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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

Eight Openly Queer Rappers Worth Your Headphones

Eight Openly Queer Rappers Worth Your Headphones

by Jamilah King on May 11 2011, 9:26AM

From Mister Cee to Lil’ B, hip-hop’s struggles with homophobia have made headlines this spring. We figured it’s time to talk about some unambiguously LGBT artists.

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

When Do Young Moms Get to Speak for Themselves? [Reader Forum]

When Do Young Moms Get to Speak for Themselves? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on May 8 2011, 12:42PM

On Mother’s Day, our readers tell us their own stories about motherhood, and clear away the myths about teen moms.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Teen Moms Look for Support, But Find Only Shame

Teen Moms Look for Support, But Find Only Shame

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on May 6 2011, 10:34AM

Young mothers’ needs have gotten lost in the fever to prevent their pregnancies.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Schools & Youth

Spelman College Hosts Historic LGBT Summit

Spelman College Hosts Historic LGBT Summit

by Thoai Lu on May 6 2011, 1:37AM

The event marks an important milestone for the nation’s historically black colleges.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Advocates Pick Apart Will.I.Am's Pathetic View on Women and Condoms

Advocates Pick Apart Will.I.Am’s Pathetic View on Women and Condoms

by Jamilah King on May 4 2011, 10:45AM

Kelle Terrell at The Body calls the rapper out for his terribly misguided approach to sexual health.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Lara Logan Speaks on Sexual Assault

Lara Logan Speaks on Sexual Assault

by Jamilah King on May 3 2011, 1:16PM

It’s an important time to tackle the real threat of violence that many women, especially those of color, face while reporting abroad.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Weighing Solutions to Hate Crime After Brutal Baltimore Attack

Weighing Solutions to Hate Crime After Brutal Baltimore Attack

by Jamilah King on April 27 2011, 2:09PM

Reina Gossett of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project argues hate crime prosecution is part of the problem, rather than the solution for queer communities of color.

Topics: Bullying, Gender & Sexuality

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