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Myths About ‘Down Low’ Gay Men and Homophobia in the Black Community

Empire executive producer Lee Daniels has some incorrect notions about how homophobia might affect HIV rates, but his show should receive some credit for its exploration of gay identity in the Black community.

The false notion that Black communities are somehow more homophobic than other communities must no longer guide how public health researchers, policy advocates, and practitioners grapple with the impact of HIV in Black communities.

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Wearing a Hijab for Lent Is No Way to Demonstrate Solidarity

Too often, Muslim women find ourselves left out of conversations about our own bodies and lives.

Thousands of Muslim women who live in the United States wear the hijab and face discrimination because of it—yet non-Muslim women are praised and heralded for donning it for a single day or month.

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Federal Court: Seattle Wage Hike Will Stand

The 43-page ruling rejects every constitutional challenge brought against Seattle's $15 an hour minimum wage law.

The 43-page ruling rejects every constitutional challenge brought against Seattle’s $15 an hour minimum wage law.

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Cisgender Women Aren’t the Only People Who Seek Abortions, and Activists’ Language Should Reflect That

As an abortion provider, I now make a practice of using gender-inclusive language.

As an abortion provider, I now make a practice of using gender-inclusive language—not only when speaking about the issue on traditional and social media, but also when talking to my patients.

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New York Restaurant Workers Face Lower Tips, Still Not Enough Wages

New York tipped workers will soon see a substantial wage increase, but the increase is not nearly enough to raise more workers out of poverty, to compensate their labor fairly, and to reduce the pressure to tolerate hostile work environments or else lose out on tips.

New York tipped workers will soon see a substantial wage increase, but the increase is not nearly enough to raise more workers out of poverty, to compensate their labor fairly, and to reduce the pressure to tolerate hostile work environments or else lose out on tips.

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How Many Trips to the Supreme Court Will Obamacare Take?

Early signs point to another Obama administration victory before the Roberts Court on health-care reform. Will it be the last time the law appears before the Court?

Early signs point to another Obama administration victory before the Roberts Court on health-care reform. Will it be the last time the law appears before the Court?

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Justice Department Finds Widespread Discrimination in Ferguson, But Will Not Bring Charges Against Michael Brown’s Killer

The Department of Justice announced Wednesday the findings of its two civil rights investigations related to the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, last August.

The Department of Justice announced Wednesday the findings of its two civil rights investigations related to the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri last August.

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Making It More Affordable to Raise a Baby Won’t Make Abortion Demand Obsolete

Can the abortion rate be reduced by making it more affordable to have a baby? New data from the Brookings Institution suggests that answer is no, and women have abortions for more complex reasons than simply being too poor to parent.

Can the abortion rate be reduced by improving social services? New data from the Brookings Institution suggests that answer is no, which makes sense: Women have abortions for more complex reasons than simply being too poor to parent.

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Texans Demand ‘Trust. Respect. Access.’ From Lawmakers on Reproductive Health

Dozens of college students and reproductive justice activists met with lawmakers in Austin Thursday morning.

Dozens of college students and reproductive justice activists met with lawmakers in Austin Thursday morning, asking them to support comprehensive sex ed, increase access to legal abortion care, and give doctors more leeway to make medically sound decisions about their patients.

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Navigating a ‘Crooked Room': Reflections From Black Women on Their Experiences in Progressive Spaces

Pittsburgh organizer Julia Johnson and Jasmine Burnett (right)

Black women do not expect much from those whose inhumane social, political, and economic interests challenge our human rights, but we do expect respect, support, and trust from our progressive allies, who supposedly are on our side.

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