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5 Things Too $hort & Hip-Hop Media Can Learn About Sexual Violence

5 Things Too $hort & Hip-Hop Media Can Learn About Sexual Violence

by Akiba Solomon on February 23 2012, 11:33AM

Ways to regroup and do better after the debacle of Too $hort’s violent, rape-celebrating XXL.com video.

Topics: Gender, Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Too $hort

An Artist's Rare, Intimate Conversation About Black Masculinity

An Artist’s Rare, Intimate Conversation About Black Masculinity

by Jamilah King on February 23 2012, 10:06AM

A new video installation paints an intimate and engaging portrait of black masculinity by doing something a little revolutionary: asking questions. Artist Chris Johnson talks about the project’s past and present, and what it hopes to build for the future.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

Female Dems Walk Out on House Contraception Hearing After GOP Silences Women

Female Dems Walk Out on House Contraception Hearing After GOP Silences Women

by Jorge Rivas on February 16 2012, 2:34PM

Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) walked out of the House Oversight Committee’s hearing after Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) refused to allow women to testify as witnesses on Thursday morning.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Hundreds Petition to Fire XXL Mag. Editor After Too Short Sparks 'Rape' Talk

Hundreds Petition to Fire XXL Mag. Editor After Too Short Sparks ‘Rape’ Talk

by Jorge Rivas on February 14 2012, 3:45PM

“We are appalled that this video was disseminated, further contributing to a culture of sexual violence,” say organizers calling on XXL Mag’s publisher to fire the editor.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Komen Is Just the Latest Round in the Anti-Choice Game of Chess

Komen Is Just the Latest Round in the Anti-Choice Game of Chess

by Akiba Solomon on February 9 2012, 10:43AM

And poor women and women of color remain the pawns who get sacrificed.

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

Roland Martin Insists He's Not Coaching Bullies on #Teamwhipdatass

Roland Martin Insists He’s Not Coaching Bullies on #Teamwhipdatass

by Jorge Rivas on February 7 2012, 5:26PM

During the Superbowl game on Sunday CNN commentator Roland Martin made comments on Twitter that both GLAAD and National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) have said could be interpreted to promote violence against gays.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Media, /NOW

Prop. 8 Ruled Unconstitutional

Prop. 8 Ruled Unconstitutional

by Jorge Rivas on February 7 2012, 1:13PM

“Proposition 8 served no purpose, and had no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California,” the court said.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

House GOP Memo: 'Abortion Is Leading Cause of Death' for Blacks

House GOP Memo: ‘Abortion Is Leading Cause of Death’ for Blacks

by Jorge Rivas on February 7 2012, 12:36PM

A new bill in the House, pushed by the GOP, would separately classify ‘black abortions’ from abortions in general.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Health, /NOW

The Tragic, Craven Undoing of Susan G. Komen for the Cure's Noble Mission

The Tragic, Craven Undoing of Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s Noble Mission

by Akiba Solomon on February 1 2012, 10:01AM

Whether they like it or not, defunding Planned Parenthood’s breast health programs makes Susan G. Komen Foundation look anti-choice. And of course, poor women of color will suffer most.

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

Anti Choicers Pressure Pink Ribbon Organization to Nix Breast Exams for Poor Women

by Jorge Rivas on January 31 2012, 6:58PM

The nation’s largest and best-funded breast cancer organization in the US., Susan G. Komen for the Cure, will cutoff grants made to Planned Parenthood that were mostly used for breast exams.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Health, /NOW

New Federal Rule Makes LGBT Housing Discrimination Illegal

New Federal Rule Makes LGBT Housing Discrimination Illegal

by Jorge Rivas on January 30 2012, 11:04AM

The Obama Administration announced historic new federal rules that will strengthen housing discrimination protections for transgender and other LGBT people.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Young Activists Plot the Future of the LGBT Rights Movement

Young Activists Plot the Future of the LGBT Rights Movement

by Shani O. Hilton on January 30 2012, 9:00AM

Over 2,000 people showed up at the annual Creating Change conference in Baltimore to talk about building an inclusive agenda for queer activists and allies.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Film Reveals

Film Reveals “The Invisible War” on Women in Our Military

by Rinku Sen on January 26 2012, 9:49AM

A documentary premiered at Sundance that shines light on the ugly secret of rape inside the U.S. military. It’s time we all pay attention, writes Rinku Sen.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Movement, Sundance

Why Black Gay and Transgender Americans Need More than Marriage Equality [Report]

by Jorge Rivas on January 20 2012, 6:12PM

Center for American Progress released a new report on black gay and transgender communities and why the focus should be on more than just marriage.

Topics: Colorlines Press, Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick  Signs Transgender Equality Bill Into Law

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick Signs Transgender Equality Bill Into Law

by Jorge Rivas on January 19 2012, 3:03PM

The Massachusetts Governor signed an act in to law that now legally protects transgender individuals from discrimination in housing, education, employment and credit.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Survey Finds Majority of Latinos Hold Compassionate Views on Abortion

Survey Finds Majority of Latinos Hold Compassionate Views on Abortion

by Jorge Rivas on January 18 2012, 2:30PM

A new survey found the majorities of Latino voters opposed politicians interfering in personal, private decisions about abortion.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

What's Not to Love About Tim Tebow? Start With His Anti-Abortion Ad

What’s Not to Love About Tim Tebow? Start With His Anti-Abortion Ad

by Jamilah King on January 12 2012, 9:00AM

The wildly popular Denver quarterback proudly touts his evangelical Christian political principles. But athletes who take up progressive causes risk widespread criticism—and often their livelihoods.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

Hidden in the Open: A Photographic Essay of 140-Years of Black Male Couples

by Jorge Rivas on January 10 2012, 7:22PM

A Houston historian has collected over a hundred images spanning 140 years of black couples.

Topics: Celebrate Love, Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Racist Jabs at Michelle Obama--and the Apologies That Make Them Worse

Racist Jabs at Michelle Obama—and the Apologies That Make Them Worse

by Akiba Solomon on January 10 2012, 10:02AM

Racially coded digs at the First Lady are a dime a dozen. So why do they still make me so angry?

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality

FBI Finally Calls Rape What It Is

by Akiba Solomon on January 6 2012, 11:16AM

Thanks to the consistent work of a range of activists, the FBI has finally replaced its ridiculously narrow, 85-year-old definition of rape.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW