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Human Rights First Welcomes Attention on LGBTI Refugees - Urges Continued Reforms to Ensure Protection

Human Rights First | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Human Rights First

By Jesse Bernstein Senior Associate, Refugee Protection Program On all continents individuals and their families are forced to flee their homes on ac...

Richard Noble on Equality, Activism, Spirituality

James M. Russell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
James M. Russell

Noble got his name in activism. At fifteen he ran away from home, where he felt different and where he was bullied at school, to West Hollywood, California, where he found "a moral, spiritual home."

Is France Leading Europe Towards a Future When Discrimination Against Minorities Is the Norm?

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

Discrimination against minorities in Europe has become more blatant in the last ten years than it ever has been before. Intolerance on the continent is in danger of going mainstream.

Race, Ethnicity, Wealth, and Poverty

Ray Suarez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ray Suarez

We know about the different life chances of people of different racial backgrounds, but it's hard to sort out exactly why the outcomes are so different.

Mental Illness Awareness Week Diverts Attention from Serious Mental Illness

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
DJ Jaffe

Whether one believes that there is stigma to being mentally ill; or discrimination against the mentally ill, the answer remains the same: let's help the most seriously ill.

EU Launches Legal Action Against France Over Roma Gypsies

AP | RAF CASERT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BRUSSELS — The European Union decided Wednesday to take legal action against France over its expulsions of Gypsies, or Roma, to poorer EU nation...

Beijing Police Raid Popular Gay Hangout

AP | GILLIAN WONG | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BEIJING — Beijing police raided a popular outdoor hangout for gay men and took dozens in for questioning over the weekend as part of a security ...

The Powers and Problems of Passing as a Boy

Marcia Dawkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marcia Dawkins

Less traditional acts of passing are about much more than mere disguise. They are about reopening a space to understand how identities are constructed within specific situations.

Goldman Sachs Slapped With Sex Discrimination Lawsuit

Huffington Post | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

UPDATE: The lawsuit documents have been added below (hat tip to the WSJ.) Three former Goldman Sachs employees filed a gender bias lawsuit against ...

Prioritizing People or Space?

Rabah Ghezali | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rabah Ghezali

The foreclosure crisis highlighted the failure of our current urban policies. And now, it's affecting all of us.

France Gypsy Expulsions A 'Disgrace,' Says EU

AP | MIKE CORDER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BRUSSELS — France's deportations of Gypsies are "a disgrace" and probably break EU law, the European Union's executive body declared Tuesday in ...

Nine Years After 9/11: Will We Ever Be "One" Again?

Dorian de Wind | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

Bad political decisions, bitter partisanship, fear mongering, and mistrust have eroded the unity and sense of common purpose that Americans shared immediately after 9/11.

Romanian Gypsy Leader Compares Sarkozy To Nazis

AP | VADIM GHIRDA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

COSTESTI, Romania — A Romanian Gypsy leader on Wednesday compared French President Nicolas Sarkozy to Romania's pro-Nazi wartime leader, followi...

Sarkozy Accused Of Roma Gypsy 'Witch-Hunt'

Telegraph | Bruno Waterfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Nicolas Sarkozy has been accused by European politicians of carrying out a "witch-hunt" against Roma gipsy migrants following the expulsion of 1,000 g...

Anti-Muslim Propaganda Is Taking an Ugly Turn

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Worst to me is the airtime given to outright bigots like the pastor who intends to have the mass book burning of the Koran. Talk about finding a way to win the hearts and minds of the Muslim world!

Multiracial Advocates Change Race-Based Mississippi School Policy

Marcia Dawkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marcia Dawkins

Last week, Nettleton Middle School was forced to drop its 30-year policy of race-based selections for school government and homecoming positions.

Examining the Defense of Family Values and Unequal Pay for Women

Bill Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Bill Singer

If we value families, then why is the economic burden of raising them always pressed upon women at the cost of fair pay and career opportunities? Whatever happened to the concept of shared sacrifice?

Race-baiter Glenn Beck Wants to Hijack -- I Mean "Reclaim" -- the Civil Rights Movement?

Michael Yaki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Yaki

I had tried to give Glenn Beck the benefit of the doubt. That the scheduling of his "rally" called "Restoring Honor" on the steps of the Lincoln Memo...

The U.S. Military's 1947 Warning on Intolerance

Janet Ritz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janet Ritz

It is and always has been a risk in free societies that those interested in power or ideology will take advantage of those freedoms to deny the same to others.

Prejudice Under the Doormat

Zack Isaacs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Zack Isaacs

Just like Walter Younger -- Sidney Poitier's character in A Raisin In The Sun, George Wilborn and his family learned that the color of money cannot always stop some folks from looking at the color of their skin.

The Everyday "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Waymon Hudson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Waymon Hudson

So what is this "everyday" policy, you may ask? It's how so many of us live our lives. We don't let our friends or families know about the discrimination or legal barriers we face just for being who we are.

Three Fundamental Differences Between Progressives and Conservatives, Pt. 1

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrance Heath

Part I of III When caught at something, it's best to come clean. I was recently caught by the Crow, who -- in a response to my earlier post about po...

If Gay Marriage Wins...

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If the Perry v. Schwarzenegger decision stands, it means that "sexual orientation" will be a protected classes of people. Not only would the battle for gay marriage be over, but all the legal battles gays now face would be over.

After Zakaria, What About Other ADL Humphrey Prize Recipients?

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Steve Clemons

I don't necessarily believe in follow-the-leader, but knowing how other recipients feel about the ADL controversy and the Cordoba mosque could be instructive and important.

When Victims of Discrimination Take Matters Into Their Own Hands

Natalie Holder-Winfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Natalie Holder-Winfield

As an employment lawyer who conducts compliance training, I know that some companies view diversity, anti-discrimination, and harassment training as a frill.