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Layleen Polanco, A Trans Woman, Died In Jail On Rikers Island. Now, The Community Demands Justice.

Layleen Polanco, A Trans Woman, Died In Jail On Rikers Island. Now, The Community...

David Shanies, a lawyer representing the family, said that he is “still gathering facts” about the case. “Under the bail-reform laws, Layleen would not have been incarcerated at all, so there are legitimate questions about why the [Manhattan] district attorney [Cyrus Vance, Jr.] is continuing to seek bail on low-level misdemeanor cases,” he said in…

50 years after Stonewall, the NYPD finally apologizes to the LGBTQ community

Fifty years after the New York Police Department raided the Stonewall Inn, leading to the birth of the modern LGBTQ rights movement, the commissioner of the NYPD has apologized. “I do know what happened should not have happened,” James O’Neill, New York’s police commissioner, said in a public statement. “The actions taken by the NYPD…
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About two to three times a month, we’ll run different kinds of activities via our exciting new Mad Chatter Connect Member Hub. We’ll ask you questions and invite you to participate in activities about the Refinery29 experience, cool new products, shows, apps, and a lot more. You’ll also get opportunities to interact directly with R29,…
Black Women Talk Body Image in the Black Community

Black Women Talk Body Image in the Black Community

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Why College Football Gave Me A Sense Of Community When Nothing Else Did

Why College Football Gave Me A Sense Of Community When Nothing Else Did

Nobody sat down once for the entire game — and it wasn’t even a playoff game or anything special. More importantly, everyone seemed to know what was happening on the field. My football knowledge was elementary, but the students around me did their best to kickstart my education. Still, I can’t even remember who won…

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