Posts tagged "equal rights"

Legalizing Gay Sex Makes Alabamans “Less Protected” From Sexual Assault, Claims Attorney General

This week, Alabama shook off a long overdue, ridiculous law criminalizing oral and anal sex between unmarried partners. The anti-sodomy law was mostly used to criminalize homosexual behavior, even between consenting unmarried partners (I probably don't need to tell you gay marriage is not legal in AL). An appeals court overturned the law,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 20, 2014

Alabama Joins 21st Century, Overturns Ban On Oral & Anal Sex

Welcome to the 21st century, Alabama! On Friday, an appeals court in the state overturned the anti-sodomy law, which criminalized consensual oral and anal sex between unmarried partners. The great state of AL punished "any act of sexual gratification between persons not married to each other involving the sex organs of one and the mouth…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 17, 2014

5 Things To Know About The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) To Protect Gay & Trans Employees At Work

Yesterday, the Senate voted to take up the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a bill to ban employers from discriminating against LGBTQ workers or job applicants based on their sexual orientation or gender identity (i.e. being transgender). This is the first time ever that ENDA, which has struggled in Congress for almost 20 years, includes protections for…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 5, 2013

Hillary Clinton Comes Out In Support Of Marriage Equality

As if you needed another reason to love former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton! Clinton just released a PSA for the Human Rights Campaign in which she comes out in full support of marriage equality for lesbians and gays: "LGBT Americans are our colleagues, our teachers, our soldiers, our friends, our loved ones. And they…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 18, 2013

Recap: President Obama’s State Of The Union Address

Missed the State Of The Union address last night?  Well, here's a guide of some major points for those of you who still want to know where we're at.  The economy continues to dominate President Obama's agenda, given how the first 20 minutes were a mixture of economic policies from spending cuts to boosting the…
By: Sarah Gray / February 13, 2013

Military Ban Lifted On Women In Combat: Here’s What People Are Saying About It

Earlier this week, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta lifted a ban that prohibited women from openly serving in combat roles in the military. This would entail overturning a 1994 rule that bans women from certain ground combat roles, thus opening up more jobs to servicewomen. Women have already been attached to ground unit…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 25, 2013

Texas YMCA Denies Family Membership To Lesbian Parents

A YMCA in Tyler, Texas, is allegedly refusing to give a family membership to two lesbian parents, even though they did issue them such a membership a decade ago. The YMCA is now claiming the couple needs to have a marriage licence, despite the fact Texas doesn't issue same-sex marriage certificates.  [Think Progress]…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 24, 2013

Are You In One Of Mitt Romney’s Binders Full Of Women Yet?

During last night's presidential debate, the candidates were asked what they'd do to improve the status of women and ensure equal pay. And while President Obama discussed his work on the Lilly Ledbetter act, Mitt Romney accidentally said one of the most talked about phrases of the evening. Speaking to the crowd, he said that…
By: Julie Gerstein / October 17, 2012

Why Are Feminists And Gay Rights Activists Boycotting Hyatt Hotels?

Feminist groups have joined together to fight for the rights of thousands of workers within Hyatt hotels. Organizations including the National Organization for Women, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Black Justice Center and Christian and Jewish labor groups have formed a global boycott campaign at a conference in Washington, D.C. o…
By: Daley Quinn / July 24, 2012

Man Stands Up For Women’s Rights, Gets Rewarded

It’s shocking, that even in the 21st Century, women can be paid less than men for the same job, but that’s just what was happening at the private Lake Ridge Academy in Cleveland, Ohio. Well, until James Whiteman bravely stood up for equal rights, that is! As the head of the lower school, Mr. Whitema…
By: Simcha / November 14, 2008

Women Aren’t Prepared To Put In Long Hours? Ha.

Ah, the age-old debate: Why don't women make as much as men? One social researcher at the University of Melbourne says men earn 15 percent more than women because they put in more time at work. "All high achievers in all walks of life ... put in long hours into their activity," Mark Wooden said.
By: Catherine Strawn / May 12, 2008