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How the Military Discriminates Against Transgender Individuals

Chelsea Manning's now public transition highlights the needs of a vulnerable population.

Chelsea Manning’s now public transition highlights the needs of a vulnerable population.

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Time to Act: Women Have the RIGHT to Reproductive Health

Extremist politicians sank to new lows this year in their relentless efforts to deny women their reproductive rights. Here’s a video from Draw the Line encouraging us all to tell Congress to protect women’s reproductive rights.

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King Family Speaks at 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

Martin L. King III, Christine King Farris, and Rev. Dr. Bernice King delivered remarks at the March on Washington 50th anniversary. [via Politico]

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Footage of the 1963 March on Washington

This is real footage of the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington. The 50th anniversary of the march will be commemorated on Saturday, August 24. [via WikiMedia Commons]

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Historic Bill Promoting Equal Rights for Transgender Students Signed in California

Right now, the educational rights landscape for transgender and gender non-conforming students is on uneven ground.

Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Monday that will protect the rights of transgender students, a move many LGBTQ activists hope will spur the passage of similar legislation in other states across the nation.

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Getting the Government Out of Women’s Bodies

Ohio State Sen. Nina Turner joins Melissa Harris-Perry about women’s privacy rights and what she’s seeing in her home state of Ohio. “It’s women today, what other groups could it be tomorrow?” asks Turner. [via Melissa Harris-Perry]

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Steps Forward—and Setbacks—for Sex Workers’ Rights

Sex workers are making enormous progress in terms of advocacy and policy impact. But there is still a long way to go.

This summer, the effort to pass the Women’s Equality Act in New York and the Supreme Court’s decision involving the anti-prostitution pledge that applied to global funding to fight HIV and AIDS had implications for sex workers’ rights.

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Disney Princesses for Equal Pay: A Song

So….how long till Disney makes a kids’ movie with THIS theme song? These are definitely princesses with the potential to create a new generation of equality-minded women and men.

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When Do Depictions of Sex Constitute Assault?

This week, one app is blamed for a syphilis outbreak, while another wants you to practice cunnilingus by licking your phone.

A situation in June in which a woman sent unsolicited penis pictures she had received to the sender’s mother, and an ongoing debate in Britain about what, if any, depictions of sex should be banned have raised interesting questions about the limits of privacy and consent.

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From Coercive Prisoner Sterilizations to State Abortion Restrictions: How Reproductive Justice Eludes Women of Color

West, a former medical assistant at Kermit Gosnell's "house of horrors" clinic in West Philadelphia, has been sentenced to five to ten years.

Aggressive attempts to restrict women’s health-care options, which range from shutting down abortion clinics to coercing women inmates to become sterilized, reveal the long, seemingly unattainable arc toward reproductive justice for women of color.

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