8 Things You May Not Know About Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks was a fearless activist who inspired many generations all over the world. 

7. PARKS WAS THE FIRST WOMAN TO LIE IN STATE AT THE U.S. CAPITOL.

After Park died on October 24, 2005 at the age of 92, she became the first woman to lie in state, a tribute usually reserved for statesmen and military leaders. More than 30,000 filed by her casket to pay their respects.

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Dear straight allies, please don’t come to pride until you’ve understood these 6 things

6. You’re a guest in our space, act accordingly.

The important take-away here is not that LGBT people hate straight/cis folks. It’s not even about the presence of straight/cis folks at Pride in general. It’s about when straight/cis folks behave in inappropriate and culturally insensitive ways that threaten or dampen the experiences of LGBT people at events that are made for us in the first place. Straight/cis folks can go to any party and feel comfortable dancing, holding hands, and making out with their significant other (or hottie of the night) without feeling like they could be in danger because of their identity. LGBT people do not always have that luxury. If you choose to go to Pride, be a supportive observer and participate in activities, but don’t try to be the focus of the event. 

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Happy Birthday Amnesty International!!

On 28 May 1961, Peter Benenson published his Observer article launching a campaign for the release of ‘Forgotten Prisoners’.

ON BOTH SIDES of the Iron Curtain, thousands of men
and women are bing held in gaol without trial because
their political or religious views differ from those of their
Governments. Peter Benenson, a London lawyer, conceived
the idea of a world campaign, APPEAL FOR AMNESTY,
1961, to urge Governments to release these people or at
least give them a fair trial. The campaign opens to-day, and
The Observer is glad to offer it a platform.

The Forgotten Prisoners

The success of the 1961 Amnesty Campaign depends on how sharply and powerfully it is possible to rally public opinion. It depends, too, upon the campaign being all-embracing in its composition, international in character and politically impartial in direction. Any group is welcome to take part which is prepared to condemn persecution regardless of where it occurs,who is responsible or what are the ideas suppressed. How much can be achieved when men and women of good will unite was shown during World Refugee Year. Inevitably most of the action called for by Appeal for Amnesty, 1961, can only be taken by governments. By experience shows that in matters such as these governments are prepared to follow only where public opinion leads. Pressure of opinion a hundred years ago brought about the emancipation of the slaves. It is now for man to insist upon the same freedom for his mind as he has won for his body.

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APPEAL FOR AMNESTY, 1961: THE AIMS

  • To work impartially for the release of those imprisoned for their opinions.
  • To seek for them a fair and public trial.
  • To enlarge the Right of Asylum and help political refugees to find work.
  • To urge effective international machinery to guarantee freedom of opinion.

To these ends, an office has been set up in London to collect and publish information about Prisoners of Conscience all over the world. The first Press Conference of the campaign will beheld tomorrow, where speakers will include three M.P.s, John Foster, Q.C. (Con.), F. Elwyn Jones, Q.C. (Lab.), and Jeremy Thorpe (Lib.).

Transgender no longer recognised as ‘disorder’ by WHO

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Transgender health issues will no longer be classified as mental and behavioural disorders under big changes to the World Health Organization’s global manual of diagnoses.

The newly-approved version instead places issues of gender incongruence under a chapter on sexual health.

A World Health Organization expert said it now understands transgender is “not actually a mental health condition”.

Human Rights Watch says the change will have a “liberating effect worldwide”.

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I think it’s brave

i think it’s brave that you get up in the morning even if your soul is weary and your bones ache for a rest

i think it’s brave that you keep on living
even if you don’t know how to anymore

i think it’s brave that you push away the waves rolling in every day
and you decide to fight

i know there are days when you feel like giving up but
i think it’s brave
that you never do