Gender & Sexuality

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Court Thwarts White House Effort to Keep Women From Free Contraception in 13 States

But a new federal rule could stand in the way for millions of other women.

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Sundance to Screen Doc On Michael Jackson's Alleged Child Sexual Abuse

“Leaving Neverland,” which revisits two men’s accusations that the artist abused them as boys, has prompted backlash from Jackson’s estate.

Niko Santos, Jake Choi and Vincent Rodriguez III. Three Asian men in black and white and red and brown clothing pose in front of orange and brown background and grey text that spells "THE ADVOCATE"

3 Rising Asian-American Actors Cover The Advocate

Jake Choi, Vincent Rodriguez III and Nico Santos talk about being young, queer and Asian-American in Hollywood.

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'Surviving R. Kelly' Boosts Ratings and Donations, Inspires Possible Legal Action

It looks like Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx and the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office were among the millions who watched the Lifetime docuseries last week.

NJ Gov Christie Campaigns For CA Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Whitman

Second Black Man Found Dead in Major Democratic Contributor's Home

Ed Buck is not currently under investigation for either death.

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New Website Maps Systems That Oppress Black Women and Girls

Color of Change launched BlackWomenToo.com in tandem with the airing of “Surviving R. Kelly.”

Cyntoia Brown

Sex Trafficking Survivor Cyntoia Brown Granted Clemency

Brown: “With God’s help, I am committed to live the rest of my life helping others, especially young people. My hope is to help other young girls avoid ending up where I have been.”

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'Kikis With Louie' Gives LGBTQ Community Tips for Surviving Police Encounters

Creator Lincoln Mondy also shares his most traumatic encounter with police.

Tarana Burke. Black woman with black hair in gold and silver dress holds glass awards statue and speaks into black microphone in front of black and orange background

Tarana Burke Offers Advice to Survivors Watching 'Surviving R. Kelly'

The organizer and founder of the Me Too Movement appears in the docuseries about the R&B singer’s alleged sexual abuse of Black women and girls.

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Producer dream hampton Demands Justice With 'Surviving R. Kelly'

She hopes the Lifetime docuseries breaks the systems that insulate the R&B star from the consequences of decades of alleged sexual abuse.

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Colorlines Favorites of 2018: 'Steven Universe,' Future Vision and the Value of Freedom Dreaming

The Colorlines team is sharing our favorite shows, books, hashtags, movies and more of 2018. Here, deputy editor Kenrya Rankin reflects on the power of “Steven Universe.”

Janet Mock, Mj Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Indya Moore, Billy Porter. Group of Black actors and filmmakers and one White producer on stage with a purple light and purple curtain behind them and a black banner that reads in purple letters "Pose FX"

Colorlines Favorites of 2018: The Messy Humanity and Community of 'Pose'

The Colorlines team is sharing our favorite shows, books, hashtags, movies and more of 2018. Here, editorial assistant catherine gonzalez discusses why the FX series “Pose” is her favorite TV show of the year. 

Social Media Site Twitter Debuts On The New York Stock Exchange

New Study Confirms That Black Women Are Most Abused Group on Twitter

Amnesty International hopes Twitter will use the findings to make women safer online.

U.S. Supreme Court Expected To Issue Major Rulings

Ohio Passes Nation's Strictest Anti-Choice Bill

Opponents argue it essentially bans the procedure—and is a direct threat to Roe v. Wade.

Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Meagan Good and Debbi Morgan. Black girls and women and man pose in dark clothing on black background with white text; Adam Beach, Irene Bedard and Evan Adams. Indigenous woman and men smile under blue sky with red text

1990s Black and Indigenous Coming-of-Age Stories Added to National Film Registry

Their induction coincides with the NFR’s 30th anniversary. 

Cyntoia Brown

How to Support Cyntoia Brown

Sentenced to life in prison at 16 for killing her would-be rapist, Brown is not eligible for parole until she is 67.

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. Two Black men in black tuxedos and white shirts smile at the camera

Who Should Replace Kevin Hart as Oscars Host?

The comedian dropped out after people criticized him for homophobic tweets.

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Hollywood's Black Women Who Brunch Are Ready to Step Into Their Power

More than 60 members of the entertainment networking group gathered to discuss how they navigate racism and sexism for The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power 100 issue.

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Glory Edim On Reading as Activism

The woman behind the “Well-Read Black Girl” anthology discusses how she built a community around Black women and literature.

Gabby Rivera. Latinx woman in black shirt and glasses and grey baseball cap speaks into black headset microphone in front of blue background and multicolored comic panels

Gabby Rivera Talks Writing the Pioneering America Chavez for Marvel

In her TED Talk, the Latinx writer explains how her Puerto Rican roots and queer identity informed her development of Marvel’s first LGBTQ Latina superhero.