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  • ‘Ask, Don’t Tell’ — Pulse Victims And Supporting The Loved Ones Left Behind Last year, 49 people lost their lives in the Orlando massacre at the LGBTQ nightclub Pulse in the worst mass shooting in recent U.S. history. Dozens more were injured. Bars and clubs have long been a place for LGBTQ community members to gather and simply be ourselves, as few other safe spaces exist. As an openly ...
  • The Two Opposing World Views In The White House The world is not a ‘global community’ but an arena where nations, non-government actors and businesses engage and compete for advantage…Rather than deny this elemental nature of international affairs, we embrace it. – Trump advisors H.R. McMaster and Gary Cohn News editors are hardly able to keep up these days with the target-rich environment created by ...
  • Comey Got In The Face Of Trump’s ‘Godfather’ Fantasy function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video;a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible);   If for some reason it wasn’t before, it’s become clear in the weeks since FBI director James Comey’s firing by the president and Comey’s testimony on Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee that Donald Trump doesn’t seem to fancy himself the next George Washington, Abe Lincoln or even James ...
  • The L In LGBT HAPPY PRIDE MONTH! Pride is a celebration of one’s identity in the face of adversity and hate from those that may not understand or appreciate the culture. Originating from the Stonewall Riots of 1969, which was born out of the Civil Rights movement of the 50’s and 60’s, the L.G.B.T community demonstrated that they were ...
  • Cutting Federal Arts Support Is Sheer Folly By Alex Barker “In the long history of man, countless empires and nations have come and gone. Those which created no lasting works of art are reduced today to short footnotes in history’s catalog,” said President Lyndon Johnson, as he signed the bill creating the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for ...
  • We’re All Wonder Woman Although we may not each have Wonder Woman’s superpowers, we each possess the ability to change the world. Each of the women profiled herein took an action that did indeed lead to significant change. Through passion, determination, and persistence, they made a difference. Each of us can do it, too! Match the women, all ...
  • Will My Kid Develop Anxiety Because Of Me? When I was a child, my mom explained how a neighbor of ours was afraid of buttons. She couldn't select clothing with buttons and found it hard to even say the word. I remember thinking this was a really weird complaint, and wondered what could’ve possibly led to this unusual fear of something so ordinary. My ...
  • A Fair Climate Deal? Accountability First! Joachim Schleich, Grenoble École de Management (GEM) On June 1, U.S. President Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, ignoring pleas from businesses (including fossil-energy heavyweights such as ExxonMobil), city mayors (including the former steel capital Pittsburgh), federal states (including the world’s sixth-largest economy, California), his own Secretary of ...
  • Young Jack Sparrow And More: Chats With Anthony De La Torre And Ray Scott, Plus A Legion Exclusive And A Paul Simon CD/DVD Review LEGION’S “CAPER 1” EXCLUSIVE/PREMIERE Composer Jeff Russo (also of Tonic and Low Stars fame) shares “Caper 1,” a track taken from the second volume of Lakeshore Records’ soundtrack to FX Network’s mind-bending show Legion. The track is a signature slice of the striking score that is both hypnotically pointed and ominously orchestral, helping to propel the ...
  • The Fight For $15 Advances From Coast To Coast Over just the past week, the Fight for $15 made major gains in the American heartland and beyond that positioned the $15 minimum wage as an emerging national standard. Illinois became the first Midwestern state to pass a $15 minimum wage, and sent the bill to Governor Bruce Rauner’s desk. In Minnesota, Gov. Mark Dayton ...
  • One Year Since the Orlando Massacre OutRight Action International honors and remembers the victims of the shooting on Latin Night at Pulse Club in Orlando one year ago. We are still deeply saddened by the loss of 49 lives and injuries to more than 50 others in the ISIS-claimed attack; an attack which was an act of hate and violence against ...
  • Why ‘Masc4Masc’ Isn’t Necessarily Self-Hating And Anti-Gay A Thai friend who has struggled with whether to come out to his parents for most of the years I’ve known him finally took the plunge several months ago. Their reaction – or in his father’s case, non-reaction – wasn’t even close to the fire and brimstone he’d been expecting. Lack of angst aside, his mother’s ...
  • Evidence Is Strong That Trump Obstructed Justice: The Basics 1. To prove President Trump committed obstruction of justice, you don’t have to prove that James Comey is a saint (and he’s not). 2. In fact, you don’t even have to believe Trump said to Comey, regarding the investigation of Michael Flynn, “I hope you can let this go,” although I do believe it, and Comey ...
  • 5 Lessons On Divorce Some women are stronger after a divorce; they’re so relieved to be released from catastrophic marriages that they rise up from the ashes like a phoenix. And then there are those women like me who feel the loss and disruption so keenly that they move into a funk so dark, it rubs them so ...
  • This Self-Described ‘Hillbilly’ Muslim Convert Is A Refreshing Link Between Islam And His Danish Culture COPENHAGEN, Denmark ― Imam Abdul Wahid Pedersen first began to spiritually connect to the Islamic faith on a mountain in the holy temple town of Hampi, India in the summer of 1977. It would be about five years before Pedersen, then a 23-year-old convert to Hinduism, would become Muslim, but the experience left him profoundly changed. “Time ...
  • Grassroots Activists Are Leading The Way On The Addiction Crisis On Thursday, the three major television networks suspended their daytime programming to broadcast the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey. This extraordinary step showed that nothing else was more important, even advertising revenue. It’s safe to say that we are somewhat distracted as a country right now. You can feel the hysteria in the ...
  • Pence Pushes Infrastructure Public-Private Partnership Amid Failure On Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence cancelled an interview with PBS out of the blue, provoking speculation. The growing controversy around former FBI director James Comey must’ve gotten to the man known for having a stone face. But there may have been another reason. On Monday, the state of Indiana announced it would take control of a ...
  • NRA Once Again Tries To Discredit Doctors With Alt-Right Nonsense One of these days, public health researchers will stop getting all hot and bothered about gun injuries and turn their attention to serious threats to health, like fatalities from dog bites (20-30 per year,) or deaths from bee stings (upwards of 100 per year,) or worst of all, getting strangled by a Python – it ...
  • Sorry, But We’re Stuck With Trump Is there anything more gauche than quoting yourself? Well, maybe starting an article with a rhetorical question is worse, but… In any case, here is an excerpt from something I wrote last summer: “If there is one thing that the candidacy of Donald Trump has taught us, it is to never count him — or his ...
  • Despite Progress, Too Many Children Are Still Dying From Diarrhea In the decade between 2005 and 2015, the world changed dramatically. The smart phone was introduced. New planets were discovered. Yet children were still dying from a preventable and treatable illness that has plagued the world since the beginning of time. A recently-published study in the medical journal “The Lancet”showed that deaths from diarrhea among children ...