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Voter ID Laws May Deter North Dakota Native Americans From The Polls

It’s unacceptable for a number of reasons to require that a transgender student be housed in a [dorm] with their birth sex rather than what they live their life as

Eli Erlick, executive director and co-founder of Trans Student Equality Resources

As of 2012, only about 10 percent of colleges and universities had trans-inclusive nondiscrimination statements, according to The Advocate. That number has since risen, but not every school is entirely accommodating for LGBT students.

Which schools are most accommodating? Read our interviews with university residence directors around the country.

Last week, the New York Times blog The Upshot produced a series of charts depicting the past 40 years of America’s racial divide in terms of economic and demographic indicators. The charts illustrate the substantial gap between black and white Americans in unemployment, job sector, wages, wealth, and poverty.

In addition to helping readers visualize these statistics, the series provides key historical context for the recent events in Ferguson, MO, where Michael Brown, 18, an unarmed African-American was shot and killed by a local police officer. The shooting prompted weeks of protest, and has sparked discussion around the world about police brutality and other racial injustices still occurring in the United States.

Read more here.

On June 2, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, under President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, proposed a common sense plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants. The Clean Power Plan will maintain an affordable, reliable energy system, while cutting pollution and protecting our health and environment now and for future generations.

How will the EPA’s proposed rule to reduce carbon emissions affect your state? We break down changes region by region.

Gay Christian Rock Star Makes Noise For LGBT Youth

It’s taken all my courage, and all these years, for me to finally do this interview:

— Vicky Beeching (@vickybeeching)
August 13, 2014

On August 14, 35-year-old Christian rock artist and theologian Vicky Beeching came out as a lesbian. She is the first female theologian to come out and though she said the support has been positive, some in the Christian community aren’t so happy. Check out her heated debate with a pastor from Massachusetts on Britain’s Channel 4 News:

Read more about Vicky Beeching’s story here.

Have a question about voting? We’re joining Rock the Vote today at 3PM Eastern to discuss the importance of #ProtectVoting and answer voting Qs! Tweet us your questions and join the conversation!

Have a question about voting? We’re joining Rock the Vote today at 3PM Eastern to discuss the importance of #ProtectVoting and answer voting Qs! Tweet us your questions and join the conversation!

Haley Dunphy might have been able to afford college, but there are millions of Americans out there suffering under the burden of student loan debt. Fortunately, there’s a way to help them.


“As marriage equality progresses throughout the country, it’s having a benefit for transgender people too. Until now, many transgender people who were married to spouses of a different sex had to live under this cloud of uncertainty about whether their marriage would be recognized as a valid different sex marriage if anything were to happen to one of them, or if they were to get divorced.”

—Ilona Turner, Legal Director of the Transgender Law Center

With 40 million borrowers in the U.S. carrying $1.2 trillion in student loan debt, nearly 1 in 5 U.S. households is affected. See how refinancing student loans could alleviate that burden and help borrowers in YOUR state. Our state-by-state fact sheets break down all the numbers.