Mariko Okazaki

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U.S. Judge Orders Alabama Official to Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

An Open letter to the LGBTQ Task Force: "Creating Change? For Whom?"

As Undocumented Queer & Trans* Youth of Color we noticed a repetitive theme in The National Conference on LGBTQ Equality. The conference created an environment where our experiences as youth of color are being told by people who don't necessarily face our situations/struggles. The workshops titled …

How to Ensure 'It Gets Better' Now for LGBTQ Youth

As we observe World AIDS Day, it's important to reflect on the accomplishments that have been made over the years. However, despite these accomplishments, including successful treatment regimens for HIV/AIDS, there is a complacency about HIV/AIDS and a misperception that the epidemic is largely …

Why LGBTQ Scholarships Are Crucial: One Gay Man's Personal Story

I was starting to drift to sleep at my friend's house when the call came. My phone vibrated, and I assumed it was my mom wishing me goodnight. Instead, a number with a Los Angeles area code shined on the screen. I answered. Three minutes later, I hung up the phone and was in tears. I had just …

Dear Fellow Parents of LGBTQ Youth

<i>Note: The author uses the pronouns xe, xyr and xem as opposed to gendered pronouns.</i><p>Like so many, I was devastated to hear the news of Leelah Alcorn's death. As a parent of a trans teenager, I was heartbroken that Leelah never knew what it was to fully and fearlessly be herself and to be loved and …

For LGBTQ Russians, Too Much and Too Little Law

Last week, Russian lawmakers yet again demonstrated their eagerness to legislate LGBTQ life. Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev signed road-safety rules …

LGBTQ

Taylor Swift Is a Proud Feminist, Thought Emma Watson's Gender Equality Speech Was Brilliant

Hey, Emma, there's a spot open for you in T-Swift's circle of celebrity BFFs if you're interested!<p>Taylor Swift appeared on a French-Canadian talk show last night and, among other topics, discussed her feminist credentials, which she feels have been strengthened by Emma Watson's fantastic gender …

Feminism

Americans Sound Off On Sexual Preference Workplace Discrimination

If you’re the owner of a growing business in the United States, chances are you’re going to need to pay attention to how the people under you are to be treated, specifically regarding sexual preference and discrimination.<p>According to a recent poll by Harris – a Nielsen company that put the study …

Let's Create a Bully-Free Nation 2014

As you are likely aware, every month of the year is designated to bring awareness to a disease, social issue or cause. And, October is no different - in fact, this month is dedicated to numerous issues, including breast cancer and bullying.<p>While both are clearly vital battles to be fought, there is …

Anti-Gay Bullying at School, but Not Like We Expected

Bullying. It's something that most parents worry about, and the parents of gay kids worry about it even more. At least, I know that I worry... a lot.<p>When my oldest son was in the first grade, he had an experience with bullying. Some boys were picking on other kids, and my shy, too-tall oldest son …

Dear Christians: Stop Opposing Obama’s Ban on LGBTQ Job Discrimination

I grew up in a deeply Christian family in Oklahoma, the heartland of America. We went to church three times a week and felt our faith required us to …

It's Not Just Frozen: Most Disney Movies Are Pro-Gay

By preaching acceptance and questioning gender, the company's kids films offer a queer-studies crash course.<p>The culture warriors have decided: Disney’s <i>Frozen</i> is queer. Elsa hiding her ice-powers could be read as a metaphor for the closet, the Oscar-winning “Let it Go” plays like a coming-out …

Why I Study LGBTQ and Disability in Social Work

During this past summer, I was asked to give a talk at Yeshiva University's School of Social Work, for their Common Day, on matters related to LGBTQ issues and social work practice. Instead of delivering a dry speech, I narrated a personal story of my journey to studying LGBTQ and Disability -- two …

We Count, So Count Us: Three Reasons It's Important to Collect Census Data on LGBTQ People

<i>"One in 10 is not enough! Recruit! Recruit! Recruit!"</i><p>It was my favorite chant as a young queer activist, and its echo stays with me today. It was funny, sure, and poked fun at the fear of a million cowering conservatives. The chant was based on sexologist Alfred Kinsey's famous claim that 10 …

Gender Inequality and Women in the Workplace

Harvard

'I Will Keep Very Strong': An Ethiopian Girl Fights to Delay Marriage

AFAMBO, Ethiopia -- From birth, Kadiga Mohammed was set to marry her first and eldest cousin, a traditional practice known as 'absuma' in her community in the Afar Region of Ethiopia.<p>When she turned 16, her parents began to prepare for the wedding. But Kadiga was filled with dread -- she did not …

The IOC Says It Wants to Stop Discrimination at the Games. But Is the New City Contract Enough?

The Associated Press reports today that the International Olympic Committee has decided to include new language in host city contracts that will …

The Hourly Rate of Poverty

Minimum wage began in 1938. Employees engaged in or producing goods for interstate commerce were granted a minimum wage of $0.25 per hour. That same year, President Roosevelt stated, "I see one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, ill-nourished." after federal agencies studied income …

Lost Louisiana: the race to reclaim vanished land back from the sea

World’s fastest submerging state is looking to nature in an ambitious plan to turn back the tide, and to BP to fund it – but will it work?<p>The GPS showed David Morgan still on dry land – but the waves bumping beneath his boat revealed the reality of this lost Louisiana landscape. Rising seas have …