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I Am Gay. I Will Not Be Tortured Again.

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  • LGBT people and our allies must not give a millimeter or else this administration may take 666 miles. We also must ally ourselves with all other marginalized populations because … we are all in this together, and we have to be ready to fight for our souls.
  • I have lost more faith in the decency of the American people this week than I knew I had. 

David Michael Conner, Huffington Post

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http://i.huffpost.com/gen/4850228/images/n-MIKE-PENCE-628x314.jpg11/11/2016 | I can’t say I am afraid. I am numb. I feel am impending sense of doom—but it’s a kind of doom I have already lived through.

From seventh grade through 12th grade, I was tortured nearly every day I went to school. The common term for this is bullying, but that’s not what it is. It is torture. Just as John McCain suffered indecencies and physical abuses as a prisoner of war, so did I in my youth. If you hate me for making that comparison, you hate me for saying what is true.

I was a happy, popular and active kid. When I reached puberty, my life changed. Before I knew myself that I was gay, others picked up on my mannerisms. My peers harassed me, demanding to know if I was gay. I didn’t know.

David Michael Conner: Health, LGBT and entertainment writer based in Washington, D.C.

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Pope Francis Walks With LGBTQ People, One Step Forward, Big Steps Back

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He is still a man marked by decades of theology that don’t recognize gender fluidity, he still struggles to understand feminism and its relationship with LGBTQ rights, and he still has to deal with leading a global church where simply being LGBTQ can get you killed in many countries.

Kaya Oakes, Religion Dispatches

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http://religiondispatches.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Screen-Shot-2016-10-10-at-10.58.04-AM-690x460.jpgOctober 11, 2016 | On immigration, the environment and the rights of the poor, Pope Francis has consistently pushed Catholics to fulfill what he sees as the church’s mission to “go to the margins.” On gender and sexuality, however, the Pope has occasionally seemed to twist himself in knots to avoid sounding like one of the narrow-minded church leaders he is often wont to criticize.

The pope and the Catholic church are both on a learning curve, scrambling to keep up with the larger social acceptance of LGBTQ people in many Western nations. Francis is, after all, a 79-year-old Argentine, and sometimes his ideas about gender reflect his complex responses to the pervasive machismo of the Latin American culture in which he was raised.

Kaya Oakes is the author of four books, including The Nones Are Alright: A New Generation of Seekers, Believers, and Those In Between (Orbis Books, 2015), and Radical Reinvention: An Unlikely Return to the Catholic Church (Counterpoint, 2012). She is a contributing writer at Religion Dispatches, America, Commonweal, Religion News Service, and many other publications.

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Michelle Obama's Speech: As Personal As Political Gets

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US First Lady Michelle Obama speaks during a campaign rally in support of Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH on Oct. 13, 2016. (Photo by Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

  • I listen to all of this, and I feel it so personally. The shameful comments about our bodies. The disrespect of our ambitions and intellect. The belief that you can do anything you want to a woman. It is cruel. It’s frightening. And the truth is, it hurts. It hurts. — First Lady Michelle Obama
  • In her speech, the first lady didn't just go high: She soared, making her case against a serial abuser personal as never before in the public arena. 
  • Related: Donald Trump: "This Isn't A Joke Anymore"

Lynn Sherr, Moyers & Company

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October 14, 2016 | “This … has been a week of profound contrast,” said Michelle Obama, in a moment of sublime understatement during an emotionally raw speech on Thursday that squished Donald Trump like a cockroach without ever mentioning his name. Her unusually personal and passionate condemnation of his gutter politics and garbage behavior sent her to the top of the trending list on Twitter as grateful fans high-fived the most outspoken defense of moral authority by a first lady since Hillary Rodham Clinton equated women’s rights with human rights in Beijing in 1995.

It was, of course, a campaign stump for the Clinton-Kaine ticket, and the popular first lady delivered a rousing and committed articulation of why Hillary Clinton should and will be elected president. But the speech began with that contrast between Trump’s sleazy conduct and her good works.

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Donald Trump: "This Isn't A Joke Anymore", Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • If that isn't The Line, then what in the hell is The Line? Actually doing it?
  • “This cannot be treated as just another outrageous moment in the campaign.”
  • Part 1: The Moment You Realize Trump Finally Crossed the Line
  • Part 2: Dan Rather Warns Donald Trump Supporters: ‘History Is Watching’

16-Year-Old Reveals America's Real Dress-Code Problem

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  • “You [the principal] are literally sending the message to young girls, who are already struggling with self-confidence, that hiding their body makes them more attractive,” High school student Marion Mayer wrote. “You are establishing a sense of shame in these young, developing minds and bodies. A human has the right to wear whatever they feel comfortable in.”
  • High school student Marion Mayer takes a stand against principal's sexist comments.
  • Related: The only thing shameful about 'revealing' prom dresses are adults who obsess over them

Suzi Parker, TakePart

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Jan  22, 2014 | Sixteen-year-old Marion Mayer is trying to educate her new high school principal on how not to talk to kids, but he won't hear her.

Mayer realized two weeks ago there was a problem when her Lakeland Senior High School classmates told her about comments made by principal Arthur Martinez as he discussed the new dress code, specifically with regard to how girls should dress in school. Those remarks reportedly included the phrases “Modest is hottest” and “Boys will be boys.”

Suzi Parker is a regular contributor to TakePart. Her work also appears in the Christian Science Monitor and Reuters.

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The only thing shameful about 'revealing' prom dresses are adults who obsess over them, Jessica Valenti, Guardian

  • Schools aren’t worried about proper attire - they’re worried about young women’s sexuality and any display of it.
  • Teen Girl Kicked Out Of Prom So Her Dress Wouldn’t Lead Boys To ‘Think Impure Thoughts’. 
  • Are shoulders pornographic?

Jailing Rape and Domestic Violence Victims Is An Abuse of Prosecutors' Power

  • Jailing victims of sexual assault and domestic violence to compel their participation in prosecution is simply wrong. The practice must stop.
  • Related: Furor grows over sentencing in a college rape case

Leigh Goodmark, Feministing

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https://cdn.psychologytoday.com/sites/default/files/styles/article-inline-half/public/blogs/883/2014/02/143232-144579.jpg?itok=3Cv3Iia8February August, 2016 | When prosecutors ask judges to jail people, we assume that it’s because the person has committed some crime and is so dangerous that the person should not be out among the public. We hope that prosecutors will balance their pursuit of justice against the costs of prosecution to the victim and witnesses involved. We trust that prosecutors understand the tremendous power that they wield and use it wisely.

What we don’t expect is that prosecutors will use their powers to jail victims of violent crimes in order to secure their testimony, without regard to the impact on the victim. But prosecutors exercise this power every day in domestic violence and rape cases.

Leigh Goodmark: Professor, University of Marland Carey School of Law

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Furor grows over sentencing in a college rape case, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • The California judge who meted out what many consider a light, six-month sentence with probation to a former Stanford swimmer convicted of a campus rape now faces a recall led by a law professor there. Meanwhile, the defendant’s father, seeking to support his son during sentencing, outraged many even further during sentencing by characterizing the rape as merely “20 minutes of action."
  • Prosecutors said Brock Turner never accepted responsibility for the assault. His six-month sentence could be reduced to three for good behavior. As part of his sentencing, he will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
  • Part 1: Judge in Stanford sexual assault case faces recall effort over light sentence
  • Part 2: Telling the Story of the Stanford Rape Case

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