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Ogunquit Beach from Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine on July 16, 2015. File photo. Rick Friedman/Corbis via Getty Images

  • People complained about their feet being black after visiting Maine beaches this week. 
  • Officials believe dead kelp flies are the cause. 
  • They say the flies that have died on the beaches are leaving the pigmentation on people's feet.
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Millions of tiny black kelp flies are staining people's feet black on beaches in Maine and New Hampshire.

Dozens of people in Maine and New Hampshire complained to officials and on social media about the soles of their feet turning black after visiting local beaches, and for days, no one could figure out the cause.

But Jim Britt, a spokesman for Maine's Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, told the New York Times that the likely cause is dead flies.

He said millions of tiny black kelp flies have appeared to die on a stretch of beach in southern Maine. One area that was particularly impacted was Wells Beach, The Portland Press Herald reported earlier this week.

"It's not known why," Britt told The Times. "Nature does crazy stuff. This might be one of those instances."

Steve Dickson, a marine geologist with Maine Geological Survey, told the Press Herald that the kelp flies eat plants that contain naturally occurring pigment, which can transfer to a person's skin if they come in contact with it.

"This is the first time I've seen or heard of this in my 35 years," Dickson said.

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Seattle LGBT Forces White People to Pay $50 Reparations Fee, to Keep Event Free for Trans People of Color

A Seattle LGBT celebration will charge individuals with white skin a $50 reparations fee to keep the event free for transgender people of color.

“All are free to attend HOWEVER this is a BLACK AND BROWN QUEER TRANS CENTERED, PRIORITIZED, VALUED, EVENT,” the event’s literature reads. “White allies and accomplices are welcome to attend but will be charged a $10 to $50 reparations fee that will be used to keep this event free of cost for BLACK AND BROWN Trans and Queer COMMUNITY.”

The event, sponsored by the Trans Women of Color Solidarity Network, was condemned by LGBT pride organizers Philip Lipson and Charlette LeFevre of Capitol Hill Pride, who complained to the City of Seattle Human Rights Commission.

The Seattle Human Rights Commission denied Capitol Hill Pride’s complaint, arguing Lipson and LeFevre should “educate” themselves on the “harm it may cause” to pursue “a free ticket” to the event.

“We would like to recommend, if possible, that you educate yourself on the harm it may cause Seattle’s BIPOC community in your pursuit of a free ticket to an event that is not expressly meant for you and your entertainment,” the commission wrote.

Capitol Hill Pride sought another remedy by asking the City of Seattle to block the event on the grounds of “discrimination”:

It has come to our attention that an event called Taking B(lack) Pride at the Jimi Hendrix public park June 26th is charging whites only admission as reparations. We consider this reverse discrimination in its worst form and we feel we are being attacked for not supporting due to disparaging and hostile emails.

We would like you to investigate the event as a possible ethics and elections violation as Taking B(lack) Pride is hosted by Nikki Etienne—a campaign manager for Nikkita Oliver who just recently dropped out of our event Capitol Hill Pride over non support of Take B(l)ack Pride.

Capitol Hill Pride sent us this note 1/2

— Seattle HumanRights (@SeattleHRC) June 18, 2021

The city responded by Twitter via Seattle City Council President Lorena Gonzalez, saying she “will no longer be attending Capitol Hill Pride after reading their letter to @SeattleHRC. After a year that has taken an unbelievable toll on all of our communities, I was looking forward to this opportunity to celebrate Pride in person.”

The Post Millennial reported Gonzalez is a radical leftist, who has “advocated for the drastic defunding of the city’s police department, not long after calling SPD a model for police departments across the county and then blamed the rise in crime on COVID.”

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