Posts tagged "equality"

Kerry Washington’s GLAAD Media Awards Speech Was Amazing

Kerry Washington won the Vanguard Award at the GLAAD Media Awards over the weekend, and when she took the mic to give thanks, she delivered far more than your average acceptance speech. Her rousing demand for equality, both in the media and in our everyday lives, left the whole audience (and really, the whole internet) motivated and…
By: Claire Hannum / March 23, 2015

Watch Obama’s Speech On The Anniversary Of The Bloody Sunday Selma March

On Saturday, thousands gathered at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama to honor the 50th anniversary of the Bloody Sunday March, in which the peaceful protesting of about 600 civil rights activists was interrupted by violent attacks from white police officers. President Obama delivered a powerful speech that Death and Taxes writer Steve King call…
By: Claire Hannum / March 9, 2015

These Happy Skeletons Are On A Mission To Prove That Love Has No Labels

In an effort to fight prejudice and implicit bias, the Ad Council put together this PSA featuring love in its many forms - and just how little our external "differences" matter at the end of the day. The ad prompts viewers to visit Love Has No Labels, a site that further explains how even those…
By: Claire Hannum / March 5, 2015

My New Year’s Resolution: Choose Oultrage Over Outrage

I find it edifying to look up the definitions and etymology of words that represent abstractions. Today it’s “outrage.” It’s being talked about a lot, not least of all because of Slate’s recent collection of articles on the subject, specifically how it has been proliferated by social media. The English definition for “outrage”…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 22, 2014

It’s Going To Take 81 Years To Close The Global Gender Gap At Work

The World Economic Forum released its annual report on gender equality this week, and the results are -- well, it depends on how you look at it. As in, there’s been progress in closing the gender gap globally, but it is glacially slow. When the WEF started compiling data and releasing reports in 2006,…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 28, 2014

Lesbian Couple Asked To Leave A Store For Kissing On National Coming Out Day

On Saturday (which was National Coming Out Day, making this story even more bleak), a lesbian couple was kicked out of a UK grocery store for sharing a "light kiss." Ugh. Annabelle Paige, a Sussex University student, stopped by a Sainsbury's store in Brighton with her girlfriend. A security guard approached the…
By: Claire Hannum / October 15, 2014

Church Of England OKs Women Bishops

The Church of England today took a pretty large step into the 21st century, voting by a two-thirds majority to allow the ordination of women as bishops. It's a reversal of a 2012 vote that failed by just six votes, notes Sky News, and cements the role of female leadership in an institution that has allowed wome…
By: Newser / July 15, 2014

Brilliant Video Asks, “What If Gay Guys Said The Shit Straight People Say?”

Straight people: consider this video a public service announcement. Watch it, laugh at how ridiculous it is, and then NEVER SAY ANY OF THESE THINGS AGAIN. Got it? Good. [YouTube]…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / May 23, 2014

Beyonce Wants You To Own Your Sexuality, Dammit

"I’d like to believe that my music opened up that conversation. There is unbelievable power in ownership, and women should own their sexuality. There is a double standard when it comes to sexuality that still persists. Men are free and women are not. That is crazy. The old lessons of submissiveness and fragility made u…
By: Claire Hannum / April 8, 2014

RIP Society: South Carolina Wants To Pull Funding From Colleges For Teaching “Gay” Books

South Carolina legislators are trying to "punish" two colleges in the state for assigning books they don't approve of. The College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina Upstate incorporated "books on homosexuality" as required reading as part of their new student orientation. The books in question are Alison Bechdel's graphic novel memoir…
By: Claire Hannum / February 21, 2014

Watch This: Man Makes Sweet Coming Out Video Through The Eyes Of His Dog

Ivan Cruz spent most of his life praying that one day he'd wake up and not be gay anymore. Instead, one day he woke up with a realization that was even more surprising: he felt ready to come out. After telling his mom, sister, and friends, he decided to make a video about his coming…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / January 31, 2014

Dartmouth Sorority Leaders Boycott Rush Due To Racism, Classism And Queerphobia

Five leaders of the Darthmouth Panhellenic Council are boycotting rush week because they feel recruiting tactics used by sororities unfairly consider race, class, gender and sexual orientation. Those taking the stance the President of the Panhellenic council Eliana Piper, two vice presidents and two programming chairs, sent an email to the entire campus list-serve outlining their…
By: College Candy / January 16, 2014

Yes, The Workplace Is Still Kinda Sexist — But We’re Getting There!

Despite the massive strides that have been made toward gender equality in the workplace, we still have a way to go. Is that the understatement of the century? According to a report by the Pew Research Center, about 75 percent of young women think the United States needs to do more to…
By: Claire Hannum / December 11, 2013

13-Year-Old Calls For Marriage Equality At His Bar Mitzvah

Filed under The Sweetest Thing You Will See Today: 13-year-old Duncan McAlpine Sennett spoke out in favor of marriage equality at his Bar Mitzvah last month.In preparing for his Bar Mitzvah (a religious initiation for Jewish men at age 13), he took a look at Genesis, where he noted that the concept of traditional…
By: Claire Hannum / December 3, 2013

Sasha Fleischman, Agender Teen Victim Of A Homophobic Attack, Speaks Out

Oakland, California teenager Sasha Fleischman was the victim of a horrific hate crime last month when another teenager lit hir* skirt on fire as ou* rode home, asleep, on a city bus. The teen suffered second and third degree burns in the attack. Why was Sasha targeted? The teen identifies as agender rather…
By: Claire Hannum / December 2, 2013

Horrible, Delusional Parents Sue New Jersey For The Right To “Convert” Their Gay Son Straight

In today's depressing news, a couple is suing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie over the state's recent ban on gay conversion therapy. Christie signed the bill into law this August, which prevents therapists from attempting to "convert" gay teenagers into being straight. Because it's complete and utter quack psychology bullshit. But!
By: Claire Hannum / November 5, 2013

America Only Ranks 23rd In The World For Women’s Equality

The United States ranks 23rd out of 136 countries examined in the 2013 World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report, which measures equality for women based on political, economic and other factors. It looks like Cuba, Nicaragua and a bunch of other places have a lot they could teach us about women's rights! […
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 25, 2013

First Native American Woman Nominated For Federal Judgeship

Diane J. Humetewa was nominated to the Arizona federal bench, and if she’s confirmed, she will be the first Native American woman to serve as a federal judge. [RH Reality Check] Newsweek Pakistan's latest issue has a cover story about female suicide bombers that features exploding tampons paired with the headline…
By: Claire Hannum / September 25, 2013

Today Is National Topless Day — Are You Celebrating?

Today is the fourth annual National Topless Day, a boobs-out holiday of sorts where we commemorate the day women earned the right to vote -- August 26, 1920 -- by going topless.  [NY Daily News] It's also known as Women's Equality Day, if you're not into the whole "flashing the audience" thing. […
By: Julie Gerstein / August 26, 2013

Men In Pakistan Village Decide Women Are Not Allowed To Vote

Welcome to Pakistan! Home to the second largest gender gap in the world, according to the World Economic Forum's 2012 Global Gender Gap Report. Many women in Pakistan face violence, intimidation and sometimes death for wanting to receive an education. Sounds like a recipe for repression. The AP reports that in 564 of…
By: Sarah Gray / May 8, 2013
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