What We Missed

In another transgender issues win, SEIU voted that their locals will bargain for trans-inclusive health care as part of their contracts.

Mary E. Gonzalez, who is Latina and a lesbian, will become Texas’ only out LGBT legislator.

This sexist mailing from a DC-based credit union is just absurd – a picture of boobs and not much else.

The US is number 1! …in incarcerations. Check out this infographic from the ACLU.

In another transgender issues win, SEIU voted that their locals will bargain for trans-inclusive health care as part of their contracts.

Mary E. Gonzalez, who is Latina and a lesbian, will become Texas’ only out LGBT ...

Failed Lila Rose hoax and “PRENDA the pretenda” bill inspire dialogue around sex-selective abortion

As Vanessa explained yesterday, the House of Representatives is set vote on the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA), legislation that would ban abortion performed based on the fetus’ sex.  The vote was scheduled to happen today, but was pushed to tomorrow at the last minute. You’ll remember that the law would require doctors to report any person seeking an abortion to the authorities if there’s any suspicion the abortion is sex-selective — and if they don’t report them, the doctors themselves could face jail time.

The timing is very auspicious. Live Action, the anti-choice group with a history of staging failed “sting” and hoax operations inside Planned Parenthood, has released their latest missive, and it is also focused on sex-selective ...

As Vanessa explained yesterday, the House of Representatives is set vote on the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA), legislation that would ban abortion performed based on the fetus’ sex.  The vote was scheduled to happen today, but ...

Rich white dudes will spend a billion dollars in upcoming elections, still ‘meh’ about equal pay for women

News reports from Politico and others show that a cast of conspicuously color-coordinated (read: white) conservative characters including the likes of Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers are pledging a billion dollar shadow campaign to defeat the President. That’s billion with a b!!!

The $1 billion in outside money is in addition to the traditional party apparatus – the Romney campaign and the Republican National Committee – which together intend to raise at least $800 million. Which means that Steve Benen was right when he said that Obama would be facing “a far-right wall of at least $1.8 billion between now and Election Day. To say this is without precedent in a major democracy is a dramatic understatement.”

In the ...

News reports from Politico and others show that a cast of conspicuously color-coordinated (read: white) conservative characters including the likes of Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers are pledging a billion dollar shadow campaign to defeat ...

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A sea change in transgender rights

The past month or so has been incredible for transgender rights victories, and I want to acknowledge this moment. We’re seeing the kind of movement on trans issues that I’ve dreamed of – our community is finally winning the protections we need. I think this has a lot to do with the ways trans folks have shared our stories and organized for our rights, including at online spaces like Feministing.

On Sunday, Nok Yonlada, who is trans, won a provincial election in Thailand. This means a lot in terms of visibility, to have an out trans woman representing constituents as an elected official. Argentina made trans health care a human right and gave folks the right to legally change their genders without ...

The past month or so has been incredible for transgender rights victories, and I want to acknowledge this moment. We’re seeing the kind of movement on trans issues that I’ve dreamed of – our community is finally winning the ...

What We Missed

New York Magazine has a compelling feature about the parents of transgender kids.

Remember that pastor who said that gays and lesbians should be rounded up and put inside an electric fence? Thousands of people have shown up to protest him.

Good news: the proportion of op-eds that are written by women is growing. Bad news: it’s still woefully small.

We’ve come a long way thanks to Title IX – but definitely not all the way.

Season 2 of Awkward Black Girl starts June 14!

New York Magazine has a compelling feature about the parents of transgender kids.

Remember that pastor who said that gays and lesbians should be rounded up and put inside an electric fence? Thousands of people have ...

House to vote tomorrow on discriminatory PRENDA bill

As Shark likes to say, “Nothing says JOBS like a race-baiting woman hating fetal sovereignty bill!”

Tomorrow, the House of Representatives will vote on the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA), legislation that would ban abortion performed based on the fetus’ sex. The law would require doctors to report any person seeking an abortion to the authorities if there’s any suspicion the abortion is sex-selective — and if they don’t report them, the doctors themselves could face jail time. The race-baiting here is more than evident. Heads of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s ForumNational Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and the Black Women’s Health Imperative have a joint op-ed at HuffPo on the legislation:

This bill means that all women ...

As Shark likes to say, “Nothing says JOBS like a race-baiting woman hating fetal sovereignty bill!”

Tomorrow, the House of Representatives will vote on the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA), legislation that would ban abortion performed based ...

Latest Live Action video: Black and white and wrong all over

Live Action, the anti-choice group whose activism method of choice is the selectively-edited video of “sting” operations inside Planned Parenthood, has released their latest missive. We reported last month that this was coming down the pipeline, and now, here it is, in all its shaky, hand-held, black-and-white, ominous and glaringly biased glory.

Here’s the thing. Yes, sex-selective abortion happens, and that is awful. Sex-selective abortion happens. It happens because of sexism. It happens because in almost every culture around the world, boys and men are valued more than girls and women. It happens because boys and men have, on the whole, better lives – more rights, more opportunities, more freedom – than girls and women. Men are not ...

Live Action, the anti-choice group whose activism method of choice is the selectively-edited video of “sting” operations inside Planned Parenthood, has released their latest missive. We reported last month that this was coming down the pipeline, ...

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