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Gender & Sexuality

Why Do Straight White Men Pose as Queer Women of Color? [Reader Forum]

Why Do Straight White Men Pose as Queer Women of Color? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on June 27 2011, 12:20PM

The “Gay Girl in Damascus” hoaxer isn’t the only straight white man to pose as a very different person. Our readers talk about their own experiences.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

A Snapshot of Global LGBT Rights, From New York to the United Nations Infographic

A Snapshot of Global LGBT Rights, From New York to the United Nations

by Michelle Chen, Stokely Baksh on June 27 2011, 10:34AM

New York’s not the only place where equality is spreading—but being gay is punishable by imprisonment in dozens of nations.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Global Justice, LGBT Pride 2011

Eddie Long and the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Pall Over the Black Church

Eddie Long and the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Pall Over the Black Church

by Rod McCullom on June 24 2011, 10:20AM

Many in the black LGBT community hoped Long’s sexual-abuse controversy would prompt a much-needed real conversation about sexuality in the church. It didn’t.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, LGBT Pride 2011

Coming Out to My Dad, on NPR

Coming Out to My Dad, on NPR

by Kai Wright on June 23 2011, 1:18PM

It’s all about living “the honest life,” as my father puts it.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Kai Wright, LGBT Pride 2011

Will 50 Cent's New Anti-Bullying Book Undo His Homophobic Past?

Will 50 Cent’s New Anti-Bullying Book Undo His Homophobic Past?

by Channing Kennedy on June 22 2011, 3:16PM

Maybe you’d be better off reading your kids “Go the F-ck to Sleep.” At least that book has a message we can all get behind.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Wal-Mart Gets a Free Pass For Bias From the Supreme Court

Wal-Mart Gets a Free Pass For Bias From the Supreme Court

by Rinku Sen on June 21 2011, 9:57AM

The court doesn’t challenge the fact that bias exists, it just refuses to hold the company accountable, as long as the rules for bigotry are unwritten.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Movement

White Male Bloggers Want Everything But the Burden of Oppression

White Male Bloggers Want Everything But the Burden of Oppression

by Akiba Solomon on June 16 2011, 10:00AM

There’s a historical precedent for Internet hoaxers Tom MacMaster and Bill Graber. And trust that there will be more to come.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Global Affairs

North Carolina Confronts the Ugly Past of Its Eugenics Law

North Carolina Confronts the Ugly Past of Its Eugenics Law

by Asraa Mustufa on June 15 2011, 12:39PM

Surviving victims of the state’s forced sterilization programs will be able to tell their stories and push for reparations.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, History

Chris Rock and Wanda Sykes Tweet About Tracy Morgan's Anti-Gay Rant

Chris Rock and Wanda Sykes Tweet About Tracy Morgan’s Anti-Gay Rant

by Thoai Lu on June 14 2011, 1:00PM

Meanwhile, the comedian’s still in the hot seat and desperately trying to save face.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

18 Killed in Wave of Homophobic Violence in Puerto Rico

18 Killed in Wave of Homophobic Violence in Puerto Rico

by Jamilah King on June 10 2011, 1:41PM

After three more murders in one week, activists charge hateful rhetoric from the governor and religious leaders is spurring violence.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Advocates Applaud Connecticut Mandate for Workers' Paid Sick Days

Advocates Applaud Connecticut Mandate for Workers’ Paid Sick Days

by Asraa Mustufa on June 8 2011, 11:39AM

The state’s historic vote adds momentum to campaigns for paid sick days across the country. And advocates say that it’s low-income women of color who stand to gain the most.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Conservative Group Targets Oakland's Classroom Gender Lessons

Conservative Group Targets Oakland’s Classroom Gender Lessons

by Asraa Mustufa on June 6 2011, 4:38AM

The National Organization of Marriage has its eyes set on a new black community.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

New Research Details Transgender Inmate Prison Stories

New Research Details Transgender Inmate Prison Stories

by Asraa Mustufa on June 3 2011, 11:56AM

Report details the challenges faced by gender non conforming inmates in Pennsylvania’s prisons.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Teens Proudly Come Out With Love

Teens Proudly Come Out With Love

by Thoai Lu on May 26 2011, 1:30PM

The New York Times celebrates the courageous coming out stories of LGBT youth.

Topics: Celebrate Love, Gender & Sexuality

Oprah's Conflicted, Empowering, Shaming Bond With Women Like Me

Oprah’s Conflicted, Empowering, Shaming Bond With Women Like Me

by Julianne Hing on May 25 2011, 9:18AM

I believe, even on my meanest days, that Oprah’s quest for global dominance is fueled at least in part by a desire to do some good. And anyway, I could not turn away from her even if I bothered to try.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Media, Oprah

What Defines Asian-American Masculinity? [Reader Forum]

What Defines Asian-American Masculinity? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on May 20 2011, 8:19PM

Readers discuss a controversial New York Magazine cover story, about the unique trials of Asian-American men.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

People.com Editor Janet Mock Tells Her Story: 'I Was Born a Boy'

People.com Editor Janet Mock Tells Her Story: ‘I Was Born a Boy’

by Julianne Hing on May 20 2011, 2:40PM

In a video for the “It Gets Better” campaign, the writer opens up about the pain, ridicule and isolation she endured before her transition.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Media

Students Push to Get Satoshi Kanazawa Fired in London

Students Push to Get Satoshi Kanazawa Fired in London

by Jamilah King on May 19 2011, 10:27AM

Meanwhile, angry Psychology Today readers are moving to have the evolutionary psychologist dropped for his racist research.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

CNN Anchor Don Lemon Talks About Being Gay, Black and on TV

CNN Anchor Don Lemon Talks About Being Gay, Black and on TV

by Akiba Solomon on May 16 2011, 11:30AM

He told the Times that he couldn’t write a feel-good black memoir without being honest and challenging what he says is one of the community’s biggest taboos.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Media

Uganda's 'Kill the Gays' Bill Stumbles, But Still Not Off the Table

Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ Bill Stumbles, But Still Not Off the Table

by Channing Kennedy on May 13 2011, 3:06PM

After international outcry, parliamentary session ends without a vote on the bill.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Global Affairs