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President Obama Affirms His Support for Same Sex Marriage

President Obama Affirms His Support for Same Sex Marriage

by Jorge Rivas on May 9 2012, 3:28PM

President Barack Obama affirmed his support for gay marriage on Wednesday. The big news here is that he actually used the word marriage—not civil union.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Three Ways 'Girls' and 'Basketball Wives' Are Scarily Similar

Three Ways ‘Girls’ and ‘Basketball Wives’ Are Scarily Similar

by Akiba Solomon on May 9 2012, 9:48AM

These two women-centered series are full of flaws, yet I can’t turn them off.

Topics: Gender, Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

CeCe McDonald Deserves Our Support, 'Innocent' or Not

CeCe McDonald Deserves Our Support, ‘Innocent’ or Not

by Kenyon Farrow on May 4 2012, 10:00AM

From CeCe McDonald to Trayvon Martin, the question of whether black victims of violence are supposedly “innocent” is irrelevant. What matters it that black and transgender bodies are often under siege, and sometimes we must fight back.

Topics: CeCe McDonald, Criminal Justice, Gender & Sexuality

What's Next for CeCe McDonald? Support, Maybe Justice Reform

What’s Next for CeCe McDonald? Support, Maybe Justice Reform

by Jamilah King on May 3 2012, 9:18AM

Billy Navarro of the Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition talks about the fight to end transphobia on the streets, and in the criminal justice system.

Topics: CeCe McDonald, Gender & Sexuality

In Planned Parenthood vs. Texas, Judicial Whiplash Ensues

In Planned Parenthood vs. Texas, Judicial Whiplash Ensues

by Akiba Solomon on May 2 2012, 9:13AM

While the Republican-dominated Lone Star state dukes it out with Planned Parenthood, poor patients who rely on the state’s Women’s Health Program are in limbo

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Health

NYT Report: Prosecuting Moms for Drug Use Is Personhood in Disguise

by on April 26 2012, 2:43PM

Legislators can easily conjure up stories, with accompanying stereotypes, about crack-addicted babies and their mothers, but what’s really behind the antagonism toward moms?

Topics: Criminal Justice, Gender & Sexuality, /NOW, Personhood

Hip-Hop Activist and DJ Fights Her Fiercest Battle--with Heart Disease and Fat-Phobia

Hip-Hop Activist and DJ Fights Her Fiercest Battle—with Heart Disease and Fat-Phobia

by Akiba Solomon on April 26 2012, 9:45AM

At just 36, DJ Kuttin Kandi has a pacemaker, mounting medical bills and the courage to tell her story. Here, she explains what size, race and bias have to do with her heart.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Health

Feds: Bias Against Transgender Employees Is Sex Discrimination

by Shani O. Hilton on April 24 2012, 5:04PM

The Equal Opportunity Employment Commission says Mia Macy, a transgender federal employee, can in fact file a bias claim under Title VII after being denied a job her gender identity.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Kai Wright Talks LGBT Housing Bias on MSNBC

Kai Wright Talks LGBT Housing Bias on MSNBC

by Jorge Rivas on April 16 2012, 11:29AM

Kai Wright, Editorial Director of Colorlines.com, joined the Melissa Harris-Perry Show on MSNBC to discuss the Obama administration’s recent updates to non-discrimination policies that now encompass sexual orientation and gender identity.

Topics: Colorlines Press, Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

How Gender Identity May Determine the Right to Vote in 2012

How Gender Identity May Determine the Right to Vote in 2012

by Brentin Mock on April 16 2012, 9:06AM

Thanks to strict, new voter ID laws that have swept through states, transgender citizens and others whose gender identities don’t match the state’s declaration of it may not be ale to vote in November.

Topics: Voting Rights, Gender & Sexuality, Politics

Yes, Travyon's Death Is an LGBT Issue. No, LGBT Politics Aren't Limited by White Privilege

Yes, Travyon’s Death Is an LGBT Issue. No, LGBT Politics Aren’t Limited by White Privilege

by Akiba Solomon on April 12 2012, 10:21AM

Washington Blade editor Kevin Naff accuses LGBT organizations of race-baiting by supporting Trayvon Martin—revealing that, for Naff, the struggle for LGBT human rights is mere window dressing.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality

BYU: Same Sex Crushy Feelings Are Okay, Just Don't Act On Them

BYU: Same Sex Crushy Feelings Are Okay, Just Don’t Act On Them

by Jorge Rivas on April 10 2012, 11:14AM

A collective of LGBT students at Brigham Young University, the nation’s largest religious university owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, have created a video that speaks to other LGBT mormon youth.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

The Plight of Transnational Women and How You Can Help Them

The Plight of Transnational Women and How You Can Help Them

by Mónica Novoa on March 27 2012, 10:58AM

Monica Novoa speaks with Leilani Montes, a transnational mujer who celebrates and weaves the roles of organizer and advocate across her professional, activist and personal life.

Topics: Drop the I-Word, Gender & Sexuality, Immigration

Dharun Ravi's Finally Speaks Out, Denies He Caused Suicide

Dharun Ravi’s Finally Speaks Out, Denies He Caused Suicide

by Jorge Rivas on March 22 2012, 5:26PM

Former Rutgers student Dharun Ravi, who was convicted last week of a hate crime for spying on his gay roommate’s date, will make his first primetime television interview on Friday night.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Why Native American Women Are Battling for Plan B

Why Native American Women Are Battling for Plan B

by Akiba Solomon on March 22 2012, 9:34AM

Native American women are three and a half times more likely to be raped in their lifetimes than those of other ethnicities. While some progress has been made since the groundbreaking Tribal Law and Order Act passed in 2010, a new report finds that they’re still fighting. This time it’s for the basic post-assault healthcare.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Health

Dharun Ravi, Tyler Clementi and the Hard Work of Truly Stopping Bullies

Dharun Ravi, Tyler Clementi and the Hard Work of Truly Stopping Bullies

by Rinku Sen on March 21 2012, 9:33AM

If we really want to stop bullying, writes Rinku Sen, we can’t just do it from the back end in criminal courts. We have to affirmatively, proactively expand the rights of LGBT people, immigrants, people of color and women.

Topics: Bullying, Gender & Sexuality, Movement, Schools & Youth

A Texas-Style War on Women Guts Basic Care to Jab Planned Parenthood

A Texas-Style War on Women Guts Basic Care to Jab Planned Parenthood

by Akiba Solomon on March 15 2012, 9:34AM

Black, single, childless and back in college, Delia Henry represents a population rarely visible in the so-called war on women. And she’s about to lose her health care because Rick Perry is gutting a Women’s Health Program just to hurt Planned Parenthood.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Health, Planned Parenthood

Arizona Law Could Allow Employers to Fire Workers for Using Birth Control

Arizona Law Could Allow Employers to Fire Workers for Using Birth Control

by Jorge Rivas on March 14 2012, 9:12AM

The ACLU worries that would violate a person’s right to privacy.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Health, /NOW

ACLU Sues School that Outed Native Teen's Pregnancy

ACLU Sues School that Outed Native Teen’s Pregnancy

by Jorge Rivas on March 13 2012, 2:59PM

The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of New Mexico filed a lawsuit last week behalf of Shantelle Hicks, 15, who was initially kicked out of middle school and then publicly humiliated at an assembly by the school director because she was pregnant.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Artist on Anti-Woman Attacks: 'Politicians Off My Poontang!'

Artist on Anti-Woman Attacks: ‘Politicians Off My Poontang!’

by Julianne Hing on March 9 2012, 12:00PM

“My uterus is mine,” says Favianna Rodriguez.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality, /NOW