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Activist and Poet William Brandon Lacy Campos Dies at 35

Activist and Poet William Brandon Lacy Campos Dies at 35

by Jorge Rivas on November 12 2012, 1:26PM

Poet, writer, and activist William Brandon Lacy Campos died on Friday night in his apartment in New York, New York.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Two Maryland Women Get Engaged at Obama Rally in Chicago

Two Maryland Women Get Engaged at Obama Rally in Chicago

by Jorge Rivas on November 8 2012, 11:22AM

Keesha Patterson of Maryland got down on one knee and proposed to her girlfriend Rowan Ha at President Obama’s victory rally Tuesday night in Chicago.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Five Race and Gender Justice Lessons Learned from This Marathon Election Cycle

Five Race and Gender Justice Lessons Learned from This Marathon Election Cycle

by Akiba Solomon on November 7 2012, 9:49AM

It’s a cliche to say that the work doesn’t end after Election Day. But people keep saying it because it’s true! Herewith, some takeaways from the past four years and next steps.

Topics: 2012 Election, Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Second Term, War on Women

The Cleveland Uppercut, Lil Reese and Camera Phone Savagery

The Cleveland Uppercut, Lil Reese and Camera Phone Savagery

by Akiba Solomon on October 29 2012, 10:00AM

Camera phone videos of black men beating up black women are all the rage. What does that say about us, the viewers?

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Media

Colorlines.com's Akiba Solomon on Reproductive Rights and the Election

Colorlines.com’s Akiba Solomon on Reproductive Rights and the Election

by Jorge Rivas on October 26 2012, 4:23PM

Akiba Solomon, Colorlines.com’s “Gender Matters” blogger was a guest on BrianLehrer.tv earlier this week to discuss reproductive rights and the 2012 Election.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Janet Mock on the Freedom of Telling Her Own Story

Janet Mock on the Freedom of Telling Her Own Story

by Julianne Hing on October 23 2012, 9:19AM

The People.com editor talks to Colorlines about coming out as a transgender woman of color and her newly visible role in LGBT politics. She’ll be speaking at Facing Race 2012 in November.

Topics: Facing Race 2012, Gender & Sexuality, Media

Orlando Cruz, Gay Boxer, Wins First Fight Since Coming Out

Orlando Cruz, Gay Boxer, Wins First Fight Since Coming Out

by Jorge Rivas on October 22 2012, 6:22PM

Earlier this month featherweight Puerto Rican boxer Orlando Cruz made history by identifying himself as a “proud gay man.” With those words, Cruz became the first openly gay man in pro boxing. This past Sunday Cruz was greeted with cheers…

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

New Poll Shows More Young, Poor People of Color Identify as LGBT

New Poll Shows More Young, Poor People of Color Identify as LGBT

by Jorge Rivas on October 19 2012, 1:53PM

Two studies released this week debunks many stereotypes about blacks and Latinos being overwhelmingly homophobic.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

The Difference Between Equity and Binders Full of Anybody

The Difference Between Equity and Binders Full of Anybody

by Rinku Sen on October 18 2012, 9:35AM

This week’s presidential debate highlighted the fact that there’s a distinctive difference between getting invited to the party and actually having fun.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, Gender & Sexuality, Movement

'Binders Full of Women,' Violent Single Moms and Other Debate Moments

‘Binders Full of Women,’ Violent Single Moms and Other Debate Moments

by Akiba Solomon on October 17 2012, 8:52AM

At least nobody can call the second debate between Mitt Romney and President Obama boring.

Topics: 2012 Election, Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Politics

Why is Abortion a Sidenote in the Big Show?

Why is Abortion a Sidenote in the Big Show?

by Akiba Solomon on October 12 2012, 11:26AM

Staunchly anti-choice Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan got off easy on reproductive health rights at last night’s debate. Which makes sense, since the issue was cast as a personal matter.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Politics

Collateral Damage in the War on Women

Collateral Damage in the War on Women

by Akiba Solomon on October 11 2012, 9:54AM

Poor and uninsured women of color are starting to feel the results after two years of relentless attacks on family planning infrastructure. Akiba Solomon reports from Texas.

Topics: 2012 Election, Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Health, War on Women

War on Women and Its Consequences [INFOGRAPHIC] Infographic

War on Women and Its Consequences [INFOGRAPHIC]

by Hatty Lee on October 11 2012, 9:52AM

State legislatures have targeted publicly funded family planning services with unique intensity since 2010. Hatty Lee illustrates who gets hurt in the process.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Health, War on Women

We Can't Afford to Participate in a 'Justice for Some' Culture

We Can’t Afford to Participate in a ‘Justice for Some’ Culture

by Akiba Solomon on September 24 2012, 10:00AM

Coverage of the case of Michelle Kosilek, the Massachusetts prisoner who will receive state-funded gender reassignment surgery, has sparked lots of vicious, vengeful, anti-trans comments. Here’s why that’s dangerous for everyone.

Topics: Gender, Criminal Justice, Gender & Sexuality

Black Gay Comedian Wanda Sykes: ‘Only Way GOP Could Hate Me More’ Is If I Rolled Around in Pile of Welfare Checks

by Jorge Rivas on September 14 2012, 4:18PM

Black, gay and female comedian Wanda Sykes says the only way the GOP could possibly hate her more is if she sent them a video of her “rolling around on a pile of welfare checks.”

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

D.C. Launches First Ever Transgender Respect Ad Campaign

D.C. Launches First Ever Transgender Respect Ad Campaign

by Jorge Rivas on September 14 2012, 11:35AM

Advocates are calling it the first government-funded campaign focused exclusively on the betterment of transgender and gender non-conforming people.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

An Open Letter to Rep. Todd Akin From Women of Color Activists

An Open Letter to Rep. Todd Akin From Women of Color Activists

by Akiba Solomon on August 24 2012, 11:18AM

Rep. Akin, I and a few women of color activists have some information for you about the nature of rape and legitimacy. Since you draft laws that affect our bodies, we ask that you read every word.

Topics: 2012 Election, Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Todd Akin

'Red Bone Girls,' 'Chocolate Legs,' and Eric Benet's Color-Complex Payday

‘Red Bone Girls,’ ‘Chocolate Legs,’ and Eric Benet’s Color-Complex Payday

by Akiba Solomon on August 2 2012, 10:06AM

Halle Berry’s ex husband has figured out a novel way to sell his new album: Exploit divisions between dark and light skinned women. For $19.95, you too can buy some white supremacy.

Topics: Gender, Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

Are You Eligible for No Co-Pay Birth Control? A Handy Guide to Find Out

Are You Eligible for No Co-Pay Birth Control? A Handy Guide to Find Out

by Julianne Hing on August 1 2012, 2:40PM

It’s a big day for contraception. But the ins and outs of the policy implementation mean many women won’t get covered.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Why is the 2012 Farm Bill Punishing Single Moms for Being Poor? [Reader Forum]

Why is the 2012 Farm Bill Punishing Single Moms for Being Poor? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on July 30 2012, 9:08AM

Readers discuss Akiba Solomon’s explainer on the impact of the proposed cuts in 2012 food-assistance programs.

Topics: Economy, Gender & Sexuality