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Transmissions: Rapid onset

Transmissions: Rapid onset

By Gwendolyn Ann Smith

I have always been intrigued by history. I love to look at how things came together over time, and how advances in knowledge, technology, and society — for both good and ill — helped to shape the world we live in today.

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By Gwendolyn Ann Smith | August 28, 2019

It's so damned hard to be transgender right now, and just existing is a radical act. It shouldn't have to be like this.

By Gwendolyn Ann Smith | July 31, 2019

At long last, North Carolina's House Bill 2 is dead.


By Gwendolyn Ann Smith | July 17, 2019

Scarlett Johansson has ended up in the news again. The actress and sometimes singer faced heavy criticism after she — a white woman — played an Asian woman in the live-action adaptation of "Ghost in the Shell" in 2015.

By Gwendolyn Ann Smith | July 2, 2019

As I write this Sunday night, June 30, we're in the last waning hours of Pride Month 2019.


By Gwendolyn Ann Smith | June 19, 2019

It's Pride season, and I want to remind you that, as everyone grabs a cup of slightly-cool beer and goes out to party in the streets, we are honoring the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising.

By Gwendolyn Ann Smith | May 8, 2019

Caster Semenya is a South African middle-distance runner. She took home Olympic gold in both 2012 and 2016, and has won the world championships three times.


By Sari Staver | May 1, 2019

Attention: Cannabis shoppers.

By Belo Cipriani | May 1, 2019

Over the past year, there has been a lot of public debate on able-bodied actors playing characters with disabilities.


By Gwendolyn Ann Smith | March 13, 2019

When I was growing up, I had a secret that was so terrible, so shameful, I knew I could never let anyone ever know: I was transgender.

By Christina A. DiEdoardo | March 6, 2019

Before the weeklong Oakland teachers strike formally ended Sunday night with teachers ratifying a new contract, members of the Oakland Education Association marked the fourth day on the picket line against the school district by focusing on a school.


By Christina A. DiEdoardo | February 20, 2019

While much of the city was rushing for last-minute gifts on a rainy Valentine's Day, a small group of activists with Pangea Legal Services showed up to support Aida Carolina Andrade-Amaya, who has been in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody.

By Christina A. DiEdoardo | February 6, 2019

It's strange to be writing about the latest round in a fight that has gone on for 50 years (and that originally began when I was 2 months old), but that seems to be the nature of any story about People's Park in Berkeley.


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