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Myths About ‘Down Low’ Gay Men and Homophobia in the Black Community

Empire executive producer Lee Daniels has some incorrect notions about how homophobia might affect HIV rates, but his show should receive some credit for its exploration of gay identity in the Black community.

The false notion that Black communities are somehow more homophobic than other communities must no longer guide how public health researchers, policy advocates, and practitioners grapple with the impact of HIV in Black communities.

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Just How Effective Are Bans Against LGBT ‘Conversion Therapy’?

Some activists say proposed legislation doesn't address all the ways so-called conversion therapy is actually practiced.

Some activists say proposed legislation doesn’t address all the ways so-called conversion therapy is actually practiced.

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The Importance of Using Correct Pronouns

Not everyone identifies with the pronouns “he” or “she.” Referring to someone by their correct pronoun denotes respect, and acknowledges the fact that many people live outside of the gender binary.

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Controversy Over IUD Funding in Colorado, Trafficking Legislation, and ‘Campus Carry’ Bills

On this episode of Reality Cast, Tara Culp-Ressler talks about the ongoing fight for IUD funding in Colorado. In another segment, host Amanda Marcotte discusses the gridlock over a sex trafficking bill, and gun fondlers try to hijack the campus rape debate.

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Cisgender Women Aren’t the Only People Who Seek Abortions, and Activists’ Language Should Reflect That

As an abortion provider, I now make a practice of using gender-inclusive language.

As an abortion provider, I now make a practice of using gender-inclusive language—not only when speaking about the issue on traditional and social media, but also when talking to my patients.

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Report: Low-Income Detroit Residents Once Again Face Water Shutoffs

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Thousands of Detroit residents will once again face having their water service shut off, according to a report by the ACLU of Michigan. Plans are being made by city officials to shut off water service for at least 26,000 Detroit residents.

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Why It Might Not Be a Bad Thing if the Senate’s Human Trafficking Bill Dies (Updated)

Some advocates don’t think the JVTA is worth trying to save in the first place. At best, it has a few useful provisions and might give some more money to victims and services. At worst, it could actually make life more difficult for the very youth the bill is trying to help.

Some advocates don’t think the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act is worth trying to save in the first place. At best, they say, the JVTA has a few useful provisions and might give some more money to victims and services. At worst, it could make life more difficult for the vulnerable populations that the bill seeks to protect.

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‘Mujer Soy’ Music Video Honors Women’s Real Lives

Released on the heels of International Women’s Day, Las Cafeteras’ latest music video follows Mary Anne Aguirre in East Los Angeles. The video of “Mujer Soy” shows Aguirre, a Chicana woman, in her many roles as a mother, worker, and a leader in her community. Writes Maribel Falcón at Remezcla, “Her routine encapsulates the strength that various women in our own lives embody as they work tirelessly in the community as well as in the home.”

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Steven W. Thrasher on Being Queer in a Queer World

Guardian columnist Steven W. Thrasher explains what he means when he says that he’s “queer and … the rest of the world is too.”

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Study: Women’s Economic Status Lags in Half of States

The most striking finding from a new study is that in the ten years since this data was last collected, women’s economic status has gotten worse or stayed the same in almost half of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The most striking finding from a new study is that in the ten years since this data was last collected, women’s economic status has gotten worse or stayed the same in almost half of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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