Nobody gave these kids a chance until one young former inmate followed his dream.

Nobody gave these kids a chance  until one young former inmate followed his dream.
David Lee Windecher didn’t exactly have the kind of start in life that sets a person up for success. He grew up poor after moving to the United States from Argentina in the 1970s, and, he says, "poverty led to my first arrest out of desperation." "It opened the door to the darkest years of my life." At 13, David witnessed his first murder, and the trauma of that moment led to more trouble — joining a gang for

17 Work, Money, And Life Lessons I Learned In 2017

17 Work, Money, And Life Lessons I Learned In 2017
Axel Holen Many people stop reading books as soon as they graduate school. Don’t be one of them. My 9-5 job involves a lot of heavy reading, but I still make time to read outside of work. I mostly fit this in by reading on the subway to and from work, as well as setting aside 30 to 60 minutes before bed. I enjoy reading anything from crime fiction to political theory. 2. Control your money before it controls

Here’s what one chronically ill woman wants you to know about the holidays.

Here’s what one chronically ill woman wants you to know about the holidays.
It’s that time of year again. There’s a lot I love about this season — the colorful light displays in my neighborhood; holiday music (well, most of it); and my own little traditions, like celebrating both Hanukkah and Christmas. It’s also a hard time of year for me, and so I thought I’d write a holiday letter, but not the usual “here’s-what-I-did-this-year” kind. Instead, I’d like to share some of my thoughts about being chronically ill during the holidays.

How Having A Hysterectomy At 25 Completely Changed My Life

How Having A Hysterectomy At 25 Completely Changed My Life
Gardie Design Social Media Marketing I started my period when I was 11 years old. By the time I was 12, my mom consulted with a pediatrician who recommended birth control because my period was heavy and my cramps were debilitating. I was attempting to skip my period altogether by taking continuous birth control at 14, but my period would still show up at the most inconvenient times. I don’t remember a time when my periods were not painful. But doctors never

Bea Arthur gave big to homeless LGBTQ youth in her will. This is what came of it.

Bea Arthur gave big to homeless LGBTQ youth in her will. This is what came of it.
Back in 2009, Carl Siciliano wasn't sure if his nonprofit was going to survive the throes of the Great Recession. The Ali Forney Center, a group committed to helping homeless LGBTQ youth in New York City, was on the brink of eviction. Between paying rent, payroll, and the critical services it provided to its youth, Siciliano, director of the center, had doubts Ali Forney could run much longer. Carl Siciliano. Photo by Michael Calcagno/Upworthy. Then he got a phone

A bit of bisexual mythbusting inspired by Halsey.

A bit of bisexual mythbusting inspired by Halsey.
People seem to have a lot of misconceptions about what it means to be bisexual. Thankfully, pop star Halsey is here to clear things up. On Twitter, the "Bad at Love" singer joked, "So if I'm dating a guy, I'm straight, and if I date a woman, I'm a lesbian. The only way to be a #True bisexual is to date two people at once." So if I’m dating a guy I’m straight, and if I date a woman,

15 real ways to thank black women for carrying the country on their backs.

15 real ways to thank black women for carrying the country on their backs.
After an intense, widely watched campaign, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama's open seat in the U.S. Senate. It's the first time a Democrat has held the spot in more than 20 years, and the victory cost Republicans a desperately needed seat just as the fight to pass major items on the GOP's agenda has become particularly heated. Doug Jones' win was huge for Alabama — and the nation too — but as the exit poll data has emerged, it's

This Baby May Look Ordinary, But He’s Actually The Very First Of His Kind

This Baby May Look Ordinary, But He’s Actually The Very First Of His Kind
Giving birth is a monumental moment in any mother’s life. It doesn’t matter that 251 babies are born every minute because your own bundle of joy is the only one that matters. Except, for Malin Stenberg, motherhood truly was a unique experience. Stenberg and her partner Claes Nilsson, both from Sweden, were part of a pioneering project which saw their baby, Vincent, be born against the odds. A year ago, Stenberg made history when she became the first woman in

39 of the best celebrity responses to Keaton Jones’ powerful video about bullying.

39 of the best celebrity responses to Keaton Jones’ powerful video about bullying.
Last week, a Tennessee woman named Kimberly Jones posted a video of her son Keaton online. It went mega-viral. The video, which has been viewed on Facebook more than 20 million times since posting, shows Keaton in tears over being bullied at school. There's a sense of despair and helplessness in his voice that no child should have to feel, but too many have. "Just out of curiosity, why do they bully?" a distraught Keaton asks his mom. "What's

Playing a sex worker on TV gave Maggie Gyllenhaal a new perspective on the industry.

Playing a sex worker on TV gave Maggie Gyllenhaal a new perspective on the industry.
Fresh off her role as a sex worker in Showtime's 70s-era drama "The Deuce," Maggie Gyllenhaal thinks it's time we decriminalize sex work. In an interview with Elle, Gyllenhaal shared her thoughts on the industry portrayed on the small screen, saying, "My instinct is to say decriminalize it and make sure everybody's safe, healthy and taken care of." Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images. It was a passing remark in Gyllnhaal's interview, but for many activists, the fight to decriminalize

Theres One Common Thread Between The Famous Men Accused Of Sexual Misconduct And This Tiny Detail Matters

Theres One Common Thread Between The Famous Men Accused Of Sexual Misconduct And This Tiny Detail Matters
By …some guy aka Flowizm / Wikimedia Commons As the eye-opening rash of recent allegations pulsates through Hollywood, one can only wonder how these men, the accusations piling into the hundreds and spanning decades, could justify their behavior. Not to others, the answer to that is as simple as lying and denying, but to themselves. How does a sexual assailant permit themselves that behavior when they exist in the same society we all exist in? Didn’t they know it

You’d probably never know this woman’s had a debilitating disease since birth.

You’d probably never know this woman’s had a debilitating disease since birth.
Cassandra Trimnell was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia in 1987 when she was just a baby. She inherited the gene that causes this disease from both of her parents, meaning she has sickle cell type SS. This means she can experience the worst symptoms — including fatigue, extreme joint pain, anemia, and infections — at a higher rate.   She's not the only one with sickle cell in her family either. Her younger sister Joanne was also born with

A feminist songwriter explained equality in a way ‘even our president can understand.’

A feminist songwriter explained equality in a way ‘even our president can understand.’
One night in late 2016, singer, songwriter, and satirist Rachel Lark was performing her song "Free the Nipple," just like she had many times before. But something just didn't feel right. "I just had to stop and say to the audience, 'Wow, guys, I'm sorry. If we just elected Trump, we are clearly not advanced enough as a society to be having that debate right now,'" she explains in an email. The conversation about censorship of female versus male

This Is How Youll Fall In Love In 2018, Based On Your Birth Month

This Is How Youll Fall In Love In 2018, Based On Your Birth Month
Marcelo Matarazzo January Your ambition and your strong work ethic are two of your best characteristics, but the way you’ll fall in love in 2018 is by meeting someone who reminds you that there is so much life to be lived  of work. They’ll be 100% supportive of your career and your goals, and will only cheer you on rather than getting in your way – but they will also remind you that it’s important to look up from

What Every Parent Needs To Understand About Teens’ Mental Health

What Every Parent Needs To Understand About Teens’ Mental Health
Data published by the nonprofit Mental Health America shows that rates of severe youth depression have increased from 5.9 percent to 8.2 percent over a five-year period. Half of those screened between the ages of 11 and 17 reported having thoughts of suicide or self-harm throughout the course of a week. South Dakota was the state that ranked the “best” in terms of good youth mental health. (The data measured access to treatment as well as prevalence of mental health

How One Woman’s Digital Life Was Weaponized Against Her

How One Woman’s Digital Life Was Weaponized Against Her
The first time the police arrived on her doorstep, in March of 2015, Courtney Allen was elated.She rushed to the door alongside her dogs, a pair of eager Norwegian elkhounds, to greet them. “Is this about our case?” she asked. The police looked at her in confusion. They didn’t know what case she was talking about. Courtney felt her hope give way to a familiar dread.Three days earlier, Courtney and her husband, Steven, had gone to the police headquarters