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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

Caster Semenya To Carry South Africa's Flag In Olympic Ceremony

Caster Semenya To Carry South Africa’s Flag In Olympic Ceremony

by Jorge Rivas on July 26 2012, 12:45PM

Caster Semenya will carry South Africa’s flag at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Rapper Murs Kisses Another Man to Call Out Homophobia in Hip Hop

Rapper Murs Kisses Another Man to Call Out Homophobia in Hip Hop

by Jorge Rivas on July 16 2012, 11:14AM

California rapper Murs wearing a “Legalize Gay” shirt and kisses another man in new video.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

'What We See--Is That Oakland Is Beautiful' Photo

‘What We See—Is That Oakland Is Beautiful’

by Hatty Lee on July 11 2012, 9:18AM

Young women in Oakland and Chicago speak for themselves through art. As they do, they challenge the sexual abuse and violence that too often surrounds their lives.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

How Will Frank Ocean Change Our Conversation About Coming Out? [Reader Forum]

How Will Frank Ocean Change Our Conversation About Coming Out? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on July 9 2012, 9:01AM

Last week, R&B star Frank Ocean went public about his sexuality, marking a watershed moment in popular culture. The Colorlines community brings its support and discusses the risk of political exploitation.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Janet Mock and Isis King Discuss Media's Portrayal of Transgender Women

Janet Mock and Isis King Discuss Media’s Portrayal of Transgender Women

by Jorge Rivas on July 6 2012, 3:50PM

America’s Next Top Model’s first transgender contestant, Isis King, sits down with People.com staff editor and transgender advocate, Janet Mock, for a conversation about representations of transgender people in media.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Frank Ocean's Mom Calls Son 'Incredible Human Being' After Coming Out

Frank Ocean’s Mom Calls Son ‘Incredible Human Being’ After Coming Out

by Jorge Rivas on July 5 2012, 11:35AM

Frank Ocean’s Def Jam debut, “Channel Orange,” won’t be released for another two weeks but the album is already making headlines everywhere.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Anti-Choice Groups: Health Care Gives Biggest Boost to Abortion Since Roe v. Wade

Anti-Choice Groups: Health Care Gives Biggest Boost to Abortion Since Roe v. Wade

by Jorge Rivas on June 28 2012, 2:57PM

Well-funded anti-choice sources are claiming that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) represents a federally funded abortion free-for-all.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

National Council of La Raza Board Approves Marriage Equality Resolution

National Council of La Raza Board Approves Marriage Equality Resolution

by Jorge Rivas on June 27 2012, 10:41AM

Earlier this month the board of the National Council of La Raza unanimously approved a resolution supporting the freedom to marry for same-sex couples.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

'Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta' Shouldn't Embarrass Black and Brown Women

‘Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta’ Shouldn’t Embarrass Black and Brown Women

by Akiba Solomon on June 27 2012, 10:20AM

Instead of focusing on the misdeeds of individual cast members, we need to take a look at the exploitative industry that shapes their fate

Topics: Gender, Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

Priscilla Dang Lays Down Kung Fu Law on Teenagers Who Groped Her

Priscilla Dang Lays Down Kung Fu Law on Teenagers Who Groped Her

by Jorge Rivas on June 25 2012, 1:05PM

Two teenagers got a painful surprise last Friday when a woman they tried to attack turned out to be a martial arts expert.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW