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Video explains why contraception is good for women and good for society

In the video embedded below, the Guttmacher institute — a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and protection of women’s reproductive health — explained succinctly why family planning is now more important than ever. With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, U.S. women can now have access to reliable…

Buck Angel describes his experience growing up as a transgender man

Monday night on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, transgender pornstar Buck Angel and LGBT advocate explained what it was like growing up as a transgender person. Angel was born a girl but always felt like a “he.” His gender identity didn’t become a problem until he reached puberty, he said.…

Cheers at CPAC when audience member shouts that Obama is going to ‘hell’

Think Progress captured video of conference-goers attending the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) near St. Louis on Saturday as they cheered on a suggestion that President Obama going to hell after he leaves office. In this latest outburst of conservative fervor at a CPAC conference, former National Rifle Association President…

Oysters reclaim ancient reefs in Chesapeake Bay

By: Rebecca Jacobson An Oyster Recovery Partnership boat scatters oyster shells covered in oyster larvae into the tributaries of the Chesapeake. Photo by the Paynter Lab/University of Maryland.For centuries, the oyster beds in the Chesapeake Bay were…  …

California high school elects transgender girl homecoming queen

A California high school has elected a 16-year-old trans girl its 2013 homecoming queen. According to the Los Angeles Times, Cassidy Lynn Campbell won the title on Friday night at Marina High School in Huntington Beach. Campbell told the Times that she entered her name for the honor to make…

Robert Reich asks Bill Moyers: ‘When do you reach a point where inequality is simply too much?’

Economist Robert Reich found himself slightly agreeing with former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum in an interview with Bill Moyers, arguing that while he doesn’t support “equality of results,” the problem with the U.S. financial system is a lack of equality when it comes to opportunity. “The question is not…

Italian lawmakers hold same-sex ‘kiss-in’ to protest anti-LGBT discrimination

A group of Italian lawmakers interrupted a parliamentary debate on Friday to engage in a same-sex kissing demonstration in support of expanding the country’s anti-discrimination law to include the LGBT community. According to The Local, the new measure, which expands a 1993 law to ban “crimes motivated by homophobia or…

Watch: Short film breaks down NYPD suppression tactics against Occupy protesters

A new short film by Paul Sullivan marking the second anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement explains how New York City police used targeted arrests to sap the gatherings of momentum, while also showing the threats leveled at protests, including the filmmaker himself. Sullivan’s encounter with police is the…

Author Toni Morrison slams Ohio state school board for trying to ban her book

Nobel prize-winning author Toni Morrison has come out swinging against the Ohio State Board of Education’s attempt to ban her novel The Bluest Eye. According to Columbus, Ohio’s NBC Channel 4, Morrison responded directly to allegations by director of the state school board Debe Terhar that the book is too…

Dave Zirin tells Moyers: Protesting at the Olympics more powerful than boycotting them

Progressive sportswriter Dave Zirin made the case for the United States taking part in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia in an interview with Bill Moyers on Friday. “I’m horrified by not just the laws, but some of the attendant violence that’s taking place in Russia against the LGBT community…

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