How it Feels When the Media Declares Your Teen Daughter a Whiny 'SLUT'

Last summer, then-17-year-old New Yorker Winnifred Bonjean-Alpert was arrested and detained for 18 hours for telling her friends—other teens at a party— that they didn’t have to show police officers their IDs. Now, her mother, a civil rights attorney, is attempting to sue the city over the alleged police misconduct.… »6/12/15 5:30pm6/12/15 5:30pm

Arkansas Governor Won't Sign Religious Freedom Bill Because It's a Mess

Having witnessed the debacle currently happening in Indiana, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson has declined for now to sign the state's own recently passed "Religious Freedom Restoration Act." House Bill 1228 passed on Tuesday, but Hutchinson—while being careful not to anything too supportive of LGBT people—said he… »4/01/15 3:30pm4/01/15 3:30pm

Anti Abortion Laws Mean Erosion of Rights for Pregnant Women

In 1987, hospital administrators at George Washington University Hospital in D.C. went to court to force 27-year-old Angela Carder, six months pregnant and ill with a rapidly metastasizing tumor in her lung, to undergo a C-section against her will. The goal was to "rescue" her fetus, they argued in court filings,… »11/10/14 11:10am11/10/14 11:10am

British Spies Shocked People Use Webcams to Send Pics of Their Junk

Officials in the British spy program responsible for collecting and batching images from Yahoo users' webcams were shocked — SHOCKED! — to discover that people often use webcams to transmit pictures of their naughties to other denizens of cyber space. This only goes to further prove that governments are about as… »2/27/14 3:45pm2/27/14 3:45pm

White Dude Trying to Shut Down Government Compares Self to Rosa Parks

I can totally understand a person consciously trying to not pay attention to Congress lately; everyone knows that the best way to deal with a child throwing a tantrum is to refuse to reward them with attention. But we've gotten to the point where the Congressional toddler is holding his breath and threatening to pass… »9/20/13 4:20pm9/20/13 4:20pm

Pete Campbell Is Basically a Civil Rights Pioneer, Says Pete Campbell

Pete Campbell’s chronic inability to have one single, unsullied good thing happen to him basically functions as a Mad Men running joke. A freak hunting accident drops the Chevy account in Pete’s lap, but he’s forced to share it with the mysterious gay man who knee-nuzzled him an episode earlier. He doesn’t get fired… »6/23/13 5:00pm6/23/13 5:00pm

Alaska Republicans Actually Laugh at the Mention of Civil Unions

If you ever wondered just where all that Republican derision for same-sex marriage comes from, this video of Alaska's Republican-led House Majority Caucus giggling at the mere suggestion that they consider domestic partnerships for same-sex couples will pretty much answer that question: the GOP is crammed full of… »2/17/13 5:00pm2/17/13 5:00pm