The Simple Steps You Can Take To Be A Better Person Around People Who Are Transgender

Ally: To join with a person or group of people to give support. (Thanks, Merriam-Webster.)

Some folks get confused when the topic comes around to gender. Here are some simple tips to help get unconfused, and hopefully help start a conversation that won’t leave anyone feeling totally misunderstood.

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That One Body Part We're Too Scared To Talk About Isn't Really That Scary

Attention! There’s nothing weird about periods or vaginas! Whew! That. Felt. Incredible. And kinda scary?

In this clip, Kat Lazo goes out in NYC to talk to women about their bodies and find out why we’re so afraid of the word “vagina.”

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Your Grandma Might Have Been Bullied Exactly Like This

This
video portrays the experiences of immigrants in America around 100
years ago. But how far have we really come since people were treating
immigrants like outsiders a century ago? Watch some of their experiences
and decide for yourself. 

The first account starts at 0:55, but watch from the beginning for some interesting historical context.

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I Respect These Female Heroes So Much More With Tiny Waists And Sparkly Dresses! LOL J/K.

There’s a place for princesses, and there’s a place for real, seriously ass-kicking women who are standing up to the world’s problems. Example: The thing about Malala as a princess? She didn’t get locked in a tall tower or eat a poison apple — the Taliban shot her in the head. She doesn’t need a gown or a tiara to create her place in history, and we need to be teaching that to little girls.

Still not sure what the artist is doing here? Scroll all the way down for a great quote about it straight from him.

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HIV-Positive, Homeless, And Gay In New York At The Age Of 16? Give This Story A Listen.

This is a doozy of a listen. Although I haven’t been through any of the hardships that Jahlove Serrano has had to deal with, something about his life story is really accessible. Give it a spin.

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Holy Crap! Am I The Only One Who Thinks My Lunch Should Be Worth More Than Where It Came From?

In a world where so many people are starving, you’ll be surprised to learn how much food we’re actually producing. How can we produce and distribute food more efficiently? This adorable video might give us some clues.

If you’re curious as to what I’m getting at with that headline, jump to 1:20.

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Ever Wonder Why You're Allowed To Say Whatever You Want On The Internet?

In the murky universe of Internet law, defending free speech becomes a lot more complicated than just knowing the First Amendment. Take a moment to acquaint yourself with the law that protects your Internet freedom and mine every day, courtesy of Craig Newmark and the legal wizards at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Know your (Internet) rights!

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