A pro-choice and anti-pornography group has organized a "Freedom Rider" tour that kicked off in New York City and San Francisco last month. End Patriarchy Now launched a month long, cross-country campaign to call for "abortion on demand, and without apology."
Although Stop Patriarchy originally limited itself to fighting pornography, it has since broadened its stance to include advocating for abortion, arguing on its website that "Women are not objects. Women are not things to be used for the sexual pleasure of men nor are they breeders of children."
A Massachusetts-based academic institution has announced that they will give students living on campus the option of gender neutral housing.
Boston University President Robert A. Brown approved the housing option after much support and input came from the student population.
Kenneth Elmore, dean of students at Boston University, told the campus publication BU Today that the new option was more about "roommate choice" than "gender neutral" living situations. more >>
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law Monday that gives transgender students access to restrooms and locker rooms designated for either gender, as well as participation on either girls' or boys' sports teams. Framed as an equal rights issue by gay and transgender activists, those opposed to such a law say it sets a dangerous precept, and some are telling parents to homeschool or enroll children in private Christian schools.
"This radical bill warps the gender expectations of children by forcing all California public schools to permit biological boys in girls restrooms, showers, clubs and on girls sports teams and biological girls in boys restrooms, showers, clubs and sports teams," said Randy Thomasson, president of SaveCalifornia.com, as reported by FOX News. "This is insanity."
On the pro-family group's website, Thomasson added, "Jerry Brown and the Democrats have targeted every kid in public school with gender-bending brainwashing. Fortunately, parents can protect their children from the insanity of biological boys in girls' restrooms and girls' showers and biological girls in boys' restrooms and boys' showers by exiting the dysfunctional, immoral public schools for homeschooling and solid church schools." more >>
A family is demanding compensation from the Chinese government, claiming their relative is suffering from a mental disorder caused by the forced abortion of her seven-month-old baby.
Wu Yongyuan, husband of Gong Qifeng, claims that his wife now suffers from schizophrenia after she was forcibly taken to the hospital by the Lianyuan family planning service, located in central China's Hunan Province, in November 2011, and forced to have an abortion. Qifeng was allegedly in violation of China's One Child Policy, as she was seven months pregnant with her second child at the time of the forced procedure. She and her husband are both natives of Anping Town in Lianyuan.
Wu has told multiple media agencies in China that one day in November 2011 his wife disappeared, and he eventually found out that she was at the Lianyuan Hospital. Wu claims that authorities told him he had waited too long to pay the fine for having a second child, and the head nurse in obstetrics at the hospital reportedly told Wu that his wife had been forcible taken to the facility. more >>
The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has declared that the legal recognition of same-sex marriage is an "apocalyptic symptom" that should be combatted. Patriarch Kirill I of Moscow stated after a service held last Sunday at the Kazan Cathedral that same-sex marriage should never be sanctioned.
"This is a very dangerous apocalyptic symptom, and we must do everything in our powers to ensure that sin is never sanctioned in Russia by state law, because that would mean that the nation has embarked on a path of self-destruction," said Kirill. "We face enormous temptations when countries start approving sin and codifying it into law in order to justify it."
Kirill's words come as the Eastern European power continues to pass legislation meant to curb LGBT activism and homosexuality in general. Even as other European nations like France and the United Kingdom pass increasingly pro-gay legislation, over the past year Russia has gone in the opposite direction. more >>
The Massachusetts Legislature is considering a bill that would ban the controversial practice of sexual orientation change efforts for minors.
Democratic Representative Carl M. Sciortino, Jr., introduced the bill, known as H.154, earlier this year with a hearing being held last week before the Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities.
If enacted, H.154 would bar licensed professionals from performing "Sexual orientation and gender identity change efforts" in the state. more >>