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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

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