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Posts Categorized: LGBTQIA Rights
If the polls and pundits are right, voters who would likely support progressive, feminist candidates for U.S. Senate this year are more likely to stay home than right-wing conservatives.
We need to prove them wrong.
Today, voting rights are still challenged by right-wing voter suppression tactics designed to restrict the participation of voters whose support would likely favor the anti-Citizens United, pro-woman and pro-labor agenda.
We used to hear the saying, “As General Motors goes, so goes the nation,” but to gauge where we stand and where we’re going as a society, maybe we should substitute “Netflix” for the automaker’s name.
Consider the case of transgender rights. This is a landscape that is rapidly changing, breaking convention, busting stereotypes and forcing new ways of thinking on large segments of the population.
The Department of Labor (DOL) announced a proposed rule that would extend the definition of the word “spouse” with regard to the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to include same-sex couples working in states that do not recognize their marriage.
The passage of the Affordable Care Act—colloquially known as Obamacare—marked a victory in providing comprehensive, accessible health coverage to low-wage women.
Today, August 26th marks Women’s Equality Day. It is also a little more than two months from the 2014 midterm elections. In my mind, these two things are inextricably linked.
Last fall in my hometown an agender teen named Sasha’s skirt was set on fire while they rode home on the bus. Victim of a cruel assault just because of their gender expression, Sasha suffered severe burns and was hospitalized. The bus Sasha was riding on, the 7, was the bus that I took to school every day, and Sasha went to the same high school as my older sister, who is lesbian.
At the 2014 National Conference, NOW’s members passed a resolution encouraging the use of “LGBTQIA,” rather than the previously used “LGBT.” As the NOW intern assigned to assisting during the LGBT issues hearing, I had the opportunity to be a part of the initial discussion of the resolution.
On Monday, July 28 The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled in a 2-1 decision that Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Judge Henry Floyd argued that personal opposition to same-sex marriage is not a legitimate reason for legally banning gay marriage.