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Access denied: A different kind of de facto segregation

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It's interesting that "Blog for Choice" day falls right after Martin Luther King Jr's holiday. It has me thinking about intersections and parallels of civil rights issues. For those who've studied segregation, the terms "de facto" and "de jure" are familiar. They mean "in fact" and "by law" and they are used to describe the reality of segregation in the United States today. Segregation in schools, for example, has been illegal since Brown v. Board of Education in 1954 yet there is a great deal of de facto segregation in American schools.

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Folsom Street Fair needs your help!

An Action Alert from NCSF 


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The End of ENDA?

So, I've been sitting around for three days thinking about the situation with ENDA, and every time I sit down to write something, I find myself utterly voiceless, and wind up searching Wikipedia for the history of "Bizarre Love Triangle" or clicking the StumbleUpon button for hours on end. That's what I do when I want to procrastinate, and I am very, very good at procrastinating. I have procrastinated whole phases of my life with ease.

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Because mastectomy should never be an outpatient procedure!

For at least 10 years Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) has been trying to get legislation passed in Congress that would mandate insurance companies to pay for at least two nights of hospitalization for women having mastectomies. She has introduced her bill, called the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act, five times. Each time it has been consigned to languish in committees.

This year she has agan reintroduced the bill. It is HR 758 this time around, and again it has been assigned to several committees. In fact, here's the list of committees to which it has been referred before action can be taken:

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CineKink presents ... "Bite the Apple!"

As part of New York Leather Weekend, CineKink presents a fundraiser for the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom ....


Friday, October 5th - 9 pm

CineKink, "the really alternative film festival," presents a special screening of film and video shorts from New York directors for a celebration of kinky Gotham. Dark and gritty, sleek and sophisticated, seamy and ... well, take a bite for yourself!!



Culled from the secret diaries of Hannah Cullwick, a Victorian fetishist and "maid-of-all-work," a life of unabashed deviance is traced. (Directed by Kim Wood, 2003, USA, 13 minutes.)


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Porn For Food

If you want to do something good for your fellow human beings and stock up on porn, Playtime, an adult store in Edison, NJ has a program to let you do just that.  Between now and November, Playtime is running their annual "Food For Porn" program: bring in an undented, unexpired can of food 13 ounces or larger, and the store will give you a free DVD.  You don't get to choose the title, but you can choose between gay, straight, and lesbian porn:

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Period Peace

Another example of high school students standing up for themselves and for each other. A few weeks ago Chris posted about the students at a Nova Scotia high school who stood up for a classmate who was teased for being gay because he wore a pink shirt to school. The students organized online and the next morning brought in pink tank tops for everyone.

On the New York side of the border some US high school students went to school with tampons and pads attached to their clothing to protest the humiliation of their female classmates who have been questioned by security guards about whether or not they are menstruating.

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Verizon Changes Its Stance on NARAL Texting

I wrote to Jeffrey Nelson at Verizon and got this response:



Thank you for contacting us on this important issue. We issued the following statement this morning. Please share with interested folks.



BASKING RIDGE, N.J. On Wednesday, September 26, Verizon Wireless received a letter from NARAL regarding the company’s policy on text messaging. The following statement may be attributed to Jeffrey Nelson, spokesperson for Verizon Wireless.

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Verizon to its customers: NARAL 2 CNTRVSL 4 U

text messageThe New York Times reports this morning that Verizon has rejected a proposal by Naral Pro-Choice America to use its network for sending text messages to people who sign up for them. Other cell phone networks have accepted the proposal which allows subscribers to sign up to receive text message updates from NARAL.

According to a communication with Verizon that NARAL gave to the times, the company's policy is to reject proposals from groups that “promote an agenda or distribute content that, in its [Verizon's] discretion, may be seen as controversial or unsavory to any of our users.”

There are at least three very troubling pieces of this rationale.

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Think Pink!

One of the first things you learn when growing up is that you don't have to be gay to be fag-bashed. Convincing everyone that you're hetero, whether you are or not, isn't just a matter of getting to hang with the cool kids or becoming class president; it's the difference between eating your lunch in peace or getting your teeth kicked in on a daily basis.

That's a grim, but universal truth, and the number of us that can testify to it makes the following story from Nova Scotia that much more cheering. When a new student dared to wear a pink shirt to Central Kings Rural High School, he was harassed by a group of about ten students who threatened to beat him up. Two of his classmates, however, decided to take action:

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