Lesbian City Council Member Gets Harassed By Her Constituents

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  • “I’m going to keep coming up here and tell you how gays have no morality. … You’re filth. You’re dirt. Because I have the constitutional right to say it.” That’s a man speaking to Jovanka Beckles, the vice mayor of the Richmond City Council in California’s Bay Area. She’s the city’s first openly lesbian councilwoman and damn, does she put up with some shit. A fellow councilman (who also says that Beckles is not really Black) said none of the weekly harassment is meant to be homophobic, but that she “takes [the harassment] in a homophobic way.” It’s really her own fault, you see. [San Francisco Gate via Queerty]
  • Women from a minority community in Iraq have allegedly been held captive by Islamic militants and forced to convert to Islam and “marry” them. [Washington Post]
  • In completely contrary news to what we read about in America every week, France eased restrictions on first trimester abortion this week. [TIME]
  • Professor Signithia Fordham, a Black academic, penned a piece about not getting credit for her ideas which have been used by President Obama without attribution. [Colorlines]
  • Child-free by choice women are a new marketing demographic, at least for one hotel chain. [ELLE]
  • This woman rode the New York City subway with her legs spread open like an (annoying) man and wrote about the experience. [Bustle]
  • On the rise of “ironic misandry.” [Slate]
  • I’m sure all of us would like to hear Gene Simmons’ deep insights on sexism. [Jezebel]

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