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How a Simple Semicolon Tattoo is Giving Hope To People in Pain

The punctuation mark has become an important symbol to those struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts.

Tattoos tell a story. Sometimes that story is as meaningful as memorializing a past relationship. Other times, it tells the story of “I got this when I was drunk.” Recently, an organization known as Project Semicolon came up with the idea of creating tattoos for the greater good. Tattoo semicolons would be used to symbolize the hope of people who could have ended their life—or ended the sentence—but decided to charge forward, with hope. Nearly two years after the project’s start, hundreds of people across the globe have responded with enthusiasm, engagement, and tattoos.

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Gender identity is a confusing topic for most people, and the lines get even blurrier when young kids enter the arena. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s child, Shiloh, made news when it was revealed that Shiloh identified as a boy and wanted to be called John. Pitt and Jolie have reportedly been very supportive of John, but many were skeptical that a child so young could properly gender identify. However, a new study shows that transgender children identify just as strongly as cisgender kids.

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How We Built a Community With Purpose by Hacking Crowdfunding

Mom Squad's using crowdfunding to build a new network of people affected by a specific kind of suicide.


I didn't want to become one of those people. You know who I mean. Maybe you've been one yourself.

If so, here's your MO: constant social media posts about your exercise routines. Status updates filled with pre-fab facts about the cause. Endless e-mails asking for $10 more. Yes, I'm talking about the charity walker in the age of the web.

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