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Pregnancy Pricetags, Impossible Choices: Women in the US Are Between A Rock and a Hard Place

Pregnancy Pricetags, Impossible Choices: Women in the US Are Between A Rock and a Hard Place

When women get pregnant in America, they pay more and die more than women in other industrialized nations.
DOMA Speaks, States React: The Marriage Equality Movement Goes to Pennsylvania and Beyond

DOMA Speaks, States React: The Marriage Equality Movement Goes to Pennsylvania and Beyond

Different states have had different reactions to the recent SCOTUS decision. Some state policies remain relatively similar to what they were before the decision and some states are taking action to pass same-sex marriage laws. Here's the latest on the new frontier of marriage equality: a state-by-state strategy to legalize gay partnerships.
In Jackson, A "Solidarity Economy" Might Make Room for the Rest of Us

In Jackson, A “Solidarity Economy” Might Make Room for the Rest of Us

Lumumba has championed what's known as a "Solidarity Economy," in which wider economic participation and increased skepticism about "big money" in the economy are key parts of a community's economic philosophy.
From the Other Side: Prop 8 Through The Eyes of an Ex-Mormon

From the Other Side: Prop 8 Through The Eyes of an Ex-Mormon

In 2008, I was a Mormon sitting on the receiving end of congregational announcements about Prop 8.
Remembering The 40th Anniversary of the Upstairs Lounge Massacre

Remembering The 40th Anniversary of the Upstairs Lounge Massacre

The movement for LGBT equality is about more than marriage. It's about the ability to exist in the world without being burned alive.
It's National HIV Testing Day! Find A Center and Get Tested.

It’s National HIV Testing Day! Find A Center and Get Tested.

Getting tested and learning more about HIV can prevent others from becoming infected. Knowing the results can save your own life.
Why The Voting Rights Act Still Matters: 16 Recent Examples of Voter Suppression and Discrimination

Why The Voting Rights Act Still Matters: 16 Recent Examples of Voter Suppression and Discrimination

Attempts at voter suppression from the recent past attest to the idea that discrimination remains incredibly rampant and is often best stopped with federal intervention.
Gay Marriage and the Journey to Justice: Updates from the Supreme Court

Gay Marriage and the Journey to Justice: Updates from the Supreme Court

Today is the big day—our lovely U.S. Supreme Court stood with LGBT people on the right side of history.
SCOTUS Decision Breakdown: On Affirmative Action and Workplace Harassment

SCOTUS Decision Breakdown: On Affirmative Action and Workplace Harassment

So much SCOTUS, so little time. Here's our take on two of the high court's decisions from Monday.
John Derbyshire and James Taranto Miss The Point in Pieces About Military Sexual Assault

John Derbyshire and James Taranto Miss The Point in Pieces About Military Sexual Assault

These aren't the kinds of conversations or the kind of attitude we, as a nation, need to have perpetuated in the media.
Ohio Judge: ‘I Don’t Want to See Democracy Die in the Darkness’

Ohio Judge: ‘I Don’t Want to See Democracy Die in the Darkness’

After making headlines for months because of court cases regarding early voting in Ohio, Secretary of State Jon Husted is once again battling with a judge over voting. This time, the case concerns Husted’s 11th hour directive that could cause legitimate provisional ballots to be thrown out in the state of Ohio. Provisional ballots were...
Sweeping Victory for Marriage Equality

Sweeping Victory for Marriage Equality

Yesterday, voters in Maine, Washington, and Maryland voted to legalize same-sex marriage, and voters in in Minnesota rejected a constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as between one man and one woman. Same sex marriage is already legal in six states and the District of Columbia via legislative action. However, the issue of marriage...

Planned Parenthood Challenges Texas Ruling to Defund Abortion Affiliates

After a federal appeals court rejected Planned Parenthood’s challenge to a ban on government funding for the state’s women’s health clinics on Friday, Planned Parenthood immediately filed another lawsuit contesting the ban. In the new lawsuit, Planned Parenthood argues that the “Affiliate Ban Rule” is illegal on the grounds that the appeals court ruling has...
President Obama Endorses Marriage Equality on the Ballot

President Obama Endorses Marriage Equality on the Ballot

Yesterday, President Obama’s campaign released three statements announcing his endorsement of state ballot initiatives to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland, Washington, and Maine. In April the President also spoke out against the measure in Minnesota, which would change the state’s constitution to ban same-sex marriage, even though Minnesota already has a law against same-sex marriage....
New Study: Romney/Ryan Medicare Reform Would Raise Costs for Seniors

New Study: Romney/Ryan Medicare Reform Would Raise Costs for Seniors

A new study conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that nearly six in ten seniors would likely pay higher premiums for their Medicare benefits under a “premium-support” system. In a premium-support system, seniors would receive a voucher from the government to buy an insurance plan on the market. They would theoretically be able to...
Cost/Benefit Analysis: 27 million women will get much needed contraception...with a side of PMS

Cost/Benefit Analysis: 27 million women will get much needed contraception…with a side of PMS

Bayer Pharmaceuticals recently announced their partnership with the Clinton Foundation to provide half priced implantable contraceptives for 27 million women living in developing countries worldwide.   The contraceptive, known as Jadelle (or Norplant), is a progestogen-only  plastic rod which is implanted under the skin and last up to five years, or until a woman decides to...

OH Court Upholds Abortion Restrictions

On Tuesday, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Ohio upheld a 2004 Ohio law that restricts the use of the drug RU-486, also known as mifepristone or the “abortion pill”. The ruling bans the use of RU-486 beyond seven weeks, making a surgical procedure the only option for women seeking to terminate a pregnancy....

Anti-Abortion Motion in Canada Defeated

The Canadian Parliament voted to defeat an anti-abortion motion last night by a vote of 203-91. Motion 312, proposed by conservative Member of Parliament Stephen Woodworth, would authorize investigation into the rights of the fetus. Many pro-choice activists believe the motion would have restricted abortion access in Canada. During discussion on Motion 312, Woodworth doubted...
REGISTER TO VOTE! It’s not too late…YET!

REGISTER TO VOTE! It’s not too late…YET!

Voter registration day may be coming to a close…but you still have time to register! Most voter registration deadlines are in early October though, so you don’t have much time left! In 2008, six million Americans didn’t vote. Today, September 25th, marks National Voter Registration Day. If you haven’t registered already, register now. Then tell...
It's about time! DC Becomes First City in US to Launch Transgender Equality Campaign

It’s about time! DC Becomes First City in US to Launch Transgender Equality Campaign

The District of Columbia’s Office of Human Rights launched a Transgender and Gender Identity Respect Campaign last week with the aim of  “promoting respect for the District’s transgender and gender non-conforming communities.” This is the first government funded campaign of its kind. The campaign includes a series of print PSAs featuring transgender and gender-non-conforming Washingtonians.  Each...