Gender & Sexuality

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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.

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.

A pro-choice activist  in front of the the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC.

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.

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Alicia Garza On How SCOTUS' Labor Decision Hurts Women of Color

The National Domestic Workers Alliance organizer breaks down the Supreme Court’s ruling to eliminate fair share labor union dues via Janus v. AFSCME and how it will impact communities of color.

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Senate Debates Bill That Could Save The Lives of Black Mamas

Watch as the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions holds a hearing on the Maternal Health Accountability Act of 2017.

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

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of 'Fake Women's Health Centers'

The Supreme Court just issued a blow to women’s right to obtain abortions.

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Planned Parenthood Sues Trump Administration to Protect Teen Pregnancy Prevention Progam

The administration’s change in the Obama-era initiative requires grant recipients to promote an abstinence-only approach that research has found to be ineffective.

Lawsuit Challenges Texas Abortion Laws That Target Women of Color

As state lawmakers continue to pass restrictive measures, a coalition of reproductive rights advocates are working on what they call a “big fix” to Texas’ restrictive abortion laws.

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How I Survived 'Ex-Gay' Conversion Therapy [OPINION]

At age 17, Darren Calhoun was manipulated into conversion therapy by a pastor. Here, he reflects on his path from confused teen to advocate for the hundreds of thousands of LGBTQ people in the United States who are subjected to the same treatment.

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Deborah S. Esquenazi Adapts Her 'Southwest of Salem' Doc for TV

The series centers on four Latinx lesbian women wrongfully accused of gang rape.

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SCOTUS Dismisses Lower Court Decision That Allowed Immigrant Teen to Obtain Abortion

A broader challenge to the administrations health care policy for detained, pregnant teens of undocumented status is still winding its way through the courts.

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Author Q&A: Understanding Puerto Rico's Debt Crisis Through Marx, Monsters and a Queer Decolonial Lens

Colorlines talks to Philadelphia poet laureate Raquel Salas Rivera about their new book, “lo terciario/the tertiary,” which revisits Karl Marx’s “Capital” to examine Puerto Rico’s debt crisis from a queer decolonial lens.

Two protestors holding black signs with white font that say "i am the pro-life generation" attempt to block a blue sign with white font that says "keep abortion legal" at a rally outside the supreme court

Trump's Appointee to Run Family Planning Program is Staunchly Anti-Choice

As deputy secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Diane Foley will oversee the Title X program, which funds reproductive care for lower-incoming earning people.

Transgender woman Roxana Hernandez, who traveled with migrant caravan through Mexico to reach U.S., had died in ICE custody

Transgender Woman Dies in ICE Custody

Advocacy groups call on federal agency to release all transgender detainees after the death of Roxana Hernández.

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Linda Sarsour: 'I'm Every Islamophobe's Worst Nightmare'

The Muslim Palestinian-American organizer talks to Quartz about what inspires her and what she hopes to give the next generation.

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Morgan Freeman Loses Endorsement Deals After Sexual Harassment Allegations

Several women accused the actor of lewd comments and unwanted groping.