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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

Ten Leaders Building a New LGBT Politics in the South and Midwest

Ten Leaders Building a New LGBT Politics in the South and Midwest

by Jamilah King on June 19 2012, 10:16AM

Building LGBT communities and protecting their rights outside of the old political capitols has meant trying new things. Here are 10 leaders with missions that aren’t limited to fighting for equal rights.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, LGBT Pride 2012

A New LGBT Politics Seeks To Marry Issues, Not Just People

A New LGBT Politics Seeks To Marry Issues, Not Just People

by Jamilah King on June 19 2012, 10:14AM

Decades into the debate over sexuality, equal rights have become the dominant theme. But in cities across the South and Midwest, necessity has forced leaders to think more broadly about their communities, their politics and their tactics.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, LGBT Pride 2012

Three Groups Unite Struggles for Racial Justice and LGBT Rights

Three Groups Unite Struggles for Racial Justice and LGBT Rights

by Rinku Sen on June 12 2012, 9:45AM

We know that pitting queer people against people of color is a crass and sadly effective attempt to drive a wedge between two key constituencies. The Applied Research Center has released three new case studies of groups who are working to movements for LGBT rights and racial justice.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, LGBT Pride 2012, Movement

We Need to Support Moms Who Breastfeed, Not Shame Them Photo

We Need to Support Moms Who Breastfeed, Not Shame Them

by Hatty Lee on June 11 2012, 9:17AM

We caught up with several mothers who breastfeed their children to talk about the process, its joys, and the pains.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Health

Where Will CeCe McDonald Serve Her Time? The Devil is in the Details

Where Will CeCe McDonald Serve Her Time? The Devil is in the Details

by Akiba Solomon on June 8 2012, 10:26AM

The young Minneapolis transwoman incarcerated for defending herself in a racist and transphobic attack isn’t alone in her experience. Experts say her placement in a men’s facility is just one part of a complex—and dehumanizing—process.

Topics: Gender, CeCe McDonald, Criminal Justice, Gender & Sexuality