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The New York Court of Appeals seems to think that subway masturbators are no big deal.  Last year, a man who masturbated and ejaculated on three different female subway passengers was tracked down through DNA evidence. The man, Darnell Hardware, is now out free after only one year in prison — for time served — because the Court of Appeals considers masturbating and ejaculating on someone without their consent a misdemeanor, not a felony, Gothamist reports. Read More
The three women of the radical Russian protest band Pussy Riot will hear the verdict of their trial on Friday, and we urge you to come out and hear their words on Thursday at a Free Pussy Riot public reading in New York. These women would be imprisoned on charges of "hooliganism" for their church-staged protest of Putin and the Russian government. The women, Maria Alyokhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, face up to three years in jail, a sentence that would leave some of their young children motherless and strip them of their liberty to speak out. Read More
Three members of Pussy Riot, the radical, neon balaclava-wearing group of Russian feminist activists that challenged the Kremlin with their electrified feminist performance protests, went on trial in Moscow on Monday in a case that will set the tone for Vladimir Putin's new presidency. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29, and Maria Alekhina, 24, face up to seven years in jail, simply for performing a protest song in a cathedral. They felt that the church was a representation of the "nexus of corruption" that  takes place between Putin and some officials of the church. Read More
Talk about creepy: one California councilman has been charged with sexual assault of not one, but seven women working with him. According to prosecutors, while managing the Orange County Public Works, Carlos Bustamante asked female employees into his office under the guise of talking about business. Once inside, he would kiss, grab, and masturbate in front of them. There are at least 12 other cases in which Bustamante can’t be charged due to limitations, but those cases will be used as evidence. Read More
Today is a victory for equal rights in Massachusetts, where a federal appeals court just declared that  the federal Defense of Marriage act is unconstitutional on the grounds that it unfairly denies equal benefits to legally married same-sex couples.   The ruling is also a victory for the Obama administration, which had refused to defend that part of the 1996 law. Read More
Diane Tran is a straight-A student at Willis High School near Houston, Texas. She takes advanced placement and dual credit courses, and works hard for her good grades. She works two jobs outside of school to support her older brother and younger sister, for whom she is financially responsible. She is also, according Texas law and Judge Lanny Moriarty, a criminal. Tran was recently sentenced to 24 hours in jail and a $100 fine for missing too many days of school. Read More
After reading every day about more backwards policies being advocated across the U.S., it’s easy to forget that progressive and liberal agendas sometimes succeed, too (just not here, lately). Earlier this month, Argentina passed a thoroughly modern law that changes many of the restrictions transgender individuals previously faced. Now, individuals can apply to change their gender on official government documents (namely IDs) without first undergoing a medical diagnosis. Furthermore, doctors must now provide free hormone therapy or gender reassignment surgery to individuals who want it. Read More
In September of 2010, Tyler Clementi committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington bridge. While no one can know what was going through his mind on the day he killed himself, many vehemently believe that it was the actions of his roommate, Dharun Ravi, that drove him to do so. Yesterday, Dharun was sentenced in a New Jersey supreme court to 30 days in prison for invading his roommate's privacy by using his webcam to expose Tyler having sex with another man in their room. Read More
We recently spotted an interesting link floating around the internets courtesy of Racked.com, an interview with a woman who's been hanging out in the East Village...all out. Hats off, or tops off, rather, to Moira Johnston for her confidence. She's been going topless for a few weeks in New York in honor of the legality of the act. In fact, she insists, "It's to raise awareness that's it's legal for woman to be topless anywhere a guy can be without a shirt since 1992 here in New York State." That's news to me. Read More
                              Yesterday, the House passed the Protect Life Act, which would ban women from using federal money to purchase health care plans that cover abortions.  It would also allow hospital and health care providers to refuse to provide abortions for women “if it has objections on grounds of conscience.” No matter the circumstances. Even if an abortion could save the life of the mother, the hospital can refuse. Read More
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