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You Have To Read Saeed Jones’ The Summer I Tried To Save Memphis

This essay by Saeed Jones, Literary Editor for Buzzfeed, is one that I revisit from time to time and always share whenever I go back. Written in 2013, Saeed talks about the church, his family and his feelings as a growing gay teen. The essay is heartbreaking because Saeed realizes that his grandmother’s religion takes precedence over her love for her…

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“Public Hate, Private Pain”- Gay Nigerians talk about beatings, death threats to PBS (Video)

As part of a week long series Nigeria: Pain and Promise, PBS talks to gay men living in Nigeria. Beaten, persecuted, forced to marry and hide their sexuality, they remain resilient through it all. Watch the video below: This is a transcript of the video courtesy of PBS JUDY WOODRUFF: We now turn to our series “Nigeria: Pain and Promise.” Tonight, Special Correspondent,…

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From The Guardian UK: ‘We bleed. Accept it and deal with it’: breaking India’s taboo on menstruation

On a road trip through south India last year a group of my friends wanted to stop at a Hindu temple of particular significance, but one held back. “I want to come …” she said, “but I can’t, as I have my period.” Here was a 38-year-old Indian woman, a barrister with a postgraduate degree, afraid to set foot in a temple…

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