Rhett Richx

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Transgender Woman Found Dead in Motel

A transgender woman has been found dead at a Southeast Side motel.<p>The victim was found by police on February 19 in a bathtub at the EL Mio Motel on …

My transgender daughter should not have to use the men's restroom

My daughter is in kindergarten. She's 6. She loves unicorns and mermaids and soccer. And I'm concerned about my community forcing her to share the restroom with men.<p>Currently she uses the girls' restroom. But some Washington state legislators want her in the men's room — because she was born with a …

Denial, paranoia and bigotry: Obama warns against Republican ugliness and they immediately prove him right

Obama denounced pandering to bigots in his State of the Union speech and Republicans quickly validated his warning<p>In the days and hours before President Obama's final State of the Union address, the White House was sending signals that he planned to go out in style, releasing a dramatic movie …

Psychology

Secret Teacher: let the government think I'm a failure, I've got my own success criteria

My measures of success focus on what’s important – the students. They remind me that, whatever the system thinks of my teaching, I am damn good at at my job<p>This term I had the most soul destroying conversation of my career. I was told by my ever supportive line manager that although the school …

Muslim Millennials' Views on Religion

At the close of 2015, Zogby Research Services (ZRS) conducted face to face polling of 5,374 Muslim youth between the ages of 15 to 34 in eight Arab countries: Morocco, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan, and Palestine. We had been commissioned by the Tabah Foundation to explore the …

A map for everyone who didn't realize just how huge the Milky Way galaxy is

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — The Milky Way "formed from the inside out," according to Melissa Ness, a researcher who helped produce the largest growth map of …

Netflix Has Thousands of Secret Movie Categories You Can Only Access with This Hack

Oh hello, "Critically Acclaimed Romantic Dramas from the 1980s."<p>You know that horrible, rug-pulled-out-from-under-you, life-spinning-out-of-control feeling when you've poured the wine and settled into the couch and opened the Netflix...and realized there's nothing you want to watch? It's all okay …

Critically-Acclaimed

Gandalf the traveling cat takes better vacations than you

Be prepared to get jealous, jet setters — this cat is living quite the life.<p>Gandalf, a "2-and-a-half-year-old ball of fuzz from South Korea," is …

80 Books Every Person Should Read

We invited eight female literary powerhouses, from Michiko Kakutani to Anna Holmes to Roxane Gay, to help us create an updated list of books everyone should read. Each participant made 10 picks. It's a new year, a new Esquire.com. We're looking forward to reading and we hope you are, too.<p>What can …

Literature
Texas Rangers

The War on Drugs and Prison Industrial Complex: 7 Infographics You Need to See

Created by Colorlines.com<p>Created by Avaaz.org<p>Created by ACLU.org<p>Watch the documentary below to learn the truth about how the “war on drugs” is a …

Mass Incarceration, the Presidential Race and the Politics of Respectability

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during the Democratic presidential primary debate at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, December 19, 2015. …

11 Big Accomplishments Black Activists Achieved In 2015

Because all black lives matter.<p>2015 was a hugely significant year for black America.<p>The movement to make sure black lives matter gained momentum as activists took to streets, campuses and presidential forums everywhere to address racial inequality head-on. They spoke out against everything from …

Why America’s Top LGBT Group Is Losing An Argument Over Bathrooms

The Human Rights Campaign said its next big focus after marriage equality was passing LGBT nondiscrimination laws. But they’re losing ground to an attack spreading fear about who would be allowed in bathrooms.<p>In late October, Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin explained why his group was …

White men must be stopped: The very future of mankind depends on it

For 500 years, they’ve exploited their fellow man and plundered the planet. It’s time they rein themselves in<p>The future of life on the planet depends on bringing the 500-year rampage of the white man to a halt. For five centuries his ever more destructive weaponry has become far too common. His …

Critically Queer: Being a Gay Student in the Humanities

As cliché as it sounds, I "discovered myself" and came out as gay very soon after starting school at my very-queer liberal arts college. Because of this I was like a kid in a candy store: there was so much to experience and so much to learn. All of a sudden I had a new identity I was proud of, and …

Cats Dressed Up For Christmas Are The Greatest Gift This Holiday Season

So cute.<p>The #CatsofInstagram are adorable enough, but cuteness levels go through the roof when the #ChristmasCatsOfInstagram come out to play.<p>Here are 24 of our favorite holiday-themed photos of felines.<p>Meow-y Christmas!<p>And here's a bonus shot of one Christmas cat whose loving the …

As a sex worker, Christmas is one of my busiest - and strangest - times

I am a sex worker who operates from a flat in London. I have been working for five years, although for the past couple of years, I have been working …

Photoshop is a great skill to have on your resume, and now you can learn to master it for cheap

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Microsoft It is more important than ever to make your website stand out. Anyone can log on to Wordpress and create a site dedicated to …

InterAct

Sandra Bland 'would be alive if she were a white woman', Bernie Sanders says

Democratic candidate calls for reform of ‘broken criminal justice system’ after grand jury decides against charges in case of woman who died in Texas jail<p>Sandra Bland, who was found hanged in her cell at a Texas county jail last summer, would not have died had she been white, senator Bernie Sanders …

Justice

The Australian Government Just Approved Dredging the Reef, Again

Despite new resolutions to curb climate change and save the reef, Australia has re-approved dredging of the coal port at Abbot Point.<p><i>This post originally appeared on VICE Australia.</i><p>Despite ongoing protests, new resolutions to curb climate change, and the plummeting price of coal, the Australian …

Environmentalism

Tens of Thousands of College Students Have Nowhere to Sleep

Last year at least 56,000 college students identified as homeless<p>LaTia Daniels started at Kennesaw State University as a walk-on to the school's …

College & University

Sweden’s liberal image is a mirage that hides a very ugly problem

Sweden is supposedly a liberal utopia: a land of generous welfare, substantial foreign aid donations, and green-fingered sustainability. But Sweden’s noble image is hiding an ugly truth.<p>Racism is blighting Swedish society, and people of African descent face daily harassment and hate crimes, …

Europe

These Are The Most (And Least) LGBT-Friendly Workplaces In The U.S.

Human Rights Campaign Foundation data show which industries have progressive policies for LGBT workers, and which are woefully behind.<p>Diversity initiatives are proliferating in corporate America. Intel made headlines earlier this year for publishing the early results of a multipronged effort to …

The Worst Cities For Black Americans

All are in the Midwest.<p>Last year, unarmed teenager Michael Brown was fatally shot by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. The incident drew attention to racially charged police brutality, and sparked outrage nationwide. Fatal police shootings involving black citizens, however, are …

“This is what erasure looks like”: Texas mother shames textbook company into putting slavery back in American history textbook

The textbook had referred to slaves as “workers” who “immigrated” to the United States<p>The New York Times reports that the publisher of a textbook which referred to African slaves as "workers" would be changed -- but the woman who first lobbied the complaint isn't sure the proposed change will be …

Man Charged With Murder Of Transgender Woman In Philadelphia

Kiesha Jenkins, 22, is the 20th transgender woman killed in the United States this year. Police say Pedro Redding has been charged with murder and they expect to arrest three more suspects soon.<p>Kiesha Jenkins, 22, was fatally shot in the back in Philadelphia early Oct. 6 — marking the city's second …