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Women Entrepreneurs Finding More Access to Startup Funding

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  When Tory Burch started designing her fashion collection in 2004, she had no idea of the obstacles faced by women entrepreneurs as they attempt to get funding or support to grow their businesses. For example, it wasn’t until 2012 that Tory Burch received funding from private equity firm General Atlantic (in fact, General Atlantic’s […]

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Man Wants to Become Texas’ First Openly Gay Senator

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  Business lawyer Mark Phariss and his partner of 16 years, Air Force veteran Victor Holmes, were one of two couples who sued Texas over the same-sex marriage ban in 2013. Before they could push their case to its conclusion, the U.S. Supreme Court overruled the state, giving them to the right to marry in […]

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Man Runs Against Opponent Who Denied Him Same-Sex Marriage

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  In 2015, David Ermold and his partner David Moore went to the county clerk’s office in Rowan County, Kentucky a few weeks after the Supreme Court passed Obergefell v. Hodges. They expected to marry, as it had been officially legalized nationwide by the decision. But they ran into county clerk Kim Davis, famed for […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Jenny Durkan: Seattle’s First Openly Lesbian Mayor

A ballot for Seattle's mayor. The two options listed are Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon.

  Jenny Durkan is Seattle’s first woman mayor since Bertha Knight Landes in 1928. She was sworn in on November 28, 2017. She’s also Seattle’s first openly lesbian mayor. “Let’s get to work,” she said as she took her oath of office in the Ethiopian Community Center in Rainier Beach. According to her campaign, she […]

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Here We Go Again With the Starbucks Cups

A photo of Starbucks' 2017 holiday-themed cup.

  It seems that criticizing Starbucks for the design of their holiday season cups is a new American tradition. It’s especially popular amongst far-right groups and the sort of “Christian” talking heads who call themselves oppressed while simultaneously enjoying paid time-off during their favorite religious holiday. This year’s cup features a variety of innocuous holiday-themed […]

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Andrea Jenkins is Paving The Way for Trans Women of Color

A photo of Andrea Jenkins, a black trans woman.

  The midterm elections this November have been a thrilling time for the LGBT community, who have gotten to watch queer nominees topple the opposition by popular vote. Of special note was Danica Roem, elected to Virginia’s state legislature over 13-term incumbent Robert “Chief Homophobe” Marshall. And on a smaller stage but every bit as […]

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CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion Takes Off Running

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  On November 10, CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion held its inaugural meeting. Seventy of the more than 330 CEOs signed up for the initiative gathered to discuss advancing the diversity and inclusion agenda. Founded in June of 2017, CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion addresses very real needs in the workplace—and with good […]

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Transgender Woman Elected into Virginia’s State Legislature

A photo of Danica Roem at the Protest Trans Military Ban in Washington, DC on July 26, 2017.

  A year ago, Danica Roem was a metal vocalist and a newspaper reporter in Prince William County, Virginia. Now, she is a state legislator for that state, setting two firsts. One, she is the first state legislator in the nation with multiple metal albums out. Her band Cab Ride Home has four albums out, […]

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Lawsuit Highlights Missouri’s Lack of Protections for LGBT Workers

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  Missouri is one of the majority of American states that lacks protections for LGBT citizens in employment or housing. Many people think that the fight for gay rights ended in 2015 with federal recognition of gay marriage. But all that means is that inviting your boss or your landlord is still a risk in […]

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How Bad is the Street Harassment Epidemic? Take a Look

Two men catcall a woman walking down the street.

  In 2014, Cornell University partnered with anti-harassment organization Hollaback to conduct a survey on street harassment. The results were appalling. Of the more than 4,000 American women under the age of 40 who took the survey, 96% said that they had experienced street harassment within the past year. And yet, for as prevalent as […]

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