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Transgender rights at risk as Trump weighs a narrowed legal view on gender


In one of the Donald Trump administration’s most flagrant acts of evil to date, a narrowed legal definition of gender that is currently under consideration could jeopardize the rights of 1.4 million transgender Americans.

A Sunday report from the New York Times makes public an effort spearheaded by the Department of Health and Human Services to more explicitly define gender under the federal civil rights law, Title IX. 

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A memo obtained by the Times stresses that enforcement of the law necessitates a more explicit definition of gender, one determined “on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable.”  Read more…

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Rihanna ‘turned down’ Super Bowl halftime show in show of support for Colin Kaepernick


Pop star was apparently approached by the NFL before they asked Maroon 5

Stan Lee is suing his ex-business manager for fraud, elder abuse


Marvel comics icon Stan Lee has filed a lawsuit against former manager Jerardo Olivarez alleging fraud, financial abuse of an elder, conversion and misappropriation of his name and likeness.

In a complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday, Olivarez is accused of being one of many “unscrupulous…

Prominent gay rights lawyer sets himself on fire in protest suicide


Prominent gay rights lawyer sets himself on fire in protest suicide  CNNIn ‘protest suicide,’ lawyer famed for gay rights cases burns himself to death in New York  Los Angeles TimesGay rights lawyer immolates self in NYC in ecology protest  ABC NewsFamed gay rights lawyer sets himself on fire at Prospect Park in protest suicide against fossil fuels  New York Daily NewsLawyer who killed himself in fossil fuels protest ‘put his heart and soul’ into all his work, colleague says  New York Daily NewsFull coverage
Trinidad and Tobago judge rules homophobic laws unconstitutional


The ruling, which declared sections of the Sexual Offences Act unconstitutional, may soon lead to decriminalising gay sex

Gay sex between consenting men in Trinidad and Tobago could soon be decriminalised following a court judgment that campaigners said might spark similar decisions elsewhere in the Caribbean.

In a ruling on Thursday, judge Devindra Rampersad said sections of the Sexual Offences Act, which prohibited “buggery” and “serious indecency” between two men, criminalised consensual same-sex activity between adults, and were unconstitutional.

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Pussy Riot cancel Israel, playing NYC before Boston Calling & Hangout


The group still insists that ”Pussy Riot has never done normal concerts in usual sense of this word, and we intend to continue this tradition,” but the live show that Pussy Riot brought to Austin for SXSW, Chicago, and a few other North American cities this year has been as close to a ”concert” as Pussy Riot seem to get. They’re now taking that show to Hangout Fest, Boston Calling, and NYC…

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Trans people express what they love about themselves in video for Transgender Day of Visibility


‘No boundaries, no restrictions, no rules’

Argentine government mocked over heterosexuality tweet


The tweet by the office of human rights called for heterosexuality to be “made visible”.

Did Martin Luther King predict his own death?


Fifty years ago, the civil rights leader gave his final speech. Did he conclude by predicting his assassination?

Martin Luther King: 50 years on


Half a century ago, Martin Luther King was assassinated and the civil rights movement lost its greatest leader. Here, prominent black British cultural figures discuss the power of his words

Novelist and Scottish poet laureate

Growing up in my house in Glasgow, there were certain people who meant the world to me. They brought the whole wide world to my house in whatever kind of weather, on dreich days, or when the snow was falling, in the spring when the cherry blossom my parents planted when they adopted my brother was blooming. Household names – Angela Davis, Nelson Mandela, Madame Allende, Martin Luther King. Our house held their names, like names of members of an extended family. We posted letters to the prisoners in South Africa. We marched against apartheid. We went to hear Madame Allende speak after the assassination of President Allende in 1973.

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