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This stirring video from All Out calling for full LGBT equality in every country around the world was made five years ago.

Let's see how we've done since then.

The United States has actually done pretty well!


Image by All Out.

In 2010, same-sex marriage was only legal in six states and the District of Columbia. As of May 12, 2015, it was legal in 37 states plus D.C. Woo hoo!

On the other hand, it's still largely OK to fire people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. According to the ACLU, only 17 states and D.C. prohibit both forms of employment discrimination. The Employee Non-Discrimination Act — which was designed to make it illegal to hire or fire someone because they're L, G, B, or T — is still held up in Congress because ... Congress. Boo.

Not perfect but not bad. All in all, I'd give us a solid B.

Some countries are really killing it on equality.

Image by Yaddah/Wikimedia Commons.

The U.K. took the top slot in Rainbow Europe's annual survey of LGBTI rights, scoring 86% in 2015, owing largely to the introduction of marriage equality all throughout Great Britain and new programs designed to combat homophobia in schools. And Scotland scored even better at 92%.

But even Scotland isn't perfect. Like most places, it still has a spotty record on trans and intersex rights.

An A-, I think, for them.

So much work remains to be done worldwide.

Image by All Out.

According to the video, homosexuality was a crime in 76 countries in 2010.

That's ... still true. In fact, it may be even higher. As of 2014, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association counted 78 countries where homosexual acts are considered illegal. Even more shockingly, in five of those countries, the prescribed penalty for committing homosexual acts is death. An additional four have language on the books that could be read to call for death.

We've made some great progress in the last five years. But there's still a long, long way to go.

LGBT folks need to be able to live freely and openly without having to fear for their lives, their jobs, or their safety. And the folks who made that video five years ago? They're still at it trying to make it happen (check 'em out when you get a chance).

Let's make sure that the next five years are even more productive than the last.

Images by All Out.

Or maybe we can get it all done by next week. Who's with me?!

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Meet Eva, the hero dog who risked her life saving her owner from a mountain lion

Wilson had been walking down a path with Eva when a mountain lion suddenly appeared.

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A sweet face and fierce loyalty: Belgian Malinois defends owner.

The Belgian Malinois is a special breed of dog. It's highly intelligent, extremely athletic and needs a ton of interaction. While these attributes make the Belgian Malinois the perfect dog for police and military work, they can be a bit of a handful as a typical pet.

As Belgian Malinois owner Erin Wilson jokingly told NPR, they’re basically "a German shepherd on steroids or crack or cocaine.”

It was her Malinois Eva’s natural drive, however, that ended up saving Wilson’s life.

According to a news release from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wilson had been walking down a path with Eva slightly ahead of her when a mountain lion suddenly appeared and swiped Wilson across the left shoulder. She quickly yelled Eva’s name and the dog’s instincts kicked in immediately. Eva rushed in to defend her owner.

It wasn’t long, though, before the mountain lion won the upper hand, much to Wilson’s horror.

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The details this time may be different than the last time and the time before that, and the time before that, and the time before that. But there's one thing all mass shootings have in common. No, it's not mental illness. It's not racism or misogyny or religious extremism. It's not bad parenting or violent video games or lack of religion.

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Summer Clayton is the father of 2.4 million kids and he couldn’t be more proud. His TikTok channel is dedicated to giving people intimate conversations they might long to have with their own father, but can’t. The most popular is his “Dinner With Dad” segment.

The concept is simple: Clayton, aka Dad, always sets down two plates of food. He always tells you what’s for dinner. He always blesses the food. He always checks in with how you’re doing.

I stress the stability here, because as someone who grew up with a less-than-stable relationship with their parents, it stood out immediately. I found myself breathing a sigh of relief at Clayton’s consistency. I also noticed the immediate emotional connection created just by being asked, “How was your day?” According to relationship coach and couples counselor Don Olund, these two elements—stability and connection—are fundamental cravings that children have of their parents. Perhaps we never really stop needing it from them.


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