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On International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, President Obama Promises To Keep Fighting For LGBT Rights

In honor of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, President Obama this weekend vowed to “keep fighting, for however long it takes, until we are all able to live free and equal in dignity and rights.” The president, who just last month called for an end to “conversion” therapy for gay youth, proclaimed in … Continue reading

Leading Physicians’ Group: Give LGBT People Full Rights

The nation’s second-largest physicians’ group has come out strongly in support of LGBT equality, criticizing discriminatory laws and calling for inclusive policies that will improve the health of the LGBT population. In a position paper published earlier this week, the American College of Physicians decried the entrenched disparities faced by LGBT individuals and recommended specific … Continue reading

Foreclosure Crisis Fueled Dramatic Rise Of Racial Segregation In U.S., Study Finds

Some 9 million American families lost their homes to foreclosure during the late 2000s housing bust, driving many to economic ruin and in search of new residences. Hardest hit were black, Latino, and racially integrated neighborhoods, according to a new analysis of the crisis. Led by demographer Dr. Matthew Hall, the researchers estimate that racial … Continue reading

Making The Public Health Case For Marriage Equality

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week in Obergefell v. Hodges, the same-sex marriage cases that will determine whether individuals of all sexual orientations have the constitutional right to be married in their own states and to have those marriages recognized by other states. As of now, same-sex marriage is legal in 36 states. … Continue reading

STUDY: 9 In 10 People With Mental Illness Experience High Levels Of Discrimination

With an estimated one in four people suffering from mental illness at some point during their lives, it’s very likely that one day you or someone close to you will deal with a mental health problem. Yet mental illness is still surrounded by prejudice, ignorance and fear. A new study reveals the extent of the … Continue reading

REPORT: ‘The State Of Black America Is In Crisis’

Justice for African Americans was challenged “on every front” in the past year according to a report released Thursday — especially in terms of accountability for police misconduct, erosion of voting rights and widening economic gaps. “Simply put, the state of Black America is in crisis,” said the report,  “State of Black America,” released on … Continue reading

50 Years After Selma: How Much Has Life Changed For Blacks In America?

On March 7, 1965, protesters marched along Alabama’s Edmund Pettus Bridge on a mission led by Martin Luther King Jr. and guided by his goal to achieve fair voting rights. Fifty years later, that bridge — and that goal — still remain, reminding us that the fight for equality for African-Americans still isn’t over. The … Continue reading

STUDY: Teacher Prejudices Keep Girls Away From Math, Science Fields

Although it’s been shown time and time again that girls are just as competent as boys in math and science, there remains a troubling gender gap in participation in fields like computer science and engineering that is not attributable to differences in career preferences. While higher education initiatives have opened more doors for women to … Continue reading

STUDY: LGBT Kids Who Come Out In High School Have Better Long-Term Health Outcomes

A new study finds that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender kids who come out during high school suffer lower rates of depression and anxiety and higher rates of self-esteem, long-term, than those who hide their identity from their peers — even if they’re bullied as a result of coming out. The study, published in the current … Continue reading

‘They Aren’t Confused’: Landmark Study Shows Transgender Children Have Consistent, ‘Deeply-Held’ Gender Identity

Transgender children as young as 5 years-old demonstrate consistent gender identity across a variety of implicit gender-association measures, according to a landmark study to be published in the journal Psychological Science. The study found that the responses of children who identify as transgender are indistinguishable from those of children who do not identify as trans, … Continue reading

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