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John Oliver takes on the situation in Ferguson.

“When will being a person be evidence enough that you deserve to stay alive in America?”

One father tells what he did after the police killed his son.

Is his life worth less than mine?

Amnesty International sends unprecedented delegation to Ferguson.

“Neither deserved to be executed for stealing cigarillos.”

Our own Lori has a LTE responding to that New Yorker piece on TERFs.

Mo’ne Davis FTW.

Laverne Cox’s wish for America is “spaces where we have real gender freedom.”

The New York City Council Speaker tweets her HPV status.

Getting an abortion is usually not a difficult decision.

On Islan Nettles, the New Jersey 4 and the illusion of security for LGBTQ people of color.

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Quote of the Day: “My past is littered with the bones of men…”

roberts 2She said she was all too aware that if she was selected, she would represent several hundred male athletes in the N.B.A.; she would deal with league officials and agents who were nearly all men; she would negotiate with team owners who were almost all men; and she would stand before reporters who were predominantly men.

She did not flinch.  ”My past,” she told the room, “is littered with the bones of men who were foolish enough to think I was someone they could sleep on.”

Meet the new head of the NBA players union, Michele A. Roberts. A former public defender, Roberts will be the first female leader of a major North American professional sports union. Read More »

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Ireland denies suicidal rape survivor an abortion and forces her to undergo a C-section

Ireland’s abortion law drew international outrage after the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar a couple years ago. The attention, combined with the long-term advocacy of local and international human rights organizations, spurred the government to ever-so-slightly loosen its restrictions to allow abortion “when there is a real and substantial risk to the life of the mother, including the threat of suicide over a pregnancy.“ But the new law didn’t help this teenager:

The unnamed woman, now 18, was reportedly raped as a minor and sought an abortion just eight weeks into her pregnancy. Even after experts found her to be suicidal – a prerequisite for abortion under a new Irish law – she was denied access to the procedure. According to a report by the Sunday Times, the woman, who is not an Irish citizen, believes that the government deliberately delayed her case – both through the state’s decision to ignore psychiatric experts and via her inability to travel because of her legal status – so that she would have to carry the pregnancy at least through the fetus’s viability. After going on a hunger strike, she was forced to undergo a caesarean section at just 25 weeks into her pregnancy.

That’s 17 full weeks after she first sought help.

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New Jersey school bans trans girl from school unless she dresses as a boy

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Rachel Pepe (Image via Pink News)

A New Jersey middle school is refusing to allow 13-year-old Rachel Pepe to return to her school unless she dresses and identifies as a boy.

As reported by the Asbury Park Press, Thorne Middle School in Middletown, New Jersey informed Rachel’s mom, Angela Peters, that she must come back to school prepared to dress like and act like a boy as well as use the name on her birth certificate. No accommodations would be made for her gender identity; Peters suggested letting Rachel use the bathroom in the nurse’s office, but the school rejected that idea.

Peters believes sending Rachel to a new private school that is accepting would be the ideal solution, but Middletown School District is also not willing to support any of the tuition costs.

Rachel was suffering from anxiety and depression before she transitioned last year. “She would get off the bus and just cry, then she would go to sleep for 17 or 20 hours and refuse to go back there,” her mother explained. ”I am not sending her back as Brian because the depression will start again.”  Read More »

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Teens create new app to hold police accountable


As Ferguson continues to reel after Michael Brown’s death and the police threaten to shoot journalists and tear gas children, three badass teenage coders from Georgia have developed a timely mobile app to hold police accountable.

Five-O, created by siblings Ima, Asha, and Caleb Christian, allows users to detail their encounters with police officers and rate them on their professionalism. Anyone can check how their community stacks up and the information will be sent to law enforcement. “We’d like to know which regions in the US provide horrible law enforcement services as well as highlight the agencies that are highly rated by their citizens, explained senior Ima.” In addition to putting more power into the hands of citizens when interacting with law enforcement, we believe that highly rated police departments should be used as models for those that fail at providing quality law enforcement services.”  Read More »

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