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Leigh Cuen

Tel Aviv
Covers:  diversity, solutions journalism, art, environment, social justice

Writer @La__Cuen

Leigh Cuen's Biography

International journalist and multimedia specialist, with a wide range of experience in media and publishing. Able to work on own initiative and with others as part of a team. Proven leadership skills include managing and collaborating with teams in both newspaper design and investigative reporting. Dedicated to maintaining high quality standards in writing, researching, media production and editing. My work has been published in Spanish, Italian, English, Hebrew and Arabic ...

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Sex Workers Want This 'Sex Trafficker' Set Free

vocativ.com — Amber Batts, a 41-year-old former sex worker and operator of a prostitution network in Alaska, was locked up for five and a half years on Monday, convicted of sex trafficking and violating probation. Batts ran a statewide prostitution network, and the women who she handled, represented and protected now want her set free.

Complaint Over Muslim Driver’s Headscarf Sparks Outrage

vocativ.com — An Uber client submitted a discriminatory complaint against a Muslim woman driver, sparking outrage across social media and unraveling a complex conundrum about the ethics of mass public shaming of racist behavior. Uber user Rene Hunter allegedly complained that the ride-sharing company "allowed" a Muslim driver, Sonia Marcella Martinez, to wear a headscarf, which Hunter mislabeled as a "berka."

Behind The Scenes Of Deliciously Disabled, A Sex Ball

vocativ.com — This weekend in Toronto, partygoers from across Canada and around the world attended the first sex-positive masquerade ball for people with disabilities. Tickets to the event sold out and revelers felt it was an overwhelming success, according to queer blogger Andrew Morrison-Gurza, who helped organize the party and originated the hashtag #DeliciouslyDisabled.

Kickstarter Campaign Aims To Raise Profile Of Geek Girls With New Book

vocativ.com — A Toronto-based indie publisher is raising money to bring a collection of comics and stories by prominent women to life, hoping the book could be useful for geeky girls seeking advice on sex, love and relationships.
Aug 11, 2015

Kickstarter Campaign Aims To Raise Profile Of Geek Girls With New Book buff.ly/1El6NX7

Police Shoot Teen Near Ferguson Protest

vocativ.com — After a day of rallies and vigils to commemorate the first anniversary of Michael Brown's death in Ferguson, Missouri, violence reportedly broke out near a local protest late Sunday night and police shot 18-year-old Tyrone Harris, one of Brown's friends from school.

Fashion Model Joins Fight Against ISIS, Posts These Photos From The Frontline

vocativ.com — Dozens of women from Western nations have packed their bags, left home and joined Kurdish militias fighting ISIS on the frontlines. Among them is fashion model Hanna Bohman, who goes by Tiger Sun. She recently spent four months in Syria battling the Islamic State with the Kurdish YPJ, a volunteer women's brigade, and posted a slew of stunning photos online from her time in combat.

NFL's First Female Coach Faces Onslaught Of Sexist Comments

vocativ.com — Just hours after Jen Welter became the first woman coaching official in the NFL, social media was flooded with a mix of celebratory and sexist comments from football fans across America. On Monday, the Arizona Cardinals football team announced it hired Welter as an assistant coaching intern for training camp and preseason.
Jul 29, 2015

RT @vocativ: #NFL's first female coach Jen Welter faces onslaught of sexist comments pic.twitter.com/0mojJi77Xw voc.tv/1D8ulTK

Anti-Kremlin Group Lands On Russia Watch List Over Rainbow Logo

vocativ.com — The VK satire page became a lightening rod for Russia's social media culture war, a sort of score board showing the number of Russian LGBT versus anti-LGBT activists online

Thousands Sign Petition Demanding Removal Of Confederate Flag

White Supremacist Group Adds to Charleston's Pain After Shooting

vocativ.com — A white supremacist group attempted to take advantage of a deadly shooting that killed nine people at one of the nation's oldest African-American churches by posting racist comments on the slain pastor's Facebook page in the wake of the South Carolina shooting.
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