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India hails first transgender newsreader after law recognises third sex

Padmini Prakash has become India's first transgender newsreader, after India's Supreme Court recognised transgenders as third sex<p>A 31-year-old transgender woman who was abandoned by her family at 15 has been hired to anchor an Indian television channel's headline news show after winning plaudits …

Aging Jazz Artists Sound Note of Protest

Jazz is cool. Retirement is not. In a subculture built on improvisation and fierce individualism, how do aging artists settle down? Defying the …

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The Introvert’s Guide to a Vibrant Life.

Introverts are hot right now.<p>Weird, I know.<p>But unfortunately, the word “introvert” has become synonymous with “geek.” Being a geek implies that …

Senate Republicans Allow Debate On Equal Pay Bill

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans have blocked debate on the Paycheck Fairness Act on all three previous occasions it has been brought to the floor. But they changed their strategy on Wednesday, voting for the first time ever to allow debate on the equal pay legislation.<p>The bill needed 60 votes to …

Not A Natural? Obama Says Political Theater Not His Strength

President Barack Obama, once mocked by his political opponents as “the biggest celebrity in the world,” told NBC’s Chuck Todd that the theater of the presidency is “not something that always comes naturally to me.”<p>Pressed by Todd about his decision to play golf shortly after a Martha’s Vineyard …

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the problem with the patriarchy is it doesn’t know it exists

“The Patriarchy” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward<p><b>The first step to correction is to recognize you are incorrect and admit it.</b><p>Many men in power …

Forcing Kids To Stick To Gender Roles Can Actually Be Harmful To Their Health

Raising children in societies that adhere to rigid gender roles, with fixed ideas about what should be considered “masculine” and “feminine,” can …

Hobby Lobby Is Now Discriminating Against a Transgender Employee

The Supreme Court’s decision in <i>Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores</i>revealed just how far the law now allows corporations to reach into women’s private …

Steven Pinker Uses Theories from Evolutionary Biology to Explain Why Academic Writing is So Bad

I don’t know about other disciplines, but academic writing in the humanities has become notorious for its jargon-laden wordiness, tangled …

Miss Delaware stripped of crown, scholarship because she's too old

Miss Delaware 2014 has been stripped of her title and the chance to compete in the Miss America competition because she's too old for the crown.<p>Twenty-four-year-old Amanda Longacre was crowned on June 14 and less than two weeks later she was informed she would be losing her title. She will turn 25 …

A Master Cellist and Street Dance Legend Get Together and Make Something Beautiful

An incredible collaboration between master cellist Yo-Yo Ma and street dance legend Lil Buck. The performance, entitled <i>The Dying Swan</i>, was recorded …

At the Frontlines, Youth Continue to Fight Queer and Trans Homelessness

<i>This piece originally appeared in {Young}ist and is reposted here with permission.</i><p>The LGBT Rally for Homeless Youth began even before the hundreds of …

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The Southern Baptist Convention throws transgender people under the bus

June 10, 2014 by John Shore<p><i>On June 10, 2014, delegates (“messengers”) to the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention (the largest</i> …

Amazing Friendship Between a Bear, Lion, and Tiger Who All Live Peacefully Together

Lions and tigers and bears (oh my!) are not known for being the closest of friends, but the trio known as the BLT is the exception to that rule, being the only bear, lion, and tiger in the world who live in the same enclosure. Baloo the American Black Bear, Leo the African Lion, and Shere Khan the …

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11 Financial Books Every Young Person Should Read

Those of you who are seeking investing enlightenment are not going to find much of it on the web.<p>I suggest you log off, power down your computer, and read some books. Take your time. The months you spend perusing this list will be well spent.<p>I'd recommend reading at least the first four books …

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“God Loves Uganda” highlights anti-gay Christian imperialism

“God Loves Uganda” highlights anti-gay Christian imperialism<p>May 19, 2014 by Dan Wilkinson<p><i>God Loves Uganda,</i> the 2013 documentary by Roger Ross …

Nine LGBT Activists Arrested In China — But Gay Pride March Still Planned

"If we don't do something, then the government will continue to ignore such issues and pretend they don't exist — I think this is unacceptable," 20-year-old Xiang Xiaohan says.<p>Nine LGBT rights activists were arrested in China this week in a rare group arrest — but that isn't stopping 20-year-old …

'Nowhere To Go,' Ugandan LGBT Activist Applies For Asylum In U.S.

Citing an environment of fear, persecution and anti-gay violence in his home country of Uganda, John Abdallah Wambere has applied for asylum in the United States.<p>Wambere, 41, came to prominence for his work with Spectrum Uganda Initiatives, an organization that advocates for LGBT rights and …

Mayor Fires Lesbian Police Chief

I Was Told I Needed To “Repent” For Being Raped At My Christian College

<i>Trigger warning: This article discusses rape and sexual assault. Please read with caution.</i><p>My back was pressed up against plexiglass, a wall of windows facing out into the hallway. I was on display, an exhibit for other college students to peer at as they walked to their classes.<p>The counselor opened …

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What Can You Do With a Humanities Ph.D., Anyway?

The choice to leave academia does not have to mean life as a barista.<p>There is a widespread belief that humanities Ph.D.s have limited job prospects. The story goes that since tenure-track professorships are increasingly being replaced by contingent faculty, the vast majority of English and history …

Va. AG's office: Gay marriage ban unconstitutional

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The office of Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says he's concluded that the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional and he will no longer defend it in federal lawsuits challenging it.<p>In an email to The Associated Press early Thursday, Herring spokesman Michael …

Gays At Sochi Olympics Won't Be Persecuted, But Must 'Leave Children Alone,' Says Putin

President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that Russia will welcome all athletes and visitors at next month's Winter Olympic Games in Sochi irrespective of their sexual orientation.<p>"People have different sexual orientations. We will welcome all athletes and all guests of the Olympics," Putin told …

'16 and Pregnant' helped reduce U.S. teen births, study says

It attracts lots of criticism about its stars and subject matter, but the popular MTV reality show “16 and Pregnant” has had a “sizable impact” on the declining teen birth rate, according to a study released by the National Bureau of Economic Research on Monday.<p>“This is sex education for the 21st …

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SCOTUS puts gay marriages on hold

The Supreme Court put Utah’s same-sex marriages on hold Monday, as it granted the state a stay in its challenge to a ruling that legalized the marriages.<p>The marriages have been taking place in Utah since just before Christmas, when a district court judge ruled that the state had to move ahead with …

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Oral Histories of 2013: Roger Ebert's Wife, Chaz, on His Final Moments

"He was sitting almost like Buddha, and then he just put his head down."<p><i>Excerpted from The Oral History of 2013 in Esquire's December 2013 edition, in newsstands now.</i><p><b>APRIL 4</b><p>The Death of Roger Ebert<p><b>CHAZ EBERT, HIS WIFE</b><p><b>We were on our way</b> to a movie screening in December. Roger was having a hard time …

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