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What Colorist Tweet Memes Miss: It's #TeamStructuralRacism

What Colorist Tweet Memes Miss: It’s #TeamStructuralRacism

by Akiba Solomon on July 7 2011, 9:28AM

Tweet memes like #TeamLightSkin are the latest example of our insistence that skin-tone obsession is just personal preference. It’s not. Research shows just how much it shapes our lives.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Technology

Who's Really on Trial in the DSK Rape Case? [Reader Forum]

Who’s Really on Trial in the DSK Rape Case? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on July 5 2011, 8:51AM

A very rich, powerful man is accused of raping a woman of color. So why is his accuser’s past on trial? Readers chime in.

Topics: DSK Rape Case, Gender & Sexuality

DSK Rape Case Takeaway No. 5: You Have to Be the Perfect Victim

DSK Rape Case Takeaway No. 5: You Have to Be the Perfect Victim

by Akiba Solomon on July 1 2011, 10:20AM

The prosecution that was once so sure of its case against former IMF chief Dominique Strass-Kahn is wavering. Score one for victim-blaming.

Topics: Gender, DSK Rape Case, Gender & Sexuality

Conservatives' Seductive, Twisted Logic on the World's

Conservatives’ Seductive, Twisted Logic on the World’s “Missing” Girls

by Michelle Chen on June 30 2011, 10:47AM

Rightwing columnists say sex-selection trends prove feminism kills. The reality, of course, is that patriarchy kills women at all stages of life.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Global Affairs, Global Justice

Latina Transgender Beauty Queens Raise Awareness for HIV/AIDS

Latina Transgender Beauty Queens Raise Awareness for HIV/AIDS

by Jorge Rivas on June 28 2011, 2:00PM

An all-Latina transgender diva race brings HIV/AIDS prevention and health messages to Orange County’s Latino community.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Health

Puerto Rican Politicians Remain Silent on Homophobic Violence

Puerto Rican Politicians Remain Silent on Homophobic Violence

by MIchael Lavers on June 27 2011, 12:41PM

Homophobic violence has swept the island in recent months, killing 18 people. Now, activists and victims’ families have renewed calls for lawmakers and religious leaders to stop inciting hate speech.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, LGBT Pride 2011

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