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The Lesbian Chronicles 10: Unmasked

Katharine Angelina Love | Posted 02.11.2016 | Queer Voices
Katharine Angelina Love

How many people still wear the masks they put on in childhood, believing these masks will keep them safe from harm? I wore so many, for so long, that I almost believed that I was not wearing one at all; such was my self-deception.

The Dangers of Being Transgender -- The Attack On Jacie Leopold

Charlize Veritas | Posted 02.10.2016 | Queer Voices
Charlize Veritas

On the night of the company Christmas party, Jacie was struck in the face by a coworker who will remain unnamed at this time. She was knocked unconscious. To stop the violence we all have to stand up for people like Jacie and show the world that transgender people are just that -- people.

What's Communication Got to Do With... Lasting Love?

Mark Baer | Posted 02.10.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark Baer

Try and assess the ratio of positive to negative comments you make to each other. Chances are, you may need to make some adjustments in that regard, if you value your significant other and hope to celebrate many more love and romance-filled Valentine's Days together.

Angry Old Men -- Quo Vadis America?

Dr. Dr. phil. Immanuel Fruhmann | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics
Dr. Dr. phil. Immanuel Fruhmann

It is not the USA that is in decline, but it is their rule, and an America of the past, in which they were in charge.

The Hopeless State of Brazil

Gabriel Ruas Santos Rocha | Posted 02.01.2016 | World
Gabriel Ruas Santos Rocha

During a recent visit to Porto Alegre, my hometown in Brazil, I went to the supermarket for groceries. As my turn at the checkout approached my phon...

The Religious Sources of Christian Terrorism

Babak Rahimi | Posted 01.27.2016 | Religion
Babak Rahimi

Most analysts are hesitant to associate terrorism with Christianity, a world religion with the most followers in the world, and prefer to view such violence as a mere marginal features of the Christian world.

Tarantino and Iñárritu Recreate Wilderness Epic in 'The Hateful Eight' and 'The Revenant'

Jonah Raskin | Posted 01.25.2016 | Arts
Jonah Raskin

Tarantino and Iñárritu Recreate Wilderness Epic in The Hateful Eight and The Revenant.

Gloria Steinem Defines What Is Holding Feminism Back Today

Quora | Posted 01.22.2016 | Impact

Violence against females in all its forms -- domestic violence here, sexualized violence in war zones, sex trafficking, FGM, son preference and daughter deficit -- have added up to the fact that there are now fewer females on earth than males.


Jason Shulman | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Jason Shulman

Guns are quiet manipulators of what we see and believe as well. One thing their hidden prismatic activity does is accentuate the division of the world into victims and victimizers. This lens also accentuates a sense of innate fear of others as opposed to an innate sense of safety.

First We Weep and Then We Work

Rev. Victor H. Kazanjian, Jr. | Posted 01.20.2016 | Religion
Rev. Victor H. Kazanjian, Jr.

If we are dedicated to breaking this cycle of violence and reclaiming the power of love, first we weep. But our sadness leads not to paralysis but to a deeper commitment to confront this violence and work for peace in our communities, in our country and in our world.

Nearly 19,000 Civilians Were Killed In Iraq In Less Than 2 Years

AP | Eline Gordts | Posted 01.19.2016 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — At least 18,802 civilians were killed and another 36,245 were wounded in Iraq between the start of 2014 and Oct. 31 of last year...

Religion, Sport, and Othering

John W. Traphagan | Posted 01.15.2016 | Religion
John W. Traphagan

Why do we get so worked up about sports? I think the answer can be found in the human tendency toward building identities around and finding security within group membership, as well as the zeal with which we often engage in othering associated with the identities we construct for ourselves and ascribe to the members of different groups.

American Horror Story's Bloody Gay Mess

David Toussaint | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
David Toussaint

The creators behind American Horror Story: Hotel should go back and do their homework. Scratch that: They should be given an F and expelled from Scary School.

How One Man's Death Shows The Chasm Between Black And White Baltimore

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 01.07.2016 | Black Voices

On New Year's Day, Adam Marton, director of interactive design at The Baltimore Sun, published a heartbreaking infographic. It showed that o...

Tarantino's Eighth: "The Hateful Eight"

David Edmund Moody | Posted 01.04.2016 | Entertainment
David Edmund Moody

The Hateful Eight features ten characters interacting with one another, and the moral distinctions among them are not always sharply etched. This raises the question, which of the ten constitute the hateful eight?

Looking for Jesus in Tamir's Murder

Shea Watts | Posted 12.30.2015 | Religion
Shea Watts

We have all heard it: guns don't kill people, people kill people. Considering the swift, almost automatic decision to end Tamir Rice's life and the refusal to offer him medical attention, I agree. People do kill people, after all, especially black people

Should Santa Bring 'Call of Duty'?

Christopher J. Ferguson | Posted 12.23.2015 | Parents
Christopher J. Ferguson

With Christmas approaching, many parents are undoubtedly facing a familiar dilemma. Numerous adolescents will ask for the latest action oriented game in franchises such as Grand Theft Auto or Call of Duty or Assassin's Creed. Setting aside for a moment that many of these games, just like many movies, are made for and rated for adults, do these games actually harm minors? Are parents bad parents if they give in to their teens' Christmas requests?

The Cosby Phenomenon and What to Do About It

Christine M. Ristaino | Posted 12.22.2015 | Women
Christine M. Ristaino

With unacceptable numbers of rapes on college campuses, crimes on the rise, and the number of Cosby accusers at an all-time high, it's time our society finally take seriously accusations about rape and violence. For most victims of violence, coming out to society is painful and humiliating.

Why Black Folks Must See Chi-Raq, Even If You Think It May Be Wack

Patti R. Rose | Posted 12.22.2015 | Black Voices
Patti R. Rose

Spike Lee, we can't be mad at you, For using your creativity is what you do. My ire is directed more towards those, Who are angry that Chi-Raq is in couplets not prose

Waiting on the Commissary

Chandra Bozelko | Posted 12.21.2015 | Crime
Chandra Bozelko

Mississippi prisons are so rife with gang violence that a federal court ruled that it's cruel and unusual punishment just to have inmates reside in th...

Why Is Jessica Jones Important?

Kelley Calkins | Posted 12.21.2015 | Entertainment
Kelley Calkins

Lindsay Tessier was first. Her pitch about Marvel's Jessica Jones arrived three days after the series had gone live. Then came Charley Reid's. Next, L...

How to Stop ISIS: Understand the Secrets of Their Success

Omar Sarwar | Posted 12.21.2015 | Religion
Omar Sarwar

Day Donaldson via the Speaker - News Anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States is at an unprecedented level, fueled by mainstream media and GOP r...

The ISIS Question

Anna Peterson | Posted 12.21.2015 | Religion
Anna Peterson

Before the fall of the Berlin Wall, Marxists used the phrase "really existing socialism" to distinguish their ideals from abuses committed in the name...

Let There Be Light

Cynthia Kane | Posted 12.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Cynthia Kane

Winter 2015 is a season of gathering darkness in far more than the customary sense of shorter days. It is everywhere. Mass shootings in our places o...

Stealth Trans Houdini in the Men's Locker Room

Willy Wilkinson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Willy Wilkinson

It became a daily thought, to claim my body as male and to feel the liberation of congruence. I wondered what it could be like to have a body that would go unnoticed among men in the locker room; I fantasized about one day going for a swim without concern for my emotional and physical safety.