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Ivanka Trump set to get West Wing office as role expands

The first daughter will not, however, become a government employee, raising ethics questions.<p>Ivanka Trump, who moved to Washington saying she would play no formal role in her father’s administration, is now officially setting up shop in the White House.<p>The powerful first daughter has secured her …

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Transgender passengers uneasy about TSA shift on pat-downs

When the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced a recent shift toward a more aggressive and uniform policy on pat-downs at airport checkpoints, transgender people had special reason to be wary.<p>Transgender passengers have used social media to document humiliating and sometimes …

LGBTQI

Civilization VI Is Getting A New Spring Update With Two New Civilizations

Lots Of Content On The Way For Civilization VI Fans<p>Firaxis and 2K have announced that there is some interesting content on the way for Civilization …

Why Iran’s Mullahs Bless Sex Reassignment

Iran has the death penalty for homosexuality but subsidizes sex reassignment surgery. BuzzFeed News looks at how Iran became a center of sex reassignment in the Middle East, and why many trans Iranians still find life impossible in the Islamic republic.<p>DENIZLI, Turkey — Sorena sought out the mullah …

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Blood pressure meds could raise your depression risk

<b>(CNN) —</b> Some of the drugs most commonly used to treat people with high blood pressure could also be affecting their mood -- particularly their risk of depression -- according to a new new study.<p>Research published in the journal Hypertension found that people taking one of two classes of drugs, …

Depression

How An LGBT Panic Led This Village To Plan An Exorcism In Indonesia

Andi was a dancer from an Indonesian village who believed his gift came from the spirit of a princess living inside him — then a national panic over homosexuality turned his world upside down. J. Lester Feder reports from Central Java province.<p>TEGESWETAN, Indonesia — Local police dispatched …

LGBTQI

Things to Consider When Buying Dog Diapers

Things to Consider When Buying Dog Diapers<p>Updated on December 4, 2017<p>Dog Diapers at a Glance<p>Topics that will be covered:<p>The three main reasons why …

The Dalai Lama's Atlas of Emotions That Will Bring You Peace

August 10, 2016<p>Buddhism is an ancient tradition that has been carried out for millennia. It is more than religion, it is a life philosophy that has …

Emotions

These Homophobes Aren't Toasting Bud Light's Gay Marriage Ad

Bud Light recently premiered a new commercial in California and New York, featuring Amy Schumer and Seth Rogen toasting a same-sex wedding (see …

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The Louvre's closure proves art cannot survive climate change

The flooding in Paris is a stark warning of the danger posed by climate change to everything human civilisation has achieved – no matter how priceless<p>One of the oldest human illusions is that culture is a conquest of, or an escape from, nature. It is an illusion we need to abandon fast.<p>We might …

Art

Awake At The Bedside - Zen and the Art of Dying

The editors of <i>Awake at the Bedside: Contemplative Teachings on Palliative and End-of- Life Care</i> want to make one thing very clear: this book is not about dying, it's about life and what it can teach us, it's about caring and what giving care really means.<p>Equal parts instruction manual and …

How to Make Your Mind Happy: 5 Secrets to Mindfulness

Sometimes it seems like your brain just sits around creating lousy feelings and worries. You want this, you’re frustrated about that, you’re annoyed …

Living With Depression: A Reading List

The holiday season isn’t easy. Even the most well-adjusted person has to deal with stressful family members, strained finances, and travel logistics. …

Tales of Emasculated Gay Men

I'm always fascinated by how geography and chronology can affect a person's sense of self. In the United States, same-sex marriage has become the law of the land; the LGBT community is now a potent force in national politics, and many people who thought they had been handed a premature death …

Why Are Americans So Afraid?

When we look around at the news these days, it seems that a single emotion is driving a great deal of American life. That emotion is fear. Donald Trump and his followers seem terrified of all Muslims. Liberals are afraid of the far right wing; and the far right wing is afraid of liberals. Many are …

The Secret History of One Hundred Years of Solitude

A half-century ago, Gabriel García Márquez, after yet another visit to the pawnshop, sent his now signature novel to his publisher. As Solitude turns 50, Paul Elie interviews Gabo’s longtime agent—just weeks before her death, at 85—and discovers the events that led to a literary revelation.<p>The …

Literature

Daily Meditation: Releasing Anger

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be part of bringing spirituality alive in your life.<p>Today's post features a video from Buddhist nun Sister Chan Khong on managing and releasing anger. When …

Here's How Authorities In The Mid-20th Century Tried To Ruin Queer Lives

"I didn't know how intricate the plot against us was..."<p>Lillian Faderman, a scholar on queer issues, has been writing about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community for years. But in her newest book titled <i>The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle,</i> she dives deep into queer …

LGBTQI

The State of the Trans Community, Part 3 - the Houston Debacle and Its Significance

Let's be honest in our analysis of the Houston debacle. Many of us saw it coming, so it cannot be called a surprise. Texas might be part of the Confederacy, but Houston has elected a Democratic mayor the past forty years, and most recently thrice-elected a lesbian. The residents of Houston are not …

Mike Huckabee is bashing Obama for nominating an openly gay Army secretary

"It's clear President Obama is more interested in appeasing America's homosexuals than honoring America's heroes," said Huckabee.<p>He added that the rate of veteran suicides were "out of control" and that he thought military readiness was low, yet it is unclear how the sexual orientation of the …

Barbara Gittings: Gay Pioneer, by Tracy Baim, reviewed.

I was a teenager when I first met Barbara Gittings. Not yet 16 but already a precocious wannabe lesbian activist, I was coming of age in …

How Gay Marriage Is Like Legalizing Pot

Marijuana will be legal much sooner than people think.<p>I am working at updating my references to popular culture in an effort to minimize the number of blank stares I engender from audiences that include many people much younger than myself. This effort seems especially appropriate for the subject …

Same-sex Marriage

Sex Addict or Gay Man?

Over the past year, I had several conversations about sexual compulsivity. Collecting background information for Sexed, a novel about sex addiction, I learned that the problem, in various interpretations, is a serious concern for many gay men.<p>It doesn't help that the subject, which is …

This Catholic High School Is Standing Up To The Church

St. Mary's Academy in Portland has instituted a policy forbidding hiring discrimination based on sexual orientation.<p>A Catholic high school in Portland, Oregon, made history this week by instituting a policy that forbids employment discrimination against gays and lesbians.<p>St. Mary’s Academy adopted …

LGBTQI

Iraq: Isis Executes 9 'Gay' Men by Throwing Them off Tall Building in Mosul

The execution took place on Sunday.<p>The Islamic State once again executed civilians on charges of homosexuality, by throwing them off a tall building …

Soldiers Kicked Out Of The Military For Being Gay Deserve An Honorable Discharge -- Why Aren't They Getting It?

Now that gay people can serve openly in the US Military (and get legally married in all 50 states), the thousands of veterans who received …

Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Doesn't Seem to Get How the Constitution Works

Peter Hapak for TIME<p>Peter Hapak for TIME<p>Peter Hapak for TIME<p>Peter Hapak for TIME<p>Peter Hapak for TIME<p>Peter Hapak for TIME<p>Peter Hapak for TIME<p>Peter …

Gay Marriage Is Legal, but We’re Still Not Equal

Sure, marriage is a right in the U.S. But when LGBT couples are denied services related to weddings, that isn’t equality.<p>If someone told me 10 years …

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