[TW] Why ‘safe spaces’ and ‘trigger warnings’ are progress, not fascism

[Trigger Warning] Dear Steve Sebelius, I was disheartened to see your opinion piece, titled Beware of the ‘safe space’ movement. In the decade we’ve known each other, I have seen your usually unfailing support for the oppressed. Despite your occasionally borderline sense-of-humor and brash public persona, I know you to be kind and (probably hard…

Special edition: SCOTUS rules #LoveWins

There is no doubt that June 26, 2015 will go down as an historic day for civil rights and equality for all people in America. Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states! The closing paragraph of the decision, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, pretty…

Fell on Black Days: The GOP’s old tricks stir the pot before midterms

We’re not even a month into 2014 and it already feels like déjà vu all over again. Within a week’s time we’ve seen a veritable greatest hits of GOP base-stirring plays: the resurrection of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act in Congress (because that was so much fun in 2011); a bitter firestorm set…

Woman sexually assaulted by court marshall, arrested by same cop

*Trigger Warning: Sexual assault* What fresh hell is this? A court marshall in the Clark County courts (aka Las Vegas) is seen violating a woman’s civil rights after she accuses him of an improper body search and sexual assault. The judge presiding over the court TURNS HER BACK and plays with the victim’s two year-old…

Bills on the SCS radar

If you’ve been reading the Siren lately, no doubt you’ve noticed my full support of a few bills — comprehensive sex ed and marriage equality, in particular — working through the Nevada Legislature right now. But there are plenty of other bills that are on my radar, too. Breast cancer screening bill: Following the example…