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STOKING FIRE: Ultra-Conservative Doctrine May Be the Reason for Unreported Sexual Crimes in the Military

Part of the blame for the reluctance to report sexual crimes in the military rests with an unsympathetic military chaplaincy, one of the few places soldiers, sailors, reservists, national guardians, and marines can turn for counseling.

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Did Abstinence-Only Ideology Create a Bully Generation?

Abstinence-only programs, with their emphasis on purity, marriage, and heterosexuality, create hostile environments that perpetuate the growth of rule-enforcing bullies, one slut-shaming, homophobic class at a time.

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The Color of Genders: Inequality, Prejudice, and Violence in Everyday Acts

Ruby’s case is one of many in the world that demand the quickest possible action to start a positive change in the sexual climate of the 21st Century.

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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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The Other Side of Reproductive Justice: How Sterilization and Other Forms of Coercion Are Used Against “Unworthy” Parents

Coercive sterilizations and castration are at the extreme end of a spectrum that also includes criminal sanctions for drug use during pregnancy and barring LBGT individuals from in-vitro fertilization services and adoption, as well as a host of other policies geared at making pregnancy and parenting difficult for those deemed unworthy.

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First-Ever Legal Challenge to Jamaica’s Anti-Gay Laws

Photo from Jamaica's first publicly-staged Gay Pride Parade, 04/08/10. Image Source

AIDS-Free World has presented a first-ever legal challenge to Jamaica’s anti-gay laws, by filing a petition at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on behalf of two gay men whose names are being withheld to protect their safety.

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An Open Letter To My Mother

So, Mom, the reason why we may feel this anxiety, this pressure prior to revealing ourselves, is due to the fact that we were born into a social culture that does not approve of the ways in which we are different.

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Bachmanns’ Anti-Gay Therapy Practice Takes Page From Crisis Pregnancy Centers

Michele Bachmann and her husband Marcus run clinics that focus, in part, on anti-gay therapy, marital counseling and other issues. Marcus Bachmann portrays himself as a trained therapist.  It now appears that their “christian counseling” services take a page from crisis pregnancy centers.

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“It Gets Better?” I Sure Hope So, Because Right Now It’s Pretty Bad

Research came out today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicating that GLBTQ young people are shockingly underserved, and facing health risks on every front. Will we continue to allow malevolent neglect to rule these young people’s lives?

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STOKING FIRE: Hey Shorty! Combatting Sexual Harassment

Photo by hanna.rosen

People who are regularly subjected to harassment-–most, but not all of them female–report increased stress, anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem.

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