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Going Nowhere Slow: Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

Few will ever hear of Amber Reeves, a pregnant truck driver who was fired after requesting accommodations in her work duties. She couldn’t perform her regular duties, so her employer terminated her. Unglamorous and unprotected by the law, pregnant women in labor-intensive jobs often find themselves in this kind of predicament.

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Stay Out of My Bedroom: Women of Color Have the Right to Decide If and When to Parent

If you happen to be a woman of color, you simply don’t have any business that is your own, as far as society is concerned. The Jezebel and Welfare Queen stereotypes shape the responses you receive from others when you have a belly full of baby. So, the next time someone asks me how many more babies I’m going to have, I will have to respond with a “Girllllll, stay out my bedroom.”

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Is Criminalization of HIV Transmission Effective? Swedish Case Reveals Why the Answer is No

For anyone who cares about human rights from a health and discrimination angle, recent cases criminalizing HIV transmission raise multiple red flags.

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Anti-Choice And Anti-Immigrant Legislation Goes Hand In Hand

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A New American Media analysis suggests that where states are hostile to women, they are hostile to immigrants, too.

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The Change We Need: A Federal Government Rep Speaks the Truth About the Needs of LGBT Youth

At an otherwise mind-numbing conference, something incredible happens: A federal government employee responsible for billions of dollars in budget allocations talks openly about queer youth in our communities and he tells the truth. He talks about their struggles, their needs, and our inherent prejudices.  And he insists we can do better. 

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Moving Sexual Rights from the Margins to the Mainstream in Latin America

The freedom to express our sexuality is an integral part of our happiness and well-being. However, people whose sexual orientation or gender identity does not conform to majority norms often face stigma and discrimination by the state and by society.

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Who Owns the Farm? Land Rights Push in China Leaves Women Without a Plot To Stand On

As the ancient Chinese proverb goes, “women hold up half the sky.” Yet how can they, if they do not even have a plot of land on which to stand?

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Turning the Spotlight on Stigma: The Next Frontier in Global Abortion Access

Illustration by Andrea Bailey

Abortion stigma worldwide has remained largely undocumented and unaddressed for years. That is changing. A handful of women’s rights and research groups are embarking on what is conceivably the next frontier of global safe abortion efforts – tracking, documenting and studying abortion stigma around the world.

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Police Abuse of Sex Workers: A Global Reality, Widely Ignored

Cambodian sex workers stage a protest against a police crackdown on prostitution. © 2008 AP Photo

Sex workers deserve the basic respect and protection from violence that each nation owes its citizens. But in many settings, police abuse of sex workers receives scant public attention despite its entrenched global reality.

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Putting an End to Bullying: Pledge to Do More Than Take a Pledge

A new project from GLSEN asks young people and adults to pledge to put an end to bullying.  Over 96,000 people have taken the pledge, but we have to do so much more. 

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