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    Uganda and Nigeria have launched campaigns to ban homosexuality and throw gays in jail.

    Everything you need to know about Africa’s anti-gay crackdown

     


  3. Sunnie Kahle has short hair. She enjoys wearing sneakers and playing sports. She also “cries when she comes home because she wants to go back to Timberlake Christian [School] with her friends.” 

    8-year-old girl removed from school because she isn’t feminine enough

     


  4. A volatile mixture of arousal and shame, attraction and disgust may partially explain why the Duke University undergraduate who was recently outed as a porn actress has become the target of vicious verbal abuse online. With 70 percent of men aged 18 to 24 admitting to watching porn, I find it hard to believe that all of those threatening her with violence unambiguously disapprove of her choice of career. More likely, they find it simultaneously alluring and repulsive to think of one of their peers acting in a porn movie — and react by turning their self-loathing outward toward the external source of their discomfort.
     


  5. What’s stopping Chloie Jonnson from competing against other women are misconstrued beliefs about human anatomy after transitioning. Jonnson is a woman, and hopefully one day people will understand enough about being transgender to allow her to compete with her peers.
     


  6. Never mind that nine in ten gay students report being bullied because of their sexual orientation. Forget that gay teens are more than three times as likely to commit suicide than their peers. And completely ignore that one-fifth of LBGT employees say they’ve been discriminated against when it comes to hiring, pay, and promotions. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) wants you to know who the real bullies are when it comes to gay rights: the gay community itself.
     

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  8. Just flip through the opening pages of everyone’s favorite work of secular prophesy — Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America — and you’ll find a provocative alternative interpretation of Christianity’s role in the creation of the revolutionary ideal of human equality. The stunningly rapid rise of support for gay marriage over the past two decades is just the latest in a very long line of victories for that consummately Christian ideal — and it’s unlikely to be the last.
     

  9. Facebook just added 56 new gender options. Don’t know the difference between “cisgender” and “intersex?” We’ve got you covered.

     

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  11. Meet today’s two contestants: Ryou Sawai, a heterosexual Japanese porn star with a ’90s boy-band haircut, and Takuya, a gay man who owns a bar called Cholesterol. The challenge: Can Takuya bring Sawai to orgasm against his will within 40 minutes?

    Welcome to Japan’s Orgasm Wars.

     

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    There’s the notion that the affair is somehow Broadwell’s fault. How could Petraeus resist? Broadwell with her “form-fitting” clothes, “tight skirts,” and “toned arms” — in other words, “a shameless self-promoting prom queen” and a “slut” to boot — apparently “got her claws” into him. "The anecdotes and chatter that implicitly or explicitly wonder at the spidery wiles she must have used to throw the mighty man off his path are laughably ignorant of history," says Frank Bruni at The New York Times, “which suggests that mighty men are all too ready to tumble, loins first.” And it’s further evidence that women are “unfairly assigned the role of gatekeepers of sexual morality,” says Alison Yarrow at The Daily Beast, “a designation that makes them easy to blame when men fall short.”

    Why the media’s coverage of the David Patraeus affair is sexist

    (Source: theweek.com)

     

  13. "Everybody has the right to have their health care needs met, whether they are in prison or out on the streets. People in the prisons who have bad hearts, hips, or knees have surgery to repair those things. My medical needs are no less important or more important than the person in the cell next to me." 

    In 1993, Michelle Kosilek, who then went by Robert, was convicted in the 1990 murder of his wife, Cheryl Kosilek. Also in 1993, Kosilek officially changed his name to Michelle. Diagnosed with severe gender identity disorder, Kosilek has been living as a woman in an otherwise all-male prison in Norfolk, Mass., for the last two decades.

    In a potentially groundbreaking ruling, a federal judge has ordered Massachusetts to let a transgender prisoner undergo a sex-change operation — and make taxpayers foot the bill. 

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