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Raven-Symoné on Caitlyn Jenner as Activist: ‘You’ve Got to Learn it First’

  (Source:The View)



EDGE Boston | July 31, 2015

Following Sunday night’s debut of the reality series “I am Cait” on E!, former child star Raven-Symoné, who currently is sharing co-hosting duties on “The View” expressed her opinion that Caitlyn Jenner is moving too fast in positioning herself as the go to advocate for transgender rights.

On Monday’s edition of “The View,” the hot topic on the “hot topics” segment revolved around Sunday night’s premiere of Caitlyn Jenner’s reality series “I am Cait.” Symoné praised Jenner for “all she’s doing for the community,” but expressed concern that she has more to learn before she can lead a movement.

“When I came out, I didn’t go and go hardcore and be like, ‘I’m going to save the world for LGBT,'” Symoné said. “You’ve got to learn it. You’ve got to learn it first, and she’s not, really.”

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Roy Moore Violated Judicial Ethics In Calls To Ignore Gay Marriage Ruling, SPLC Says


Carlos Santoscoy | On Top Magazine | July 31, 2015

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore’s outspoken opposition to gay marriage is a violation of judicial ethics, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) said Wednesday.

The SPLC filed a complaint against Moore to the Judicial Inquiry Commission of Alabama on January 28. The group filed a supplement on February 3.

In its initial complaint, the SPLC accused Moore of “encouraging lawlessness by attempting to assemble state officials and judges to oppose the federal court system” after a federal district court judge struck down Alabama’s ban on gay marriage.

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Bullying And Harassment: Where Does Michigan Stand?


AJ TRAGER | Between the Lines | PrideSource | July 30, 2015

Bullying: “Bullying” or “harassment” is any gesture or written, verbal, graphic or physical act (including electronically transmitted acts – i.e., cyberbullying, through the use of internet, cell phone, personal digital assistant, computer or wireless handheld device, currently in use or later developed and used by students) that is reasonably perceived as being dehumanizing, intimidating, hostile, humiliating, threatening or otherwise likely to evoke fear of physical harm or emotional distress and may be motivated either by bias or prejudice based upon any actual or perceived characteristic, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression; or a mental, physical or sensory disability or impairment; or by any other distinguishing characteristic, or is based upon association with another person who has or is perceived to have any distinguishing characteristic.

-Michigan State Board of Education Model Anti-Bullying Policy, Nov. 9, 2010

School-based bullying and harassment are very real problems affecting the nation’s youth and school districts. State legislatures and state educational agencies play vital roles in ensuring safe and supportive learning environments for all students.

But are the Michigan laws and policies that are currently in place actually working to protect LGBT youth against bullying and harassment?

Schools are by and large heteronormative and cisnormative. Even though the LGBT community accounts for less than 8 percent of the national population, younger generations are introduced to LGBT identities at higher rates than older generations due to social media and the growing acceptance of the LGBT community. The majority of Americans that support LGBT identities now exceeds 50 percent of the population.

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Cops occupy black America like a military force – police reform activist


RT News | July 30, 2015

A former Georgia cop has been indicted for attacking an elderly man in front of his house after a neighbor called the police to report a burglary. RT has an exclusive interview with the man who was injured – Dhoruba Bin Wahad, member of the National Committee to Combat Police Terrorism – about the incident and his views on the tensions between the African-Americans and police departments.

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Congressional summit wants better protection for whistleblowers


RT News | July 30, 2015

Lawmakers, journalists and transparency advocates celebrated “Whistleblower Appreciation Day” on Capitol Hill Thursday with a luncheon focusing on the need for better legal protections for whistleblowers and guarantees of safety for their activities. Manuel Rapalo has more from Washington, DC.

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Gallup: Record Number Of Americans Say They Have Tried Marijuana

NORML | July 30, 2015

Gallup:  Record Number Of Americans Say They Have Tried MarijuanaPrinceton, NJ: Forty-four percent of Americans age 18 and older say that they have consumed cannabis, according to nationwide polling data reported by Gallup. The figure is the highest percentage of self-reported use ever documented by Gallup pollsters, who began asking the question in 1969. At that time, only four percent of respondents admitted to having tried cannabis.

Men (47 percent) were more likely than women (35 percent) to admit having used cannabis. Males (13 percent) were also more than twice as likely as females (6 percent) to identify themselves as current marijuana users. Democrats (12 percent) and Independents (11 percent) nearly equally identified as active cannabis consumers, while virtually no Republicans (one percent) did so.

Americans across all education and income groups were nearly equally as likely to say they had tried marijuana at some point in their lives, pollsters reported.

For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director, at (202) 483-5500.

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Senators Vote For Marijuana Banking Reform

NORML | July 30, 2015

Senators Vote For Marijuana Banking ReformWashington, DC: Members of the US Senate Appropriations Committee voted 16 to 14 late last week in favor of an amendment to allow state-compliant marijuana businesses to engage in relationships with financial institutions.

Sponsored by Senators Jeff Merkley (D) of Oregon and Patty Murray (D) of Washington, the amendment to the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill prohibits the US Treasury Department from using federal funds to take punitive actions against banks that provide services to marijuana-related businesses that are operating legally under state laws.

The vote marks the first time that members of the US Congress have decided in favor of amending federal law to permit marijuana-related business access to banks and other financial institutions.

Commenting on the vote, NORML’s Political Director Danielle Keane said: “No industry can operate safely, transparently or effectively without access to banks or other financial institutions. It is time for Congress to change federal policy so that this growing number of state-compliant businesses, and their consumers, may operate in a manner that is similar to other legal commercial entities.”

Related legislation, The Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking Act of 2015, is also pending before lawmakers in the United States House and Senate.

For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director, at (202) 483-5500 or Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director, at:

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