A New York City academic institution that gained headlines 10 years ago for being the first LGBT-centered public school has been struggling to maintain enrollment expectations.
Harvey Milk High School of Manhattan, a small transfer school that became a fully accredited public school in 2003, was expected upon its opening to enroll 100 students. more >>
California public schools are currently preparing to enforce a law that will allow K-12 transgender students to participate in sex-segregated sports programs and use restroom facilities consistent with their gender identity. However, if a referendum brought forth by a coalition of conservative groups is approved, the law's enactment will be postponed until it qualifies to get on the November 2014 general election ballot.
"We don't know what's going to happen when kids come back from their holiday vacation," said Republican state Sen. Steve Knight, who voted against the law, according to NBC. "Are there going to be 15-year-old girls talking in the bathroom and in walks a boy? What are they going to do? Scream? Run out?"
Bill AB 1266 is set to go into effect Jan. 1, 2014, but since the Privacy for All Students group gathered more than 600,000 opposing signatures last month, which met the 505,000 minimum requirement to possibly get the initiative on the ticket, the state has been given a Jan. 8 deadline to determine if the legislation qualifies for a majority vote, which could suspend the bill just days after its launch. more >>
For the majority of American Christians, women's voices from the pulpit are a rarity.
According to a Faith Communities Today 2010 survey, roughly 24 percent of Mainline Protestant congregations had female leadership. For Evangelical congregations, only 9% had women on the pastoral staff.
Without endorsing a position on female ordination, Talking Taboo: American Christian Women Get Frank About Faith seeks to bring more female Christian voices to the mainstream, by offering 40 women under the age of 40 a platform to share a myriad of opinions on ordination, sexuality, divorce, doubt, breast feeding, and gender roles. more >>
Women are more likely than men to believe God is male, according to a Harris Poll released earlier this week.
The survey of 2,250 adults in the United States revealed that 43 percent of women and 34 percent of men believe God is male.
Overall, 39 percent of Americans believe God is male, 31 percent believe God is neither male nor female, 10 percent believe God is both genders and one percent believe God is female. more >>
A self-help book based on Old Testament principles of the Bible written by a 43-year-old married Italian journalist and mother of four advising women to be submissive to their husbands in marriage is now causing an international uproar from feminists around the world.
The book, Cásate y sé sumisa, translated Get Married and Be Submissive, has even drawn the ire of a high ranking political figure in Spain in the form of that country's health minister Ana Mato, who according to The Telegraph, said: "I think it is inappropriate and disrespectful to women."
According to the report, from the very first pages, author Costanza Miriano declares to women: "we are not equal to men and to not recognize this is a guaranteed source of suffering." more >>
It started as "personal style challenge" for the Los Angeles-based trend-forcasting professional. Taking advantage of the warm southern California weather, Blythe Hill decided to see if she could wear a dress or skirt every day the entire month of December. She named the campaign "Dressember."
That was in 2009. In her fifth year of the campaign, taking a cue from the male-facial hair growing campaign "Movember," Hill decided to expand the movement beyond its identity as a fashion test and turn it into a way to support the Christian anti-sex trafficking organization, International Justice Mission (IJM). Those who wanted to join would commit to wearing a dress every day and setting a fundraising goal for the cause.
Hill credited her faith with playing a role in her decision to add a cause to her fashion movement. more >>