Conversations about reproductive rights in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley have been traveling beyond the region—to Austin, Washington, and Geneva, where members of the UN Human Rights Committee recently expressed concern over U.S. policies excluding people from health insurance coverage because of their immigration status.
In the last few weeks, there have been a couple of instances across the country in which schools asked students to change their appearance to match gender norms and threatened to punish them for not doing so.
Many thousands of same-sex couples have gotten married in the United States; as a simple fact of modern life, a good number of them will get divorced. But many couples are finding that they’re “wedlocked”—they got married in a state where same-sex marriage is legal, but either live in or moved to a state where the practice is banned, and therefore cannot get a divorce.
If corporations are people with a right to refuse to comply with health-care requirements based on religious beliefs, it stands to reason that they would not only be permitted to refuse birth control coverage but other types of coverage as well.
Jonathan Capehart discusses with his panel the state of LGBTQ rights in the South, including among people of color. On the panel is Yale sociology professor Marcus Hunter, the Center for American Progress’ Aisha Moodie-Mills, Khalil Gibran Muhammad of the Schomburg Center, and Victoria DeFrancesco Soto of the University of Texas. [via Melissa Harris-Perry]
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.”
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.
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.
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.
With virtually no chance of passage in the current Congress, the Cruz-Lee bill appears to be motivated by politics.