SkepchickCON & You!

Amy Davis Roth loves science. Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of browsing her Etsy shop has seen her beautiful intersection of science and art. Amy also loves SkepchickCON, the annual Skepchick-run science track at CONvergence! This year, she would like to introduce you to these loves  – by sending as many lucky individuals to SkepchickCON as she can:

Every year I make handmade jewelry and use it to raise money to buy passes for people to get in to science or secular events and THIS year I want to buy some passes to get you in to Convergence so you can participate in our bigger and better-than-ever, geekery and science track.

To do this, I have made a series of, “I love science” necklaces to help raise money.
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I am making it easier than ever to participate this year. No more forms to fill out, no more gender identity requirements, none of that! If you need a little help covering costs to go to this event, just put a message in the comment section below with the words, “ADD MY NAME TO THE HAT.“  And PLEASE also include a way for me to contact you, such as twitter or FB or be SURE to subscribe to the comments so you will know if you have been chosen. If I can’t contact you within a day or two of selecting your name, I will have to pick another name.

Amy has a passion for art, science and people that is tough to rival, so make her happy by picking up one of her lovely necklaces, and signing up to be one of the lucky attendees headed to SkepchickCON! You can click here to sign up, as well as read into the fine print. I’ll be there this year, and hope to see as many of your lovely faces there as possible!


#FreeAvery: Trans Comedian Detained At Canadian Airport

Imagine you were detained at the airport, held captive for hours, and ultimately thrown into an opposite-sex jail cell and treated as a gender you are not.

That’s what happened to British comedian Avery Edison, a transgender woman who was detained yesterday at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Ontario. She was on her way to visit her girlfriend, but due to a previous visa issue, was held up trying to enter the country. Thanks to social media and increasingly common free Wi-Fi at airports, Edison was able to live-tweet the ordeal:

Despite the fact that her detention was in no way due to her operative status and her passport lists her correct gender, that didn’t guarantee that she was treated with any degree of decency:

Through all of this, Edison kept a level head and sense of humor:

Avery’s partner, RahRah,  has taken over her Twitter account for the time being and has indicated that Edison is in good spirits, has been moved to a female facility, and they are working toward a resolution for her release. But it’s important to talk about why this happened. Edison’s passport has her gendered as a woman, and her operative status has fuck-all to do with any past visa transgressions. It happened because in 2014, we still have people who don’t know how to treat a transgender person. Here’s a hint:

Treat them like a fucking person. Treat them like you would treat any other person whose genitals are of no consequence to your day-to-day life.

Treat them with respect.


Bowling for Abortion

Little known fact: Sarah also bowls with her pinky out. She’s THAT classy.

Sarah Moglia, vegan misandrist extraordinaire, is raising funds for the National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon. Her team, Coup de Twat, is raising money in association with the National Network of Abortion Funds. The NNAF is a pretty fantastic organization, dedicated to helping people control their own bodily choices regardless of their financial situation (or they’re a murderous cult with no regard for the unborn, depending on the political leanings of the person you’re asking). Why is she doing this? I’ll let her tell you:

I’m bowling for abortion access because I believe that every person has the right to decide whether they want to give birth. I’m bowling for abortion access because I think every person deserves the opportunity to shape their own life.
When you support me in the Bowl-a-Thon, you’re not only directly helping someone to access necessary medical care, you’re also giving back the opportunity to pursue their hopes and dreams. You’re ensuring that no one is forced to carry a pregnancy to term because they couldn’t come up with the bus fare to a distant clinic, or because they had the wrong insurance, or were short $100. You’re helping people stay in control of their own lives.

“What’s in it for me,” you’re probably asking (if you’re a total dick like that). If you donate, I personally guarantee that Sarah will dress up as The Dude for the bowl-a-thon,* and that your money will help give people who need abortions financial access to have control over their own bodies and lives. Sarah’s goal is to raise $1,500 – no small feat – and I have full confidence that she will succeed. But in order to do so, Coup de Twat needs your help! Every dollar takes her one step closer to her goal, so if you have the money to spare, please head on over to Sarah’s donation page right now! Donations can range from $1, to ONE BILLION DOLLARS (this may not be true), so if Mark Cuban is reading this: please sling some of that sweet, sweet cash Sarah’s way.

If you’d like to learn more about the NNAF and the phenomenal work they do, you can visit FundAbortionNow.com. You can also follow Sarah on Twitter to track her fundraising goals (and also because she’s hilarious).

*Disclaimer: Sarah is not aware of this incentive, so results may vary/be non-existent.


Trans-Erasure from Media Narratives in Sochi

There’s been a lot of virtual ink spilled since the Olympics opening ceremony about the supposed LGBT themes that run amok in Sochi. Slate wasn’t the only outlet to write an article detailing just how “gay” the opening ceremonies were. But amidst growing rumbles from the progressive journalists about Russia’s increasingly backwards treatment of LGBT citizens (if you’ve not read Jeff Sharlet’s heartbreaking piece, go do so now. It’s lengthy, but worth it), many bloggers and Tweeters seemed excited by Greece’s supposed display of support for LGBT rights:

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Vegan Boot Camp

After Citizen Radio linked to my “Veganism as a Lifestyle, Not a Dogma” post in their newsletter, I had quite a few people reach out to me to ask for advice on how to start the path toward veganism. I start compiling a list of resources for some people and realized how helpful it would be to have this all in one place. As I come across more awesome resources, I anticipate this post will grow and change – and of course you’re always welcome to leave your own suggestions in the comments, too – I may even add them to the post!

A couple of disclaimers:

  1. I do not take any allergens such as Celiac’s or soy-intolerance into account. If you have allergies, I probably don’t have to tell you this…. but please check the labels! I like you people alive.
  2. I link to PETA a couple of times in this post, but that is in no way an endorsement of the awful, racist, misogynistic, fat-shaming actions they’ve taken in the past. But they have really good info for vegan newbies, and I feel I’d be remiss for not sharing these resources with you.

Now let’s get down to it!

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Veganism As a Lifestyle, Not a Dogma

[Trigger Warning: Food, mental illness]

Newsflash: Being a vegan is hard.

No, it’s not as hard as some people make it out to be. We don’t just eat grass from the yard, and there are plenty of delicious options.

But it’s still hard – on a lot of levels.

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Vegan Frito Chili Pie

It’s finally starting to get a little autumn-like here in Texas, so I thought that Frito Chili Pie would be a delicious fit for a football Sunday. Luckily, Fritos are accidentally vegan, and my husband is phenomenal at improvising delicious chili recipes – even for vegans.

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Here’s our chili recipe – it’s great on its own, or with Fritos!

1 Bag of Boca crumbles
1 16 Oz. can of pinto beans
1 16 Oz. can of black beans
1 16 Oz. can of red kidney beans
1 Cup frozen whole kernel corn
5 Tbsp. chili powder
1 Tbsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. ground coriander
2 Cloves garlic, minced
1 Large onion, diced
2 Cans Habañero Rotel
2 15 Oz. cans tomato sauce
3 tsp. minced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

1. Prepare the onion and garlic. We prefer ours to be finely minced, but this can be adjusted according to your taste.
2. Pre-mix the chili powder, cumin, and coriander in a small bowl or container.
3. Slightly thaw and break up the Boca crumbles so they are loose and granular.
4. Heat a large saucepan to medium/medium-high temperature, then coat the surface with cooking spray or cooking oil.
5. Toss the Boca crumbles in the saucepan and cook them until thawed, then season with half of your pre-mixture of chili powder and other spices.
6. Add the onion and garlic, then cook with additional oil (as needed) until the onions appear translucent and the Boca crumbles are fragrant.
7. Move the mixture in the saucepan to a large cooking pot, then add the beans, corn, Rotel, tomato sauce, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, and remaining spice mixture to the pot.
8. Stir thoroughly and heat to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low heat / simmer.
9. Cook for 45 minutes or until desired thickness is achieved (we simmered for 5 hours, for maximum deliciousness!)
10. Remove from heat and allow chili to cool.
11. Suggested add-ons: Fritos, Daiya cheddar cheese, and Tofutti sour cream.

Enjoy!


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