10 Biggest Lies You Were Told About Gay Men

Here are 10 of the most problematic myths and stereotypes which play a role in the mischaracterization and dehumanization of gay men in the U.S.

Is Nelson Mandela Dead? African Leader's Health in Critical Condition

Today's PolicyMic newsletter, featuring our take on the day's top news and our favorite stories from around the web.

11 Things You Can Do While You Wait For DOMA

Feel like you're going insane with all this DOMA and Prop 8 coverage? Here's a survival guide to get through the next few days.

4 Simple Reasons to Support Gay Marriage

These cases, which could lead to the federal recognition of same sex marriage in the United States, have made the U.S. public realize that marriage equality could become a reality.

Relationship Status: It's Complicated. Will Polyamory Come Out Of the Closet Next?

Polyamory is a term steeped in feminist tradition that focuses on sex-positive attitudes toward love and relationships with more than one partner.

"Feminism" Defined: A Detailed Look at One of the Most Controversial Labels Today

The word alone sparks controversy and strong feelings among many, but wait, what does it actually mean to be a feminist?

Topless Women Are Reading in NYC Public Parks to Protest for Equality

A New York group of women found a way of promoting gender equality: toplessness and reading as a unit.

Paula Deen Fired: Is Bill Maher Right to Defend Paula Deen's Racism?

The host of HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher says we need to cut Paula Deen some slack for her racial slur. Here's why he's wrong.

Should You Take Your Husband's Last Name?

Just as the decision to get married and spend your life with someone should be a well-thought out process, so should the decision to change your name.

How Much Does College Cost Around the World?

Debt for U.S. students in need has increased over the last several years, but the U.S. is still one of the world's most expensive places to go to college. Here's how we stack up against 6 others.

History Of DOMA: Don't Blame Bill Clinton For Being Put In a Bind

DOMA was not a battle Bill Clinton wanted to fight. Those who criticize him today for its passage forget the role Republicans played in whipping up fear of gays to try and win the 1996 election.

Muslim Women Don't Need to Be Saved From Oppression By the West

Anti-Muslim violence is a serious problem; but when the veil becomes the flash point for violence, it's no longer simply a "Muslim issue": it's an urgent women's one.

'Devious Maids' TV Show: Premiere Predictably Offends Latinas Everywhere

The first show led by an all Latina cast, and they all play sexy house maids? Thanks, Eva!

What Will Happen to The Internet in a Global Catastrophe (Or Zombie Apocalypse)?

Will tweeting or or liking things on Facebook continue if the zombie apocalypse comes? The internet is more resilient than you think, although humans might not be.

Antonin Scalia: The Most Misunderstood Justice Of All Time?

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia seems to be consistently misunderstood. Knowing a bit about his ideology of "originalism" will help shed light into his rationale behind many of his opinions.

Paula Deen Racist: Reactions to Allegations Were More Disturbing Than the Scandal

We must hold Deen accountable for her actions rather than attribute the chef's downright racist comments to her Southern upbringing.

'Kick-Ass 2' Movie: Jim Carrey Hates Film For Its Violence

Jim Carrey has announced that he will not support the new film, "Kick-Ass 2," in which he holds a leading role, because of its violent nature.

Female Fox News Contributor Told to "Know Your Role and Shut Your Mouth"

The same guy also verbally assaulted her and then asked, "What, are you going to cry?"

How to Score a Job Through LinkedIn

LinkedIn provides to be an excellent opportunity to network professionally, and here's how to find work through it.

The Problem With Abercrombie's "#More Boyfriends Than T.S." Shirt

Abercrombie & Fitch's controversial shirt referencing pop singer Taylor Swift's relationship history should bother more than just her fans.

6 Seconds Of Fame: What Makes a Good Vine?

The popular video app leaves plenty of room for creativity. Here are a few rules to making the perfect post.

Immigration Reform 2013: Why the Bill Won't Be Enough

Passing conservative immigration reform won't address the needs of the Latino community when it comes to education, jobs and health care.

Supreme Court DOMA: Why Should We Listen to Religion On Gay (or Any) Marriage, Anyway?

What say should religious institutions have in whether gay marriage should be legal?

This Fannypack For Boobs Will Be Your New Breast Friend

The Boobypack, Christine "CC" Conrad's brainchild, is the hottest new rave item this year. PolicyMic chatted with her about the amazing product.

"The South Will Rise Again"? Actually, It Already Has

The former Confederate states now have America's fastest growing economies, due to the fact that they operate in ways that many northern states and liberals hate. Obviously, it's working.

3 Over-the-Top British Headlines On the Serena Williams/Maria Sharapova Feud

Any British person capable of reading knows their journalists are perhaps the most ruthless group of people employed as writers. These are their headlines on the tennis feud.

3 Things You Can Do to Show Your Support for Gay Marriage This Week

It's the biggest week of the year for advocates of same sex marriage. Here are the most powerful tools you can use to be vocal and take a stand on gay rights ahead of SCOTUS' historic decision.

Same-Sex Marriage is Just One Battle – Millennials Must Lead the Fight for Full LGBT Equality

While the Supreme Court gay marriage cases are groundbreaking, they are not the final stop on the road to equality. The day after the ruling, LGBT Americans will still be separate and unequal.

Afghanistan Will Never Again Be Ruled By the Taliban

With peace talks between the U.S. and the Taliban kicking-off in Qatar, a leading Afghan analyst and journalist discusses the future of Afghanistan.

If the Supreme Court Listened to Millennials, Here's How It Would Rule on Gay Marriage

When it comes to the opinion evolution on same-sex marriage, millennial voices have proven to be a critical factor.

Stop Telling Liberals and Women to Leave Red States

I don’t want to leave my home, and I shouldn't have to. Texas is a great place, and I’m not going to let a couple hundred right-wing men in Austin make me leave.

7 Most Outrageous Things Justice Scalia Has Said

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has made a reputation for himself as one of the most extreme conservatives the Court has ever seen. Is he a straight-talker or a bigot? You decide.

Edward Snowden a Traitor? Not According to President-Elect Obama

In 2008, Barack Obama promised support for people like Snowden.

Ruling On Gay Marriage: Anti-Gay Activists Ludicrously Threaten Supreme Court With Extreme Backlash

Right-wing conservatives put out a head-scratching letter of warning this week, vowing to take a stand if the Supreme Court rules in favor of gay marriage. But will anyone stand with them?

YouTube Nik Wallenda Video: Watch What Went Through His Head

Nik Wallenda crossed a massive gorge indistinguishable from the Grand Canyon on a piece of rope. Why did he do it? Fame? Attention? Or something else entirely?

Where is Edward Snowden? It's Not China, It's Not Cuba, and It's Not Ecuador

The saga around former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden ramped up significantly over the weekend, as petitions were signed, espionage charges pressed, and extradition attempts failed.

YA Novelist Gwen Li On 'The Switch Sisters' and the Need For Diversity in YA Lit

YA novelist Gwen Li talks about her writing, her inspirations, and the need for more minority characters in literature.

Turkey Takes a Page Out of the Middle Eastern Dictator Playbook By Kidnapping Doctors and Nurses

In 2011, Bahrain arrested more than 50 medics and convicted them in show trials after providing aid protesters to protesters. Now, five doctors and three nurses have "gone missing" in Turkey.

5 Arrests That Prove We Don't Live in a Post-Racial Society

These five arrests make a mockery of justice and prove marginalized groups are more aggressively targeted by the state than ever.

YouTube "Jobs" Movie Trailer: Will Ashton Kucher's Steve Job's Film Be a Puff Piece?

The first trailer for "Jobs" is out, but will the film be a real look at Steve Jobs's legacy or just more polish on Apple's shiny image?

NYC Summer Concerts: 7 Best Shows Happening This Week

Every Monday from here on out, I'll be providing you with a rundown of what's going on in New York City (and occasionally around it) for your musical listening pleasure.

5 Pictures Of the "Mass Murder" in Florida's Lagoons

It's the most diverse body of water in the U.S., but if pollution keeps up, it may soon become one of the most barren. Hundreds of dolphins and manatees have washed up dead in recent months.

How the Video Game Industry Epicly Fails Half Its Customers

Women are becoming an integral part of the video game industry. We deserve to be represented.

3 Ways Police Screw Up Science When Investigating Rape

Given that the resources exist, why have we as a society failed to assertively act to use it to try to stop rape?

Naftali Bennett: The Israel-Palestine Two State Solution Is Dead

Recent comments by Israeli Minister of Industry and Trade Naftali Bennett, although controversial, seem to be accurate: the Two State Solution is dead.

Supreme Court Gay Marriage Cases Will Be Decided at the End June

At the end of June, the Supreme Court will issue its opinion on Prop 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act. It will be a historical and pivotal moment in the debate over gay marriage and LGBT rights.

Fisher v University of Texas Decision: There's A Reason America Still Needs Affirmative Action

Affirmative action may be the most misunderstood social program in America. Here's why we still need it.

Carbon Tax: Why Republican Support For a Carbon Tax Is a Bad Idea

Republican elites have been warming to a carbon tax, but the proposal would be an economic loser for America and a political loser for the GOP.

Fisher vs. University Of Texas: Strict Scrutiny Ruling Gives Affirmative Action a Small Win

While the ruling may have been a victory for affirmative action advocates in a technical sense, it will prove to be short lived when the case comes back to the Supreme Court in several years.

Obama Climate Change: Why the President's Promises Are Just Rhetoric

In what has become the president's trademark, his promise to "do something" about climate change has been just doublespeak.

Myriad Genetics: Supreme Court Voided Their Patents, But What About Its Database?

The Supreme Court has stripped Myriad Genetics of its patents on the BRCA genes, but what will happen to the invaluable data it has collected over the course of its monopoly?

New York City's 7 Most Exciting Art Exhibitions Of the Summer

With so much to do in NYC, it's easy to overlook the art scene and many of the museums that rank among the finest in the world, but you don't want to miss these awesome summer exhibits.

Mad Men Season 6 Finale: 9 Things I Learned From Jamming All Six 'Mad Men' Seasons Into a 3-Month Period

It's not ideal to watch the intense, often emotionally trying series all at once, but I did gain and observe a few things from "rushing" the experience.

World Cup 2014: FIFA's Greed Is Partly to Blame For the Protests in Brazil

As the anticipation builds for the World Cup, so too does the anxiety amongst Brazilians that FIFA and corrupt government officials will profit at their expense.

Hassan Rouhani: What His Presidency Will Mean For Iran

Iran's president-elect Hassan Rouhani is expected by many Iranians to bring a wave of change as he plans to assume office. Yet many are cautious considering the challenges that lie ahead

Watch Glenn Greenwald School NBC's David Gregory On Press Freedom

Journalists David Gregory and Glenn Greenwald go toe-to-to on Sunday's Meet the Press, but what is exhibited is a sad example of at least one journalist forgetting his role in society.

Immigration Reform Bill: Rand Paul Says No Border Security Amendment, No Bill

Rand Paul is backpedaling on his support for immigration reform after the Senate failed to adopt his plan for a border security amendment. Why is Paul kicking the can down the alley?

Celebrate the 10-Year Anniversary Of One Of Rock and Roll's Most Overlooked Albums

It's been ten years since The Mars Volta released "De-Loused in the Comatorium," and there's no better way to remember the now-split up band than to recognize the album's brilliance.

Almost 100 Percent Of Egyptian Women Have Been Sexually Harassed. Can This Group Protect Them?

With 99.3% of Egyptian women being victims of sexual harassment, groups like Tahrir Bodyguard mobilize to protect them.

No, Obama is NOT Causing Another Great Depression

Recently, two of my PolicyMic colleagues tried to convince you that Obama is following the same economic policies that made the Great Depression last for years. Here's why they're wrong.

Keystone XL Pipeline: If You Can't Beat Environmentalists With Facts, Just Label Them Eco-Terrorists

Documents recently obtained by Bold Nebraska show that TransCanada has colluded with an FBI/DHS Fusion Center in Nebraska, labeling activists as possible candidates for "terrorism" charges.

Edward Snowden: NSA Leaker Exposes the End Of an Open Society

If we want limited government that keeps us safe, then we need to make it accountable.

ALEC's New Report Proves What We Knew All Along — Right-Wing Economics Is a Fraud

ALEC and Arthur Laffer released the Rich State, Poor State rankings last week, and unsurprisingly, states with low minimum wage, little or no union presence, and rock-bottom taxes top the list.

Supreme Court Gay Marriage Decision LIVE Updates: DOMA, PROP 8 Expected Thursday

At the end of June, the Supreme Court will issue its opinions on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.

3 Most Heartwarming Gay Couples Throughout History

As the country waits for the Supreme Court to hand down its groundbreaking Prop 8 ruling this week, we should remember these heartwarming couples in the U.S.' same-sex marriage history.

Social Security Bankrupt: The D.C. Solution to Social Security Will Only Make It Worse

No issue should draw the attention of millennials like Social Security. It doesn't. Social Security is broken, and Washington's solution is to break it even more.

Meet the Young Latinas Standing Up For Abortion Rights

It's time policymakers acknowledge the power behind Latinos' nuanced reproductive justice attitudes.

Earth, Wind & Fire New Single: Earth, Wind & Fire is Coming Back With a Bang

Earth, Wind & Fire is making a comeback with its 20th studio album, to be released in September. The band released its catchy new single, "My Promise," on Monday morning.

Google Gay Rights: Gayglers Build Rainbow Search to Celebrate Pride Parades

Google's gay employees are spicing up Pride Week with the click of your mouse.

Why I'm Happy to Be a Starving Artist in NYC

I work long hours and my monthly rent is twice that of my friends in “fly over” states, but New York pushes me to write, edit, re-write, and put my work out there to be criticized.

Bashar Al-Assad: Can We Use International Law to Stop Syria?

International law is entirely voluntary — that is, Syria never signed the treaty banning the use of chemical weapons. Can we really go after Assad's government based on morality alone?

Why It's Time to Ditch "Influential Women" Awards

The various awards that recognize influential women in business only prevent us from addressing the lack of women in the business landscape.

Taksim Square Protest: U.S. Policy On Turkey Repeats Our Past Mistakes

Obama’s approach to the current situation in Turkey is consistent with America’s past contradictory policies in the region, i.e. supporting allies until no longer tenable as in Tunisia and Egypt.

Edward Snowden PRISM: In Rare Show Of Bipartisanship, Lawmakers Agree Snowden Is a Criminal

At last, some agreement between Republicans and Democrats in Congress? It seems both sides can agree that NSA leaker Edward Snowden is a criminal.

The NSA Spying Scandal is a Wake-Up Call — American Teens’ Privacy is at Severe Risk

Tech giants have been routinely collecting, storing, mining, and sharing this data for years. The consequences to kids and teens are especially troubling.

Can Millennials Become the Next Greatest Generation?

Perhaps we can — if we take our responsibility to preserve freedom seriously.

Edward Snowden Might Be Doing More Harm Than Good to Our Civil Liberties

Snowden's recent actions have created a paradox for protecting civil liberties by provoking an inevitable government overreaction. Will even more draconian surveillance follow?

Afghan Peace Talks: Why They Won't Go Anywhere

While the world is obsessed with the war between Edward Snowden and the USA, the Afghanistan war has continued to move forward in the background.

Ben Bernanke: Is He Caving to the GOP On Fiscal Policy?

Liberal economist Paul Krugman has accused Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke of caving to his critics. But does the charge hold water?

'Monsters University' Box Office: Pixar Flick Earns $82 Million First Weekend, Beats 'World War Z'

This weekend at the box office, we saw a collection of juvenile monsters school Brad Pitt in "World War Z" and a bunch of vivacious meth heads.

Could Fungi in Antarctica Have the Answers to Life On Other Planets?

Bacteria, viruses, and fungi in Antarctica and Canadian permafrost could tell us what kind of life to expect on other planets.

The Newest Digital Revolution Is Here, and It's Called Crowdfunding

Crowd-funding — a method of raising capital to fund new enterprises and projects, is changing the investment environment, giving everybody a chance to make a social impact.

Should Snowden Turn Himself In?

Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg famously turned himself in on principle after blowing the lid on the Vietnam War. Should Edward Snowden follow suit?

How Do You Become an Astronaut? Ask NASA's Latest Recruits

Last week, NASA announced its 8 new recruits. Most have a military or science background, but they're from all walks of life.

Supreme Court Decision LIVE: Affirmative Action and Voting Rights Expected Monday

On July 24, the Supreme Court may release its opinions on Affirmative Action and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Will the New Economy Really Let You "Be Your Own Boss"?

Structural transformations in our economy coupled with a team-oriented focus in the 21st century workplace will allow for a bossless work environment to thrive in new fields.

Vance v. Ball State University: Conservatives Win Employee Rights Case

The Supreme Court will be handing down critical decisions this summer on a number of high profile cases, including DOMA, Prop. 8, affirmative action, and voting rights.

What is Grutter v. Bollinger?

The Supreme Court will be handing down critical decisions this summer on a number of high profile cases, including DOMA, Prop. 8, affirmative action, and voting rights.

Was Gay Marriage At the Supreme Court Decided On Monday?

The Supreme Court will most likely rule on Gay Marriage June 26 or 27.

Affirmative Action Supreme Court: Expected to Be Back Again In a Few Years

For now Affirmative Action is still the law of the land. But that may soon change.

When is the Supreme Court Deciding DOMA and Prop 8?

The Supreme Court is set to release DOMA and Prop 8 decisions Thursday, June 27.

Scotusblog Livestream: Real-Time Updates Can Be Found Here

SCOTUSblog, which releases the decisions in real-time, can be found here.

Petition to Pardon Edward Snowden Receives Over 100,000 Signatures

Citizens show their support for Snowden by signing a petition.

FIFA Confederations Cup Scores 2013: Group B ends with Spain, Uruguay Victories

Group play wrapped up Sunday, with the semis set for Wednesday and Thursday.

Snowden's Location Unknown But Whistleblower is Safe

This manhunt has become somewhat of a game of hide and go seek.