A person dressed in a costumed package of birth control pills will greet Mitt Romney at each stop along the campaign trail to protest the GOP candidate’s opposition to President Obama’s birth control coverage provision.
Sponsored by Planned Parenthood Action Fund, “Pillamina” is intended to highlight the fact that birth control is “an economic issue for women – period,” said the organization’s president Cecile Richards.
Students in New York will learn the potentially deadly hazards of cyberbullying and school officials will be mandated to respond to the earliest reports of it, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders, who agreed to a bill on the subject that passed early this week.
The bill defines cyberbullying as harassment, insults, taunting and threats through social media. The bill won’t, however, include a criminal charge that a senator had insisted last week is essential to curbing the rising harassment blamed on a string of teen suicides.
Transgender actress and activist April Ashley was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire “for services to transgender equality.”
Royal honors are bestowed twice yearly by the queen of England – at New Year’s and on her official birthday in June – but recipients are selected by civil servants from nominations made by the government and the public.
The Richmond, Va., Circuit Court this week appointed a gay prosecutor to a General District Court judgeship a month after legislators blocked the appointment.
Chief Judge Richard D. Taylor Jr. signed an order naming Tracy Thorne-Begland to the seat beginning July 1 and expiring 30 days after the start of the next General Assembly session. Gay rights advocates have said he would be Virginia's first openly gay jurist.
A model is alleging that Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister Co. referred young and vulnerable employees to a “sexual predator.”
The predator allegedly asked the models to pose nude and masturbate to look relaxed for the camera. That allegation is made in a 41-page complaint that Courthouse News Service says was filed by model Benjamine Bowers.
Public Policy Polling reports that its survey of Nevada voters finds that Republicans and Democrats agree on one thing: yes to the legalization of brothels.
The PPP survey found that, overall, 64 percent of voters think brothels should be legal. The survey also found that Democrats and Republicans are equally supportive – 66 percent – on the point.
Popular faith-healing televangelist Benny Hinn says he decided to reconcile with his ex-wife after realizing her bizarre behavior was due to a prescription drug addiction, reports the Christian Post.
Suzanne Hinn filed for divorce from the dapper, diminutive preacher in Feb. 2010. Court documents cited irreconcilable differences as a reason
General Mills said this week that it opposes a proposed Minnesota constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, becoming the largest company in the state to come out against the measure so far.
“We do not believe the proposed constitutional amendment is in the best interests of our employees or our state economy – and as a Minnesota-based company we oppose it,” Ken Charles, vice president of global diversity and inclusion for General Mills, wrote in a public blog post on the company’s website. “We value diversity. We value inclusion. We always have and we always will.”
The Department of Defense will host an LGBT Pride Month Event on June 26 at the Pentagon.
The celebration is the first of its kind, made possible with the repeal of the ban against openly gay servicemembers in the military.
A Michigan state lawmaker who was barred from speaking in the state’s House because Republicans objected to her saying “vagina” during a debate over anti-abortion legislation performed “The Vagina Monologues” on the Statehouse steps last night for an audience of about 2,5000.
Playwright Eve Ensler directed the performance by Democratic state Rep. Lisa Brown, 10 other lawmakers and several actresses.
A silent march by thousands of people in New York City protesting police “stop-and-frisk” tactics on June 17 was punctuated by an explosion of loud voices.
“We’ve got to fight back, we can’t be silent!” a group of activists shouted as they passed the home of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, just off Fifth Avenue.
The Senate has confirmed President Barack Obama’s nominee to be U.S. ambassador to El Salvador.
Six months after the nomination seemed dead, the Senate voted 62-37 to cut off debate and pave the way for approval of Mari Carmen Aponte, a Washington lawyer and Hispanic activist. Her nomination won final confirmation on a voice vote less than an hour later.