As long as this statistic is being touted as a scientifically proven fact, we have a problem. It is daily espousing a condescending correlation between lesbian identity and unhealthy weight. This notion is and will continue to affect the physical and emotional well-being of many a queer girl, both young and old.
No one will ever be one hundred percent of what you want them to be or idolize them to be. An actor or actress is just one small part of a show, and their lives outside of that show exist in whatever way they chose to live. If you don't agree with what they are doing, how they act, or how they live that life, it's time to start questioning why you follow or idolize them.
Maybe puberty only happens once physiologically, and maybe no matter how hard I try I can't make lyrics from Dashboard Confessional or The Spill Canvas resonate the way they did in 2006, but I do know that I am starting to see what it means to be a person of faith who takes ownership of what they believe.
A decade-long public health partnership between the U.S. and African countries should have clarified, by words, actions and example, that human rights are critical to success in stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS throughout the world, particularly in those countries hardest hit by the epidemic. Any new public health partnerships must make this a priority.
Even though Maura is running in a state where the rights of women and the rights of the LGBT community have seen such great strides, she knows there is still work to do. And rights to protect -- Maura's proven herself; she will safeguard these hard-won protections and will remain vigilant as Massachusetts moves forward and faces new challenges.