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A civil rights organization is suing Uber for not having wheelchair-accessible cars

Another lawsuit was filed against Uber today.  This time, the Equal Rights Center, a civil rights organization in Washington, D.C., filed suit against the ride-sharing company for not having wheelchair-accessible cars, according to a news release.  The lawsuit says that “Uber has designed and operated its transportation service in the District of Columbia in a way that effectively excludes wheelchair users from its basic ‘UberX’ product.” SEE ALSO: Uber users know about everything that’s going down, and they’re not happy The lawsuit further states that Uber instead directs people who…

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This Instagram account teaches you the LGBTQ history you never learned in school

Queer history doesn’t exist in high school textbooks. It’s hidden in fading library books, dusty archives, and oral histories forgotten with time.  But one Instagram account is bringing important LGBTQ moments out of the shadows. @lgbt_history meticulously documents the queer community’s past, bringing stories of queer people to light through historical photos and incredibly in-depth captions.  SEE ALSO: Powerful portrait series connects young LGBTQ activists with queer trailblazers The account features photos that span back to the advent of photography, documenting same-sex affection long before “gay” even existed as an…

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YouTube debuts inspiring Pride Month video to highlight queer creators

YouTube launched its fifth-annual Pride campaign this week with a new video highlighting queer creators. When users go to YouTube’s Spotlight page, they’ll see the featured video titled “#ProudToBe: Celebrate Brave Voices this Pride.” The video celebrates people within the LGBTQ community striving to share their stories and be themselves in a world that still tries to silence them — an act of bravery, as the video’s description points out. It’s part of YouTube’s Creators for Change initiative, and has garnered more than 4 million views in just one day. …

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This creative new toy teaches kids about transgender identity

Meet Sam. Sam is just a kid who wants to help you understand who he is. And he happens to be transgender. The trans boy is actually a brand-new toy in development, and his creators hope he explains what it means to be transgender to children. Made up of a series of stacking dolls, each layer of the toy represents a stage of gender questioning and exploring. The Russian nesting dolls also come with an e-book to help teachers and guardians talk about gender diversity with their children and students….

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Chicago residents will eat healthy, thanks to a shipping container mall

For your typical resident of Chicago’s Bronzeville District, the hunt for fresh produce in their neighborhood can be frustrating, and ultimately fruitless. Save for the few bodegas offering a slim assortment of unappetizing shrink-wrapped fruits and vegetables, a sustainable and affordable source for fresh produce is hard to come by in this part of town — until now.    It’s called Boxville — a DIY-style retail plaza made out of refurbished shipping containers resembling “four giant metal Lego pieces.” Located just outside the CTA Green Line stop, Boxville aims to…

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Families marching for LGBTQ rights around the globe

On June 28, 1970, more than 2,000 people marched in the Christopher Street Liberation Day March, marking the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and, subsequently, the first LGBT Pride March in U.S. history.  SEE ALSO: Dear Corporate America, leave our LGBTQ Pride celebrations alone In the 47 years since, June has marked a month of celebration and activism for the LGBTQ community. In cities around the globe, millions have marched for LGBTQ rights. This June is no exception. Members of the LGBTQ community have marched with their families and…

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17 queer artists you need to follow on Instagram right now

It’s Pride Month, and millions are celebrating the LGBTQ community by participating in Pride Marches, donning the colors of the rainbow, or continuing to fight for rights through protests and different forms of resistance. Another way to showing some love during Pride is through art, and it only takes a second to lift up and double-tap queer artists this June and beyond.  SEE ALSO: Laverne Cox boldly addresses the one issue the LGBTQ community doesn’t want to talk about Some of these brilliant artists have worked with celebrities and appeared…

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‘Gender champions’ in rural Kenya work with new hotline to protect women and girls

Drought in a developing country can mean many things: a lack of water, a lack of food and nutrition, and a lack of economic growth that puts even more pressure on impoverished communities relying on farming for their livelihoods.  For women and girls, it also means a lack of protection. In Africa, women do 90% of the work of gathering water and wood. During a drought, they have to walk even longer distances to find potable water for themselves and their families. That makes them more susceptible to violence and…

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Netflix’s new film is already getting ’13 Reasons Why’ criticism — and it’s not even out yet

To the Bone doesn’t premiere on Netflix until July 14, but the streaming platform is already facing sharp online criticism from people who say the trailer’s portrayal of a young woman’s eating disorder is triggering and potentially harmful.  One look at the Twitter hashtag #TotheBone and it’s easy to see why those who’ve had eating disorders are worried about how the film portrays a complex condition like anorexia, which often isn’t accurately or responsibly depicted in the media.  SEE ALSO: Netflix rolls out new way to get you to watch…

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