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Goodbye Auntie Joy  »  come back to what you know
Auntie Joy passed away on the 23rd January 2015. She was my great-aunt, my maternal Nan's older sister, and a central member of our family. She was famous for her love of photography, gardening and cats. She especially loved mixing up those loves so as a child I, and my cousins, would be posed around the garden as she took huge numbers of photos of us. Avoiding Auntie Joy and her camera was a family sport at any gathering and one our pet cats turned into an art form but such attempts at escape were ultimately futile...Both my Mum's generation ...
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Posted:  3/31 4:15am
6 Reactions That Show Indiana’s Anti-LGBT License to Discriminate Law Has to Go  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
Not even a week has passed since Governor Mike Pence signed S.B. 101 into law, legislation that will enable businesses and potentially even teachers and nursing staff to discriminate against LGBTs by claiming religious freedom, yet there’s already been protests, contracts threatened, and somewhat of a climb-down by the Governor himself. Here are just a few of those […] ...
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Posted:  3/30 9:00pm
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Posted:  3/31 12:45am
All Yesterdays: A Cognitive Shift In How We Look At Dinosaurs  »  Moonlight Investigation
All Yesterdays will make you love dinosaurs anew. The way we view dinosaurs, and the way that artists have depicted them, has changed greatly over the last century (and even over the last decade). Though a child of the 1980s, my love for dinosaurs started with hand-me-down dinosaur books from the 1960s and 1970s which depicted swamp-dwelling brachiosaurs and bulky, slow-moving biped hunters. At 10 years old my view of dinosaurs was changed forever by Jurassic Park (the book and movie, I was a bit of a JP junkie). Fast moving, sleek, powerful dinosaurs were now all the rage ...
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Posted:  3/29 10:45pm
Alabama Is Now Trying to Shield Religious Discrimination in Adoption  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
Not content with ignoring the authority of the federal courts on same-sex marriage, Alabama’s lawmakers are now trying to ensure that even if same-sex marriage were to come to the state, same-sex couples looking to adopt could still face lawful discrimination from adoption agencies. Currently, state adoption law allows married people and single people to adopt. Those […] ...
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Posted:  3/29 4:00pm
How Social Media is Embracing Earth Hour and How You Can Get Involved  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
While Earth Hour is obviously a time when we allow technology to go dark and take time to unplug for the good of the environment, in the run-up to the event there are plenty of social media initiatives that could help you help the Earth. Many readers will know that it’s Earth Hour 2015 this […] ...
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Posted:  3/28 6:00pm
Why We Could Soon Be Mining Our Poop for Gold and Silver  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
A common misconception about how we deal with human waste is that we simply filter it at our waste treatment facilities and that, beyond the outlay for these facilities, it has little environmental impact. That’s not true though. While we are starting to come up with innovative ways of reusing our waste, at the moment […] ...
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Posted:  3/27 7:30pm
Arkansas’ Conscience Clause Bill Is Really Just a License to Discriminate  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
As The Right has geared up its campaign to carve out broad paths for the religious to discriminate, we’ve seen some pretty startling bills — but Arkansas really seems keen on excelling by creating a particularly anti-LGBT climate. Campaigners are drawing attention to a revived piece of legislation, H.B. 1228. Supporters of that legislation say it’s simply a state […] ...
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Posted:  3/27 4:00pm
How Smartphone and Web Services Could Help Improve Our Mental Health  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
This month the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) debuted an online mental health library service designed to help people with mental health issues access supplementary care — showing that with today’s smartphone and web technology, mental health care access needn’t be the scary prospect it once was. The library, which can be found here, lists several web […] ...
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Posted:  3/26 6:00pm
New UK laws against "revenge porn"  »  Things I can't tell boyfriend number 1
Back in January, I was contacted by the UK's Ministry of Justice to ask me whether I could support their campaign against revenge porn on this blog.In case anyone hasn't heard of it, a good definition of revenge porn is "the sharing of intimate, sexual images of a person without their consent and with the intention of causing them distress". A typical scenario would be when a couple take intimate pictures or videos for fun during their relationship, but then when the relationship comes to an end, one of the couple take revenge on the other by making the images ...
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Posted:  3/26 6:45pm
The UN Spat Over Gay Partner Benefits Draws the Battlelines for Progress  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
Progressive countries have defeated a Russian-backed measure to prevent the United Nations offering partner benefits to same-sex married couples, but the vote itself underscores that there are still deep divisions over LGBT rights among world leaders. The United Nations announced in July of last year that as several member states offer same-sex marriages it would honor […] ...
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Posted:  3/25 10:30pm
Genderless Clothing’s Time Has Come  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
A teenager from Missouri is leading a new campaign to change local school dress codes after his school’s administration attempted to force him into taking off what they considered “female” clothes. His message is simple: clothing has no gender. It’s a message that is catching fire in many countries across the world. Morgan Ball recently […] ...
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Posted:  3/25 5:00pm
Before We Resurrect Woolly Mammoths, We Need to Save the Elephants  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
Media headlines are coming in thick and fast this week about how scientists have made a leap forward in a process that might eventually allow us to resurrect the woolly mammoth–but before we get too excited let’s recognize the fact that elephants, the animal that would be needed to host mammoth offspring, need our help […] ...
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Posted:  3/24 10:30pm
Gay and Bisexual Men May Have an Unhealthy Tanning Habit  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
A new study suggests that gay and bisexual men are at a significantly increased risk of skin cancer thanks to their tanning habits. The study, which was reportedly presented by researchers this month at a San Francisco meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology, saw researchers from the University of California compare rates of melanoma and non-melanoma […] ...
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Posted:  3/24 4:00pm