Brave Gay Youth

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-+*Carl Matthes: During a 2012 legislative session, Tennessee lawmakers were unable to pass a measure, authored by Ragan, banning elementary and middle school teachers from discussing sexual activity that was not “related to natural human reproduction,” i.e., the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

A Coming Summer of Discontent

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-+*Tom Hall: As people learn that five Tea Bag Republican ‘justices’ on the U.S. Supreme Court have ruled that there is no place for civil rights in our Courts, how hard is it to imagine that the intended victims of these rulings will express their frustrations in the streets?

Renewing California’s Labor-Tenant Alliance

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-+*Randy Shaw: Organized labor promotes a broadly progressive agenda in Sacramento, but gives a pass to legislators who favor big landlords over working people. The once strong labor-tenant alliance is clearly broken, and must be renewed.

Bringing Worker Power to the State Capitol

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-+*Angie Wei: As in politics, Labor is generally outnumbered at the gate. It’s at least a 25-to-1 ratio of corporate-side vs. union-side representatives. But that was not so on Tuesday, May 28th.

Black Pride: Distinct and Emblematic

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-+*Irene Monroe: Mainstream Prides have themes focused on marriage equality for the larger community where Prides organized by and for LGBTQ people of African descent have focused not only on HIV/AIDS but also unemployment, housing, gang violence, and LGBTQ youth homelessness.

It’s June! Pride Is Bustin’ Out All Over

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-+*Carl Matthes: With the Supreme Court serving as the “800-pound gorilla in the room,” over 200 LGBT Pride events – from Maine to California and Alaska to Florida – will take place. And, 2013 is not without it’s controversy.

Fast Food Workers Stand Up, Walk Out

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-+*Jamala Rogers: They are not in a good mood and they certainly aren’t lovin’ it. If workers in the fast food industry really had it their way, they’d get a livable wage and better working conditions freaky fast.

Remembering Sakia Gunn: Keeping News Coverage on the Down Low

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-+*Rev. Irene Monroe: Not enough is ever accurately reported about hate crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people of color, and how issues of race, gender identity, and sexual orientation trigger the type of violence against them. Nor are the reasons for the silence around such violence often explored.

When Homophobia Trumps Misogyny

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-+*Irene Monroe: Joyner points to the ongoing struggle in the African American community with its unresolved homophobia and misogyny that falls on the backs of its women and LGBTQ population, pitting one disenfranchised group against another.