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Mardi Gras Quotes That Will Help You Celebrate

Mardi Gras is almost here and if you're headed to New Orleans to get in on the big celebration, good for you — we're all jealous. But if you're stuck at home and beginning to suffer from some serious FOMO, fret not. There are still tons of ways you can get involved from home that will make you feel a little bit less left out. You can throw your own Carnival-themed party with Cajun food and jazz music and beads galore, or you can sit back, relax and watch it all happen from the cozy side of a com…

By Kaitlyn Wylde

This State Wants To Protect Queer Foster Kids

While the Trump administration made this week a dark one for trans youth by rolling back the protections President Obama put in place for transgender students, the state of Nevada is introducing an important bill to protect LGBTQ+ foster kids. Assembly Bill 99, which was sponsored Assemblyman Nelson Araujo, D-Las Vegas, calls for foster parents and employees of state agencies to undergo a mandatory two-hour training in queer sensitivity, including gender identity affirmation, using a child's req…

By Mariella Mosthof

Fight Anti-Trans Bathroom Bills In Your Town

This week, the Trump administration rescinded a 2016 guidance mandating that U.S. schools provide trans students with access to gender-appropriate restrooms, locker rooms, and other gendered facilities. Claiming that the Obama-era guidance failed to satisfactorily explain how Title IX extended coverage to trans students, the Justice and Education departments revoked it "in order to further and more completely consider the legal issues involved." This puts trans youth — who have been coming out i…

By s.e. smith

Why Some People *Glow* Post-Breakup

There are two kinds of relationship endings in this world: the ones that leave you heartbroken and the ones that leave you … OK. Better than OK. They leave you feeling happy post-breakup. You know the kinds of breakups I’m talking about; they leave you roughed up, but with a sense of cavalier recklessness that makes you feel sexy AF. I was terrified to end things with my last boyfriend. My family loved him, he was obsessed with me, and I was supposed to be happy, right? I wasn’t happy. He wasn’…

By Gigi Engle

Why You Should Never Flush With The Lid Up

Toilet-flushing habits don't make for the most polite dinner party conversations, but there are some essentials you definitely need to know — like why you should never flush the toilet with the lid up. Aside from cleaning in and around the your toilet whenever you realize you absolutely have to, many of us don't really give much thought to what lurks inside the bowl and beneath the lid after we've done our, erm, business. And so unfortunately, it rests on me to educate your lid-lifting habits, b…

By Georgina Lawton

Why Feminists Need To Protect Transgender Kids

On Feb. 22, the country exploded in an uproar over Trump's reversal of transgender bathroom guidelines, which former President Barack Obama developed and put in place during his administration. Hundreds of social activists, including youth advocates, politicians, and educators alike, have denounced Trump's move, calling it "mean-spirited" and "disappointing" and, ultimately, anti-feminist. It was back in May 2016 that Obama and his advisers created the guidelines as an effort to protect and rei…

By Wendy Lu

Bustle's Editors On Trans Youth + How To Help

Can you believe it's already Feb. 23?! The month will be over at the start of next week, and once March hits, it's basically spring. The technical start of the new season is Monday, Mar. 20, so while we still have a few weeks until the official change, we can all break out the sunglasses and start planning those rooftop happy hours in anticipation... But alas, we're not there yet. It's still February, and it's been one crazy, news-filled month. Check out a recap of the news and events that had B…

By Rachel Simon

The Reason Your Partner Smells Amazing AF

Confession time: Sometimes I want eat my boyfriend. Like roll him in yogurt, dip him in chocolate, and eat him. I have to physically restrain myself from taking a bite out of him. He just smells so FREAKIN’ DELICIOUS. Even right after the gym, when he’s a sweaty disgusting mess, I want to nuzzle him senseless. I want to smell him, eat him, and crawl inside his skin like an amoeba. It's the smell of his skin. It is intoxicating. After some asking around, I realized I’m definitely not alone. Peop…

By Gigi Engle

Trans Rights Organizations To Donate To Right Now

Donald Trump seems to be spending the first months of his presidency doing nothing but withdrawing human rights protections. Transgender bathroom access protections are the latest protection to be rescinded under Trump's administration — and although there are always transgender rights organizations to donate to, it's more important now than ever to support them. If you're feeling helpless, offering your money, time, skills, or all of the above to these organizations can help make a real differ…

By Brandi Neal

Where Does Your State Stand On "Bathroom Bills?"

You’ve likely heard the news about the Trump administration rescinding federal protections for transgender students regarding the use of gendered bathrooms. So, do you know how your state stands on ‘bathroom bills?" Beyond the federal level, there are currently 12 states that have pending legislation restricting the bathroom access of transgender people — and are therefore important battlegrounds for transgender rights. North Carolina is currently the only state in which a "bathroom bill" has pa…

By Mia Mercado