Yearly Archives: 2014

Dear Leelah Alcorn: Your Life and Death Mean Something

Dear Leelah Alcorn: Your Life and Death Mean Something

Content Note: This article discusses bullying, transphobia/hate and suicide of a transgender teenager. Leelah Alcorn’s friends describe her as funny, despite struggling with ongoing depression and a difficult home life. At 17, she had known she was different all of her life but had only recently learned how to give voice to that difference. Because […]

Year End Giving: Ladybud Magazine Reader Favorites

Year End Giving: Ladybud Magazine Reader Favorites

It’s almost 2015 but not quite yet! That means it’s time for end-of-year giving. While there are over a million charitable organizations from which to choose, Ladybud Magazine asked readers and staff to suggest a few that are their favorites. Some of the organizations might be recognizable but we’ve made a special effort to include […]

An Open Letter to People Who Think the Police Accountability Movement is Built on Hate

An Open Letter to People Who Think the Police Accountability Movement is Built on Hate

This article was written by Cassius Methyl on 12/23 & was originally published by The Anti Media. It is an excellent analysis and the importance of the police accountability movement and the inspiration and cultural forces behind many of the activists involved in the movement. This is a message to Allen Clifton, co-founder of Forward […]

Merry Christmas 2014 from Ladybud!

Merry Christmas 2014 from Ladybud!

Merry Christmas! As everyone living within reach of broadcast media or the internet is well aware, today is the traditional celebration of Jesus’ natal day, as commemorated by modern Christians. While today is traditionally remembered as the day when Jesus was born, science and history indicate that today is a traditional celebration, rather than the […]

Happy Yule and Winter Solstice from Ladybud!

Happy Yule and Winter Solstice from Ladybud!

Last night was the longest night of the year, a day also called the Winter Solstice or Yule. For those who mark the wheel of the year, it is an important holiday. Yule is officially the first day of winter, but it is also when the sunlight hours of the day  begin to increase once […]

Happy Hanukkah 2014 from Ladybud!

Happy Hanukkah 2014 from Ladybud!

With all the focus on next’s weeks major consumer holiday, another important end of year holiday often takes a back seat. Today is the first day of Hanukkah, 2014. Also called the Festival of Lights, this eight-day long holiday is not really similar to Christmas, despite their temporal proximity. Hanukkah, which is also spelled Chanukah […]

Abused Trans Teen Jane Doe Locked in Boys Prison in Connecticut

Abused Trans Teen Jane Doe Locked in Boys Prison in Connecticut

They call her Jane Doe, an un-named transgender girl of color. Jane first rose to national attention in the spring of this year, when she was kicked out of a Connecticut Department of Children and Families facility, after allegedly attacking one of the staff members. Jane was in the facility because her previous legal guardians […]

Georgia Man Shot While Facedown During Drug Raid, No Drugs Found

Georgia Man Shot While Facedown During Drug Raid, No Drugs Found

David Hooks was shot and killed by police men in his home late at night on September 24th, 2014. Deputies from Laurens County, Georgia shot him fatally while he was facedown on the floor of his home, according to a statement by his family’s lawyer, Mitchell Shook, earlier this week. The deputies were serving a […]

Feds Won’t Stop Native Americans  Growing, Selling Pot in Sovereign Tribal Territories

Feds Won’t Stop Native Americans Growing, Selling Pot in Sovereign Tribal Territories

Yesterday, the U.S. Justice Department announced a dramatic departure from standing cannabis prohibition policy: as long as they comply with federal guidelines put in place for states with recreational cannabis legalization or medical marijuana programs, Native American tribes can grow and sell cannabis on their sovereign territories (also referred to as reservations). Mirroring the 2013 […]