School Segregation

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Public schools in the US are increasingly divided by race and class. John Oliver discusses the troubling trend towards school resegregation.

Try this link if the video is not available in your country

One Boy against the Hate

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A photograph has gone viral of a 12-year-old boy standing up to a protest march by thousands of anti-LGBT protesters. The boy made his stand in the middle of the empty street in front of the 11,000 people marching on Saturday in Celaya in the Mexican state of Guanajuato.

The protesters were voicing their opposition to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s plan to legalise same-sex marriage across the country.

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Journalist Manuel Rodriguez, who took the image, later spoke to the boy to find out why he took such bold action. According to Regeneracion, the boy said: “I have an uncle that is gay, and I don’t like people hating him.”

The photograph has been compared with the ‘Tank man’ image of a young Chinese student standing in front of a line of tanks in Tiannanmen Square in 1989.

Currently, same-sex marriage is legal in the capital Mexico City and nine of the 31 Mexican states. Despite the protests led by the likes of Frente Nacional por la Familia (National Front for the Family), President Nieto has continued to back same-sex marriage.

Sleep Naked!

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Why? Oh, there’s so many reasons… Sleeping naked keeps your body cooler than sleeping in clothes, obviously, but it’s that slight temperature difference that can lead to deeper, more restful, and uninterrupted sleep.

It’s not the only benefit to sleeping naked though. Sleeping naked can be especially good for reproductive health as well, it can minimise the chance of infections, it helps  with keeping the testicles cool and avoid low sperm count.

Of course, sleeping naked has other benefits, especially if you have a partner, as skin-to-skin contact is not only therapeutic, but a great form of medicine for both your mind and your body. Touching helps you build a stronger emotional bond with your partner, and kicks off the release of oxytocin in your brain, which helps regulate mood. The video below goes into a little more detail about each of these.

Peanut Butter, Jelly & Pee

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Some things seem terribly simple to most, yet cause a debate of epic proportions because a few very confused/angry fellas just don’t get it. Transgender folks wanting to use the bathroom fitting their gender is one of these things.

Magician Justin Willman breaks the whole thing down for these outraged defenders of the holy kingdom of pee with some peanut butter and jelly…

Raising Zay

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Zay Crawford felt trapped in a boy’s body at a young age. With puberty fast approaching, she got an implant that suppressed the puberty process. This is the story of one family’s journey to acceptance and understanding of their 12 year-old daughter.

Dear US lawmakers, you are the Weirdos here

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It seems like a simple concept: People go into a public bathroom, do their business and get out. The End. No one is seeing anyone naked, no one shares any toilet seat with anyone. At most you’ll wash your hands next to someone else.  And that’s just the few people who even wash their hands…

But in the spirit of the good, old American tradition of blowing everything completely out of proportion some US states decided that transgender people using the bathroom of their choice is the new battleground on which we’ll decide the fate of society.

And this isn’t about keeping women & kids safe from rapists, it’s about social reinforcement of gender conformity through discrimination. And it doesn’t need self-righteous white dudes like this asshole doing “social experiments” to prove that this discrimination is real by the way.

So that’s where heading: Lawmakers telling us that, if you don’t have the right genitals to fit their definition of your gender, you don’t get to use the bathroom. Instead you get shunned, discriminated and accused of being a weirdo at best or a rapist at worst. Not just in a town or two but in state after state after state after state after state. What the fuck.

Marriage Equality in Northern Ireland

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“I come from a same sex family and so marriage equality is a hugely important issue to me personally.

I have felt constantly frustrated by the lack of equality in Northern Ireland, not only do I see my government telling me that my family doesn’t deserve legal recognition but I can see that the vast majority of people in Northern Ireland are in favour of marriage equality.

Our government is out of touch; those who believe that love only occurs between people the government approves of, a group who believe that not all of its people are equal is being given a bigger say than anyone else. This is unfair.

I figured my best way to try and speak up was a video. I sent a letter to my local MLA Gordon Dunne asking him to explain why he voted against the marriage equality bill in the Northern Ireland Assembly. After 4 weeks of waiting for a reply I decided to made my video explaining the letter and the situation around marriage equality in Northern Ireland.

Since I made the video and posted it I have had a hugely positive response online. It has now been over 6 weeks since I sent my letter and there has been still absolutely no response from Gordon Dunne or the DUP.”

Darragh Tibbs, 15, County Down, Northern Ireland.