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New Jersey Governor Authorizes Two Laws That Expand Access to Reproductive Health

Governor Phil Murphy restored funding for Planned Parenthood and increased Medicaid eligibility for family planning services.

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Lesbian Couple Sues Government After Being Denied Right to Foster Refugee Children

The couple linked with Lambda Legal to file the suit after the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops said they can’t welcome a child into their home because they don’t “mirror the Holy Family.”

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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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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.

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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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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'Next World Tarot' is the Tarot Deck of Your Apocalyptic Dreams

Queer Latina artist Cristy C. Road’s new deck uses original illustrations of queer people of color to create an otherworldly tool for reflection and intuition.

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Cassius Tackles Toxic Masculinity in #MeToo Era With January Cover

Darnell L. Moore: “Because it’s time to reflect on the ways our collective love for ‘masculinity’ is like a tight ass grip choking brothers’ freedom, whether they have learned to breathe with hands around their necks or not.”