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Transgender Woman's Beating Sparks Debate Over Hate Crime Laws

Transgender Woman’s Beating Sparks Debate Over Hate Crime Laws

by Jamilah King on April 26 2011, 12:14PM

Activists say the laws reinforce violence against queer and transgender people and disproportionately fill U.S. prisons with people of color.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Malcolm X's Daughter Disputes Claims About Father's Sexuality

Malcolm X’s Daughter Disputes Claims About Father’s Sexuality

by Jamilah King on April 25 2011, 4:12PM

The discussion with Ilyasah Shabazz went from tense to downright hostile after several questions about the allegations.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Lil B' Says He's Gotten Death Threats Over 'I'm Gay' Album

Lil B’ Says He’s Gotten Death Threats Over ‘I’m Gay’ Album

by Jamilah King on April 25 2011, 9:38AM

The rapper says he’s losing fans, but still loves the gay community.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

How Can We Best Empower Sex Trafficking Survivors? [Reader Forum]

How Can We Best Empower Sex Trafficking Survivors? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on April 22 2011, 7:40PM

Riffing off of Rachel Lloyd’s new book Girls Like Us, our readers debate how to create real solutions for sex trade survivors.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

After Anti-Gay Slur, Kobe Bryant PSA Warns

After Anti-Gay Slur, Kobe Bryant PSA Warns “Words Can Be Hurtful”

by Jamilah King on April 22 2011, 10:23AM

Bravo to GLAAD and Bryant for trying to make good out of a bad scene.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Transgender Inmate Sues State for Sex Reassignment

Transgender Inmate Sues State for Sex Reassignment

by Asraa Mustufa on April 21 2011, 1:36PM

California inmate Lyralisa Stevens says that the surgery could save her from being harassed and sexually assaulted in a male prison.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Gender & Sexuality

California Schools Move Toward LGBT History Lessons

California Schools Move Toward LGBT History Lessons

by Thoai Lu on April 20 2011, 9:45AM

And if approved by state lawmakers, the effort could be a huge victory for racial justice.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Schools & Youth

Three Hip-Hop Scholars Talk About Combatting Homophobia

Three Hip-Hop Scholars Talk About Combatting Homophobia

by Akiba Solomon on April 19 2011, 10:35AM

DJ Davey D., William Jelani Cobb and Anyabwile Love use their history classes to tackle one of the most explosive issues in hip-hop culture.

Topics: Gender, Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Mister Cee

Rapper Lil' B (Sort of) Embraces Gay Fans to Sell Records

Rapper Lil’ B (Sort of) Embraces Gay Fans to Sell Records

by Jamilah King on April 18 2011, 10:34AM

But the artist, who announced that his next album will be called “I’m Gay”, still has a long way to go.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

John Amaechi to Kobe: 'You Did Serious Damage With Your Outburst'

John Amaechi to Kobe: ‘You Did Serious Damage With Your Outburst’

by Julianne Hing on April 15 2011, 4:50PM

In a powerful New York Times piece, the former NBA player says it’s time to stop the lame apologies.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Same-Sex Couples Immigration Bill Introduced in Congress, Again

Same-Sex Couples Immigration Bill Introduced in Congress, Again

by Julianne Hing on April 15 2011, 2:09PM

Supporters have reintroduced it every other year since 2001, but it never gets past committee.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Immigration

Rapper Bambu Tackles Domestic Violence--as a Man's Problem

Rapper Bambu Tackles Domestic Violence—as a Man’s Problem

by Thoai Lu on April 13 2011, 1:30PM

The Filipino artist narrates in first person about being the abuser.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

On Brooke-Lynn Pinklady and the Importance of Self-Definition

On Brooke-Lynn Pinklady and the Importance of Self-Definition

by Akiba Solomon on April 13 2011, 11:07AM

Brooke-Lynn Pinklady—the young man (yes, man) arrested with DJ Mister Cee—speaks out. Watch and listen.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality

Home Birth Is Safer, Cheaper and Can End Disparities in Moms Dying

Home Birth Is Safer, Cheaper and Can End Disparities in Moms Dying

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on April 12 2011, 10:12AM

The U.S. ranks behind 40 other countries in terms of maternal mortality, despite spending the most money per capita on health care.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Health

On DJ Mister Cee, Malcolm X and Online Homophobia

On DJ Mister Cee, Malcolm X and Online Homophobia

by Akiba Solomon on April 11 2011, 10:31AM

How should we deal with the kinds of comments littering Mister Cee and Malcolm X threads?

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, History, Mister Cee

50 Cent's New Pocketbook Values: Anti-Gay Won't Pay, Even for Hip Hop

50 Cent’s New Pocketbook Values: Anti-Gay Won’t Pay, Even for Hip Hop

by Kenyon Farrow on April 8 2011, 9:34AM

Iconic DJ Mister Cee’s arrest for allegedly having commercial sex with a transgender woman is stirring an unexpected conversation in the hip-hop industry.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Mister Cee

Mister Cee's Arrest Should Spark Talk of Sex Work, Not Hysteria

Mister Cee’s Arrest Should Spark Talk of Sex Work, Not Hysteria

by Jamilah King on April 6 2011, 2:14PM

Dream Hampton argues that instead of sexuality, we should be talking about decriminalizing sex work. Who’s listening?

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Alabama House Approves Apology for Recy Taylor

Alabama House Approves Apology for Recy Taylor

by Benjamin Greenberg on March 30 2011, 12:57PM

Taylor’s 1944 rape stands as an iconic example of the impunity with which white men attacked black women during the Jim Crow era.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, History, Recy Taylor

How Do We Support Men With Violent Histories? [Reader Forum]

How Do We Support Men With Violent Histories? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on March 27 2011, 1:09PM

Chris Brown’s temper has struck again. Colorlines.com asks you: How do we support men with violent histories who aren’t getting help?

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Why Discussing Black Male Feminism is Necessary

Why Discussing Black Male Feminism is Necessary

by Thoai Lu on March 23 2011, 10:11AM

Two important essays by black men on their path toward feminism give pause to the Web.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality