Here’s what we’re reading this morning:
• The off-duty Chicago police detective who shot and killed Rekia Boyd with an unregistered firearm was cleared of all charges on Monday. [Jezebel]
• April is National Poetry Month, and to celebrate, this writer wrote a beautiful examination of the ways poetry and queerness intersect: “Creating poems gives writers a safe place to put their feelings and ideas and to obfuscate or amplify truth at their leisure.” [Autostraddle]
• The city of Dehli just hired its first female bus driver, Vankadarath Saritha. With her new salary, she plans to help her family and also buy gold earrings for herself. [BBC]
• Douching and vaginal shampoos are enormously popular around the world despite the lack of any reputable studies proving their effectiveness—instead, they can cause lasting damage. [The Atlantic]
• Trans actress Michelle Hendley stars in Boy Meets Girl, a film from writer/director Eric Schaeffer. Boy Meets Girl explores love and fluid sexuality through main character Ricky, a trans girl in Kentucky who wants to become a fashion designer—it’s out on VOD this month. [Vimeo]
• Hey, writers! Brevity—an online magazine that publishes creative nonfiction pieces under 750 words—is taking submissions for a special issue on gender until April 30th. [Brevity]
What did we miss? Let us know in the comments.