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3 Ways The Right-Wing’s Anti-Refugee Rhetoric Is Helping ISIS

Right-wing lawmakers on both sides of the Atlantic have responded to Friday’s terror attacks in Paris by calling to close off their countries to Syrian refugees and embracing the old, divisive “clash of civilizations” argument to frame the actual war against ISIS terrorists — who quickly claimed responsibility for the attacks — as a cultural … Continue reading

Too Little, Too Late? SXSW Admits Canceling Online Harassment Panels ‘Was A Mistake’, Plans Daylong Summit Instead

Facing boycott threats from numerous major media outlets, the director of the South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, acknowledged Friday that he made a mistake by caving to pressure from Internet trolls and canceling two scheduled panels about online harassment within the gaming community. In place of the canceled panels, he said, SXSW … Continue reading

This Simple Strategy Could Prevent Suicide In Bullied Teens

We already know that physical education and athletic programs in schools are an important way to promote student fitness and fight childhood obesity. But all that moving around may also confer significant mental health benefits, according to a new study that shows regular exercise may help buffer bullied teens against suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Using … Continue reading

New Obamacare Regulations Protect Transgender People From Discrimination In Health Care

In a major push for transgender rights, the Obama administration on Thursday announced that it will extend the current healthcare nondiscrimination law to transgender individuals and require health insurers and medical providers to treat all patients equally, regardless of sex or gender identity. Under a proposed regulation issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, … Continue reading

GOP Pushes Bill That Would Allow Employers To Fire Single Women Who Get Pregnant

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, conservatives have been busy trying to come up with new ways to continue discriminating against those who don’t share their religious beliefs. Just as some states passed so-called ‘Religious Freedom Restoration Acts‘ in anticipation of the historic ruling, there’s now a push by … Continue reading

STUDY: Childhood Bullying Could Account For 30% Of Depression In Young Adults

  For millions of children, bullying makes adolescence a miserable experience to live through. Now, a new study suggests its effects linger years later, with profound implications for the mental health of young adults. The new research, published in The BMJ medical journal, found that bullying during the teenage years is associated with twice the … Continue reading

STUDY: Starting HIV Treatment Early Cuts Risk Of Death In Half

An international clinical trial involving nearly 5,000 people with HIV confirms that treatment with antiviral drugs should start as early as possible after diagnosis. In fact, the results were so dramatic that the study was cut short nearly a year early so that all participants in the trial could receive the drugs. Participants in the … Continue reading

On International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, President Obama Promises To Keep Fighting For LGBT Rights

In honor of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, President Obama this weekend vowed to “keep fighting, for however long it takes, until we are all able to live free and equal in dignity and rights.” The president, who just last month called for an end to “conversion” therapy for gay youth, proclaimed in … Continue reading

Gender Wage Gap Persists Even In High-Paying Medical Professions, Study Finds

The existence of gender-based wage gaps in many occupations continues to be a hot-button topic in social and political debates. While much attention has been focused on medium- and lower-wage positions, some studies have shown that wage disparities extend to high-wage, high-prestige positions. Now, a new investigation has revealed that the gender wage gap persists … Continue reading

Leading Physicians’ Group: Give LGBT People Full Rights

The nation’s second-largest physicians’ group has come out strongly in support of LGBT equality, criticizing discriminatory laws and calling for inclusive policies that will improve the health of the LGBT population. In a position paper published earlier this week, the American College of Physicians decried the entrenched disparities faced by LGBT individuals and recommended specific … Continue reading

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