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Wage gap even more pronounced for Latinas

06/10/13 07:01PM

On the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, the most popular statistic cited seems to be that women on average earn just 77 cents to every man’s dollar. But if you dig deeper into Census Bureau data, there’s another stat that highlights an even more vulnerable demographic: Latinas, who are paid just 60 cents for every dollar paid to men. 
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Members of the LGBT community and their supporters gather to speak out after a string a bias attacks, including the fatal shooting of 32-year old Mark Carson on Saturday, during a rally in New York's Greenwich Village, Monday, May 20, 2013.  A spate of...

Christine Quinn confronts NYC hate crimes in quest to be mayor

06/07/13 04:06PM

As the nation awaits Supreme Court rulings in two historic marriage equality cases, the LGBT community has a lot to look forward to this June, during gay pride month. But in New York City, a rash of anti-gay violence--and the enhanced police presence required to stop it--casts a shadow on the celebration.
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An unidentified 11-year-old girl logs into Facebook on her iPhone at her home in Palo Alto, Calif. in 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

The NSA tramples on privacy you already gave up

06/07/13 02:52PM

Hey NSA, here's a freebie for ya. We have become a society entrenched in gleefully revealing private information. So privacy be damned! We reveal it all. Through status updates, tweets, and photos, we seek "LIKES," comments, praise, or adoration--and basic relevance through daily validation in social media. We now rely on crafting people’s perceptions of us by our “public brands.” We never think that by doing so we are selling our "privacy soul" at fire sale prices, let alone giving it away for free. read more

Harvey Fierstein, left, and Cyndi Lauper attend the 2013 Tony Awards Meet the Nominess press reception on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 in New York. "Kinky Boots" earned 13 Tony Award nominations Tuesday. The awards will be broadcast on CBS from Radio City...

Harvey Fierstein takes on LGBT issues, both onstage and off

06/06/13 03:08PM

Harvey Fierstein is back--not that he ever really went anywhere. The legendary actor and playwright has been entertaining us for the last 30 years, with notable hits like Mrs. Doubtfire and Torch Song Trilogy. 
 Now, the 61-year-old as of today (happy birthday, Harvey!) is leading the pack in Tony Award nominations for his latest Broadway smash, Kinky Boots. 
 Written by Fierstein with music by 1980s pop-star Cyndi Lauper, Kinky Boots pushes LGBT issues front and center stage with a story of a shoemaker struggling to keep his business afloat and his unlikely partnership with a drag queen. 
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10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan, who suffers from end-stage cystic fibrosis, is waiting on the organ transplant network to decide whether she can receive life-saving surgery.

Dying girl's desperate parents sue Secy. Sebelius over transplant policy

06/05/13 05:48PM

A little girl with just weeks to live may have been given a second chance on Wednesday, after a federal judge told Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to hold off on enforcing a policy that prevents the girl from receiving life-saving surgery. The ruling was in response to an emergency motion filed Wednesday by the parents of Sarah Murnaghan, age 10, against Sebelius on the grounds of discrimination. It’s their latest move in a desperate mission, and one that could mean life or death for their daughter. read more

The casket of U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg is carried from New York's Park Avenue Synagogue after his funeral service,  Wednesday, June 5, 2013. (Photo by: Richard Drew/AP Photo, Pool)

Late Sen. Frank Lautenberg remembered by Biden, Clinton

06/05/13 03:54PM

New Jersey’s Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who earned a reputation as a liberal titan during his three decades in the Senate, was remembered Wednesday for his sense of humor, courage, and tenacity by friends and family. 
 “He was a man for his time. His story was an American story,” said Sen. Robert Menendez, Lautenberg's colleague in the Senate, in his eulogy. “But in his heart, and for his lifetime, he was a man from New Jersey.” 
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