• Three young black men in Rochester were arrested for standing on the sidewalk and "refusing to disperse" while waiting for the school bus. When their black male basketball coach tried to intervene and say he was supervising them, the police threatened to arrest him as well. [Rochester Home Page]
• The award for the worst sex writing of the year comes out this week. Amanda Hess runs through some horrible nominees, including this line from Woody Guthrie's long-lost novel, "Inside the door of her womb she felt her inner organs and tissues, all her muscles and glands, felt them roll, squeeze, squeeze, and roll." [Slate]
Here's what's on our day-after-Thanksgiving radar:
• One cool thing we can do surrounding Thanksgiving is remember and honor Native American struggles for self-determination and liberation. Red Power activists issued a proclamation to the US government when they occupied Alcatraz Island from 1969 to 1971, and it was pretty rad. [The New Inquiry]
• Many female saints were women who were radically opposed to traditional gender norms and fought against following the path they were expected to take. Here's a list of ten feminists who were canonized. [Autostraddle]
• Clyde Peterson is working on a new stop-motion film about LGBTQ youth and schizophrenia called Torrey Pines. If you're interested in any of these things, help Kickstart the project. [Torrey Pines, Kickstarter]
• A pregnant woman moving from California to New York has resulted in a disturbing custody battle. A New York court said, “her appropriation of the child while in utero was irresponsible, reprehensible.” This is a new step in treating a fetus as a child and limiting women's reproductive rights. [The New York Times]
• It turns out that Plan B—the emergency contraceptive pill that reproductive rights advocates have spent a decade trying to make accessible to all American women—may not be effective for women who weigh over 176 pounds. The European manufacturer of an identical "morning after" pill says the medication begins to lose effectiveness in women who weigh over 165 pounds, which is especially upsetting as the average weight of American women is 166 pounds. [Mother Jones]
• In case you missed it: Katy Perry's "geisha" performance at the American Music Awards was not okay. [The Atlantic]
• Immigrant rights activists calling for an end to deportations of undocumented immigrants' family members disrupted Obama's speech in San Francisco's Chinatown yesterday. [Colorlines]
• Feminista Jones explores an interesting question: Does sex addiction exist? Is there a double standard around how women are diagnosed as hypersexual? [Ebony]
• Obamacare enrollment is targetting moms, encouraging them to get their kids and communities to sign up for healthcare—a strategy that makes clear how women do a social and emotional work in communities that is often invisible. [Guardian]
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• People who are willing to speak out in favor of prison reform often forget that violent offenders are humans, too, and they suffer from the same forms of injustice as non-violent drug offenders. [This Ain't Livin']
• Young Lakota, which tells the story of three young activists on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation, is premiering November 25th. Check out our review of the documentary in our new Food Issue! [Racialicious]
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs tracks anti-LGBTQ violence in the United States and puts together an annual report that builds understanding of both the violence LGBTQ people deal with as well as the difficulties of accurately gauging the widespread problem. Here are three charts from the most recent report that shine some light on this complicated reality.