The Civil Rights Act Now Covers Protections For Transgender Individuals

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  • The Justice Department is now interpreting the Civil Rights Act to include protections for transgender people. (The Grio)
  • The Miss World Pageant is no longer including the bikini portion. (The Independent)
  • Nonviolent drug criminals who are serving bloated sentences that they wouldn’t be serving under the 2010 Fair Sentencing Act might be eligible for clemency. (The Root) Keep reading »

The Hacked Sony E-Mails Are A Distraction From The Larger Issues, And It’s Wrong To Use E-Mails Stolen From Anyone, Ever

I don’t take George Clooney that seriously, most of the time, but his interview with Deadline spoke to a lot of things I’ve been reflecting on about my job lately. In it, Clooney spoke about a petition of support he tried to circulate after Sony was attacked by what the FBI has now concluded were, in fact, North Korean hackers. The petition read:

“On November 24 of this year, Sony Pictures was notified that it was the victim of a cyber attack, the effects of which is the most chilling and devastating of any cyber attack in the history of our country. Personal information including Social Security numbers, email addresses, home addresses, phone numbers and the full texts of emails of tens of thousands of Sony employees was leaked online in an effort to scare and terrorize these workers. The hackers have made both demands and threats. The demand that Sony halt the release of its upcoming comedy The Interview, a satirical film about North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Their threats vary from personal—you better behave wisely—to threatening physical harm—not only you but your family is in danger. North Korea has not claimed credit for the attack but has praised the act, calling it a righteous deed and promising merciless measures if the film is released. Meanwhile the hackers insist in their statement that what they’ve done so far is only a small part of our further plan. This is not just an attack on Sony. It involves every studio, every network, every business and every individual in this country. That is why we fully support Sony’s decision not to submit to these hackers’ demands. We know that to give in to these criminals now will open the door for any group that would threaten freedom of expression, privacy and personal liberty. We hope these hackers are brought to justice but until they are, we will not stand in fear. We will stand together.”

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8 Times Friends With Benefits Actually Works

8 Times Friends With Benefits Actually Works

“Friends with benefits” might be one of the most complicated relationships you could possibly get yourself into. This kind of relationship typically starts off really fun and convenient (a best friend who you can make out with? SCORE!) but almost always, someone ends up getting feelings which results in ruining the friendship all together. Buzz kill.

But FWB doesn’t always have to be a bad thing. In fact, it could actually work if you follow these 8 rules. Read more on College Candy…

Laverne Cox Literally Falls To The Floor After Receiving Christmas Gift From Beyonce

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Can you blame her? When “Orange Is The New Black” star and trans rights activist Laverne Cox opened her mail and discovered a holiday card and gift from Queen B herself, she had what I think any of us would consider a perfectly normal reaction:

So when I opened this holiday card a few days ago and read Love @beyonce I literally fell to the floor. I was on the floor of my apartment. I have witnesses. Love the #CakeByThePound sweatshirt. Thanks Bey for the gift. I have had an awesome year and this is certainly a highlight. Happy holidays Mrs. Carter to you and your beautiful family. Thanks for all the amazing music and endless inspiration you’ve given to me and so many over the past 16 years. Since No No No I have been saying YASSS YASSS YASSS! #QueenBey foever.

Clearly, mine was lost in the mail. It’s okay, Bey. It’s the thought that counts. [US Weekly]

Who Knew Christmas Decorations Could Be Weaponized?

Want to hear a story about Christmas decorations that escalates very quickly? Then you’re in the right place, because we’re about to go down Bonkers Lane!

In Ross Township, Pennsylvania, Fairley Road is a cul-de-sac with one house in the middle. The house in the middle of the cul-de-sac belongs to Bill Ansell, who, once upon a time, had a beautiful, dazzling display of Christmas decorations. Then, one Thanksgiving, one of his neighbors asked him to turn it off while she and her family had dinner, because it was so bright that it was interrupting her meal.

And that, friends, crossed a line. Keep reading »

Listen To These Audiobooks On Your Flight Home For The Holidays

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Now that “Serial” is over, what the hell are you going to listen to on your flight back to your family’s house for the holidays? My flight from New York City to my mom’s house is surprisingly quick, but it’s just long enough for boredom to start creeping in if you don’t come prepared with a book. If you’re more of the listening type, Audiobooks.com put together a nifty list of their audiobook titles that can be heard in full by the time you land, and I’m thinking of giving it a try. The books are grouped by the duration of some of the most popular travel routes in the US, which you can adapt based on the length of your own flight!

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