Tonight out lesbian Lori Lightfoot was elected as Mayor of Chicago, making her the first black woman and first openly LGBTQ+ person to hold the position. Still, local activists worry she may not lead a new progressive vision for the city.
Doppelgängers, toxic workplaces (so many to choose from!), Trump’s impeachment, did you cry about Stranger Things 2?, California’s turning all its kids gay probably, and so much more!
The first-of-its-kind study revealed some surprising findings on queer and disabled folks in particular.
Jasmine Richards, founder of the Black Lives Matter chapter in Pasadena, was sentenced to 90 days for “lynching”; meanwhile, Brock Turner, convicted rapist, was sentenced to 6 months in jail; Home Depot’s founder endorses Trump; four people are arrested for the death of trans man, Amos Beede and more news.
“What’s so scary about HB 2 is that it doesn’t seem discriminatory when first read, but the contradictions are all over it. It says that North Carolinians have the right not to be discriminated against, but then makes the basis of that protection “biological sex”, immediately endangering anyone who isn’t cisgender. This is terrifying.”
Voting for women isn’t all it takes to reach gender parity in politics. Changing our political system from the bottom-up will go a lot further.
New Mexico and Indiana lawmakers file anti-LGBT bills to discuss in the 2016 legislative session, the officers responsible for Tamir Rice’s death will not be charged, Kentucky’s new governor granted Kim Davis a Christmas wish but also has to pay $2M for the attorneys who won the same-sex marriage case, and more news!
These women mounted movements, won awards, told important stories, and otherwise shook the sh*t out of this planet in 2015.
Houston failed to pass a nondiscrimination ordinance by a really wide margin. It’s frightening to think how successful Republicans and religious right-wing conservatives were at creating a fearmongering, smear campaign against trans women and how it ultimately won over voters and the election.
It’s gonna be a close race in Houston as it decides if a nondiscrimination ordinances passes, there’s a bunch of other municipal elections happening that you should keep an eye on, Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project has a new survey to gather stories and data on LGBTQ immigrant experiences, the AP uncovered over 1,000 cases where law enforcement officers committed a sex crime and more news stories.
Autostraddle and A-Camp staff and family members are here to talk about what PP means to us as LGBT folks, and why we need it to be around for a very, very long time.
This is an essay about searching for the most effective ways to engage those ambivalent, apathetic, or misinformed people who might otherwise find themselves on the right side of justice.
It is more than marriage. It is about the great work we are doing on everything else, because we want to win all the battles. We need all the things!
Ferguson protestors were able to meet with U.S. Attorney Callahan to voice demands.
“An entire year has passed since the shouts heard around the world reverberated throughout the Texas Capitol and forced the state legislature to come to a screeching halt. Rise Up/Levanta Texas formed in late June 2013 as a grassroots response to a growing awareness that our bodies, stories, and voices were being made invisible within the larger narrative surrounding reproductive rights and HB 2.”
Instead of taking away university funding, the State found a way to ensure these schools will teach only “appropriate” subjects.
The GOP is digging its heels into the sand as the tide turns. But hateful platform language and fist shaking will not stop the ocean. Texas is too big to smother with such small ideas.
“We all, collectively, need to employ the people who report on issues important to us. And whether we like it or not, whether we relate to the general populace in the area where we live or not, those things happening in our most local sectors effect our lives immensely — even more immensely, usually, than national or international issues and news stories.”
In Idaho several campaigns have started up to make sure that the few protections LGBTQ people have remain and that more are added. They are currently facing strong opposition, but haven’t given up the fight yet.
Let me disrupt your fifty state narrative.