That Cartoon of the Rainbow Flag Replacing the Confederate One Is Dangerous

A very serious issue everyone needs to be aware of.

TIME

June marked a string of historic changes nearly unprecedented in minority communities in the U.S. The Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage was legal, resulting in more than 26 million Facebook users changing their profile pictures, the White House lighting up in rainbow colors, and many around the country excitedly saying “I do” for the first time. Meanwhile, after a shooting in Charleston, S.C., a raging debate over whether or not the Confederate flag should be taken down continues amid violence and protests.

Right there for the taking, it seemed, was a beautiful, poignant comparison—one that Mother Jones called “iconic.” A cartoon in five panels, side-by-side, shows a Confederate flag lowered as a rainbow flag is raised. On the surface, the image appears to capture the intense battles oppressed groups have overcome in recent days, marking a celebratory victory for all. In reality, that is far…

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Watch John Oliver Urge People to Continue to Fight for Transgender Rights

TIME

Equal rights made great strides this week, but on Last Week Tonight, John Oliver urged people to continue to work towards better treatment of transgender individuals, both in the media and under the law.

Some of the biggest names in news media have fumbled over the issue of how to talk to transgender men and women, so Oliver made it abundantly clear: “It’s no more okay to ask transgender people about their sex organs than it would be to ask Jimmy Carter whether or not he’s circumcised.”

Oliver then laid out a road map for differentiating between gender identity, sexual orientation, and the choices that transgender individuals make about whether to use hormones, undergo surgery, etc. In short, according to Oliver: “Their decision on this matter is, medically speaking, none of your f–king business.” As for pronouns and names, Oliver believes people should simply be called whatever they prefer to…

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Supreme Court Rejects Obamacare Lawsuit, Preserving Insurance For Millions

Supreme Court Rejects Obamacare Lawsuit, Preserving Insurance For Millions: “WASHINGTON — The latest and possibly the last serious effort to cripple Obamacare through the courts has just failed.

On Thursday, for the second time in three years, the Supreme Court rejected a major lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act — thereby preserving the largest expansion in health coverage since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid half a century ago.”

(Via. HuffingtonPost)

The Caitlyn Jenner Paradox: Anti-Transgender Violence Soars Despite Star Power

The Caitlyn Jenner Paradox: Anti-Transgender Violence Soars Despite Star Power:

“While the past month has brought us the publicly lauded transformation of Bruce Jenner into Caitlyn Jenner, and the confirmation of Dr. Rachel Levine as Pennsylvania’s new physician general — making her the highest-ranking openly transgender person in state government history — these moments of achievement are tragically overshadowed by the historically high numbers of transgender individuals murdered in the United States in 2015.”

(Via. Yahoo.com)

How to Discover Your “Authentic” Self and Live the Life You Really Want

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How to Discover Your “Authentic” Self and Live the Life You Really Want:

“Being yourself seems self-explanatory: just wake up and do what you want to do, without following the crowds, without fear of judgment. That’s not how the world works, though. We tend to stifle our authentic selves to fit in without even realizing it. And doing so suppresses our creativity, ingenuity, and self-awareness.”

(Via. Lifehacker)