Sorority will now accept “all who live and identify as women” as members

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In both a letter and video from its National President Angela Harris, Alpha Chi Omega announced last Friday that it would be accepting transgender women into its organization.

“If we are to continue to live this important mission in today’s world, Alpha Chi Omega must be inclusive of all who live and identify as women, regardless of their gender assigned at birth,” the letter reads.

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Transgender Nepali has her big moment on Indian catwalk

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NEW DELHI (AP)- It was her big moment. Anjali Lama sashayed down the catwalk in the swanky Mumbai auditorium. A fitted, cream dress highlighted her tall, slender frame. Her pulled-back hair showed off her high cheekbones.

Modeling at Lakme Fashion Week often seemed like a dream far beyond her reach, but Lama has become the first transgender woman to model at one of the top events on India’s fashion calendar and one sponsored by a top Indian cosmetics brand.

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Indiana appealing lesbian couples’ parental rights order

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP)- The Indiana attorney general has decided to appeal a federal judge’s order that the state list both spouses in lesbian marriages as parents on their children’s birth certificates.

The appeal will challenge U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt’s June ruling in favor of eight lesbian couples who sued the state and some county health departments.

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Russia set to move closer to decriminalize domestic violence

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MOSCOW (AP) — In Russia, giving one’s spouse a slap is nothing extraordinary for many people. This week, the Russian parliament is expected to take a step closer toward decriminalizing it altogether.

Battery is a criminal offense in Russia, but nearly 20 percent of Russians openly say they think it is sometimes OK to hit a spouse or a child. In a bid to accommodate conservative voters, deputies in the lower house of parliament have given initial approval to a bill eliminating criminal liability for domestic violence that stops short of serious bodily harm or rape.

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From London to LA, women’s marches pack cities big and small

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CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago. Oklahoma City. London. Los Angeles.

Across the globe, cities big and small saw throngs of women, men and children take to the streets Jan. 21 in a show of unity and support for women’s rights. The swarms of marchers came together in the sunshine and rain to rally against sexism, racism and hatred and to protest President Donald Trump.

The crowds were so large that some U.S. cities ground to a halt as demonstrators overwhelmed streets, train stations and parks. The more than 600 “sister marches” were held in conjunction with the Women’s March on Washington a day after Trump’s inauguration.

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Menopause The Musical!

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Set in a department store, four women with seemingly nothing in common but a black lace bra on sale, come to find they have more to share than ever imagined. The cast makes fun of their woeful hot flashes, forgetfulness, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats and chocolate binges. A sisterhood is created between these diverse women as they realize that menopause is no longer The Silent Passage, but a stage in every woman’s life that is perfectly normal!

GIW NCLR Welcome Cocktail Reception

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Chats and cocktails!

Girls and Wonderland teams up with the National Center for Lesbian Rights to hose their annual Welcome Cocktail Reception June 3.

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Words to Live By: Celebrate

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June is busting out all over. It’s the month of my people. I know we aren’t quite there yet, but it is time to prepare. Before this issue leaves the stands, we will be swimsuit deep into pool parties, GayDayS, One Magical Weekend and Girls in Wonderland with Polk County Pride and St. Pete Pride on the horizon.

Celebrate! Enjoy it!

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Orlando Fringe 2016 Review: Natural Novice

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Body hair. Everyone has it somewhere, but not everyone agrees on what to do with it. In Natural Novice, actor and playwright Siobhan O’Loughlin explores societal attitudes toward body hair on women and inhabits a myriad of characters from different backgrounds to showcase how experience and conviction shape those attitudes.

Natural Novice is a one-person show that follows a woman from a Vermont commune who moves to New York City. She doesn’t shave – anywhere – and she tells the audience stories of her friends and acquaintances and how their body hair has affected their lives. O’Loughlin doesn’t just tell, though. She becomes each of the many characters, who range from a sorority girl who relives a horrific last-minute bikini wax to a transgender female who struggles with her self-image to a Muslim woman of color from Australia who discusses how her faith affects her treatment of body hair.

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Clinton, Trump employ gender politics on the campaign trail

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WASHINGTON (AP) – She has no stamina. She shouts. She’s got nothing going for her but being a woman.

Donald Trump, after toying with gender politics off and on during the campaign, is all in on a mission to undercut Hillary Clinton’s credentials by syncing up his say-anything campaign strategy with his alpha-male persona.

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Oscar speeches look more like presidential debate at 88th Academy Awards

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Oscar night is often filled with award shocks and surprises and the 88th Academy Awards did not disappoint as Sam Smith becomes the first openly gay man to win an Oscar. Well, okay so he wasn’t, but he wasn’t sure about it so he said it anyways.

Sam Smith was among the winners considered an upset by Oscar experts. The winner of the Best Original Song for “Writing’s on the Wall” from the James Bond film Spectre was as shocked as the rest of the viewing world when his name was called instead of Lady Gaga and Diane Warren for the emotional song “Til It Happens to You” from The Hunting Ground, a documentary about campus rape in the United States.

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Bathrooms become battlegrounds in anti-discrimination debate

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – As bathrooms become battlegrounds in the national debate over anti-discrimination laws, a city council’s decision to protect the restroom choices of transgender people in Charlotte, North Carolina, was cheered Feb. 23 by rights advocates as a courageous move. But it may not stand for very long.

Gov. Pat McCrory told The Associated Press that the bathroom provision denies privacy rights for people who expect to share restrooms or locker rooms only with people born with the same anatomy.

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