• it gets better

    It’s been distressing to hear the glut of stories from the USA recently about gay teenagers who have committed suicide after a period of bullying by their peers. Bullying is a horrendous and shattering experience, which is made so much worse when you’re a young person trying to figure out your identity. Sex advice columnist and gay rights activist Dan Savage has started a “It gets better” campaign on YouTube, where Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgendered (LGBT) people post video messages of encouragement to young people who are LGBT and struggling to cope. The first one, embedded below, features Dan and his husband Terry discussing growing up as gay men…

  • making a difference

    I’d like you to take a look at this TED talk by Sheryl WuDunn on the subject of “Our century’s greatest injustice”, which is about gender inequity: http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf 50-100 million missing women in the current world population. That’s gendercide. Ms. WuDunn has written a book with her husband Nicholas D. Kristof called Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, which addresses the same issue as this talk. Although, I was rather saddened to see that there is a chapter in the book entitled “Is Islam Misogynistic?” Based on my research the dogmas of most religions in the world are anti-female. When I was 16-years-old it became evident…