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Trayvon Martin? Not On My Watch

SANFORD, Fla. — Saturday July 13, 2013, George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, was found not guilty of second-degree murder and was acquitted of a lesser charge of manslaughter. You will hear details of the news story from sources everywhere in the coming weeks – or so I hope. What I want to focus on now is the conversation this has started and what we can do so it never, ever happens again. I saw news of the verdict for the first time through…

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Woman of The Year: Heather Lynn Colonna

Every year, Beutiful picks a strong woman to make our “Woman of The Year.” This year, our woman is Heather Lynn Colonna (you can also read about her in The Women’s Issue, our digital magazine)! Her story is one of strength, resiliency, perseverance and unyielding faith. You’re sure to be inspired by her! My Journey To Self-Acceptance and Healing My name is Heather Lynn Colonna and I am twenty-seven years old. I now accept myself and love myself unconditionally; thanks to my faith in God. Strengthening my relationship with God…

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Former Packers cheerleader takes on Facebook cyberbullying

 I’m convinced that the internet gives everyone “muscles”…where people are willing to say any cruel or ignorant thing they please as long as they get to hide behind a computer screen. Online bullying allows people to express themselves in ways that they would never dare to in person…and it’s absolutely awful. Another repulsive thing about online bullying is the way networks like Facebook deal with the matter – very often they don’t take it seriously! That’s why I’m so glad that we have strong people like Kaitlyn Collins, former Green…

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Anonymous letter left in bathroom stall reaches out

I thought this was an amazing story. At this university young women right messages on the bathroom stalls about the hardships of their lives. An anonymous women wrote a letter back to the messages encouraging the young women and praising them for their strength. I love positive articles like this. I love when people take time out of their lives to better the lives of others. The person who wrote this touching letter to women she didn’t even know is an amazing person. It’s inspiring and encouraging. I think we…

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School forced to allow transgender pupil to sit exam in a skirt

I saw this article on Telegraph – and I felt quite mixed after reading it…on one hand, the transgender teen was allowed to express herself freely by wearing the clothing that she chose for herself…but on the other I hate the way she was treated and that she was isolated for so long. It’s great that she defended herself with the Equality Act, and I hope it encourages more people to do the same when they are being discriminated against.

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