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Ellen DeGeneres Responds to Homophobic Critic

Ellen DeGeneres responds to criticism she’s received from a pastor, Larry Tomczak, in the Christian Post, who claimed that Hollywood has a “gay agenda,” by clarifying on her show that “the only way I’m trying to influence people is to be more kind and compassionate with one another. That is the message that I’m sending out; I don’t have an agenda.”

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Moral Monday Protesters: Low-Income Area Schools on Budgetary ‘Starvation Diet’ Under Cuomo

A Moral Monday rally focused on education equality in New York, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, has overseen rising budgetary inequality in state schools.

A Moral Monday rally focused on education equality in New York, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, has overseen rising budgetary inequality in state schools.

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Walmart Gives to Food Pantries While Workers Qualify for Food Stamps

As part of a holiday charity campaign, the Walmart Foundation last month donated $1.5 million to food pantries across the country, while hundreds of thousands of Walmart’s own workers struggle to feed themselves and their families thanks to the corporation’s famously low wages.

As part of a holiday charity campaign, the Walmart Foundation last month donated $1.5 million to food pantries across the country, while hundreds of thousands of Walmart’s own workers struggle to feed themselves and their families thanks to the corporation’s famously low wages.

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Justice for Leelah Alcorn Goes Beyond Standing Against Conversion Therapy

If, in the broader sense, conversion therapy is any set of actions designed to convince trans people to abandon our genders and sexes, governments large and small are the biggest offenders out there.

If, in the broader sense, conversion therapy is any set of actions designed to convince trans people to abandon our genders and sexes, governments large and small are the biggest offenders out there.

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Salvadoran Council Uses Poverty to Justify Keeping ‘Las 17′ in Prison

When determining whether to pardon the Salvadoran women incarcerated on abortion-related charges, the country's National Criminology Council gave "unfavorable" recommendations for 12 of them based on factors such as "scarce economic resources."

When determining whether to pardon the Salvadoran women incarcerated on abortion-related charges, the country’s National Criminology Council gave “unfavorable” recommendations for 12 of them based on factors such as “scarce economic resources.”

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Youth Explain What It Means To Be a Nice Person

Young people from across the globe explain that being a nice person means doing the right thing, and that it’s important to remember “all of us are capable of being this human.” [via Upworthy]

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Woman ‘Manspreads’ on Subway and Shows It Isn’t Just About Space

Mic recently experimented with the predominantly male trend of “manspreading,” or spreading one’s legs in a cramped public space like a bus or subway car. “As it turns out, people respond very differently to a woman taking up tons of space on the subway,” Elizabeth Plank of Mic writes. “It involves a lot more staring, glaring and photo-sharing. When men do it? Not so much.”

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Transmisogyny at Women’s Colleges Goes Beyond Questions of Admission

The debate over whether trans women should be admitted to women's colleges calls our very womanhood into question, as if we are not “really” women.

The debate over whether trans women should be admitted to women’s colleges calls our very womanhood into question, as if we are not “really” women.

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Report: Racial Wealth Inequality Gap Widened After Great Recession

While overall American families have rebuilt their household wealth during the economic recovery in the wake of the Great Recession, not all households have benefited equally from the economic recovery.

While overall American families have rebuilt their household wealth during the economic recovery in the wake of the Great Recession, not all households have benefited equally from the economic recovery.

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Wide Receiver Andrew Hawkins Clarifies His Stance on Justice Activism

Andrew Hawkins of the Cleveland Browns explains that his decision for wearing a “Justice for Tamir Rice and John Crawford” t-shirt, which was criticized by the head of the local police union, was “a stance against wrong individuals doing the wrong thing for the wrong reasons to innocent people.” So, as he says, “a call for justice shouldn’t offend or disrespect anybody.”

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