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UPDATE:  VICTORY!  Last week, James and other activists in Texas met with their policy makers to protest the Zedler 1 anti-gay amendment, including delivering your signatures in person to Texas’ legislature.  And on Thursday 4/4, the amendment was withdrawn.  We got them off our backpacks and funding for the centers is safe.  Great job!

This is a featured post from Texas Freedom Network Student Chapter President James Lee!

My name is James Lee and growing up in Rio Grande Valley Texas, I was taught that being gay was wrong. …

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 I love my job as a political organizer, and with the 2012 election approaching I have many friends that are starting their careers as organizers. Here are the top 5 pieces of advice I can give to young people starting/pursuing a career in political organizing.

ONE: Boundaries are important.

One of my organizer friends said it best: “they come for the president, and stay for you.” This is so true. Volunteers come to your organization because they connect to your cause or candidate. People end up staying because they …

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I previously wrote a post reaffirming that young feminism is thriving. Recently I have had the chance to meet and work alongside young reproductive justice advocates that are leading by example and fighting for the rights of their friends and peers. Here are some suggestions to help others who are wondering, what can I do to help foster the next generation of leaders?

PS – I should have added — STOP asking me if young people care about social justice issues. They do, o.k.? Stop asking me already.


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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 …

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Mike Huckabee has done it again. Just recently making an incredibly insulting comment about women and how we “can’t control our libidos so we go to the government for help.”

Here is the whole quote:

“If the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control, because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government, then so be it.

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We as advocates for women’s health seem to take 1 step forward and 2 steps back. I just read that now Ohio is one of those states that passed more restrictions against abortion in the year of 2013. as if Roe vs. Wade was in vain. I still don’t understand why it is even up for discussion about what women do with their own bodies.

its a step back because according to City Beat, the restrictions against abortion were up almost by 100 more restrictions and Ohio is following …