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Misogyny Rising

Tina Issa | Posted 04.17.2014 | 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 04.09.2014 | 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 03.31.2014 | 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 03.06.2014 | 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 03.03.2014 | 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 02.26.2014 | 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.

Why Talking About Birth Control and Abortion Doesn't Make You a Slut

Lisa Solod | Posted 04.06.2014 | Women
Lisa Solod

A bunch of men who seem to know nothing about pregnancy and even less about sex should not be tasked with making laws which take away the rights of women to be people who can have some measure of control in their lives.

GENDA: How the Fight for a Basic Civil Rights Law Inspired A Movement in New York State

Eòghann Renfroe | Posted 03.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Eòghann Renfroe

The momentum was unmistakable. Surely, this would be the year GENDA would finally make it to the Senate floor. Surely this was the year it would finally pass. It didn't pass.

Martin Luther King and Gingerbread Dreams

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff | Posted 03.15.2014 | Parents
Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff

We are all just different shades of gingerbread. Our children have not been taught yet to label. I hope they resist for a long, long time.

Utah's First, Legal Same-Sex Wedding Starts Marriage Snowball

Joseph Peterson | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
Joseph Peterson

Since Friday, at least six counties in Utah have opened their doors, and held late hours to accommodate the long lines of couples seeking marriage certificates.

An Open Letter to "Duck Dynasty" and Supporters

Charles Clymer | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Charles Clymer

Please take your duck whistles and complaints to the nearest Chick-fil-A and let the rest of us celebrate the triumph of the human spirit and actual bravery in free speech with those folks from Pussy Riot.

Marriage Licenses for Everyone

Paul Harris | Posted 02.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Paul Harris

It's now my one-year anniversary of my marriage to my husband and of marriage winning at the ballot box for the first time. In the time that's passed, I've seen how much difference marriage makes -- and how much more work needs to be done, especially in Oregon, the state right next door to mine.

Refusing to be Criminals (Again) - Struggle for Equality Continues in India

American Anthropological Association | Posted 02.11.2014 | Gay Voices
American Anthropological Association

Over the past four years, the recognition of equal rights for sexual minorities in India has increased significantly, as thousands of LGBTQ individuals came out to their families, friends and coworkers without the fear of being harassed, blackmailed and persecuted.

Indian Police Beat Christian And Muslim Protestors

Religion News Service | Vishal Arora | Posted 12.11.2013 | Religion

NEW DELHI (RNS) Police in India’s capital used water cannons and canes on peaceful Christian and Muslim leaders Wednesday (Dec. 11) while they were ...

Dan Choi, Leadership and the Cult of Personality

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Some survive the maelstrom and become stronger; others, like Dan, pay a very heavy price. Throwing the glare of heavy klieg lights on an already traumatized person is a recipe for disaster.

Is the Room at the Top of Civil Rights Organizations for Men Only?

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 11.01.2013 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The Achilles Heel of the civil rights organizations remained the quiet and destructive sexism within its ranks. This history burst into public in the run-up to the 50th anniversary commemoration celebration events of the March on Washington this past August.

Wanted: An Inclusive Workplace. Needed: Active Allies.

Sylvia Ann Hewlett | Posted 12.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Sylvia Ann Hewlett

The ultimate dividend: The combination of a diverse workforce and leaders who get that diversity makes companies measurably more innovative. It is a bottom-line imperative that organizations work to create a workplace where LGBT workers feel accepted.

Stand Up for Girls Today: We Are Each Other's Strength

Pam Allyn | Posted 12.11.2013 | Impact
Pam Allyn

Today is the International Day of the Girl. I want you to stand up at noon for every girl's right to tell her story. It sounds like a simple thing -- to stand up at noon. The action itself may be simple, but the statement and the intention behind the action is profound.

Post-DOMA 'Meet the Feds' Round 2: Social Security

Judy Rickard | Posted 11.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Judy Rickard

Is Karin a U.S. resident since our domestic partnership in 2007? Since our marriage in 2011? Since she received her green card this past July? The woman who took our case told us that since we were the first such case in our region, a precedent-setting determination has to be made.

We're Not Safe Until All LGBT People Are Safe

Nathan M. Schaefer | Posted 10.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Nathan M. Schaefer

Paola moved to New York from Puerto Rico to further her education and make a better life for herself. What she wasn't expecting was the discrimination she encountered.

Yes to All of Those Things

Elizabeth Baudouin | Posted 08.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Elizabeth Baudouin

In 2008, we marched for marriage equality. Now, here I was five years later, putting my finger on the moment Prop 8 ended, and dancing to ding-dong-DOMA's-dead.