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Feb 12, 2018

On Jan. 27, the state of Washington gave adults a third sex option on birth certificates — an “X” to indicate neither male nor female — without medical documentation. As gender scholars, we applaud this. It’s a big deal for the state to say that we don’t simply have males and females. Just adding one more category is a good start but doesn’t solve the problem of how we use these categories.

Dec 1, 2017

If you’ve been anywhere near the internet this week, you’ve probably heard about The New York Times profile of neo-Nazi Tony Hovater. “A Voice of Hate in America’s Heartland” contrasted Hovater’s presence at the Charlottesville, Virginia, white supremacist march and extreme views on whether or not Hitler did anything wrong with his upcoming nuptials and love of “Seinfeld.”

Sep 19, 2017

Brothels are legal in Nevada, but only in counties with populations of fewer than 450,000. But could a move by Dennis Hof, who owns the Moonlite Bunny Ranch and six more brothels, lead to more acceptance of brothels?

Aug 29, 2017

Cries of “Nazis, go home!” and “Shame! Shame!” filled the air as Angela King and Tony McAleer stood with other counterprotesters at the “free speech” rally in Boston two weekends ago.

Aug 28, 2017

Cries of “Nazis, go home!” and “Shame! Shame!” filled the air as Angela King and Tony McAleer stood with other counterprotesters at the “free speech” rally in Boston last weekend.

Aug 24, 2017

Cries of "Nazis go home!" and "Shame! Shame!" filled the air as Angela King and Tony McAleer stood with other counterprotesters at the "free speech" rally in Boston last weekend. They didn't join the shouting. Their sign spoke for them: "There is life after hate."

Aug 18, 2017

Following Charlottesville, a lot of terms have been used to describe the protesters on both sides. The most common ones are White Supremacist, White Nationalist, Neo-Nazi, the KKK and the alt-right. Dr. Robert Futrell at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas said he knows it can be confusing to differentiate the groups and he's been studying them for decades. He maintains that despite the different names their messages and goals are very similar.

Aug 16, 2017

Saturday's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia is bringing renewed attention on an old problem plaguing the country -- white supremacist groups and extremism. Experts say white supremacy started to reemerge from the shadows a decade ago and the Internet has helped in the growth and re-branding of an old idea.

May 22, 2017

Nearly a third of business leaders and technology analysts express “no confidence” that education and job training in the United States will evolve rapidly enough to match the next decade’s labor market demands, a new report from the Pew Research Center finds.

May 8, 2017

Born like a boy and a girl - the term used to be hermaphrodite but advocates say some in their community are uncomfortable with the word. They prefer intersex.

May 4, 2017

America is undergoing an extreme makeover, thanks to rapid demographic diversification. By 2050, you won’t even recognize her. But America’s transformation is more than skin-deep — it’s economic, too. Not only have waves of immigration changed the face of the nation, they’ve also ushered in fresh perspectives, skills and technologies to help the U.S. develop a strong adaptability to change.

May 3, 2017

Nearly a third of business leaders and technology analysts express “no confidence” that education and job training in the United States will evolve rapidly enough to match the next decade’s labor market demands, a new report from the Pew Research Center finds.

Mar 9, 2017

You’re locked in a dank, windowless room. A keypad next to the door will let you into the next room, bringing you one step closer to freedom — if only you could figure out the code. Seconds are clicking away on a bright red clock on the wall.

Mar 3, 2017

In the alphabet soup of sexual identity – L, G, B, T and so on – one letter sometimes gets left out: I. "I" stands for intersex.

Jan 4, 2017

Dylann Roof has chosen to represent himself during the sentencing phase of his trial. As he awaits his fate, what are white supremacist organizations saying about him?

Dec 22, 2016

In 1985, an Afghan girl with piercing green eyes stared into the world’s soul from the cover of National Geographic in an iconic and mesmerizing photo.

Oct 26, 2016

If you’ve never heard of intersex, you aren’t alone.

A few weeks ago a colleague and I were at a popular Las Vegas bar attending a drag show fundraiser for a local nonprofit gender and sexual rights organization. In between drag show performances, the host, who introduced herself as a “drag queen,” kept encouraging the 35 or so people in attendance to purchase more raffle tickets to raise money for Nevada’s gender variant community.

Aug 16, 2016

A campus of homeless services, a place for people living on the street to store belongings, and a mental health hub are some of the ideas being floated to curb chronic homelessness in downtown Las Vegas.