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In this morning’s addition to bigotry against LGBT parenting, two lesbian foster parents in Utah have had their one-year-old taken from them, thanks to the clutches of Mormonism. The legally married couple, Beckie Pierce and April Hoagland, had been caring for the child for three months as the state worked towards severing the biological mother’s parental rights. The mother had asked Hoagland and Pierce to take charge, and the couple is licensed to serve as foster parents. Any logical (read: sane) person would look at this and infer that their position is completely legal. Read More
Last night, Gloria Steinem sat down with Roberta A. Kaplan at the New York Public Library and talked about feminism past and present, LGBT rights, intersectionality, her abortion at age 22 and so much more. Gloria Steinem, of course, is a feminist icon who’s been working tirelessly for women’s rights since the 1960s; Roberta A. Kaplan is the LGBT activist and lawyer who successfully argued that the Supreme Court invalidate a crucial section of DOMA in United States Vs. Windsor. The first question set the tone for the night, with Kaplan talking about her experiences as a lesbian. Read More
SAFIA, a German society primarily for older lesbians, has recently inaugurated the world’s first lesbian-designated cemetery area.  “Some people might say this is historic, but today we're saying her-storic,” founder Hilde Heringer told the gathered crowd.  These women hope that the 400 square meter space will become a place “where life and death connect, distinctive forms of cemetery culture can develop and where the lesbian community can live together in the afterlife. Read More
  Upon hearing news of the rapist list that was publicly inscribed inside of a Columbia University bathroom stall- I decided to do a little digging and fortuitously opened a Pandora’s Box of unnerving sexual assault mishandlings by the “renowned Ivy League.” On May 15th Columbia University custodians found a little PSA written in sharpie on a bathroom stall, sporting the headline: “Rapists On Campus,” subsequently listing 4 names of male undergraduates. Read More
Laverne Cox, star of Orange Is The New Black and activist for trans* rights, awareness and visibility is at work with Logo and MTV to produce a new documentary that will follow the lives of four transgendered teens and young adults between the ages of 14-24. This new film will proceed Cox’s previous production debut: a documentary on the life and case of CeCe McDonald, a TWOC that was arrested and charged with accidental murder after defending herself from a racist, transphobic attack in Minneapolis. Read More
Beloved reality TV show star, Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson, showed her love for the LGBTQIA community via Instagram yesterday. Alana's handmade "NO H8" sign, written on a Holiday Inn post-it, demonstrates how easy it is to share the love in our hearts and step away from quick, unnecessary  judgement. Her words may not cohere with the most up-to-date terminologies, but it's a stride in the right direction! Go Honey Boo Boo! PLEASE watch the video here, it's amazing: http://instagram.com/p/nKMlwUh5du/# Image courtesy of Instagram, Screen Crush, Tumblr. Read More
  And the latest socially-conscious time-waster on the interwebz is...Putin's Gay Dress-Up. In protest of Russia's highly disturbing "anti-gay propaganda" legislation, one website has taken the fight for equality to the mannequins. PGD-U creators "want to make a playful stand against homosexual discrimination and legal actions taken under the regional anti-LGBT propaganda laws." All vocal opponents to Russia's policy are invited to make a doll, spread it around, and eventually mail it to the Kremlin. Read More
The internets and social media networks have been all abuzz about Ellen Page coming out in her speech at the Human Rights Campaign Time to Thrive Conference last week. If you live under a rock and/or haven’t watched it already, you really, really should.  Her brave speech (seriously, tears just listening to her voice shake), the support from her fellow actors, and the media’s response to an actress choosing to “live openly and authentically” is enough to make any ally, activist, or human person with a heart melt a little bit inside. Read More
  In this week of Facebook lookbacks and overall viral nostalgia, it’s becoming clear that much of our public persona is expressed through the internet, whether we like it or not. So it reasons that we should have all the tools available to make our social media presence as true to ourselves as we wish. This is part of why Facebook’s announcement today is so meaningful: in addition to “Male” and “Female” settings, people who identify outside of the gender binary now have a “Custom” gender setting at their disposal. Read More