David Oliver USA TODAY Published 10:14 AM EDT Jun 26, 2019 WorldPride, the LGBTQ celebration, is in New York this year, and LGBTQ people of all stripes are making the trek. That's right: The trek. People are heading to New York from as nearby as Washington, D.C,. to as far away as Tunisia, Greece and Taiwan. This year, the draw especially comes from the 50th anniversary of the famous Stonewall riots, a pivotal milestone in LGBTQ history. But is WorldPride the best place to remember this history? Not everyone in the LGBTQ community thinks so. Some are celebrating there, and others are finding alternate ways to honor the moment. Here's a snapshot of what WorldPride is, who's going, where travelers are coming from, why they're making the journey in the first place — and why the trip might not be worth it for some LGBTQ people. What is WorldPride? Nonprofit LGBTQ rights organization InterPride, which meets annually in different … [Read more...] about WorldPride: Why millions are traveling to New York, Stonewall
Why people resist changes
Nonviolent protests are twice as likely to succeed as armed conflicts – and those engaging a threshold of 3.5% of the population have never failed to bring about change. By David Robson 14 May 2019 In 1986, millions of Filipinos took to the streets of Manila in peaceful protest and prayer in the People Power movement. The Marcos regime folded on the fourth day.In 2003, the people of Georgia ousted Eduard Shevardnadze through the bloodless Rose Revolution, in which protestors stormed the parliament building holding the flowers in their hands.Earlier this year, the presidents of Sudan and Algeria both announced they would step aside after decades in office, thanks to peaceful campaigns of resistance. In each case, civil resistance by ordinary members of the public trumped the political elite to achieve radical change.There are, of course, many ethical reasons to use nonviolent strategies. But compelling research by Erica Chenoweth, a political scientist at … [Read more...] about The ‘3.5% rule’: How a small minority can change the world
None of us have to cast our minds around very far to alight upon an area of our lives that is currently in a state of flux. Change, we learn, is the new normal, and I – in common with many others – have made a career of helping people and organisations figure out how to adapt accordingly. You’d think that we would all be used to it by now. And yet, all of us repeatedly try to resist change. Now there are good neurological and social reasons for that. We are hardwired to perceive the unknown as a threat – it’s a jungle out there. Our brains make no real distinction between social threats and physical ones – challenges to our status, or autonomy, or our sense of fairness, are every bit as stressful as being chased by a tiger. The extent of our ambition is to emerge from any change process as soon as possible, and relatively unscathed. We accept a paradigm which says that, when faced with change, the thing to do is to resist, minimise the impact, write … [Read more...] about We are hardwired to see the unknown as a threat, so how can you stop resisting change?
As you push open the wooden doors of the beautiful Dyffryn Chapel’s vestry, you are greeted by a broad 70-year-old man. The breadth of his shoulders is second only to that of his thick moustache. Born and bred in the Llynfi Valley, Phil John would cut an imposing figure if he wasn’t smiling. A former Welsh basketball player, he has worked in the youth service in the area for half a century. The chapel itself is a classic rural Welsh chapel – the last remaining of several in the area. As Phil talks about youth work at the back of the room his wife, Jen, is preparing for the third meeting of a newly-formed diabetes support group. She takes a break from the preparations to place an enormous plate of biscuits on the table. After a few minutes they are joined by several other women. Within seconds they have found out who you are and where you are from, as they laugh and joke. These are the sort of social skills that a slick marketing professional would kill for. They make … [Read more...] about The Welsh valley town people’s hearts won’t let them leave
Worshipping huge pop idols as deeply as a religion is a culture I’m all too familiar with. As an awkward teenager in the early 90s, I was a follower, led by wherever the cool clique of my generation would take me. R&B and hip hop weren’t just popular music genres – they shaped our identity, beyond just being British South Asian girls. We were brash, inquisitive, and, in hindsight, quite naive; young females catapulted into adult, fantasy worlds by two of music’s biggest stars, Michael Jackson and R Kelly. We’ll tell you what’s true. You can form your own view. From 15p €0.18 $0.18 USD 0.27 a day, more exclusives, analysis and extras. Subscribe now Now we are faced with their unravelling. In the aftermath of two controversial documentary series, Surviving R Kelly and Leaving Neverland, we have been confronted by weighty allegations of sexual misconduct against both singers and by the social media frenzy of debate that followed. In … [Read more...] about Opinion: Now I know why it took me so long to stop defending Michael Jackson and R Kelly