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Federico Bongiorno


LGBT+ Acceptance Rates Are Down, and Homophobic Hate Crime Numbers Are Up in the USA

It has almost been 3 years since same-sex marriage became fully legal in the United States of America in a historic event for the whole country. Even if this seemed like a step towards equality and acceptance, new reports show that Americans have become more homophobic since Donald Trump took office.   Last month, the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs released ‘A Crisis Of Hate,’ their report on LGBTQ+ hate violence homicides in 2017. The alarming


Border Agents Detain 10-Year-Old Girl With Cerebral Palsy While At Hospital

Rosa María Hernández has lived in the US since she was three months old. On Tuesday, after she passed through a Border Patrol checkpoint to go to the hospital for an emergency gallbladder surgery, she was stopped by border agents and now is at risk of deportation. According to the New York Times, the 10-year-old girl was going from the border city of Laredo, Texas to a hospital in Corpus Christi at and the


The Human Rights Controversy That’s Shaking Argentina

“¿Dónde está Santiago Maldonado?” or, in English, “Where is Santiago Maldonado?” is a phrase that you have most likely heard a lot recently if you are currently in Argentina. That is because, on July 31 of 2017, the 28-year-old man attended a protest to express his support for the “Resistencia Ancestral Mapuche” aggrupation, which fights for Native Argentines’ rights, in this case, to demand the liberation of their leader Facundo Jones Huala who was arrested


India Has Declared Freedom of Sexual Orientation a Fundamental Right

Last Thursday, India’s Supreme Court made a big step towards LGBTQ+ acceptance in the country. The panel, composed of Justice S.A. Bodbe, Justice R.K. Agrawal, Justice Jasti Chelameswar, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Justice J.S. Khehar, Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, Justice A.M. Sapre, and Justice Abdul Nazeer,  has decided to rule that privacy is a fundamental right for everyone in the country, which includes the protection of their sexual orientation and makes it unconstitutional


Stop Spreading the Idea That Bisexuality Is Transphobic

In the past few years, it has become more and more common for people to come out as pansexual. According to Marshall Cavendish’s book Sex and Society, “Pansexuality is an orientation that specifically rejects the notion of two genders and indeed of specific sexual orientations.” Since this term has only started to become more known recently, many people do not understand what the difference between bisexuality and pansexuality is, since in both cases the individuals


Syrians Are Slowly Starting to Rebuild Aleppo And It’s Incredibly Inspiring

Before the Syrian Civil War kicked off back in 2011, the Old City of Aleppo was an unknown beauty to the Western hemisphere. The landscapes were magnificent, the buildings were tall and the mosques were done with such dedication and detail that it would be hard to believe that it could ever be torn down. But it was, and that same place that so many people called home and found comfort in, and that the


Danica Roem Could Be Virginia’s First Openly Trans Lawmaker — and She’s Giving Her Anti-LGBT Opponent a Run for His Money

On June 13, Danica Roem turned into the first openly transgender major party candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates, and she will be facing off against 13-term incumbent and social conservative Bob Marshall for a seat in the state’s General Assembly. Roem is a journalist who worked for the Gainsville Times and the Prince William Times, and is a seven-time Virgina Press Association award winner. She has been a part of the metal band

Mental Health

How the New ‘Pink Whale’ Game Is Aiming for Positivity and Kindness

The ‘Blue Whale’ suicide game has become news in the past few days, as brand new cases have been made publicly in places such as Russia and Brazil. It has been reported that over 130 teenagers have taken their lives because of this “challenge” which consists of 50 different tasks given by a “curator” to each player that go from waking up in the middle of the night, to acts of self-harm and at last, suicide.


In April, Argentinian Women Were Abused and Murdered Every Day

On the very first day of April, 21-year-old student and feminist Micaela García disappeared on the town of Gualeguay. After a huge nationwide search for the young woman, her body was found naked in a state of decomposition with marks on her neck only a week later. Her death shook the entire country and had everyone enraged. This, however, was only the first of many tragedies we would witness. One day after the disappearance of


How ‘Survivor’ Contestant Zeke Smith Was Outed As Transgender On National Television

On Wednesday night, one of the most cruel moments in Survivor history was witnessed by more than 8 million viewers. After 34 seasons, we have watched lots of strategies be made by the players, including backstabbing and lying. But the line is crossed once a contestant’s personal life gets in the way, and that is when strategy stops being strategy and becomes pure evil. Jeff Varner, an openly gay man from North Carolina, played the

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