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Ed Mullen will join Equality Ohio as the new executive director. A Chicago transplant, Mullen worked on several political campaigns critical to passing civil union legislation in Illinois.
TransOhio announced the dates for the Transgender and Ally Conference. The event is in its fourth year and is slated for Aug. 5–7, in Columbus, Ohio.
Black History Month kicked off this week. February is a celebration of the role African Americans played in shaping U.S. history. The annual event started as “Negro History Week” in 1926, and blossomed into a month-long commemoration marked by every U.S. president in office since 1976.
Amid civil unrest and mass protesting, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak announced he will step down at the end of his term in September. In the mean time, Mubarak plans to implement a series of reforms called for by protesters.
Currently, federal dollars can’t be used for abortion unless the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest, or if the pregnancy puts a woman’s life in danger. But Republican Rep. Chris Smith, with support from 173 members of the U.S. House, introduced legislation to redefine the stipulation to “cases of ‘forcible’ rape, but not statutory or coerced rape.” Click here to tell your representative rape is about lack of consent.
George W. Bush’s daughter Barbara broke rank with her family by filming a pro-gay marriage PSA for the Human Rights Campaign. “New York is about fairness and equality,” she says in the message. “Everyone should have the right to marry the person that they love.” Check out the PSA below:
From the Archives: The National Equality March in photos
From the Resources: MySistahs is a youth peer education group devoted to answering questions about health, relationships, sex and sexuality for young women of color. Click here to ask the educators a question or to learn more about them.