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UPDATE:  VICTORY!  Last week, James and other activists in Texas met with their policy makers to […]

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 I love my job as a political organizer, and with the 2012 election approaching I have […]

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I previously wrote a post reaffirming that young feminism is thriving. Recently I have had the […]

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LABIAS LABIAS LABIAS!! What does that word spark in people? For whatever reason any time I use the word I see eyes close, noses scrunch, and hear a chorus of “gah that’s an awful word!”. But why? Why does the name of a body part evoke such disgust in people? Why does a word so closely linked to women’s’ health make men and women alike shrink as if the word were a skunk’s smell?

The labia minora is the set of small lips of skin surrounding the vaginal opening.

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Dear Former Classmate/Facebook Commenter,

Man oh man do I have some questions for you. When a friend of mine shared the article about George Lawlor saying “this is not what a rapist looks like”, why did you feel compelled to comment? Why did you feel the need to go out of your way to spread your hateful and judgement-filled opinion on my newsfeed when we haven’t spoken more than a “hello” when I see you in public for years?

What do you think gives you the right to tell

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Teenagers have been through first loves! All teenagers find one and go through the heartbreak of one. Absolutely no one talks about the struggle of a second love, and I find this topic much more interesting than most. I fell in love once and when I tell you it was like a movie I kid you not. I would pay to be at the front row of my tragic love story. This girl changed my life, helped me discover who I actually was and also helped me get a …

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So quite often being a lesbian I hear, “so are you the boy or girl in the relationship?” I have a rather great sense of humor so I laugh and explain that I chose to not live with stereotypical gender roles. My girlfriend and I are the same. We dress the same, talk the same, we just have very similar characteristics. Being characterized by our community of friends as “tomboys” neither of us play a role. I grew up with mainly guys so you could imagine that most of …

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Looking through the endless list of romance films, you’re sure to find a rather broad variety. Rom-com? Duh.  Drama? Obviously.  Quirky romance?  Done, done and done.  The list of possible subgenres is far from shocking.  On top of that, what’s even less surprising in most of these films is the fact that the two lovebirds are almost always straight.

Sure, there may be a LGBTQ character or couple in the film, but they’re almost always a secondary character, and even more importantly, they are usually present as some sort …