TransCuba: Photographer Mariette Pathy Allen Explores a Hidden Havana Subculture

For more than 30 years, New York based photographer and painter Mariette Pathy Allenhas been documenting transgender culture worldwide; in 2004 she won the Lambda Literary Award for her monograph The Gender Frontier. In her new publication, TransCuba, Allen focuses on the transgender community of Cuba, especially its growing visibility and acceptance in a country whose government is transitioning into a more relaxed model of communism under Raúl Castro’s presidency.
An excerpt from Mariela Castro Espin, who is the director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education in Havana, is included in the book: “We dedicate this day to families because we want families to be conscious of their great social responsibility, so that all of our families, all of the people with the great social responsibility of being a parent, realize that their can’t be any form of discrimination in the family, discrimination based in the prejudice that we’ve inherited from dominant societies.”

Dear White People (2014) dir. Justin Simien

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Hamas Didn’t Kidnap the Israeli Teens After All



When the bodies of three Israeli teenagers, kidnapped in the West Bank, were found late last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not mince words. “Hamas is responsible, and Hamas will pay,” he said, initiating a campaign that eventually escalated into the present conflict in the region.

This is a “conflict” that has resulted in the deaths of over 800 Palestinians, most of them civilians (~80%), and many of them children (about 192). There have been 36 Israeli deaths. Most of them were soldiers and most of them occurred after the ground invasion of Gaza. Given those details, does this look like merely a “conflict” to you or a massacre?

I do not normally indulge in this kind of speculation, but given how Israel has been behaving lately, I would not be surprised if these allegations are true:

Repeated inconsistencies in Israeli descriptions of the situation have sparked debate over whether Israel wanted to provoke Hamas into a confrontation. Israeli intelligence is also said to have known that the boys were dead shortly after they disappeared, but to have maintained public optimism about their safe return to beef up support from the Jewish diaspora. Writing for Al Jazeera, Musa al-Gharbi argued that Israel was deliberately provoking Hamas:

All the illegal and immoral actions related to Operation Brother’s Keeper were justified under the premise of finding and saving the missing teens whom the Israeli government knew to be dead — cynically exploiting the tragedy to whip up public outcry in order to provoke and then confront Hamas.

Never forget that American arms, money, and political support are helping enable Israel’s godforsaken butchery.

Oh, it’s absolutely true—at least, the aspect of knowing that it wasn’t Hamas, I don’t know about the other stuff. But that was obvious from the outset; they’ve kind of had to sit on their hands for a year now (especially with post-Ahmadinejad Iran now in talks with the U.S. and U.N. over nukes), are were clearly gearing up for a major operation. They were waiting for an excuse, and here’s the scapegoat.

Basically, if it’s Netanyahu, believe the worst. He is a monstrous human being, and has gotten exponentially worse since his first tenure as PM.

Healing In The Balm Yard [10 inch] - The Ticklers (Vocals: Harold Richardson)


How Frank Ocean came out.