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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Human rights versus religious teachings: LGBTQ citizens

Human rights versus religious teachings: LGBTQ citizens
- Allow me to make it quite clear that I am a true believer in equality, be it those who belong to the LGBTQ community, have religious beliefs, regardless ...

Stealth Campaign Targeting Vulnerable LGBTQ Populations Escalates Under Trump

Stealth Campaign Targeting Vulnerable LGBTQ Populations Escalates Under Trump
- Behind President Donald Trump’s public posturing on rights for LGBTQ people, his cabinet-level agencies are working deep in the weeds to undermine protections—particularly for young, old, disabled, and homeless individuals.
Several advocacy organizations issued press releases Monday detailing the initial scope of the Trump administration’s stealth campaign to erase vulnerable LGBTQ populations from housing and health-care protections, among other, more overt agency-level actions. The speed with which the Trump administration is wielding the regulatory process against sexual orientation and gender identity sharply diverges from the Obama administration’s slow, steady march toward LGBTQ rights through the federal agencies.

Boy claims his transphobia outweighs trans student's rights

Boy claims his transphobia outweighs trans student's rights
- This legal twist is just the latest outrageous maneuver by the anti-LGBTQ and far-right Christian-based ADF, a non-profit organization that has been ...


The Dolan Twins Stand Up for the LGBTQ Community

The Dolan Twins Stand Up for the LGBTQ Community
- While the Dolan twins were out and about on Saturday, they ran into anti-LGBTQ protestors on the side of the street. The blatant acts of intolerance ...

Beauty and the Beast' Shows That LGBTQ Characters Are Good for Business

Beauty and the Beast' Shows That LGBTQ Characters Are Good for Business 
- The film’s lesson is just as salient today as it was 25 years ago when the animated version was released: When we get stuck on the skin-deep traits that divide us, we miss out on the chance to know people who can shape and change our lives. When we’re open-minded and inclusive, we have a much easier time finding the adventure, joy, and love we seek.
This version of the film drives that point home for the LGBTQ community with director Bill Condon announcing a “gay moment” for one of its characters, LeFou (Josh Gad). LeFou’s happy ending may be a small moment in the film, but it’s a huge leap forward for the film industry, and for inclusion and acceptance for all LGBTQ people. That’s why we at GLAAD asked our supporters to join #TeamLeFou and share photos of their families seeing the film on opening weekend.

Kentucky's governor just made it legal for students to discriminate against LGBTQ peers

Kentucky's governor just made it legal for students to discriminate against LGBTQ peers
- After promising 2017 would be the “Year of the Bible,” Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin and his Republican henchmen in the state legislature just passed an ...

Love God, and your neighbor' (including LGBTQ ones)

Love God, and your neighbor' (including LGBTQ ones)
- For far too long we have been the heartland of homophobia and transphobia, depicting the LGBTQ community as predators and terrorists (again and ...

California State Colleges Might Provide the Abortion Pill to Students

California State Colleges Might Provide the Abortion Pill to Students
- Since the Republican health-care bill would slash Medicaid reimbursements to Planned Parenthood, essentially federally defunding the organization, ...

Teen drug use is down: Better parenting, or more smartphones?

Teen drug use is down: Better parenting, or more smartphones?
- That’s the news from the Monitoring the Future study, which has been surveying more than 40,000 eighth, 10th and 12th graders about their drug use for more than four decades. While marijuana use has been steady, use of all other illicit drugs (including prescription amphetamines or narcotics being used outside of medical supervision) is down.
In 1996, 13% of eighth graders reported using illicit drugs (besides marijuana) in the previous year; in 2016, it was 5%. For 10th graders the number went from 18% to 10%, and for 12th graders it went from 20% to 14%. The marijuana news isn’t all bad, either; over the same 20 years, use by eighth graders went from 18% to 9%, and by 10th graders from 34% to 24%. It’s in 12th graders that it hasn’t budged; it was 35% in 1996 and 36% in 2016.


Balanced Diet Can Improve Mental Health Reveals Study

Balanced Diet Can Improve Mental Health Reveals Study
- A study has revealed that a balance diet can help in maintaining good mental health. The required amount of nutrients not only aid in the maintenance

Secondary schools must provide a mental health studies class

Secondary schools must provide a mental health studies class
- But sadly the mental health of our youth deteriorates rapidly and daily. I haven't looked up statistics, because I do not have to. If you asked me to list a ...

If it wasn't for insurance, I wouldn't be here”: how Obamacare's end would worsen the opioid crisis

If it wasn't for insurance, I wouldn't be here”: how Obamacare's end would worsen the opioid crisis
- By expanding not just access to health insurance but also enforcing requirements that insurers cover mental health and addiction services, ...

Suicide risk is higher in first year after deliberate self-harm

Suicide risk is higher in first year after deliberate self-harm
- The researchers analyzed a variety of possible risk factors, such as demographic characteristics, recent treatment for common mental disorders, and ...

The Issues That Drive America's Mayors

The Issues That Drive America's Mayors
- Whether they're Democrats or Republicans, a new survey shows that poverty and wealth inequality are what concern them most. by Bob Annibale ...

Trump's budget is bad for America's poor

Trump's budget is bad for America's poor
- With 45 million people in the U.S. living in poverty - and millions more teetering on the edge of it - cutting programs that support families will not make ...

How Many Gay People Are There In the World? LGBTQ Representation Breaking Through In Kids ...

How Many Gay People Are There In the World? LGBTQ Representation Breaking Through In Kids ...
- It's early in 2017, but its looks like this could be the year LGBTQ people are represented in the kind of media that has been most resistant to depicting ...