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Today’s Lady News: NYPD “Rape Cops” Sentenced

  • The NYPD officer accused of raping a drunk woman in 2008 was sentenced today. Kenneth Moreno, who was acquitted of rape charges in May, was sentenced to one year in jail for three counts of official misconduct. Moreno and his partner, Franklin Mata, were also kicked off the NYPD. [New York Observer]
  • Anti-abortion groups seeking to gather signatures to put a “fetal personhood” amendment on the ballot have gotten approval from the state government to move forward. Activists need 48,000 signatures in order to put a initiative on the ballot in the 2012 election that will grant fetuses the same rights as human beings and therefore criminalize all abortions. [Florida Independent]
  • Nafissatou Diallo, the housekeeper who was allegedly sexually assaulted in the NYC hotel where she is employed, has filed a civil lawsuit against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund. The lawsuit asks for unspecified monetary damages for physical, emotional and psychological harm. Strauss-Kahn has denied all charges against him. [CNN]
  • A quarter of Latinas who are lesbian, bisexual or transgender say they feel discriminated against in their communities, according to a study out of UCLA. [Chicago Sun-Times]
  • On the WNBA’s Maya Moore and the economics of women’s sports. [New York Times]
  • Jane White, an actress who broke ground for black women acting in Shakespearian dramas, died in July at age 88. White was a light-skinned black woman but found that Hollywood and Broadway only seemed to cast actresses for strictly “white” or strictly “black” roles. [New York Times]

INTERNATIONAL

  • A new “The L Word”-style show about adult lesbians in happy relationships is ruffling feathers in South Korea. “Daughters of Club Bilitis” will not only air at midnight but it comes slapped with an “only for ages 19+ warning” label. [Advocate]
  • Apparently Sweden will only let its citizens get a sex-change operation if they are A) unmarried and B) agree to be sterilized. Does that make any sense? [Queerty]

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