Gender & Sexuality

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TBS Greenlights Lena Waithe's Comedy Series With Queer Black Woman Protagonist

“Queer Black characters have been the sidekick for long enough, it’s time for us to finally take the lead.” 

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Planned Parenthood Launches Campaign to Advance Reproductive Rights Legislation in All 50 States

“We need to do more than just fight against the bad policies—now is the time to push for good ones.”

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5 Tools for Radical Self-Love on Valentine's Day

“On a day that is committed to commercialization around romantic love, what better thing to do than direct all of that juicy, yummy, love energy towards yourself?” asks Sonya Renee Taylor.

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This Queer Black Cancer Survivor Showed Her Mastectomy Scars at New York Fashion Week

Sex educator Ericka Hart received major applause when she revealed her scars at Cromat’s Fall 2018 show.

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New Children's Book Shatters Monolithic Depictions of Motherhood

Juniper Fitzgerald and Elise Peterson’s new picture book, ‘How Mamas Love Their Babies,’ shows the many ways that mothers use their bodies to take care of and love their children.

READ: Black Woman in Mississippi Charged With Second-Degree Murder After Stillbirth

Advocates fear this is the latest in a trend of women of color being criminalized for their pregnancy outcomes.

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New Billboard Campaign Counters 'Abortion Reversal' Misinformation

The Abortion Care Network put up billboards in the San Francisco Bay Area in response to the state nursing board’s recent approval of a course on medication abortion “reversal.”

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ICYMI: 9 Women of Color Accuse Hollywood 'Gatekeeper' of Sexual Harrassment

Manager Vincent Cirrincione, whose clients included Halle Berry and Taraji P. Henson, allegedly used his reputation for breaking famous Black actresses into a competitive industry to proposition and sexually harass them.

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#MeToo Founder Tarana Burke Writes Memoir, 'Where the Light Enters'

“The book will also help readers understand the often overlooked historical connections of the role sexual violence plays in communities of color, specifically Black communities.”

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[REPORT] Stress from Racism Linked to Maternal and Infant Mortality for Black Women

Reseachers investigate the impact of discrimination on the growing crisis.

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Queer and Trans Activists of Color Speak Out on the Future of Activism

Priorities and hopes that are shaping the work of ten leaders for social change. 

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Not Interested in Trump's SOTU Speech? Try These Alternatives.

From speeches delivered by activists, to progressive responses, to immigrant-centered tweetstorms, others ways to spend your time.

Senate Rejects Ban on Abortions After 20 Weeks

“This vote served as a useless exercise to unsuccessfully undermine the rights of pregnant individuals.”

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VIDEO: Women of Color Set Their Focus on Voting Rights at Women's March Anniversary Events

During last weekend’s Women’s March anniversary, we talked to folks in Las Vegas and New York City about a prevailing issue that keeps many people of color from participating in elections: voter suppression.

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Tai Allen Offers 'No Jewels,' But Significant Healing Power

The artist discusses his latest poetry collection and accompanying album, an exploration of his survival from sexual abuse.

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ICYMI: Trump Administration Creates New Division to Protect 'Conscience Rights' of Providers

Advocates argue that the new ‘Conscience and Religious Freedom’ division of the Office of Civil Rights will allow broad discrimination against women and LGBT people.

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Viola Davis Centers Women of Color In An Unforgettable Women's March Speech

“But I’m here today, saying that no one and nothing can be great unless it costs you something!” 

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Why Immigration Status Has a Bigger Impact on Reproductive Rights Than You Think

On the 45th anniversary of the passage of Roe v. Wade, non-citizen immigrant women find themselves facing increasingly difficult options.

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3 Must-Read Takes on Aziz Ansari and Sexual Violence

Allegations against the “Master of None” auteur launched heated public conversations about where “Grace’s” experience fits within the #MeToo movement.

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Upon the Release of Her New Memoir, Patrisse Khan-Cullors Reflects on the Power of Storytelling

The Black Lives Matter co-founder talks, state repression, “survivors’ guilt” and why she gets so personal in her new book, “When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir.”