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London Breed is sworn in as San Francisco's first black female mayor

London Breed has been sworn in as the first black female mayor of San Francisco.<p>Breed, 43, succeeds Mayor Ed Lee, whose unexpected death in December prompted a special June election to serve the remainder of his term.<p>Breed, a San Francisco native, has pledged to address the city's most pressing …

San Francisco

Same-Sex Couples in Hong Kong Granted Equal Visa Rights

And finally, for some good news: On Wednesday, Hong Kong’s top court unanimously ruled in favor of equal visa rights for same-sex couples living in …

Hong Kong

Tess Holliday Is On The Cover Of Self Magazine's First Digital Issue And She Looks Incredible

Owe

A Young Progressive Woman Beat One Of The Most Powerful Democrats In Congress

In a shocking upset, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won over Joe Crowley, who was considered a likely successor to Nancy Pelosi.<p>Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old progressive, won a shocking election night upset Tuesday against Rep. Joe Crowley, one of the most powerful Democrats in the House of …

Middle-class

Federal court rules Virginia state House districts unconstitutional

A federal court on Tuesday ruled that Virginia's legislative districts were gerrymandered along racial lines and ordered the state to come up with a …

Right To Vote

Governor orders Va. National Guard home from U.S.-Mexico border

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has ordered the recall of four Virginia National Guard Soldiers and one helicopter from the U.S. – …

Immigration

Canada just legalized marijuana. That has big implications for US drug policy.

It’s the second country in the world to legalize pot, following Uruguay.<p>Canada has become the first wealthy nation in the world to fully legalize marijuana.<p>The Senate approved Bill C-45, also known as the Cannabis Act, on Tuesday. The measure was already approved by the House of Commons, so the …

Cannabis

Another School Named After A Confederate Leader Will Now Be Named After Barack Obama

A Richmond, Virginia, school is dropping the name of a slaveholding confederate general and becoming Barack Obama Elementary School.<p>The Richmond School Board voted Monday to rename a Virginia school that used the moniker of a Confederate leader to the Barack Obama Elementary School.<p>The vote was 6-1 …

Barack Obama

Texas Town Elects Gay Air Force Veteran Known For Wearing High Heels

"I’m not going to bow down. I am who I am. Accept me or not,” new mayor Bruno "Ralphy" Lozano said.<p>The old saying “everything is big in Texas,” now applies to inclusion ― at least in one border town.<p>On Saturday, 62 percent of voters in Del Rio ― located about 110 miles west of San Antonio ― elected …

Teacher of the Year wears Women’s March, trans rights badges during Trump meeting

The woman named this year’s National Teacher of the Year used buttons pinned to her dress on Wednesday to stage a silent protest.<p>The Guardian …

Canada’s National Anthem Is Officially Becoming Gender Neutral

The United States is currently being led by a man who hopes a “major event” (like a terrorist attack or natural disaster?) will unite the country. …

Maine House overturns governor's veto of marijuana bill

The Maine House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to override Gov. Paul LePage's (R) veto of a measure to allow the commercial …

Wisconsin high school crowns transgender prom queen

<b>MEQUON, Wis. (CNN) -</b> It was a dream for a girl who's struggled for acceptance ever since she was a little boy.<p>On Saturday, Homestead High School in …

Seattle officials file motion to vacate marijuana convictions

Seattle officials announced Friday that they have filed a motion to vacate all convictions and drop all charges for marijuana possession for anyone …

Indiana abortion law signed by Mike Pence ruled unconstitutional

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> A federal appeals court has ruled that an Indiana abortion law signed by Vice President Mike Pence when he served as the state's governor is unconstitutional.<p>The legislation, signed by Pence in March 2016, imposed restrictions on a woman's ability to seek an abortion, including …

Mike Pence

The Top Democrat In The Senate Now Supports Decriminalizing Cannabis

In a broad outline of planned legislation shared with BuzzFeed News, Sen. Chuck Schumer also plans to boost minority- and women-owned cannabis businesses.<p>Sen. Chuck Schumer now supports decriminalizing cannabis.<p>Schumer, the Senate's top Democrat, has crafted a broad outline for a bill that includes …

Wells Fargo loses teachers union AFT over ties to NRA, guns

Wells Fargo's financial relationship with gunmakers and the National Rifle Association has cost the bank its mortgage business with a major U.S. union.<p>The American Federation of Teachers notified the San Francisco-based financial giant Thursday that it is dropping the bank as a recommended mortgage …

Finance

Pilot of Southwest flight with blown engine was Navy fighter

Full screen<p>1/11 SLIDES © Dominick Reuter/AFP/Getty Images<p>2/11 SLIDES © Kristopher Johnson/Reuters<p>3/11 SLIDES © Facebook/Jennifer Riordan/Reuters<p>4/11 …

The Supreme Court just handed the Trump administration a loss on immigration — and Gorsuch was the tiebreaking vote

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said Tuesday that part of a federal law that makes it easier to deport immigrants who have been convicted of crimes is too vague to be enforced.<p>The court's 5-4 decision — an unusual alignment in which new Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the four liberal justices — …

Marine Corps selects 1st black woman to be a general officer

Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced a historic nomination Tuesday.<p>If confirmed, Marine Corps Col. Lorna M. Mahlock will be the first black …

Voters in Alaskan city reject a 'bathroom bill' at the ballot box

<b>(CNN) —</b> Voters in Anchorage, Alaska, narrowly rejected a proposal to restrict bathroom access for transgender people, the first time such a measure was decided at the ballot box.<p>So-called "bathroom bills" were up for consideration in at least six state legislatures in 2018, according to the …

LGBTQI

Liberals just won a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court by a huge margin

Another defeat for Republicans in state elections during the Trump era.<p>Liberal candidate Rebecca Dallet has won election to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, according to Decision Desk. Dallet defeated her conservative opponent for the open seat, Michael Screnock, easily,and her victory will cut the …

Government

India Inc is now willing to pay more to fix its gender diversity problem

Indian companies seem to be finally taking gender diversity seriously.<p>In 2017, the number of women employed in corporate India jumped to 31% of the total workforce from around 25% the previous year, an October 2017 report from talent strategy consulting firm Avtar Group had said.<p>Now, an increasing …

The Workplace

Milwaukee Common Council approves ban on gay conversion therapy

MILWAUKEE -- A controversial form of therapy has been outlawed in the City of Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Common Council voted Tuesday, March 27 to ban …

LGBTQI

Wash. gov signs universal voter registration law

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) on Monday signed a package of measures aimed at increasing voter participation that would create potentially hundreds …

U.S. top court rejects Arizona challenge to 'Dreamers' program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday required Arizona to continue to issue driver’s licenses to the young adult immigrants known as Dreamers, refusing to hear the state’s challenge to an Obama-era program that protects hundreds of thousands of people brought into the country …

Immigration

Self-driving lab head urges freeze after "nightmare" fatality

Carmakers and technology companies should freeze their race to field autonomous vehicles because "clearly the technology is not where it needs to …

Washington Legislature bans gay conversion therapy on minors

The Washington Legislature has passed a bill to ban licensed therapists from trying to change a minor's sexual orientation.<p>The Senate agreed on …

LGBTQI

Lamb outraises Saccone by nearly five-to-one margin in Pennsylvania special election

Democrat Conor Lamb outraised his GOP opponent in this month’s special congressional election in Western Pennsylvania by a nearly five-to-one margin over the first seven weeks of the year, according to new campaign finance filings Thursday night.<p>Republican state Rep. Rick Saccone’s poor fundraising …

Every public school in West Virginia is closed

<b>(CNN) —</b> West Virginia is a red state, and not just in presidential politics.<p>Just take a look at the "School Closings - At a Glance" map put out by the state Department of Education on its website.<p>The map -- which sports different colors for delayed opens, early dismissals and closings -- is a solid …

Education