High School Crowns Trans Student Cassidy Lynn Campbell Homecoming Queen

  • Meet Cassidy Lynn Campbell, a transgender teen from Huntington Beach, California, who was crowned her high school’s homecoming queen. Sixteen-year-old Cassidy lived as “Lance” until transitioning three years ago. Congratulations, Cassidy! [Huffington Post, People]
  • German chancellor Angela Merkel has been elected for a third term. [Wall Street Journal]
  • Nadeshda Tolokonnikova from the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot has gone on a hunger strike to protest the inhumane conditions at her prison. She was sentenced to two years in a work camp for her participation in a public protest that spoke out against President Vladmir Putin and the church. [Animal New York]
  • Gross: a Florida professor was charged with “video voyeurism” for filming up his students’ skirts. [Raw Story]
  • On Syria’s pregnant women’s health crisis. [The Daily Beast]
  • The Anglicans appointed Rev. Pat Storey their first female bishop in the UK and Ireland. Rev. Storey is a rector in Northern Ireland and a married mother of two. [New York Times]
  • The United Nations reported today that new HIV infections worldwide have dropped by one-third since 2001. [NBC News]
  • Maternal mortality is down by half in the Democratic Republic of Congo and could be down by 75 percent in only two years, according to new research. [Feminist.org]
  • In other maternal health news, the World Bank Group plans to invest $700 million over the next two years to improve women and children’s health in poor countries. [World Bank]
  • Meet Egypt’s hijab-wearing superheroine! [The Daily Beast]
  • Totally rad: female comic shop workers created their own group, Beware The Valkyries. [Bitch Magazine]
  • Freeze tag is emasculating young boys, warns rightwing nutjob. [Slate]

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