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Acceptance of LGBTQ Children: A General Discussion

Allison Armijo Acceptance is a fickle idea. Everyone craves it, but more often than not, people fail to allot it. It’s not an easy thing to do - accept. But it is vital for movement and for living in today’s day and age. Now, acceptance is not approval. Approval is when someone agrees with you, when someone supports you and your ideas; whereas acceptance is the “okay” that someone loves you enough to take whoever you are and not judge. This idea of acceptance is rare among families of LGBTQ children. This is not to say that all families, or even most, are unsupportive of their LGBTQ children, but it does bring to light the intolerance expressed by some families surrounding this prevalent iss

Tiny Homes for Big Problems

Stephanie Stinnett One project that I have recently noticed growing bigger is building tiny homes for the homeless. All across the country communities of tiny homes are popping up to help those in need. From coast to coast communities are gathering their time and resources to help those around them in need. Are these tiny homes a step in the right direction to ending the very large problem that is homelessness? One tiny home village in Seattle called Nickelsville began in 2013 with help from the Low-Income Housing Institute. The houses have heating for the winters and fans for the summers. The tiny houses themselves do not have showers or toilets, but there is a main house that provides acce

Emotional Advantages of Creativity

Allison Armijo It is a well-known fact that creativity is important for the development of youth and adolescents, especially as they transition to adulthood. Creativity, for example in art, allows individuals to express their emotions and limitations through outlets such as painting and writing. The vibrant colors and persuasive letters are vehicles that act as keys to allow young people to “unlock” their emotions and contribute to the world in a way they never thought they could. On the other hand, creativity has other advantages besides just physical. It is important to acknowledge that the emotional advantages of creativity are profoundly essential in the development of adolescents. Altho

Food Deserts

by Rachael McCollum A desert is barren and lacking in life. We always think of sandy deserts first when the topic comes up. But many other places can be deserts too. There are neighborhoods without a hint of sand that can be called deserts. These places are called “food deserts” and they’re called this because you can’t get food within them. If a large area has no grocery stores for a wide radius, it is a food desert. The people living in these kinds of deserts struggle to feed themselves just like people in sandy deserts. Food deserts are hardest on poor people, particularly the homeless. When one has to drive very far to reach healthy food, it becomes a huge cost, not only in grocery money

Illegal to be Homeless

Stephanie Stinnett One topic that I have come across recently is the legality of homelessness. How can it be illegal to be homeless, you ask? How can we fine or jail people who are just fighting to meet their basic needs? It sounds backwards to punish those who have no choice to sleep on the streets due to lack of housing and full shelters. Most recently in October 2018, Hungary put a constitutional ban against homelessness. Under Article 22 of the revised constitution, homeless people who refuse to go to shelters will be forced to enroll in public work programs, which can only be avoided by paying a fine. If they can’t face those fines, then they will have to spend time in prison. United Na

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