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How many transgender kids grow up to stay trans?

The National Post recently covered the CBC’s cancellation of a BBC documentary about transgender children (Why CBC cancelled a BBC documentary that …

READ THIS: In an All-Too-Timely Book, 8 Key Questions About the Holocaust

This article first appeared in The National Book Review:<p>Why? Explaining the Holocaust by Peter Hayes<p>W.W. Norton & Co. 432 pp.<p>Why the Jews? Why the Germans? Why murder? And why did it all unfold so quickly? There have been -- with good reason -- no end of books about the Holocaust, but Why? …

“Good Girls” in Pop Songs Are Bad for Everyone

It’s time we retired the dichotomy.<p><i>In this op-ed, contributor Kate Sloan explores why so many pop singers are obsessed with "good girls," and how women are reclaiming the dichotomy in their own creative work.</i><p>When I heard that Nick Jonas had a song called “Good Girls” on his June 2016 album <i>Last Year</i> …

Feminism

The La La Land backlash: why have critics turned on the Oscar favorite?

It might have a record-tying 14 Oscar nominations but the musical hit has been criticized for its treatment of race, gender and jazz<p>The shine is coming off of La La Land. The box-office smash and owner of a record-tying 14 Oscar nominations premiered to rapturous reviews at film festivals last …

Celebrity isn’t just harmless fun – it’s the smiling face of the corporate machine | George Monbiot

Our failure to understand the link between fame and big business made the rise of Trump inevitable<p>Now that a reality TV star is preparing to become president of the United States, can we agree that celebrity culture is more than just harmless fun – that it might, in fact, be an essential component …

Donald Trump

Why do women go gay for pay?

Lesbians, or more correctly women acting as lesbians, have always had an enduring appeal for masculine heteronormative culture; the idea that females fuck, lick and pleasure each other is often treated as a fleeting sexual orientation that can be disrupted by a penis in the room. Faux lesbian sex …

What Will Become of the Dirtbag Left?

The gleeful vulgarians of “Chapo Trap House” fight for irony in the age of Trump.<p>Felix Biederman, Matt Christman, and Will Menaker befriended each other on Twitter several years ago. They had common interests—international politics, making fun of journalists—and a shared comic sensibility that …

Hillary Clinton

Liberal Pop-Culture Has Officially Outlived Its Usefulness in Politics

While this sort of criticism has been a common refrain of the Dirtbag Left (which, incidentally, is a misnomer because the left's real dirtbags are …

Comedy

China Ranked 99th Best Country in the World for Women

A ranking of the world's best countries for women and gender equality for this year has just been released by the World Economic Forum (WEF).<p>Out of …

Verse goes viral: how young feminist writers are reclaiming poetry for the digital age

If you’re not an Instagrammer you may never have heard of Rupi Kaur. In fact, if you’re not a young female Instagrammer, then your chances are probably even slimmer.<p>And yet, with almost 750,000 Instagram followers and more than half a million copies of her debut poetry collection, Milk and Honey, …

Feminism

This new web series is debunking myths surrounding bisexuality, and we're cheering

Despite progress within the LGBTQ+ community, myths surrounding bisexuality are still prevalent. Common myths about bisexuals are that they need to …

This Doctor Is Fighting the AIDS Epidemic Spreading Among Gay Black Men

Few populations are more at risk of contracting HIV than gay black men in Jackson, Mississippi. Dr. Leandro Mena runs a clinic there that fights back against this crisis.<p>There is a HIV epidemic happening in the United States among African Americans. Although we are 12 percent of the population, we …

These Women Are Behind Some Of Your Favorite Lesbian Sex Scenes On TV

Lesbian sex on the small screen has a reputation for lazy, pornographic shots tailor-made for men. Queer female writers and directors behind shows like Transparent, The L Word, and Orange is the New Black are determined to change that.<p><b>In September, writer, director</b> and <i>Transparent</i> creator Jill …

What I Did When My Daughter Asked to be Circumcised

A shocking request sends a mother on a quest to learn more.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Indonesia</i><p>"Mom, I wanna join a mass circumcision!"<p>If this sentence came out of my five-year-old boy's mouth—whom I call <i>Cah Ganteng</i> (Handsome Kid)—I would've been indifferent. But this came from my …

Circumcision

How Cookies, Lube, and Human Immolation Fuel San Francisco's Best All-Female Orgy

Girlpile teaches us how to throw a girls-only sex party nonpareil.<p>To my right, a woman wearing a raccoon tail butt plug and insanely high heels is being flogged by a lady with short-cropped hair in a leopard print bodysuit. To my left, a group of writhing bodies snake their way down a couch, legs …

The Chief Historian of the AIDS Crisis Explains How to Survive a Trump Administration

David France, author of <i>How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS</i>, recounts lessons from the crisis and tells us how to prepare for Trump.<p>You can't talk about the history of HIV and AIDS without talking about the history of ACT UP. Formed in the mid …

Penguin Random House

Working in a High-End Salon Made Me Hate the Rich

And turned me into a monster.<p>When I was 22, I moved to Chicago with $500, no job, and an English degree from a state school that impressed literally no one outside my extended family. After a few weeks of rejection emails from pretty much every job in the literary world, I decided paying rent was …

What Comes After the Death of the Lesbian Bar?

As America's last holdouts of queer female nightlife fall, a new, genderless alternative is taking root.<p>When Lila Thirkield sold her San Francisco lesbian bar Lexington Club nearly two years ago, it seemed to be the death knell of lesbian nightlife in the city. The "Lex," as patrons affectionately …

Twitter Swiftly Checks Mashable For Thinking They Can Cancel #OscarsSoWhite

Hashtag creator, April Reign, stepped in with a new hashtag responding to their article.<p><b>UPDATE:</b> 12/2 — A spokesperson told HuffPost that effective immediately, Mashable “has decided to part ways” with the author of the story in light of Thursday’s events.<p><b>PREVIOUSLY:</b><p>Twitter dragged Mashable on …

How the Media, the White House, and Everyone Else Failed AIDS Victims in the 80s

The press didn't cover AIDS aggressively enough, the Reagan administration didn't respond quickly to the crisis—and ordinary people laughed at the victims.<p>Back in the 80s, long before Donald Trump declared war on political correctness, Andrew Dice Clay was getting huge laughs at the expense of AIDS …

Report: Open and Unabashed Harassment and Intimidation After Trump's Election

The United States is no stranger to hate crimes and racial or ethnic harassment; after all, this is a country that was built on the genocide of …

Southern Poverty Law Center

Every single Trump cabinet member so far opposes LGBT rights

Every single cabinet member appointed by Donald Trump so far opposes LGBT rights.<p>The Republican President-elect has begun appointing his top team …

Civil rights nonprofit: Election had 'profoundly negative effect' on children

A new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center showed children have been negatively impacted by the election, with kids' classroom climate …

The slow asphyxiation of Western democracy in 4 charts

A study by two academics for the Journal of Democracy this summer found that those born in the 1980s were less than half as likely as those born before World War II to consider living under democracy as essential.<p>Roberto Stefan Foa and Yascha Mounk found that US and European citizens had become …

Young M.A.: The Most Visible Black Queer Woman in Hip-Hop Is a Misogynist

Young M.A., a gritty rap phenom who channeled the swagger of Brooklyn and the heart of ’90s East Coast hip-hop, slid onto radio airwaves across the …

Rap & Hip-Hop

How a Fake Newsman Accidentally Helped Trump Win the White House

Out in Phoenix, Arizona, Paul Horner still can’t wrap his mind around it. One day he’s just a 38-year-old Bernie Sanders fan making up fake news and …

Donald Trump

Trump’s call to ban flag-burning isn’t about patriotism. It’s about silencing dissent.

Donald Trump is laying out his agenda: He wants flag-burning to be a crime, possibly resulting in a loss of citizenship or even a year in jail, he tweeted Tuesday morning.<p>He was likely referring to an anti-Trump protest at the liberal Hampshire College in western Massachusetts, at which an alleged …

Donald Trump

Trump Trolls Cheer Trans Woman's Suicide Note

After a trans woman posted her suicide note to Facebook, a pro-Trump troll army descended to mock her—and her family was helpless to stop them.<p>Before …

Is the LGBTQ Community Ready to Fight in Trump’s America?

The fight for LGBTQ rights has produced some of America's most attention-grabbing—and effective—activism over the past half-century. Can that spirit reawaken under a Trump White House?<p><b>Get the VICE App on</b> <b>iOS</b> <b>and</b> <b>Android</b><p>In mid-October, historian Lillian Faderman began preparing remarks for an …