Gender & Sexuality

Blossom Brown. Black trans woman with long brown hair wearing dark colored dress holding a microphone.

Black Trans Activist and Actress Blossom C. Brown Reclaims Her Time at CNN's Equality Town Hall

After watching question after question exclude Black trans people, she stole the mic and told CNN, “You have erased Black trans women for the last time!”

Two Black hands with one holding a blue pill

ICYMI: FDA Approves HIV Prevention Drug That Isn't Safety Tested for All

The Food and Drug Administration says that safety trials for Descovy primarily tested White cisgender men.

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Supreme Court To Decide If Employers Can Discriminate Against LGBTQ+ Community

SCOTUS to consider three cases that cite the protections afforded by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Protesters hold signs in support of abortion rights outside of Supreme Court.

SCOTUS To Hear Case That Could Dismantle Roe v. Wade

“Access to abortion is hanging by a thread in this country, and this case is what could snap that thread.”

Pink and white sign in support of abortion rights held outside Old Courthouse in St. Louis, Missouri

Planned Parenthood Covertly Opens Clinic to Provide Care for Missourians

The 18,000-square foot facility is located in Illinois—just 13 miles from Missouri’s lone abortion clinic, which is currently under fire.

Transgender rally. Lots of people and two flags.

Nearly 100 Trans Advocates Pen Open Letter to Human Rights Campaign

“We do not need a cisgender-led $40 million organization to copy our work and brand it as new.”

Ling comic. Illustration of young Chinese-American girl with facial birthmarks wearing a blue hat.

In 'Ling,' The Chinese-American Hero's Superpower is Being Normal

Creators Dennis Liu and Marie Iida say the star of their new comic series is no model minority.

Signs in support of abortion rights hang on a metal fence

New Poll Shows Most Americans Back Federal Funding of Abortion

Support is highest among women of color and people who live in abortion battleground states.

Dominique Jackson. Black woman with long reddish brown hair wearing dark dress.

WATCH: Dominique Jackson Delivers Powerful Speech On Trans Women of Color

The “Pose” star at the Human Rights Campaign’s National Dinner: “You do not have the power to accept or tolerate me; I take that from you. You will respect me.”

A multiracial group of women hold up a colorful sign that says, “Reproductive Freedom!”

It's High Time We End Hyde If We Are Serious About Racial Justice [Op-Ed]

The Hyde Amendment blocks women from using federal funds such as Medicaid to end unwanted pregnancies. On this 43rd anniversary of a rule that places undue burden on women of color, we say enough is enough.

Mattel Doll. Gender-fluid Black doll shown wearing long braids and also wearing a fedora.

These Gender-Inclusive Dolls Will Make You Say, 'Barbie and Ken, Who?'

“It’s important that kids of all different types can see themselves reflected in culture, in media and especially in the toys that they play with.”

Lilly Singh. South Asian woman with long dark hair wearing a mint green suit and white unicorn slippers.

Lilly Singh's New Late Night Show Shakes Things Up

The YouTube sensation made history as the first queer woman of color to host a late night show on a major television network.

Hands holding a red sign that reads, "Stop the war on choice."

California Poised to Be First State to Provide Free Medication Abortions to College Students

The law will benefit the students at public universities in the state, who are predominantly people of color and may face geographic and economic hurdles to obtaining the medical procedure.

Stanley Kalu. Black man wearing black and white shirt with black cardigan in front of step and repeat.

Filmmakers Behind 'The Obituary of Tunde Johnson' Talk Black Male Queerness

Screenwriter Stanley Kalu: “I was really trying to parse my experience in America with my experience within the African context.”

Exterior of Planned Parenthood of St. Louis. Gray-painted bricks, blue signage.

Court Temporarily Blocks Missouri's Eight-Week Abortion Ban

But new restrictions—including for cases of fetal Down Syndrome—were allowed to go into effect.

Young White man in blue scrubs draws blood from Black man wearing hospital gown.

Medical Association Blasts Trump Administration for Attacking Health Care Rights

American Medical Association to Department of Health and Human Services: “This proposal marks the rare occasion in which a federal agency seeks to remove civil rights protections.”

Steven Canals. Latinx man wearing dark glasses with dark hair, dresses in black suit jacket and black shirt.

'Pose' Co-creator Steven Canals on Breaking Boundaries for QTPOC

“For the work to be recognized, and for it to be work that uplifts LGBTQ people of color, is pretty incredible.”

Alexis McGill Johnson. Black woman in a black dress stands in front of a white step and repeat with logos on it.

Planned Parenthood's New Leader On Racial Equity and Reproductive Health Freedom

Alexis McGill Johnson talks to Colorlines about bringing her life’s work as a racial justice organizer to the reproductive health care organization.

Afton Williamson: Black woman with dark pixie haircut, wearing a black top.

Actress Afton Williamson Calls Out Racism, Harassment on TV Show

“The Rookie” co-star quits and alleges racial discrimination and sexual misconduct on the set of the ABC show.

a rally with someone holding a sign that reads Black Trans Lives Matter

New Study Pinpoints the Most Urgent Needs of TGNC People Living With HIV

The Transgender Law Center documented the top legal and health care barriers for HIV-positive trans and gender nonconforming people. The goal is “data-driven advocacy led by the community for the community.”