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The triumphs in Tunisia and Tahrir Square bring more good to our lives than Lady Gaga ever will. Sadly, we were too busy listening to a recycled 80’s throwaway song to even notice

Civil Rights, Columns, Ideas, Not Your Average Prom Queen »

Both of the issues of gay rights and personal choice are fought every day in cities and towns all over the country. This week, the pro-choice movement has been challenged again in South Dakota. The government there has proposed that the murder of an individual who is attempting to harm or kill a fetus is a justifiable homicide. Under this law, abortion essentially becomes illegal, because an abortion provider, or a friend, spouse or parent who is assisting a woman in obtaining an abortion technically becomes “an individual attempting to harm or kill a fetus” and thus can be murdered “justifiably.”

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As Martin Luther King day passes again, we as a community must look into the past fight for civil equality. What would Dr. King say of our movement? Would he be joyous that we have gained the right to fight openly in the US military? Or would he be telling us that it is time to work on reconciliation with the Iraqi and Afghan people?

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I never dreamed of getting married as a kid. The first time I fell in love (with a boy) I didn’t really believe in marriage, and in no time I was dating girls and I didn’t see “marriage” as a real thing in my life. Am I the only queer who is learning to think about the reality of marriage for the first time?

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Fact of the matter, there needs to be a serious overhaul of the structural violence embedded within daily military practice which places the homosexual within the center of the culture of discrimination. What is being perpetuated now is that gays and lesbians are taught how to simply survive within this culture of discrimination, rather than escaping it.

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This renders the obese body as something disposable and feeds the claim, obese people have no value and no patriotic duty serving the armed forces. What we, then, begin to see is a different image of the armed forces promoting a sense who can serve their patriotic duty to their country and ultimately, who cannot.

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The conglomerate is accused of discriminating against hundreds of thousands of female employees, offering lower pay and fewer promotions. The lawsuit, which the Supreme Court agreed on Monday agreed to hear an appeal. The lawsuit, which according to the Associated Press could involve anywhere for 500,000 to 1.5 million female employees, seeks back pay that could amount to billions of dollars.

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The U.N. has removed a reference to sexual orientation in its denouncement of unjustified extrajudicial killings. Human rights group ORAM and others are working to help LGBT people persecuted in their original countries and combat this removal.

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A recent study by U.S. National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study (NLLFS) found that zero percent of children of lesbian parents report sexual or physical abuse, and only 2.8 percent identify as exclusively gay.

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Granted, we’ve all got a different idea of where the sweet spot is when balancing privacy with safety, but the common consensus seems to be that none of us are looking forward to being irradiated on our holiday trips home. The alternative is an out-of-the-radiation-pan-and-into-the-sweaty-palm type situation, so what do do?