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Obama defends decision to reduce Chelsea Manning's sentence

Saying that she had "served a tough prison sentence," President Obama on Wednesday defended his decision to reduce the sentence of Chelsea Manning, who had been sentenced to 35 years in prison for giving thousands of pages of classified information to WikiLeaks in 2010.<p>"The sentence she received …

Trump Administration

Six Things I Wish I Knew Before Coming Out

Coming out of the closet—that is, revealing your non-heterosexuality to others—can elicit a variety of reactions from great to horrible. Every time …

The Pressure to Come Out

A good friend of mine dated his now-ex-boyfriend, who is in his mid-30s, for almost three years before they broke up. Though like every couple they had some disagreements over the course of their relationship, one of the key things that drove them apart was my friend's ex-boyfriend's status as a …

LGBTQI

Gender is not just male or female. 12 people across the gender spectrum explain why.

"Our gender identities and the way we relate to gender is more of a constellation than an either-or."<p>By Updated

Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia ban at least 1 in 5 black citizens from voting

The criminal justice system will prevent more than 6.1 million people from voting in 2016.<p>In Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia, more than 20 percent of the voting-age black population will be legally banned from voting this November.<p>That estimate comes from a new report by the Sentencing …

Here's How Stop-and-Frisk Laws Got Their Start

During the taping of a Fox News town hall hosted by Sean Hannity on Wednesday, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said he is open to a …

Report: Lesbian, Gay and Bi Adults Have Higher Drug Abuse Rates

Lesbian, gay and bisexual adults are more likely than their straight counterparts to abuse substances and experience mental illness, according to a report from the Department of Health's Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).<p>Nearly 40 percent of those who identify as …

Mental Health

Attention, Advertisers: Lesbians Buy Stuff, Too

Stereotypes of lesbians as frumpy shut-ins who don't care about nightlife or fashion hurts media outlets aimed at queer women, which rely on ad revenue to survive.<p><b>When Sarah Warn</b> founded AfterEllen.com in 2002, there had never been a lesbian sex scene on broadcast television. The site’s namesake, …

Yes, You Can Be a Man or a Woman and Still Be Non-Binary

Ever wondered how someone can be a man or a woman AND non-binary? Riley J. Dennis has a great explanation.The post Yes, You Can Be a Man or a Woman …

The Problem With 'Manorexia' And Why We Need A Gender-Neutral Approach To Eating Disorders

While terms like "manorexia" have been tossed around to alert the public that eating disorders are not exclusive to women, such labels can be damaging.<p>In a HuffPost Live conversation on Tuesday, adult psychiatrist Dr. Ted Weltzin underscored the need to move away from these misleading, …

Mental Health

Why People Vote for Counterproductive Policies

Human beings are really good at picking out cause-and-effect relationships. But they’re bad at predicting future consequences.<p>Governing is often a cause-and-effect business. Give workers a tax break on retirement accounts? More people save for life after the working world. Offer a rebate for old …

Yes, We Should Believe Survivors: A Primer on the Neurobiology of Trauma

When this specific part of the brain is affected, trauma is likely to interfere with the localization of incoming information. A person’s …