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Wheaton College Is Cutting Insurance For All Students So That They Can’t Access Birth Control

Wheaton College, a Christian college in the southwest ‘burbs of my fair Chicago, has decided to stop providing health insurance to its students full-stop because the Affordable Care Act requires them to cover birth control.

Well, OK, that’s not exactly true. First, the college will help students who have particularly high financial need…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / July 31, 2015

Russia Thinks Facebook Pride Emojis Might Be Gay “Propaganda”

The Russian government is investigating whether or not Facebook’s pride emojis break its laws about gay “propaganda.” A Russian Senator, Mikhail Marchenko, wrote an appeal to Roskamnadzor, the state’s media watchdog. The complaint has been passed on to the Young Guard for investigation.

Young Guard chairman Dennis Davydov has stated that the grou…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / July 31, 2015

Go Get Your Phone And Watch This Foals Video – NOW!

OH MY GOD GUYS, GET OUT YOUR FUCKING PHONES. The band Foals released a video for their track “Mountain At My Gates” that’s interactive if you open it with the YouTube app; you’re meant to stand in one place and move the phone around while you watch it. I’d tell you what happens, but I’d…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / July 31, 2015

President Obama Will Announce New AIDS Strategy

Plus, a woman in Hong Kong is accused of assaulting a police officer with her breast, and Nadia Lee Cohen builds a photography project in response to online censorship. All in Today’s Lady News!

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / July 30, 2015

Life Dream Status: A House On The Water With No Neighbors

Imagine that you could say the following about your place of residence:

“My front and back and side yards are all water!”
“My commute involves a canoe!”
“My nights are noiseless except for the soothing sound of water rushing by!”
“No, seriously, I live in the middle of a fucking…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / July 30, 2015

New Hero: Taco Belle, Princess Of Fourth Meal

OK, so I’m not going to lie, despite my complete and total confoundment with Taco Bell, I am sort of obsessed with it as a cultural phenomenon. It blows my mind that you can put their ingredients together in any combination and still come up with a palatable menu item. It also blows my mind…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / July 30, 2015

An Open Letter To The Anti-Gay Minister Who Thanked LGBTs For Making Him More Anti-Gay

Dear Kevin Shrum,

I made my way through your boring-ass post-SCOTUS letter to the LGBT community, thanking us for making you more anti-gay. It’s boring, by the way, because you have literally nothing to say to us that we haven’t heard like five million times: every time we congregate publicly, most of the…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / July 30, 2015

Planned Parenthood Website Suffers Second Attack In A Week

Planned Parenthood’s website is down for the second time in a week after a group of what the organization is (justifiably, I think) calling “extremists” carried out a Distributed Denial of Service attack, flooding the site with traffic so that genuine visitors can’t access it.

Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of the Planned…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / July 30, 2015

Dr. Suniti Solomon, India’s Pioneering HIV Researcher, Died This Week

Plus, did you know that marital rape was legal in the United States through the mid-80s? No wonder Donald Trump is still stuck in that decade…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / July 29, 2015

Study Shows Trans* Discrimination At Fault For HIV Rates

A new study from the World Health Organization has found that transgender women are 49 times as likely as a member of the general population to be HIV-positive. The study’s authors theorize why this would be:
“Many studies have demonstrated multiple co-occurring health problems among transgender women, including high rates of violence and victimization,…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / July 29, 2015

This “Game Of Thrones” Dance Remix Is Hilarious

Do either of the following statements sound like you?

You miss “Game of Thrones” desperately when the season is over.
You love a good beat.

Well then, have I got a treat for you. Here’s a dance remix of “Game of Thrones,” i.e. the percussion is provided by the show’…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / July 29, 2015

Surprise! Bill Cosby Is Vindictive Toward Queer Women

The latest turn in the Bill Cosby saga is pretty interesting: Two news stories came up today about Cosby’s interactions with queer women.

The first isn’t even fair to call an “interaction,” because it concerns one of his sexual assault accusers, Andrea Constand. Constand is fighting to dissolve the confidentiality clause of a…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / July 29, 2015

LGBT Catholics Are Organizing For Inclusion In The Church

Plus, did you know Beatrix Potter studied mushrooms?

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / July 28, 2015

Apple, Facebook, Nike And Others Are Backing The Equality Act

The Equality Act, a piece of proposed legislation that would provide employment, housing, education, and financial protections for LGBT Americans, has found some very powerful friends in the form of corporate support. Apple, Nike, Facebook, American Airlines, General Mills, Levi Strauss, and Dow Chemicals are all coming out in favor of the act.

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / July 28, 2015

Jen Welter Is The First-Ever Female NFL Coach

The first woman coach probably ever been hired in the NFL, working in training camp on the Arizona Cardinals staff, and it should surprise literally no one that this woman is a badass.

Jen Welter played football as a linebacker for 14 years on the Dallas Diamonds of the Women’s Football Alliance. The…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / July 28, 2015

The Boy Scouts Have Lifted Their Ban On Gay Leaders!

The Boy Scouts of America is now allowing gay leaders! Congrats, Boy Scouts, you’re moving into modernity with the rest of us!

The Boy Scouts had lifted their ban on gay scouts in 2013, but not their ban on gay leaders. On Monday, the Boy Scouts of America’s National Executive Board voted 45-12…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / July 28, 2015

That BS Undercover Planned Parenthood Video Will Not Die

People are still taking the anti-abortion video seriously despite its factual inaccuracies, Second Star NYC has webseries featuring a full-figured lead actress, England’s government is putting young women at risk, Hunter S. Thompson’s once-assistant has released a novel about the gonzo journalist.

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / July 27, 2015

Build-A-Bear Is Selling Star Wars Bears, Just So We’re All Clear On That

Someone made the grave, grave mistake of not alerting me to the fact that Build-A-Bear Workshops are now selling Star Wars bears. Bear Han! Bear Leia! Plush Chewbacca! They have a mini Ewok bear, guys. SQUEEEEEEE!

Notably absent from the selection: Luke Skywalker, because Luke Skywalker is boring as fuck. Darth Vader i…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / July 27, 2015

What’s The First Ronald McDonald Up To Now? Let This Lynchian Video Tell You

Happy Monday! Here’s a video of the first Ronald McDonald, updating us on what he’s been doing with his life. In a truly Lynchian profile from The Guardian, Joe Maggard goes to the carnival in costume to give kids high-fives, sings a genuinely beautiful rendition of “Send In the Clowns,” and describes the Ronald costume…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / July 27, 2015

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