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These Game Developers are Honoring Leelah Alcorn Through the Medium She Loved

Inspired by Leelah Alcorn, #JamForLeelah is exploring trans identity in gaming (and they want your help!)

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In late December, Leelah Alcorn, a transgender teenager from Ohio, ended her life. Before doing so, she scheduled a heartbreaking letter to be published online later that day. In her suicide note, Alcorn—whose conservative Christian parents had rejected her transgender identity—described the unbearable pain she felt, trapped between who she knew she was, and how she was treated by those around her. “The only way I will rest in peace is if one day transgender people aren't treated the way I was, they're treated like humans, with valid feelings and human rights” wrote Leelah, who later implored: “My death has to mean something.”

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“I Know It's Not P.C. But...”

Sam Harris, #Gamergate, and the explosion of white, male, illiberal rage

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The #GamerGate fiasco and the fallout from the Ben Affleck/Sam Harris Islam showdown on RealTime with Bill Maher starkly illustrate the closing of the white male mind, even within territory that once seemed inhospitable to such conservative, retrograde beliefs.

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@GOOD Asks: Can Playing Games Teach Us Valuable Life Lessons? The Community Answers

Should we encourage younger generations to play more games in an effort to make our world a better place? Joint the conversation.

Yesterday on GOOD, Twitter, and Facebook, we asked our friends: Can playing games teach us valuable life lessons? The question was inspired by a recent Colbert Report interview with Jane McGonigal about her book Reality is Broken: Why Games Make us Better and How They Can Change the World. We didn't get as many responses as we were hoping for. Maybe everyone was too busy gaming.

We ask a question to our Twitter and Facebook faithful once a day, so if you’re not yet following @GOOD or a fan, make sure to sign up and participate in the conversation.

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