Many eyes are on Passion Star, but overall the urgency around prison rape has faltered in the 12 years since PREA passed, the Times notes. Regulations won’t do much if prisons and state governments don’t have cultures of taking sexual violence, especially against LGB and trans prisoners, seriously.
Just one month into the new year, lawmakers across the country are introducing bills to erode LGBT rights any way they can.
Come join the Speakeasy Book Club as we quest for literary enlightenment and embiggen our collective minds.
Texas is idiotic, Janet Mock on Clair Huxtable, things you can donate to or show up at, women doing things like being journalists in the Middle East, having jobs in movies, getting Amtrak residencies, riding bikes, changing sports, being fucked over (that covers a lot of this actually), and SO MUCH MORE. Welcome to your link roundup!
I can’t tell you about the head or what it has “notes” of. But I can tell you about some beers I really enjoyed, a few I didn’t, and the things that happened along the way.
In his ruling today, Judge Lee Yeakel didn’t mince words when he explained his decision to strike down a requirement that clinics meet the standards of ambulatory surgical center.
Texas Governor Rick Perry has been indicted on felony corruption charges for attempting to strong-arm Austin District Attorney out of office through by vetoing funding to anti-corruption office.
“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.”
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.
“My friends who hadn’t left town took me to new restaurants and bars they had found during their fledgling adulthood. Strangers lived in what had been my home. The girl I loved in May wasn’t speaking to me. I had a wonderful time, but I learned the city wasn’t mine anymore.”
These snacks are super unusual and will probably gross you out. But oh, they’re magic.
James Larry Cosby, father of murdered Texas lesbian Britney Cosby, was arrested and charged with two counts tampering with evidence.
Two women’s families are demanding answers after their bodies were found dumped outside a Galveston County convenience store.
Y’all, a federal judge rules Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional!
Kate Moenning, Holly Miranda, Natasha Lyonne, Lea DeLaria and more from the cast of Orange is the New Black will be talking about vagina justice, so you better tune in and watch online.
Earlier this week, Judge Lee Yeakel ruled one part of Texas’ abortion bill unconstitutional. Now, just a few days later the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed his ruling, meaning that one third of Texas’ remaining abortion clinics must stop providing their services immediately.
A federal judge ruled parts of Texas’ abortion law unconstitutional. But don’t rejoice just yet, access to abortion across the nation is still on the line.
I went to the Texas State Fair and all I got was a lousy turkey leg.
Texas Sen. Wendy Davis announced she’s running for governor. Take that, Perry and Abbott!
State officials have cited marriage bans as defense for the decision, and federal facilities in each state will comply with the policy.