Heineken’s new ad gets totally political, and it’s surprisingly great.

You won’t find parties, loud music, or scantily-clothed women in Heineken’s latest ad campaign.

Instead, the beer company went in a wonderfully different direction.

The company’s #OpenYourWorld campaign is the exact opposite of what we’ve come to expect from decades of beer ads. The premise of the new ad is simple: get two people who disagree with each other on a particular issue, place them in a room together, and let them talk it out over a beer.

The ad features people who disagree on issues like climate change, feminism, and transgender rights.

There’s one important catch: The two people don’t know they disagree with each other when they first sit down.

After a few minutes of getting to know each other, the pair is shown short videos that reveal their dissenting opinions on a particular topic.

Drama! GIF via Heineken/YouTube.

They’re then given a choice: They can leave, or they can try to hash out their differences over a beer. (It is a beer ad, after all.)

What makes the ad so brilliant is the flurry of emotions that cross each person’s face immediately after the big reveal.

“That’s not right,” one of the participants says in his pre-recorded video, taking a confidently anti-transgender stance. “You’re a man, be a man; or you’re a female, be a female.”

As the tape rolls, the woman he’s been speaking with looks to the ground, appearing uncomfortable and anxious. She is transgender. It was a powerful, intimidating, and suspenseful moment.

It looks like he’s about to leave, but does he? GIF via Heineken/YouTube.

By the end of the ad, the man concedes that the “black and white” world he was brought up in is actually filled with more shades of gray than he’d been willing to give it credit for. His tone softens, and you can see that he’s considering the issue and his drinking partner in a whole new light.

Is sitting down over a beer really enough to overcome our differences?

Surprisingly, it turns out that the ad is pretty spot-on.

A number of studies have shown that short, casual, in-person conversations with someone with an opposing viewpoint is one of the easiest paths to changing someone’s mind.

This may very well be one of the few times where trying to mimic what you’ve seen in a beer ad is totally appropriate and encouraged. It’s for the sake of humanity, after all.

You can check out the full ad below.

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11 powerful photos to remind Trump just how horrific nuclear war truly is.

Dozens of demonstrators collected outside California’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on Aug. 9, 2017.

The facility is used for nuclear weapon research.

Photo by Justin Sullivan/ Getty Images.

The very same August day 72 years ago, the U.S. fell an atom bomb on Nagasaki, Japan.

The blast came just three days after the U.S. dropped the bomb on Hiroshima.

Once a bustling city, Nagasaki was transformed into rubble and ash. Photo by Hulton Archive/ Getty Images.

The victims of the two attacks, which prompted the bloody and devastating aim of World War II, still live in the memories of the protesters in Livermore.

We are here to stand with the survivors of that nuclear assault, but we are also here to stop the next nuclear war before it starts, demonstrator Marylia Kelley told SF Gate.

Demonstrators stage a “die-in” to remind the public of the lives lost in nuclear warfare. Photo by Justin Sullivan/ Getty Images.

More than seven decades have passed since the first employ of nuclear warfare forever changed our world.

The protesters’ message is simple: The horrific the effects of those weapons should never be forgotten.

The blast in Nagasaki, seen from about six miles away. Photo by Hiromichi Matsuda/ Handout from Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum/ Getty Images.

Estimates vary, but it’s generally believed that at least 150,000 people in Hiroshima and 75,000 people in Nagasaki were killed in the blasts.

Those figures don’t count the thousands more who died of illness related to radiation exposure in the months and years that followed.

A Japanese victim of the atomic detonation in Nagasaki. Photo courtesy of National Archives/ Newsmakers.

Beyond the cost of human life, the physical demolition of both cities was unprecedented.

About 92% of Hiroshima’s structures were either destroyed or damaged in the blast, according to the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

Bustling metropolitan areas became decimated wastelands.

The the consequences of the atomic attack on Nagasaki. Photo by AFP/ Getty Images.

The black-and-white photos may be relics, but their stories and the lessons we should learn from them are just as relevant as ever.

The 72 -year mark of the attack on Nagasaki comes amid rising tensions between the U.S. and North Korea.

North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un. Photo by STR/ AFP/ Getty Images.

North Korea’s growing nuclear weapon program has triggered renewed anxieties among its neighbors and leaders in Washingtonthat the country poses a threat to its East Asian adversaries and potentially the U.S.

On Aug. 11, President Trump needlessly intensified tensions when he tweeted that the U.S. military is “locked and loaded” for battle against North Korea.

The tweet came days after he alerted North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, that if the country continues building further menaces against the U.S ., “they will be met with fire and frenzy like the world has never seen.”

Trump’s provocative language did nothing to soothe tensions, of course. Kim speedily answered the president’s threat with a threat of his own: a missile attack on the U.S. territory of Guam.

The contentious situation dedicated protesters at the Livermore lab a renewed sense of importance to speak out boldly against the use of nuclear weapons.

Trumps statements are pushing us closer to the brink of a nuclear war, said demonstrator Scott Yundt. The protest at Livermore is an annual event that Yundt has been attending for 12 years. But this year, he told SF Gate, feels different.

Photo by Justin Sullivan/ Getty Images.

Theres a palpable and particular dread we are all feeling today, ” Yundt noted. “Conflict with North Korea and the United States is possible.”

Photo by Justin Sullivan/ Getty Images.

“I fret our president will press the nuclear button without the consent of the American people, ” Yundt said.

That’s a big reason why demonstrators took to the streets this week.

Photo by Justin Sullivan/ Getty Images.

According to police, 48 demonstrators were arrested for trespassing during the course of its peaceful protest, Patch reported. They were issued citations and released.

The nervousness exhibited by demonstrators are ones shared by many Americans as a bombastic, short-tempered chairwoman results an administration with no unified strategy on smoothing an unbelievably complex situation with North Korea.

“Just thinking about it despairs me, ” said demonstrator Barbara Milazzo.

Photo courtesy of the National Archive/ Newsmakers.

Still, Americans shouldn’t feel as though war is imminent.

The situation is a serious one, experts have near-unanimously concluded. But judging by a multitude of factors including the messaging coming out of North Korea and the country’s current capabilities we’re not on the brink of war( yet ).

It still helps, however, to remember those lost 72 years ago and let their memories inspire us to speak up for peace as loudly as we can.

This is the most we can do, Milazzo noted. We are utilizing our voices to protest.”

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She fought to get a mat on the sand so her wheels could take her to the sea.

The day Gabrielle Peters started use a wheelchair was the working day she started learning how to fight.

Peters is prickly, and it’s earned. For years, she clammed up in the face of condescending gazes from strangers, platitudes from politicians, and second-class therapy from doctors. Now, when people try to “fix” her, she recommends they “take a good, long look in the damn mirror.”

When the housing complex where she lives in Vancouver was sold to a Mennonite group that forced residents to participate in prayers in the communal dining hall, she told Canada’s largest newspaper.

She doesn’t want to be saved, humored, or, worst of all, anyone’s “inspiration porn, ” that flat, familiar treacle where a disabled person “overcomes” the odds to run cross-country, throw a javelin, or juggle a dozen chainsaws behind their back narratives told mostly to remind able-bodied people how “good” they have it.

Peters wants equal health care, equal access, and equal rights. She also wants to go to the beach .

Until Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, it had been more than 10 years since Peters had been on the sand. “The world I exist in was not designed for me, and the people I exist with have all sorts of messed up ideas about me, ” Peters tells.

A self-proclaimed “city person, ” the water is her favorite place to be. The forest is a close second. When Peters was discharged from the hospital after rehabbing from the autoimmune cancer that required her to begin using a wheelchair, she was determined not to let her new mobility arrangement reduce her quality of life.

But, without a flat surface, determination entails squat.

She tried hiking the “accessible” trail in the city’s expansive Stanley Park to no avail. The surface was uneven, the paving was intermittent, and the grade was too steep.

A photo Peters took of the trail in October, proving pebbles and pine needles over uneven dirt. Photo by Gabrielle Peters.

Accessibility, it turns out, is subjective.

At the beach, she would sit as close to the water as she could by a paved seawall far from the tideline while her friends lounged on on a sandy segment nearby. When she left, her friends would get up and move closer to the water.

Unlike the United States, Canada does not have a major federal law mandating equal opportunity and access for people with disabilities.

While many Americans, particularly those who lean left, tend to opinion the country as a sort of “America Plus” what we could be if merely our self-involved, short-sighted legislators rolled up their sleeves, delivered a murderer Aaron Sorkin-style speech, and started working for the common good on disability, Canada largely relies on a vague statement of principles laid out in documents like the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom, which calls for “equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination based on mental or physical disability.”

Efforts led by groups like Barrier Free Canada, Every Canadian Counts, and others to establish cement, nationwide the criteria for accessibility, have thus far failed to produce legislation.

In the meantime, many disabled Canadians are under an obligation to rely on the generosity of local governments and the tenacity of their fed up, pissed off peers like Peters to safeguard and expand their right to access public spaces.

In summer 2016, Peters( @mssinenomine on Twitter) began tweeting at the Vancouver Park Board, the agency responsible for the city’s beaches, demanding access to the shore.

The solution, she discovered, was 2,700 miles back, in Northern Bruce Peninsula, Ontario where the town had installed a flexible mat on the sand, permitting wheelchair users to glide all the way up to the waters’ edge.

If a tiny Lake Huron community of fewer than 4,000 people could get its disabled residents and visitors to the shoreline, Peters argued, her wealthy global city had no excuse.

The Park Board responded with a “survey of a plan of priorities for some time in the future.”

It felt insulting.

It turns out Vancouver city officials were indeed working on a solution having expended the previous two years searching for a route to open up the shoreline.

Park Board Chair Michael Weibe, who also sits on the Vancouver’s Persons with Disabilities Advisory Committee, spends a lot of day on the road.

When he travels with his mother, who employs a wheelchair, he maintains a running note of “what works and what doesn’t, ” based on her feedback as well as the feedback from residents who write and call his office with suggestions.

“Its always great to have such a healthy user group thats willing to share the information with us, ” he says.

Part of the solution, it turned out, was in Vancouver’s own backyard.

The Park Board purchased a single MobiMat dirt cheap from an event company eager to sell it.

The low cost turned out to be a warning sign. The mat didn’t come with all the required proportions, which required fund the board hadn’t budgeted for and then had to find.

There was another problem too. Unlike Northern Bruce Peninsula, Vancouver has 14 -foot tides. If the MobiMat was rolled all the way out to the water’s edge, parts of it would quickly be swallowed by the sea.

As a outcome, the mat sat in storage for the first few weeks of the summer.

Peters didn’t suppose she should have to wait for something able-bodied residents already had unlimited access to.

On June 23, she emailed a representative from the Park Board who had contacted her after her earlier tweets. She explained the feeling of dependency that comes with having to call in and request a beach wheelchair which are not self-powered in order to get on the sand. She explained the fear of leaving one’s wheelchair unsecured, and that many people have no desire to be pushed. She explained the yearning she and others experience standing or sitting by the seawall, squinting at the waves meters away.

“I want on the beach now, ” she wrote.

A member of the board followed up with a phone call a few weeks later. The hold out, he explained, was the missing proportions, which were awaiting delivery.

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For the first time, it was evident that someone was listening.

On Aug. 9, the city ultimately rolled out the mat at English Bay Beach.

Peters had been having health complications and had a doctor’s appointment are planned for that day, but was determined to “soak in this tiny little win in a sea of inequality.”

And, of course, to “try it out and get close to my water.”

This time, her determination was met with the right piece of equipment.

She was nervous wheeling to it. As her chair edged on, the artificial surface slackened her pace, but did not leave her feeling “tippy or off balance.” She found that it wasn’t difficult to maneuver. A small gap in one segment turned out to be easy to navigate.

A few minutes later, she caught the sundown.

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“You’re a trailblazer, ” an older girl told her.

Peters explained that she didn’t work for the Park Board, and she left to go get a hot dog. Back near the seawall, her former high water mark, she saw a human in a motorized wheelchair and told him about the mat. She watched him power over and down the path, stopping at the leading edge.

As she was leaving an hour later, she noticed he was still there.

“I never spoke to him, but I believe I know how he feels about it, ” she wrote on Twitter afterwards that day.

Still, years of delayed promises have left Peters feeling anxious about the mat’s prospects.

“What if no one uses it? ” she wonders. “What if it turns into an excuse to not build something else accessible because it wasn’t popular enough? “

The current setup is not perfect. Right now, there’s merely one mat and the beach gets crowded. Also, it can’t truly get that close to the shoreline because of the extreme rise and fall of the bay.

But there are signs the tide is turning. One of the first things Peters noticed was that there was no sign alerting beachgoers to the presence of the mat. If you didn’t already know about it, she realise, you would have no idea it was there.

Peters wrote the Park Board on Twitter. This time, they replied immediately.

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Weibe notes that other residents have recommended creating more sitting areas adjacent to the mat to make it a social space. Lately, the Park Board purchased nine new wheelchairs with inflatable tires that can travel over sand to the water line, though they still involve the aid of a friend or lifeguard.

A beach wheelchair. Photo by the National Park Service.

“Our goal is to have them at every beach because the call in[ to get a beach wheelchair] is just another roadblock, ” Weibe says.

Peters concurs and has a million more ideas for what the city can do next.

She wants Vancouver’s beaches to get waterproof wheelchairs powered by compressed air for use in the ocean. She wants the Park Board to install a ramp by a zone of stairs near the water. She wants adapted versions of the dozens of adventure activities in the city.

“I don’t get people who see this accessibility innovation as burdensome, ” she tells. “It’s fucking amazing and cool and necessitates the best kind of integrating of tech, design, ideas, and people.”

Gabrielle Peters knows how to fighting. She fought to go to the beach and won. She’ll keep opposing until every space everywhere is accessible for everyone.

Until that happens, she’ll celebrate the small victory the route she prefers. By soaking in the salt air.

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Stephen Amell blasts the trolls who criticized his pro-LGBTQ Facebook post.

Actor Stephen Amell( “Arrow”) has been an outspoken supporter of the LGBTQ community for years.

Photo by Frederick M. Brown/ Getty Images.

So it wasn’t all that astonishing when he posted photos of himself attending Vancouver’s LGBTQ Pride festivities.

The Canadian actor, who identifies as straight-out, was in town filming the latest season of “Arrow, ” when he joyously snapped photos at the parade alongside his wife, Cassandra.

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But then, as they so often do, anti-LGBTQ Facebook trolls started chiming in.

The majority of comments on Amell’s Pride paintings were positive, to be sure. But a surprising number of haters began throwing in their two pennies with bigoted, ignorant, or simply nonsensical remarks.

“Looking like a moron you sure fit in, ” one user wrote.

“How come we don’t assure Hollywood performers putting on this much demonstrate for homeless kids and households and poverty or veterans? ” someone asked, as if it’s some kind of rivalry( side note: we, um, do see that from celebrities all the time) or as though every human can only pick one cause to support.

“By doing this, you are disrupting the common sense created by God, ” interjected another.

The homophobia didn’t sit well with Amell.

On Aug. 7, the actor responded to the negativity in a separate post , noting he’ll be stepping up his Pride game next year, thanks to all the homophobes.

“I had a fantastic weekend in Vancouver with my spouse and friends, gratified some terrific people and more than anything merely tried to soak in all the positive energy from people living their best lives, ” Amell wrote.

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“If I’m in Vancouver next year I won’t just go back, I’ll walk in the parade, ” he continued. “So for everyone in their negative gasps: Go be on the wrong side of history on somebody else’s Facebook page.”

The follow-up post amassed a whopping 53,000 Likes and thousands more comments and shares.

Amell’s prideful Facebook posts are simply his latest prove of LGBTQ allyship.

The actor defended and proudly supported “Arrow” co-star Colton Haynes when Haynes came out as gay last year.

Stephen Amell( right ), alongside “Arrow” co-stars Colton Haynes( middle) and David Ramsey( left ), at Comic-Con in 2016. Photo by Smallz+ Raskind/ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. via Getty Images.

Im so happy for Colton, Amell explained in May 2016. “When he came back to ‘Arrow’ this year simply for an episode, it was such a different version of Colton. He and I bonded more. Im very, happy for him.

Amell, who’s had roles in LGBTQ-themed series “Queer As Folk” and “Dante’s Cove, ” has been known to boldly bat down homophobia and was an outspoken proponent of same-sex wedding long before it was legal nationwide in the U.S.

“Marriage and all the benefits that come with it should be available to everybody, ” he wrote in 2013. “Some of the most caring, powerful relationships Ive witnessed have been same-sex couples.”

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Kate Beckinsale made a greatpoint about having a young male lover on-screen.

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Age may be only a number. But in Hollywood, it’s a number that reflects a totally BS double criterion between men and women.

Just ask Kate Beckinsale.

The actor sat down with Chelsea Handler on the comedian’s Netflix talk show alongside “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway and actor Niecy Nash to discuss current roles for women in the industry. During their chats which garnered attention online for Nash’s excellent explanation of why diversity goes far beyond “black and white” Beckinsale brought up a particularly absurd doubled standard she experienced firsthand on the situate of her new film.

In “The Merely Living Boy in New York, Beckinsale’s character has sexual relationships with both a 21 -year-old( played by Callum Turner) and his father( Pierce Brosnan ).

The public’s response to each relationship tells a lot about how we view gender, age, and romance on-screen, Beckinsale told Handler.

“Women on television are doing different things, ” Handler said to the actor. “In your movie, youre having an affair with a 21 -year-old.”

“And his father, ” Beckinsale, 44, interjected to cheers from the audience.

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“The thing I procured funny about it was, in that movie, Im having an affair with a married man, whos Pierce Brosnan. They get paparazzi pictures of[ me and Brosnan] shooting theyre like, ‘Wouldnt they make a lovely couple in real life? ‘ And actually, they made a big deal out of the[ 21 -year-old performer] being very young. But hes 16 years younger than me, and Pierce is 21 years older than me. And I guessed, thats really interesting, because nobody bats an eye about the age gap that way. You can be a 90 -year-old man, everybody goes, ‘go for it.'”

Beckinsale( second from right) and Turner( right) alongside other cast members of “The Only Living Boy in New York.” Photo by Theo Wargo/ Getty Images.

Beckinsale’s experience reflects a much greater issue facing Hollywood’s leading dames.

Movie executives are far more comfortable pairing younger women with( much) older humen than they are with the reverse.

Just yesterday, a trailer for the new movie “Mother! ” raised eyebrows, as viewers realise Jennifer Lawrence, 26, was playing the love interest of Javier Bardem, 48, in the horror film.

This doubled standard has been the status quo for decades, with few signs of significant progress on the issue.

In 2015, a casting decision affecting actor Maggie Gyllenhaal( “The Dark Knight, ” “Donnie Darko”) attained waves for its overtly sexist implication.

“I’m 37 and I was told recently I was too old to play the lover of a man who was 55, ” Gyllenhaal explained to The Wrap. “It was astounding to me. It made me feel bad, and then it stimulated “i m feeling” angry, and then it made me laugh.”

Gyllenhaal’s experience, although frustrate, is not a rarity.

This doubled criterion isn’t simply obnoxious it has real ramifications, too.

Most leading roles are for men. So, too often, talented women are pigeonholed into playing the love interest or some other role revolving around the male lead instead of telling their own character’s stories.

Because Hollywood generally prefers younger women in love interest roles, this limits the already limited opportunities available for women as they grow older, exacerbating the problem and affecting their paychecks. It’s in part why Hollywood tends to categorize women into either “young and hot” or “old and dowdy” characters a binary that doesn’t exist for their male equivalents.

Maybe age genuinely is just a number. But when it’s a number that affects possibility and incomes, we all should care about righting an industry wrong.

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This trans artist turned his awkward moments into a painfully honest web comic.

Man Time” is a comic about life as a trans human, by a trans human, and it’s awesome.

After noodling on a few ideas for a web comic about coming out and living as a trans human, Sam, a 26 -year-old designer and artist from New Jersey decided to bring a few to life. Sam himself came out as a transgender man about seven years ago.

“I had a few funny ideas one day and figured I should at least give it a try and see if anyone liked them, ” Sam writes in an e-mail interview.

Spoiler alert: They did .

All comics by Sam for “Man Time, ” used with permission.

The cartoons are comic relief and a welcome breaking from what can be a very stressful transition.

“Our families or friends might not be supportive, we might be having trouble with the medical side of transitioning, and we hear rude gags about trans people when we least expect it, ” Sam writes. “All of that takes a toll on you, and its easy to get depressed.”

That’s why Sam generated “Man Time” to giggle, commiserate, and connect with other people “re going through” the exact same thing.

“I think that one of the most important things in life is to be able to laugh, ” he writes. “Sharing narratives and laughing together is the best way to make friends and build a community.”

Sam’s community has grown considerably as “Man Time” has more than 10, 000 followers on Tumblr. Not bad for its first nine months.

Laugh along and get some insight into the lives of a few trans humen through Sam’s characters in five more of his favorite pieces.

1. Coming out can be nerve-wracking, especially to friends and family.

2. Though sometimes, it seems like they knew all along.

3. Transitioning isn’t something that happens overnight. There’s often a new name and pronouns.

4. And sometimes new hormones too.

5. But each change, medical or not, takes serious heroism.

While “Man Time” may focus on the experiences of trans humen, everybody is appreciate its seriousnes, heart, and humor.

Supporting, reading,listening to, and watchingcontent by transgender creators is a good way to get a greater understanding of what it’s like to be trans. It’s also one of the many ways you can stand with trans and non-binary peopleduring what’s been a really scary and challenging time.

So as Sam indicates, take a minute to giggle. What better route to connect, build community, and celebrate our diversity and our common ground?

Note: Sam requested not to use his last name in this piece, and we obliged. We respect his privacy and thank him for sharing his work with us.

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Trans people react to the opening of a new clinic for trans kids and teens.

A new clinic geared toward St. Louis transgender teens hopes to be a sort of one-stop shop for supporting trans youth.

After opening the first week of August, St. Louis’ Transgender Center of Excellence is already booked through mid-September. It’s one location complete with mental health, hormones, and other essential services, and it’s getting rave reviews from patients already.

“Having subsistence and acceptance is extremely important for this patient population, ” Dr. Christopher Lewis, physician and founder of the clinic, told WGN News. “Transgender patients already enter into negotiations with harassment and discrimination within the medical community and that is a barrier to them accessing care.”

A supportive medical environment is a big win for trans children take it from others, like myself, who wish those resources existed “when hes” growing up.

On Twitter, I reached out to my trans followers to find out what this type of clinic would have meant to them when they were younger. A few common themes emerged.

For many, it would have entailed help and support for themselves and their parents .

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Others remarked on how a supportive environment would have encouraged them to stop hide, sidestepping some traumatic early-life experiences.

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It would have provided a sense of identity for those who felt alone and isolated, who never considered accurate reflections of themselves in the media.

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Then, the emails started rolling in. “If I’d had the words, if I’d known the concepts, if I had a supportive and professional environment be returned to. I would have been able to live without a dysphoria that came close to killing me, repeatedly, ” writes Alvhild Sand, a trans girl from Norway, about what a difference a resource like this would have made for her.

“It would have been fantastic if such a place had existed, ” writes Gwyn Ciesla, another trans woman, who grew up in a “highly Catholic town in the 1980 s” where she was “not exposed to LGBTQ notions or openly LGBTQ people.”

“The only tools available were in the context of education, religion, and mental health, and were ineffective because they were incomplete, ” Ciesla explains. “If I had known then what I know now, and a clinic like this had been available, it would have been life-changing.”

“Given what I did and didn’t know at the time, I might not have been able to get to the point where I could take advantage of the clinic’s services, ” Ciesla admits, carrying hope that “the presence of the clinic might have at least increased the information available to me and helped me to understand and begin to accept myself years earlier.”

“I merely survived my youth by a narrow margin, and I think this clinic might have widened that margin a lot. I hope this clinic can do that for youth now and in the future.”

The new clinic in St. Louis joins a handful of other trans-specific children’s medical programs across the country.

One of the most notable is the gender developing services at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. The sad fact is that even though the Affordable Care Act effectively banned discriminating against people on the basis of their gender identity, many trans people continue to face either discrimination or disarray from their health care providers.

According to the National Center for Transgender Equality’s 2015 U. S. Transgender Survey, 33% of trans people who assured a health care provider in the previous year had at least one negative experience, were denied care, or had to actually teach their provider about trans patients. In other terms, there’s a lot of work to be done, and taking steps to ensure trans people have competent, knowledgeable medical care is a work in progress.

The new clinic in St. Louis is a big step in the right direction, providing care and benefits for years to come.

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Watch a clip of the controversial ‘Doc McStuffins’ episode featuring same-sex parents.

For the first time ever, Amanda Deibert’s daughter saw something fantastic while watching Saturday morning cartoons:

A family that looked like her own.

Deibert, a Los Angeles-based writer, was just one of many parents reacting with excitement to a new episode of Disney’s “Doc McStuffins” that featured an interracial family with two moms.

In the episode, the family lives through a scary earthquake and learns the importance of having a safety plan in case of emergencies. But it’s the series’ decision to feature a same-sex couple voiced by actors Portia de Rossi and Wanda Sykes, who are both lesbians that’s actually groundbreaking.

The diversity of the show and having an African-American little girl be the star of the show and also being a doctor it sends a great message, Sykes explained in a video by GLAAD about her involvement.

I am a fan of Doc McStuffins,” Sykes said. “My kids, they watch the show. With this episode, they see a family that looks like our family.”

Wanda Sykes (left) and her wife, Alex Sykes, in 2015. Photo by Jason Carter Rinaldi/Getty Images.

The inclusive episode comes amid growing demands for better LGBTQ representation across the TV landscape.

During a Television Critics Association press tour just last weekend, GLAAD broke down troubling trends among queer representation on TV; among the most concerning issues was the need to feature more LGBTQ characters who are women and people of color. The latest “Doc McStuffins” episode helps in changing that status quo.

Not everyone is excited about the episode.

In response to Sykes and de Rossi’s characters, conservative advocacy group One Million Moms urged supporters to email and call Disney demanding the “Doc McStuffins” episode never be seen by the public.

“If producers air this episode as originally planned, then conservative families will have no choice but to no longer watch Disney Channel Network in their homes so they can avoid previews, commercials, and reruns,” the group threatened.

But Disney aired the episode anyway. And many people stood by its side.

The hashtag #StandWithDoc cropped up on Twitter in response to the backlash.

People from across the internet sent encouraging messages to Disney and the thousands of families who will be positively affected by the episode.

The outpouring of support and Disney’s decision to follow through with the episode reflects society’s growing acceptance of LGBTQ people and parents. To countless little kids watching in family rooms across the country, it makes a difference.

“Were two moms, and we have a boy and girl, two kids,” Sykes said. “Its going to be very exciting for them to see that to see our family represented.

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the episode in this video by GLAAD:

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20 thingsMike Pence did while you weren’t looking and why it matters.

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With the exception of an infamous trip to insure Hamilton last November and a controversy about whether it’s OK to dine with women other than his wife, we’ve heard relatively little about Vice President Mike Pence since the election. In May, CNN even ran a narrative with the headline, “Mike Pence’s Disappearing Act.”

He’s a heartbeat away from the presidency and seems very interested in following his own political ambitions beyond this administration, so what exactly has Mike Pence been up to lately? A lot, actually.

Here’s 20 things Mike Pence has done since taking office:

1. In January, Pence and others lobbied Trump to take hard-line postures on abortion, making good on some of his anti-choice campaign pledges.

Just days after taking office, Trump signed a slew of executive orders. Among them was the reinstatement of the so-called “Mexico City policy, ” restricting foreign aid from going to groups that offer abortion services.

The Independent wrote about the decision to reinstate the policy, saying that pro-choice activists “feared[ Trump] would reintroduce the policy as a gift to Vice President Mike Pence, known for his staunch opposition to abortion rights.”

2. Pence has led the charge to advance Trump’s policy agenda.

You may have watched him popping up on the Sunday morning political talk proves to push Trump’s agenda items. This has especially been the case when it’s an issue where Trump himself may not appear to have a total grasp of the policy being discussed, such as health care.

3. He’s been very vocal about supporting the use of taxation dollars to fund religious schools.

Under the guise of “school choice, ” Pence has been a long-time supporter of using taxation dollars to fund charter schools and religion schools. As governor, Pence expanded Indiana’s charter school program and opted out of the nationwide “Common Core” standards. One of the side effects of Pence’s reign in Indiana was an uptick in the number of publicly funded schools teaching creationism. Pence, himself, hasn’t given a clear answer on whether he believes in evolution.

Trump was short on specifics about education policy during the campaign. In office, he’s rallying behind Pence’s ideas.

4. In January, Pence met with anti-abortion activists at the White House and delivered a speech at the annual March for Life.

During his address at the anti-choice procession, Pence riled up the crowd with a guaranteed to “work with Congress to aim taxpayer funding for abortion and abortion providers, ” along with promises to support Supreme court nominees who would overturn Roe v. Wade.

5. Pence spent much of February selling the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court as “mainstream.”

Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat on Jan. 31. Gorsuch, who had a record as a far-right, anti-abortion, anti-LGBTQ magistrate, would face an uphill climbing. That’s where Pence came in.

Rather than nominate someone who could find the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster, Trump picked Gorsuch, and Pence immediately began work exhorting Republican leaders in the Senate to blow up the filibuster. They eventually did, and Gorsuch was sworn in on April 10.

6. Pence cast the tie-breaking vote to confirm Betsy DeVos as secretary of education, the first time a vice president has done so on a cabinet pick.

In February, DeVos was under immense scrutiny from Democrats and moderate Republican. The billionaire heiress had zero education-related qualifications to operate the department, but she did have a history of donating to far-right causes and championing the use of public money to money schools that would “advance God’s kingdom, ” in line with Pence’s own positions on education.

With Republicans Lisa Murkowski( Alaska) and Susan Collins( Maine) voting against DeVos’ confirmation, the 50 -5 0 referendum went to Pence to break the affiliation. He voted to confirm her.

7. In May, Pence was named the head of Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.

This commission was established based on Trump’s unproven and unfounded assert that there was widespread voter scam during the 2016 election. Pence was named commission chair, with Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach as vice chair. Together, Pence and Kobach have begun attaining requests for extensive voter datum from states, with many voting rights groups worried that the commission will lead to widespread voter suppression.

8. Pence invited anti-abortion activists to the White House to discuss how to merge their agenda with that of the administration.

On March 9, Pence met with anti-abortion activists to discuss what sort of provisions they would like to see in the American Health Care Act bill, afterward pitching it to conservative member states of the House of Representatives.

9. Later that month, he would cast the tie-breaking election to nullify an Obama-era rule letting that Title X funds be used for family planning services.

In his eight years in office, Joe Biden never cast a tie-breaking vote in the Senate. Pence, merely months into the job, has broken four ties( confirming DeVos, the motion to proceed on blocking the Title X regulation, the final vote on blocking the Title X regulation, and the motion to proceed on the Senate’s health care bill ).

Gutting the Title X rule is bad news, especially for low- and middle-income girls across the country.

10. Pence has met with members of the financial industry and championed make further efforts to roll back Dodd-Frank consumer protections.

Shortly after taking office, Pence addressed the GOP retreat, promising to dismantle the legislation enacted in the consequences of the fiscal breakdown and its “overbearing mandates.” In May, he spoke out in favor of Republican Rep. Hensarling’s( Texas) CHOICE Act, which would deregulate the financial markets once again.

11. In May, Pence addressed the Susan B. Anthony List “Campaign for Life” gala.

Touting the administration’s successes when it came to curtailing reproductive rights, Pence proclaimed, “For the first time in a long time, America has an administration thats filled top to bottom with people who stand without apology for life.”

To cheers, he would afterwards promise to ensure that people obtaining health care subsidies would not be able to purchase insurance coverage that includes access to abortion.

12. Pence played a role in recommending Trump to sign a “religious liberty” executive order during a National Day of Prayer ceremony.

While the final order was viewed by many conservatives as simply represent one step in the right direction and not everything they wanted, the move demonstrated just how much pulling the extremely religious vice president has over his boss.

13. Pence addressed the first-ever World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians on May 11.

The speech bolstered the administration’s narrative that Christians are the true victims of terrorism in the Middle East. The truth is that people of all religions have been targeted by ISIS, and messages about how Christians are the most persecuted merely help advance some of the inherent Islamophobia in actions such as the travel banning which merely helps ISIS.

14. At the University of Notre Dame, Pence delivered a fiery commencement address, targeting “political correctness.”

The idea that college campuses are suppressing freedom of speech is a popular talking phase, especially among conservatives. Pence utilized his platform to stoke that flame, telling, “Far too many campuses across America have become characterized by speech codes, safe zones, tone policing, administration-sanctioned political correctness all of which amounts to nothing less than the suppression of freedom of speech.”

15. In May, Pence started his own political action committee “ve called the” “Great America Committee.”

Marking another first for a sitting vice president, the formation of a PAC signals that maybe he has some larger political ambitions that go beyond the Trump administration and his role as VP. Coupled with outgoing White House press secretary Sean Spicer saying that he’d be on board with a Pence run in 2024, this is worth keeping an eye on.

16. In June, Pence was put in charge of U.S. space policy.

Pence, being someone who likely doesn’t genuinely believe in that whole “evolution” thing and once claimed that “smoking doesn’t kill, ” seems like an odd choice to dictate anything related to science. But that’s what President Trump did after signing an executive order bringing back the National Space Council.

It’s still unclear what sort of direction Pence will take, though he has attained have committed themselves to put people on Mars.

17. He’s created money for his own PAC and other political causes.

What’s the point of having a PAC if you’re not going to raise money for it, right? In July, The New York Times reported that Pence has been playing host to “a string of dinners held every few weeks at the vice presidents official residence on the grounds of the Naval Observatory in Washington, ” courting “big donors and corporate executives.”

18. On June 23, Pence addressed Focus on the Family, a powerful anti-LGBTQ organisation, for its 40 th anniversary.

Speaking about the administration’s commitment to helping “persecuted people of faith” and protecting their right to discriminate against LGBTQ people under the guise of “religious liberty, ” Pence told the crowd, “This president believes that no American , no American should have to violate their conscience to fully participate in American life, and he has taken action to protect the expressions of religion by men and women across this nation.”

This is the same organization, mind you, that has called homosexuality “a particularly evil lie of Satan” and has called transgender people “mentally ill” and “like Cinderella in a fantasy world.”

19. As special elections have popped up across the country, Pence has been hitting the campaign trail in support of his fellow Republicans.

It’s not so surprising that Pence is get out there. A little curious, however, is how little Trump has done comparatively and how little coverage Pence’s presence has garnered. This once again depicts Pence for the shrewd legislator he is, able to help prop up other nominees. Trump, on the other hand, is mostly good at promoting one person: Trump.

20. Pence has been pressuring Congress to implement anti-transgender policies in the military.

Days before Trump tweeted that he was banning trans people from serving in the military, Foreign Policy reported that Pence was lobbying hard to fight back against trans inclusion in the military. Pence was reportedly putting pressure on member states of Congress to hold the 2018 defense authorization bill captive unless it included a rider barring monies being used on transition-related health care.

According to Politico, Trump was motivated to outright banning all trans people from the military for fear that the defense bill would stall and he wouldn’t receive the funding he requested for his wall. In the end, however, Pence got what he asked for and more. Though the Department of Defense is holding on implementing the tweeted policy until Trump formally submits a scheme, it’s almost a done deal.

This matters because Pence might not always be in the background.

It’s pretty clear that Pence’s political aspirations don’t end with being Trump’s vice president. With scandals rocking the White House on what seems like a daily basis including calls for investigations and even some for Trump’s impeachment it’s damned important to take a long hard look at “the mens” next in line for the position.

During the campaign, Pence’s extreme postures were largely whitewashed. His extreme anti-LGBTQ and anti-abortion views were rarely talked about. As vice president, Pence has shown himself to be “the mens” he’s always been: a smooth-talking legislator with far-right social conservative opinions. So let’s keep a watchful eye on what he’s doing now because he might just be president one day.

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Trump is tweeting about himself and not the Minnesota mosque bombing. That matters.

An improvised explosive device detonated at a Bloomington, Minnesota, mosque on the morning of Aug. 5.

The attack is the latest in a series of anti-Muslim incidents that have rocked the state 14 in 2016 alone, according to the Star-Tribune.

Thankfully , no one was hurt.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton called the bombing an “act of terror.”

Minnesota Council of Churches CEO Rev. Curtiss DeYoung called it an “attack on all faith communities.”

Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, released a statement confirming his organization’s “solidarity with the local Muslim community.”

President Trump, meanwhile … has yet to say anything at all.

Instead, the president spend Monday morning tweeting about his accomplishments in office, news coverage he doesn’t like, and Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s misrepresentation of his Vietnam war service.

Much of Twitter was outraged at the president’s silence.

The president isn’t always slow to denounce terror and that’s the problem.

Trump issued statements immediately following two terror attacks carried out by Muslim assailants that rocked London earlier this year. The day of last year’s mass shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, Trump took credit for predicting the carnage , noting that he “[ appreciated] the congrats” for being “right” about “radical Islamic terror.”

Photo by Gerardo Mora/ Getty Images.

Meanwhile, the president waited over a week to condemn the alleged hate-crime killing of an Indian immigrant engineer in Kansas, and even longer to denounce a series of assaults on Jewish graveyards earlier this year.

When Muslims perpetrate terror attacks, Trump’s response is often deafening and swift. When Muslims, immigrants, and members of other vulnerable groups are victims, his response is very often stillnes.

Not speaking out when an attack doesn’t comport with a pre-scripted hero-villain narrative doesn’t simply make a mockery of the truth it carries with it an implication that some Americans are more equal than others.

His silence leaves the door open to further bias-driven incidents, and it functions, knowingly or not, as a wink toward those who might carry them out. A report from the Council on American-Islamic Relation found that anti-Muslim bias crimes jumped 57% in 2016, a period roughly coinciding with the last presidential election.

President Trump’s unwillingness to speak out stimulates America less safe and less great.

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In a large, messy, diverse society such as ours, an attack on one isn’t just an attack on all it’s an attack on the very principles our country was founded on.

It’s a miracle that no one was injured in the Bloomington blast. Next day, we might not be so lucky.

The president needs to get the message before too much injury is done both to the American people and the American idea.

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