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The EU Says Crimea’s LGBT Rights Situation Is Now ‘Gravely’ Concerning  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
Since Russia annexed the Crimea in 2014 international watchdogs have grown increasingly concerned about Crimea’s human rights situation. Now, the European Union has issued a strong statement saying it is “gravely” worried about the hostility Crimea’s LGBT people are facing. On Thursday, February 4, the European Parliament adopted a resolution highlighting the human rights situation […] ...
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Posted:  2/13 10:00pm
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Posted:  2/13 3:00pm
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:  2/13 12:00am
It’s Getting Better for LGBT Youth in Our Schools, Right?  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
We can generally agree that in terms of social attitudes toward LGBT people, the United States is a better place than it was ten years ago. However, new research shows that for a significant proportion of young LGBT students, life can be a daily struggle against taunting, discrimination and even physical violence. ...
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Posted:  2/12 9:30pm
Or Maybe Not  »  Depressed Single Mother
I'm starting to get worried now. Maybe I shouldn't go to this group. There's the lesbian mother's group, and they meet on a Saturday afternoon, which I can't do because I've no babysitter. But there's another one called Rainbow Families that I could do, because it's for the children rather than the adults. They go on outings and such. So I'd be taking The Boy with me.I know it'd be good for The Boy. I know I'm a bad mother for even considering not going. But I feel ill. I can't stop shaking! I want to hide away. I think ...
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Posted:  2/12 3:00pm
A new start... a new website  »  Cornish Dreamer
If any readers still check this blog, I am sorry to have abandoned the site for some time. I have been working on many things: work, life, the usual things that have distracted me from blogging.I have started a new leaf, with new ideas and a clear goal to aim for. A totally new direction. I wondered if you would care to join me for the journey? If so, pop on over to www.livelifeexplore.co.uk and let me know what you think.All the best,Claire ...
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Posted:  2/12 12:45am
FAA Rule Changes Should Mean Trans Pilots Have Clearer Skies Ahead  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
This past month the FAA published process changes that should make it easier for transgender pilots to get approved for take off, including if they are transitioning while on the job. The changes, which were made as part of the FAA’s ongoing regulation review process, explicitly removes the “mental disorder” label that had been tagged […] ...
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Posted:  2/11 7:00pm
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:  2/11 12:45pm
Is it Time to Scrap the Body Mass Index?  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
The Body Mass Index is used to measure whether people fall within the rough guidelines for a healthy height to weight ratio, however new research suggests that this measure is not a reliable indicator for how healthy people really are. For years now the Body Mass Index (BMI) rating has been used for anything from forming […] ...
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Posted:  2/11 1:00am
Why Does Michigan’s New Animal Welfare Bill Criminalize Gay Relationships?  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
Michigan’s Senate has passed a bill that would make it more difficult for animal abusers to get their hands on and victimize defenseless pets, but there’s a problem: Attached to that same bill is language that affirms the state’s anti-gay sodomy ban. The legislation, known as Logan’s Law or SB 219, is actually an important […] ...
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Posted:  2/10 7:00pm
Humans May Have Inadvertantly Helped Spread a Bee Killing Virus  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
Scientists have known for some time that a combination of factors is likely responsible for the dramatic honeybee die offs witnessed in recent years. Now, researchers believe that one such factor could be a virus that we humans have inadvertently help spread. ...
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Posted:  2/10 12:30am
Maine’s Governor Is Blocking Trans Kids from the Vital Protections They Need  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
Maine's Governor Paul LePage has reportedly decided to block rule changes that would clarify trans people's gender protections. LePage insists that any such change would require the state legislature's approval first. ...
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Posted:  2/9 6:00pm
Denying Prisoners Mental Health Care Is Cruel and Immoral  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
U.K. prisoner Sarah Reed was found dead in her prison cell in January. What has emerged since that time, is the story of a woman with severe mental health problems who had previously been victim of police brutality, and who may have been denied the vital mental health care she needed while in prison. The […] ...
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Posted:  2/9 12:30am
Obama Proposes Big Spending to Help People Struggling Wit Drug Addiction  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
The Obama administration has announced it wants to dedicate over $1 billion to helping support people fighting drug addiction, an ambitious plan that advocates say is long overdue but definitely welcome. In a press release the administration says that it is proposing as part of the fiscal budget for 2017 a raft of measures to […] ...
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Posted:  2/8 6:00pm
Email from a guy with an impolite boyfriend  »  Things I can't tell boyfriend number 1
Just before the end of November last year, a reader sent me the following email:Dear GB,My boyfriend and I have been together for almost three years. My boyfriend was, for a year and a half, amazing, wonderful, and essentially the most loving person I have ever met. He was extremely kind, not only to me, but to others, was very positive and charming, and was very open minded. I love this man deeply, and I truly feel honoured to be with him. I know for a fact that he loves me the same, and we would go to extreme lengths ...
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Posted:  2/8 8:30am
'The language of shirkers and scroungers?' Talking about illness, disability and coalition welfare reform - Disability & Society  »  Through Myself and Back Again
Picture: protesters at today's 'Hardest Hit' march, carrying a sign which is partly written in Braille. It reads "We're being ---- by the government." Someone has written a translation of the Braille word below it: "shafted". Photo copyright Lisa Egan.Yesterday's discussion on the BBC's You and Yours was about disability, cuts and welfare reform, and featured Where's the Benefit's own Bendy Girl. Some contributors' comments offered a clear example of how attitudes to disability haven't really changed much since Victorian times - if not before. Some academic research recently published has been talking about how these ...
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Posted:  2/8 4:30am