Maya Parthasarathy
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Maya enjoys traveling, socially conscious comedy, and being around animals. She strongly believes in the importance of representation and diversity in media.

Maya’s Latest Articles

Witches Hope This Spell Can Stop Trump

Do you wish President Donald Trump would make vastly different policy decisions than the ones he's making right now? Well, then you're in luck. This Friday, witches will be casting a spell on Trump. According to the mass spell’s Facebook page, the spell will “be performed at midnight on every waning crescent moon until he is removed from office.” It's apparently an open source spell, meaning you can adapt the necessary materials to what you have on hand. You can find a full list of suggested ing…

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The Trans Lifeline Is Being Flooded With Donations

President Donald Trump’s administration on Wednesday rescinded federal guidelines that protected transgender students from discrimination by allowing them to use the bathroom of their choice. Allies of the transgender community, however, weren't going to take this decision lightly; after Trump's decision, the Trans Lifeline received so many donations, its website crashed. The Trans Lifeline is a nonprofit “staffed by transgender people for transgender people.” Its mission is to help transgender …

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Sanders Isn't OK With Trump's Anti-Trans Policy

President Donald Trump’s administration rescinded federal guidelines designed to protect transgender students on Feb. 22, a decision which pretty much instantly sparked protests. Sen. Bernie Sanders responded to Trump's anti-trans bathroom policy, expressing solidarity in a way that many other politicians haven't. "The attacks against transgender people are part of a bigotry which has got to end. To young transgender people I say: We stand with you," Sanders tweeted. And sure, other politicians …

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Sean Spicer: Feds May Enforce Anti-Marijuana Laws

Remember when states like Alaska and California legalized the use of recreational marijuana? Well, President Donald Trump’s administration could reportedly try to cut down on that. On Feb. 23, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said federal laws against recreational marijuana use will likely be enforced, leading to outcry among those who support legalization. Recreational marijuana is currently legal in eight states, but technically marijuana is illegal on the federal level. It does seem, h…

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Spoken On America's State

You may know her as the Notorious R.B.G., a Supreme Court justice famous for her sharp tongue and wit. Today, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has an important message for America. As a judge, Ginsburg rarely speaks out on current events — but as of late, she's been making exceptions, both during an interview with BBC Newsnight, and during an event at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Ginsburg took part in the event, which was moderated by NPR's Nina Totenberg, alongside the co-authors of her …

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Here's How You Can Help Protect Transgender Rights

President Donald Trump’s administration decided to remove federal guidelines allowing transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice; this decision was immediately followed by protests directly outside of the White House. If you want to join the movement, there are various ways you can protest for transgender rights. Trump's move technically leaves the decision up to states and localities about whether to uphold nondiscrimination guidelines concerning transgender students. New York's A…

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These Candidates Faced Off At The DNC Debate

The Democratic Party is looking for its next leader, and what better way to select one than through a debate? The Democratic National Committee chair debate at George Washington University included seven debaters; but who are the DNC chair candidates? Well, you've probably heard of front runners Tom Perez and Rep. Keith Ellison. Perez was the Labor Secretary under former President Barack Obama, and before that he was the head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division. Ellison, who repres…

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"Protect Trans Kids" Sends A Powerful Message

President Donald Trump has overturned the previous administration's protections for transgender students, namely federal guidelines that gave transgender students the right to use the restroom of their choice. In the wake of Trump's decision, the "Protect Trans Kids" tweets prove why showing solidarity is so important in these trying times. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has said that her department “remains committed to investigating all claims of discrimination, bullying and harassment agains…

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New York Will Keep Protections For Trans People

President Donald Trump has overturned the previous administration’s protections for transgender students, which include requiring schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms of their choice. Despite this, the state of New York is already fighting Trump’s transphobic bathroom policy. Officials from the Justice Department and the Education Department sent out a joint letter addressing the Obama administration’s position on nondiscrimination laws, saying that the administration’s directiv…

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Read The Transcript Of Trump's Press Conference

If you missed watching President Donald Trump's 75-minute press conference, or if you saw it but need some clarification, never fear. You have options: the transcript of Trump's press conference is available, and there's a lot to unpack, especially when it comes to his exchanges with the press. Frankly, Saturday Night Live will probably have a field day with this one. There are several places you could access the transcript: the New York Times has one, CNBC has a transcript, Fox News has one, an…

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