United Methodists Elect 1st Gay Bishop; Canadian Anglicans OK Same-Sex Marriage; Iraq’s Sadr Issues Fatwa Against Violence Against Gender Noncomformists; Tanzanian Politician Declares War on ‘Gayism’; Global LGBT Recap — Religion Dispatches


Kohl: A Journal for Body and Gender Research, is a biannual, multilingual and peer-reviewed “progressive,… via United Methodists Elect 1st Gay Bishop; Canadian Anglicans OK Same-Sex Marriage; Iraq’s Sadr Issues Fatwa Against Violence Against Gender Noncomformists; Tanzanian Politician Declares War on ‘Gayism’; Global LGBT Recap — Religion Dispatches

Tawakul Karman and the Women of Yemen Who Stand For All of US


It’s no surprise that the Yemeni government brutally beat and injured numerous women celebrating the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Tawakul Karman in the streets of the capitol, Sanna’a, today.   This same regime, led by the much vilified Ali Abdullah Saleh, has routinely attacked, injured, and killed peaceful protesters who have dared to speak … More Tawakul Karman and the Women of Yemen Who Stand For All of US

Yet Another Brave Egyptian Woman Standing Against Tyranny


Yesterday I received a message, indirectly, from Dr. Iman Bibars, in the form of a comment on one of my posts.  Dr. Bibars is affiliated with Ashoka, an organization that, in its own words, “strives to shape a global, entrepreneurial, competitive citizen sector.”   The Ashoka website explains that she holds a Ph.D. in Development Studies … More Yet Another Brave Egyptian Woman Standing Against Tyranny

Dr. Nawal El Sadaawi: Brave Egyptian Feminist, in Liberation (Tahrir) Square


“I feel I am born again,”  Dr. Nawal El Sadaawi told an American reporter, who bumped in to her in Tahrir Square.  The 80-year old woman along with thousands of other peaceful demonstrators, was planning to spend the night in the square.  Like everything else she has done, this was a brave and bold decision. … More Dr. Nawal El Sadaawi: Brave Egyptian Feminist, in Liberation (Tahrir) Square

Tawakul Karman Update


Yes, yes, it’s all very wonderful (and I sincerely mean this) that Tawakul Karman has been released from prison.  And I admire and respect her call for greater freedoms of expression and for her leadership of Women Journalists for Change.  It’s hard to stand up to a government that forces women–look at them–to shroud themselves … More Tawakul Karman Update