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Could You Be Straight? Here's 11 Science Facts About It To Help You Check.

If you think being straight is a choice, then I would like to recommend you read this. Because science.

Could You Be Straight? Here's 11 Science Facts About It To Help You Check.

UPDATE: You may be asking yourself, "Why the hell does this even matter?" The reason I posted this is the constant barrage of "lifestyle choice" and "they can change" comments I get from people who A. think that being gay is somehow a bad thing, 2. think that anyone can really choose who they are attracted to, and III. say science isn't a real thing.


Gender and sexual orientation are clearly not binaries of either/or. There are people all over the spectrum between straight and LGBTQQ who live their lives how they want to live them, and no amount of science that currently exists can pigeonhole them into one thing.

These findings are not to be taken as "If your hair goes this direction, you have to be this one thing." All they do is help us understand some underlying genetic traits of some human beings on this planet who are no better or worse than other human beings on this planet. Your finger length does not define who you are. Your birth order does not define who you are. Your brain size does not define who you are. You do.

At the end of the day, it's nobody's business but the person whose life it is and the consenting adult they choose to love or not love. I just wanted an extra tool in my arsenal the next time some jerk tries to dismiss an entire community of people based on their own irrational fear of things they don't understand or aren't willing to understand.

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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Ready for the weekend? Of course, you are. Here's our weekly dose of good vibes to help you shed the stresses of the workweek and put yourself in a great frame of mind.

These 10 stories made us happy this week because they feature amazing creativity, generosity, and one super-cute fish.

1. Diver befriends a fish with the cutest smile

Hawaiian underwater photographer Yuki Nakano befriended a friendly porcupine fish and now they hang out regularly.

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