Media Employ Tabloid Tactics to Report on Rape Allegations Against Candidate

by Cara October 30, 2010

Trigger Warning for descriptions of sexual violence, rape apologism, and homophobia David King, the Republican candidate for Wisconsin Secretary of State, has been accused of raping an unconscious woman and impregnating her, days before Tuesday’s election. It’s no big surprise that the media has run with such a story in a salacious and gossipy manner, [...]

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Arkansas School Official Wishes Death on Gay Youth

by Cara October 28, 2010

Trigger Warning for extreme homophobia, including homophobic language and death wishes, as well as discussions of suicide. Last Wednesday, as many of you are likely aware, there was a call to wear purple in response to the recent spate of publicized suicides by LGBT youth who had been extensively bullied, and the event was dubbed [...]

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LGBT Youth Face High Rates of Homelessness and Incarceration

by Cara June 22, 2010

Trigger Warning for discussions/descriptions of homophobic and transphobic violence, including but not limited to sexual violence. Yesterday, two really important stories were released about LGBT youth in the U.S. — one in the Nation about incarceration, one from the Center for American Progress about homelessness. The fact that LGBT youth face much higher risks of [...]

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Critics Suggest Link Between Priest Celibacy and Sexual Abuse

by Cara March 15, 2010

Another round of allegations of sexual violence committed by Catholic priests has begun, this time centering in Germany. It is, of course, far from the first time that a culture of rape and silence within the Catholic Church has been exposed, though the problem rages on and denials as to the extent of the violence [...]

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Remedial Lessons in Respectful Language

by Cara February 17, 2009

From a Topeka Capital-Journal article about a new bill in Kansas that would extend anti-discrimination laws to apply to both sexual orientation and gender identity: The Kansas Act Against Discrimination bans discrimination involving public accommodations, housing and employment based on race, religion, ancestry, sex, color, disability and national origin. Opponents of Senate Bill 169 testified [...]

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Court Rules that Religious School Has Right to Expel “Suspected Lesbians”

by Cara January 30, 2009

In 2006, two teenage girls were expelled from California Lutheran High School on suspicion of their being lesbians. That’s right — though expelling students because they actually were lesbians would have been a gross violation of civil rights, this took it a step further by expelling the two students merely on a guess. Now, amazingly, [...]

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Arrests Made in Gang Rape Hate Crime

by Cara January 9, 2009

For those who have not yet heard, there’s an update in the case of the lesbian woman who was gang-raped in a suspected hate crime in the San Francisco Bay area.  All four of the suspects in the case have been arrested. Two men and two teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of gang-raping a [...]

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Campbell Soup Catches Teh Gay, Yet Somehow Doesn’t Mind

by Cara December 30, 2008

Swanson Broth ran an ad in The Advocate, a popular LG(bt) 1 publication that is in some trouble of its own right now.  Quite naturally, seeing the audience, the advertisement (pdf) featured a lesbian couple preparing a holiday meal with their young son. All seems well, good, and uneventful . . . but that’s because [...]

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Help For Hate Crime Victim

by Cara December 29, 2008

Last week, I blogged about a lesbian woman who was gang-raped in a hate crime due to her having a rainbow sticker on the back of her car. Thanks to Pizza Diavola in the comments, I now have information on a way that you can help the woman who was the victim of this horrific [...]

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Woman Gang Raped in Homophobic Hate Crime

by Cara December 23, 2008

Trigger Warning Having just yesterday discussed the ways in which many depictions of rape uphold the violent act as an appropriate punishment for women who behave outside of patriarchal expectations, I couldn’t not post this story (h/t). A woman in the San Francisco Bay area was jumped by four men, taunted for being a lesbian, [...]

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