Posts tagged "lgbt"

Tusmørke’s Oculus Rift Game Autumn Seeks To Help Rape Survivors

A forthcoming Oculus Rift video game is hoping to help rape survivors. [The Atlantic]
An anti-gay group put out a pamphlet about how kids shouldn’t have to hear “the sounds of sodomy,” and of course the Internet ran with it. [RawStory]
Why has there only ever been one Jewish Miss America? [The

Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 7, 2015

Black Employment Rates Were Hit Worse Than White Employment Rates During The Recession

The recession widened the employment gap between Blacks and Whites. [The Atlantic]
If the NYPD is willing to disrespect their boss in public, what do they do when no one’s looking? [The Grio]
Ezell Ford’s autopsy found that the unarmed Black man was shot in the back by the LAPD. [The Root]…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 30, 2014

Willie Robertson From “Duck Dynasty” Is “Trying To Figure Out” Whether Being Gay Is A Choice

Remember last year when Phil Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” compared homosexuality to bestiality and terrorism and the world was rightfully outraged? Now, his son Willie Robertson has spoken out about the fiasco to Larry King. Willie told King that he doesn’t agree with some of his father’s hateful words: “We love everybody… In this business,…

Claire Hannum / December 19, 2014

An Unarmed Black Man Was Shot And Killed In Phoenix Because Cops Somehow Thought A Pill Bottle Was A Gun

An unarmed 34-year-old Black man in Phoenix, Rumain Brisbon, was shot and killed by police officers who confused a bottle of prescription pills for the handle of a gun. [Death and Taxes]
A Justice Department inquiry has found systemic police abuse in Cleveland, where 12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot and killed by police…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 4, 2014

FDA Considers Lifting Antiquated Ban On Blood Donations From Gay Men

In 1983, the FDA put a policy in place that forbids any man who has had sex with another man since 1977 from donating blood. The policy, which still stands today, was implemented at the height of the AIDS epidemic. The LGBT community was devastated by the virus, and gay men were at a higher…

Claire Hannum / December 1, 2014

I’ve Discovered My New Favorite Charity: The Warwick Rowers

I fully support any charity organization that consists of hot men whose motto is “Proudly Getting Naked For Club And Community.” Meet The Warwick Rowers: a rowing team who are raising funds for their charity, Sport Allies, which advocates for the fight against bullying and homophobia in school and sport. These humble (and ridiculously hot)…

Katie Oldenburg / November 20, 2014

It Gets 0.86 Percent Better For The Gays And Lesbians Every Year

Public opinion of homosexuality improves by 0.86 percent per year worldwide. [The Daily Beast]
The Ku Klux Klan says that it’s embracing racial diversity in order to work toward building a “strong America.” OK. [The Root]
The Bath Film Festival has a feminist rating for movies this year. [Marie Claire]
Nico Lang dissects the…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 11, 2014

The World’s First Line Of Gender-Neutral Undies Has Something For Everyone

Married couple Abby Sugar and Sylvie Lardeux launched the Play Out underwear line in 2011 because they were sick of only finding cliche feminine designs when they went underwear shopping. They found the designs on men’s undies more fun and wanted to make that aesthetic available to women. Sugar told the Daily Mail that once they released…

Claire Hannum / November 5, 2014

Please, Please, Please Do Not Culturally Appropriate This Halloween

For the last time, please stop appropriating other people’s cultures for your Halloween costume, please, please, please. [Huffington Post]
The Washington Post will soon only have men on its masthead. [Jezebel]
Karen Levy critiques an app that puts the onus on women to protect ourselves from rape. [The Atlantic]…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 31, 2014

Jillian Michaels Wishes She’d Been Born Straight

“I’ve been approached about having mutual approval over everything to do a reality show. It’s interesting because we can talk about parenting, relationships, health—all the things that are important to me. But then I think, What if I open up and people attack us just because we’re a gay family? It scares the hell out of me….I

Claire Hannum / October 20, 2014

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

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.

Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 19, 2014

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

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…

Jessica Wakeman / September 17, 2014

Marriage Equality Emerges Victorious In Wisconsin & Indiana

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…

Jessica Wakeman / September 5, 2014

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

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…

Jessica Wakeman / September 3, 2014

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

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 openne…

Jessica Wakeman / August 27, 2014

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

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,…

Claire Hannum / August 20, 2014

On Making The Case For Kink As A Sexual Orientation

Today on Slate.com is an excellent piece about why “kinky” should be considered a sexual orientation. Writer Jillian Keenan posits how we define a person’s sexual orientation should include what kind of energies turn a person on — dominant or submissive, for example — because for people like Keenan and myself, our sexuality is more…

Jessica Wakeman / August 18, 2014

Delaware School Board Nukes Summer Reading Program Rather Than Let Kids Read Book About Gay Teen

What horrors could await the precious ninth-grade snowflakes of the Cape Henlopen School District in Delaware after they read The Miseducation Of Cameron Post, a YA novel about a gay teen? Concerned parents were not about to find out! Back in June, the board had removed Cameron Post from the list. After some negative attention and…

Jessica Wakeman / August 13, 2014

Lesbian City Council Member Gets Harassed By Her Constituents

“I’m going to keep coming up here and tell you how gays have no morality. … You’re filth. You’re dirt. Because I have the constitutional right to say it.” That’s a man speaking to Jovanka Beckles, the vice mayor of the Richmond City Council in California’s Bay Area. She’s the city’s first openly lesbian councilwoma…

Jessica Wakeman / August 8, 2014

Nebraska Won’t Recognize Driver’s License From Lesbian With Wife’s Last Name

Nebraska won’t recognize a driver’s license — or more specifically, the name on a license — because the woman it belongs to, Sue Stroesser, is married to another woman and the state does not recognize same-sex marriage. Stroesser has been with her partner for 30 years. Seriously, Nebraska, do you realize how stupid you…

Jessica Wakeman / August 5, 2014
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