A very powerful speech by Gary Yourofsky speaking about a vegan lifestyle and animal rights. I originally watched this speech having no idea what it was about, but it ended up changing my life! I highly recommend everyone take the time to watch this speech, as he is a very talented and entertaining speaker. I preformed a cut of this speech for my school's speech team and advanced to state tournament with it.
Posted in Veganism
"Nightswimming" by R.E.M. A fantastic piece of art, in which everyone should listen to. It is a very overlooked song, and relatively old, so most of today's generation will not listen to it. It is not your typical "old-time" music as it came out in the 90's. Many people will say that this is the best song ever written, including Coldplay's Chris Martin.
Posted in Music
Most people have the mindset of not understanding gender vs. sex. This needs to be taught, especially in schools, not only to promote respect in the transgender community, but to possibly clear up confusion that a student may be facing. Gender: "what's in between the ears." Your gender is developed in your brain. You are born with your gender; it is not a choice. This is how you identify. Most people do not give it a second though. For example, a person born female will identify as female. Sex: "what's in between the legs" or "your chromosomes." Most people think gender and sex are the same thing. Biological males have XY chromosomes, and biological females have XX chromosomes. Sometimes, a person's gender and sex do not match up, or the person may identify differently from their sex. This person is transgender. There is nothing wrong with this person, but it may cause them some discomfort. Many transgender people will undergo hormone therapy and surgeries over the course of several years in order to feel in the correct body. The "T" in LGBT is often silenced. Transgender people are ridiculed and mocked, especially on public television. Transgender people are just like non-transgender people, and their identities need to be respected.
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