I know firsthand that for many people, poverty is often related to a lack of access to basic health care, including abortion. This growing burden, carried primarily by poor people, is a blind spot for many legislatures and courts around the country.
In registration packets for the Western Conservative Summit, which attracted GOP presidential contenders to Denver over the weekend, conference goers received a booklet titled, “Top Ten Myths About Homosexuality.”
Title IX changed the course of history for many individuals when it comes to athletics and being able to partake in programs that discriminate against individuals based on sex. But when we talk about the landmark legislation, people still don’t seem to understand what it truly means—and doesn’t mean.
In this StyleLikeU video, Alok Vaid-Menon describes the ways gender is not about body parts. “The world I’m fighting for is where we stop making assumptions around everything [and] where we allow people to self-narrate their bodies,” says Vaid-Menon, an Indian-American poet. “I think that’s a profoundly radical act, because we exist in a western colonial system that’s invested in categorizing every single thing about you and creating norms about every single thing, rather than actually recognizing none of us fit into norms.” [via StyleLikeU]
Chipotle may not be the ultimate tipping point, but we could may be inching closer to a moment at which the government will be compelled to act, mandating a higher minimum wage, paid sick leave, and other benefits for workers in the United States.
In truth, because trans people are often forced to remain silent out of fear, any attempt to stand up for ourselves and counter conventional wisdom is seen by some members of the public as the so-called mob descending.
Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai joins Daily Show host John Stewart to talk about her upcoming film, He Named Me Malala, and her education advocacy on behalf of young girls. Watch Part 2 of their interview here.
Even with the increasing presence of trans people in mainstream media, the fight for trans lives is showing no signs of abating. As Jennifer Finney Boylan, who teaches at Barnard College, explains to the New York Times’ Retro Report: “We don’t want anything other than our humanity.”
In the newly released season of Orange Is the New Black, Daya Diaz must grapple with whether she should give her baby up for adoption or have the newborn go into foster care as she finishes her 36-month sentence. Diaz’s plight reflects the real-life situation of incarcerated mothers around the country.
In response to a recent profile of NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue, in which she recounted how anti-choice advocates couldn’t handle her growing pregnant belly, we’ve created a new Tumblr to show off our pro-choice and pregnant, or pro-choice and parenting, selves. Join us!