Virginia's highest court has agreed to take up a lawsuit against a school board over its decision to add sexual orientation and gender identity to its antidiscrimination policy.
The Virginia Supreme Court agreed Monday to take a lawsuit against Fairfax County Public Schools by the conservative legal group the Liberty Counsel, which argues that the school board overstepped its authority by adding "sexual orientation," "gender identity," and "gender expression" to their antidiscrimination policy.
In a statement released Monday, Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver described the state supreme court's decision to take up the case as "very good news." more >>
A new study on how food insecurity affects teenagers has revealed that nearly 14 million American teens are food insecure or on the margins, and some of them resort to extreme measures to deal with hunger, from saving school lunches for the weekend or going hungry so younger siblings can eat, to stealing or trading sex for money to buy food.
An estimated 6.8 million people aged 10 to 17 don't have reliable access to affordable, nutritious food, and another 2.9 million are "very food insecure," apart from roughly 4 million who live in marginally food secure households, where the threat of running out of food is real, notes the study, "Impossible Choices," by the Washington, D.C.-based group, Urban Institute.
Teens in all 10 communities, which were part of the study, and in 13 of the 20 focus groups, talked about some youth "selling their body" or engaging in "sex for money" as a strategy to make ends meet, according to the study. It further noted that this happens mostly in high-poverty communities where teens also described sexually coercive environments and that sexual exploitation most commonly took the form of "transactional dating" relationships with older adults. more >>
Masturbating in public, if it's out of the sight of minors, is not an illegal act, the Supreme Court of Italy has ruled in a case concerning a 69-year-old man who was caught masturbating on a bench in front of a group of college students.
A lower court had convicted the man, identified only as Pietro L, for performing the act in front of students on the University of Catania campus in southern Italy, sentencing him to three months in prison and ordering him to pay a fine of $3,600, according to documents filed with Supreme Court, CNN reports.
The highest court, La Corte di Cassazione, said in its ruling last week, that public masturbation out of the presence of minors is no longer a criminal act as the law had been amended last year. more >>
A recently passed law in Massachusetts that would require churches to abide by transgender discrimination rules for public events may have its fate determined via voter referendum.
In July, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law Senate Bill 2407, which among other things allows transgender men to use women's restrooms in places of public accommodation and requires employers to use the preferred pronouns of their employees.
I'm absolutely pro-technology, and I was one of the lucky ones who grew up in the romantic era of receiving hand-written letters by snail mail and using Britannica Encyclopedia for my English papers.
When I was ten, my parents, who were both poor Eastern immigrants working at a laundromat and grocery stand, scraped together enough to buy a Nintendo with Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt. I was excited for my first Pentium desktop on my twelfth birthday and my very first cell phone in 1999, a Nokia the size of my face that doubled as a dumbbell.
I bought my first smartphone in 2010, considered late to the party but still just as thrilled to unlock my iPhone with the swipe of a two-year-contract. It's exciting today to see the first wave of phones that display holograms and the video games you can control with your mind; I'm not pining away with nostalgia for my unplugged childhood. I'm always ready to adjust to the newfangled contraptions of the future. I am not and never will be an alarmist who sneers at new technology. more >>
America's millennials have become the most polarized political group and are more likely to identify as political conservatives now compared to 10 years ago, according to a new study.
The millennials, or those born between 1980 and 1994, are currently more politically polarized than Generation Xers and Baby Boomers, and are also more likely to identify as conservative than either Generation Xers or Baby Boomers were at the same age, says Jean Twenge, professor of psychology at San Diego State University, in a paper published in the latest issue of the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.