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Facebook Is Giving Suspended Users Two Weeks To Decide If They Want To Change Their Names Or Leave

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Facebook met with a group of queer activists on Wednesday to discuss how its policy forcing members to use their legal name as printed on their driver’s license, credit card, or student ID discriminates against members of the LGBT community, and trans* people and drag queens in particular — and didn’t budge on the policy. Facebook will reinstate suspended accounts for two weeks, giving those members time to decide whether they want to change their names, convert their profiles to pages, or leave the platform, after which the company will begin to suspend accounts again. Keep reading »

5 Things To Know About Cartoonist Alison Bechdel, Winner Of A MacArthur “Genius” Grant

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There are plenty of people in the world who get nice things that they don’t (IMHO) deserve. So it’s especially nice when someone completely and utterly deserving is recognized for their greatness. I felt all the warm and fuzzies this morning when I heard on the news that the cartoonist and graphic novelist Alison Bechdel is a 2014 recipient of a MacArthur “Genius Grant,” one of the world’s most prestigious prizes. Bechdel draws the popular LGBTQ comic strip Dykes To Watch Out For and is the author/illustrator of the memoirs Are You My Mother? and Fun Home, the latter of which is one of the most esteemed books in the graphic novel genre (and a favorite of mine).

As a winner of the “Genius Grant,” which is awarded to between 20 and 40 individuals who “show exceptional merit and promise for continued and enhanced creative work,” Bechdel will receive upwards of $625,000 paid out over five years. The intention is for winners to use the prize money to continue doing their good work. Past winners have included people like “The Wire” creator David Simon, authors Chimamanda Ngozi Adihie, Junot Diaz and Edwidge Dandicat, and critic Susan Sontag.

After the jump, here are five things to know about Alison Bechdel, her cartoons and her important mark on pop culture! Keep reading »

Marriage Equality Emerges Victorious In Wisconsin & Indiana

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  • A three-judge appeals court in Chicago, Illinois unanimously ruled yesterday that the same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana are unconstitutional. [AP]
  • Following the Supreme Court’s ruling that said buffer zones outside abortion clinics violated the free speech rights of anti-abortion protesters, San Francisco is considering new ways to protect staff and patients at its facilities. The Planned Parenthood clinic in the Mission in particular has a man who stands outside and takes photographs of patients going inside.  [SFist]
  • Princeton University is considering hiring a team of trained investigators to handle sexual assault allegations on campus. Why do colleges insist on doing this in-house, though? [TIME] Keep reading »

Two Malaysian Women Arrested For Alleged “Same-Sex Relations”

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  • Two female students in Malaysia were arrested this weekend by religious police for allegedly having “same-sex relations” in a hotel room. The young women, ages 20 and 21, had their room searched and a sex toy confiscated. Lesbian sex has been criminalized since 1997, where it carries a fine, three years in jail and six strokes with a cane. [Autostraddle]
  • Mississippi Public Broadcasting refused to air the documentary “After Tiller” on Monday night, which describes the state of late-term abortion in this country after the 2009 murder of Dr. George Tiller. The executive director of MPB said he would not air the documentary because it was “too heavy” and would be “truly alarming” for viewers. [Cosmopolitan]
  • My friend Lena Chen has a take on having private nude photos leaked — from personal experience. [TIME] Keep reading »

“To Stay In The Closet Or Not To Stay In The Closet?” That Is One Bisexual Woman’s Question To Dear Prudence

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How much should your family know about your sex life? Most straight people will probably say “not much,” given how our heteronormative culture just assumes most of us are screwing opposite sex partners behind closed doors. But lots of other people — I’m talking gay, bisexual, polyamorous or kinky folks — may feel like openness and acceptance of their sexuality is openness and acceptance of themselves. Yes, sexuality is very personal. But keeping info private which others happily flaunt can make a person feel like she’s keeping a big ol’ shameful secret.

Such is the conundrum of a bisexual woman married to a man who wrote to Slate’s advice columnist Dear Prudence, asking if she should “come out” to friends and family.  Keep reading »

Michelle Duggar Fights Against A Local LGBT Anti-Discrimination Ordinance With Transphobic Robocall

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A proposed anti-discrimination ordinance in Fayetteville, Arkansas, was created to make life safer for LGBT and transgender citizens, but fellow Arkansas resident Michelle Duggar of “19 Kids And Counting” is hellbent on stopping it in its tracks. The ordinance is meant to prevent discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation when it comes to housing, employment and public accommodation, but all Duggar sees is a window for potential creeps to follow her daughters into the bathroom. Seriously. Duggar narrated a robocall against the ordinance that went out this week to Fayetteville households. You can listen to it after the jump. Keep reading »

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