Gender & Sexuality

Ntozake Shange. Black woman with short, curly brown hair smiles in gold dress and blue wheelchair in front of white screen with brown and yellow logos and text

Black Women Honor Ntozake Shange's Feminist Legacy

The author of the genre-smashing “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When The Rainbow Is Enuf” died at age 70.

Black women march in multicolored coats and clothes while holding tan banner with black text reading "WE RISE" and "The most unprotected person in America is the Black woman" and "#MuteRKelly" in front of grey building and sky.

Black Women Swap Horror Stories in 'Surviving R. Kelly'

Lifetime’s upcoming docuseries features more than 50 interviews with survivors, commentators and Kelly’s family that speak to his alleged sexual abuse of Black girls and women.

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'Decolonizing Wealth' Addresses Philanthropy's White Supremacy Problem, Offers Solutions

In his new book, “Decolonizing Wealth,” Native author and philanthropist Edgar Villanueva confronts the colonial dynamics at play in philanthropy and builds a framework centered on communities of color.  

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Practical POC Tips for Fighting the Trump Administration's Latest Assault on Trans People

As we fight the Trump administration’s anti-trans memo, we can’t be silent about who this dramatic rollback could affect the most—trans and gender nonconforming people of color. This is not a moral nicety, it’s a strategic mandate.

Tanya Walker. Black transgender activist holds black megaphone while wearing grey shirt behind brown podium with pink and light blue transgender transgender pride flag with letters reading "RESIST" and surrounded by other people with multicolored signs

Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Activists and Allies Vow to Fight Legal Erasure

Social media responds to a new federal report that seeks to rigidly define gender as determined by biology at birth. 

Tarana Burke. Black woman with black dredlocs in pink shirt and pants waves and holds black microphone while sitting on white chair in front of black and white and gold and purple background

Tarana Burke Guest Edits Essence Magazine's #MeToo Issue

“It was my deepest honor to be able to partner with this legacy magazine to shine a light on the issues around sexual violence that are directly affecting Black women.”

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Film Fest Drops Kobe Bryant From Jury For Rape Accusation

Animation is Film Festival organizers removed the basketball player and film producer from the lineup after a petition called out his charges for allegedly raping a teenage hotel employee in 2003.

Women hold pink signs with white lettering. They read, "Stand with women," and "Protect women's health."

Nearly Half the Texas Providers Offering Free Reproductive Health Care Have Zero Patients

The state has not found an effective alternative to Planned Parenthood, which it defunded in 2011.

Solange. Black woman in black leather two-piece outfit with arms in air in front of grey wall

Solange On New Music and Uplifting Black Women

The creator of “A Seat at the Table” talks about her creative and personal journey—and next album—in a new cover story.

Jane Fonda and Patrisse Khan-Cullors. White woman in navy suit and red sweater holds hands with Black woman in grey dress with black arm tattoos and raised fist, in front of grey background

Harper's Bazaar Celebrates Patrisse Cullors, Other #WomenWhoDare

The magazine’s new conversation series highlights six people pushing for social justice through arts and media.

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Increased HPV Vaccine Age Limit Could Save Black, Latinx Lives

A disproportionate number of people of color develop HPV-related cancers.

A demonstrator holds up a red, black and white poster that reads "Nope."

Senate Votes to Place Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court

Activists disrupted the proceedings as Vice President Mike Pence called for the vote.

Dozens of people hold and rally around a massive red sheet with "We believe all survivors" printed on it in navy blue.

This Is a Defining Moment for Women of Color Who Survived Sexual Violence [OP-ED]

“We saw an educated White woman with financial, legal and familial support testify about being sexually assaulted, and then face the emotionally exhausting experience of being cross-examined for hours and disbelieved by many Senators. We got the message: If they won’t listen to her, it will be even worse for us.”

Lisa Borders. Black woman in purple and black dress speaks behind brown podium with white sign with blue and green text and in front of white columns and black curtains and brown barriers

Lisa Borders Plans to Take Time's Up to the Next Level

The former head of the WNBA talks about her new role as the Time’s Up initiative’s president and CEO.

Alicia Keys. Black woman in black shirt and blouse with pink flowers and blue and red lines on sleeves smiles while holding onto black piano in front of black light stand and blue lights and brown building

Alicia Keys, Esperanza Spalding to Perform at Brett Kavanaugh Protest

Artists and activists will gather outside the Supreme Court to protest Kavanaugh’s advancing candidacy for SCOTUS justice.

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How You Can Support Black Women During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Black women are more likely to die from breast cancer than any other women in the United States.

Brett Kavanaugh. White man's face takes up half the frame.

Watch as Brett Kavanaugh, Christine Blasey Ford Testify Before Senate

Three women have now come forward with allegations against President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court.

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I'm a Survivor Who Isn't Brave Like Anita and Christine. And That's OK

As she watches the fate of Christine Blasey Ford and new Kavanaugh accuser Deborah Ramirez, labor organizer Camille rivera reflects on why coming forward should always be the survivor’s choice.

BIll Cosby and Andrew Wyatt. Black man in dark navy suit and blue and brown tie stands behind Black man in blue suit and black glasses in front of beige wall

Bill Cosby Sentenced to 3 to 10 Years in Prison for Sexual Assault

The sentence marks the culmination of several years of legal action surrounding Cosby’s alleged decades of drugging and assaulting women.

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LISTEN: Imani Perry Uplifts Lorraine Hansberry's Activist Legacy

“She was a feminist before the feminist movement. She was identified as a lesbian and thought about gay rights organizing before the gay rights movement. She was an anti-colonialist before all of the independences had been won in Africa and the Caribbean.”