Openly Gay Billie Jean King Joins U.S. Delegation To 2014 Olympics In Anti-Gay Russia

  • President Obama has selected openly lesbian athletes Billie Jean King and Callie Cahow as delegates to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, a country where homosexuality is frowned upon. Russian President Vladmir Putin has said gay visitors would be welcome at the Olympics, though — whatever that means. Some see these LGBTQ athletes joining the delegation as an eff-you statement to Russia, but UK Guardian blogger Nancy Goldstein argues the U.S. is trying to hide behind gay athletes as opposed to taking a firm stand against bigotry. [, Guardian UK]
  • Actress Robin Wright has been appointed an ambassador for Women’s Synergy For Victims Of Sexual Violence, a collection of 35 aid groups that help sexual abuse survivors in the Democratic Republic Of Congo. Together, they provide medical care, psychological trauma counseling, and legal defense for girls and women who were raped or sexually abused in the Congolese conflict. You can support the organization done by Synergy here. [SynergyDonor Direct Action]
  • Two members of the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot are expected to be released from prison this week. [Rolling Stone]
  • Here’s Suey Park, the Asian-American feminist who started the hashtag #NotYourAsianSidekick, being interviewed by the BBC. [Racialicious]
  • The Netherlands passed a gender identity law which makes it more easy for folks to change their gender on official documents. [BuzzFeed]
  • Nine things the media called “the war on men” in 2013. [Media Matters For America]
  • Black Santa, white Santa — let’s not forget that the person who is usually “Santa” are our hardworking mommas. []
  • The Washington, D.C. City Council has approved an increase to the minimum wage. By 2013, the D.C. minimum wage will be raised to $11.50. [DCist]
  • A Black feminist conversation about The Hunger Games and other fantasy fiction for teens. [Bitch Magazine]
  • California’s athletic commission is considering licensing trans athletes. [Advocate]
  • At least one gay fan of Beyonce’s Beyoncé album feels left out. [Slate]
  • Are you done with R. Kelly? Support these organizations working to end sexual violence instead. [Clutch Magazine]

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