Derrek Lutz wears dress to prom, wins prom king


This story is a bit old, but too good not to share. Amidst all of the queer and gender non-conforming panic around prom season (remember Constance McMillen?), Derrek Lutz’s story was buried.
Derrek is a high school student in New Jersey who self-identifies as a crossdresser. While some folks have used crossdresser as a derrogatory term to refer to trans or gender non-conforming folks, there is a community of people who self-identify as crossdressers. This might mean they sometimes dress in clothes of the gender they weren’t assigned at birth. It doesn’t mean they are gay or queer necessarily. The most vocal part of the crossdressing community is male-assigned folks who dress as women.
Okay, gender ...


This story is a bit old, but too good not to share. Amidst all of the queer and gender non-conforming panic around prom season (remember Constance McMillen?), Derrek Lutz’s story was buried.
Derrek ...

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Students at a high school in Nebraska threw hundreds of fake “green cards” on the soccer field after a game against a predominantly Latino high school.
Guttmacher reports that many trained ob-gyns who intend to provide abortions never do.
President Obama angers immigration reform activists by preparing to send 1200 troops to “secure” the US-Mexico border.

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Students at a high school in Nebraska

Anti-choicers don’t hate the pill, they just love the environment!

This is a new one:

The following is released by the American Life League and the following groups:
WHO: American Life League , Human Life International, Pro-Life Wisconsin, Pharmacists for Life International, Archdiocese of Mobile Respect Life, Operation Rescue, Jill Stanek, Generation Life/Brandi Swindell, Life Education Ministry, Pro-Life Unity, Movement for a Better America, AMEN (Abortion Must End Now), Pro-Life Action of Oregon, Children of God for Life, Expectant Mother Care/Chris Slattery, Mother and Unborn Baby Care, Defenders of the Unborn, California Right to Life Education Fund, Delaware Pro-Life Coalition, Life Guard, Homeschoolers for Life, Focus Pregnancy Center, Central Texas Voices for Life and Dubuque County Right to Life
WHAT: Protest the Pill Day 2010: The Pill Kills the Environment

This is a new one:

The following is released by the American Life League and the following groups:
WHO: American Life League , Human Life International, Pro-Life Wisconsin, Pharmacists for Life International, Archdiocese of Mobile Respect Life, ...

Kamla Persad-Bissessar elected first ever female Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago


In elections last night the people of Trinidad and Tobago elected their first ever female Prime Minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar. From her acceptance speech:

“We will build on our collective strength and character and everyone of us will rise; no one will be left behind,” said Persad-Bissessar, whose United National Congress party draws support mainly from people of East Indian ancestry.


In elections last night the people of Trinidad and Tobago elected their first ever female Prime Minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar. From her acceptance speech:

“We will build on our collective strength and character and ...

Out Iranian lesbian Kiana Firouz denied asylum by UK

I mentioned this case in a What We Missed post a few weeks back, but Thea at Racialicious posted again about it and I think it deserves a longer mention. Kiana Firouz, an out lesbian from Iran living in the UK has been trying to petition for asylum.
She’s afraid to go back to Iran because of the film, Cul de Sac, which is about lesbians in Iran and focuses on her life. Trailer for the film below, it’s NSFW because of some brief nudity.

Transcript: No narration, just instrumental music.
Kiana published this letter in the blog LGBT Asylum:

I, Kiana Firouz, an Iranian Lesbian, born in 1983 in Tehran/Iran, have sought asylum in the U.K but ...

I mentioned this case in a What We Missed post a few weeks back, but Thea at Racialicious posted again about it and I think it deserves a longer mention. Kiana Firouz, an out lesbian ...

Looks like ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ is done

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell might finally be dead:

In a major breakthrough just in time to energize the Democratic voter base for the fall, the White House has given its blessing to a compromise repealing the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ban on gays serving openly in the military. The measure, which could face a vote this week, would allow the Pentagon to move forward with its review of the best way to end the Clinton-era policy.

The ban will come in the form of an amendment to the defense spending bill and should be introduced for a vote this week.
Reports from the White House imply that the recent protests have had an impact on speeding up conversations on the ...

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell might finally be dead:

In a major breakthrough just in time to energize the Democratic voter base for the fall, the White House has given its blessing to a compromise repealing the “Don’t ...

Today in Feminist History: Happy birthday Eve & Dixie

Two feminist birthdays to celebrate today: Eve Ensler and Dixie Carter.

On May 25, 1953, Eve Ensler was born. Ensler (pictured left) is best known for her play the Vagina Monologues, which continues to be reproduced around the world to spark dialogue about violence against women and girls.

On May 25, 1939, Dixie Carter was born. Carter (pictured right) is best known for her role on the long running show Designing Women. The show was about a woman-owned interior design firm in Atlanta. Carter died in April of this year.

Two feminist birthdays to celebrate today: Eve Ensler and Dixie Carter.

On May 25, 1953, Eve Ensler was born. Ensler (pictured left) is best known for her play the Vagina Monologues, which continues ...

What We Missed

Abortion services will be advertised on British television for the first time
Author Bret Easton Ellis thinks women can’t direct movies because film is “a medium that really is built for the male gaze and for a male sensibility.”
Anonymity for rape defendants? Seriously?!
Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is being criticized for…wait for it…not crossing her legs while sitting.

Abortion services will be advertised on British television for the first time
Author Bret Easton Ellis thinks women can’t direct movies because film is “a medium that really is built for the male gaze and ...

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