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No one should be excluded from a job based on their identity or their sexuality – especially when that job is protecting the country. This week, The U.S. Military will announce their plans to no longer exclude transgender individuals from being service members. “We must ensure that everyone who's able and willing to serve has the full and equal opportunity to do so,” said Defense Secretary Ash Carter. Officials will assess the cost of the necessary changes, such as bathrooms and uniforms, over a period of six months. Read More
Three months ago, Youtube beauty guru Em Ford of My Pale Skin began posting pictures of herself without makeup to social media. A twenty-something ex-model turned filmmaker, Ford’s bare-faced selfies were a refreshing reprieve from the scores of lacquered, perfected Instagram selfies usually floating around the Internet. With an online following more than 200, 000 subscribers strong, Ford’s face attracted no small amount of public commentary. And in a viral short film uploaded earlier this month, Ford shed some light on that revealing experience. Read More
Known for supporting victims of sexual assault in the military and on college campuses, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand continues to be an advocate for survivors’ voices. A spokesman for Senator Gillibrand says that she—along with Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill—supports advocacy group Promoting Awareness/Victim Empowerment’s petition that calls on President Obama to take away Bill Cosby’s Presidential Medal of Freedom. Read More
Make no mistake – women have made history. They’ve invented machines, cured diseases, discovered scientific phenomena, summited mountains, built landmarks, fought battles, championed causes, saved lives, won elections, and flown aircrafts. Female-identified folk have achieved so much – more than I can ever hope to list here – but most of those achievements have gone without proper recognition. Monuments to currency, postage stamps to national holidays, the faces, names, and legacies of women are woefully underrepresented, if not absent entirely. Read More
If you can write, you can create your very own computer game. Remember playing The Oregon Trail? The name probably invokes nostalgia for those who have fond memories of forging a river and choosing what provisions to bring. But for grown-up gamers, text-based games similar to The Oregon Trail are still popular, and it’s easier than ever to create your own. Read More