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Three members of Pussy Riot, the radical, neon balaclava-wearing group of Russian feminist activists that challenged the Kremlin with their electrified feminist performance protests, went on trial in Moscow on Monday in a case that will set the tone for Vladimir Putin's new presidency. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29, and Maria Alekhina, 24, face up to seven years in jail, simply for performing a protest song in a cathedral. They felt that ... Read More
Talk about creepy: one California councilman has been charged with sexual assault of not one, but seven women working with him. According to prosecutors, while managing the Orange County Public Works, Carlos Bustamante asked female employees into his office under the guise of talking about business. Once inside, he would kiss, grab, and masturbate in front of them. There are at least 12 other cases in which Bustamante can’t be charged due to limitations, but ... Read More
Today is a victory for equal rights in Massachusetts, where a federal appeals court just declared that  the federal Defense of Marriage act is unconstitutional on the grounds that it unfairly denies equal benefits to legally married same-sex couples.   The ruling is also a victory for the Obama administration, which had refused to defend that part of the 1996 law. Although the decision does not establish a national right to gay marriage, hopefully the ... Read More
Diane Tran is a straight-A student at Willis High School near Houston, Texas. She takes advanced placement and dual credit courses, and works hard for her good grades. She works two jobs outside of school to support her older brother and younger sister, for whom she is financially responsible. She is also, according Texas law and Judge Lanny Moriarty, a criminal. Tran was recently sentenced to 24 hours in jail and a $100 fine for missing too many days of school. ... Read More
After reading every day about more backwards policies being advocated across the U.S., it’s easy to forget that progressive and liberal agendas sometimes succeed, too (just not here, lately). Earlier this month, Argentina passed a thoroughly modern law that changes many of the restrictions transgender individuals previously faced. Now, individuals can apply to change their gender on official government documents (namely IDs) without first undergoing a ... Read More
In September of 2010, Tyler Clementi committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington bridge. While no one can know what was going through his mind on the day he killed himself, many vehemently believe that it was the actions of his roommate, Dharun Ravi, that drove him to do so. Yesterday, Dharun was sentenced in a New Jersey supreme court to 30 days in prison for invading his roommate's privacy by using his webcam to expose Tyler having sex with another man ... Read More
We recently spotted an interesting link floating around the internets courtesy of Racked.com, an interview with a woman who's been hanging out in the East Village...all out. Hats off, or tops off, rather, to Moira Johnston for her confidence. She's been going topless for a few weeks in New York in honor of the legality of the act. In fact, she insists, "It's to raise awareness that's it's legal for woman to be topless anywhere a guy can be without a shirt since ... Read More
                              Yesterday, the House passed the Protect Life Act, which would ban women from using federal money to purchase health care plans that cover abortions.  It would also allow hospital and health care providers to refuse to provide abortions for women “if it has objections on grounds of conscience.” No matter the circumstances. Even if an ... Read More
Just one minute past midnight (EDT), the 18-year-old DADT (Don't Ask Don't Tell) law finally got KO'ed for good, which means gay and lesbian service members can now do their duties without lugging the closet door around with them. The law, which was implemented with seemingly good intentions (as a compromise to full equality), swayed wildly off-course into huge controversy. It required gay and lesbian members of the military to keep their sexuality a secret while ... Read More
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