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#BlackTransLivesMatter: Creating Accountability in the HIV Community

Shaan Michael Wade | Posted 02.08.2016 | Black Voices
Shaan Michael Wade

The 2011 Injustice at Every Turn: A Look at Black Respondents in the National Transgender Discrimination Survey exposed the high levels of discrimin...

Growing Up She: Coming of Age In the Patriarchy

Ali Owens | Posted 02.08.2016 | Women
Ali Owens

We can fully recognize the leaps and bounds that have already been made. Women can now do things like vote, and ride astride horses instead of using a sidesaddle, and veto corsets and bustles in favor of sneakers and sweatpants. There's no denying that advancements have been made. But one thing is also clear: we are not there yet.

From Cutters to Caretakers and Champions: Older People are Needed to Stop FGM/C

Moria Sloan | Posted 02.08.2016 | Impact
Moria Sloan

Co-authored by Prafulla Mishra, Regional Director at HelpAge International for East, West and Central Africa This year the International Day of Zer...

It's About Time, My World

Lydia Canaan | Posted 02.03.2016 | World
Lydia Canaan

It's about time you realize that I am you and you are me, that we are all intertwined and connected in humanity. Whether you are from the East or from the West, aren't you aware that we share a planet and not a world? And, what is a world?

Abby Wambach Says Her Post-Soccer Career Will Be Fighting For Equality

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 02.03.2016 | Queer Voices

Abby Wambach will go down in history as one of the greatest soccer players in the world. The two-time Olympic gold medalist and World Cup champion, w...

I Wish It Were True, Stacey Dash

Jamell N.A. Henderson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Black Voices
Jamell N.A. Henderson

If what you stated was true, then we would not have to constantly remind the United States of America that we are a part of this great quilt of unity and freedom

Dr. King, Is this Our United States of America?

Jamell N.A. Henderson | Posted 01.22.2016 | Black Voices
Jamell N.A. Henderson

"If you can't fly, then run, if you can't run then walk. If you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward"--Rev. Dr. ...

The American Shame: The Academy and Its Lack of Diversity

Jamell N.A. Henderson | Posted 01.22.2016 | Black Voices
Jamell N.A. Henderson

While I commend the courage to have African-American individuals in the film industry to boycott the Academy Awards, it is a much deeper issue.

Equality, Diversity, Inclusion: The Social Values of Shakespeare

Paul_Smith | Posted 01.25.2016 | Arts
Paul_Smith

Ours is currently a world that is necessarily fixated on inclusion and exclusion - who we want in our communities and who we don't, who is 'one of us' and who is 'The Other' or, as Lear on his way to prison, that symbolic place of exclusion, says, "who's in, who's out."

What It Will Take To Get Women's Equality In 2016

The Huffington Post | Jenny Che | Posted 01.21.2016 | Business

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It's Time We Realize the Dream

Nichole Sylvester | Posted 01.18.2016 | Impact
Nichole Sylvester

As we mature, we have the ability to take the time to know ourselves and learn our core values. We can look at our fears and confusion and see how we project that onto others. We can also control that which we speak and that which is heard by our children while in our presence.

3 Big Social Issues MLK Fought For Outside Of Racial Equality

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 01.18.2016 | Black Voices

The world remembers Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as one of the most recognized and respected advocates for racial equality, but that wasn't all he stoo...

What It Was Like Coming Out To My Small English Village

Caroline Hart | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Caroline Hart

Having waited 42 years to "come out" to close family and friends, the experience of finally taking the full plunge and publicly coming out couldn't have been more incredible.

Toward Comprehensive Protection for Trans Rights

Bruce Hay | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Bruce Hay

The increased awareness of trans identity has not brought a commensurate increase in safety for trans individuals: the past year also saw the highest number of trans women murdered on record.

What Is Authentic Love? Simone de Beauvoir on Romance

Skye Cleary | Posted 01.07.2016 | Women
Skye Cleary

Does finding "the one" and living happily ever after sound ideal? Has your happiness ever depended on a lover? Has your lover ever tried to stop you from pursuing your hopes and dreams (or vice versa)?

Iranian Americans: Now Second-Class Citizens?

Elnaz Moghangard | Posted 01.06.2016 | World
Elnaz Moghangard

I could discuss the many wrongs of this bill from the perspective of someone who is an American born citizen. Yet, I have realized that our nationality of birth is not as relevant as we may have perceived it to be, because the prejudice that pervades our humanity speaks volumes.

Haskell Wexler, Storyteller of Our Times

Ian Ruskin | Posted 01.05.2016 | Arts
Ian Ruskin

We left at close to midnight. I was exhilarated and exhausted -- it was a huge day in my life -- and Haskell was tired but glowing. This is what he did, filming stories that he cared about.

Hollywood Diversity Awakens!

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 01.06.2016 | Entertainment
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

Thank you, J.J. Abrams, for granting my holiday wish for a fantastic movie that (1) has a female protagonist, (2) passes the Bechdel test (i.e., at least two women characters talk to each other about something other than a man), and (3) has a diverse cast of superb actors in complex roles.

The Day I Asked My Feminist Wife if Our Marriage Was an Egalitarian One

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 12.31.2015 | Politics
André Corrêa d'Almeida

When I began looking back over the myriad events involving gender equality -- victories and losses -- in 2015, I wondered how our relationship measured up under Sara's own feminist ideal.

Disney's Star Wars Creates the First True Warrior Princess

Victoria Song | Posted 12.28.2015 | Entertainment
Victoria Song

I just watched Stars Wars and I am so proud of Disney for creating the first true Warrior Princess.

Speaking Truth To Power

Jade Greear | Posted 12.22.2015 | Black Voices
Jade Greear

There does seem to be at least one common denominator when it comes to speaking truth in the name of advancing power and that is courage. The courage to stand upon one's own convictions, the courage to throw conviction out the window for personal or political expediency.

Why All U.S. States Should Allow Adoptees Access to Their Authentic Birth Certificates

Mirah Riben | Posted 12.22.2015 | Politics
Mirah Riben

At the present time only six U.S. states allow adopted citizens unrestricted access to their own authentic birth certificates (AL, AK, CO, KS, ME, OR). Eight other states allow access but with restrictions that do not apply to non-adoptees in those states.

Nudging Our Way Toward a Full-Talent Workforce in 2016

Laura Mather | Posted 12.21.2015 | Business
Laura Mather

In "Signs of a Truce in the Mommy Wars," Claire Cain Miller surfaced some fascinating new research that showed that the perception of men's and women'...

I Am So Over 'The Male Gaze'

Valerie Alexander | Posted 12.18.2015 | Entertainment
Valerie Alexander

When the movies by and about women do come out, in equal numbers and with equal budgets, hopefully the men who review them will have evolved enough to see a woman-child doing crass, gross-out comedy with her female co-star and find it funny.

The 'Look'

Mike Domitrz | Posted 12.17.2015 | Style
Mike Domitrz

Dating can be a very anxious experience. We have found a person we are interested in, we have gotten up the courage to express our interest and now we are exploring the relationship by getting to know each other.