked of her partner’s reaction:
"I was afraid my pussycat would beat the fuck out of her."
In the end, the disproving clerks had no choice but to issue a license to the young couple, because Alina, (once Dmitry Kozhukhov) who was born male, is recognized as a male in Russia. The ladies married immediately at the registry, punctuating their legal marriage with a long and happy kiss.
I find there is a profound and satisfying irony in the fact the women used a law born from transphobia to defeat a law born of homophobia.
Congratulations to the newlyweds!
Most people give the homeless change or leftovers, Mark Bustos is cutting their hair
For the past few months, New York City hairstylist Mark Bustos — who normally spends his days working at an upscale salon — has been volunteering on his days off to offer haircuts to homeless people he sees on the street. With a simple phrase, “I want to do something nice for you today,” he has been helping people get a fresh, uplifting makeover.
For people who have been trapped in a cycle of poverty, unemployment and homelessness, the makeover can also serve a useful function: looking presentable for a job.I just began crying. This is beautiful.
Those cops in riot armor beating and tear-gassing protesters in Ferguson didn’t drop out of thin air. As American police continue to receive billions in military-grade equipment free or subsidized by the Pentagon and Homeland Security, they’ve predictably started to act more like a military force in hostile territory than the public’s protectors.
"When we graduate, my friend and I want to start an organization to teach people in rural areas how to read. I was volunteering at a clinic last year, and I saw a child die of Cholera because the mother couldn’t remember the prescription instructions."
(Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo)