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Hey, TIME Magazine, Feminists Are Here to Stay

Gina Barreca | Posted 11.14.2014 | Women
Gina Barreca

When I was coming of age back in the '70s, Andrea Dworkin described herself as a feminist, but "not the fun kind," and I understood that I was going to represent the other side of that spectrum: I was going to be a feminist, but the really fun kind.

Funeral for a Fake Out

Kamala Lopez | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics
Kamala Lopez

It's easy to blame the victims. It's easier still to blame the perpetrators -- the batterers, the abusers, the pimps. Yet we live in a society where it is perfectly respectable for one person to have more money than an entire state full of people.

Jimmy Carter Flip-Flops On Nationwide Same-Sex Marriage

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics

Former President Jimmy Carter said in an interview published Sunday that decisions on same-sex marriage should be left up to the states. "I don't t...

Glass Ceiling in U.S. Congress

Munir Moon | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Munir Moon

There has been a lot of talk about a glass ceiling against women in business and corporate boardrooms. This week's block by the Senate for a bill that would strengthen equal pay for women is a good example of the challenges we face regarding this issue.

The Sensitive Issue of Immigration Reform

Olayiwola A. Alara | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Olayiwola A. Alara

Immigration reform is a very sensitive issue which should be carefully thought about and not living out the journey through which our ancestors and forefathers became citizens of this country.

How To React If Your Teammate Comes Out To You

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 08.19.2014 | Sports

There's only one way to react to teammates who come out: SUPPORT THEM. It's just that simple. Respect them -- exactly as you would any other ...

Gender Equity Can Make America Competitive

Eve Ellis | Posted 08.20.2014 | Business
Eve Ellis

In his recent address at West Point, President Obama said the U.S. must always be a leader. And yet, leaders of U.S. corporations, so far, have seemed complacent with a lagging status quo.

The Moment Is NOW for Professional Sports to Ban LGBT Discrimination

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 08.18.2014 | Sports
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

Professional sports commissioners and team owners should follow President Obama's lead and ban LGBT discrimination on the field and in the locker room, in boardrooms and contracting, among fans and employees -- and they should do it now, in this national month of Gay Pride.

Top 10 Reasons LGBT New Yorkers Should Be Proud This Pride Season

Nathan M. Schaefer | Posted 08.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan M. Schaefer

It's the three-year anniversary of marriage equality in the Big Apple and the one year anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling on DOMA, which cited New York in its decision as justification for the favorable outcome.

Miss Universe 1997 Brook Lee -- Straight Ally for LGBT Equality | SPEAK UP WITH JIMMY NGUYEN (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 08.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Jimmy Nguyen

In this interview, Miss Universe 1997 Brook Lee talks with me about how straight people can be allies for LGBT rights. She also explains how her diverse heritage led her to become a strong supporter of the LGBT community.

Inclusion for All

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 08.11.2014 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

Having interpreters at music venues, fairs or outdoor events may seem like a small detail, but for those who rely on ASL, it can make a huge difference.

GOP Governor Supports Gay Rights, Except When He Doesn't

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 05.30.2014 | Politics

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) voiced support for gay rights Thursday, but has not disavowed the state's contested ban on gay marriage. According t...

Degrees of Separation: A College Education for All

Robert E. Johnson | Posted 07.20.2014 | College
Robert E. Johnson

American education must be a promise of opportunity and access for all. The haves and the have-nots cannot be separated by degrees of inequality.

How Smith College Turned Christine Lagarde's Cancellation Into a Win for Women's Voices

Penny Herscher | Posted 07.20.2014 | Women
Penny Herscher

It is still so new that we, as women, have a strong voice. It needs to be heard and not suppressed, no matter how much we may disagree with some of the voices. The movement to suppress women's voices is alive and strong.

How a Conservative Catholic Girl Became a Producer on a Gay Web Series

Kit Williamson | Posted 07.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Kit Williamson

I'm still a radical, political queer and Kristyne is still a conservative, Catholic girl, and I am so happy that we were able to work together, despite our differences, to produce EastSiders.

Misogyny Rising

Tina Issa | Posted 06.17.2014 | Women
Tina Issa

In addition to these political issues, we also have a dialogue going on in this nation that is extremely sexist and undervalues women and their capabilities. This gender bias is fairly evident. As a woman I see what is going on here, and it is nothing more than misogyny.

Are You an Agent of Our Wage Gap?

The Levo League | Posted 06.08.2014 | Business
The Levo League

You're a manager.The last thing you would ever do is consciously compensate your team members unfairly based on their gender, sexual orientation or color of their skin. But are you implicitly perpetrating the wage gap on your own team?

Catch Up With Grammy Wedding Couple Yawar Charlie and Jason Miller -- SPEAK UP WITH JIMMY (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 05.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Jimmy Nguyen

They were one of 33 couples -- including same-sex couples -- who said "I do" in a mass wedding at the 2014 Grammy Awards.

Changing the Tone When We Talk About Gender

Rick Goings | Posted 05.06.2014 | Impact
Rick Goings

With the magnitude of the income disparity threat etched into the minds of leaders across the globe, it is our hope and our plea that businesses and organizations will not only nurture the conversation on the positive impact of women's economic empowerment but also put in place concrete actions to make a significant change throughout the world.

Gender Equality Is a Lie: Little Girls Deserve Better

Sarah Fader | Posted 05.03.2014 | Parents
Sarah Fader

What I hope for my daughter, for your daughter and for all the women in this world is that one day we will have what we are entitled to, which is equal rights.

A Religious Freedom Parable

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What follows is a modern-day parable. I think it's important to point that out up front, in order not to cause any undue offense. The scene: the near future, when Arizona (or any other state, for that matter) becomes a bastion of religious freedom by passing laws shielding businesses from penalty for discrimination on the basis of religious belief.

Blair Waldorf Has The Best Role Model Ever

Posted 02.25.2014 | Women

Attention, world: Leighton Meester is a feminist, and she's not afraid to say it. The "Gossip Girl" star spoke to OOTD magazine about her recent c...

Path to Equality or Over-Sensitivity?

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 04.19.2014 | Impact
SidneyAnne Stone

This issue has always troubled me but has recently come to a head in various forms and compelled me to speak up. I consider myself something of a fem...

The Most Important Trip for Men is Meeting Women Halfway

Iram Ganju | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Iram Ganju

Women continue to struggle for their equal rights, their reproductive and human rights against domestic violence, maternity leave, sexual harassment, and sexual violence.

Neil Patrick Harris Honored -- Plus Judith Light and Tim Gunn Chat LGBT Rights

Marti Gould Cummings | Posted 04.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Marti Gould Cummings

I chatted with Neil on the red carpet about his upcoming turn in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway. I went on to interview Tim Gunn and Judith Light about LGBT rights and advice for young people.