Same-Sex Couples to Get Federal Marriage Benefits: Attorney General
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Same-Sex Couples to Get Federal Marriage Benefits: Attorney General

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Federal marriage benefits will be made available to same-sex couples across the United States after last month’s Supreme Court ruling, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Thursday.

“I directed Justice Department staff to work with the agencies to ensure that the ruling be given full effect across the federal government,” including Social Security …

Bill Cosby's Favorite Drug: 4 Things to Know about Quaaludes
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Bill Cosby's Favorite Drug: 4 Things to Know about Quaaludes

A decade after the first woman, Andrea Constand, came forward with accusations of Bill Cosby luring and drugging her for sexual purposes, the records documenting Bill Cosby’s testimony back in 2005 have been released revealing that the famed actor and comedian admitted to using quaaludes to drug women for sexual purposes.

What are Quaaludes?

Marketed as Mandrax …

Bill Cosby's Moralizing Comes Back to Haunt Him
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Bill Cosby's Moralizing Comes Back to Haunt Him

By Edward McAllister and Jill Serjeant

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bill Cosby’s forthright views on black parenting came back to haunt him this week when a U.S. judge called the comedian a “public moralist” who had lost the right of personal privacy in a 2005 civil sexual assault case.

The career of the once beloved comedian from …

Kansas Judge Blocks Ban on Second Trimester Abortions
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Kansas Judge Blocks Ban on Second Trimester Abortions

By Fiona Ortiz

A Kansas judge on Thursday temporarily blocked a law that would ban a common second trimester abortion procedure from taking effect next week, according to an attorney for an abortion rights group that challenged the law.

Shawnee County District Court Judge Larry Hendricks granted an injunction that will allow dilation and extraction abortion procedures …

Over 150,000 Americans Are Unaware They Have HIV
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Over 150,000 Americans Are Unaware They Have HIV

New statistical data released by the CDC revealed that 156,300 people, or 1 in 8 persons suffering from HIV are currently not diagnosed.

This is actually pretty encouraging.

The Good News About HIV Diagnosis

Approximately 87 percent of Americans who have HIV have been diagnosed. Though it falls just shy of the goal of 90 percent by 2015, …

U.S. President Barack Obama hails the Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage as a "big step in our march toward equality."
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U.S. President Barack Obama hails the Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage as a "big step in our march toward equality."

U.S. President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took to twitter on Friday (June 26) to call the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage “historic” and a “big step” for the U.S.

The White House’s official twitter icon received a facelift, turning from white to rainbow colored — to mark gay pride.

The Supreme Court …

Female Sexuality, Racism, & Privilege
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Female Sexuality, Racism, & Privilege

The concept of female sexuality is a relatively controversial topic; the idea of women controlling their sexuality has been debated for centuries. Throughout the history of the United States, men have exercised considerable economic, social, sexual, and yes, physical control over women.

Recently, in Charleston, South Carolina, a white man, Dylan Storm Roof, entered an African-American Methodist Church …

LGBT Health Awareness Week Initiates Safer Sex Awareness For All
HEALTH / LIFESTYLE

LGBT Health Awareness Week Initiates Safer Sex Awareness For All

Yesterday marked the final day of LGBT Health Awareness Week, which helped to spread awareness of the health issues and struggles that members of the LGBT community face. Obviously, every community, every individual, faces a plethora of health issues; however, this week focused on those issues in the LGBT community, in particular the sexual health …

What Turns On America's Queen Of Burlesque?
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What Turns On America's Queen Of Burlesque?

Dita Von Teese (née Heather Sweet) is a beautiful contradiction. She’s a modern businesswoman and brand (with perfume and lingerie lines) who looks and dresses like she stepped out of a 1940s movie, and she was once married to shock-rocker Marilyn Manson. With 1.78 million followers on Twitter — her Devonshire Rex cat Aleister Von …

Harvard Bans Professors From Sleeping With Students
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Harvard Bans Professors From Sleeping With Students

Harvard University has banned professors from having sexual relationships with, or dating, undergraduate students, joining an increasing number of U.S. seats of learning in formally barring staff from such relationships. The new rules prohibit practices that until now were only advised to be inappropriate. Faculty members are now explicitly forbidden to have sex with, or …

Craigslist Factors in the Rise of HIV Cases
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Craigslist a Factor in the Rise of HIV Cases

A recent study conducted by the University of Minnesota has found that HIV cases have dramatically increased from 1999 to 2008.   Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), is a sexually transmitted disease, one that is often known as the precursor to AIDS.  The number of HIV cases spiked to 15.9% in just under a decade, with an …

Some Florida Counties to Halt All Weddings to Prevent Gay Marriages
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Some Florida Counties to Halt All Weddings to Prevent Gay Marriages

On January 6th, same-sex marriages will be legal in Florida.  As the date approaches, some counties in northern Florida would rather discontinue all wedding ceremonies than perform marriage services for gay couples.

Although the overwhelming majority of Florida’s counties plan to marry same sex couples, at least 5 counties – Baker, Clay, Duval, Okaloosa and Santa …

Proponent Of The G Spot Takes On A Critic
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Proponent Of The G Spot Takes On A Critic

Ashley Furin had a “very satisfying” sex life with her husband, she said. Then, seven years into their relationship, she had “an experience that rocked me to my core.” They had found her G spot. Before that night, said Furin, an office assistant from Lisbon Falls, Maine, she “thought the G spot was an absolute …

What Will Become Of American Apparel’s Porn Aesthetic?
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What Will Become Of American Apparel’s Porn Aesthetic?

Dov Charney of American Apparel fame brilliantly read the zeitgeist in the new millennium and positioned the company in opposition: anti-fashion, anti-logo, anti-sweatshop, and anti-photoshop. Its ads featured young nonmodels – often unpaid American Apparel employees and sometimes porn stars like Sasha Gray and Faye Regan. Promoting “realness,” the models looked like they wore no …