Body Image – Advertising and Magazines In addition to the content, images of women’s – and, increasingly, men’s – bodies in magazines also send messages. There has been a progression towards thinner and thinner models in ads and magazines: twenty years ago, the average model weighed 8 per cent less than the average woman – but today’s models weigh 23 per cent less.  Even these dangerously underweight models are often not seen as being thin enough by editors, who employ Photoshop and other image manipulation tools to create women who are literally “too thin to be true” – as well as to alter photos of celebrities so they meet this standard. Why is there such pressure to make models increasingly thinner, to the point of erasing whole body parts? In recent years there have been some efforts in the magazine industry to buck the trend.  Magazine Publishers of America, Market Profile: Teenagers!
Freedom to Marry | Support Freedom to Marry Together, We Can Win Marriage Nationwide 2013 is a crucial year for Freedom to Marry. Building on the momentum from our state victories and the Supreme Court wins, we are moving forward on many fronts to win marriage in more states, grow the majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. Also, please consider Freedom to Marry's other donation options: Make a recurring donation that is billed automatically every monthMake a donation in honor of a couple getting married using Freedom to Marry's Wedding RegistryMake a donation to our 501(c)3, Freedom to Marry, Inc.Join the Engagement Ring, Freedom to Marry's major donor circle.
Preventing Suicide Learn the signs, the facts, and how you can help prevent suicide. Each one of us can play a vital role in ensuring that all young people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, are provided with safe, accepting and supportive environments at home, at school and in their communities. As a parent or educator, you can be a lifeguard for your children or students by understanding the warning signs and risk factors of suicide and letting the youth in your life know that support is always available if they need it. The Warning Signs The Risk Factors Facts About Suicide How You Can Help Reporting About Suicide Talking about Suicide and LGBTQ Populations
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Suicide Prevention Crisis Hotline An Ethical Guide To Consuming Content Created By Awful People Like Orson Scott Card By Alyssa Rosenberg "An Ethical Guide To Consuming Content Created By Awful People Like Orson Scott Card" I’ve been thinking a lot over the past couple of days about how to approach Ender’s Game, Summit Entertainment’s forthcoming adaptation of the beloved science fiction novel by Orson Scott Card about children who are trained to fight off an alien invasion at an elite military academy to which they’re removed early in their childhood. I think I’m not alone in finding Ender’s Game to be a foundational text—Valentine Wiggin, the older sister of the main character, who becomes a sort of proto-blogger, is one of the reasons I’ve ended up doing what I’m doing. And at the same time, I find the political views that Card holds abhorrent: he’s a member of the board of the National Organization for Marriage, and has publicly committed to fighting back against a government that, to his interpretation, would change the established definition of marriage. 2. 3. 4.
Azerbaijan Gay Activist Commits Suicide Isa Shakhmarli killed himself this week, apparently by hanging with a rainbow flag. Mourners at the grave of Azerbaijan gay activist Isa Shakhmarli A gay rights activist in the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan was found dead this week, an apparent suicide by hanging, using a rainbow flag. Isa Shakhmarli, 20, chairman of Azerbaijan Free LGBT, was found dead Wednesday in his apartment in the city of Baku, reports Agence France-Presse. A video recorded at the scene showed a torn rainbow flag hanging from the ceiling as emergency medical personnel tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate Shakhmarli, according to AFP. Homosexuality remains stigmatized in the largely Muslim nation of Azerbaijan, as in many former Soviet republics, even though it has been decriminalized. Watch a video of Shakhmarli’s friends mourning him below, via Radio Free Europe.
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Don't Boycott: Ban Russia From Their Own Winter Olympics | Cyd Zeigler Over the last two weeks there has been a lot of debate about taking Olympic action against Russia for the country's anti-gay laws. Some say athletes should march into the Opening Ceremony holding rainbow flags, but that would likely result in disqualifications for said athletes, based on the Olympic Charter (rule 50, if you're looking). Others are putting together letters of petition asking the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to take a stand against the Russian laws, but a simple public statement by the IOC would get folded up and used as a coaster in the Kremlin. Many have called for a boycott of the Olympics by countries like the U.S., but boycotts don't directly hit the Russians. To make a real statement, to send a message to the Russians that these laws cannot stand, the IOC has to go a step further. Why debate the exclusion of American, Canadian, British and other athletes when it's Russia that's in violation here? There's growing support within the IOC for doing something.
11-Yr-Old Bullied Brony Fighting For Life After Suicide Attempt Eleven-year-old Michael Morones is a passionate boy. He idolizes his Uncle Jimmy, who is a proud member of the Bronies. The term Brony is a portmanteau that refers to fanboys of My Little Pony (“bro ponies”), although girls can be Bronies too. Michael’s favorite character is Pinkie Pie, a hyper excitable pony. The little boy, who has ADHD and rarely sits still for a minute, feels a connection to bouncy Pinkie Pie. His Uncle Jimmy taught him to be proud of his interests, and the boy has frequently worn Brony dogtags and Brony bracelets to school. A group of his peers at school have been taunting and bullying the boy about his fandom. Nobody stood up for Michael, but he seemed to be doing okay. In addition to his religion and his love of My Little Pony, Michael has other keen interests. “But now,” Suttle said quietly, “I wonder about why he wanted to come home instead of being with the other kids. On Thursday, January 23, Michael had another rough day at school.
Fenway Health | National LGBT Health Education Center Stunning Photos of LGBT Couples Shows What True Love Looks Like Around the World While the candy hearts and stuffed teddy bears have likely already fallen victim to the inevitable post-Valentine's Day purge, this stunning photo series by photographer Braden Summers reminds us of the power true love still holds in our imagination. Summers' "All Love is Equal" project depicts same-sex romances around the world, from Lebanon to the U.S. An artist inspired by the beauty around him, Summers told PolicyMic he was inspired to create the series after noticing the lack of same-sex representation in most romantic imagery. This, he said, is his attempt to illustrate his vision of a same-sex fairytale on par with the stream of commercially-produced heterosexual imagery that bombards consumers everyday. "There clearly isn't a plethora of romantic images idealizing same-gender loving couples, so [I thought] why don't I start a conversation for why that is by creating the work myself?" The globe-trotting nature of the piece was a gradual process that unfolded over time.
Gay People In Homophobic Regions Die Younger Than Those In Accepting Communities: Study Researchers of what's been deemed as "the first study to look at the consequences of anti-gay prejudice for mortality" have discovered that lesbian, gay and bisexual people living in less open-minded communities have a shorter life expectancy. The Columbia University study, which was published online in the Social Science & Medicine journal, found that lesbian, gay and bisexual people in communities with high levels of anti-gay prejudice lived an average of 12 years less than their counterparts in more accepting environments. He added, "In fact, our results for prejudice were comparable to life expectancy differences that have been observed between individuals with and without a high school education." The survey examined data over a decade-long period, from 1988 to 2008. As The Advocate and other publications have pointed out, many of the deaths in the survey were attributed to suicide and cardiovascular diseases in the high-prejudice communities.
Issues :: Domestic Violence The following questions will not absolutely determine whether or not your relationship is abusive, but if you answer in the affirmative to one or more of them, you should at least consider the possibility of abuse: When you’re with your partner, do you feel as though: You have to watch what you say or do? Sometimes you're just not safe? Things are either really great, or there's a lot of trouble-but it's never just OK? Has your partner ever: Told you who you could see or where you could go? Has he or she ever: Threatened you physically? If you think you are being abused please refer to the list of NCAVP member agencies to find help. Domestic violence (also called intimate partner violence/abuse) is defined as a pattern of behaviors utilized by one partner (the abuser or batterer) to exert and maintain control over another person (the survivor or victim) where there exists an intimate, loving and dependent relationship. Verbal abuse including name calling 1.