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Liz Carmouche Wins Historic UFC Match Between Two Openly Gay Fighters - VIDEO

Carmouche v. Andrade

Saturday's televised match between Carmouche and Jessica Andrade marked a few firsts. It marked the first televised women's bantam-weight match, as well as the first UFC match between two openly-gay fighters. 

Earlier this week, both fighters recognized the groundbreaking nature of the match. Andrade told reporters via a translator:

“I hope this is opening doors for other people to be open about who they are and how they feel. We want to show everybody that we’re not different from anybody else. Whatever you sexual orientation is, it doesn’t affect how you work or who you are or what you do.”

Along those same lines, Carmouche noted that the two women's orientation was not as big a deal as some might make it out to be:

“I do think it’s great. It shouldn’t be a focus on our sexual preference. It’s not who we are as fighters. It’s just an aspect of who we are as people. It’s nice to finally drift away from that.”

Carmouche's victory came via a TKO in the second round, according to Fox Sports. 

"Carmouche spent much of the first round locked in a guillotine choke, however, Andrade never was able to ratchet it down before time expired in the first...From there, it was all Carmouche. She pummeled Andrade with punches and nearly had a couple of submissions before the bout was stopped with a minute left in the second."

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Check Out These Fierce Allies Of Texas Women's Rights: VIDEO

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Full Frontal Freedom has released a role-reversing political parody based on Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' and inspired by the women of the Texas legislature and their allies. Rick Perry better watch his back!

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Senate Reauthorizes LGBT-Inclusive Violence Against Women Act

The Senate today reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act in a bipartisan vote of 78-22, the AP reports:

CapitolBy a robust bipartisan majority, the Senate voted Tuesday to renew the Violence Against Women Act with new assurances that gays and lesbians, immigrants and Native American women will have equal access to the act's anti-domestic violence programs...

...The act expired in 2011, putting efforts to improve its many federal programs on hold. Last year both the Republican-led House and the Democratic-controlled Senate passed renewal bills, but they were unable to reach a compromise.

This year House Republicans, sensitive to their lackluster showing among women voters in the November election, have vowed to move expeditiously on the issue.

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force applauded the vote. Said executive director Rea Carey:

To be the target of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence or stalking is terrifying and traumatic. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are not immune from this violence and should not also fear being turned away from life-saving services because of who they are. Reauthorization of this inclusive Violence Against Women Act will go a long way toward ensuring everyone has access to the critical resources they need. We thank the Senate for passing this bill and urge the House to swiftly follow suit.


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