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In Defense of Sister Sites

In the comments section of Sarah’s recent call for writers for a new sister site for people with disabilities, a few commenters raised concerns that sister sites are counterproductive because they are “exclusionary” and “segregative” and “separate but equal.” As the admin for the only sister site (so far) for …


Quickies: “Serosorting” among gay men, Uganda, Fred Phelps, and Trans* military personnel

New study looks at the “serosorting” behavior of gay men attempting to avoid HIV. First arrests carried out under Uganda’s new anti-gay laws. Fred Phelps, the “God Hates Fags” patriarch, is close to death. Study finds “no compelling medical reason” for the military to continue ban on trans* personnel.

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Quickies: Marriage Equality fight in Kentucky, St. Patrick’s Day parade, Jared Leto, Maryland Transgender Rights Bill

Kentucky Attorney General says he won’t defend marriage equality ban, governor says he will use outside counsel to try to defend it. Negotiations continue concerning whether or not to allow LGBT groups to march in St. Patrick’s Day parade. Many people in trans* community speaking out about Jared Leto’s Oscar …

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Quickies: Uganda anti-gay law, trans* students rights bill in CA, calls for new AZ law veto, homosexual OCD

As I’m sure many of you have heard by now, the president of Uganda yesterday signed a heinous anti-homosexuality bill into law. This law requires life imprisonment for “aggravated homosexuality” and seven years in prison for people who know someone who is homosexual and do not turn them in. The …


Cross-Post: I Am Not A Parent

The following post by Chris is cross-posted from Grounded Parents, the newest site on the Skepchick Network. Please visit them at! — I am not a parent. In a way it would be appropriate to say that I am not a parent YET. As of this writing (at least …

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The Diversity Catch-22

This post originally appeared on School of Doubt. It was written by Dan. Applying for academic jobs is no small task, as many of you know, and for those of us on the market the process tends to come with a heaping helping of stress, anxiety, self-doubt, and frustration. In fact, the combination …

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Guest Post: Will Chelsea Manning Get People Talking About Trans* Issues?

The following post is a guest post from Marci. Marci is a 23-year-old transgender woman from the UK who creates music, is an equality activist, runs a support group, and a gammer in her free time. She can be found on Twitter @MarciHawkins. If you had asked a trans* person …

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Follow-Up: Boycotting Russia

[TW: Homophobia, violence] I recently wrote a post explaining why I am boycotting the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. In it, I expressed my outrage with the new Russian law passed back in June that effectively bans queer people from public life and has ushered in a new era of public violence towards queer people in …