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Michigan's LGBT Guidelines Deserve an A

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 3:28 PM

On Friday, the Obama Administration made headlines when the Department of Education and Department of Justice issued guidance explaining how public schools should respect the rights of transgender students.

The federal guidance has ignited passionate debate, but it reflects a lesson that schools across the country have...

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Anti-Transgender Bathroom Bills: Common Sense and Nonsense

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2016 | 10:00 AM

It's been a daunting year for transgender youth. Over the past three months, lawmakers in more than a dozen states have introduced bills to bar transgender students from using bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers that match their gender identity.

In state after state, fairness and common sense were prevailing. Bills...

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The Unkindness of Strangers

(9) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 4:23 PM

Just hours after Tuesday's debate, Mitt Romney's anecdote about ordering "binders full of women" for top jobs in Massachusetts had already gone viral. On Google, Facebook and Twitter, jokes about that moment solidly dominated popular reactions to the debate.

What made binders full of women so laughable? Under other...

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The Swing Vote

(2) Comments | Posted May 25, 2010 | 12:30 PM

The limited view of Elena Kagan's sexuality is disheartening -- especially for queer rights.

Even before Kagan was nominated to the Supreme Court, bloggers and journalists were frantically vetting rumors about her sexuality. As early as mid-April, Ben Domenech floated the possibility that Kagan might be the "first openly gay...

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