Trans, Masculine-of-Center and Gender-Nonconforming People Are Mothers Too (PHOTOS)

With Mothers Day 2013 approaching, the California-based nonprofit Forward Together has created a series of ecards that reflect the diversity of motherhood and parenting, a gesture that traditional Mother’s Day cards have woefully ignored.

According to Executive Director Eveline Shen, the campaign, titled “Mama’s Day Our Way,” is “about changing the way we think, feel and act in support of mothers in this country who are otherwise often invisible, targeted or stigmatized. We want to hold our leaders accountable for creating policies that reflect who and what our families look like and need.”

Check out a slideshow of the beautiful cards on the Huffington Post.

Family Demands Answers in Miss. Candidate’s Death

An attorney for relatives of a slain Mississippi mayoral candidate said Thursday that the sheriff’s department has mishandled evidence and withheld information about its investigation. Attorney Daryl Parks made the comments during a news conference outside the family home of the late Clarksdale mayoral candidate Marco McMillian, whose nude and battered body was found Feb. 27 near a Mississippi River levee. Parks stood next to McMillian’s mother during the news conference, flanked by family and friends with a poster-sized photograph of McMillian attached to the exterior wall of the one-story brick house. Parks, a lawyer with the Florida firm Parks & Crump, demanded that the Justice Department investigate.

More from the Associated Press.

The Troubling Viral Trend of the “Hilarious” Black Neighbor

Charles Ramsey, the man who helped rescue three Cleveland women presumed dead after going missing a decade ago, has become an instant Internet meme. It’s hardly surprising—the interviews he gave yesterday provide plenty of fodder for a viral video, including memorable soundbites (“I was eatin’ my McDonald’s”) and lots of enthusiastic gestures. But as Miles Klee and Connor Simpson have noted, Ramsey’s heroism is quickly being overshadowed by the public’s desire to laugh at and autotune his story, and that’s a shame. Ramsey has become the latest in a fairly recent trend of “hilarious” black neighbors, unwitting Internet celebrities whose appeal seems rooted in a “colorful” style that is always immediately recognizable as poor or working-class.

Continue reading at Slate.

Griner Says She Is Part of Mission to Help All Live in Truth

Just as basketball doesn’t define who I am, neither does being gay. But that doesn’t mean life was easy growing up. I was bullied in every way imaginable, but the worst was the verbal abuse. (I was always a strong, tough and tall girl, so nobody wanted to mess with me from a physical standpoint.) It hit rock bottom when I was in seventh grade. I was in a new school with people I didn’t know, and the teasing about my height, appearance and sexuality went on nonstop, every day.

More over at the New York Times.

Chirlane McCray: From Gay Trailblazer to Politician’s Wife

In 1979 Chirlane McCray was a lesbian, out loud and proud. She said so herself, in a groundbreaking essay in ESSENCE simply called “I Am a Lesbian.” That article was a revelation, perhaps the first time a Black gay woman had spoken so openly and honestly about her sexuality in a Black magazine. “I discovered my preference for women early,” she wrote, “before getting locked into a traditional marriage.” Now, 34 years later, the same Chirlane McCray, 58, is happily immersed in a “traditional marriage.” Her husband, Bill de Blasio, is running in one of the most fiercely contested Democratic mayoral primaries in decades, and his wife of 19 years and mother of their two teenage children is front and center in his campaign as strategist, confidante and political partner.

Read the full story on ESSENCE.

Gay Marriage Passes in Minnesota House

A pivotal vote Thursday in the Minnesota House positioned that state to become the 12th in the country to allow gay marriages and the first in the Midwest to pass such a law out of its Legislature.

More at USA Today.

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