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The Origin Of 'Hot' - VIDEO

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It's a strange term when one stops to think about it: why would we use temperature to describe someone's sexiness? The folks over at Mental Floss dove into this etymology lesson with some surprising revelations, such as the fact that it's been a common term for over 700 years, first appearing in the 1300s to reference lust and desire. Canterbury Tales is an early work to use this new definition with the line in the prologue, "Hot he was, and lecherous as a sparrow." The complete adoption of the word to mean "attractive" took a long gestation time and according to the Oxford English Dictionary became official slang in the 1920s.

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Indie Video Game 'I'm Positive' Looks At What It's Like Getting A Positive HIV Test Result - WATCH

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I’m Positive is the indie-developed, retro-styled video game that won the Center for Disease Control’s “Health Game Jam” earlier this year. The game is simple, cross platform, and designed to give you the experience of learning that you’re HIV positive from a first person perspective. After receiving a call from a former sex partner you, the player, begin to navigate through a series of events that are informed by the revelation that you yourself might be positive.

Through conversations you learn more about the main character’s fears and concerns and are presented with a realistic picture of what it’s like to grapple with the prospect of being positive. Though it’s designed to inform players about HIV, how it’s spread, and how best to minimize risk of exposure, the game doesn’t make a point of hounding players to follow a specific script. You can choose not to follow up and get tested if you so please. In many ways the game is immersive because of its resemblance to everyday life. There’s nothing special to the game except that you’re one step removed from it being your actual life.

I’m Positive is free to download for Windows, Macs, and Linux systems at their website with Android and iOS versions of the game currently in development. Watch the trailer for I'm Positive AFTER THE JUMP...

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Student Writes Heartfelt Letter To Gay Teacher After Lesson On Bullying

Screen Shot 2014-12-16 at 4.08.56 PMA 9-year-old student wrote a heartwarming letter to her teacher after he told his students he was gay during a lesson on bullying reports Pink NewsThe letter comes after the teacher, listed as Mr. R., was teaching a lesson during the school's anti-bullying week and asked the Head of the school if he could tell the class that he was gay after learning that nearly the entire class heard the word "gay" used as an insult. The Head of the school supported R. and allowed him to share his life with his students; he was thrilled with the results after confiding his sexuality.

Said R.:

"The reaction was fantastic – there were a lot of gasps and shocked looks and some basic questions – do you have a boyfriend, etc., but after a couple of minutes they were over it and we moved on to the rest of the lesson."

A few days after sharing his sexuality with his students, one of them slipped him a letter. Names in the letter have been blocked out for privacy.

The letter in its entirety:

"Dear Mr. R.

"Even though you’re gay, I will always treat you the same way as I do now. I still think about you the same way as I used to. You’re a great teacher and these are just some of the word’s (sic) that I would describe you as: great, amazing, fantastic, brilliant, awesome and brave.

"The reason why I say brave is because you shared a personal secret which was very brave.

"You don’t have to feel scared because I know that everyone in the class feels the same way as I do.

“From A x x

PS. Mr. R., We are proud of you”

The letter brought R. to tears, and upon thanking her for the touching letter she simply replied, "It's just your life." For R. it's a relief to finally unveil a part of his life that he kept hidden, and use it as a compassionate educational experience for his students.

Said R.:

"For my class it was a surprise sure but, to them, it was just something simple and easy to file away as another piece of information. There was no judgement, no follow up, just acceptance.

"Now, I can mention my fiance as easily as any other teacher and my class know me a little better. I’ve had a lot of letters and cards over the years, but this one I know I’ll keep forever." 


Lesbian Basketball Players Sue Pepperdine University For Discrimination, 'Mental Anguish' - VIDEO

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Pepperdine University basketball players Haley Videckis and Layana White are suing their head coach and the school for alleged civil rights violations regarding their sexual orientation, reports OutSports.

Pepperdine, a private religious school in California which is allegedly in receipt of some public funding, says its purpose is to pursue the highest academic standards "within the context that celebrates and extends the spiritual and ethical ideals of the Christian faith."

Back in 2012, the Malibu-based university blocked the formation of a Gay-Straight Alliance called 'Reach Out' because Dean of Students Mark Davis said homosexuality is against "God's Will".

Videckis and White claim they were harassed for being in a relationship with each other. They allege the mental anguish ultimately led to a suicide attempt by White.

The two are suing coach Ryan Weisenberg and the university for violating their civil right to privacy and for violations of a 1972 California law which prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded education programs and activities.

The complaint alleges that coach Weisenberg said "Lesbianism is not tolerated on this team” and is “a big concern in women's basketball."

In a statement released over the weekend, the university said”

“We take allegations of this kind very seriously. We conducted an immediate and thorough investigation and found no evidence to support these claims. The University remains committed to a diverse and inclusive environment.”

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Ottawa School Backtracks On Decision To Ban Student Project On Gay Rights

Quinn Maloney-Tavares and Polly Hamilton

A Catholic school in Ottawa has backtracked on a decision to not allow two grade 6 students to present a social justice project on gay rights following complaints from parents, reports CBC News.

In a statement explaining the ban in November, the Ottawa Catholic School Board (CSB) said:

“Our Family Life curriculum (Fully Alive) covers all topics around personhood, relationships and sexuality and is developed and taught in an age-appropriate manner. The Board ensures that a pastoral approach is used during the learning process. Parents are notified before sexuality topics are taught in class.

“The principal's decision was made in this context and with the understanding that the project was going to be presented to younger students.​

“Our Board's focus on equity and family life programs ensures students are taught within the context of our faith, with a focus on the dignity of personhood.”

St geoge school ottawaFollowing the ban, students Quinn Maloney-Tavares and Polly Hamilton met with Jeremy Dias of Jer’s Vision, an activist organization that seeks to eliminate homophobia and transphobia in schools and youth communities.

The decision to now allow the project to go ahead comes following a meeting between the girls, their parents and the principal of St. George School near Tunney’s Pasture.

Following the decision, the CSB said:

"The girls will be doing a project on how the topic of gay rights is addressed by a Catholic high school’s equity club. The girls will be welcome to present their project at the social justice fair."

Quinn’s mother Ann Maloney said:

"One person can make change because they came up against a roadblock and took some action and they were able to change the way people think. I think that's a pretty powerful feeling for them to have at such a young age."

Maloney added that although she has received positive messages from parents, some messages have been “very unpleasant.”


Florida State University Lecturer Resigns Following Racist, Homophobic Rant - VIDEO

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Florida State University College of Business senior lecturer Deborah O’Connor has resigned from her position following an outburst last week on Facebook in which she used racist, Islamophobic and homophobic slurs, reports the Tallahassee Democrat.

Eborah O'connor 2In response to a post by hair stylist Colin Lively last Thursday on the police killings in Ferguson, Staten Island and Cleveland, O’Connor’s comments included:

“YOU elected POTUS, Holder et al. And they are supposed to represent all Americans, not just blacks … why don’t these ass clowns insert themselves into their stories?”

“Take your Northern fagoot [sic] elitism and shove it up your ass.”

“I teach at a University, you asshole. What do you do?”

“You are an intellectual fraud, just like your Messiah. Obama has single-handedly turned our once great society into a Ghetto Culture, rivaling that of Europe. France is almost at war because of his filthy rodent Muslims who are attacking Native Frenchmen and women.”

O'Connor has confirmed her decision to bring a planned retirement next spring forward as “the path of least resistance.” Her comments have since been deleted.

Lively said:

"I'm surprised her employers weren't aware of her and hadn't done something about it. I feel very bad for any woman who carries that kind of rage inside her heart. I feel very bad and sorry for her."

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