GLAAD Report: TV got less LGBT this year

Yesterday, GLAAD released their annual report on LGBT representation on TV. And the numbers ain’t that great: after steady increases over the past few years, the number of LGBT characters on network television has dropped. They will make up 2.9% of scripted series regular characters this season, down from 3.9% last year. Cable’s regular characters number has dropped a bit as well, though an increase in LGBT recurring characters means there will be close to the same number of total queer characters. Which isn’t great, considering the number of characters should be increasing a lot each year if we really want to be seeing improvements in representation.

When we start to look at intersectional identities the numbers get even worse. ...

Yesterday, GLAAD released their annual report on LGBT representation on TV. And the numbers ain’t that great: after steady increases over the past few years, the number of LGBT characters on network television has dropped. They ...

Indonesian sex therapist starts new podcast to tackle myths about sex


Photo via AP.

This is great. Today Zoya Amirin, the only woman certified as a sex therapist in Indonesia, is launching a weekly podcast, called “In Bed with Zoya,” to debunk common myths about sex and contraception.

“People here really believe in myths … that’s my biggest challenge,” said Amirin, adding she wants to make her show as cool as possible so people will tune in without feeling they’re being talked down to.

“It’s time to embrace our sexuality in a healthy way,” she said, “and to be mature in our understanding.”

Nearly 40% of Indonesian teenagers have had sex and almost half of them do not use contraception with new partners. And while the folklore about gecko saliva curing ...


Photo via AP.

This is great. Today Zoya Amirin, the only woman certified as a sex therapist in Indonesia, is launching a weekly podcast, called “In Bed with Zoya,” to debunk common myths about sex ...

Local clerk in New York refuses to sign gay marriage licenses

I have so little patience for this bullshit.

After New York legalized same-sex marriage last June, some local clerks resigned rather than have to sign marriage licenses for gay couples. But in Ledyard, a rural upstate town, the town clerk Rose Marie Belforti avoids committing that terrible sin by having her deputy sign all marriage licenses instead. She explains, “God doesn’t want me to do this, so I can’t do what God doesn’t want me to do.”

Now a lesbian couple who didn’t want to reschedule with her deputy (you know, since they already waited for a decade to be able to get legally hitched) is considering filing a lawsuit. If they do, the case could test “how the ...

I have so little patience for this bullshit.

After New York legalized same-sex marriage last June, some local clerks resigned rather than have to sign marriage licenses for gay couples. But in Ledyard, a rural ...

Roman Polanski admits the girl he raped was his “victim”

Nearly 35 years after the fact, Roman Polanski, finally concedes that drugging and raping a 13-year old girl was a mistake.

In a new documentary, Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir, that premiered at the Zurich Film Festival this week, the award-winning director and bail-jumping fugitive apologized to Samantha Greimer, the woman he raped back in 1977: “She is a double victim: My victim, and a victim of the press.”

Ok, sure. Definitely true that Greimer was a victim of the press–as every woman who accuses a powerful man of rape is. In fact, she was so traumatized by the media attention that hounded her once she pressed charges against Polanski that she eventually just wanted ...

Nearly 35 years after the fact, Roman Polanski, finally concedes that drugging and raping a 13-year old girl was a mistake.

In a new documentary, Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir, that premiered at the ...

What We Missed

Lisa Wade of Sociological Images drops some serious knowledge (like, backed up with research and statistics everything) about hook up culture on college campuses.

At The Grio, our Zerlina asks if the youngest person ever executed in America was innocent.

Women rock: Joan Jett, Heart and Chaka Khan have all been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

A former US Olympic gymnastics coach has been accused of molesting his female athletes.

At Salon, Rebecca Traister interviews the producer of Bridesmaids about how that movie has created opportunities for women in Hollywood, particularly in comedy.

House Republicans want to know exactly how Planned Parenthood keeps its abortion funds separate from the funds for all the rest of ...

Lisa Wade of Sociological Images drops some serious knowledge (like, backed up with research and statistics everything) about hook up culture on college campuses.

At The Grio, our Zerlina asks if the youngest person ever executed ...

L’Shana Tova/Happy New Year

Something that many people don’t know just by looking at me is that I am Jewish. Although I am no longer a practicing Jew and don’t currently identify heavily with any organized religion, I was raised in a conservative synagogue and Bat Mitzvah’d as a teen. Being a Jew of color has been for me a very complicated and interesting thing. Recently, after much thought and internal debate, I  signed up for a birthright trip to Israel, and I’m headed there for the first time ever in the Spring. But my thoughts on that are best saved for another time!

This is a post to wish all our Jewish readers, and even the non-Jewish ones, a very happy Rosh Hashanah ( ...

Something that many people don’t know just by looking at me is that I am Jewish. Although I am no longer a practicing Jew and don’t currently identify heavily with any organized religion, I was raised in ...

The Wednesday Weigh In: Nobel peace prize edition

WikiLeaks’ Australian founder Julian Assange, pictured above holding an Australian peace award he received in May of this year.

The Nobel Peace Prize nominees for 2011 were recently announced, and there were a few surprises in the bunch. 

241 candidates, have been nominated for this year’s award, which, in addition to Arab Spring superstars such as Wael Ghonim, Tunisian blogger Lina Ben Mhenni, and Egyptian Israa Abdel Fattah, includes Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks. You’ll also remember him as having been extradited to Sweden for sexual assault allegations.

Recent winners of the award include President Barack Obama and Chinese literary critic, writer, professor, and human rights activist Liu Xiaobo.

Which brings me to this week’s Wednesday Weigh-In:

What ...

WikiLeaks’ Australian founder Julian Assange, pictured above holding an Australian peace award he received in May of this year.

The Nobel Peace Prize nominees for 2011 were recently announced, and there were a ...

Australian Army opens combat positions to women

Yesterday, the Australian Army announced that it will become the third army in the world to allow women to fight in combat positions. The policy change is expected to be implemented within five years. The change is especially notable because it’s apparently the last thing standing between Australia and complete adherence to the UN convention on discrimination against women.

Defence Force officials are also hoping that allowing women to serve in more positions will result in an increase in the number of women in leadership positions. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, women make up 18.5% of the Australian Defence Force but just 4.5% of the senior ranks across the army, navy and air force. The SMH reports:

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Yesterday, the Australian Army announced that it will become the third army in the world to allow women to fight in combat positions. The policy change is expected to be implemented within five years. The change ...

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