Try to tally the pain, loss and medical bills of those in cities and towns across the nation who are reeling from the blows inflicted by the government's standing armies, and you will find yourself reeling.
We are gathering in support of Lateisha, a young woman who was taken from us too soon, and whom the justice system has utterly failed. This isn't about sending a man back to prison for a terrible crime. This is about sending a message that we will not stand by while the court, and the state, decide to value certain lives more than others.
Misplaced priorities and a profit motive are starving the schools, in the midst of the state's impressive prison expansion.
If we only work on behalf on the "right" kinds of women, it diminishes the movement and repeats mistakes of the past, where feminism was not nearly intersectional enough. Beyond a concept of simple solidarity, though, is that many of the core issues of feminists and transgender people are the same.
This past weekend, hundreds took to the streets of Ferguson, Missouri in continued protests, forums, and demonstrations seeking justice for Mike Brown and other victims as part of the highly organized Ferguson October weekend of civil disobedience.
By now, you've probably seen this controversial news out of Savannah, Georgia: On a Thursday morning nearly a month ago (September 18), 29 year-old Charles Smith was shot and killed, while handcuffed, by Savannah-Chatham Police Officer David Jannot.
Women's magazine Marie Claire announced last July the addition of a new name to its masthead: Author Janet Mock was named contributing editor. We talked with trans and intersex journalists about their perspectives on having a presence, voice and career in the media.
It does seem a bit ridiculous, doesn't it? That we still have to fight for voting rights, fight against laws that seek to suppress the vote, laws that will have a disproportionate impact on those Americans who -- had they been of voting age before 1965 -- would likely have been barred because of their race?
Until our LGBTQ sisters and brothers are afforded true equality across the board, and until we recognize that heterosexual privilege is real and should be used to liberate others from their marginalized positions, we're compelled to keep the drumbeat for justice going.
Any assault of this severity is terrible, but when it is motivated solely because of someone's status it becomes especially abhorrent.
In what other part of our society would we accept 8% approval without demanding change - change that we control?
While the towering six-foot-tall comedian says this is only one of many connections to the LGBT community, she admits it was personal prejudices faced in her interracial relationship that cemented her commitment to marriage equality.
According to a recent UNAIDS survey, Trinidad and Tobago's population is having a radical shift in attitudes towards LGBT Rights. It is not the only survey of its kind that reflects this.
Utah State Rep. Kraig Powell (R-Heber City) is proposing innovative legislation in his state: "I have come up with a word we probably can use and see if the courts will accept. ... [T]he same-sex legal relationship between partners is called pairage. The legal relationship between opposite sex partners is called marriage." Mr. Powell is really onto something here.
This week I talked with Mark Gilbert, Interim Executive Director and Board Chair of the Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, one of the most highly regarded LGBT film festivals in the nation.
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week so let's get to work on rewriting the script with a happier ending of a world with early detection, effective treatment, and open conversations about mental health.