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Word Clouds, Identity and Self-Reflection

Krissy Dietrich Gallagher | Posted 11.24.2015 | Media
Krissy Dietrich Gallagher

The people behind the curtain at Facebook headquarters love to come up with neat little tricks every now and again, algorithms that are supposed to ca...

What Is the Big Deal With Coming Out as Queer?

Shantell Yasmine Abeydeera | Posted 11.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Shantell Yasmine Abeydeera

Every single millennial coming out as Queer who possesses a lackadaisical who cares attitude can do so because of the courage, bravery and tenacity of previous generations of the LGBTQ community, the OG's.

Musee Nissim de Camondo: Thoughts About the Attacks in Paris

Ruth Seltzer Vogel | Posted 11.24.2015 | Religion
Ruth Seltzer Vogel

The horrifying events in the weeks following the trip intensified my confusion. It is clear that the France of the 21st century is very different, in crucial ways, from the de Camondo's France.

What's It Like Being Muslim in America?

Zehra Naqvi | Posted 11.16.2015 | Religion
Zehra Naqvi

I'm an attorney, a community organizer, a female Pakistani-American Muslim immigrant. Being Muslim in America means being identified by only one aspect of my identity. It means being told exactly what it means to be Muslim in America and having very little control over the narrative.

'No Really... What Are You?'

The Establishment | Posted 11.12.2015 | Women
The Establishment

I can almost feel my mother's heart break when I'm asked about my family history. I'm proud of my Filipino heritage, and proud to be an American, but when I think of the cost and loss my mother suffered, my pride is twinged with betrayal.

Why You Should Never Assume That A Black Person Can't Be Latino

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 11.11.2015 | Latino Voices

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I Didn't Know I Was Adopted

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 11.10.2015 | Impact
DaShanne Stokes

Seventeen years ago this month, I was in the middle of a full-blown identity crisis. I didn't know who or what I was anymore, let alone what to call myself. As our nation turns to observe National Adoption Month, I'm reminded of accidentally discovering, at the age of twenty, that I was adopted.

Aziz Ansari's 'Master Of None' Hilariously Captures The Immigrant Narrative

Aneri Shah | Posted 11.10.2015 | Entertainment
Aneri Shah

The dilemma that second-generation immigrants face in Master of None is at the center of a broader question that all young adults face: How do we take this remarkable privilege we have and make something out of it?

Separating Art From The Artist

Quora | Posted 11.11.2015 | Arts

Artists are not a monolithic group. Many throughout history have courted celebrity. In the days when all art was commissioned, the more famous (or notorious) you were, the more likely it was that you could become the court painter, or get commissions for portraits.

The Indestructible Foundations of Identity: With and Without Alzheimer's Disease

Angel Duncan | Posted 11.09.2015 | Fifty
Angel Duncan

Alzheimer's is a complex disease; the brain is a mysterious wonder and I was struck on the kind of messages that are repeatedly told and how that plays into self-perception.

Building a Code of Intimacy: Loving in English and Spanish

Vanessa Garcia | Posted 11.09.2015 | Latino Voices
Vanessa Garcia

It turned out that my Spanish-speaking self was more seemingly diffident. In Spanish, I did not have the ability to pluck the perfect word out of the great web of semantics, and, therefore, I seemed less assertive when I spoke. In English, on the other hand, I was a feminist, a woman who knew exactly what she wanted, and knew how to communicate that with precision. It was depressing that men who knew this side of me didn't seem to like it.

Trick or Treat!

Rabbi Ted Falcon | Posted 11.02.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Ted Falcon

What if Halloween were a time to become more aware of the masks we are already wearing? What if the permission we are given to dress up in alternate personalities is meant to serve as a reminder that we are already dressed up?

Thinking About Steve Jobs and Adoption

April Dinwoodie | Posted 10.30.2015 | Parents
April Dinwoodie

Adoption may seem like a small sliver of the American experience, however new public opinion research conducted by J. Walter Thompson for the Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) suggests it is closer than you think.

5 Reasons Why I Never Want to Pass As Straight Again

Kevin Hogan | Posted 10.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Kevin Hogan

Since my coworkers only knew me as a happily married man, they'd erroneously assumed I was straight. For my part, I didn't think my sexual orientation was my colleagues' business, so I didn't bring it up. In short, for years, I never publicly challenged my straight persona.

I Didn't Always Know I Was Allowed to Be Queer

Sarah Gladstone | Posted 10.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Sarah Gladstone

Attraction doesn't care about making things simple, easy, or clear-cut. But I didn't know that. So in response to my pondering I told myself, You like boys, and that's a fact. You can't be gay, so you must be straight.

To The Guy Who Asked Me Where I'm 'Really' From

Marie Zafimehy | Posted 10.26.2015 | Women
Marie Zafimehy

Thank you for reminding me who I really am. I thought we were now beyond ethnic identities. But apparently not. There is still quite a long way to go. And it's a shame.

This May Be The Secret To Empathy

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.22.2015 | Religion

Empathy has only existed as a word in the English language for a little over a century. But its power cannot be denied. Empathy is defined as th...

On Being A Chinese-American Woman

Maria X. Liu | Posted 10.16.2015 | Women
Maria X. Liu

I want to be vocal about my experience in order to encourage others to do the same. The experience is one that needs to be collectively shared so that future generations will one day feel empowered and thus embrace their culture.

My Latin Paradigm and Growing Up Latina in Education

Mariaelena Marcano | Posted 10.14.2015 | Education
Mariaelena Marcano

Fair-skinned, single language learner, Mexican/Puertorican Latina placed in a Latin paradigm where I felt I did not identify at times and yet in the same breathe was not accepted either. Feeling as if I was questioned of my authenticity? I had to ask myself "Who and what am I?" everyday of my life.

What Is in a Name? An End to Healthy Hot Goddess

Susanna Barkataki | Posted 10.13.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Susanna Barkataki

Names aren't often something we chose. They are given to us. And may or may not truly fit us. Sometimes it's absolutely right to rename ourselves. A...

Five Signs that You've Lost Yourself (and Your Integrity) in Your Relationship

Jenni Bevill | Posted 10.09.2015 | Women
Jenni Bevill

That's why I've put together this short list of signs to watch out for. If you answer yes to one or more of these questions, then you may be losing yourself in your relationship.

A Stolen Flute and the Search for Home

Write for the Future | Posted 10.11.2015 | College
Write for the Future

At 12, my family moved from Westchester, New York to Oak Park, Illinois. I felt like an outsider and hoped my love for music would connect me to a community of bandmates. On my first day, I opened my locker, reached for my flute and felt nothing.

Breaking Free From the Cancer Identity

Elise Frame | Posted 10.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Elise Frame

Please don't get me wrong. I am so incredibly thankful I am surviving after my cancer diagnosis and treatment. But at the same time, I'm ready to be so much more than just the girl who survived cancer. I'm ready to simply be me.

The Things That Coffee Can't Fix

Amber Kane | Posted 10.07.2015 | Women
Amber Kane

Drink another cup of coffee, yes more coffee that will fix everything. That's what I kept telling my tired body, and while I drank A LOT of coffee , it seemed like my weariness was deeper than what the caffeine could reach, and so I had to push back the voice that just kept saying, why not try a stronger cup of coffee, why not drink the one labeled dark magic, and instead listen to the one saying, stop.

The Endless Awe and Awesome Endlessness of Self-Discovery

Corinda Lubin-Katz | Posted 10.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Corinda Lubin-Katz

Like any journey, self-discovery requires enduring the tougher times -- but in reflecting back on those difficult moments, we will often find they ultimately prove to have given far more than they took.