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Since the mid-March madness of those senate judiciary Republicans who voted no on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) because it would extend a few more U-visas to abused immigrant women, cover people in same-sex relationships and enhance funding for community-based programs that directly address people of color, I’ve been suffering from an acute case of cognitive dissonance.

Read more: http://colorlines.com/archives/2012/04/the_problem_with_vawa.html

Many on the left see the working class as the primary agent of radical change. Where does this leave people like housewives and others whose work goes uncompensated? Selma James sees unwaged work as crucial to capitalism's operation and continuation. She addresses the relationship between gender and class, and examines power relations within the working class.

Read more: http://www.againstthegrain.org/program/546/id/142126/wed-4-04-12-selma-james-class-and-gender

In response to predictable attacks, we feminists have mounted predictable defenses. Of course, the “War on Women” is largely a war on reproductive choice. So we respond from where we’re been hit hardest: We fight for the right to get abortions, and to get them safely, quickly and without invasive and unnecessary procedures tacked on to them. We fight for contraception. We stand up for Planned Parenthood. But we must note there are some women who are cut out of the picture by our traditional feminist frames.

Read more: http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/12969/feminists_and_immigrants#.T4FGAnvil01.facebook

A collective of LGBT students at Brigham Young University, the nation’s largest religious university owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, have created a video that speaks to other LGBT mormon youth.

Read more: http://colorlines.com/archives/2012/04/byu_mormon_student_in_it_gets_better_video_says_hes_not_sure_it_gets_better_video.html

Transgender women will be allowed to participate in the Miss Universe beauty pageant next year, officials announced Tuesday, a week after they ruled a trail-blazing 23-year-old could vie for the crown this year.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/10/jenna-talackova-miss-universe-pageant-transgender-women_n_1415102.html

A new study says homophobic attitudes are likely to be more pronounced among those who've experienced unacknowledged attraction towards members of the same sex.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/09/homophobia-people-same-sex-attraction-study_n_1412306.html?ref=mostpopular

The documents released by HRC show that NOM’s “strategic goal…is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks—two key Democratic constituencies. Find, equip, energize and connect African American spokespeople for marriage; develop a media campaign around their objections to gay marriage as a civil right; provoke the gay marriage base into responding by denouncing these spokesmen and women as bigots…”

Read more: http://thefeministwire.com/2012/04/anti-gay-marriage-groups-black-strategy-has-long-history/

President Obama on Wednesday ended nearly two years of “evolving” on the issue of same-sex marriage by publicly endorsing it in a television interview, taking a definitive stand on one of the most contentious and politically charged social issues of the day.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/10/us/politics/obama-says-same-sex-marriage-should-be-legal.html?_r=1&hp

While the passing of Amendment 1 may seem like a big blow to same sex-marriage activists, the grassroots organizing that came together to fight it may actually be the most important win for North Carolina, and a sign that activists in the state are building a better social justice infrastructure for the future.

Read more: http://colorlines.com/archives/2012/05/north_carolina_amendment_1.html

Guest edited by Joseph N. DeFilippis, Lisa Duggan, Kenyon Farrow, and Richard Kim

Read more: http://sfonline.barnard.edu/a-new-queer-agenda/

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