Analysis | The facts about Trump’s policy of separating families at the border

Administration officials have
pointed to “the law” as the reason why undocumented children are being
separated from their parents. But there’s no such law.

The president and top administration officials say
U.S. laws or court rulings are forcing them to separate families that
are caught trying to cross the southern border.

claims are false. Immigrant families are being separated primarily
because the Trump administration in April began to prosecute as many
border-crossing offenses as possible. This “zero-tolerance policy” applies to all adults, regardless of whether they cross alone or with their children.

The Justice Department can’t prosecute children
along with their parents, so the natural result of the zero-tolerance
policy has been a sharp rise in family separations. Nearly 2,000
immigrant children were separated from parents during six weeks in April
and May, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

Trump administration implemented this policy by choice and could end it
by choice. No law or court ruling mandates family separations. In fact,
during its first 15 months, the Trump administration released nearly 100,000 immigrants
who were apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border, a total that includes
more than 37,500 unaccompanied minors and more than 61,000 family

Analysis | The facts about Trump’s policy of separating families at the border

Dealing With Impostor Syndrome When You’re Treated as an Impostor

The psychologists Pauline R. Clance and Suzanne A. Imes coined the term in 1978, describing it as “internal experience of intellectual phoniness
in people who believe that they are not intelligent, capable or
creative despite evidence of high achievement.” In other words, it’s
that sinking sense that you are a fraud in your industry, role or
position, regardless of your credibility, authority or accomplishments.

is not a unique feeling, and it hits many of us at some point in our
lives. But some researchers believe it hits minority groups harder, as a
lack of representation can make minorities feel like outsiders, and
discrimination creates even more stress and anxiety when coupled with
impostorism, according to Kevin Cokley, a professor of educational
psychology and African diaspora studies at the University of Texas at

was interested in whether impostorism would be an even greater
predictor of negative mental health outcomes in minorities than
discrimination,” Dr. Cokley said. “And so I conducted a study
and it’s exactly what I found.” Most everyone has felt like a fraud
because of their own insecurities, and while Dr. Cokley said it’s
important not to homogenize minority groups as having a single shared
experience, the issue does become more complicated for minorities, who
may be treated as impostors in the workplace.

tell you your story doesn’t matter, and that sucks,” Issa Rae, the star
and co-creator of the HBO series “Insecure,” told me at that media
event in Los Angeles. Hollywood is an industry that is especially vocal
about inclusion. While celebrities call for more diversity, women and
minorities are still disproportionately represented according to a report from U.C.L.A. Ms. Rae said this lack of representation has emphasized her own battle with impostor syndrome.

Dealing With Impostor Syndrome When You’re Treated as an Impostor

Dark Horse Comics and Trans Discrimination


(Click through above for the original Twitter threads; now updated to include DH’s statement, my response, and action points.)

TL;DR – Dark Horse Comics’ insurance policy is openly discriminatory* against trans employees. Dark Horse have been aware of this fact–and the fact that it constitutes a de facto ban on trans employees–for a long time.

Meanwhile, they’re talking up their inclusivity and LGBT-friendliness for Pride.

I’m tired, and I’m furious. Even after I left Dark Horse in 2013, I spent years unable to talk about this stuff publicly while reporting on and speaking out against harassment and discrimination at other companies, because I was still married to a Dark Horse employee.

I’m done.

Please: If you work in comics, if you read comics, if you care about trans people–let DH know that this can not stand. This is a policy issue, it’s simple, and, critically, it’s fixable. Don’t let it disappear. Don’t let them make excuses and sweep it back under the rug.


*Yes, really; yes, I have documentation. They’re able to do this via a legal loophole for companies under a certain size who self-insure; which is a whole OTHER mess worth tearing down.

Dark Horse Comics and Trans Discrimination

Angry Canadians are shopping ‘Trump free’ after attacks on Trudeau

Scores of shoppers and travellers are mounting strikes against
America’s pocketbook by boycotting U.S. goods and trips to the States.
On Twitter, hashtags including #BuyCanadian, #BoycottUSProducts and
#BoycottUSA are spreading tips on using purchasing power to defend
Canada’s honour.

Trump’s trade rhetoric turned personal after Trudeau’s closing news
conference at the G7 summit in Quebec last Saturday. Trudeau said he had
pushed back against the Trump administration’s tariffs on steel and
aluminum, and insisted Canada would “not be pushed around” on trade.

Those comments prompted a Twitter tirade from Trump in which he
referred to Trudeau as “dishonest” and “weak,” and later said Trudeau’s
remarks would cost “a lot of money for the people of Canada.” Top Trump
aides followed his lead. White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said
“there’s a special place in hell” for Trudeau. A remark he later called a

In response, one Ottawa man proudly tweeted a photo of a cart of “Trump free” groceries
on Sunday. Others are refusing to buy Kentucky bourbon, California wine
and Florida oranges, and ignoring major U.S. brands such as Starbucks,
Walmart, and McDonalds.

Angry Canadians are shopping ‘Trump free’ after attacks on Trudeau

First state net neutrality law took effect today, countering FCC repeal


Might be a good time to phone or fax your state reps.

The State of Washington today became the first US state to impose a
net neutrality law that replaces the nationwide regulations repealed by
the Federal Communications Commission.

Washington’s legislature and governor approved the new law three months ago and arranged for it to take effect as soon as the FCC finalized its repeal. The FCC repeal was finalized today, so Washington’s state law has gone into effect.

The Washington state law prohibits home and mobile Internet providers
from blocking or throttling lawful Internet traffic and from charging
online services for prioritization. The rules will be enforced by the
state attorney general under Washington’s Consumer Protection Act.

First state net neutrality law took effect today, countering FCC repeal

Jordan Peele Reportedly Wants to Direct a ‘Gargoyles’ Movie at Disney


In today’s edition of the entertainment industry newsletter The Ankler, writer Richard Rushfield reports that Peele “walk[ed] in and says he wants to do a new version of Gargoyles.” But instead of green lighting it or turning it down outright, Disney is apparently sitting on its hands.

“How do you turn down Jordan Peele? Well, you can’t. Who wants to be responsible for that decision? So in the absence of a good reason to say no, but prevented by their Big IP box from saying yes, Disney is slow walking the decision. It’s hoping, it seems, that they’ll run out the clock, he’ll sign other deals elsewhere, and the project will just fade away.”

You’re telling me Disney is gonna sit on its damn hands? DISNEY GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER AND LET JORDAN PEELE DO WHAT HE WANTS!

Jordan Peele Reportedly Wants to Direct a ‘Gargoyles’ Movie at Disney

Critics question Rick Scott’s record on LGBTQ issues on second anniversary of Pulse shooting

Why didn’t the governor do more to reach out to LGBTQ citizens after the massacre?

“You would think that in the aftermath of such a horrific attack that
disproportionately impacted and targeted the LGBTQ community that there
would be some increased awareness or sensitivity,” Florida Rep. Carlos
Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando, said in a phone interview Monday. “We got
nothing. I mean, he treats us like we don’t exist.”

Critics question Rick Scott’s record on LGBTQ issues on second anniversary of Pulse shooting

Brendan Fraser’s #MeToo Story Is Why More Male Victims Don’t Speak Out

There are many reasons why victims of harassment or physical abuse don’t always come forward right away,
depending on factors too numerous to mention. Women will of course be
pilloried and threatened by corrupt institutions and misogynist trolls
for daring to accuse a man, but these antagonists start from the
assumption that she’s making it up or actually to blame. With a man, you
can acknowledge the incident as reported — we have no problem trusting a
man’s version of reality — while still brushing it off as a joke.

is happening right now to the actor Brendan Fraser, who in February
went public with an allegation that Philip Berk, a one-time president of
the powerful Hollywood Foreign Press Association, groped his buttocks
and poked his perineum (in Fraser’s telling, his “taint”), even wiggling
a finger around in the sensitive area. This was in 2003, in a crowded
area of the Beverly Hills Hotel, in public view. The violation had
Fraser “overcome with panic and fear,”
though Berk gladly related the episode in his memoir, leaving out the
finger part and characterizing the ass-grab as a playful pinch.

The HFPA promised to investigate Fraser’s claims; three months later, they showed him their proposed follow-up statement.
It read, in part: “Although it was concluded that Mr. Berk
inappropriately touched Mr. Fraser, the evidence supports that it was
intended to be taken as a joke and not as a sexual advance.” Again: It
happened, everyone agrees it happened, but, well, it doesn’t count, because a man touching another man inappropriately can only be a gay come-on or good-humored bonding behavior.

Brendan Fraser’s #MeToo Story Is Why More Male Victims Don’t Speak Out

What To Do If A Parent Doesn’t Accept You Coming Out as Queer


“In America, there are an estimated 1.6 million homeless young people, according to the True Colors Fund. Of those people, 40% are LGBTQ, and many of them are out on the street because of family rejection. While this is one of the worst-case-scenarios, and many LGBTQ young people come out to great support from their families, others find themselves in a middle ground: one parent supports them, while the other rejects them.

If you come out to your parents and one of them isn’t supportive, first know that you’re not alone. And while it can be hard to cope with, initial rejection from a parent also doesn’t mean you’ll never be able to mend that relationship. We checked in with Dr. Aron Janssen, Child Psychiatrist and director of the Gender and Sexuality Service at the Child Study Center, to find out what the best way to handle a parent’s rejection when you come out is.

Read the full piece here

What To Do If A Parent Doesn’t Accept You Coming Out as Queer