Faces of Feminist Blog

Our official blog, Faces of Feminist, features information about FWHC in the community, news about FWHC's programs, and other inpirational pieces from the many faces of feminist.

 

In late July, FWHC employees and interns attended “Standing Our Ground: Raising Our Voices against Reproductive Oppression and Violence ,” in Jacksonville Florida. The 4-day conference, organized by coalition partner SisterSong, consisted of panels, strategy sessions, and workshops about the intersection of reproductive justice and violence against women.

The event began with a reproductive justice training which included a historical overview of the movement as well as an intimate conversation with Loretta Ross in how to translate reproductive justice “theory” into “practice.” The conference ended with a march for Marissa Alexander, whose upcoming case serves as an example of how issues of reproductive oppression, racism, and partner violence affect women of color.

FWHC raised funds to attend the conference via crowdfunding. Thanks to our supporters for their generosity!

FWHC's Trans Health Initiative (THI) Coordinator Sybastian Welch received the “Rising Star Award” at the Black Trans Advocacy Conference (BTAC) Awards Gala of 2014. The Black Trans Advocacy Awards Gala recognizes advocates in the trans community, people who have proven to be dynamic and outstanding leaders for and within the black trans community.

THISybastian is an exemplary leader and advocate for the black trans community. In addition to helping the trans male community with sensitive medical care that they need while transition, Sybastian speaks with local businesses and presents at conferences and community ally events to discuss the importance of transgender inclusivity, sensitivity and healthcare.

Congrats, Sybastian! We are so lucky to have you!

Breaking: Introduced yesterday, Georgia House Bill 1023 uses Religion to discriminate and harm many Georgians.

It appears the language of HB 1023 is more far reaching than similar bills introduced in other states. Including this HB 1023 definition: “Person' means an individual, corporation, partnership, firm, business trust, joint-stock company, association, syndicate, group, pool, joint venture, and any other unincorporated association or group.”

We’re waiting to hear back from the lawyers, but we think this bill could go at least this far:

  • Religiously affiliated schools firing women because they became pregnant while not married;
  • Business owners refusing to provide insurance coverage for contraception for their employees;
  • Graduate students, training to be mental health providers, refusing to counsel gay or transgender people;
  • Pharmacies turning away women seeking emergency contraception or to fill birth control prescriptions;
  • Businesses closing their doors to same-sex couples planning their weddings.

Read more about the effects of this type of legislation: ACLU: Using Religion to Discriminate and Center for American Progress: ‘Religious Liberty’ Does Not Give People a License to Discriminate
 

 

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