Bag’s Take-Away:
A shocking photo. FEMEN members with their shirts on,  not off.
via Reuters Editor’s Choice
(credit: Gleb Garanich/Reuters caption: Activists of Ukrainian women’s rights group Femen (L-R) Yana Zhdanova, Alexandra and Inna Shevchenko, and Oksana Shachko sit in their office in Kiev May 18, 2012.The topless activists of Femen, whose eye-catching antics have made them the cover girls of international feminist protest, are shouting loud and clear that their attendance at next month’s Euro-2012 soccer tournament - welcome or not - can be counted on.)
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A shocking photo. FEMEN members with their shirts on, not off.

via Reuters Editor’s Choice

(credit: Gleb Garanich/Reuters caption: Activists of Ukrainian women’s rights group Femen (L-R) Yana Zhdanova, Alexandra and Inna Shevchenko, and Oksana Shachko sit in their office in Kiev May 18, 2012.The topless activists of Femen, whose eye-catching antics have made them the cover girls of international feminist protest, are shouting loud and clear that their attendance at next month’s Euro-2012 soccer tournament - welcome or not - can be counted on.)

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This sort of thing still happens in the U.S. and, indeed, when you see the white participants and the Yankees cap, you think that’s where this brutality happened. It actually occurred in the Ukraine, where a gay person was beaten by thugs after attending a press conference. It is still dangerous to be different anywhere in the world.
via Reuters Editor’s Choice
(credit: Anatolii Stepanov/Reuters caption: Unidentified people beat Svyatoslav Sheremet (L, bottom), head of Gay-Forum of Ukraine public organization, in Kiev, Ukraine May 20, 2012. Sheremet was attacked after meeting with members of the media to inform them that a scheduled gay parade was cancelled. The attackers ran off when they realised members of the media were documenting the attack.)
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This sort of thing still happens in the U.S. and, indeed, when you see the white participants and the Yankees cap, you think that’s where this brutality happened. It actually occurred in the Ukraine, where a gay person was beaten by thugs after attending a press conference. It is still dangerous to be different anywhere in the world.

via Reuters Editor’s Choice

(credit: Anatolii Stepanov/Reuters caption: Unidentified people beat Svyatoslav Sheremet (L, bottom), head of Gay-Forum of Ukraine public organization, in Kiev, Ukraine May 20, 2012. Sheremet was attacked after meeting with members of the media to inform them that a scheduled gay parade was cancelled. The attackers ran off when they realised members of the media were documenting the attack.)

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A young man and his boyfriend absorb the blow as North Carolina votes overwhelmingly to define marriage as strictly between a man and a woman.

With a mother involved, too, there is a level of feeling and sensitivity here we don’t often see in news photos about marriage equality. If the photo is about loss, however, the t-shirt and the button speak to participation as well. Perhaps also here is a potential future: involvement and activism borne of loss. That’s a lot of weigh for a photo to carry, but those affected by the ban will not give up on this fight. And while the prejudice and religiosity that gave birth to the amendment is local and out of step with the most of the country, youth is universal and youth supports marriage equality.

It occurs to me that the wedding cake cut to celebrate passage of the amendment displays an over-simplified and Disney-fied image of marriage in high American Schmaltz style. But think about which photo is truly Rockwellian.

Top photo via The Charlotte Observer

Bottom photo via The Daily Start, Lebanon

(Top photo credit: Travis Long/The News & Observer/AP Photo caption: Seth Keel, center, is consoled by his boyfriend, Ian Chambers, left, and his mother Jill Hinton, during a concession speech at an Amendment One opposition party Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at The Stockroom at 230 in downtown Raleigh, N.C. North Carolina voters approved the constitutional amendment Tuesday defining marriage solely as a union between a man and a woman, becoming the latest state to effectively slam the door shut on same-sex marriages. Bottom photo credit: Robert Willett/The News & Observer/AP Photo caption: Frances Newby prepares to slice a wedding cake to celebrate the passage of Amendment One during an election night party in Raleigh, N.C. on Tuesday May 8, 2012.)

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I would love to ask Getty photographer Joe Raedle if the combination of Obama’s face with that of Trayvon Martin was as oddly subtle in real life as it appeared in his photograph. 
It’s a very clever shirt. 
via  Zimbio
(credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images caption: Carteka Bell (C) and Connor Bonhomme, 2 years old, wear tee-shirts reading, ” No Justice No Peace, as they wait for the start of church service at the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church where Sybrina Fulton , the mother of Trayvon Martin who was killed by George Zimmerman, was attending a service for the first time since the arrest of Zimmerman on April 15, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Martin was killed by George Zimmerman on February 26th while Zimmerman was on neighborhood watch patrol in the gated community of The Retreat at Twin Lakes, Florida.)
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I would love to ask Getty photographer Joe Raedle if the combination of Obama’s face with that of Trayvon Martin was as oddly subtle in real life as it appeared in his photograph.

It’s a very clever shirt.

via Zimbio

(credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images caption: Carteka Bell (C) and Connor Bonhomme, 2 years old, wear tee-shirts reading, ” No Justice No Peace, as they wait for the start of church service at the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church where Sybrina Fulton , the mother of Trayvon Martin who was killed by George Zimmerman, was attending a service for the first time since the arrest of Zimmerman on April 15, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Martin was killed by George Zimmerman on February 26th while Zimmerman was on neighborhood watch patrol in the gated community of The Retreat at Twin Lakes, Florida.)

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Win McNamee’s photo captures a “what have you done lately” vibe from the statue. Perhaps King’s expression is prescient: we clearly have far to go in this year of hoodies and state-ordered transvaginal ultrasounds. 
via  BBC Day in Pictures
(credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images  caption:  Participants gathered for a candlelight vigil at the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial in Washington, DC on the 44th anniversary of his assassination.) 
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Win McNamee’s photo captures a “what have you done lately” vibe from the statue. Perhaps King’s expression is prescient: we clearly have far to go in this year of hoodies and state-ordered transvaginal ultrasounds.

via BBC Day in Pictures

(credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images caption: Participants gathered for a candlelight vigil at the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial in Washington, DC on the 44th anniversary of his assassination.)

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Nicole Bengiveno’s GOP primary/racial segregation shot is the smartest, bravest campaign pic I’ve seen all year. The pic may be “overstretching” the metaphor, but the vote was segregated. Mostly white people voted in the South’s GOP primaries yesterday. 
via The New York Times
(photo credit: Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times caption:  People in Birmingham, Ala., waited to register vehicles at the Jefferson County Courthouse , which was also a polling station. There have been lines at the courthouse since major cuts in the budget.)
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Nicole Bengiveno’s GOP primary/racial segregation shot is the smartest, bravest campaign pic I’ve seen all year. The pic may be “overstretching” the metaphor, but the vote was segregated. Mostly white people voted in the South’s GOP primaries yesterday.

via The New York Times

(photo credit: Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times caption: People in Birmingham, Ala., waited to register vehicles at the Jefferson County Courthouse , which was also a polling station. There have been lines at the courthouse since major cuts in the budget.)

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