Q&A: Taj Paxton on Queer Women of Color in Filmmaking

“I am drawn to stories about women and it’s important to not apologize for that.”

The Abuse of Leslie Jones Shows Us How Tokenism Sets the Stage for Hate

We need to be vigilant about how unconscious tokenism affects the perception of black women in popular media and beyond.

It Could Have Been Me: Korryn Gaines and the Criminalization of Black Women

Every bone in my body tells me that I could have been Korryn Gaines.

A (Queer) Midsummer Night’s Dream

Just why does A Midsummer Night’s Dream lend itself so well to queer reinterpretations?

LISTEN: Exploring the Intersections of Race, Gender and Police Violence

This is a deeply moving, informative work that deserves a listen from anyone who finds themselves confused, disturbed, or saddened by the prevalence of racial violence in our nation.

We’re No Angels

Becoming a more visible advocate for girls and young women has taught me a great deal. As it turns out, I’m still no angel. But I have come to realize that that might just be a good thing.

NEWSFLASH: Historic Stonewall Inn is Now a National Monument Honoring the Fight for LGBT Rights

The Stonewall Inn, and the rebellion there, became the iconic turning point that ignited the long, arduous battle towards equality for all members of the LGBT community.

Taking a Closer Look at Yara Greyjoy and Lesbian Representation on Game of Thrones

The reveal and development of Yara Greyjoy’s sexuality deserves not only applause, but also some serious thought and questioning.

Hollywood’s Diversity Problem Leaves Latinas Erased and Stereotyped

As we challenge the film industry’s sexism, we need to do more to center one of the often underrepresented and misrepresented communities of women in the industry: Latinas.

The U.S. Has a Lot of Work to Do in the Wake of the Orlando Shooting

As an unabashed Muslim-American manic-depressive, I ask my fellow Americans to reconsider how quickly they rush to blame the presumed other for fostering the ideology that inspired this attack.