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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

The Personhood Movement Is Flexing on the GOP. We Should All Be Afraid

The Personhood Movement Is Flexing on the GOP. We Should All Be Afraid

by Akiba Solomon on January 6 2012, 9:17AM

Between the Iowa caucuses and the resurgence of Personhood Mississippi, the reproductive health rights terrain has gotten rougher. Are we ready to navigate it?

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Politics

'Pariah' Director Dee Rees and Kim Wayans Talk With Colorlines.com Play

‘Pariah’ Director Dee Rees and Kim Wayans Talk With Colorlines.com

by Jorge Rivas on January 5 2012, 9:24AM

“We’d go to pitch meetings and the moment we said ‘black, lesbian, coming of age,’ they would turn around, validate our parking and hand us a bottle of water,” Rees tells Colorlines.com in reflecting on her feature-film directorial debut. Watch the interview.

Topics: 'Pariah', Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

Finally a Rape Prevention Campaign Targeted Towards Men

by Jorge Rivas on January 3 2012, 3:02PM

And it’s multiracial and bilingual, too!

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

'Pariah' Proves There's an Audience--and a Hunger--for Real Stories

‘Pariah’ Proves There’s an Audience—and a Hunger—for Real Stories

by Jamilah King on January 3 2012, 9:48AM

Dee Rees’s critically acclaimed film about a young, black lesbian wrestling with multiple identities turns on the radical assertion that there’s no one way to be young, or black, or queer.

Topics: 'Pariah', Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

Study: 77 Percent of Latina Retail Workers Earn Less Than $10/hr

by Jamilah King on December 21 2011, 1:00PM

53 percent of black women and 77 percent of Latina women earn less than $10 per hour.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Dutch Editor Eva Hoeke Resigns Over Rihanna 'Niggabitch' Saga

Dutch Editor Eva Hoeke Resigns Over Rihanna ‘Niggabitch’ Saga

by Jamilah King on December 20 2011, 4:19PM

But not before offering up an awful apology.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Dutch Magazine Apologizes for Calling Rihanna a ‘Niggabitch’

by Jamilah King on December 20 2011, 11:27AM

But they still went from wannabe cool to “slave auction.”

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

The 2012 Attack on Reproductive Rights Will Trade on Women of Color

The 2012 Attack on Reproductive Rights Will Trade on Women of Color

by Akiba Solomon on December 20 2011, 9:57AM

2011 has featured a string of hard-fought, local battles to protect poor women’s access to reproductive health care. That won’t change next year, and poor women of color will again be in the crossfire.

Topics: 2012: What's Ahead?, Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Health

Who Pays the Price for DC's Morning-After Pill Decision? [Reader Forum]

Who Pays the Price for DC’s Morning-After Pill Decision? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on December 12 2011, 10:00AM

Readers discuss the morning-after pill, ruled ‘safer than aspirin’ by the FDA but scandalized by the Obama administration.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Four Ways Obama's Birth Control Fail Hurts Young Women of Color

Four Ways Obama’s Birth Control Fail Hurts Young Women of Color

by Akiba Solomon on December 9 2011, 10:00AM

With president Obama’s cosign, U.S. health secretary Kathleen Sebelius just made it harder for women of color to prevent unintended pregnancies. Is this the thanks we get?

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Health

Pass the Mic: Transgender Women in Chocolate City Tell Their Stories

Pass the Mic: Transgender Women in Chocolate City Tell Their Stories

by Akiba Solomon on December 2 2011, 10:51AM

Transgender women in the nation’s capitol are catching hell. But violence and bais isn’t the sum of people’s lives, so Akiba Solomon asked trans women of color in D.C. to tell their own stories. “I’m proud of my experiences,” says Danielle King. “Most importantly, I love myself.”

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality

Feminism Fail: iPhone's Siri Stumped By Abortion But Can Easily Find Viagra

Feminism Fail: iPhone’s Siri Stumped By Abortion But Can Easily Find Viagra

by Jorge Rivas on November 29 2011, 5:21PM

As people of color lead the country in smartphones adoption, some argue that those phones discriminate in the content that’s available to users.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Media

CNN's Don Lemon Talks Sex Abuse, Calls Penn State Case 'Rape'

CNN’s Don Lemon Talks Sex Abuse, Calls Penn State Case ‘Rape’

by Jorge Rivas on November 21 2011, 1:40PM

CNN’s Don Lemon says let’s just call what Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky did for what it is: rape.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

It's Not Feminism That's Ruining Romance: A Fresh Spin on Dating

It’s Not Feminism That’s Ruining Romance: A Fresh Spin on Dating

by Noelle de la Paz on November 17 2011, 10:00AM

Samhita Mukhopadhyay talks about her new book, the shift in women’s traditional roles, and what straight people can learn from the queer community when it comes to dating expectations.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality