Vanessa Valenti

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Happy Pride Month!- The reFRESH

Pic via. This week we’re celebrating Pride, prepping for our first public event, and cheering on the folks who claim the space they deserve. What we’re checking out… To kick off Pride month, activist Janet Mock wrote a love letter to the LGBTQ community and it makes us love her even more. To combat the […]

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Movers, Shakers, and Changemakers- The reFRESH

Credit Paul Connell/The Boston Globe, via Getty Images We’re bringing tons of positivity and inspiration to your inbox this week, and dedicating our newsletter to movers, shakers, and change-makers. What we’re checking out… Fifty years ago, Kathrine Switzer became the first woman to complete the Boston Marathon as an official entrant (despite having to sneak […]

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Are You In Formation? – The reFRESH

This week, folks are in formation y’all! (Except Pepsi.) We’re celebrating trans visibility, watching stereotype-busting hijabi rap videos, and reading about a big win for sexual assault survivors in Georgia. What we’re checking out… Ziad Ahmed put all of his cards on the table when he answered the Stanford University application question “What matters to […]

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Narratives Be Heard- The reFRESH

Image via Tatyana Fazlalizadeh This week we’re #TeamLaverne, claiming our narratives through art of all kinds, and casually hanging out with Solange Knowles. What we’re checking out… Acclaimed author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie got herself into some trouble during a recent interview in which she made some highly controversial statements about trans women. Then Laverne Cox […]

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Women Strike Back!- The reFRESH

One fundamental truth from herstory: women know how to strike. Pic via Pinterest. This week, we’re celebrating International Women’s Day, sipping tea as a form of resistance, and debunking myths about the gay community in Africa. What we’re checking out… Samantha Bee is, as always, hilarious and on point for International Women’s Day: “The Trump WH is […]

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