Sometimes, as a teenager, you wish your family would just disappear. But what happens when you have the magic to actually make that happen? Sixteen-year-old Alejandra Mortiz finds out in Zoraida Córdova’s Labyrinth Lost, Book #1 of the Brooklyn Brujas series. Alex dreads the Deathday ceremony that will awaken her powers, but when she tries to banish her magic, she banishes her family instead. Drawing from Latin American myth and culture and blending them with common tropes of the genre, Córdova creates a unique fantasy world for Alex to explore as she explores her own heritage. And despite what the back cover would have you believe, this isn’t your typical boy-girl romance. This is a book primarily about women and the relationships between them, be they familial, antagonistic, or romantic. Continue reading Book Review: Labyrinth Lost–a Story of Latina Magic
It’s a double-post for American Gods! Episode 2’s Coming to America story introduced Anansi in a manner that doesn’t just strike a chord for black America, it’s the start of a symphony. It was raw, powerful, and true. The rest of the episode moved rather slowly, while Episode 3 had a bit more plot advancement and brought us deeper into the backstage world of the Gods.
June is a month of celebration for LGBTQ folks. A community frequently ignored by the mainstream gets to to celebrate who they are and who they love. And although this month has been marred by tragedy, Pride is not over. Inspired by the amazing NikkieTutorials on Youtube, today I will show you how to get this amazing rainbow eye makeup so you can get your own Pride on.
*Warning: This article may contain spoilers!
There have been many well-known television shows and movies over the years that have featured popular LGBTQ+ couples. One of the most discussed aspects of these relationships have been whether or not the writers accurately portrayed a realistic queer relationship. Some couples have complexities and intricacies that give them depth and realism. Others are boring, unrealistic, or simply poorly written. These are fifteen of the most popular gay couples over the years in pop culture that have long been contested…
Note: The word “queer” will be used throughout this article as an all-encompassing term for LGBTQ+ individuals.
Coming out is one of the most difficult things a person can do. It takes immense courage and strength to make yourself vulnerable to all sorts of judgement, especially since it’s hard to know what to expect as a reaction. I am sure when one is in the public eye, it must be even harder to come out since being vulnerable to an audience of millions is probably as nerve-wracking as can be. However, it is essential that celebrities and public figures continue to be themselves and talk openly about their sexualities and genders so that society can continue to progress. If queer people see that their role models are brave enough to come out, it may encourage them to do the same. Also, many people struggle with their sexualities/gender identities and seeing that someone they look up to is just like them may help them to accept themselves. It is crucial that LGBTQ+ people are discussed in the media so that everyone can see that they are no different from anyone else. Seeing famous queer people begins to remove the stigma that LGBTQ+ individuals are “weird,” strange,” or “abnormal” in some way.
Warning: Includes spoilers for all seasons!
The Netflix original series Orange is the New Black (sometimes referred to as OitNB) has become one of the most popular television shows ever in the past few years. Not only does this show provide hours of fantastic entertainment, it has also provided its viewers with life lessons and interesting new perspectives. Here are some of the things I’ve learned through the experience of watching this incredible show.
Marriage equality has long been an issue in the U.S. Many states have made same-sex marriage legal, especially within the last few years, but many states have also been steadfast in their “traditional” views of marriage. Up until now, marriage in some areas has been legally defined as “the union of one man and one woman.” (SOURCE) Since the issue has been contested for a long time, many citizens brought their cases to the Supreme Court, explaining that they believed their relationships were just as valid as any heterosexual relationship. This opened some eyes to the importance of this issue and the Supreme Court eventually agreed to vote on whether or not the civil liberty of marriage would be granted to all individuals (as opposed to the decision by popular vote). Today, in a momentous victory, the court ruled in favor of equal rights in a 5-4 verdict. Both liberal and conservative justices wrote for their side of the argument. Each side was fervent in their attempts, but those on the side of equality won today. This decision could open doors to a new era of social justice. Anthony Kennedy, one of the liberal court justices, stated that he believed all people deserve “equal dignity in the eyes of the law.” (SOURCE) He went on to say that the Constitution grants equality for all people, and marriage falls under that fundamental right. Many conservative justices claimed that this issue did not hold any real importance to them and that the decision had “nothing to do with the Constitution.” (SOURCE) It is possible that the contradictory and inconsistent views of the conservative side of this debate may have been part of the reason they were not able to win this particular battle.
*This article contains minor spoilers, but no big plot points are spoiled
My obsession with RPG video games is vast and never ending. I love having the chance to jump into someone else’s shoes–I could be anyone and do anything. I could explore new worlds, meet new friends, wield swords or cast magic spells, defeat massive bosses, discover great treasures, and maybe even fall in love.
I started playing Bioware’s Dragon Age series two years ago and I was instantly hooked. When I discovered a third game was coming out in 2014, I could barely contain my excitement. Dragon Age: Inquisition is a complex, historically rich, and colorfully expansive role playing game. You should really being playing it and I will let you know why!
We here at the Daily Geekette are saddened by the death of Leelah Alcorn. Although many of you may not have heard of her until today, we ask that you not let her name fall into obscurity as New Year’s festivities clog up media coverage that matters. All lives matter, but not all lives are threatened by the persecution transgender people face.
It is difficult to give you a hard statistic on how many transgender lives are lost each year because such studies are still relatively new. The short answer is, too many. According to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, the prevalence of suicide attempts among the respondents was 41%! The only hard fact we can give you is that Leelah Alcorn is one of far too many of those losses.
Leelah Alcorn was a seventeen year old transgender woman who committed suicide two days ago. The Ohio native published her suicide note via a queued Tumblr post: in it, Leelah cited her parent’s strict Christian beliefs and unacceptance as a detriment to her mental health and identity.
[When I told my mom] she reacted extremely negatively, telling me that it was a phase, that I would never truly be a girl, that God doesn’t make mistakes, that I am wrong. If you are reading this, parents, please don’t tell this to your kids. Even if you are Christian or are against transgender people don’t ever say that to someone, especially your kid. That won’t do anything but make them hate them self. That’s exactly what it did to me.
Neil Gaiman’s done it again.