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The Life and Death of Coming Out Trans

Stephanie Mott | Posted 10.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

Sometimes I am asked if it frightens me to be open as a transgender woman. Yes, of course it does. But I will not hide. I am not ashamed of who I am.

If You Want To Stop Violence Against People, Stop Violence Against Animals

The Huffington Post | Lynne Peeples | Posted 10.08.2015 | Politics

Denise asked the animal service officers if she could look in the green bag. They told her she really didn't want to do that. In the bag were the rema...

I've Interviewed Hundreds of 'Dropouts.' Most Are Heartbreaking. This One Is a Real Success Story.

America's Promise Alliance | Posted 10.07.2015 | Education
America's Promise Alliance

Arlene was lucky enough to have a supportive family and to find a perfect stranger who asked her why she was crying in front of a school that wouldn't let her back in, who showed her how to take online classes and get the credits she needed to graduate.

America is not Safe

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 10.07.2015 | Crime
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

I have waited to write anything as I have watched the developments in the story of the horrific shooting in Oregon because I had to think. I had to think, to wonder, what is going on in America, and what I came up with is that America is not safe anymore.

Why We Should All Prefer a Polished Man

Alessandro Demaio | Posted 10.07.2015 | Impact
Alessandro Demaio

The Polished Man campaign reached an audience of 58 million in 2014. This year, the group is taking the campaign truly global, launching here in the USA with all local funds raised going to the New York Center for Children.

Going to Class Should Not Be an Act of Bravery

Tamar Abrams | Posted 10.05.2015 | Parents
Tamar Abrams

Throughout the lives of our children, we have to caution them against real threats in the hope that we can keep them safe. As my daughter nears her 23rd birthday and graduation from college, I had begun to cut back on the warnings. But now the warnings are coming in fast and loud, and not from me.

From Warzone to U.S. Campuses: Stories of Syrian Professors Making Impact

Jim Luce | Posted 10.05.2015 | Impact
Jim Luce

By getting to know Dr. Hasan and his wife, Mitzi has become an outspoken advocate on behalf of refugees fleeing violence in the Mideast and North Africa. The scope of this human crisis is overwhelming, simply unfathomable.

A Dad's Reply to the "Guns Don't Kill People" Lie

David Valdes Greenwood | Posted 10.02.2015 | Parents
David Valdes Greenwood

If you've been entrusted with raising children in a society that is measurably not as safe as it should be, why wouldn't you want to seek ways to make it a better place? I'm not telling my child, the most precious gem of my universe, that there is nothing to be done and that I won't even try. You shouldn't either.

Our Country Has Forgotten the Value of a Life

Michael Shammas | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

Maybe for a time before dying, a very small time, Bryce Williams's swirling anger, Chris Harper Mercer's swirling anger, stopped swirling. Perhaps, at long last, they felt sated. How relatively pitiful the causes of their anger; how incomparably grievous the consequences.

Porn, Sexting, Violence: Police Officer Christy Girard Talks Cybercrime

Katherine Du | Posted 10.02.2015 | Crime
Katherine Du

Cyberbullying and other risky behaviors associated with social media are increasing because children are receiving phones at younger and younger ages.

Profile of Oregon Shooter Offers Breakthrough In Useless Mass Shooter Profiles

Spencer Green | Posted 10.02.2015 | Comedy
Spencer Green

A profile is rapidly developing of the gunman who opened fire at Oregon's Umpqua Community College, which reveals pretty much the same information as every other useless mass shooter profile of the past ten years.

Asylum: What You Should Know Before Applying

Umar Akbar Ahmed | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics
Umar Akbar Ahmed

The United States offers protections to individuals who have suffered persecution, or fear that they will suffer persecution, due to their race, religion, national origin, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group.

Injuries and Violence: Human, Economic Toll Too High

Debra Houry, MD, MPH | Posted 09.30.2015 | Impact
Debra Houry, MD, MPH

If you were standing beside me during just one of my ER shifts, you would see--up close and personal--how injuries and violence damage mothers, father...

The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy's Journey into Manhood (Excerpt #1)

Kevin Powell | Posted 10.06.2015 | Books
Kevin Powell

Fists pounded my face from every angle. I am so stupid for coming out into this hallway, I thought. I should've known they'd be out here waiting for me. I wanted to scream, but I resolved to take the beating as punishment for my life.

Throw a Flag on 'Violent'

Alicia Bassuk | Posted 09.30.2015 | Sports
Alicia Bassuk

I am not naive enough to think that new words can be spoken like magical incantations to suddenly change the culture and mentality that has long defined the NFL. However, old words will certainly guarantee the status quo.

It's Time Victim Services Served Those Most Affected By Crime

Robert Rooks | Posted 09.28.2015 | Black Voices
Robert Rooks

I know first hand that victim services never reached the families of my friends who were killed by violence. That sad fact drives my work to change outcomes for other individuals and families affected by crime, not just as a better response to crime but also a strategy to prevent it.

Slaughter's 'PRETTY GIRLS' Requires a New Level of Praise

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 09.27.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

PRETTY GIRLS is one of the year's most fascinating stories, told with the creatively inventive touch of a true master of suspense. It is also a story that will stay with you for a long time after you have closed its pages.

Growing Epidemic...

Rickie R. Sumler | Posted 09.26.2015 | Black Voices
Rickie R. Sumler

"Step out of the car nice and slow" "Don't make any sudden moves" "Put your hands in the air" "Resist and you will loose"

My Son Has the Kind of Autism No One Talks About

Bonnie Zampino | Posted 09.28.2015 | Parents
Bonnie Zampino

Autism isn't all about the six-year-old who can play Piano Man better than Billy Joel. Autism can be hard. Autism can be sad. Autism can be messy. Autism can be violent. Autism can be isolating.

On Remakes, Violence and Obsession. Lessons Learned While Watching Cartoons With My Son

Aaron Todd | Posted 09.23.2015 | Parents
Aaron Todd

Recently my three-year-old son has somehow found himself becoming obsessed with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And when I say obsessed, I mean OBSESSED.

An Anemic Democracy?

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

How does the country change the narrative so that black people are not always receiving the "worst of the worst:" the worst schools, the worst jobs, the worst opportunities -- all a part of black life because of the color of their skin?

The First Day of School and Bullying

Christina Pacella | Posted 09.22.2015 | Impact
Christina Pacella

We talk about statistics and laws and punishments but we forget that as human beings we all have one thing in common: a heart. We need to open our hearts and feel.

The Transgenerational Transmission of Trauma: 'Tell Ray Ray ... Not Around Here Bruh.' Part I

Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D. | Posted 09.18.2015 | Black Voices
Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D.

The causes of violence are widely varied and deeply complex and the solutions will be just as complicated. However, I do not believe the disproportionate violence within African American communities is now or has ever been a coincidence.

How to Think About Modi's Visit to Silicon Valley

Priya Satia | Posted 09.18.2015 | Politics
Priya Satia

The Indian community of Silicon Valley is preparing to welcome Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with open arms next week, in a route stop that has outshined the PM's ultimate U.S. destination -- his meeting with President Obama.

The Post-Mortem on the APA's Dead-On-Arrival Policy Statement On Video Games

Christopher J. Ferguson | Posted 09.15.2015 | Science
Christopher J. Ferguson

ack in August the American Psychological Association (APA) released a new policy statement on video games in which they acknowledged video game violence can't be linked to violent crimes, but asserted that such games provoke milder acts of aggression.