At Iowa's State Fair on Friday, August 21, 2015, Texas senator Ted Cruz went head-to-head with Ellen Page in a debate about LGBT and religious persecution. Page is a part of the LGBT community herself, and a well-known advocate for gay rights. During Cruz's informal press conference, she posed a question regarding prejudice against LGBT persons in the workforce, saying, "In a lot of states, LGBT people can be fired for just being gay or for just being trans, that's totally legal, I mean, how do you feel about that? That just doesn't sound very American to me. Read More
BY Alexa Salvato
on Jul 24, 2015
In her recent interview with Variety, Transparent creator Jill Soloway indicts Hollywood’s prioritizing of the male gaze. She’s nominated for quite a few accolades for her creation and writing for the Amazon hit Transparent—but as the article points out, she is one of only three women “(vs. 20 men) nominated in top comedy or drama series writer-director categories.” Soloway thinks that’s because it is still expected that men are at the center of stories. Read More
On June 17, 2015, Raul Labrador – Idaho’s 1st district representative – introduced the H.R. 2802. The bill specifies protection against any discrimination of a person who “believes or acts in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, or that sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.”
The First Amendment Defense Act "protects" the religious freedoms of employers, meaning they could fire unmarried pregnant women or LGBT employees. Read More
Last week we wrote about John Oliver’s coverage of the harassment women face online, which we thought was pretty great, but this week’s segment on transgender rights was amazing on a whole new level.
Now, it’s a legitimate criticism that we shouldn’t be patting mainstream media white guys on the back for bringing attention to important issues of marginalized groups. However, Oliver is using his substantial platform to provide truly empathetic education about transgender rights. He is doing the requisite work for being an ally. Read More
To celebrate Pride (and beat the heat), we’ve got a killer list of LGBT movies currently streaming on Netflix (and hopefully some you haven’t heard of). So kick back, maybe have a popsicle, and get ready for some awesome, relentlessly gay film—bet you can’t watch just one!
The Kids Are All Right (2010) | Directed by Lisa Cholodenko
Featuring a star-studded cast including Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, and Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right is the story of a family: two moms, their kids, and the biological father who the kids decide to bring into their lives. Read More
BY Madison N Nunes
on Apr 09, 2015
One hundred thousand. That's the number of signatures it takes for a petition to be viewed by the President's administration, and the quantity of names on the call to action written in honor of Leelah Alcorn, a transgender teen who committed suicide last year. The petition proposes "Leelah's Law," which—if enacted—would require all states practicing conversion therapy to stop. Read More
BY Veronica Santos
on Mar 31, 2015
In an open letter written by flight attendant unions to the U.S. Travel Association is an attempt to point out the undeniable wrongdoing within the policies of the Persian Gulf Airlines that include, Emirates, Etihad Airways, and Qatar Airways. Some of these practices go so far as demanding that women ask permission before they decide to marry or become pregnant.
As if that isn't enough, the other issue the unions have voiced is the discriminatory employment denial of anyone in the LGBT community with Persian Gulf Airlines. Read More
It’s been a big week in female superhero universes. First Gwen Stacy was bitten by a radioactive spider, and now Catwoman has come out of the closet as bisexual!
In issue 39 of the Catwoman comics, Batman’s anti-hero kisses another woman. Genevieve Valentine, who took over the character’s spinoff in October, couldn’t be happier that she’s established Selina Kyle as a “cannon bisexual,” which she describes as an “indispensable beat. Read More
BY Mariana Garces
on Nov 13, 2014
Throwing Shade is the kind of podcast you would make with your best friend. Just like how Broad City portrays Abbi and Ilana's friendship so perfectly that you feel like you and your friend ARE Abbi and Ilana, Throwing Shade is like you and your friend but even wittier, and with microphones. Self-described "feminasty" Erin Gibson and "homosensual" Bryan Safi met at UCB LA but really clicked when they were both writing for Current TV, where Erin hosted "Modern Lady" and where I first watched Bryan Safi hosting "That's Gay. Read More
BY Emma Tilden
on Aug 04, 2014
On Thursday July 31, 24-year-old Reginald Anthony Klaiber approached a group of teens riding Washington D.C.’s Green Line train concealing a knife.
As reported to The Raw Story, Klaiber was harassing the teens repeatedly on the train, particularly a 15-year-old transgender girl. Then, Klaiber went in for a hug and proceeded to stab the victim in the back. The victim was transported to a local hospital and is reported to be in stable condition. Read More