Privilege on the bus: Who's comfortable in public spaces?

I recently rode a bus with my girlfriend from my house to the Science Museum of Minnesota. When we boarded, she went first using a transit pass, while I opted to go last since I paid in cash and would not hold up the bus since it could start moving while I paid. When I had finished paying, my girlfriend had already picked a spot and I sat next to her; she was on the outside of the bus, next to the windows and I was next to the aisle. I looked up and down the bus and noticed that only one woman was sitting in a forward facing seat, next to the aisle. A small sample size for sure, less than ten women on the bus the whole ride, but through the entire ride I noticed some striking ways in how people seemed to choose their seats.


Leading by example: New youth directors to lead Trans Youth Support Network

(Photo by Sarah Ellen Miller) Left to right, TYSN financial director Jakob Rumble, development and sustainability director Jahleel Princeton Arcani, fundraising and communications director La’Niya Dixon; not pictured, program director Tayvon Caples.

Local trans youth can now officially turn to their peers for help in navigating a system they say doesn’t accommodate their needs.


Constitutional Personhood: A tale of women, fetuses, corporations, animals, robots, and Martians

“We the people” are the first three words of the Constitution. Legally it should be simple to decide who is part of that we. But as the Hobby Lobby decision showed when the Supreme Court ruled that a corporation had religious rights, it is not always clear who or what the Constitution considers a person or a thing. One would think that it is simple–persons have rights, property does not. The reality is that throughout American history the constitutional line between property and personhood has been thin and contentious.


Minnesota League tables trans-inclusive policy under mounting opposition

(Photo by Sheila Regan) Becky Swenson expresses her opposition to the proposed trans-inclusive policy at the Oct. 2 Minnesota State High School League board meeting.

Zeam Porter just wants to play basketball. A trans youth who is a junior in high school, Porter played for the women’s team last year, and was constantly misgendered and called the wrong name. Porter won Most Improved Player, but today feels the trophy was a lie.


Diversity efforts spur campus-wide discussions at University of Minnesota

(Photo by Brian Moen published under Creative Commons License)

Nya Lony lounged on a couch in the Black Student Union’s office in Coffman Union on Tuesday afternoon, surrounded by a buzz of students who were studying and chatting.


Facing pressure from anti-LGBT groups, Minnesota league tables trans-inclusive policy

On Thursday morning, the Minnesota State High School League tabled a proposal that would provide guidance to schools on inclusion of transgender students in high school sports.


Primed for power: Patricia Torres Ray is working to launch more women into office

(Photograph by Sarah Whiting)

State Sen. Patricia Torres Ray is on the campaign trail even though she is not running for re-election this year. She is busy working to get other women elected to political office.


Future First and the Women's Congress come to Minnesota Nov. 7-9

"Guardians" Image Courtesy of, Ann Altman/SCW ©1999; L-R: Carolyn Raffensperger, Ann Manning

Imagine a future where attitudes and behaviors have shifted from individualism and consumption to behaviors that care for the Earth and the balance of all living things. And women's voices are heard.

That's the vision of Future First.


Women's Advocates, nation's first women's shelter, marks 40 years in St. Paul

There are more than 1,500 battered women's shelters in the United States today. Forty years ago, there were none - until Women's Advocates opened its doors in St. Paul. Since then, the shelter has served over 38,000 women and children, housing 50 at a time - typically, about 30 kids (ranging from a few days old to late teens) and 20 women - and it receives about 16,000 crisis calls per year.


Social justice for single people

I’ve been a social justice warrior since midway through the first grade. The “new girl” in my class, who also happened to be blind, was unable to participate in our lunchtime kickball game. I responded by declaring that we couldn’t play kickball anymore because the game excluded Melissa. Then I staged a sit-in; I lined all of the kids up against the school building wall and forbade anyone from moving away from the wall until we had brainstormed an inclusive game.

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