In an eight to three decision, a federal court of appeals in Chicago ruled that protection against sex discrimination in the workplace under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 includes discrimination based on sexual orientation. This is the first time a federal circuit court has ruled that the Act protects LGBT employees.
A young African American woman tells of her experience applying to an HBCU after growing up in a predominantly white suburb. She recalls microaggressions she faced from her classmates and champions attending a college that was built for her, instead of one oriented toward white students.
The number of court cases considering the right of transgender students to use bathrooms aligned with their gender identity or expression is on the rise. While many of the plaintiffs have never met the students in question, some of the students’ friends say it doesn’t matter what bathroom is used. As one transgender student explains “When you humanize the issue, it becomes a nonissue.”
College student Kaya Thomas develops a directory of 600 books by authors of color, about people of color. The directory is available via a mobile app, and Thomas says she intends to expand it. Her initiative highlights the immeasurable value in inclusive narrative.