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Thousands of Teens Spared Conversion Therapy Due to State Bans, Report Finds – NBC News
According to a recent report, an estimated 10,000 LGBTQ youth, ages 13 to 17, have been protected from conversion therapy by living in states that have banned the contentious practice on minors.

Appeals Court Says Trump Family Planning Restrictions Can Take Effect – POLITICO
A federal appeals court has said the Trump administration’s family planning rules can take effect nationwide while lawsuits regarding the rule play out.

The Court Cases That Changed L.G.B.T.Q. Rights – The New York Times
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people have regularly turned to the courts for protection against mistreatment or to overturn laws that targeted them. Here is a review of the major cases throughout the years that have played a role in the story of LGBTQ rights in America.

‘If Not Us, Who Will?’ – The Washington Post
High school students across the U.S. are fighting sexual harassment in the ‘Me Too’ era, as nearly half of all students between grades 7 and 12 report experiencing some type of sexual harassment.

Fewer Women Are Having Abortions: Why? – USA Today
According to a 2018 report, the U.S. abortion rate declined 26% between 2006 and 2015; experts say this is due to a number of factors, including increased access to contraception, more comprehensive sex education, and more restrictive abortion laws.

The Problem With HR – The Atlantic
HR has long been almost universally accepted as the mechanism by which employers attempt to prevent, police, and investigate sexual harassment, but the ‘Me Too’ era may bring that into question.

‘It’s Binding or Suicide’: Transgender and Non-Binary Readers Share Their Experience With Chest Binders – The New York Times
Transgender and non-binary people share their experience with chest binding, a practice which some transgender and gender-nonconforming people use to compress their breasts and treat body dysphoria.

Sex Tech Company Dame Sues The MTA Over ‘Sexist’ Advertising Rules – Refinery29
A sex toy company is suing the NYC subway for banning ads on their female sex toys, a decision they say is sexist as the subway allows ads for erectile dysfunction products.

Bacterial Vaginosis Is The Vaginal Infection That Just Won’t Quit You – Refinery29
Experts discuss bacterial vaginosis, a common and persistent bacterial infection with an unknown cause that returns within 12 months for over 50% of those who get it.

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