Jul 23, 2014
JAY

Garden State Equality Names Andrea Bowen As New Executive Director

Bowen is one of the first out transgender individuals to lead a statewide LGBT rights group.

Andy Bowen

Courtesy Garden State Equality

Garden State Equality, a New Jersey LGBT rights group, has appointed transgender activist and social worker Andrea "Andy" Bowen as executive director, BuzzFeed has learned.

Bowen will begin work at the organization Aug. 1, and will be one of the first out transgender individual to serve as executive director of a statewide LGBT rights group in the United States.

"I look forward to making sure that we have a really personal connection with New Jersey's LGBT residents," she said in an interview Wednesday. "I also look forward to making sure that we have a really strong group of volunteers across the state. We want to be focused on empowerment of the community, and do solid organizing work."

At the helm of Garden State Equality, Bowen said she plans to ensure that existing LGBT rights policies and protections are correctly implemented and followed as well as filling in gaps in the state's policies, such as establishing transgender-inclusive healthcare across New Jersey.

"I've always focused on working in places that have gaps in policy and enforcement of what's already there," she said. "For example, we maintain working relationships with students and school officials to make sure the state's anti-bullying law is being implemented correctly. I'd also like to work on ensuring that LGBT seniors are being taken care of."

In addition to the anti-bullying law, New Jersey has seen recent advances in LGBT rights, such as a law prohibiting licensed medical providers from practicing conversion therapy, or efforts to turn a gay person straight, on minors that Gov. Chris Christie signed into law in August 2013. Same-sex couples are also able to legally marry in the state.

"I think of a few things: What's best for the state and making sure we're advancing the movement," she said. "We can lead the way in New Jersey and show others how to do it right elsewhere. That's the state's history and Garden State Equality's history."

Previously, Bowen worked for years as an organizer in the Iron Workers Union and advocated for transgender rights and policy in Washington D.C., recently serving as a policy assistant at the National Center for Transgender Equality and as a social policy organizer at the D.C. Trans Coalition. Last summer, she led the push for the District's comprehensive birth certificate and name change bill, which makes it easier for transgender people to obtain a birth certificate reflecting their gender identity.

Bowen again emphasized her focus on making sure existing LGBT policies and protections are carried out and enforced in the state.

"Our movement is very good at getting good policies in place," she said. "I want to make sure the policies are actually being followed and the only way to know that's being done is by having really good personal relationships with people on the ground — that the policies are being followed through on and that people are living good happy lives."

Jul 23, 2014
JAY

37 Things You Will See At Every Quinceañera

So. Many. Dances.

The Quinceañera wearing a bright, large, and spectacular dress.

The Quinceañera wearing a bright, large, and spectacular dress.

But extremely uncomfortable.

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El sonidero who keeps interrupting his own music by mumbling some random DJ stuff into a microphone every 10 seconds.

El sonidero who keeps interrupting his own music by mumbling some random DJ stuff into a microphone every 10 seconds.

::music plays:: –Estamos celebrando– ::music plays:: –el cumpleanos– ::music plays:: –de la– ::music plays:: –Quinceañera– ::music plays:: FML!!!

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RIDICULOUSLY LOUD MUSIC PLAYING WHILE YOU EAT.

RIDICULOUSLY LOUD MUSIC PLAYING WHILE YOU EAT.

Totally sucks for the people eating right next to the speakers.

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Fog machines.

Fog machines.

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Jul 23, 2014
JAY

This Stray Pit Bull Saved This Chihuahua And Now They’re Best Friends

Jonie the pit bull and Chachi the Chihuahua will make you feel feelings.

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department / Via Facebook: SCMPD

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department / Via Facebook: SCMPD

The pit bull, in fact, was walking around carrying her Chihuahua friend in her mouth, occasionally stopping to lick the Chihuahua's badly infected eye.

The pit bull, in fact, was walking around carrying her Chihuahua friend in her mouth, occasionally stopping to lick the Chihuahua's badly infected eye.

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Jul 23, 2014
JAY

Rifle-Toting Carjacker Leads Colorado Police On Wild Manhunt, Stops Freeway Drivers At Gunpoint

The man tried stopping several cars by standing in their lane and aiming his rifle at drivers. Earlier, he crashed an SUV through a garage door.


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Jul 23, 2014
JAY

This Is Mario Balotelli Reading A Book While Ironing And Dancing

Why always him, with the dancing and the ironing and the reading?

Mario posted this clip of him reading the autobiography of mercurial Swedish striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovich. Somehow we are entirely unsurprised that this is how he reads books.

He doesn't look particularly focused on the book, or, for that matter, the ironing.

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But it's the best advert for reading while doing housework you will ever see.

But it's the best advert for reading while doing housework you will ever see.

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Jul 23, 2014
JAY

How To Make A DIY Kitchen Island With A Concrete Countertop

Because every man (/woman/human) needs an island.

Concrete countertops are popular design options and kitchen islands are one of the most common remodeling projects. Here is an easy way to make your own itchen island with a concrete countertop. Making your own instead of buying a premade one like this can save you hundreds of dollars.

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Supplies + Tools

Supplies + Tools

Quikrete Countertop Mix (in grey)
Available at Home Depot
QUIKRETE® Countertop Mix is a super high-performance mix that is worth the price. It has no large pieces of gravel or aggregate, which makes it great for small intricate pieces such as lamps and vases. It’s easy to work with and comes in different colors. Most stores don’t carry it in-stock so call ahead to your local Home Depot to have it ordered for pickup.

36" Long 1 1/4" Square Fir Balusters
Available at Home Depot
These square balusters are straight, smooth and easy to work with. I used them to make block supports for the concrete form.

3/4" Melamine Board
Available at Home Depot
Melamine board is particle board with a smooth laminate surface. It's a great product for making concrete formwork. I bought two 2' by 4' sheets and had four 2 1/2" strips cut at Home Depot.

2×4s and 1×4s
Available at Home Depot or Lumber Yard
Because the island was planned as an outdoor piece, I used cedar lumber. Cedar and Redwood weather well and are great for outdoor use but cost a bit more than other soft woods. The same design could be made using standard 2×4s and deck screws for a little less money.

3", 2 1/2" and 1 5/8" Stainless Steel Screws
Available at Home Depot
These stainless steel screws have a small head, a nice appearance and won't rust. If you're building the island for indoor use, cheaper coated screws can be used.

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This project can be made with hand tools...

RYOBI 18 Volt Cordless Drill
Available at Home Depot

RYOBI 18 Volt Circular Saw
Available at Home Depot

...but is easier with bench top tools:

RYOBI 10" Sliding Compound Miter Saw with Laser
Available at Home Depot

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Jul 23, 2014
JAY

This Flawless “Wicked” A Cappella Medley Will Instantly Turn You Into A Fan Of Musicals

Even if you don’t enjoy musicals, you’re sure to enjoy this.

YouTubers Peter Hollens and Nick Pitera recently collaborated on an a cappella rendition of Wicked and it's amazing! So, sit back, relax, and watch these guys put on a breathtaking performance.

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NAILED IT.

NAILED IT.

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Jul 23, 2014
JAY

10 Actors And Actresses Who Would Definitely Kill It On “American Horror Story”

Because someone has to replace Jessica Lange in season five.

Tilda Swinton

Tilda Swinton

Tilda Swinton is simply the shit. I mean this lady can do pretty much anything to be honest. For the most recent piece of evidence watch her in Snowpiercer. Her character is one you are supposed to hate and I did, but I wanted her on the scene the whole time.

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Pedro Pascal

Pedro Pascal

This guy has been on a lot of television shows lately. After runs on both Graceland and The Mentalist, playing law enforcement, he made the jump to Game of Thrones. Pascal has recently been cast on a new Netflix series, but his greatest role to date is Oberyn Martell on the HBO series and I think American Horror Story could be a cool move for the actor.

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Fiona Shaw

Fiona Shaw

The last time I remember Fiona Shaw was her turn on True Blood as Marnie Stonebrook, which was interesting. The character was absolutely crazy, but showed off Shaw's talent for portraying odd characters. I think it is a good indication of how well she would handle American Horror Story. Most people will know her as Petunia Dursley in the Harry Potter films though. Point is, she is awesome.

HBO / Via trueblood.wikia.com

Dylan O'Brien

Dylan O'Brien

Most people will know O'Brien as Stiles on MTV's Teen Wolf. Outside of that role O'Brien has been in a few comedy films including The Internship. His biggest role to date will be headlining the adaptation of Maze Runner that will be released in September. This new film and his arc as a villain on Season 3 of Teen Wolf have shown O'Brien's ability for non comedic roles. A turn on American Horror Story could be a cool way to continue his momentum before he makes his jump to films after Teen Wolf, which seems like a great move for the talented young actor.

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Jul 23, 2014
JAY

This Ride Drops You Into A Net From 100ft And It Looks Like The Most Terrifying Thing Ever

Why, why, why?

This is the Sky Tower at the Tivoli Friheden theme park in Denmark.

Unbelievably scary right?

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Well these guys seem pretty keen to have a go.

Well these guys seem pretty keen to have a go.

The protective gear they have to wear is surely an indication of the type of experience they're about to have.

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Still smiling.

Still smiling.

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"Oh shit."

"Oh shit."

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Jul 23, 2014
JAY

21 Hilarious Senior Thesis Proposals That Actually Need To Be Written

The life of the scholar isn’t for everyone.

The Rise and Fall of the Sillybandz Empire

The Rise and Fall of the Sillybandz Empire

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Five Second Rule: The Statistical Likelihood That You Really Will Die If You Eat the French Fry That Fell on the Cafeteria Floor

Five Second Rule: The Statistical Likelihood That You Really Will Die If You Eat the French Fry That Fell on the Cafeteria Floor

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If I Can Have a Food Baby, Why Can't I Birth a Pizza?

If I Can Have a Food Baby, Why Can't I Birth a Pizza?

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The 63 Most Popular Songs by Disney Stars, and How Best to Avoid Them

The 63 Most Popular Songs by Disney Stars, and How Best to Avoid Them

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