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Right wing government in Tennessee attempts to criminalise drag

Right wing government in Tennessee attempts to criminalise drag

The GOP has felt the sting as they sit neck-and-neck with Democrats in the midterms. But blue victories haven’t stopped Republicans from introducing far-right state legislature. This week, Tennessee Republicans introduced two new bills that would ban gender-affirming care for children, along with public drag performances state-wide. Sponsored by Republicans Ken Yager and Ferrell Haile, ‘Senate Bill 1’ – also titled the ‘Protecting Children From Gender Mutilation Act’ – states that...

By Brighton, UK
Trans woman Nikita Dragun was placed in a men’s prison

Trans woman Nikita Dragun was placed in a men’s prison

Despite identifying as a woman since her transition in 2015, Dragun’s arrest highlights continued transphobia and human-rights violations within the US prison system. On Monday, YouTube star Nikita Dragun was arrested and charged with felony assault of a police officer. The influencer was taken to a men’s prison in Miami and held until Wednesday when she was released without bail. Dragun has publicly identified as a woman since her transition in 2015....

By Brighton, UK
New study finds drug testing sites make festivals safer

New study finds drug testing sites make festivals safer

A survey analysed 250,000 festival attendees, examining the impacts of drug-checking provisions. It found that drug use did not go up, but instead festivals were safer overall. A new study by The Loop and Liverpool University suggests that drug testing facilities at festivals ensure a safer environment, with no particular uptake in use. Research published in Drugs, Habits and Social Policy looked at provisions available at festivals from 2016...

By London, UK
RCA’s Virgil Abloh Scholarship fights underrepresentation in the arts

RCA’s Virgil Abloh Scholarship fights underrepresentation in the arts

The Royal College of Art has announced a new scholarship honouring the late fashion designer Virgil Abloh – in an effort to support underrepresented communities.  A new scheme by the Royal College of Art will see one ‘extraordinarily talented, but financially restricted, Black British student’ offered an annual scholarship to study at the prestigious arts institution. The Virgil Abloh scholarship, named after the late fashion designer, will provide a single...

By Brighton, UK