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Rounding Out for Independence Day Weekend: 7-minute Video Montage

Closing out a good weekend of reflection, remembering the once cherished America that valued its diversity born of immigration, yearning for the end of hate worldwide. As we wrote over the weekend, the puritans are responsible for the corporatized theocratic fundamentalism today eating away America and trouble spots across the globe; and, how and why sexual freedom is the bedrock of all freedoms and is worth fighting for. So here's our little celebration -- a montage of some of our best Sexual Freedom Project videos of the last few years. We send each contributor one of Read More

Another for Independence Day: Sexual Freedom is the Bedrock of All Freedoms

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Another special for Independence Day 2014, we are representing one of our key issue posts that explains why sexual freedom is the underpinning of all of other freedoms. Please let us know what you think, and for more see A Manifesto for A New Age of Sexual Freedom and Transhuman Erotic Freedom. Why Sexual Freedom is the Bedrock of All Freedoms was originally published on July 17, 2011. (También en Español) Our sexual pleasure response is completely individual. When we feel it, those precious moments, we experience unbridled exhilaration that is at the same time indescribable ...

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Teens Thinking About Homophobia Must Dig Deeper

Note: the slurs in this video are not censored to enable a frank discussion. These teens were shown a video of a recent homophobic reaction on a public street by Jonah Hill, the actor, and another video showing his apology on a late night talk show where he was a guest. It is worth watching to the end because it takes a while for some of these teens to get close to the crux of the problem in both the slur and the apology. The teens were especially struck by Hill's apology that noted his long-standing support the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and ...

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What? Science? Who Needs Science?

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On Monday, we wrote our analysis of the disastrous 5-4 Supreme Court decision in Burwell v Hobby Lobby, which gives greater religious freedom rights to closely held for-profit corporations and less religious freedom rights to natural persons (their words). We also urged you to express your dissent byRead More

Express Your Dissent!

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It is unbelievable that in 2014 we are still fighting about women's access to basic health care like birth control.

If you agree — say so. Just click here now to add your name to the dissent. -- Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood

In a dramatic 5-4 decision along ideological lines, the Supreme Court today chose to side with corporations over people ...

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Supreme Women Don’t Fail Us Now (again)

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It was painful last week to hear the unanimous decision of the Supreme Court in McCullen v Coakley, siding with abortion protesters' free speech right to engage women face-to face in the public square and against those advocating for clinics' privacy and public safety in consideration of the violence, bombings, and cold-blooded murder that beset them long before there was anything akin to a buffer zone. The case ended the a 35-foot buffer zone in Massachusetts, didn't rule on a handful of other states that had smaller buffer zones, and, the reasoning of each justice varied wildly. Abortion has ...

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Profit from Pain is Inhuman

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I just finished reading a June 23 New Yorker magazine article, "Get Out of Jail, Inc.," exposing on the crushing problems created by the private probation services which are thriving along with the private prison industry. The article references an important but perhaps overlooked February report from Human Rights Watch, cataloguing the lack of transparency in these services, across the South in particular. This 72-page report describes how more than 1,000 courts in several US states delegate tremendous coercive power to companies that are often subject to little meaningful oversight or regulation. In many cases, the only ...

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United Nations Fails to Protect All Families

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UN Human Rights Council Adopts Non-Inclusive Protection of the Family Resolution

“It should not be up to an accidental majority of states to define what does and what does not constitute a family. I urge all states to respect, protect and fulfil the human rights of all individual members belonging to all different types of families, including same-sex families.” -- Sirpa Pietikäinen, MEP (Member of the European Parliament (MEP), Vice-President of the LGBT Intergroup

  A few years ago the United States crossed a meaningful threshold with respect to untraditional families. For the first time, untraditional families surpassed the number of traditional families. ...

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Casa Ruby Awards First Dan Massey Trans Ally Award

(l. to r.) Dana Beyer, DC Mayor Vincent Gray, and Casa Ruby Distinguished Service Award recipient, Consuella Lopez Photo by Ted Eytan Flickr/creative commons

Last week, we had another wonderful night out in New York City with our friend and current candidate for the Maryland Senate, Dr. Dana Beyer. The Maryland primary election is today and, win or lose, it's not an exaggeration to say the force is with her. As a trans woman running against an entrenched old boy who happens to be a gay man, she has been heroic in this campaign (and in her previous campaigns for Maryland Delegate) in presenting voters with a true progressive vision that enfranchises all people, not just special interests, not the status quo. Dana ...

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When Free Speech Becomes Sedition

Chelsea Nesvig

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal: People are ready for a hostile takeover of Washington, D.C., warns of a coming rebellion.

Yeah, he really said that, hostile takeover, and I think he was speaking not only to those present (1000 evangelical leaders) but to all the trigger-happy militias and tea party folks who would savor the opportunity to do just that. Jindal's remarks foment unrest and civil war in America even though it would result in nothing less than a fundamentalist theocracy, one just as bad as the Sharia Law they rant against. As Jindal sees it, religious freedom and the American Dream are being threatened. ...

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