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Dodge Darts, Fila Sweaters and Suicide: The Danger of Facades

Bryan Behar | Posted 09.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Bryan Behar

When I was ten, I once sobbed for three straight days. No relative had died. I hadn't been bullied for wearing unbearably tight tennis shorts (not thi...

Short People (and Other Labels)

Ryan Phipps | Posted 08.21.2016 | Religion
Ryan Phipps

A PICTURE My spouse and I took our kids to the library at Bryant Park last week. You may not know this, but it was Winnie the Pooh's 95th birthday,...

We Need To Move Beyond LGBT Alphabet Soup And Slurs

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 08.02.2016 | Queer Voices
DaShanne Stokes

The problem that all of this raises is that no single term is likely to be embraced by everyone, and most terms fall prey to the same problems as those we've already seen. They treat us as monolithic, negating our diversity and the multiplicity with which some people may identify.

That Naughty Word And Other Labels

Risa Sugarman | Posted 07.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Risa Sugarman

It's all about labels. Labels run our lives. "Oh, he's so OCD!" or "she is so gay!" We use these almost daily, and usually the intention is not negati...

In Defense of Millennials

Michael Mamas | Posted 06.20.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Michael Mamas

Through the ages, these same words have been spoken in Athens, Rome, and Tokyo: "This younger generation is going to the dogs!" Now, people are saying...

The Worst Part About My Travels As A Solo, Black Woman

Gloria Atanmo | Posted 04.27.2016 | Black Voices
Gloria Atanmo

While I'm the first to encourage my fellow African-Americans to spread them transatlantic wings to hop across the pond and join me in Europe, there's a part that I'm always hesitant to open up about when it comes to the reality of our existence in some parts of the world.

Labels and Identities

Pratibha | Posted 04.15.2016 | GPS for the Soul

We often define ourselves by transient labels that do not speak to the unchangeable, infinite Self that inhabits within us all.

Pomosexual, Menosexual, And 13 Other Sexuality Terms You Maybe Never Heard Of

Mikki del Monico | Posted 02.28.2016 | Queer Voices
Mikki del Monico

Labels can feel validating -- as well as limiting -- but what labels really represent is the fact that most of us want to feel like we belong somewhere.

Labels in Our Societies: Chicken or the Egg?

Jamie Scanlon | Posted 02.25.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Jamie Scanlon

Sexual fluidity has been a topic hitting the headlines in recent weeks and it would seem is speaking of some type pending revolution in human behavior...

An Open Letter to My Little Sister From Her "Gay Brother"

Ian Oriol | Posted 02.11.2016 | Queer Voices
Ian Oriol

When she says "my gay brother" she doesn't seem to think twice about what that inflicts upon me, or what image that leaves in the minds of her friends. She also neglects the fact that no other trait is described that way.

A New Year's Lesson on Loving Ourselves from Child Heroes

John O'Leary | Posted 01.08.2016 | Good News
John O'Leary

Heroes aren't made in a mirror, they're made instead by allowing the inner beauty of their heart to reflect light to a world absolutely starved for it. Today, and as we move through this New Year, my challenge to us it to follow Alex's advice; to see ourselves as "just right." Let your inner beauty ignite hearts and reflect light into the world.

Know Before Who You Stand

Rabbi Will Berkovitz | Posted 09.22.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Will Berkovitz

In truth, this work is not limited to a few people who dedicate their lives to serving others. We all have the ability to pause and reflect on who is standing before us at any given moment. And at that moment we are given a choice. We can choose to turn toward them rather than away.

What We Can Learn From Embracing A "Label-Free" Mentality

Brianna Susnak | Posted 09.04.2016 | Entertainment
Brianna Susnak

On an even broader scale, looking at labels of sexuality is a great way to become increasingly aware of the countless other labels and stereotypes that surround us. It's important to constantly be conscious of the words we are using to identify others, and to ensure we are not using them in ways that negatively limit or categorize them.

Speak Up: Why I Refuse to Be Labeled as 'The Quiet Girl'

Adina Evans | Posted 08.31.2016 | Healthy Living
Adina Evans

I no longer think that what I have to say is unimportant and I no longer care if I think no one wants to hear it because frankly, I'm tired of being polite. So yes, I do have something to say so sit down and I refuse to wait any longer for someone to ask what I think.

How To Stop Letting Other People's Labels Define You

O, The Oprah Magazine | Ashley Sepanski | Posted 08.19.2015 | OWN

One day when my daughter Lizzy was just 3, she came to me crying after a spat with her sister. "Katie called me a stupidhead!" Lizzy said through sobs...

Reality Behind the Label

Kathy Nimmer | Posted 07.22.2016 | Education
Kathy Nimmer

I as guilty of stopping with surface identification as some people are when they just see my blindness and don't go beyond?

Caitlyn Jenner Is a Person -- Not a Label

Robert V. Taylor | Posted 06.08.2016 | Queer Voices
Robert V. Taylor

Caitlyn Jenner is more than a label in the culture wars; the complexity of her choice shines a light on the labels we affix to others and ourselves. Her choice would not be mine, but I celebrate and admire her. It is an invitation to live beyond the cheap grace of labeling others.

The Rickie Fowler Story: Do Not Let Other Peoples' Labels Define You

David Bradford | Posted 05.12.2016 | Sports
David Bradford

People will put labels on us: Overrated, underrated, too small, too old, can't win the big one, not fast enough, not smart enough, too inexperienced, etc. Most of the time, these labels are meant to demean us or put us down. But all that matters in life is how we react to those labels.

Rumer Willis, Autism, and "The Odd Way Home"

Pamela Glasner | Posted 05.08.2016 | Entertainment
Pamela Glasner

As happens so often in life, writer/director Rajeev Nirmalakhandan fell into creating a movie named The Odd Way Home quite by accident. A colleague who'd been engaged to produce a film on autism was unable, so she suggested it to him.

When the "G" Word Doesn't Work

Dennis Merritt Jones | Posted 05.06.2016 | Religion
Dennis Merritt Jones

Because they come from our heads (intellect) rather than our hearts, perhaps all words referring to God do nothing but get in the way, building a sense of separation from It. Perhaps Divinity lives so fully in our hearts as a feeling that the minute we name or label It something we automatically limit our experience of It by drawing boundaries around It.

Maria Bello: 'The Only Labels You Should Have Are The Ones You Give Yourself'

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Actress Maria Bello is all about her "whatever" label, which she coined in a 2013 New York Times article where she came out as a "modern family" along...

How Bruce Jenner's Story Allowed Me to Finally See My Own

Dori Hartley | Posted 06.27.2015 | Impact
Dori Hartley

After seeing Bruce Jenner's outstanding interview last night with Diane Sawyer, I felt so tightly locked on to some of the things he said that I couldn't shake the feeling of pure truth in his words. I related to that truth in my own life's experience.

Maria Bello's Whatever... Love Is Love Lives in the Question

Annie L. Scholl | Posted 06.27.2015 | Books
Annie L. Scholl

She kept them under her bed -- a hundred or more journals she had filled since her childhood in Philadelphia. In 2013, while recovering from parasites she had picked up while doing humanitarian work in Haiti, actress Maria Bello started reading her journals.

I'm Married To A Man. Does That Mean I'm Not Bisexual Anymore?

YourTango | Posted 06.27.2015 | Women

While society is quick to label us in nearly every way, the way we label ourselves is much more telling.

Fashion Revolution Day: A Day to Ask #WhoMadeMyClothes?

Lee-Sean Huang | Posted 06.22.2015 | Style
Lee-Sean Huang

April 23 is Fashion Revolution Day -- an opportunity for us to reflect on the welfare of the workers who make the clothes we all wear.