Monthly Archives: June 2010

Office of Legal Counsel: VAWA Applies to Same-sex Violence

On June 9th, the Office of Legal Councel (OLC) for the U.S. Department of Justice released an opinion (actually dated April 27th, 2010) asserting that the criminal provisions of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) apply to “otherwise covered … Continue reading

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Swedish Men Take Parental Leave – What’s the Situation in the U.S.?

In 1974, Sweden became the first country in the world to replace “maternity leave” with “parental leave,” a small change of words that laid the groundwork to make a world of difference for working mothers in Sweden. In 1995, a … Continue reading

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UPCOMING EVENT: Free Dating Violence Conference in Montgomery County, PA

This Thursday, June 24, 2010, a conference about relationship violence, “Everybody’s Business: Preventing Dating Violence and Domestic Abuse in Our Community” will be held at the Montgomery County Community College Science Center Theatre. Registration is free, and continental breakfast is … Continue reading

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June is LGBT Pride Month

This month, pride parades are occurring throughout the United States in honor of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. On June 13th in Philadelphia, floats made their way to Penn’s Landing where retailers, community groups, and entertainers awaited them. … Continue reading

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What We’re Reading

Welcome to a new feature on the WLP blog, where we share links to articles we’re reading with you. Feel free to add your own in comments! Budget cuts to subsidized child care are taking a toll on single mothers’ … Continue reading

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Victories for Female Candidates: Are We Any Closer to Equal Representation?

NPR termed it a “Super Tuesday For Women.” The Washington Post called it “a year of the woman,” but noted “the general election in the fall will be the real test of whether the ‘year of the woman’ label is … Continue reading

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NYC Implementing Changes to Benefit Homeless LGBTQ Youth

The New York City Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Runaway and Homeless Youth recently presented Mayor Michael Bloomberg with ten recommendations for improving the conditions of homeless LGBTQ youth in NYC [PDF]. Bloomberg is expecting that … Continue reading

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Rise in Syphilis and Gonorrhea Cases in Pennsylvania and Nationwide

From 2004 to 2008, the reported cases of syphilis in Pennsylvania increased from 574 to 902, and in 2007, Pennsylvania’s rate of 102 people infected with gonorrhea out of every 100,000 was higher than rates in New Jersey, New York, … Continue reading

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Kakenya’s Dream: Giving Kenyan Girls a Brighter Future

In Enoosaen, Kenya, bright young voices are singing a song of joy and appreciation at Kakenya’s Center for Excellence, a rural academy for girls. Primary education is compulsory in Kenya, but girls are often not afforded significant attention while they … Continue reading

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NARAL Exposes Crisis Pregnancy Centers

NARAL Pro-Choice California has written a report exposing the tactics of so-called “Crisis Pregnancy Centers” (CPCs) in their state. Pairs of volunteers recently went undercover into fourteen CPCs and made phone calls to eighteen others. The full report of their … Continue reading

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