Gender & Sexuality

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ICYMI: Merriam-Webster Adds 'Latinx' to the Dictionary

The gender-neutral word is one of 840+ new entries in the dictionary.

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Naima Ramos-Chapman Fights Patriarchy, Misogynoir On Screen

From “And Nothing Happened” to “Random Acts of Flyness,” the filmmaker’s work often centers Black women whose lives have been interrupted by violence.

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Viola Davis Critiques Hollywood's Pay Gap for Women of Color

The star stuns on the cover of Variety. Inside, she calls out the pay inequity between women of color and their White counterparts.

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Miss Black America's Story, From Segregation to Celebration

A look at the annual event’s half decade of success, from inception to its 50th anniversary.

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Comedian Kristina Wong's 'Radical Cram School' Teaches AAPI Girls How to Resist Racism

Wong’s indie web series plays on children’s television tropes while teaching Asian- and Pacific Islander-American girls history and tools to resist.

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STUDY: Increasing Number of Black Doctors Could Save Black Men's Lives

Black men have the lowest life expectancy in the United States. A new study examines why a doctors race can make all the difference.

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How Aretha Franklin Lent Her Voice to the Civil Rights Movement

The Queen of Soul, who just passed away at age 76, captivated the world with her vocals and turned a plea for “Respect” into a rallying cry for justice. Revisit her legacy.

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'Crazy Rich Asians' Uplifts Women As Resilient, Complex and Resolutely Human

By giving its female leads room to explore the complexities of their relationships, this Asian-led rom-com goes beyond the boundaries of its genre and centers their agency for the world to see.

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Fight Misogynoir Via the 'Kekubian Assassin' Mobile Game

Colorlines chats with “Random Acts of Flyness” producer, composer and writer Nelson Mandela Nance about the new mobile game, which follows a Black woman as she successfully neutralizes racist and sexist threats to her well-being.

Border Security Remains Key Issue In Presidential Campaigns

READ: How Congress Can Help Pregnant Migrant Women in Detention

A reproductive rights advocate writes about legal solutions to a growing crisis.

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Sanaa Lathan Seeks Hair Liberation in 'Nappily Ever After'

“My hair was a second job. Now I’m forced to focus on myself. I wonder who I’ll be.”

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Kid Fury Lands Comedy With Gay Black Protagonist at HBO

The comedian and executive producer Lena Waithe will develop a series about navigating undiagnosed depression and the pressures of adulthood in New York City. 

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Watch Rayana Jay Uplift 'Undefeated' Black Female Athletes

The R&B artist’s new music video celebrates the resilience of Black female athletes.

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READ: Why Abortion Rights For Black Women Are a Blow to White Supremacy

Reproductive rights activist Yamani Hernandez: Black liberation is not measured in numbers of Black births; it is measured by thriving, autonomous Black lives.

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The Paradox of Postpartum Depression

Moms of color living on low incomes are the most likely to suffer postpartum depression and the least likely to receive proper care. Here’s how implicit bias, societal shame and (reasonable) fear conspire to perpetuate the disparity.

The formerly incarcerated have unemployment rates five times the national average.

Out of Prison, Out of Jobs: Unemployment and the Formerly Incarcerated

A new report from Prison Policy Initiative says that joblessness for people with criminal records is nearly five times the rate of the general public, with Black women paying the most expensive price.

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Racism Linked to High Maternal and Infant Mortality for Native Women

“We stopped keeping statistics on the number of Native moms and babies that are lost in our region; it was just too upsetting.”

READ: Why Overturning Roe v. Wade Is An Assault On More Than Abortion Rights

Though women of color stand to be hardest hit, reproductive rights activist Nancy Northrup argues that overturning the law would negatively impact everyone living in America.

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Black Women: We're Not Superheroes, We're Human

While Therese Patricia Okoumou’s Statue of Liberty protest inspired praise, Black women want you to know that they are not here to save you.

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Anti-Choice Group Using SCOTUS Decision to Dismantle Abortion Laws

The Alliance Defending Freedom is targeting laws that govern the responsibilities of “fake women’s health centers” in Hawaii and Illinois as unconstitutional.