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Why I Am Here for Marriage Equality: Changing the Conversation for Queer POCs

As we wait for the Supreme Court to offer its rulings on DOMA and Prop 8, a noticeable division has arisen between the mainstream LGBT agenda, and those of us who prefer and advocate for a more radical politics, namely for queer people of color. The tension is justified and wholly understandable. Many argue that the “gay marriage” movement is essentially an agenda that privileges and is spearheaded by wealthy white men, and accordingly usurps media attention from more pressing issues affecting queer populations of color, such as violence against trans people, youth homelessness, and HIV/AIDS. These arguments are absolutely correct, and I agree wholeheartedly. But as a result, it has become trendy for some to vehemently undermine, if not oppose, the significance of marriage equality for queer people of color. Quite curiously, marriage equality is now being oriented as some sort of “oppression vacuum,” wherein the premise seems to be that if marriage equality was off the table, the aforementioned issues would be getting their due attention. Ironically, this viewpoint actually seems to put a lot of stock in marriage equality, and a lot of faith in the mainstream media as a whole. My purpose here is not to respond by championing the wonderfulness of marriage equality, but instead to caution against oversimplification.

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Petitions Demand Rick Ross, Industry Take Responsibility for Rape Lyrics

In the wake of widespread outrage regarding a Rick Ross lyric making light of date rape, petitions have been launched demanding that the rapper and the music industry take responsibility for his offensive words.

A petition on asks that Ross “publicly apologize for glorifying drugging/raping women.

Meanwhile, a site called has launched a petition of their own (through called “Rape, Ross, and Responsibility #RRR”

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Two Teens Accused of Murdering 13 Month-Old Baby Will Be Tried as Adults

According to USA Today, the two Georgia teens accused of killing 13-month old Antonio Santiago and shooting his mother in the leg will be tried as adults.

The baby’s mother Sherry West says she was pushing her baby in a stroller when 17-year-old De’Marquise Elkins and 15-year-old Dominique Lang approached her demanding money. When she did not comply, Elkins pulled out a gun and shot West in the arm and her baby in the face.

Elkins is also being charged with a robbery and shooting that occurred 10 days prior to the slaying of Santiago.

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Kansas Considering Bill Allowing for People Living with HIV/AIDS to be Quarantined

The state of Kansas is currently considering a bill that would allow those who are HIV positive to possibly be quarantined and separated from the rest of society:

Lawmakers are close to passing a new law discriminating against those who have HIV or AIDS, forcing them to be isolated or have their movements restricted.

Kansas House Bill 2183, which has passed in the Kansas Senate, will update the state’s public health statute by allowing quarantine of Kansans with ‘infectious diseases.’

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LAPD Officer Wins $1.2 Million Settlement after Accusing Department of Racial Harassment

LAPD officer Earl Wright has been awarded a $1.2 million settlement with the city of Los Angeles after accusing the LAPD of racial harassment.

He say a white supervisor and other officers continually subjected him to racist pranks and verbal abuse.

He specifically cited an incident where he asked his superior for permission to leave early; the white officer responded “Why? You gotta go pick watermelons?”

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Nelson Mandela Hospitalized for Lung Infection

Beloved anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela has been admitted to a hospital for a lung infection.

South Africa’s first black president, Mr. Mandela is 94 years old.

Over the past few years his health has declined at an alarming rate.

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Spike Lee and Harry Belafonte to Induct Public Enemy into Rock Hall of Fame

This year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony takes place on April 18, and it’s shaping up to be one hell of a show.

Spike Lee and Harry Belafonte are slated to induct groundbreaking rap group Public Enemy, who will also be reuniting with famed Dj Terminator X for the first time since he left the group in 1999.

Meanwhile, Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson will team up to pay tribute to the late, great Donna Summer; and Usher will pay tribute to Quincy Jones.

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Children Rally in Downtown Chicago for Immigration Reform

Yesterday afternoon, around 400 children marched through downtown Chicago in support of immigration reform.

Many of these latino children & youth were advocating for their parents, who are either under the shadows for lack of documentation or going through the deportation process.

It is estimated that at least 100,000 children have been affected by the lack of immigration reform and lost one, or both, parent(s) to deportation.

From NBC Chicago:

“I don’t want to get separated from my mother because .. if she leaves I don’t think I’m going to do good in school,” said 10-year-old Chris Romero.

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Chicago Teachers Union, Supporters Gearing Up for Massive Protest Today Against School Closures

The Chicago Teachers Union is gearing up for a massive protest against the closing of 54 Chicago public schools.

Thousands of parents, teachers, students, and community members are expected attend and demand a moratorium on the closures.

The march begins at 4pm at the Daley Center before heading to CPS headquarters and City Hall.

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