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Irish Drag Queen Gives Important Speech Against Homophobia

Via the Huffington Post: “In this impassioned and incredible speech … [Irish Drag Queen Panti Bliss] beautifully articulates why [Bliss] believes certain actions and intentions can be considered homophobic, and the real life ramifications of homophobia (including internalized homophobia) on queer people.”

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Women’s Groups Push Republicans on Immigration Reform

We Belong Together, a campaign to mobilize women in support of immigration reform, plans to push back against a consensus that there will be no movement on immigration reform this year.

We Belong Together, a campaign to mobilize women in support of immigration reform, plans to push back against a consensus that there will be no movement on immigration reform this year.

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Made in Cambodia: Garment Workers Fight Gap, H&M and Others for a Minimum Wage

H&M is one popular western brand that supplies many of its garments from factories in Cambodia.

Cambodian garment workers are fighting for a livable wage. Of the half-million garment workers in the county, 90 percent are women living on about $3 a day, not enough to eat much less afford housing. The majority of textiles exported are destined for brands like Gap and Wal-Mart, as Cambodia enjoys “most favored nation” status with the United States under the World Trade Organization’s free trade agreement.

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But Not a Drop to Drink: How Trans and Intersex Groups Struggle to Make Ends Meet

“As we’re T-specific,” said an interviewee, “it is difficult to access LGBT funding.” The irony of this should be lost on no one.

A new report from the American Jewish World Service and Global Action for Trans Equality looks at the funding landscape for trans and intersex activism. “As we’re T-specific,” said one interviewee, “it is difficult to access LGBT funding.” The irony of this should be lost on no one.

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Ted Cruz, Mike Lee Introduce Bill to Stem Benefits to Same-Sex Spouses

With virtually no chance of passage in the current Congress, the Cruz-Lee bill appears to be motivated by politics.(Pictured above: Sens. Mike Lee, left, and Ted Cruz)

With virtually no chance of passage in the current Congress, the Cruz-Lee bill appears to be motivated by politics.

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In Texas and Canada, Lessons About Who Can—and Should—Make End-of-Life Decisions for Pregnant Persons

The heartbreaking cases of both Robyn Benson and Marlise Munoz illustrate is the need to defer to families and medical professionals, rather than bureaucrats and lawmakers, in making end-of-life decisions for pregnant people.

The heartbreaking cases of both Robyn Benson and Marlise Munoz illustrate the need to defer to families and medical professionals, rather than bureaucrats and lawmakers, in making end-of-life decisions for pregnant persons.

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West Virginia Legislator Attempts to Add Anti-Choice Amendments to Pregnancy Discrimination Bill

Del. Michael Folk introduced two amendments to the bill, one that would have expanded the definition of "person" to include a fetus, and another that would have included "the health of the unborn child" in the bill's protections of pregnant women. The amendments were defeated before the bill passed the state house.

Del. Michael Folk introduced two amendments to the bill, one that would have expanded the definition of “person” to include a fetus, and another that would have included “the health of the unborn child” in the bill’s protections of pregnant women. The amendments were defeated before the bill passed the state house.

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People of Stockholm Demonstrate Support for ‘the Rainbow’ in Russia

People of Stockholm gathered at their Olympic stadium and sang the Russian national anthem, in a demonstration of support for the LGBT people of Russia, for LGBT athletes from all over the world who are competing in the Sochi Olympic games, and for all other LGBT people worldwide. [via Fight for Equality / Facebook]

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‘Forward Together, Not One Step Back’: Moral March Brings Out Tens of Thousands of Progressives

North Carolina NAACP President William Barber delivering the keynote speech at Saturday's Moral March.

The crowd, and the speakers, reflected a commitment to environmental and economic justice, to labor rights and immigrants’ rights, to public education. One hand-made sign summed up the spirit of the march: “I stand with so many groups here, I couldn’t pick just one.”

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When ‘He Wasn’t Convicted’ Doesn’t Mean ‘Innocent’

Dylan Farrow

When it comes to childhood sexual assault, there is a heavy thumb on the scales of justice. To trot out “but he wasn’t convicted” as definitive proof of innocence against the backdrop of this system amounts to willful ignorance.

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