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China Gears Up To Hear Its First Same-Sex Marriage Case

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 01.29.2016 | World

A gay man in China is making history by challenging local authorities on his right to marry. Last month, a 27-year-old who uses the pseudonym ...

Stacey Dash and Whoopi Goldberg Are Both Right About BET

Randy Paul Oetinger | Posted 01.28.2016 | Entertainment
Randy Paul Oetinger

Stacey Dash confuses me. For that matter, so does Ben Carson. They are both voices for the conservative political caucus, Dash on Fox and Carson as a presidential candidate. What I cannot grasp is their staunch advocacy on behalf of extreme conservatives given the history of that movement.

Sexism Is Not Dead

Tova Payne | Posted 11.25.2015 | Women
Tova Payne

As a woman there's no getting away from it -- you are WAW: Walking As a Woman, and that means you are treated differently every step you take.

Are We Fired Up Yet?

Marcy Syms | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Marcy Syms

There are constant reminders of the struggles for women -- pay inequity, pregnancy discrimination, and violence against women. Most of us experience it, read about it, and talk about it. There is only one big step that could have a significant effect on all these issues.

Veterans Day Is a Good Day to Start a New Discussion

Wayne Maines | Posted 11.12.2015 | Politics
Wayne Maines

We live in the United States of America, but my family and so many others have to live in hiding to protect our gender non-conforming children/transgender children. We have to fight against Religious Freedom bills that are based upon unfounded fears and propaganda.

What Is It About Christians and Bathrooms?

Susan M. Shaw | Posted 11.04.2015 | Religion
Susan M. Shaw

Bathrooms are important. We all need them, and perhaps that is part of the reason bathrooms become central in conservative Christian challenges to civil rights around issues of gender. Bathrooms level the playing field. As my mother used to say, "Everybody has to go."

Kitchen Table Commerce: The Way Business Works for Women in Sub-Saharan Africa

Kari Warberg Block | Posted 10.30.2015 | Impact
Kari Warberg Block

It's hard to believe how different things were, here in the United States, just 27 years ago -- or how different things would be, had our government not invested in women. A healthy economy, void of corruption and injustice, is one that leads to an environment where nobody is left behind.

Equal Rights for Women - The Hollywood Treatment

Elizabeth Kissam | Posted 10.27.2015 | Women
Elizabeth Kissam

On TV and in film an estimated one-third of fictional characters are female, despite the fact that women make up half the world's population. Beyond the numbers is the quality of roles. Women's experiences are cropped, or misrepresented, to fit into the fictional worlds of TV and film.

Gender Neutral Bathrooms: A Hot Button Issue in Houston's 2015 Mayoral Race

Akoshia Yoba | Posted 10.22.2015 | Politics
Akoshia Yoba

In a political environment where matters of gender equality are tossed around like a game of hot potato, few issues are more polarizing than the topic of gender neutral public restrooms. It can at once inspire a sense of freedom and fairness for some and fear and distrust in others.

New Campaign Launches to Define 21st Century Feminism

Tabby Biddle | Posted 10.21.2015 | Women
Tabby Biddle

For a long time, I did not consider myself a feminist. In fact, for most of my life, I did not consider myself a feminist. This is embarrassing to admit, knowing what I know now. How could I have not been a feminist?


Dwight Brown | Posted 10.20.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

After the film's abrupt ending, audiences may wonder why Pankhurst or suffrage martyrs such as Emily Wilding Davison were not the subject of this well-intentioned and well-crafted production.

Donors and Loners -- Separate But Equal All Over Again

Cynthia Dill | Posted 10.19.2015 | Politics
Cynthia Dill

Today we segregate people by wealth. There are "donors" who enjoy outsized political influence and extremely comfortable lives dripping with opulence, and there's the rest of us -- loners in a sense -- because we are shut out of the process.

I Am Pro-life, So I Support Planned Parenthood

Eric Simpson | Posted 09.22.2015 | Religion
Eric Simpson

The highest among our responsibilities is to treat others with dignity and respect, especially those who have a subaltern position in the construct of civilization (aka "the world"). I don't believe anyone has to share my faith to be pro-life in the same way I am. But that is in large part what motivates me to be pro-life

Advocating for Women's Rights, Equal Pay and Opportunity

Parker Beauchamp | Posted 09.15.2015 | Impact
Parker Beauchamp

It's no secret that the recent Supreme Court rulings to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and legalize same-sex marriage are monumental for our n...

Hundreds Gather To Support Kim Davis: 'She Won't Bow'

Associated Press | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

GRAYSON, Ky. (AP) -- They stood chanting outside the jail house, "Thank you, Kim; Thank you, Kim," and prayed that the defiant county clerk ...

Women's Equality Day -- #ERAnow

Amy Sewell | Posted 08.26.2015 | Politics
Amy Sewell

Even Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has publicly stated that the 14th Amendment was never intended to protect women, only to protect race. Federal and state law cannot protect citizens who are not protected under the Constitution, and courts still show confusion on the issue of women's rights.

Equal Means Equal

Kamala Lopez | Posted 08.25.2015 | Women
Kamala Lopez

August 26 is Women's Equality Day in the United States, and while I understand the late great Bella Abzug's desire to publicly validate women achieving the vote with the 19th amendment, it isn't 1971 anymore -- it's 2015.

Bold and Brave Move by Target

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 08.13.2015 | Business
SidneyAnne Stone

Kudos to companies like Target for being market leaders in the fight for gender equality. Recently, Target announced it would remove gender-based signage. This has some consumers up in arms, but I think this is long overdue in a modern society.

Go Set a Watchman: A Review

Jessica Denis | Posted 07.20.2015 | Books
Jessica Denis

There are so many amazing quotes from this book regarding social inequality and justice, picking from them isn't exactly an easy task. One being, "Prejudice, a dirty word, and faith, a clean one, have something in common: they both begin where reason ends."

Michael Musto: LGBT People Can Be The 'Biggest Homophobes Of All'

HuffPost Live | Jared Greenhouse | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Journalist Michael Musto has a few predictions for what's in store for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. He explored his th...

Obergefell v. Hodges: The 'Silent Judge' Respectfully Dissents

Dorian de Wind | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, whom I refer to as the "Silent Judge" because his silence during Supreme Court proceedings is now legendary, is not "silent" this time -- at least not in the written form.

Mike Huckabee's Blasphemy?

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.27.2015 | Religion
Lev Raphael

Isn't Mike Huckabee, someone who considers himself a man of faith, taking his Lord's name in vain?

America Becomes More 'American'

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 06.26.2015 | Good News
Robert S. McElvaine

Today, America became more American, in the best sense of that word. When we celebrate Independence Day a week from Saturday, we can rejoice that our nation has moved closer to the ideals upon which it was founded than it has been on any previous Fourth of July.

Save The Date: I Am Now Able to Marry Justin Timberlake

Andrew Gelwicks | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Andrew Gelwicks

There is officially marriage equality in America. And all l I can think about is how I can now finally get married to Justin Timberlake (sorry, Jessica).

History Has Been Made! Thank you, America!

Brandon Wallace | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brandon Wallace

This decision has refreshed within me a sense of patriotism. In the last few years, we've faced so many negatives in this country that it has made people feel like freedom was something this country was losing.