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Proud Women of Africa: Rainbow Girls

Julia Gunther | Posted 02.03.2016 | Women
Julia Gunther

Co-authored by Nick Schönfeld. I have a friend called Dagny Warmerdam whom I met during my time in Cape Town. Over the years Dagny has become one of...

2015 Year-End Roundup: On the Cusp of a Tipping Point

Nathan Gardels | Posted 12.31.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

Day in and day out, The WorldPost chronicles two competing futures: a world coming together and a world falling apart. The year gone by has turned out to be decidedly mixed. The times ahead could unfold in either direction. Here are just a few of the many posts we published in 2015 that, taken together, illustrate how we remain poised on the cusp of an epochal tipping point.

Terrorism and the Family -- A Thanksgiving Day Reflection

Marlo Thomas | Posted 11.25.2015 | Home
Marlo Thomas

We work so hard every day to build and sustain a tribe around us -- of relatives, of friends, of colleagues -- that we can't help but feel that unity threatened when a tragedy like Paris occurs.

An Essay On Life By The Man Whose Death Inspired A Movement

Shalin Shah | Posted 11.18.2015 | Religion
Shalin Shah

How do you come to terms with life and death and how have you chosen to find meaning in your existence?

My Remaining Time As An American Student In Paris Will Be A Solitary Feast

Donald Brown | Posted 11.18.2015 | Travel
Donald Brown

I was forty euros and a stomach ache away from being in the midst of the most violence Paris has seen since World War II.

Choosing Wisely, the Internal Struggle

Mimo Khair | Posted 11.16.2015 | World
Mimo Khair

My daughter asked me after hearing of the sad events caused by terrorism in Beirut and Paris the last 2 days: "why do humans terrorize other humans?" ...

Living in Calais, France's Refugee Camp: The Humans Behind the Headlines

Nastasia Yakoub | Posted 11.10.2015 | World
Nastasia Yakoub

About three months ago, back when the headlines were full of negativity around the 'swarms' of migrants and the 'marauding migrants' attempting to com...

Weekend Roundup: Protecting the Cloud -- At the Bottom of the Ocean

Nathan Gardels | Posted 10.30.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

This week, a new 21st century debate surfaced: How do we protect the data cloud we have all come to depend on when it is physically composed of cables running across the bottom of the ocean? The issue came to light after it was reported that Russian spy ships were operating near key cable routes. Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander James Stavridis writes that, "Well over 95 percent of everything moving on the global Internet passes through 200 or so highly active cables, some as deep underwater as Mount Everest is tall." Lixian Hantover offers a profile of what the undersea cloud looks like and what its vulnerabilities are. Carl Bildt, former Swedish prime minister and chair of the Global Commission on Internet Governance, calls for a new digital diplomacy to maintain the free flow of information across borders. "The solution to privacy concerns," he writes, "lies not in data localization, but in the development of secure systems and the proper use of encryption. Data storage actually means the continuous transfer of data between users, with no regard for Westphalian borders. Security in the digital world is based on technology, not geography." (continued)

The Real Reason Raven-Symoné Criticized 'Black-Sounding' Names

The Daily Dot | Posted 10.30.2015 | Entertainment
The Daily Dot

You probably know someone just like Raven-Symoné. The beleaguered co-host of The View just can't keep her foot out of her mouth when it comes to matters of race. The former child star proudly proclaimed she wouldn't hire someone with a "Black" name like "Watermelondrea." It took her fellow panelists to issue a course correction, with Paula Faris calling out the discriminatory attitude. Even Joy Behar offered a friendly reminder that white people love naming their children after fruits, vegetables, and all kinds of weird things (Apple Martin, anyone?). Dare I say it, Raven, but that's so internalized racism.

Weekend Roundup: Advent of the Third Industrial Revolution

Nathan Gardels | Posted 10.23.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

The WorldPost strives every day to chronicle the ongoing contest between two competing futures. One future is a world coming together through the convergence of new technologies that promise ecological stability, the empowerment of diversity and opportunity for all. The other is a world falling apart through bitter partisanship, religious warfare and the return of geopolitical blocs. This week we begin a new series that takes sides. Futurist Jeremy Rifkin lays out a vision of "the Third Industrial Revolution" that, through digital connectivity, clean energy and smart transportation all tied together through the "Internet of Things," can lead to breakthrough instead of breakdown. In an introduction to the series, Arianna Huffington invites us to join the conversation on climate change, technology and the growing global movement toward solutions that can provide a unifying purpose to all our connectivity. (continued)

Here's Why a Caitlyn Jenner Halloween Costume Is Damaging

Mary J. Moss | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mary J. Moss

Halloween is a time when many LGBT youth who are unsure of their sexuality or gender identity can play dress up and explore something they may not be able to live at that time. This fun day of costumes and candy gives them the much needed freedom and peace they so desire.

The 10 Stages of Coming Out to My Conservative Chinese Father

Keay Nigel | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Keay Nigel

For a moment after I finished, I felt this sense of confidence rising inside of me. I presumed that my father was going to say, 'OK, fine,' and then just accept the situation like it was no big deal. But when he finally spoke his mind, I realized that I wasn't ready for what was to come.

Postpartum Depression Stole Two Months Of My Life

Ravishly | Posted 10.20.2015 | Parents

I looked at this tiny human and felt nothing. Absolutely nothing. No overwhelming joy at finally meeting this person I'd been so excited for in months prior, no lurking sadness about no longer being pregnant and relishing in those shared "inside mommy's belly" moments. Just... nothing.

Being Transgender in Prison

Tammy Nelson, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Tammy Nelson, Ph.D.

Paula called Robert from prison. He didn't recognize the number. She was calling from the detective's office. Crying and inconsolable, she told Robert an inmate "took advantage" of her. Distraught, Robert asked her if she has been raped and she said, "yes," by one of her cellmates.

My Transgender Life: Grandma's Closet

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

There were so many things to choose from. Sometimes I grabbed the old men's suits and long jackets. Sometimes I grabbed some of grandma's dresses and wool coats. For some reason, this felt better to me.

Weekend Roundup: Turkey's 'Two Souls' Are Being Torn Apart

Nathan Gardels | Posted 10.16.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

The characters in Orhan Pamuk's novels are complex, hybrid identities. They are neither purely Islamic traditionalists nor secular fundamentalists, but, as Turkey's most celebrated writer and Nobel laureate has put it, of "two souls." "To have two souls," Pamuk once told me, "is a good thing. That is the way people really are. We have to understand that, just like a person, a country can have two souls." Mustafa Kemal Atatürk's military-allied, authoritarian and Western-oriented modernization from above bolstered one aspect of that soul in the last century. Over the last 13 years, current Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's Islamic-based AKP has bolstered the other aspect through democratic modernization from below. In the process, political space has opened up not only to the influence of conservative rural Anatolia but also for other plural constituencies from Kurds to the gay community. By trying to close that plural space now through increasingly autocratic tendencies -- in the midst of the Syrian civil war spilling over its borders -- Erdoğan has polarized the "two souls" of Turkey. For Pamuk, "to have democracy is precisely to have a dialogue between these two souls." "I am worried," he says, "because I know that in the end Erdoğan wants to govern alone at all costs. He does not want to share power." (continued)

Erasure: Finding My Blackness and Gender and Relearning How to Come Out

Ryley Rubin Pogensky | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Ryley Rubin Pogensky

We fought about the things families often do, we talked about the things families often do, but the two things that were never talked about are the two things that are now almost all consuming to me: skin color, and after I came out, sexuality.

Dear Queers and Transpeeps: You Are Precious to Me

S. Bear Bergman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
S. Bear Bergman

The problem is that we all, under the LGBTQ tent, have been told so loudly and for so long that we are worthless that many of us can't hear precious. It has to be sarcastic, right? It has to be, because who in the world could be saying precious, valuable, desirable and when they say those things, mean us?

I Caught a Case of Internalized Transphobia at the Doctor's Office

Harvey Katz | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Harvey Katz

I have a history of making poor self-care choices in order to sidestep medical practitioners because I've had so many unfortunate experiences.

Weekend Roundup: Syrian Refugee Crisis Triggers Bombs and Backlash

Nathan Gardels | Posted 10.02.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

This week the refugee crisis caused by Syria's horrific civil war moved to the next stage. Though prompted into action to curb the carnage, the U.S. and Russia are at odds over whom to bolster and whom to bomb. With no end to the conflict in sight, the influx of asylum seekers in Europe continues to swell and the prospect of permanent settlement there for the displaced grows. In even the most welcoming countries a political backlash is in the making. German Chancellor Angela Merkel's popularity at home is falling for the first time as compassion reaches its limits. In Sweden, the anti-immigrant right-wing party now tops the polls. (continued)

This Is How You Deal With Homophobia In the Classroom

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

Alexa Espinal is 23 years old and had been teaching for only two weeks. But that's all the time needed for Alexa to experience homophobic words from her middle school students.

Why I'm Not Writing Azealia Banks Off Just Yet

Sean O'Toole | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sean O'Toole

She is hardly Robert Mugabe and she does not make me angry. She's only potentially a Bill or Hillary Clinton, who weren't that interested in affording dignity to LGBTQ people not so long ago either. People can change. Right?

What Hillary Clinton Does Not Get About Being a Gay Dad

Anthony C. Infanti | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Anthony C. Infanti

Simply put, the State Department does not need to tell straight parents that they are the norm because, trust me, everyone else does a good job of that already.

The Faith I've Seen in Washington D.C.

Kevin Hogan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kevin Hogan

It was after the meeting, back out in the real world, when I saw Faith take our message of bisexual visibility and respect and turn it into a love chant that could drown out even the most vocal of detractors.

After the "Summer of Trans," Is It Time for T to Break Away from LGB?

Adam Lewis | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Adam Lewis

While neither sexuality nor identity should be subject to any form of discrimination, shouldn't this nuanced-yet-not-insignificant distinction be reflected in the way these groups advocate?