Andy Kopsa

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ST. LOUIS POST DISPATCH OUTS POSSIBLE SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIM SUBHEAD: “RAUCOUS JEFFERSON CITY NIGHTLIFE”

This is why we are afraid of reporting sexual assault.  This is how we are shamed.  This is how we are marginalized.  This is how we are silenced. I am not going to link to the story but it is a loo-loo. Disgraced state legislator/sexter with 19-year old intern, John Diehl had an affair.  GASP. […]

SO IT IS TWEETETH, SO IT SHALL BE DONE: TRANSWOMEN AND CHILD MOLESTER EDITION

The only way I get my news from God is via his Twitter account. Some people get their information on their knees, some in a house of worship, others hear God through Fox News. This week, the Almighty boiled down into one new commandment what I had been struggling with in my small, mortal (female) brain over the past couple of weeks:

“THOU SHALT BE MORE OFFENDED BY A CHILD MOLESTER THAN A TRANSGENDER WOMAN.”

Classic God, able to put down in 140 characters the grotesque hypocrisy of some of his most ardent followers.

Asylum

Serving as an introduction to the idea of intersectionality of LGBT and women’s rights: A woman, I will call her Mrs. D, seeks asylum from her native Sub-Saharan African nation in a Western country.   Her family, her community and her country have brutalized her. She was imprisoned for over a year without trial under something called […]

PHOTOS: Women Living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda

The National Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (NACWOLA) in Uganda was founded in 1992 to be of service to women and children infected or affected by HIV and AIDS. Over the years NACWOLA grew from just a drama group, drawing more and more women, reaching more and more families.  Florence Baluba the director of […]

Inviolata Mmbwavi: Kenyan Feminist HIV+ Parliament Candidate

Inviolata Mmbwavi carries a tattered copy of the Kenyan constitution with her.  “It is my weapon,” she tells me.  “When someone says something that isn’t right under the law, I pull open my copy!” The constitution is fragile and new.  Written in 2010, it has yet to be fully implemented in Kenya.  Based in part […]