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Samaria Johnson

Writer/Editor (but more interesting than it sounds)

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Kaitlin Sweeney

policy wonk. communications strategist. campaign professional. this collection is comprised of samples of my written work and earned ...

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Pardis Mahdavi

Pardis Mahdavi, PhD is currently the Acting Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the ...

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David Fisher

People call me BFG...Big Friendly Giant. I'm just a 6ft 8in guy with not so average height, but ...

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Erica Snyder

Erica Snyder is an aspiring screenwriter studying Dramatic Writing at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She is ...

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Specialisms: News, Lifestyle, Journalism, Film, Features, Entertainment, Art

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Ever Wondered What Ken Dolls Would Look Like With Dadbod? You’re In Luck

Ever Wondered What Ken Dolls Would Look Like With Dadbod? You’re In Luck After 57 years, the most iconic doll of all time, Barbie, got a well-received makeover to appeal to a new generation. Now offering petite, tall and curvy sizes in addition to the original, Barbie now "more closely [reflects her] young owners’ world," according to Mattel. "But what about Ken?" asked quite a few men on Twitter, jumping to the question before news of the new Barbies died down even a ~little~ bit. Luckily fo
By Katy Lubin
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Bi-Erasure Is Very Real -- And Here's How You Can Avoid It

"It's just a phase." "Oh, she's just experimenting." "He's too scared to say he's gay." These seemingly harmless phrases are all examples of bi-erasure, a very real and very dangerous hurdle facing the bisexual community. "Bisexual erasure is when the existence or legitimacy of bisexuality (either in general or in regard to an individual) is questioned or denied outright," Alexandra Bolles, a Strategist, Global and US South, at GLAAD....
By Katherine Kausch
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Think You Can Pass The Impossible Literacy Test African Americans Once Had To Take Before They Could Vote? Try Now

Think You Can Pass The Impossible Literacy Test African Americans Once Had To Take Before They Could Vote? Try Now Set to hit movie theaters next month, "Selma" will tell the powerful true story of Martin Luther King Jr. and the fight to push through the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Before this very important piece of legislation, many African Americans were forced to take so-called "literacy" tests in order to exercise their right to vote. And if this seems impossible to imagine, the filmmakers be
By Jazmyn Tuberville
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The Day The Neo-Nazis Came To Town

I was in the seventh grade when I first saw what pure hatred looks like. My family was driving back from a vacation on the East Coast when, somewhere in the middle of Tennessee, we looked out the window and saw banners praising the KKK and signs that made it clear black people were not welcome there. My older sister and I ducked down in our seats, scared of the evil that targeted us, that maintained our existence to be invalid, and that lurked just outside of our vehicle. The following year, a
By Samaria Johnson
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The Truth About My 'Picky' Eating Habits

When I was three, I refused to eat anything but crackers, apple juice, and, if I was feeling festive, yogurt. That year didn’t turn out to be an anomaly or a phase. By the time I started kindergarten, I only agreed to consume about 12 different food items, while my siblings ate everything that couldn’t outrun them. My parents were understandably concerned and took me to a doctor to discuss my eating habits. I remember being too shy to tell him the truth: that I felt as though I would literally d
By Samaria Johnson
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Why I Choose To Live With Chronic Pain Instead Of Being Habitually High

Not only was I in virtually no pain, but life was also a blast. I had zero social inhibitions. I was fearless. It was like nothing could go wrong. Except it did. The first time I took gabapentin, I was so high that I cried. I hallucinated colors that were so beautiful and vivid that I became distraught upon realizing no one else could see them. The second time I took gabapentin, I cried again, but that time it was because I was so emotionally compromised that I thought Alvin and the Chipmunks:
By Samaria Johnson
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I’m A 21-Year-Old Virgin, But Probably Not For The Reason You Think

“David, did you ever realize that your body shape is similar to that of a woman’s?” my buddy randomly blurted out one day as we were laying out on the beach along the Jersey Shore. “Your hips look like my mom’s and you have moobs almost big enough to need a bra.” I’ve always been self-conscious about the way I look. I was never the most attractive individual, the six-pack I had always dreamed of buried somewhere deep under my perma–dad bod. But my friend's random comment was concerning. Was the
By David Fisher
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A Guide To Watching The Second Presidential Debate

But — plot twist — the moderators have also decided to let the internet offer its own set of questions. The 30 most popular questions on the Open Debate Coalition’s website will be considered and maybe used on Sunday (we’re thinking of you, people stuck moderating this website and getting rid of the questions about Harambe). The question of choice right now is about universal background checks, while other ones near the top are about Social Security, the Second Amendment, and Citizens United. No one has asked if either candidate would nominate Boaty McBoatface to the Supreme Court yet.
By Kaitlin Sweeney
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Gay Student Told He Couldn't Bring His Date To Homecoming Has Now Been Suspended

Eighteen-year-old Lance Sanderson just wanted to bring his date to his last-ever high school homecoming dance like any other senior. Instead, he made national headlines last week after his all-boys Catholic school in Memphis, Tennessee forbid him from bringing a male date to the dance.
By Kristina Marusic
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Meet The Incredible Trans Teens Using Selfies To Make The World A Better Place

A brand-new storytelling campaign for transgender youth called TRUTH launched Tuesday (August 4). he national project from the youth leaders at the Transgender Law Center and the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Network consists of three awesome components: short video profiles of young trans people and their families, a storytelling toolkit designed to help you figure out whether you’re ready to share your own stories online, and an Instagram selfie campaign like none other.
By Kristina Marusic
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Here's How This Legendary Plus-Size Supermodel Is Revolutionizing Fashion Design School

Supermodel Emme is not a fan of boundaries in the fashion industry. First, she broke the rules by becoming known as the first-ever plus-size supermodel in the 90’s. Now, she’s helping Syracuse University in New York launch the first-ever fashion design program to include lessons in designing clothing for curvy women. MTV News caught up with Emme to learn more about how that’s going to help revolutionize the fashion industry.
By Kristina Marusic
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Is Global Marriage Equality About To Be A Thing?

When the Supreme Court made their historic marriage equality ruling in June, it may have felt revolutionary (in a lot of ways, it was!), but the U.S. is not exactly a world leader when it comes to LGBT equality. In fact, we followed Argentina, England, Ireland, Portugal, Belgium, Finland, Luxembourg, Scotland, Uruguay, Brazil, France, The Netherlands, South Africa, Canada, Greenland, New Zealand, Spain, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden to become the the 22nd country in the world to adopt national recognition of same-sex marriages.
By Kristina Marusic
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This Mayor Came Out As Gay To Fight For Equality In Indiana

Back in March, Indiana made waves over its controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which allowed business owners to refuse service to LGBTQ people on the basis of religion. Today (June 16), Pete Buttigieg, the 33-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, bravely came out in an op-ed he wrote for the South Bend Tribune in order to speak out on behalf of the LGBT community.
By Kristina Marusic
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New Laws Highlight The Dangerous, Devastating Lives Of Transgender Inmates

MTV News recently wrote about how hard life is for women and girls in prison, but a survey of recent headlines makes it clear that transgender prisoners also face their own devastating injustice: They’re routinely put in dangerous situations, denied necessary medication, and treated with disrespect by the entire prison system.
By Kristina Marusic
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This Psychologist Says Kids Being Trans Could Just Be A Phase

People are pretty upset about a recent opinion piece published by the New York Times that was supposed to be about the science of being transgender. One writer, German Lopez, even wrote a story for Vox that opened, “What happens when the New York Times gets a professor of clinical psychiatry to look at the research on transgenderism and gender identity? Well, apparently the professor gets every study he looked at wrong.”
By Kristina Marusic
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This Tide Commercial Is A Hilarious Reminder That Not All 'Church Ladies' Are Like Kim Davis

Tide (yes, the laundry detergent brand) and its parent company Proctor and Gamble made a statement in official support of marriage equality last year (joining lots of other major brands), and then made some headlines by featuring a cute gay couple in a Canadian commercial. Now they’re poking fun at marriage equality haters like Kim Davis in a new commercial for Tide To Go that features a hilarious twist.
By Kristina Marusic
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I’m A 21-Year-Old Virgin, But Probably Not For The Reason You Think

Why was I so different from a normal 19-year-old male? Why didn’t my sex drive work like it should? “David, did you ever realize that your body shape is similar to that of a woman’s?” my buddy randomly blurted out one day as we were laying out on the beach along the Jersey Shore. “Your hips look like my mom’s and you have moobs almost big enough to need a bra.” I’ve always been self-conscious about the way I look. I was never the most attractive individual, the six-pack I had always dreamed of
By David Fisher
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Why I Don't Regret My Decision To Transfer Colleges

As high school seniors, we all have anxiety about where we will go to college. Usually, our lists consist of a dream school, a few reach schools, and a handful of safe schools. When I was a senior, I applied to mostly liberal arts colleges like Sarah Lawrence, Wellesley, Smith, Reed, and Wesleyan. There was something about Wesleyan that had a dreamlike aura surrounding it. It was prestigious, it was liberal, it was artsy, it — supposedly — had a great LGBTQ community. So when I found out I got i
By Erica Snyder
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