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Whether it’s “episodic” or “chronic,” depression is a big deal that affects millions of people every year.

Everything We Know About Depression Crammed Into A Colorful, 3-Minute Animation

Whether it’s “episodic” or “chronic,” depression is a big deal that affects millions of people every year. But it can be just as hard for the family and friends of people dealing with depression. When you haven’t experienced it, it can be beyond perplexing, so here’s a quick primer via UpWorthy

Depressed Lego


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‘Love Your Mate’ – Best Mates Forever

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I was a little bummed out after reading what Joanna Schroeder wrote about being bummed out after watching BuzzFeed’s funny new gender-swapping video about how BFFs behave. So I wrote about it.

On the surface it does seem like this video is just guys making fun of what women do, dig a little deeper and you will find that the video is just guys making fun of what women do. Because men are affectionate toward each other. Maybe not how some women, yourself, or even how some gay men are. But they are. We are. I’m gay and my affection and my intimacy with my brethren, of both gay and straight mates, isn’t at all like how women are “allowed” to be affectionate or as a gay guy can be — which I’ve debunked here before, its kind of my #NotAllGayMen moment.

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Two Spirits: Program helps gay youth serving time behind bars

Two Spirits: Program helps gay youth serving time behind bars

WOODBURN, Ore. – The young people locked up at MacLaren Correctional Facility are all serving time for a serious offense.

Behind the fence, some are still paying with more than their time.

“I was bullied a lit bit more than most people,” said Alejandro Estrada, who is gay.

For years, inmates like Estrada had little support.

“I have seen youth be assaulted, I have seen youth be taken advantage of. I have seen a lot of these things happen,” said MacLaren staffer Missy Mintun.

“Basically, beaten by other guys because of my orientation,” Estrada said.

“It’s a very confusing time to come out and to be able to say to yourself let alone the rest of the world – ‘hey, I am gay,’ or ‘I am transitioning, I want to be a transgender’ or ‘I am questioning my sexuality,'” Mintun said.

About 130 youth are serving time at MacLaren. About 10 of them take part in the Two Spirits group.

The name is derived from Native American culture, in which people who are gay are believed to have “two spirits.”

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More on this amazing Two Spirits: Program


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Stay With Us Young Warriors, We Need You Here – #SuicidePrevention by @VinceSchilling

Stay With Us Young Warriors, We Need You Here – #SuicidePrevention

My name is Vincent Schilling I used to think life was not worth living – but as I grew older, things changed for the better. It will get better for you too.

I am Native American, St. Regis Mohawk and a member of the Wolf Clan. My Mohawk name is Tsi’okwaris (Black Raven)

Vincent – http://www.twitter.com/VinceSchilling | Delores http://www.twitter.com/DelSchilling

Stay With Us Young Warriors – We Need You Here

Suicide is not an option, life may be tough sometimes, but things change – I promise.