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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
It’s no big secret that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” resulted in the discharge of thousands of LGBTQ service-members since its inception.  But now, nearly one year after the discriminatory law was repealed, lesbian army reserve officer, Tammy Smith, is being celebrated as the first openly gay brigadier general. According to the military newspaper Stars and Stripes, the dedicated military official served in Afghanistan and acted as deputy chief for the Office of the Chief at the Army Reserve. Read More
Yesterday, the infamous Glass Ceiling got a another pretty big crack in it: Shannon Eastin is the first woman ever to referee a National Football League game. Touchdown! Last night, 42-year-old Eastin presided over the game between the Green Bay Packers and the San Diego Chargers. It was pretty great to see a woman in the traditionally masculine black-and-white uniform. Eastin, previously a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference referee crew chief, has over 17 years of experience including high school games. Read More
  In the past, extremists had a penchant for setting things on fire (three words: Salem Witch Hunt). But for 65-year-old Michael Leisner, there’s nothing quite like setting a box of cereal ablaze to protest General Mills’ support of same-sex marriage. Deeming his Honey Nut Cheerios a “homosexual treat”, the Minnesota resident took a blowtorch to his box. Unfortunately for Leisner, he ended up getting more than he bargained for. While the cereal met a fiery fate, so did a portion of the company’s lawn and his shoes. Read More
  While most of us are in the midst of taking full advantage of the lazy days of summer, 16-year-old Amelia Roskin-Frazee has been hard at work for LGBT teens. As the founder and president of the Make It Safe Project, she has managed to create an indispensable resource for gay and questioning students across the country. Citing her own school library’s total lack of resources for LGBT students, Roskin-Frazee founded the organization in November 2011 to provide schools and homeless shelters with fiction and nonfiction LGBT-themed titles. Read More