The reality is that sex trafficking doesn’t just happen in faraway places. In fact, young people are sexually exploited — forced to perform sexual acts for money or other resources like food, shelter, or support — in every state in the U.S. This even includes sex trafficking of youth under the age of 18. The reality is, though, that we aren’t always quick to recognize it.
A few months ago, on a clear December day in Paris, France, Jes Baker was standing before a crowd as the city's guest of honor, wearing a shimmering gold dress and a beaming smile.
"La grossophobie, c'est ... bullshit," she told them. As a fat activist and prominent body image author, she doesn't mince words, even in front of an audience that included the deputy mayor of Paris: Fatphobia is bullshit.
Trans people face an extraordinary risk for suicide — but if they fear disclosing their mental health struggles, they are likely to suffer in silence. This puts their lives in danger.
“We have this tool that we were withholding from this vulnerable population,” he says. But harm reduction isn’t always the first line of defense when it comes to public health, especially for those who believe in a more punitive approach to substance abuse. Tookes knew that the idea of providing drug users with needles would be a tough sell, but he was determined.
As it turns out, this is a documented phenomenon — psychologist Shirley Vandersteen actually writes about the pleaser/controller relationship archetype at length. If you’re a people-pleaser like me, it might sound more than a little familiar. Reading this, I was pretty convinced that Vandersteen must’ve met all of the ex-boyfriends I’ve had since age fifteen. Yikes.
“It was on YouTube that I became an 'accidental activist,'” he said. “I found my people and I found a purpose on this incredible platform.”
If we want marginalized people to get a foot in the door, we have to open that door first. In the Bay Area especially, the tech industry has priced low-income residents out of the cities where they grew up, driving up the cost of living and increasing the wage gap. The irony here, then, is that the tech workforce hardly reflects the communities where they’re based.
I thought there was never a question of whether or not my loved ones could reach out to me. But the very person who I’d talked to so often about mental health… didn’t call me. Not even to say goodbye.
As the face of their neighborhood transforms, the cost of living is driven up, often causing longtime residents to lose their homes and, along with it, their connection to a place and its history. But does revitalizing a neighborhood have to mean erasing its history? In the Westside neighborhood of Covington, Kentucky, the answer is a resounding “no.”
The next time you go grocery shopping, throw about 40% of your food in the trash on your way out. If that sounds a little ridiculous, you're right — it is. But it also puts the issue of food waste into perspective.
For any progressive, Liberty Counsel’s track record is something out of a nightmare. If there ever exists an evangelical Christian with a persecution complex requiring legal backing, rest assured that Liberty Counsel will be there, briefcase in one hand and holy Bible in the other. The organization—which has been dubbed a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center—has kept its track record consistent with its legal filings against Gavin Grimm, a transgender teen from Virginia.
It was the summer of 2017 when a small community in Utah watched in horror as 11 people took their own lives in 11 days. One after the other, the state had been struck with a wave of LGBTQ suicides, shaking the queer and transgender community to its core.
"These are the kids who feel like God doesn’t love them, their parents won’t understand, their community won’t understand who they are," local Utah resident Stephanie Larsen explains.
ADHD, for me, has been a frantic, real life Tetris game. Desperately trying to get everything to fit together, watching your tasks stack up until it starts to feel out of control. Take your eyes off the prize for one minute, and suddenly, the whole thing comes undone...
My grandfather told me once that most people will live within 50 miles of where they were born. I imagine he saw it on the World News, maybe, which he watches religiously every evening. But it checks out: four in 10 Americans won’t even leave the place where they were born.
I was 22 years old when I made the decision to start my life over someplace else. I didn’t want to be one of the four who had never left.
There are lots of parents out there trying to be supportive, who just want the space to process their feelings about their trans children coming out without hurting anyone – but they aren’t sure where or how to do it...