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Score! A Transgender People's Victory in the State of California

Score! A Transgender People’s Victory in the State of California

by Akiba Solomon on October 12 2011, 12:22PM

New laws make it easier to get ID and clarify what should be a basic truth: You can’t discriminate against somebody because they’re transgender.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality

Bishop Eddie Long Wants His Settlement Money Back

Bishop Eddie Long Wants His Settlement Money Back

by Jorge Rivas on October 10 2011, 11:59AM

The young men who publicly accused Bishop Eddie Long of sexual coercion may have violated the confidentiality terms of their legal settlement.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

More Thoughts on SlutWalk: No Attention is Better Than Bad Attention

More Thoughts on SlutWalk: No Attention is Better Than Bad Attention

by Akiba Solomon on October 6 2011, 3:09PM

I was ambivalent about SlutWalk—until I saw this picture.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality

The Movement to Stop Prisons From Shackling Women in Labor Builds

The Movement to Stop Prisons From Shackling Women in Labor Builds

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on October 4 2011, 9:31AM

Four more states passed laws banning the practice this legislative year, but the vast majority of state prisons still maintain the absurd idea that a woman in childbirth is a security risk.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Gender & Sexuality

Former Marine Evelyn Thomas on the Fight to End Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Former Marine Evelyn Thomas on the Fight to End Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

by MIchael Lavers on September 27 2011, 9:34AM

Thomas was among a disproportionate number of black women who were kicked out of the military for being lesbian or bisexual. But she joined the fight that, last week, finally put an end to the practice.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, National Security

Serena Williams Loses Point at U.S. Open Women's Final For Talking

Serena Williams Loses Point at U.S. Open Women’s Final For Talking

by Jorge Rivas on September 12 2011, 12:50PM

Looks like you can moan and groan all you want on the tennis court, you just can’t use actual words.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Who's Affected by Tyler, The Creator's Homophobia? [Reader Forum]

Who’s Affected by Tyler, The Creator’s Homophobia? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on September 5 2011, 8:50AM

How does pop culture contribute to homophobia, and how do artists and media take responsibility? Colorlines readers hash it out.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Ghana's Growing Gay Pride Faces Now-Familiar Evangelical Backlash

Ghana’s Growing Gay Pride Faces Now-Familiar Evangelical Backlash

by Frankie Edozien on August 30 2011, 9:43AM

Throughout sub-Saharan Africa, evangelical Christianity’s growth has prompted political leaders and media to incite fear of increasingly open gay communities. Ghana’s burgeoning community is the latest target.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Global Affairs

Judge Dismisses Sexual Assault Charges Against Strauss-Kahn

Judge Dismisses Sexual Assault Charges Against Strauss-Kahn

by Jorge Rivas on August 23 2011, 2:05PM

A Manhattan Judge has dismissed all charges at the prosecution’s request.

Topics: DSK Rape Case, Gender & Sexuality

Black Women Object to TSA's Airport Hair Pat Downs

Black Women Object to TSA’s Airport Hair Pat Downs

by Jorge Rivas on August 19 2011, 12:00PM

The women say that they’re unfairly targeted for additional screening at the nation’s airports.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Will 'The Help' Get Your Ticket Money? [Reader Forum]

Will ‘The Help’ Get Your Ticket Money? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on August 15 2011, 9:30AM

Readers discuss the new movie The Help, and whether the lackluster racial representation is worth their $12.50.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Jezebels, Welfare Queens--And Now, Criminally Bad Black Moms

Jezebels, Welfare Queens—And Now, Criminally Bad Black Moms

by Julianne Hing on August 8 2011, 10:30AM

Raquel Nelson’s shocking prosecution reveal a new caricature in the centuries-long demonization of black women. “The thread that joins them is the idea of total sexual immorality and irresponsible reproductive responsibility,” says scholar Dorothy Roberts.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Gender & Sexuality, Raquel Nelson

Is the SlutWalk Movement Relevant For a Black Feminist?

Is the SlutWalk Movement Relevant For a Black Feminist?

by Akiba Solomon on August 5 2011, 12:45PM

What started among college activists in Toronto has exploded into a global movement, with some fuzzy racial politics. But feminist filmmaker Aishah Shahidah Simmons explains why she’s taking the stage at her hometown’s SlutWalk tomorrow.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality

HIV Epidemic Growing Fastest Among Black Gay and Bisexual Men

HIV Epidemic Growing Fastest Among Black Gay and Bisexual Men

by Kai Wright on August 4 2011, 12:30PM

An alarming study reveals HIV infections grew by nearly 50 percent among black gay and bisexual men in recent years. There are many complex causes for the trend, but there are also some clear solutions if we commit to them.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, HIV/AIDS, Health, Kai Wright

Race and Gender Meet on Rashaad Ernesto Green's

Race and Gender Meet on Rashaad Ernesto Green’s “Gun Hill Road”

by Kyle Bella on August 1 2011, 9:30AM

“I think the film will help people see and understand people that they didn’t necessarily know about,” says the Bronx director about his film’s unprecedented transgender coming of age story.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

New Film 'No Look Pass' Follows Gay Asian American Basketball Star

New Film ‘No Look Pass’ Follows Gay Asian American Basketball Star

by Julianne Hing on July 28 2011, 10:08AM

The documentary follows former Harvard basketball star Emily Tay as she navigates hoops, love, and the expectations of her parents.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Rep. Michael Honda: This Can Be a Tipping Point For Equality, If We Push

Rep. Michael Honda: This Can Be a Tipping Point For Equality, If We Push

by Congressman Michael Honda on July 22 2011, 9:50AM

The vice-chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus says New York and California have taken historic steps toward equal rights this month. Now, he argues, we must push for full equality, including immigration rights for same-sex couples.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Politics

2011 Already Sets Record Of Anti-Abortion Laws

2011 Already Sets Record Of Anti-Abortion Laws

by Bryan Gerhart on July 19 2011, 3:06PM

This year, just 19 states have enacted a total of 162 new laws relating to reproductive health. Unsurprisingly, 49 percent of these work to restrict access to abortion services

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Health

70 Percent of Anti-LGBT Murder Victims Are People of Color

70 Percent of Anti-LGBT Murder Victims Are People of Color

by MIchael Lavers on July 18 2011, 9:29AM

A new report finds shocking levels of violence against LGBT people of color, and particularly transgender women. Local-level organizers say the solution lies in building communities.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Violence Against Migrant Women Won't End After DSK Case

Violence Against Migrant Women Won’t End After DSK Case

by Michelle Chen on July 12 2011, 10:06AM

From Indonesia to the Congo—and back to the U.S.—migrant laboring women are attacked systematically and with impunity.

Topics: DSK Rape Case, Gender & Sexuality, Global Affairs, Global Justice