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We’re #1: 2012 Election Was An Election Of Firsts For AAPIs

November 8th, 2012 | 2 comments | Posted by Jen

This year’s election was an election of firsts. Not least of all for our people, who are often left out of election and post-election talk altogether. A brief recap:

MAZIE HIRONO (D-HI) becomes the first Asian American woman elected to the Senate, and the first woman senator representing Hawaii. She’s also the first Senator born in Japan, and she’s Buddhist. Plus her name is Mazie–from the Japanese “Meiji,” pronounced “May-zee”–which officially gives her the coolest name in Congress.

TAMMY DUCKWORTH (D-IL), who will represent the 8th Congressional District of Illinois, becomes the first Thai American and the first disabled woman veteran elected to Congress. She’s fluent in Thai, Indonesian, and before she was deployed to Iraq in 2004, she was pursuing her Ph.D. She was a US Army combat helicopter pilot in Iraq when the Black Hawk she was co-piloting was hit by an RPG, causing damage to her right arm and the loss of both her legs. Now, thanks to prosthetics, she is fully mobile. So yes, she is more badass than anyone you know.

GRACE MENG (D-NY), from New Yorks’s 6th Congressional District, becomes the Continue reading We’re #1: 2012 Election Was An Election Of Firsts For AAPIs

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Tila Protects Herself Before She Wrecks Herself (Again)

April 10th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Y’all, I’m pretty sure the world is coming to an end, because I was just over on Twitter when I discovered this:


Tila Tequila’s protecting her updates?! As in, she’s keeping some of her shit to herself for a change? I’m not sure if this signals that pigs can fly and hell’s frozen over, but I like it.

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R.I.P. Tammy Faye

July 23rd, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Tammy Faye Messner, 65, died Saturday after a long battle with cancer. What is inspiring to me about Tammy Faye is how she went from being a creepy, disgraceful televangelist who stood for nothing to a fabulous gay icon who embraced people who were different, in one abbreviated lifetime. “We’re all just people made out of the same old dirt, and God didn’t make any junk,” she said in The Eyes of Tammy Faye, a documentary made in 2000. I don’t believe in heaven, but if there is one, I’d like to think that she ascended there on those mascaraed lashes, as though they were wings.

Click here for Tammy Faye’s NY Times obit.

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