Stories by Zeynep Sasmazel

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Jailed and Tortured by Chechen Police, Mukaev Salman Is Now Seeking Live-Saving Help

Mukaev Salman, 39, was born and raised in Chechnya. In March of last year, he was jailed, beaten up, and tortured by the Chechen Police after being accused of being gay. Though the accusation was false, and though Salman is heterosexual, he was forced to reveal the names of gay[…]

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46 Trans People Have Been Murdered in America in 2021

Forty-five trans people were murdered in the United States in 2020, making it one of the most deadly years on record for trans lives. And heartbreakingly, even more cases of anti-trans violence have already been reported this year. Transgender women of color — specifically Black transwomen — are disproportionately affected[…]

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Here’s What We’ll Be Watching on Disney+ Over the Holidays

Feeling bored? Frantically trying to come up with ways to avoid your family for the holidays? Playstation 5 still on backorder? We’ve got you covered with the very best of what’s new on Disney+ this season. And for those who are looking even further into the future, the most recent Disney+ Day[…]

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These LGBTQ Cosplayers Blend Fandom With Queer Self Expression

Cosplay is the perfect combination of creativity, fandom, and dressing up. It’s an ode to our favorite characters and media, a way of meeting people with similar interests, and an expression of ourselves. For some, it’s an instant confidence boost. For others, it’s an exploration of gender and sexuality— a[…]

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