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Justice Department: Transgender Rights Are Protected Under Federal Law

Attorney General Eric Holder announced last week that it is the position of the U.S. Department of Justice that discrimination against transgender people is prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, representing a reversal of the department’s prior position.

Attorney General Eric Holder announced last week that it is the position of the U.S. Department of Justice that discrimination against transgender people is prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, representing a reversal of the department’s prior position.

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North Carolina Ultrasound Law Blocked, Deemed Unconstitutional

The unanimous opinion held that the 2011 law infringes on providers' free speech rights.

The unanimous opinion held that the 2011 law infringes on providers’ free speech rights.

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Lawsuit: Ferguson Area School Board Elections Violate Voting Rights Act

A federal lawsuit claims the Ferguson-Florissant School Board election process blocks Black voters out of the political process.

A federal lawsuit claims the Ferguson-Florissant School Board election process blocks Black voters out of the political process.

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Legal Wrap: Unexpected Good News From the Roberts Court

The Supreme Court gave equality advocates two rare victories in abortion and immigration battles in Arizona.

The Supreme Court gave equality advocates two rare victories in abortion and immigration battles in Arizona.

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Bob Jones University’s Reported Attitude Toward Assault Reflects Fundamentalist Theology

Ingrained in Bob Jones University's very DNA is a belief in shame as an essentially positive thing, which manifests in its reportedly condemnatory attitude toward survivors of sexual abuse and violence.

Ingrained in Bob Jones University’s very DNA is a belief in shame as an essentially positive thing, which manifests in its reportedly condemnatory attitude toward survivors of sexual abuse and violence.

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A Textbook Case: The Continuing Battle for Control Over What Students Read

A school board in Arizona made headlines last month for voting to cut pages out of a biology textbook in order to make sure that students do not learn about abortion.  While taking x-acto knives to textbooks is extreme and rare—though it has certainly been done before—textbook censorship is not at all rare and the process for getting these books into the classroom is quite often more about politics than education.

While physically taking X-Acto knives to textbooks is extreme and rare, the struggle to mandate what these texts do and do not teach children is not rare in the slightest—and it can manifest in ways that are far more insidious than ripping pages out of a book.

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12 Ways Young People Organized for Human Rights in 2014

Contrary to a narrative that young people are apathetic or lazy or too busy texting to care about human rights, in fact young people are at the helm of the movement for justice for all people. I, for one, can't wait to see what they pull off in 2015.

Contrary to a narrative that young people are apathetic or lazy or too busy texting to care about human rights, in fact young people are at the helm of the movement for justice for all people. I, for one, can’t wait to see what they pull off in 2015.

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Conservative Judge Blasts Obama’s Immigration Orders as Unconstitutional

A federal judge in Pennsylvania ruled Tuesday that the president's executive actions on deferred deportations was unconstitutional, but did not strike the orders from taking effect.

A federal judge in Pennsylvania ruled Tuesday that the president’s executive actions on deferred deportations was unconstitutional, but did not strike the orders from taking effect.

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Walmart Guilty of Illegally Intimidating Workers, Judge Rules

The decision from a National Labor Relations Board ordered the retail giant to stop retaliating against workers who want to join a union.

The decision from a National Labor Relations Board ordered the retail giant to stop retaliating against workers who want to join a union.

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A Conversation With Four ‘Youth Champions’ of Reproductive and Sexual Rights

These young activists are leading local sexual and reproductive health and rights movements around the world.

From a 21-year-old who first saw the need for sex ed when he was the only out gay man at his Catholic school in Louisiana, to the 27-year-old web editor of one of the most popular love and relationship sites in India, these young activists are leading local sexual and reproductive health and rights movements around the world.

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