Following widespread allegations of wrongdoing in both the Beijing and Sochi Olympics, human rights protections will be added to the contracts signed by future Olympic host cities. The International Olympic Committee’s president presented this change to Human Rights Watch at an October 21 meeting.
The festival of lights, or Diwali, is one of the most celebrated festivals in India. This year India has made some great advances in terms of transgender rights, so why not celebrate. Continue reading
If you’re bi you’re most likely well aware of all the trouble that comes with bisexuality and the common myths around it. Part of the reason for the latter is that research into bisexuality is beset by problems: unexamined assumptions, scientific incompetence, the politicization of sexual identity, you name it. The Nerve recounts a history of dud studies.
American artist Paul McCarthy has erected his latest Christmas themed work, “Tree”, and depending how you feel about the 80-foot-tall work and what it symbolizes (using your imagination), it’s not just a Christmas tree, sitting there plugging up Paris’s Place Vendome for the FICA Contemporary Art Fair. Continue reading
I have to say, it’s been quite a week. We’ve had “National Coming Out Day”, and”Spirit Day”, plus being October, it’s still National Bullying Prevention Month and LGBT History Month. We’ve had a major religion still arguing about how to even talk about “them persons”, and plus another state has it’s same-sex marriage ban overturned. Yet, deep inside, all I can think about, is how all these, lead to and have grown from one thing…being Out. Continue reading
Another victory for love! If you haven’t heard a federal judge declared that Arizona’s ban on same sex marriage unconstitutional.
Earlier this week, our fellow blogger Jim Reeves, brought to our attention, of what was going on during the Synod at the Vatican, of which we know from previous experience, the dialog can get pretty heated, confusing, and rarely delivers on what makes sense and sounds good from their original intent. So to give you a water downed update on how that dialog is going, here’s what the Associated Press is reporting today….. Continue reading
Alan Turing was a wartime codebreaker during World War II. He developed a code breaking machine called Bombe. After the war, Turing worked at the National Physical Laboratory designing the first stored program computer called ACE. Some say he is the father of artificial intelligence.
Becoming Teacher of the Year would be an incredible honor for any teacher, a high point in a career that is underpaid, highly demanding of time and energy, and under-appreciated. Teaching is not a field where there is normally the expectation that they will climb the corporate ladder, eventually becoming their own version of successful. People go into teaching to help kids and improve the world by educating and helping kids grow and achieve. So when someone gets an honor like Teacher of the Year, it is likely to be an unexpected recognition for a job well done and not something they became a teacher to achieve. Continue reading
Recently, there has been a lot of conversation about coming out, and for me, a lot of it stems from National Coming Out Day, which seems to inspire people to share what it was like, what happened, and what it’s like now. To talk more about it, I ran across a powerful letter, from a son to his ex-marine father, who for some, reading it might even bring a tear to the eye. Continue reading