Gender & Sexuality

A small boy wearing a red hooded sweatshirt pushes a small girl wearing pink as she sits in her stroller. Both are playing in the El Barretal migrant shelter in Tijuana, Mexico on January 15, 2019.

Thousands of Migrant Children Allege Sexual Assault While in Gov't Custody

There have been over 4,500 claims of abuse of unaccompanied minors while in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services.

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In 'Pleasure Activism,' Adrienne Maree Brown Dares Us to Get In Touch With Our Needs

In her provocative new book, “Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good” the Detroit-based author, activist and doula demonstrates how we can tap into our emotional and erotic desires to organize against oppression.

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Support Growing for Restrictive Abortion Bill in Texas

The fetal heartbeat bill would prohibit the procedure for people who are more than six weeks pregnant.

Planned Parenthood to Lose Millions in Funding Under New Federal 'Gag Rule'

The Trump administration will now withhold family planning funding if a clinic provides abortion referrals to patients.

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R. Kelly Charged With 10 Counts of Criminal Sexual Abuse

Three of the survivors noted by State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx were minors when the singer allegedly abused them.

Protesters hold signs. Two blue and white signs say, "Keep abortion legal." One black and white sign says, "Abortion kills a person."

Illinois to Pass Laws to Give Women Better Access to Abortions

Due to restrictive laws in neighboring states, women nearby could also have the procedure there.

R. Kelly. Black woman with black dredlocs stands in black coat and holds white protest sign with black text that spells "#MuteRKelly" and image of Black man in black sunglasses and hat and shirt.

New Video May Lead to Indictment Against R. Kelly

The video, which attorney Michael Avenatti says he handed to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, allegedly shows the singer sexually abusing a teenage girl.

Jussie Smollett. Black man in grey suit with light purple tie in front of purple and blue wall with white text that reads "blackaids."

Jussie Smollett Opens Up About Traumatic Assault

The “Empire” star spoke to “Good Morning America” about the racist and homophobic assault he survived in Chicago—and the people who question his honesty.

Tourmaline, Charlene Carruthers, Miss Major, Alicia Garza and Barbara Smith. Black women in blue and red and orange and yellow clothing pose in various positions in front of brown wood and blue walls

Out Mag Celebrates Black Mothers and Daughters of the Movement

Guest editor Janet Mock spotlights five activist heroes—including Miss Major Griffin-Gracy and Alicia Garza—for Out’s March issue.

Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, T-Boz and Chilli of TLC. Black woman in yellow bandana and camouflage jacket next to Black woman in red bandana and shirt next to Black woman in coral shirt and brown hat in front of blue screen.

LISTEN: Songwriter Kandi Burruss and TLC's Chilli On How 'No Scrubs' Became a Classic

On NPR, Burruss and Thomas discuss the lasting impact of TLC’s hit song nearly two decades later.

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SCOTUS To Make Landmark Decision on Abortion This Week

The conservative majority Court could effectively overturn Roe v. Wade as it rules on a Louisiana law. 

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With R. Kelly Gone, Coalition Pushes Sony Music to Drop All Accused Abusers

#MuteRKelly campaign leadership, Ultraviolet, Black Women’s Blueprint and other allied groups want Sony to stop providing cover for abusive artists.

Jussie Smollett. Black man with black hair and beard in black shirt smiles in front of blue wall with yellow images and text.

Advocates Demand #JusticeForJussie Smollett

The “Empire” star was reportedly attacked by two men who shouted racist and homophobic slurs, physically attacked him and put a noose around his neck.

Tarana Burke. Black woman with black hair smiles in navy sweater in front of white wall with black text that reads "HBO"

Me Too Movement PSAs Shift Focus Back to Survivors

Movement founder Tarana Burke: “What has become painfully clear is that the world doesn’t really understand the life cycle of a survivor.”

Rashida Tlaib speaks at Creating Change Conference

WATCH: Rashida Tlaib on Why All Legislation Must Protect LGBTQ Rights

The new member of Congress spoke at the National LGBT Task Force’s Creating Change Conference.

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Suzan-Lori Parks, Rashid Johnson Cut Violent Scene From 'Native Son' Remake

The new cinematic version of Richard Wright’s 1940 novel addresses contemporary racial and social justice issues—and changes a major plot point.

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Watch the Trailer for Amanda Seales' Stand-Up Special

“Amanda Seales: I Be Knowin’”—the “Insecure” actress’ first televised stand-up special—airs on HBO.

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READ: How Texas Contributed to Rise in Pregnant Girls in Foster Care System

One teen mother: “All my friends that I was in placements with—every single one—either has a kid or is pregnant right now.”

Supreme Court Moves Trump's Trans Military Ban Step Closer to Implementation

In a 5-4 decision split along party lines, the Supreme Court lifted most of the injunctions that were preventing the Trump administration from keeping transgender people out of the military.

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How the Promise of Roe v. Wade Left Women of Color Behind [OP-ED]

Roe has never been full of promise for women of color, immigrant women and women with low incomes. But if the Trump administration gets its way, we have the most to lose.