Our 9 Favorite Feature Stories This Week: Trans Rights, Lance Armstrong, And The Real Nick Cave

Our 9 Favorite Feature Stories This Week: Trans Rights, Lance Armstrong, And The Real Nick Cave

This week for BuzzReads, Nicole Pasulka profiles a transgender woman who sued the D.C. police. Read that and these other stories from around BuzzFeed and the web.

1. The Woman Who Helped Change How Police Treat Transgender People — BuzzFeed


After D.C. resident Patti Hammond Shaw was arrested, she claimed male officers searched her and locked her up with men who allegedly abused and threatened her. This is how she fought to make sure this won’t happen to others. Read it at BuzzFeed.

2. Lance Armstrong in Purgatory: The AfterlifeEsquire

Photograph by Joe Pugliese for Esquire

John H. Richardson visits with the cyclist — now legendary for reasons off the bike: “Life is good, he insists. He has five happy children. He’s learned who his real friends are. And he is learning to not fight all the time. Really. A fringe benefit of crushing defeat is learning to accept things.” Read it at Esquire.

3. Cliven Bundy’s WarGQ

Jason Bean/Las Vegas Review-Journal / AP Photo

Zach Baron travels to the Nevada desert eight days after a “successful” rebellion against the US government: “Before the republic — that’s what I’d been calling it in my head: the Independent Sovereign Republic of Cliven Bundy — this was a disused gravel pit. Now it’s a sandy hospitality suite for the men who’d come to fight.” Read it at GQ.

4. How College Wrestling Star “Tiger Mandingo” Became An HIV Scapegoat — BuzzFeed

Justine Zwiebel for BuzzFeed

In St. Charles, Missouri, a once popular college wrestler named Michael Johnson was incarcerated for exposing partners to HIV — to much community uproar. Steven Thrasher examines why so many are so eager to turn against him. Read it at BuzzFeed.

5. In Sweden, Being a Prostitute Is Legal, But Paying for One Isn’t — BuzzFeed

Chris Ritter / BuzzFeed

The “Nordic model” is becoming ever more influential around the world, Jina Moore reports. But public health officials and some human rights workers wonder if Sweden is making life worse for prostitutes. Read it at BuzzFeed.

6. I Am the Real Nick CaveNew York Times Magazine

Drafthouse Films / Via nytimes.com

John Wray profiles the singular musician, screenwriter, novelist, and occasional actor as he promotes 20,000 Days on Earth, a film about his life. “Perhaps more than any of his contemporaries … Cave has managed to invent a self-contained, coherent fictional world that both he and his followers can enter at will; a kind of exercise in collaborative mythmaking that seems to deepen with each variation on the theme.” Read it at the New York Times Magazine.

7. Swing Away: The Untold Story Of The First Home Run DerbyFox Sports

Fox Sports North

Twenty years ago, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game featured the first-ever home run derby. Erik Malinowski explains what made it so special: “All that the contest needed to do was live up to the hype. What resulted instead was a fortuitous confluence of events that added up to one of the most remarkable afternoons in baseball history.” Read it at Fox Sports.

8. “Speaking up every. Fucking. Time”Matter

Illustration by Victo Ngai for Matter

Elizabeth Spiers set out to profile Shanley Kane, the 27-year-old co-creator and now sole proprietor of Model View Culture, a media organization focused on diversity in tech. What she found was a surprising challenge. Read it at Matter.

9. She’s Still Dying on FacebookThe Atlantic

flickr/Holly Lay / Via theatlantic.com

Five years after her best high school friend died, the result of a long struggle with addiction, Julie Buntin writes movingly about her continued half-life on social media. Read it at The Atlantic.

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‘This is a pic of no one!’ Carpenter live-tweets DC Health Link’s O-care help

‘This is a pic of no one!’ Carpenter live-tweets DC Health Link’s O-care help

As Twitchy reported, Amanda Carpenter has been struggling with the “freaking infuriating” Obamacare enrollment process. She has been live-tweeting her attempts to, you know, comply with the law as a Senate staffer.

DC Health Link was to help Senate staffers enroll in Obamacare on Tuesday. Amanda Carpenter live-tweeted the experience.




Learning from their boss Obama, we see. Way to lead by example, champ! Evidently, your time is not worth as much as theirs, Senate staffers who are being forced to comply with a horrendous law!

The wait continued:


Success? For a certain value of “success”:






Will this enrollment attempt finally “take”? Stay tuned! In the meantime, this Twitter user has a wise suggestion:



Lady smarts!


‘Freaking infuriating’: Amanda Carpenter still wrestling with insurance marketplace

‘Crash crash crash’: Amanda Carpenter live-tweets Obamacare sign-up experience

Bam-tastic! Amanda Carpenter sums up difference between Obamacare supporters and opponents

Full Twitchy coverage of Amanda Carpenter

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/12/03/this-is-a-pic-of-no-one-amanda-carpenter-live-tweets-dc-health-links-obamacare-enrollment-help/

19 Unforgettable Children's Books That Celebrate Diversity

19 Unforgettable Children’s Books That Celebrate Diversity

Go beyond all the same old stories.

1. The Princess Cupcake Jones series by Yllena Fields

This African-American princess goes on adventures all kids can relate to in these books which feature mellifluous rhymes and attractive illustrations.

2. Please, Puppy, Please by Spike Lee & Tonya Lewis Lee

The acclaimed filmmaker (Do The Right Thing, Malcolm X) and his wife wrote this book about a pair of energetic toddlers who meet an even more energetic puppy. The duo also wrote the companion book, Please, Baby, Please.

3. Curlilocks and the Three Pink Pandas by Yolanda King

This clever twist on the classic fairy tale features adorable illustrations and a good lesson.

4. Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji by F. Zia

An Indian-American boy’s grandfather shares with his grandson his adventures as a boy in India (trying to tie cobras in knots!) and his love of Indian cuisine.

5. Rifka Takes A Bow by Betty Rosenberg Perlov

Set in the 1920s, Rifka is the daughter of actors in the Yiddish Theater who one day finds herself center stage.

6. Bee-Bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park

Newbery Medal winner Park has woven a delightful tale about a modern Korean-American family and the delicious food they enjoy.

7. The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi

When Unhei moves to America from Korea, she vows to change her name because she worries that her new classmates won’t be able to pronounce it. The sweet twist is that, when her classmates learn of her name’s meaning, they urge her to keep it.

8. King For A Day by Rukhsana Khan

Set in the spring during the centuries-old Basant Festival, King For A Day tells the story of Malik, a boy who uses a wheelchair, as he competes with other kids in the traditional sport of kite fighting.

9. Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales

This quirky tale introduces the world to Niño, a wrestling-loving Mexican kid who takes on and defeats a series of increasingly formidable foes.

10. The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred by Samantha R. Vamos

Deftly mixing words in both Spanish and English, this beautifully-illustrated book dramatizes the making of a heaping pot of arroz con leche.

11. Starring Hillary by Kathy Caple

A little girl — anthropomorphized as a cat — worries that she might not win a part in the school play because she’s “a little on the round side,” but when she embraces who she is she impresses at the audition.

12. Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting

This book is a starkly honest portrayal of a homeless boy and his father who live in an airport terminal.

13. Mommy’s New Tattoo: A Bedtime Story for People by Levi Greenacres

Written by a tattooist, this alternative bedtime story is about a little girl who visits a tattoo parlor with her mother and learns about the beauty — and lasting consequences — of body art.

14. Keeping Up With Roo by Sharlee Glenn

This poignant story is about Gracie, a girl whose best friend is her Aunt Roo. However, when Gracie grows older and realizes her aunt is mentally challenged, she worries about what people will think about her.

15. Crazy Horse’s Vision by Joseph Bruchac

Abenaki author Bruchac dramatizes the childhood of legendary Native American hero, Crazy Horse, back when he was known as “Curly” because of his curly hair.

16. Susan Laughs by Jeanne Willis

Susan is a little girl who can do everything her peers do. On the last page, however, it is revealed that Susan uses a wheelchair.

17. Mommy, Mama, and Me & Daddy, Papa, and Me by Lesléa Newman

These books follow a pair of toddlers as their loving same-sex parents take care of them.

18. The Boy With Pink Hair by Perez Hilton

A little boy who is teased for being different learns to appreciate his uniqueness thanks to his parents and best friend.

19. I Am Jazz by by Jessica Herthel & Jazz Jennings

Co-author Jazz Jennings tells the story of her real-life experiences as a transgender child.

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikespohr/19-unforgettable-childrens-books-that-celebrate-diversity

TMI: Martha Stewart oops-tweets a cryptic message; hilarity ensues

TMI: Martha Stewart oops-tweets a cryptic message; hilarity ensues

Huh? RT @marthastewart: OiI

— Shauna R. (@slr) April 22, 2013

Oh dear. Cryptic message? DM gone wrong? Worse, this was Martha Stewart’s previous tweet.

Matrix lunch at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. All women honorees

— Martha Stewart (@MarthaStewart) April 22, 2013

Women honorees and oil? Too much information, Martha. We do not want to know. Twitter users, however, do want to know. Or, at least, they want to venture some guesses and mock like the wind!

I love it when Martha gets all cryptic. RT @marthastewart: OiI

— vera m. (@missverasays) April 22, 2013

@marthastewart Black gold?Texas Tea?

— Zac Morris (@ZacWolf) April 22, 2013

@marthastewart Water

— Jessica Tanner (@jtanner25) April 22, 2013

@marthastewart coconut for stovetop popcorn

— Anne-Marie Lindsey (@DoNotFaint) April 22, 2013

@marthastewart Oil is this countries worse enemy and the men behind destroying our planet and every single person on this planet!!!

— PamelaAnnMargarWalsh (@AngelClover1948) April 22, 2013

Oh, honey.

@marthastewart oh my god what happing

— mohamed ali (@medbunss) April 22, 2013

@marthastewart wrestling?

— Justyouraverage guy (@Justyouravrgguy) April 22, 2013

Oh no. Thanks bunches for that visual.

No War For RT @marthastewart: OiI

— Sam Knight (@samknight1) April 22, 2013

RT @igorbobic It’s a good thing RT @marthastewart: OiI

— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) April 22, 2013

More, please!

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/04/22/tmi-martha-stewart-oops-tweets-a-cryptic-message-hilarity-ensues/

How bad was he? This Eric Holder, Sebelius analogy is perfect

How bad was he? This Eric Holder, Sebelius analogy is perfect

As Twitchy readers know, Attorney General Eric Holder is reportedly resigning. Sen. Schumer rushed in with a disgusting and delusional claim. But this analogy is the winner:

Eric Holder was to justice as Kathleen Sebelius was to web design.

— Chris Stigall (@ChrisStigall) September 25, 2014


Good one. RT@MelissaTweets: RT @ChrisStigall: Eric Holder was to justice as Kathleen Sebelius was to web design.

— Dave Alexander (@DaveAlexander3) September 25, 2014


Does THIS absurd tweet about Eric Holder prove Sen. Schumer is ‘delusional’? (Spoiler: OMG yes)

‘Good Lord!’ This claim about Eric Holder is Chuck Todd’s most idiotic lie yet (No, for serious)

Holder resignation ‘just a coincidence?’ Pro wrestling’s Eric Bischoff doesn’t seem to think so

Whoa: ‘Department of Scandal’ getting a vacancy? Eric Holder reportedly resigning

So, why’s Eric Holder resigning now? Here’s one promising theory

GROAN! Sally Kohn’s reason Eric Holder won’t be moving to Salem, Mass. is hack-tastic

Better call Saul! You should consider these #HolderReplacementNominees [photos]

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/09/25/how-bad-was-he-this-eric-holder-kathleen-sebelius-analogy-is-perfect/

The Odd Squad: You’ll never guess who Donald Rumsfeld hung out with [photo]

The Odd Squad: You’ll never guess who Donald Rumsfeld hung out with [photo]

Well, here’s something you don’t see every day!

With #PaulRevere Artie Muller #BillyRayCyrus Donald Rumsfeld at #RollingThunder. pic.twitter.com/P2skT8kv1G

— Nancy Sinatra (@NancySinatra) October 17, 2014

Donald Rumsfeld and … Nancy Sinatra? Given Sinatra’s feelings about Republicans and conservatives in general, it’s definitely a little jarring to see her smiling with Rumsfeld. And indeed, some of her followers didn’t dig it:

@NancySinatra Rumsfeld, one of the treasonous war criminals in W's administration? How disappointing.

— diAnnA's bayou (@Cajun_Manor) October 17, 2014

@NancySinatra I think that I would have cut Rumsfeld out of this picture and bet Frank would have felt the same way.

— Rebel Rouser (@bubbadeloach) October 17, 2014

But Rolling Thunder is a cause near and dear to Sinatra’s heart, and she made it clear to her followers what this was all about:

We were honored to have someone from the White House show up and support the cause. @bubbadeloach

— Nancy Sinatra (@NancySinatra) October 17, 2014

Please try to remember it's not about politics. It's about our veterans. @bubbadeloach

— Nancy Sinatra (@NancySinatra) October 17, 2014

#RollingThunder is about veterans not politics. Let's keep our eye on the ball. 😉@Cajun_Manor

— Nancy Sinatra (@NancySinatra) October 17, 2014

@NancySinatra I support the Vets completely. Just don't have any use for those whose lies caused the deaths of so many.

— Rebel Rouser (@bubbadeloach) October 17, 2014

I understand. We can hate war and still support our troops and veterans. @bubbadeloach

— Nancy Sinatra (@NancySinatra) October 17, 2014

@NancySinatra @bubbadeloach As one of those veterans, thank you.

— Ken (@angrypuppyfilms) October 17, 2014

@NancySinatra @Cajun_Manor you tell them Nancy ! Roll On

— robert (@bardorobot) October 17, 2014




Donald Rumsfeld reminisces as 80th birthday nears; Left attacks him

Donald Rumsfeld: Save Olympic wrestling!

Donald Rumsfeld wishes outgoing Defense Sec. Leon Panetta well

Rumsfeld honors Iraq anniversary; Rob Delaney tweets ‘blood-gargling psychopath,’ sickos spew death wishes

‘Putin is punching way above his weight class': Donald Rumsfeld weighs in on Ukraine

Donald Rumsfeld has ‘absolutely no idea’ if his tax return is accurate

Nancy Sinatra asks Charlie Daniels to perform for Rolling Thunder

Nancy Sinatra asks GOP women to ‘snap out of it’

Her boots are made for bravely running away: Nancy Sinatra blocks Twitter users, falsely flags them as spam

‘It’s tragic': Nancy Sinatra mourns SCOTUS ruling’s impact on ‘We the (little) People’

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/10/17/the-odd-squad-youll-never-guess-who-donald-rumsfeld-hung-out-with-photo/

Donald Rumsfeld: Save Olympic wrestling!

Donald Rumsfeld: Save Olympic wrestling!

Rumsfeld is right. There are a lot of sports that should be eliminated before wrestling. Here are just a few:

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/02/13/donald-rumsfeld-save-olympic-wrestling/

Our 9 Favorite Feature Stories This Week: Flashdance's Origins, Snowden, And The Front Lines In Ferguson

Our 9 Favorite Feature Stories This Week: Flashdance’s Origins, Snowden, And The Front Lines In Ferguson

This week for BuzzFeed, Soraya Roberts tells the true story behind Flashdance — and asks whether those who inspired it deserve more. Read that and these other great stories from around BuzzFeed and the web.

1. What Hurt Feelings: The Untold Story Of The 31-Year Battle Over “Flashdance” — BuzzFeed

Since 1983, a photographer and two dancers have been quietly fighting to get credit for the blockbuster they say they directly inspired. Now they’re getting louder. Read it at BuzzFeed.

2. You’re 16. You’re a Pedophile. So What Do You Do Now?Matter

Illustration by Simon Prades for Matter

A haunting and important story by Luke Malone that confronts an uncomfortable reality: pedophiles, especially young ones, are given no resources, no help. Could that change? Read it at Matter.

3. The Most Wanted Man in the WorldWired


In an unprecedented profile, James Bamford spends three days with Snowden in a Moscow hotel room: “But in all my work, I’ve never run across anyone quite like Snowden. He is a uniquely postmodern breed of whistle-blower.” Read it at Wired.

4. The Rise of Beefcake Yoga — The New York Times Magazine

Amy Lombard for The New York Times

Yoga and professional wrestling weren’t the likeliest combination — until wrestling legend Diamond Dallas Page got involved: “From 2001 to 2011, more than 2,000 trademark applications containing the word ‘yoga’ were filed, including ones for Metal Yoga, Broga and Hillbilly Yoga. But Page’s yoga was unique in its W.W.E.-like blend of manliness and goofiness. ” Read it at the New York Times Magazine.

5. The Civil Rights Movement Is Going In Reverse In Alabama — The New Republic

AP Photo/Dave Martin

Jason Zengerle travels to Alabama to profile state senator Hank Sanders and the rapid changes happening to that state’s legislature: “In recent years, however, the trajectory of Sanders’s story has been abruptly—and just as inexorably—reversed. In 2010, Republicans took over the Alabama Senate and Sanders lost his chairmanship; in the four years since, he’s watched as the new GOP majority has systematically dismantled much of his life’s work.” Read it at the New Republic.

6. How A Small-Time Handicapper Concocted A Wild MLB Game-Fixing TaleThe Center For Investigative Reporting

David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald / MCT

In 2012, Major League Baseball investigators started hearing rumors that Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke was conspiring to fix baseball games. But the truth was far more complicated than that. Read it at The Center For Investigative Reporting.

7. We Don’t Need No EducationOutside

Penny Hewitt for Outside

What happens when two boys grow up with no formal schooling whatsoever — not even homeschooling? Ben Hewitt and his wife, Penny, are finding out firsthand. Read it at Outside.

8. The Front Lines of FergusonGrantland

The death of Michael Brown and 48 hours at the center of an American crisis in Ferguson, Missouri. Read it at Grantland.

9. How Wiz Khalifa Became Rap’s Most Unlikely Inspirational Figure — BuzzFeed

David Camerena

Between stoner cackles, Wiz Khalifa has become one of this generation’s most influential rappers. Eight years into his career, can he maintain that success? Read it at BuzzFeed

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/sandraeallen/our-9-favorite-feature-stories-this-week-8-11

Russert tweets ‘must-read’ about ‘beloved’ wrestling captain Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Russert tweets ‘must-read’ about ‘beloved’ wrestling captain Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has just been charged with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction. But hey, it’s important that we don’t let that overshadow his achievements as a high school wrestling captain! At least that’s what this tweet by Luke Russert suggests:

Must read by @sipetethamel on how Dzhokar was a beloved wrestling captain in high school: sportsillustrated.cnn.com/more/news/2013… #Boston

— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) April 22, 2013

For the record, the word “beloved” doesn’t appear anywhere in the article. Russert came up with that all on his own. How sweet.

Gross. RT “@redsteeze: Pass RT @lukerussert Must read by @sipetethamel on how Dzhokar was a beloved wrestling captain in high school:”

— LilMissRightie (@LilMissRightie) April 22, 2013

What is with this creepy need to humanize a monster? What purpose could it possibly serve other than slapping victims’ families and friends in their faces?

@lukerussert @sipetethamel Gentlemen w/ all respect I think most of us in Watertown are sick of hearing what a great kid he was.

— Scott Shuster (@Scottshuster11) April 22, 2013

Absolutely reprehensible.

Hell no. MT @lukerussert: Must read by @sipetethamel on how Dzhokar was a beloved wrestling captain in high school

— AG (@AG_Conservative) April 22, 2013

@ag_conservative @lukerussert @sipetethamel This humanization of a terrorist is starting to really piss me off.

— Edmund Jr.(@EdmundMP) April 22, 2013

Hey @lukerussert, @sipetethamel, you realize that all of this motherfucking shithead’s “good deeds” go away when he blows shit up, right?

— Harry(@Tark31) April 22, 2013

A must read from you = don’t read MT @lukerussert: Must read by @sipetethamel on how Dzhokar was a beloved wrestling captain in high school

— Matthew H.(@Matthops82) April 22, 2013

@michellemalkin @lilmissrightie @redsteeze @lukerussert @sipetethamel AND HITLER LIKED DOGS. HUMANIZE EVIL WE MUCH.

— Hugo Hackenbush(@MangyLover) April 22, 2013

No. Won’t be reading about Hitler’s painting or vegetarianism either MT @lukerussert: Must read on how Dzhokar was a beloved wrestling capt

— Harold Stickeehands (@StickeeNotes) April 22, 2013

. @lukerussert @sipetethamel A beloved wrestling captain who killed and maimed children. Not impressed.

— Bobbi Jo Rohrberg (@BobbiJoR) April 22, 2013

That’s right. Martin Richard will never have a chance to go to high school.

.@lukerussert @sipetethamel Also – he set an explosive device right next to an 8-year-old little boy, grinned, and walked away.

— bitterclinger (@nvm624) April 22, 2013

8-year old never got chance. RT ‏@lukerussert Must read by @sipetethamel on how Dzhokar was a beloved wrestling captain in high school:

— bradcundiff (@bradcundiff) April 22, 2013

Stop trying to humanize a terrorist who set a bomb by a fucking EIGHT YEAR OLD BOY. FUCK HIM and FUCK YOU. @lukerussert @sipetethamel

— Harry(@Tark31) April 22, 2013



Amanda Palmer urges empathy for bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

#apoemfordzhokhar: Greg Gutfeld, Twitterers destroy Dzhokhar Tsarnaev empathizer Amanda Palmer

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/04/22/awful-russert-tweets-must-read-about-beloved-wrestling-captain-dzhokhar-tsarnaev/

Life For Millions Of People Goes A Little Something Like This

Life For Millions Of People Goes A Little Something Like This

Soul singer and rapper Aloe Blacc adds his beautiful voice to something that a lot of families are wrestling with right now in our country, and likely will be for a long time. But trust me on this one … don’t just fire this up as a “background music” kind of thing, or you’ll totally miss the point.

Read more: http://upworthy.com/life-for-millions-of-people-goes-a-little-something-like-this-2