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WARNING: This Type Of Dancing Can Lead To Severe Empowerment And A Strong Connection With Others

Valentine's Day is usually reserved for chocolates and those (really gross) candy hearts that say things like "Call Me." (Seriously though. Are they just straight up made of chalk?) However, the past couple of years have been a little different. Eve Ensler, who penned "The Vagina Monologues," has started a movement to end violence against women. And when I say "movement," I really mean movement! People all over the world are getting together to dance and demand justice for survivors of violence. The moves are really easy, I swear. The song is called "Break the Chain," and the instructions are underneath the video. This video shows some of last year's gatherings, and they are spectacular. Forget the cheesy greeting cards. Let's spread a message that really matters.

WARNING: This Type Of Dancing Can Lead To Severe Empowerment And A Strong Connection With Others
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Joe Biden reversed Donald Trump's ban on transgender people serving in the military earlier this year, allowing the entire LGBTQ community to serve for the first time.

Anti-gay sentiment in the U.S. military goes as far back as 1778 when Lieutenant Frederick Gotthold Enslin was convicted at court-martial on charges of sodomy and perjury. The military would go on to make sodomy a crime in 1920 and worthy of dishonorable discharge.

In 1949 the Department of Defense standardized its anti-LGBT regulations across the military, declaring: "Homosexual personnel, irrespective of sex, should not be permitted to serve in any branch of the Armed Forces in any capacity, and prompt separation of known homosexuals from the Armed Forces is mandatory."

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