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Meet The Man Who Used To Try To "Cure" Gay People

In 2013, Alan Chambers closed the world's largest organisation devoted to turning LGBT people straight. But what happened next? And has Chambers really changed? BuzzFeed News finds out.<p>Two years ago, Alan Chambers took a sledgehammer to the gay "cure" movement. On 19 June 2013, at the 38th annual …

A Point of View: Is it ever right to try to create a superior human being?

<b>People have long dreamed of improving humanity through science, but what results might no longer be human, argues the philosopher John Gray.</b><p>More than 70 years ago, the Oxford linguist, writer of fantasy fiction and theologian CS Lewis wrote:<p><i>Man's conquest of nature, if the dreams of some scientific</i> …

Writers Choose Their Favorite Words

Last week, in a choice instance of logophile clickbait, the <i>Guardian</i> asked a handful of well-known writers to give a few words on their favorite words. The result was a little like asking a bunch of chefs to describe their preferred knives, or inviting a group of carpenters to talk about the merits …

Translation from one language to another is an act of shared humanity

I like the play of language. When I lived in China years ago, I learned enough Mandarin to travel alone, to buy train tickets, to get directions and to enjoy simple conversations with people who invariably asked where I was from, what I was doing in China and didn’t I miss my mother.<p>Small talk in …

Are plants intelligent? New book says yes

A new book, Brilliant Green, argues that not only are plants intelligent and sentient, but that we should consider their rights, especially in the midst of the Sixth Mass Extinction<p>Plants are intelligent. Plants deserve rights. Plants are like the Internet – or more accurately the Internet is like …

Find Out What Colors Sound Like Through One Man’s Incredibly Rare Condition

The only time you’ve probably thought about the idea of “hearing colors” is when some medical expert talks about synesthesia or your friend regales you with their magical adventures on psychedelics. But one man’s story of his incredibly rare condition will open your eyes and ears to a new way of …

Sex, divorce and infidelity: Meet the Muslim women bloggers tackling taboos

A new wave of Muslim female bloggers is tackling issues traditionally considered taboo by their communities, and trying to shatter stereotypes around their culture. Alia Waheed speaks to some of them<p>At a time when the lens of the media is trained on the Muslim community like never before and it …

I read books by only minority authors for a year. It showed me just how white our reading world is.

By Sunili Govinnage<p>In 2014, I decided that for the entire year, I would not read books written by white authors. My goal was to address the reading practices I developed growing up in Australia, where white authors have dominated the literary world. My high school reading list was filled with the …

Long-term study shows why bullying is a public health problem

Bullying may be responsible for nearly 30% of cases of depression among adults, a new study suggests.<p>By tracking 2,668 people from early childhood through adulthood, researchers found that 13-year-olds who were frequent targets of bullies were three times more likely than their non-victimized peers …

Public Health

New Evidence May Solve Mystery of America's Huge Ancient City

Mississippi floods shaped the rise and fall of the prehistoric metropolis known as Cahokia.<p>Researchers have long debated the reasons behind the rapid rise and swift disappearance of Cahokia, a sprawling, ancient city-state near the modern city of St. Louis. Now an analysis of sediment cores reveals …

Miss Ana - Photographs and text by Tiago Coelho | LensCulture

Miss Ana was my nanny, having arrived at my house when I was 6 years old. She came from the north (Pará) to the south (Rio Grande do Sul) of Brazil as a 17-year-old seeking better living conditions. She could not read or write when she left the north, and eventually she lost touch with her …

Infliction - Photographs and text by Heiko Tiemann | LensCulture

<i>Infliction</i> is as an ongoing project that began in a school for children with different degrees of learning difficulties, Asperger syndrome, autism and trauma in Duisburg, Germany.<p>Located in an area effected by a variety of social problems, the school is a place where such problems resurface quite …

Afghan Rapper Escaped Teen Marriage by Singing About It

Afghan rapper Sonita Alizadeh narrowly escaped a forced marriage at 14 by writing the song “Brides for Sale.” She recently visited West Oakland, …

Anxiety Disorder Depicted Through Self-Portraits

LSU photography student Katie Joy Crawford has personally struggled with general anxiety disorder for over a decade. For her senior thesis …

Less pay, more work, no pension: the 21st-century woman's lot laid bare

Women earn on average 24% less than men, work more hours and have less chance of receiving a pension in later life, according to UN Women’s flagship report, which calls for an overhaul of global economic policies to improve women’s lives.<p>The 2015 progress report, Transforming economies, realising …

Why It's So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism

<i>Dr. Robin DiAngelo explains why white people implode when talking about race.</i><p>I am white. I have spent years studying what it means to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless, yet is deeply divided by race. This is what I have learned: Any white person living in the United States will …

Race & Ethnicity

What It's Like Speaking A Different Language From Your Parents

My parents and I communicate in an incomplete mash-up of Bengali and English. I sometimes wonder what we are missing.<p>In Bengali – the first language of my parents – I cannot read, distinguish left or right, or describe different kinds of love. I cannot count above 10, recite the alphabet, or say my …

Terry Crews, the Feminist: “Millions Have Died Because of Male Pride”

DAME talks to the "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star about his evolution from professional football player to comic actor and activist.<p>Facebook Twitter Email …

Are you ‘over-connected’?

Wander the city in 2015 and all you’ll see is people staring at screens or talking on handsets. Is it changing who we are? Tom Chatfield weighs up the arguments.<p>A group of people wait by a monument, unaware of each other’s existence. A woman strides open-mouthed down a busy street, holding one hand …

A Hell Like No Other

Countless Yazidi women and girls have been abducted in recent months. Three survivors speak of the horror that haunts them still.<p>Tortured. …

Lynsey Addario: Photographing women and war in conflict zones

For war photographers, capturing images of combat can be a matter of life and death. Photojournalist Lynsey Addario has been covering conflict zones for 15 years, pushing her own limits to shed light on how others live. She has been everywhere from Darfur to Lebanon to Libya where she and three of …

Among LGBT Americans, bisexuals stand out when it comes to identity, acceptance

Over the past few years, much of the energy aimed at securing rights and benefits for LGBT adults has focused on same-sex marriage. But often absent …

LGBTQI

Jim Crow lynchings more widespread than first thought, report concludes

In 1919, a black soldier returned home to Blakely, Georgia, having survived the horrors of the first world war only to face the terrors of a white mob that awaited him in the Jim Crow-era south. When the soldier, William Little, refused to remove his army uniform, the savage mob exacted their …

5 Magazines For Book Lovers

Jenn de la Vega / February 4, 2015<p>Dearest Book Lover,<p>Isn’t it great to curl up with a good tome? These harsh winter months can be a great time to …

Girl soldiers face tougher battle on return to civilian life

Girl soldiers are often thought of only as "sex slaves", a term that glosses over the complex roles many play within armed groups and in some national armies. This thinking contributes to their subsequent invisibility in the demobilisation processes. In fact, girls are frequently the most …

There's a Push to Repeal Australia's Anti-Racism Law After the 'Charlie Hebdo' Attack

Australia's human rights commissioner has joined calls for a review of the country's laws against racial discrimination, arguing that the recent attack on the satirical French magazine <i>Charlie Hebdo</i> shows that people should have the right to use racist and offensive language.<p>Australia currently has …

‘Above the law’: Responding to domestic violence on Indian reservations

<b>STEPHEN FEE:</b><p>American Indian Lisa Brunner spent her childhood on and around the White Earth Indian reservation — a huge tract of land in northern …

Domestic Violence

How to Tell a Great Story

We tell stories to our coworkers and peers all the time — to persuade someone to support our project, to explain to an employee how he might improve, or to inspire a team that is facing challenges. It’s an essential skill, but what makes a compelling story in a business context? And how can you …