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Target and 70 More Companies Taking a Stand for Inclusive Transgender Rights

Last week, Target announced an inclusive policy for its restrooms and changing rooms affirming that customers who are transgender can choose those of the gender with which they identify. The statement kicked off a firestorm of ridiculous controversy, but Target isn't the only company to support an …

The answer to treating drug and alcohol addiction may be far simpler than you think

The answer is far simpler than you might think, at least according to neuroscience journalist and author Maia Szalavitz, whose new book, "Unbroken Brain," throws water on most of the modern assumptions that plague our understanding of drug and alcohol addiction.<p>Addiction, she writes, is not a …

Why hotels avoid Room 420

To the uninitiated, 420 (or 4:20 or 4/20) is a number with a strong association with cannabis (see the bottom of this page for why), hence April 20, or 4/20 in American date-keeping, has become a day for smoking and celebrating weed.<p>But it’s not just the date which brings the stoners out around the …

Delving into the bipolar brain - Scope

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly 6 million American adults have bipolar disorder, a psychiatric illness marked by …

How has loneliness affected your health? Share your story

It’s well known that loneliness can greatly affect your mind, but did you know how much it affects your body too?<p>Loneliness has been linked to everything from a compromised immune system to premature death, and a new study has now found links to an increase in heart disease and stroke …

Immune System

What does depression feel like? Trust me – you really don’t want to know

Darker than grief, an implosion of the self, a sheet of ice: no matter how you describe it, this is a terrifying state to be trapped in<p>This is Depression Awareness Week, so it must be hoped that during this seven-day period more people will become more aware of a condition that a minority …

Mental Health

The Stigma of Being Black and Mentally Ill

How racism is preventing me from getting the help I need.<p>I'm a 29-year-old well-educated African-American woman stuck in a depressive spiral. The challenges of paying for care–while anticipating racism and stigma– make finding someone to help me manage my mental health issues daunting at best, and …

Retiring in Mexico: More Affordable Than Ever

If you've been to Mexico, it probably was to visit some of the country's beautiful beaches.<p>Puerto Vallarta, Mexico<p>But there's much more to Mexico than beaches. It's one of the biggest and most culturally and geographically diverse countries in the world... and it's right on your doorstep.<p>And today, …

Mexico

Forget mindfulness, stop trying to find yourself and start faking it

People are often surprised to learn that Confucius, Mencius, Laozi and other classical Chinese philosophers weren’t rigid traditionalists who taught that our highest good comes from confining ourselves to social roles. Nor were they placid wise men preaching harmonious coexistence with the natural …

Taoism

Ignorance, racism and rage: The GOP’s transformation to the party of stupid started long before Donald Trump

Shift from conscience-driven party of Lincoln to anger-driven party of Trump/Cruz has been 50 years in the making<p>The top leadership of the Republican Party expresses horror at the popularity of Donald Trump as though his positions and values are somehow alien from their own. This is disingenuous. …

If You Want to Lose Weight, Quit the Gym

Healthy living doesn’t start with Crossfit. It starts in the kitchen.<p>Have you heard the adage “you can’t out-exercise a bad diet”?<p>What you eat …

Earth - What is the real reason we sleep?

There are a few things we literally cannot live without. Oxygen is one. Another is food and water. And then there is sleep: forcibly keep an animal awake for long enough and you will kill it. The same almost certainly applies to humans.<p>This fact alone tells us that sleep must be doing something …

These workout shorts made me feel like I was running underwater

It's been almost two days since I worked out while wearing Physiclo's new resistance shorts, and my legs are still sore. It's not like I worked out all that hard either. Physiclo co-founder and COO) Keeth Smart guided me through a series of exercises including jumping jacks, squats, knee raises and …

The 'Criminal' Black Lesbian: Where Does This Damaging Stereotype Come From?

Since the Black Lives Matter movement gained national attention in 2013, organizers have pushed to prioritize voices of black queer and transgender women. Two of the three founders identify as queer, and along with drawing attention to numerous brutal murders of transgender women of color, they …

The 5 Best Ways to Lose Belly Fat

<i>By K. Aleisha Fetters for GQ.</i><p>(Getty Images)<p>Repeat after me: "crunches do not burn belly fat."<p>And it's not just crunches. Neither will planks, leg throws, nor the yoga boat pose.<p>"These exercises can strengthen your abs muscles, but those muscles will still be hidden under a cover of chub," says …

Americans are cheap, Mexicans fly in style and other results from Expedia’s passenger survey

Imagine this scenario: An American and a Singaporean are flying together on a cross-country trip. An aisle seat upgrade becomes available, for a fee. Which passenger will open her wallet first?<p>If you picked the Singapore traveler, you know your Passenger Preferences Index. In the recent survey by …

Women are going to lose out the most when robots take over the world's workforce

Yes — you read that correctly.<p>The World Economic Forum warned in a startling new "The Future of Jobs" report, ahead of its highly-anticipated annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, this week, that when robots, artificial intelligence, and automation push 7.1 million people out of a job through …

These Airlines Have the Lowest Safety Ratings

When thinking about the range of qualities we look for in an airline, the ability to deliver us to our destination alive is at the top of the list …

This Abandoned Waterpark In Vietnam Is Not For The Faint Of Heart

*Shudders*<p>You won't see the Ho Thuy Tien waterpark on a tourists' guide to Vietnam. You won't see it labeled on a map. And if you ask a local to show you the way, there's a good chance they'll have no idea what you're talking about.<p>It takes a motorbike and some SERIOUS guts to explore this …

You’ll never drink again: Sex, race, science and the real story of Prohibition

The war on alcohol was waged disproportionately in black communities — and provided the start of the penal state<p>Between 1880 and 1920 over twenty million men and women immigrated to the United States, drawn by the voracious appetite of manufacturers large and small for their labor. The largest …

When Florida Men Overcame Our Racists

Times may seem tough for race relations. But the dream of racial equality has always survived, even when and where it came at a terrible …

This guy used a frequent-flyer trick to take a $10,000 first-class flight for just $130 — here's what it was like

This time, Huang cashed in 67,500 American Airlines miles for a one-way ticket from Chicago to Hong Kong. The first-class ticket on Hong Kong's iconic airline, Cathay Pacific, normally goes for $10,000, but Huang paid just $130 — including a $75 late booking fee. And he took plenty of pictures.<p>The …

The New York subway system runs on 100-year-old technology

But every day, hundreds of trains run through the largest subway network in the world on century-old technology. When things go wrong — as they have been doing more and more often— the delays pile up.<p>Let us not forget that we're heading into one of the most challenging times of year for the NYC …

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 …

9 Inspirational Gay, Bisexual And Transgender Men Who Are Redefining Masculinity In 2015

Around the world, gay, bisexual and transgender men are redefining what it means to be a successful man in 2015.<p>As part of HuffPost UK's Building …

Neuroscientist And Former Addict Explains What We Get Wrong About Addiction

He says addiction is "not a disease" -- and recognizing that may be the first step to better treating it.<p>The prevailing view that addiction is a disease, just like depression or diabetes, is wrong, according to a leading neuroscientist.<p>Marc Lewis, the author of <i>Memoirs of an Addicted Brain</i> and <i>The</i> …

Why Richard Gere’s “homeless” photo went viral: It’s more common — and closer to home — than we like to think

A photo of Gere, who went unrecognized in NYC while in character as a homeless man, was liked 1.55 million times<p>A photograph of actor Richard Gere, homeless man, has gone viral. He’s not actually homeless: he was in character for a recently-released film called "Time out of Mind". In it, Gere plays …

Queer Spy at the Anti-Gay Conference

As the World Congress of Families, an international extremist group, meets in Salt Lake City, The Daily Beast goes undercover to peel back the …

Anxious people have one big thing in common when it comes to an important social skill

People are pretty good at judging whether a crowd is friendly, but anxious people may be worse at this task, a new study finds.<p>The research, which was presented Monday at a meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, could point toward a better way to diagnose anxiety and other mental-health …

See How Religious Homophobia Promotes Child Abuse

I have often wished that religious leaders who promote the belief that homosexuality is a sin could spend a day at the Ali Forney Center, the nation's largest organization providing housing and care to homeless LGBT youths. Meeting our youths, looking into their hurt eyes, hearing how their young …