• "Still Marginalized": The Root interviewed activist Janet Mock about the discrimination trans people still face in the wake of DOMA's undoing. [The Root]
• In more trans activist news, the Media Literacy Project created an ad to counter the images used in a Chicago teen pregnancy campaign, and it features the slogan: "Trans Men Have Babies Too." [Media Literacy Project]
• The first-ever international event on street harassment, HOLLA::Revolution, is taking place in New York at the end of the month. The conference will include discussions on tech, feminism and street harassment. The facebook page has more details, including a speaker lineup and information on how to purchase tickets. [HOLLABACK]
• The D.C. City Council is trying to pass a "living wage" bill that would force major employers to pay their employees a whopping $12.50 an hour, and Walmart is whining. [Think Progress]
• Chile's absolute ban on abortion is forcing an 11-year-old victim of repeated rape to carry through with a pregnancy that would put her and the potential life in danger. [Bust]
• Independent studio Braveart Films has raised nearly $47,000 towards shooting an adaptation of the young adult novel Carrie Pilby. This all-woman team has only two days left to reach its goal of $51,650, so go check out the Kickstarter! [Kickstarter]
• Speaking of Kickstarters, GoldieBlox was a success. The new engineering toy for girls has a fierce commercial out and is set to hit the shelves of stores like Toys R Us soon. [TOR]
• Are you a trans* writer? Trans* literary journal THEM is currently calling for submissions! Submit your work here. [THEM Lit]
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• The three Cleveland kidnapping victims Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight make their first public statement, via video, since their rescue: "I will not let the situation define who I am. I will define the situation." [New York Times]
• A Tumblr has been made in recognition of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's awesomness—The Notorious R.B.G. (which includes the comic at right) [Notorious R.B.G.]
• Speaking of abortion restrictions, here's a report on what the huge turnout of protesters to support Wendy Davis in Texas says about the future of the state: "They were the Texans that national observers rarely see—and they are helping to plant the seeds of a progressive revival in the state." [American Prospect]
• What does "cooling-off period" mean? Natasha Vargas-Cooper explains the language of abortion restrictions and how it negatively affects women. [Buzzfeed]
• The People's Record reports on the "invisible American workforce: prisoners." American inmates are paid almost nothing to make a wide variety of products—from chicken to college dorm furniture. [People's Record]
Ding-dong, DOMA is dead! Let there be much rejoicing.
As we break out the champagne and cupcakes, though, it's important to recognize how overturning the federal "one man-one woman" definition of marriage is not the end point for making America a more equal union.
This week the Supreme Court took up the debate over same-sex unions. As Justice Roberts remarked on Wednesday, political leaders have been "falling all over themselves" to endorse marriage equality. Fine. But why do so many gays and lesbians want their romantic relationships recognized by the state in the first place?
There are, of course, bureaucratic matters: tax breaks, hospital visitations, and other federal benefits many same-sex couples are currently denied.
Yesterday, the United States Senate is holding a few hearings (such things are germane to their jobs). One of them, on the Judiciary Committee, is focused on an evaluation of the damage the Defense Against Marriage Act has caused American families. While the House GOP is congratulating itself over an empty "cap, cut, and balance" bill as part of their debt ceiling negotiations, the Democrat-run Senate is thumbing it to them by talking about LGBT rights. Or more specifically, same-sex marriage rights. Which some would argue aren't LGBT rights at all, but old-school gay rights. What's the difference, exactly?