While LGBT rights may have made giant strides in some countries like the US in recent years, the quest for equality remains an uphill climb in the rest of the world. Many still struggle with bullying, discrimination, and limited opportunities. And in places where homosexuality is illegal or considered as an unforgivable sin, being a member of LGBT community can be a dangerous thing. But despite the odds there continues a growing awareness on LGBT rights and issues that need to be addressed. Here are some of the best TED Talks on LGBT that will restore or strengthen your faith in humanity.
Ash Beckham: We’re all hiding something. Let’s find the courage to open up
In this poignant talk, Ash Beckham shares thought-provoking insights on empathy and openness. It shines the light on the importance of acknowledging that everyone goes through struggles in life and may be hiding something. And that sometimes, maybe what is needed is just to muster up the courage to step out of the proverbial closet.
iO Tillett Wright: Fifty Shades of Gay
iO Tillett Wright leaves a powerful reminder to those who watch this video that there is really no need to put people in boxes. When it comes to sexuality and gender orientation, she posits that the best thing everyone can do is to be authentic without having to define everything.
Jenni Chang and Lisa Dazols: This Is What LGBT Life Is Like Around the World
Living in San Francisco as a gay couple, Jenni Chang and Lisa Dazols may enjoy a fairly easier life compared with other gay couples living in less gay-friendly places. In this talk, they share inspiring stories about the courage and resilience of other members of the LGBT community in many parts of the world.
Joel Burns: A message to gay teens: It gets better
This video shows Joel Burns’ raw, powerful, and poignant talk to those who may have been victims of teen bullying for being gay or being seen as gay.
Jok Church: A circle of caring
This is a heartwarming talk of how one teacher’s compassion and care for someone who was deemed different made a powerful impact to that person’s life. Jok Church shares how a teacher who protected him as a young gay teen became a positive influence in his life.
Been called ugly? Fat? Morally unacceptable? Well, there’s nothing to lose if you only accept who you are. There’s more to life than wondering and giving a damn about what others think about you. Instead of listening to the negative comments of the people around you, just accept who you are and make yourself feel more beautiful with these unique beauty tools:
Music can speak to the soul. It can reach your heart and remind you that no matter what you’re going through, you can overcome it. Regardless of what people are saying in front of you or behind your back, you’re still beautiful. Here are some of the songs that can lift you up whenever you feel unattractive or sad:
Beautiful by Christina Aguilera
Born This Way by Lady Gaga
Brave by Sara Bareilles
F*ckin’ Perfect by Pink
Firework by Katy Perry
Hall of Fame by The Script ft. Will.I.Am
Roar by Katy Perry
The Climb by Miley Cyrus
Titanium by David Guetta ft. Sia
Try by Colbie Caillat
Who Says by Selena Gomez
Who You Are by Jessie J
There are tons of articles that can lift your spirit up or make you forget about your problems like this DIY article for beauty fanatics. These articles are similar to handyman tools—they make your task (in this case the task of accepting yourself) more manageable and bearable. You can also finish jobs faster if you use handyman tools, right? Which is pretty similar to reading articles that can help you get over with the negative part of your life and just dive into the acceptance and love pool. Sure, it may take a while to get a hold of a tool especially if you’re a beginner, but you’ll get there, and you’ll master the use of that tool. So be optimistic—you can soon master the art of loving and accepting your beautiful self if you start feeding your brain with motivating articles (such as making a DIY mirror where you can see your amazing self).
If you want to stay beautiful and feel beautiful all the time, then surround yourself with people who can make you feel that way. Surely, some people undergo the same issues as you, so try to stick around with them. Of course, you should make others feel beautiful about themselves too! Don’t be selfish by only thinking about what you can gain from a friendship or relationship; do your best to give more than what you receive. Trust me; that’ll make you feel a lot more beautiful.
Jackpot is one of the most sought-after games in casinos and even in the online realm. Jackpot is usually a fixed amount, but if the game is a progressive jackpot, then that means the jackpot price will rise as the players place coins in the machine and spin the wheel. A small percentage of every coin played is utilized to feed the jackpot. In the online world of PUBG, however, jackpot is usually a fixed amount.
Hitting the jackpot can almost mean anything.
If you’re traveling, hitting the jackpot might mean being able to reach the place you’ve always wanted to set foot on. Meanwhile, if you’re an LGBT, it might mean being accepted by the people around you. In PUBG, hitting the jackpot means ending victorious after a match.
Regardless of how negative of a thinker you are, getting jackpot in Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds is possible. It can happen in two ways: You can either visit legit gambling sites and play Jackpot game after depositing your skins or winning a PUBG match by being the last player standing out of 100 players.
If you choose the first one, then you can win by doing the following:
Depositing your PUBG skins to the pool
Waiting for the required number of items to be reached or for the site to randomly choose a winner
Winning or losing
In most sites, the higher the value of the skins you deposit, the higher your chances of winning. If you win, you’ll get all the skins in the jackpot but minus the site percent. One depositor will be chosen, and the odds will depend on how valuable your skins are. However, this way of getting jackpot is all about chance. If you’re unfortunate, no matter how precious or rare your skins are, you’ll lose. Really, this is all about luck.
If you select the other method, which is playing the game, then it won’t depend on luck but on your skills. If you choose to test your ability to survive by playing PUBG, then you have to use your wits and guts to remain alive until everyone else is dead. You have to gather all the resources you need, kill opponents, hide in a safe area, and stay alive for long. In other words, the second way of getting Jackpot in PUBG is less about luck and more about skills. The outcome of your character will depend on well you strategize, move, and shoot.
As much as we’d like to deny it, we tend to get too overwhelmed with what’s happening around us. As much as we’d also like to deny it, we tend to get too affected with what’s overwhelming around us. With all those cruelties happening in front of us, we tend to get scared – and ultimately, get too scared about taking risks in our lives. With all those criticisms happening in front of us, we tend to get afraid – and ultimately, get too afraid about going outside our comfort zones.
But you know what?
It doesn’t have to be that way. It doesn’t need to be that way.
Because no matter who you are, you deserve the world. Because no matter what you are, you deserve the world. Because no matter where you are, you deserve the world. Because no matter how you are, you deserve the world. Because you deserve the world without having to get scared about taking risks in your life. Because you deserve the world without needing to get afraid about going outside your comfort zone.
You deserve the world, with all those rich histories out there in every single place to go. You deserve the world, with all those vibrant cultures out there in every single thing to do. You deserve the world, in all its glory as the warm sun shines down on your body while roaming around the place on sneakers. You deserve the world, in all its glory as the cool wind blows up on your face as you rove around the place on bicycles.
You deserve the world, no matter how cruel other people can be. You deserve the world, no matter how critical other people can be.
You deserve the world, no matter what happens in life.
Ever felt like the world is going against you? Ever felt like no one is there for you? Ever felt like you are sinking into a deep hole with no way out?
Don’t give up, though.
As much as you’d like to just shut the world out, as much as you’d like to be alone forever, as much as you’d like to fully succumb into that deep hole, the fact remains that you are a part of this world and what you’re going through is a part of life itself.
We’ve all heard about those stories. How more kids are getting bullied every single day. How more teens are engaging with impersonation cyberbullying. How more adults are committing suicide every single day. And we’ve all heard about those reasons. That those kids are just playing with the bullied kid. That those teens are just having fun with the bullied kid. That those adults have nothing to do with the one who committed suicide.
I know. It’s saddening. It’s maddening. It’s even getting worse as time goes by. But you know what? You have the power to change the world. You have the voice for others to listen to. You have the hands for others to reach out to. You are the power of change itself, as you continue to live your life with all those lessons you’ve learned in every challenge that came your way – no matter how hard it was for you, no matter how haunting it was for your loved ones.
Never let anyone tell you otherwise. That you don’t have the power to change the world. That you don’t have the voice for others to listen to. That you don’t have the hands for others to reach out to.
Never let anyone tell you otherwise. That you aren’t the power of change itself.
For me who cares about you, for your loved ones who care about you, for the rest who cares about you…you are the change we’ve all been waiting for – the change who will make the world a better place to live in.