Good news: BZgA begins providing telephone counseling to protect against conversion therapy

Good news: International Day Against Homophobia, Homophobia, Heterophobia and Transphobia +++ Tinder now connects animal lovers: innen +++ If: Employer: Covers travel expenses to abortion clinic

The best news in the BRIGITTE Good News tape for May 2022

The news often shows the horrors of this world – currently, for example, the Corona pandemic and the Ukraine war. But there are not only dark sides, the world we live in has a lot of beauty in store for us. We want to celebrate the little everyday things and give you something positive to take with you. It’s time for good news – if not now, when?

May 17 2022

New line of advice for protection from shunt therapy

On the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia, Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT*), the Federal Center for Health Education (BZgA) offers the possibility of providing telephone advice on protection from conversion therapies. The Love Life initiative promotes sexual health and diversity. As part of the annual IDAHOBIT* Day of Action, attention must be drawn to the ongoing discrimination and prejudices that people experience because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. All affected people or people who feel pressured to have to undergo such treatment can contact the telephone counseling service.

Conversion therapies have been prohibited by law for teens since 2020. Conversion means something like reversal or reversal. Nothing else is attempted in these controversial methods of psychotherapy. Affected persons must be able to convert their homosexual “inclinations” to a heterosexual person. Remedies are often seen as a “cure” of homosexuality. The word “cure” is completely misleading here, because homosexuality is not a disease. Studies clearly show that sexual orientation cannot simply be changed. Conversion therapies lead to more depression, anxiety disorders, loss of sexual feelings and an increased risk of suicide.

Effective May 17, 2022, the BZgA Advisory Group can be reached by phone at 0221 8992876 Monday through Thursday from 12 noon to 4 pm. Since the beginning of the year, “Love Life” has also been providing online advice on issues of sexual and gender diversity and protection from conversion therapies. The advisory service is free and will be available in several languages ​​in the future.

May 16 2022

Tinder is now connecting animal lovers

For most people, the dog is a family member and faithful companion in life – so the new partner should also love the four-legged friend as much as possible, and vice versa. To make it clear that dogs are high on the priority list, Tinder has now developed a section dedicated to animal lovers. The territory can be found under the name “Tierliebe” – it is not only about the dog itself, but also about other pet owners for whom it is important for their beloved to become a part of the relationship.

Fittingly, the company opened a pop-up bar in London this past weekend, “Bark & ​​Spark” — which translates to “bark and sparkle.” There furry friends can go straight to the first date. The company’s surveys show that dogs in particular can be crucial to one’s love life.

According to the data, about one in three Tinder members (29 percent) have added a dog photo to their profile to increase their chances of dating – although it doesn’t always have to be their own. Corresponding profiles get about five percent more likes. One in ten says “dog lovers” are among their top concerns. For nine out of ten dog owners, it is an obstacle if their dog does not like their dating partner.

Dogs are considered icebreakers. They can resolve a tense situation and are always something to talk about when small talk gets stuck. It is better for gentlemen or mistresses to have ready-made gifts so that the date is truly famous.

May 11 2022

If: Employer: Covers travel expenses to the abortion clinic

Instead quietly and more discreetly than usual with great fanfare, major bank Citigroup introduced a new feature to employees in April. In a shareholder report, the bank announced that it would cover travel expenses “in response to changes in reproductive health laws in some states” in order to provide access to “adequate resources,” according to Der Spiegel magazine. This means that Citigroup pays when employees travel to New Mexico to have an abortion because the procedure is illegal in Texas.

This decision immediately encountered opposition from Republicans. In Washington, conservative lawmakers are calling on the House of Representatives to end a credit card agreement with Citi. In Texas itself there are efforts to exclude the bank from issuing municipal bonds. The Disney group recently felt a similar headwind: It publicly pitted itself against the controversial law banning or restricting abortion — and Parliament promptly punished it by repealing a tax concession.

Despite the imminent consequences, other companies decided to follow Citigroup’s lead – incidentally with Jane Fraser as the first woman to head a large bank. These include technology companies Amazon and Apple, IT service provider Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Internet portal Yelp, and jeans maker Levi Strauss. Tesla has had this regulation in place since 2021 — no one likes to brag about it in public because of the imminent consequences. It appears that investment banks Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan Chase are still debating the issue.

However, the pressure on companies is high – so many do not express themselves or advertise themselves publicly. Background: The Supreme Court plans to repeal the abortion law in the United States. The law has been firmly enshrined in American constitutional law for half a century. The problem: Polls confirm that Americans have long been more open about abortion, but the political and legal strings are in the hands of the minority. By changing the law, the United States would take another big step toward the Middle Ages, when women were still told what they could and could not do.

May 10, 2022

Portrait of Marilyn Monroe sold at auction for charity

The hammer fell four minutes later. Andy Warhol’s famous Marilyn Monroe painting sold for 185 million euros. Although the turnover was below expectations by 30 million euros, it is still a record of the century.

The image of the previous icon should be familiar to many. The head of the singer and actress appears on a turquoise background. Her face is pink, her lips are bright red, her hair is yellow, and her eyeshadow is turquoise. According to the auction house, the work is one of the greatest paintings of all time. The photo was taken in 1964 after Marilyn Monroe committed suicide, explains Alex Rutter, the auction house’s art expert.

The photograph shown in the auction is from the collection of siblings Thomas and Doris Amann in Zurich. On their property, they decided that all auction proceeds should flow into a children’s aid project.

May 6, 2022

Karen-Jean-Pierre becomes the new chief spokeswoman at the White House

Changing the position of president in the White House – No, not President Joe Biden. Jane Psaki, a White House spokeswoman, handed the matter over to Karen Jean-Pierre. She is the first black woman in this position and is open about being a lesbian. Jean-Pierre was formerly Psaki’s deputy. “It’s great because acting is important,” Psaki said. “It’s a historic moment and I didn’t miss it,” said Jean-Pierre himself. Furthermore: “I understand how important it is to a lot of people out there.”

Jean-Pierre occasionally replaced Psaki at press conferences and regularly accompanied Biden on trips. She worked for former President Barack Obama and a longtime advisor to Joe Biden. He said Jean-Pierre had the experience, talent and integrity required for this challenging task.

May 3, 2022

Donkey fighting tree pests

Bruno and Beppo are two seven-donkey donkeys that have a special mission to preserve nature for a few days: they are supposed to eat the grass on the forest floor thus making it unattractive to caterpillars. At the same time, long ears expose the earth to natural pollination. Bruno, Beppo and their companions were posted to the Hessian town of Griesheim. Just as in neighboring Pfungstadt, there is a problem in the area with drought damage and, above all, with the cocktail.

2022 is the year of the cocktail. After three years in the ground, where they ate their roots, they are now in their fourth year about to give birth. For the first few months, it nibs at the tender roots of the tree and then begins attacking the roots of the tree. Many trees do not survive the song-eating offspring of the May beetle, so beetle larvae are considered pests.

You could have used a poisoned baton, but Griesheim would like to go the climate-friendly route. A few weeks ago, an area of ​​about one hectare was covered with a thick layer of wood chips – this prevents grass from growing and pests from penetrating the soil.

Donkeys are now grazing nearby. The good thing about animals: they have to eat 22 hours a day – otherwise life-threatening colic can occur. It is weatherproof and can be left outside day and night. And in the forest, too, it is protected from high temperatures.

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