Gender & Sexuality

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WATCH: 'Jewel's Catch One' Trailer Takes You Inside the Country's Oldest Black-Owned Disco Club

The documentary explores how one committed Los Angeleno created a safe space for generations of Black, LBGTQ and AIDS-affected people. 

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Fans Celebrate Janelle Monáe Coming Out as Pansexual

The singer and actress ended speculation about her sexual identity in a new interview with Rolling Stone.

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6 Black Feminists Speak Out About the Cosby Sexual Assault Conviction

In the moments after the Bill Cosby verdict, Colorlines asked six Black feminists to tell us how they felt about it. Here’s what Tarana Burke, Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Jamilah Lemieux, Salamishah Tillet, Ayana Byrd and Monifa Bandele shared.

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READ: Janelle Monáe Embraces Her Truest Self

The Electric Lady discussed her upcoming album, “Dirty Computer,” its messages for the LGBTQ community and her pursuit of intersectional equity with The New York Times Magazine.

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READ: Why Naming 'Race' As The Factor Behind Black Women's High Rates of Maternal Mortality Is Counterproductive

Ob-Gyn Dr. Joia Crear-Perry stresses that calling out racism is the only way to solve this health crisis.

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WATCH: Tarana Burke On How to Support the #MeToo Movement

The activist discussed the future of the movement for sexual violence survivors with Variety. 

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Maternal Mortality Rate in Texas Lower Than Believed, But Black Women's Numbers Remain Alarmingly High

A correction in data collection still confirms that Black pregnant Texans face disproportionate health dangers.

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WATCH: Sampa The Great Celebrates 'Black Girl Magik' in Gorgeous New Music Video

The musician wrote this ode to Black girls and women for her sister.

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Federal Judge Rules Against Trump Administration, Allows Undocumented Teens Access to Abortions

The temporary injunction also prevents the government from barring access to medical appointments.

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Muslim Women's Day Founder Fights Islamophobic Sexism Through Narrative

“Muslim Women’s Day is a call to action.”

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Q&A: Producers of 'Roxanne Roxanne' on the Battle That is Making Black Films in Hollywood

More impressive than Mimi Valdés and Nina Yang Bongiovi’s (very impressive) film credits is their commitment to storytellers of color.

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Lena Waithe Covers Vanity Fair

Writer Jacqueline Woodson on Waithe: “You’re clear-eyed and queer from the womb, born as part of a larger narrative—that of the Great Migration. Already, there is resistance running through your veins.”

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Mississippi Governor Signs into Law the Country's Most Restrictive Abortion Ban

The Center for Reproductive Rights immediately filed a lawsuit challenging the 15-week abortion ban, calling it “unconstitutional.”

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3 Things You Should Know About Workplace Sexual Harassment Suit Pioneer Sandra Bundy

With a new biopic film in development, we offer some key information about the Black woman whose lawsuit set the precedent for fighting sexual harassment in the workplace.

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What The Latest Reproductive Rights Case Before the Supreme Court Means For Women

NIFLA v. Becarra has the potential to radically alter what anti-abortion medical centers can tell women.

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A Very Serious Roundup of Race-Focused Books Coming Out This Spring

Transition into spring with this cross-section of titles.

Protestors demand #JusticeForJane and the resignation of Director of the Office of Refugee Resettelment Scott Lloyd

Activists, Politicians Call on Trump Administration to Fire Office of Refugee Resettlement Director

Representative Jerry Nadler on Scott Lloyd: “It sounds like a scene from ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ but for these young women in Scott Lloyd’s custody, it’s far from fiction.”

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The Surprising Reason Why All Google Searches Aren't Created Equal

Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble, author of the new book, “Algorithms of Oppression,” explains how racism is baked into the way you find information online. 

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10 POC-Led Organizations to Support on International Women's Day

Put your Twitter fingers to good use helping people of color who identify as women.

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Attorney Tina Tchen Leads New Diversity Task Force for The Recording Academy

The organization behind the Grammys appointed Tchen, a former chief of staff for Michelle Obama, after critics accused it of overlooking women in the major Grammy categories.