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Photo Series: New York’s homeless youth as they want to be seen INSP 22/06/2015

A photography project in New York aims to change public perceptions of LGBT homeless youths by giving them the power to control how they are portrayed. The collection of photos, known as SEE ME, was created in collaboration with Reprocity Foundation and photographer Alex Fradkin, the nonprofit’s first-ever artist in residence. Rather than showing young people huddled on street corners, the colourful series shifts the focus to places of importance for homeless LGBT youths. Taz Tagore, co-founder of Reprocity, explains to INSP how SEE ME captures their qualities of tenacity, hope, creativity and inner strength that are so rarely seen.

“I don’t want to fill a stereotype” Z magazine - Netherlands 17/06/2015

Z! Amsterdam meets Munisha, Demaya and Chelsea, three women from three different continents, who all live in Amsterdam and say they face daily prejudices because of their dark skin colour. They sit down to discuss skin, hair, role models and discrimination. This article takes the form of a conversation between the three women and features a range of photos.

Photo series: The tent city sheltering Seattle's homeless Reuters 17/06/2015

Seattle currently has six authorized homeless encampments, commonly referred to as tent cities, which are required to move every few months. There are also dozens of non-permitted encampments that have sprung up in city parks, under roadways and in vacant lots. This Reuters photo series depicts life in Tent City 3. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray hopes to introduce three new organized homeless encampments to be managed by nonprofits. His office believes the tent cities are essential to dealing with rising homelessness in the city. Last year's point in time count found 3,123 people living on the streets of Seattle and King County - up 15 percent from the previous year.

Photo series: Elderly in the world of graffiti Reuters 17/06/2015

Think street art is just for young people? Think again. A group of Portuguese pensioners are proving you’re never too old to get to grips with graffiti. Since 2012, a program from The LATA 65 organization has been introducing elderly people in Lisbon, Portugal to the world of graffiti and urban art. This colourful photo series from Reuters follows a group of senior street art lovers as they take to the street to create their own graffiti group mural.

Through images and art, Rex Hohlbein is changing perceptions of homelessness Real Change - USA 15/06/2015

Seattle-based architect, photo-journalist and community activist architect Rex Hohlbein built his nonprofit, Facing Homelessness, on the back of a Facebook page called ‘Homeless in Seattle’. The page shares true stories of homelessness and has amassed more than 16,000 followers. Hohlbein will present an exhibition of his photographs at the Global Street Paper Summit in Seattle on 22 June. He speaks to Summit co-hosts Real Change about how his work grew from a personal Facebook project to a full nonprofit that works to challenge negative perceptions of homelessness.

Photo series: I am transgender Reuters 15/06/2015

While Caitlyn Jenner celebrates her transition on the cover of Vanity Fair, transgender men and women around the world face similar challenges in far less forgiving circumstances. Here, Reuters sheds light on the faces and experiences of transgender individuals around the world, including Canada, Pakistan, Thailand, Honduras and Kenya.

Dino-wrangling with Jurassic World star Chris Pratt The Big Issue Australia 15/06/2015

American actor Chris Pratt is best known for his roles in popular US sitcom Parks and Recreation and as roguish outer-space outlaw Peter Quill in last year’s box-office smash Guardians of the Galaxy. Now, he stars in the new dinosaurs-gone-wild blockbuster, Jurassic World, as dino-wrangler Owen Grady. With supercharged prehistoric carnivore the Indominus Rex running amok, it’s up to Grady to save the day. When it comes to playing the action hero lead, Pratt says he’s more than up to the challenge.

Oh! The impossible lightness of being Taylor Swift The Contributor - USA 15/06/2015

In the midst of her colossal world tour, global superstar Taylor Swift took some time out to speak to The Contributor’s Holly Gleason. In this exclusive interview, the multiple Grammy Award-winning artist discusses crossing over from country to pop in her smash hit album 1989 and her determination to stay true to herself, and her loyal legion of fans. “I think my songs go out into the world and become something different for each person who listens to them, and that’s one of the most exciting things. Being truthful and open is what got me here, so I’m not about to start writing songs that could be about anything or anyone.”

Street to stable: how equine therapy helps homeless youths heal Street Roots - USA 15/06/2015

Homeless youths in Portland, Oregon are going from street to stable, thanks to an equine therapy program that champions the psychological advantages of working with horses. Street Roots reporter Emily Green visited a horse ranch where certified therapists use activities with the animals to help foster self-awareness, confidence and trust. She finds out how working with horses is helping homeless youths heal.

The next extinction event? Us The Big Issue UK 15/06/2015

Sixty-five million years ago, a mass extinction event at the end of the Cretaceous period wiped out up to 81 per cent of all species on Earth. Today, the World Wide Fund for Nature estimates that between 200 and 2,000 species become extinct every year as our planet’s resources are used up – but there is a solution to this unfolding environmental catastrophe. Instead of losing thousands of species, we could save them all with the deliberate and orchestrated extermination of one particular species… us. The Big Issue’s Steven MacKenzie speaks to Les U Knight, from Portland, Oregon about why he believes in sacrificing the human race for the good of all.

Sci-fi and Jurassic Park have driven research, scientists say The Conversation 15/06/2015

Dinosaurs are back, on the big screen at least, as Jurassic World comes crashing into cinemas with a new dino star - a genetically-engineered hybrid, ominously named Indominus Rex. In the wake of the original 1993 Jurassic Park, scientists were unanimously emphatic that there was no way on earth dinosaurs could ever be resurrected. But according to PhD Candidate Elizabeth Jones, the film franchise, to some extent, did actually drive and develop the science and technology of ancient DNA research. As a knock on effect, questions are also being raised about the possibility of mammoth de-extinction, and the ethics surrounding it.

Drunken monkeys? Only humans really don’t know when they’ve had enough The Conversation 15/06/2015

Some wild west African chimpanzees are teetotallers, whereas others are frequent drinkers given the opportunity – consuming the equivalent of three pints of strong lager per day. A new scientific study lends support to the drunken monkey hypothesis, which suggests humans and their primate relatives are attracted to the smell of alcohol because in our common evolutionary history this indicates the presence of energy rich, albeit fermenting fruits. This could help explain why people and some primates become addicted to alcohol writes Wildlife Conservation Professor Robert John Young, who also discovers if any species, other than humans, regularly drinks to intoxication.

Night moves Megaphone - Canada 15/06/2015

Not everyone is a morning person. For some, the darkest hours of the night are the times when they feel most alive. Megaphone reporter Laura Trethewey dives into the world of night owls who thrive while others sleep, making the case for rethinking the nocturnal among us.

Fishing and farming in Gaza is a deadly business IPS 15/06/2015

The Israeli–Palestinian conflict has decimated Gaza’s fishing industry, with thousands of Gazans deprived of a living and unable to support their families as a result. The Israeli navy limits Gaza’s fishermen to a three nautical-mile zone off Gaza’s coast, but even fishermen within that zone have come under fire and been shot, injured and killed or had their boats destroyed or confiscated. Agricultural produce and manufactured goods used to underpin the coastal territory’s economy before Israel and Egypt enforced the Gaza blockade. Analysts and political commentators have repeatedly warned that Israel’s continued siege and restrictions on Gaza could destabilise the region further, leading to more violence and possibly a new war.

Organic cacao farmers help reforest Brazil’s Amazon jungle IPS 15/06/2015

Besides providing jobs and incomes for people in the countryside of northern Brazil, cacao producers who choose to go organic are actually helping to accelerate reforestation. Two-thirds of the population of the municipality of Medicilândia is still rural, and a view from the air shows that it has conserved the native forests. Experts praise Organic cacao farmers, saying they are more aware of the need to preserve the environment, and more focused on sustainability. IPS reports.

Tears as Greek state TV returns to air after austerity shutdown Reuters 15/06/2015

There were emotional scenes on set at Greece’s state television ERT when the channel aired its first broadcast in two years. The station was shut down under one of the previous government’s most drastic austerity measures. Reopening ERT was a top priority of leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who called its closure “a great wound” of his country’s bailout. Tsipras’s Syriza party called reopening the service, which costs 30 million euros a year to run, “a great victory for democracy.”

Special Report: Prayers inflame tensions over Jerusalem holy site Reuters 15/06/2015

The Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem is one of the world’s holiest places, a site sacred to both Muslims, who call the compound the Noble Sanctuary, and to Jews, who refer to it as the Temple Mount because of the building that once stood there. After 900 years, Jews are chipping away at Muslims’ exclusive control of the site, the third holiest in Islam. The shift threatens to open a dangerous new front in the Israel-Palestinian conflict, adding religious enmity to a political struggle in the very heart of the disputed city. This Special Report was filed from Jerusalem.

Vendor spotlight: William Howard (Street Roots – Portland, Oregon, USA) Street Roots - USA 15/06/2015

“I’m going to sell papers, get off the streets and be a productive citizen,” vowed William Howard when he first started selling Street Roots in Portland, Oregon. And that’s exactly what he did. Today, he works fulltime as a cleaner, is in housing and continues to gain valuable work experience to widen his career opportunities. “Street Roots was a stepping stone to where I’m at now,” he says. “It gave me respect for myself and people respected me for what I was doing and what I was trying to do.” He tells his story to Leonora Ko.

Intensive care The Big Issue in the North - UK 08/06/2015

It was the 2004 Asian tsunami that pushed British nurse Andy Dennis to start working with the charity Médecins Sans Frontières, or Doctors without Borders. A decade on, he has completed four overseas missions with the NGO and raised over £50,000 towards its life-saving activities. He speaks to The Big Issue in the North about treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone and hits out at western countries for providing too little aid, too slowly to places where Ebola is rife. “It’s very hard to put into words how it feels to look into the eyes of patients in places like Sierra Leone,” he says. “If MSF wasn’t in these places, people would die.”

Canada’s rising soccer star leaves poverty behind Megaphone - Canada 08/06/2015

Deybi Flores left school at 12 to financially support his family but he never gave up on his dream of playing professional soccer. Born in San Pedro Sula, a city located in northern Honduras often referred to as “the murder capital of the world”, Flores is one of many young Latin Americans who turned to soccer to escape poverty. Today, he’s one of the most promising new players in the Vancouver Whitecaps soccer team. He speaks to Megaphone about his journey north and his hopes of becoming a symbol for youth in Honduras, particularly those who are struggling with poverty or thinking about joining gangs, like he himself once did.

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