Month

December 2016

Lady Gaga Showed Up At a Shelter For Homeless LGBTQ With a Car Full Of Gifts for For Them

Lady Gaga recently paid a surprise visit to NYC’s Ali Forney Center in Harlem, the city’s largest shelter for homeless LGBTQ youth. She showed up with a car trunk full of gifts for them.

“These children are not just homeless or in need, many of them are trauma survivors,” Gaga explains in a video broadcast on TODAY.

“They’ve been rejected in some type of way. My own trauma in my life has helped me to understand the trauma of others.”

Gaga showed up with a carload of gifts for the teens, who were shocked and grateful, to say the least.

“I love to give things to people who have nothing or less than me,” said Gaga.

“Kindness to me is an action of love, or a showing of love to someone else. I also believe that kindness is the cure to violence and hatred around the world.”

Watch the video below (Facebook)

Lady Gaga surprises LGBT teens

“I am no better than any of those kids. And I'm no worse than any of them. We are equal. We both walk our two feet on the same earth. And we're in this together.” – Lady Gaga #ShareKindness

Posted by Today Show on Monday, December 5, 2016

 

BREAKING: MALTA becomes the first country in the world to ban “Gay Conversion” Therapy

Malta has become the first country in the world to outlaw Gay conversion therapy, with parliament this evening passing a Bill that criminalises any practice which seeks to change or repress a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Affirmation of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression Bill imposes fines and jail terms for anyone advertising, offering, performing or referring an individual to another person which performs any form of conversion practice.

In addition, the Bill affirms that no sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression constitutes a disorder, disease or shortcoming of any sort.

Earlier this year, a Church position paper had stirred up controversy after its authors had argued that a ban on gay conversion therapy would violate a person’s right to receive treatment from a health professional.

Archbishop Charles Scicluna brought tranquility to the population saying that any therapy that would go against people’s wishes was “a no go”.

Non-Maltese prisoners and others kept in gender-segregated facilities can now live according to their gender identity, with parliament also passing a Bill recognising their right to self-identify their gender.

Amendments to the Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics Act will also allow 16-year-olds to independently request a change in gender on official documents. Previously, the age limit was 18, with minors forced to file an application in court with the approval of their parents or guardians.

 

Source: Timesofmalta

Caesarean Births Are “Affecting” human evolution, Scientists confirm.

More mothers now need surgery to deliver a baby due to their narrow pelvis size, according to a study.

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Historically, these genes would not have been passed from mother to child as both would have died in labour.

Researchers estimate cases where the baby cannot fit down the birth canal have increased from 30 in 1,000 in the 1960s to 36 in 1,000 births today.

Researchers in Austria say the trend is likely to continue, but not to the extent that non-surgical births will become obsolete.

“Women with a very narrow pelvis would not have survived birth 100 years ago. They do now and pass on their genes encoding for a narrow pelvis to their daughters.”

“Without modern medical intervention such problems often were lethal and this is, from an evolutionary perspective, selection.” Doctor Philipp Mitteroecker, of the department of theoretical biology at the University of Vienna, said.

Better humans (with science aid)

It has been a long standing evolutionary question why the human pelvis has not grown wider over the years.

The head of a human baby is large compared with other primates, meaning animals such as chimps can give birth relatively easily.

The researchers devised a mathematical model using data from the World Health Organization and other large birth studies.

They found opposing evolutionary forces.

One is a trend towards larger newborns, which are more healthy.

However, if they grow too large, they get stuck during labour, which historically would have proved disastrous for mother and baby, and their genes would not be passed on.

“One side of this selective force – namely the trend towards smaller babies – has vanished due to Caesarean sections,” said Dr Mitteroecker.

“Our intent is not to criticise medical intervention,” he said. “But it’s had an evolutionary effect. ”

 

Source: BBC News / WHO

Texas Sheriff’s Deputy Dies After Her Car Falls Into Sinkhole

Dora Linda Nishihara, 69, who worked as a courthouse bailiff, died after her car fell into the 12ft (3.6m) hole filled with water.

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Her car was retrieved from the sinkhole by a crane on Monday, a day after it first appeared.

A second vehicle also fell into the hole and two other people were hurt.

The driver of the second vehicle was rescued by a witness, local media reported, but Ms Nishihara’s vehicle had flipped on to its roof and was completely submerged.

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Motorists helped people trapped in another car which also fell into the sinkhole, but were unable to reach the deputy’s vehicle. / BBC News

The flow of water in the sinkhole was caused by a ruptured sewer line, local media reported.

Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau said her department was “heartbroken” and was assisting the family.

Anti-KKK “March For Love” takes over North Carolina and trumps turnout for KKK rally

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Hundreds marched in Uptown to counter a Ku Klux Klan rally that was scheduled in Raleigh.  It was a “March for Love” and it trumped the turnout for the KKK rally that was nearly nonexistent.

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“Right after the elections, the ‘Royal White Knights’ of North Carolina said they were going to have a celebratory parade,” said Rabbi Judith Schindler.

That didn’t fly with dozens of community leaders. Grassroots organization “March for Love” in Charlotte through a celebratory parade of their own. One step at a time, people marched in Uptown to fight back against hate.

“The mothers of three children didn’t want a message of hate to be share with our community,” said Schindler.

“So this is an anti-hate rally.”

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With flowers in hand, somewhere in the ballpark of 500 people paid respects to three monuments that exemplified the power of love over hate- the Holocaust, Martin Luther King Jr. and “Mahatma” Gandhi Memorials.

Along the way people like Mona McCallum and Heidi Henderson sparked relationships and bridged the gap between different communities.

“I’m just grateful to be here and experience the compassionate love for people that don’t look like me,” said Mona McCallum of Sacred Souls Community Church.

Flowers were left at the Holocaust memorial, in Charlotte
Flowers were left at the Holocaust memorial, in Charlotte