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The founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, Fred Phelps Sr., died of natural causes at 84-years-old on Wednesday, March 19th. Phelps and his small Topeka, Kansas-based congregation, which is largely comprised of his own extended family members, is best known for leading repugnant anti-gay protests at public events such as funerals of AIDS victims and deceased members of the armed forces. The church was founded in the 1950's and has been spewing nonsense for way ... Read More
 “What are women’s human rights?  Are all women given the same rights? Are men and women equal yet?  What are your hopes for the world’s women and girls in the decade ahead?” These are all questions the International Museum of Women is asking people across the globe…through art. The organization recently launched a huge-scale art project to raise awareness about what we STILL need to achieve for gender equality. ... Read More
Some people really have a problem with referring to him- or herself as a feminist. Generally, even if someone still believes in gender equality, they still tend to get defensive when someone calls them a feminist. This is clear in first segment of an article published in the Guardian written by a man who, when asked by a fellow journalist to answer some questions about male feminism, agreed to speak, but was adamant about not being labeled a “feminist." He ... Read More
  Civil rights, you're doing it wrong. The Supreme Court has decided to strike down sections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 - taking some major steps backwards for fair democracy in our country. The Act was made to protect the minority vote and was a huge victory for the Civil Rights Movement in the '60s. All states run their own elections; that’s part of the deal, but the federal government provides the guidelines to do so via the VRA. Now those ... Read More
In honor of today's Proposition 8 hearings and tomorrow's scheduled arguments for and against the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, we found this clip to be more than appropriate. Leave it to Sophia to put it ever-so-eloquently. Blanche is bothered/upset/disturbed by the thought of her brother, Clayton, getting married to his boyfriend, Doug. Sophia shoots down the idea of religion opposing marriage rights and gives Blanche a short, sweet speech ... Read More
It’s no big secret that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” resulted in the discharge of thousands of LGBTQ service-members since its inception.  But now, nearly one year after the discriminatory law was repealed, lesbian army reserve officer, Tammy Smith, is being celebrated as the first openly gay brigadier general. According to the military newspaper Stars and Stripes, the dedicated military official served in Afghanistan and acted as ... Read More
With his official candidacy imminent, Mitt Romney's campaign spent this week addressing his dismal popularity among women voters by doing a classic political move I like to call Flippin' the Script (very technical terminology here, I know). Democrats, according to Romney, have been accusing Republicans of waging a war on women when really, it's Obama's economic policies that have been, "turning the clock back 20 years on American women. " Oh. Let's unpack this ... Read More