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It's not easy to be transgender. Any gender non-conforming expression is scrutinized by the general public and, as we talk more and more about the rights everyone should have, trans people come under fire.


That's why it's great that Twitter user @wondyful started the #TransLooksLikeThis hashtag last week. Their experience within the trans community led them to feel that they were being pushed out for not fitting a specific look.



The tag took off, with others posting photos of themselves to explain what being trans looks like.

And it looks pretty great!




While the visibility of trans rights has increased, trans people themselves can feel very left out.

That's why it's important for trans people of all backgrounds to have a voice.




Trans issues have been in the news lately, especially with attacks from the Trump administration. President Trump is trying to roll out limits on transgender people in the military. Additionally, his administration is looking to establish a legal definition of gender that ties it to sex under Title IX protections.

But many are speaking out against this erasure. With the control of the House of Representatives shifting sides, a new task force on transgender rights is working to fight the administration's attempts to invalidate the very lives of trans people. And across the globe, people are protesting inhumane treatment and the reductions in rights for those who are transgender.

In all this, it's important to remember not every trans person can transition, nor does every trans person want to transition. Their gender identity and gender expression are not tied to the binary most are used to. People have their preferred pronouns and it's important to respect them.

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Conspiracy theories are beliefs that there are covert powers that be changing the course of history for their own benefits. It's how we see the rise of QAnon conspiracies and people storming the capital.

Why do people fall for them? Well some research has looked into the reasons for that.

The Association for Psychological Science published a paper that reviewed some of the research:

"This research suggests that people may be drawn to conspiracy theories when—compared with nonconspiracy explanations—they promise to satisfy important social psychological motives that can be characterized as epistemic (e.g., the desire for understanding, accuracy, and subjective certainty), existential (e.g., the desire for control and security), and social (e.g., the desire to maintain a positive image of the self or group)."

Whatever the motivations may be, we wanted to know which convoluted stories became apart of peoples consciousness enough for them to believe it.

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I hate ghosts, even if it's Casper. My life is already stressful enough. I don't need to creeped out by spirits from the beyond. Shouldn't they be resting and basking in the glow of the great beyond instead of menacing the rest of us?

The paranormal seems to be consistently in unrest, which sounds like death isn't any more fun or tranquil than life. So much for something to look forward to.

Some ghosts just like to scare it up. It's not always like "Ghosthunters" the show.

Redditor u/Murky-Increase4705 wanted to hear about all the times we've faced some hauntings that left us shook, by asking:

Reddit, what are your creepy encounters with something that you are convinced was paranormal?
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The past year brought about much anxiety and it's been a challenge to find the light in what has felt like perpetual darkness.

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A lot of talk going on about women's bodies, isn't there?

Not necessarily with women front and center as part of the conversation, unfortunately.

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