North Coast Journal » Oh, Sister! →
tbellwoods: Via @sesmithwrites, a wonderful in-depth profile of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence—their work in Humboldt County, CA and around the world, from their humble but still fabulous beginnings in San Francisco. To date, the Eureka Sisters have raised more than $100,000 for local charities. Not bad for a non-religious order of, if we may oversimplify for a moment, predominantly gay...
Australia Introduces New Passport Rules Allowing... →
Australia introduced new passport rules today, allowing citizens to select male, female, or indeterminate as their gender.
"...here's one girl who wasn't happy playing our... →
Border House Blog: After a single letter sent by 14 year old Lexi Peters to the president of EA sports, you can now choose to create a woman hockey player. A single letter!
Social Security Ends Gender "No-Match" Letters,... →
“Ending this practice, which has endangered transgender people and our jobs, has been a priority for NCTE and we are pleased that the SSA has updated its policy.”
Obama to Recognize Same Sex Couples in Deportation... →
Colorlines: the agency indicated that for the purposes of deportation policy, it will recognize same-sex couples and families as real families.
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director Dr. Babatunde...– Feminist Daily News 8/24/2011: UNFPA Pledges $70 Million to Bangladesh
Navy clears gay WWII vet's record →
Nearly 70 years after expelling Melvin Dwork for being gay, the Navy is changing his discharge from “undesirable” to “honorable” — marking what is believed to be the first time the Pentagon has taken such a step on behalf of a World War II veteran since the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
Victory! NJ Gov. Signs Bill So Survivors Won't Be... →
“In no other crime would it even be contemplated that victims receive an invoice for the collection of evidence needed to prosecute the offenders,” stated Sen. Allen. “Victims who receive a bill are needlessly forced to relive their attack all over again by the very people to whom they turned for help.” Democratic State Assemblywoman Annette Qujano, another...
The Open Video Conference has adopted a harassment... →
This talk will contain explicit sexual discussion and imagery. This may be offensive, triggering, or uninteresting to attendees. As such, attendees are welcome to leave at any point and for any reason — even an important (or not) phone call. Please keep this discussion inside the auditorium, and refrain from discussing the content of this talk with other attendees outside of the session...
Holder is moving the agency away from weak or no enforcement of civil rights...– Obama and Civil Rights Enforcement :: racismreview.com
First trans member on DNC committee →
gaywrites: For the first time, the Democratic National Committee has elected a transgender person to be a member of its executive committee. Babs Casbar Siperstein of Edison, New Jersey was named to the committee this weekend. In 2009 she became the first out trans person on the DNC. She has worked hard for transgender visibility and interests within the party, according to Blue Jersey. When...
Seattle: Paid Sick Leave passes →
The Seattle City Council on Monday signed off on a plan to require city businesses with five or more employees to provide paid sick leave starting in September 2012. The bill requires businesses to provide paid sick days for employees to recuperate or provide care to an ill family member.
Greennews4u: Empire State Building Achieves LEED... →
greennews4u: Empire State Building Company, Jones Lang LaSalle and U.S. Green Building Council announce milestone achievement for World’s Most Famous Office Building NEW YORK, Sept. 13, 2011 - The Empire State Building has been awarded a LEED® Gold for Existing Buildings certification as further…
Submit to Hope in Progress!
What have you read this week that’s brought you some hope? Got a social justice success story? Something that’s made your liberal toes tingle? Maybe you should submit it to Hope in Progress!
Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes writes open... →
Chris Hughes & fiancé Sean Eldridge have pledged to donate $10 for each person who likes Equality NC’s page on Facebook – up to $10,000 – to support the work of the organization between now and Tuesday.
Update: Justice for Kelley Williams-Bolar! →
Crunk Feminist Collective: Ohio Governor John Kasich disagreed with the parole board and granted Williams-Bolar clemency earlier this week. The result is that her felony convictions have been reduced to misdemeanors, and she will be able to pursue her education and her dreams of becoming an educator.
Argentina's big step towards true sexual equality →
genderqueer: cassket: The 15 July last year was a historic day for equality in Latin America. Argentina was the first country in the region to legalise same-sex marriage. People took to the streets in celebration after a long vigil in front of congress. The law, sponsored by the government of the president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, was the result of a long and arduous campaign by LGBTQ...
The end of the road for motormania →
humanscalecities: Something unexpected is happening to our car-crazy culture. What are the forces driving us out of motoring?
Americans are Indebted to the Labor Movement
blogvader: Per revolutionaryatheist: Organized labor has done so much for the American middle-class that we owe them far more than one federal holiday a year. And now that public sector unions are under attack by far-right Republicans, it is time for us to do our part by supporting labor. Their fight is our fight.
Long article on masculinity & patriarchy →
feministguy: This is from the Good Men Project, a website that has a collection of articles, loosely organized around the topic of manhood/gender. The articles sometimes include “Men’s Rights Activists” who knock down feminist straw-women, but sometimes they have some really good ones. This is one of those. It’s more like a meditation, reflecting on how to be a mature feminist man who doesn’t...
Justice Department Tougher On Abortion Protesters... →
The Obama Justice Department has been taking a more aggressive approach against people who block access to abortion clinics, using a 1994 law to bring cases in greater numbers than its predecessor.
Judge blocks parts of Texas abortion law on... →
“The act compels physicians to advance an ideological agenda with which they may not agree, regardless of any medical necessity, and irrespective of whether the pregnant women wish to listen,” U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks said in the ruling.