June 10th, 2013

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Argentina's Radical Thinking. Gay People are Humans!

You Mean Human Rights are Actually a thing?!

Argentina’s radical gay rights movement
It shows what the U.S. could be doing better

At first glance, the gay rights movement in Argentina looks oddly familiar to an American. In the early 1970s, gays and lesbians began forming political organizations, advocating for other queers to come out of the closet, and demanding equal rights and an end to discrimination. Police repression at gay bars in the nation’s largest city lead to further politicization, as did an out lesbian appearing on television. Queers organized pride protests and parades, satellite organizations sprung up in less populated areas, and by 2009 gay marriage became the movement’s biggest issue.

What happened next might not sound as familiar. Just two years after gay marriage became legal in Argentina, the Law of Gender Equality was passed. Among other things, the law de-pathologizes trans identity, removing transphobic medical clearance requirements to change gender on their legal documents, and increasing access to gender affirming treatments through the public health system. If passing gay marriage in a heavily Catholic country — with the archbishop of Buenos Aires threatening to wage “God’s war” in opposition — seems difficult, then passing one of the world’s most progressive laws for trans rights would seem an impossible accomplishment.
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Edit: changed title.
oh holy shit
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Arizona police: 4-year-old boy fatally shoots his father

A man was fatally wounded when his 4-year-old son fired a gun he found while they were visiting a residence in Prescott Valley, Arizona, officials said.

Justin Stanfield Thomas, 35, and his son made an unannounced trip Friday to the home of an unidentified former roommate, police said. Thomas had previously lived in the residence, according to investigators.

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Hillary Clinton basically just announced her candidacy on Twitter

Clinton joined Twitter today, amassing over 70,000 followers in an hour. Her first and thus far only tweet ended “#tweetsfromhillary,” a clever nod to her own meme, but it’s her bio that caught our attention.



If you have the chance to be the first female president but actually plan to spend the rest of your life watching “Love It or List It,“glass ceiling cracker, TBD…” is not how you present yourself to the world.

(Feministing is our source of speculation)
[OP:lol at my own misreading the  "...cracker..." part. ]
why do you hate us so much?
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George Zimmerman’s Murder Trial Begins

The Florida man is accused of fatally shooting unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in 2012. Martin’s family issued a statement asking for the community to remain peaceful.


Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, the parents of slain teen Trayvon Martin, arrive in court for the first day of the trial of George Zimmerman

The trial for 28-year-old George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch coordinator charged with second-degree murder following the shooting of Trayvon Martin, began Monday at the Seminole County Courthouse in Sanford, Fla.

Defense attorney Mark O’Mara began the day by requesting a delay to the trail, saying he still needed time to prepare, but a judge denied the request, the Associated Press reported.

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