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#LOVESOCHI, Rally and Support WorldPride 2014 ~ To Russia With Love

Toronto, Ontario (PRWEB) February 06, 2014

WorldPride 2014 Toronto, presented by Pride Toronto launches the #LOVESOCHI action, and takes part in a local Toronto rally at the Russian consulate today. WorldPride 2014 Toronto continues to lend its voice to the chorus of those who stand up for LGBTTIQQ2SA (LGBTQ) Rights, because these rights are Human Rights.

#LOVESOCHI is a message of love and support to LGBTQ people in Russia and around the world who survive despite government oppression. To share your support, take a photo or video of hands making the heart symbol and share it with #LOVESOCHI hashtag on all social media. Visit the #LOVESOCHI action site for more details: http://worldpridetoronto.com/lovesochi.

“We ask everyone to take a moment and actively share their love and support for the LGBTQ people of Russia during the Olympics and long after the last medal is awarded,” says Kevin Beaulieu, Executive Director, Pride Toronto. “In the face of hatred and intolerance, these courageous Russians rise up for love and freedom, and we rise up in support of them.”

Join the conversation around LGBTQ rights in Russia. Send love to the LGBTQ community through #LOVESOCHI. Join us at the Russian consulate TODAY, February 6, @ 6 p.m., 175 Bloor Street East, in a Rally for Global Human Rights and Equality.

“We want those who are outraged by Russia’s stance on LGBTQ rights to join us in common purpose,” says Sean Hillier, Co-Chair, Pride Toronto. We want people to share their collective anger at government bullying and take action either in person or on their social channels to show their support for those oppressed.”

Vladimir Putin’s aggressive conservative agenda in Russia has resulted in protests, and violent arrests. The mayor of Sochi asserts that there are no LGBTQ people in Sochi, an assertion we know to be untrue.

“Letting the LGBTQ population in Russia know that we have not forgotten their rights while the Olympics captivates the world is more important than what the Games themselves seek to accomplish,” says Dr. Shelley Craig, Co-Chair, Pride Toronto. “Higher, Faster, Stronger may be the Olympic motto, but it should also be the motto for those fighting against anti-gay oppression: Raise our voices higher, spread our message faster, demonstrate our pride is stronger.”

About WorldPride 2014 Toronto and Pride Toronto

WorldPride 2014 Toronto is an international celebration taking place from June 20 – 29, 2014 that incorporates activism, education, and the history and culture of global LGBTTIQQ2SA* communities. WorldPride 2014 Toronto is presented by Pride Toronto, producer of Canada’s largest annual festival of LGBTTIQQ2SA* culture and human rights, under license from InterPride.

Pride Toronto is the not-for-profit organization that hosts the city’s Pride Festival, an annual event in downtown Toronto during the last week of June and one of the premier arts and cultural festivals in Canada. It is also one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world with an estimated attendance of over one million people. It celebrates the history, courage, diversity and future of Toronto’s LGBTTIQQ2SA* communities.

*LGBTTIQQ2SA is an abbreviation used to represent a broad array of identities such as, but not limited to, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, two-spirited, and allies.

For more information, visit http://www.worldpridetoronto.com.







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Bullying Statistics 2014: an Extensive Guide Released by NoBullying Today

London, UK (PRWEB) February 11, 2014

There is no doubt that bullying is a problem in U.S. schools, but just how much of a problem is it? NoBullying.com releases the latest bullying statistics 2014 guide today.

According to the guide, recent news stories are filled with tales of cyberbullying – where the target is harassed through social media or other technology – that have unfortunately resulted in victims’ suicides. The majority of bullying still takes place at school; 1 in 3 U.S. students say they have been bullied at school.

In a UCLA psychology study, published in January 2013, Psychologists studied 1,895 students at 11 Los Angeles middle schools, where students were asked to name the students who were considered the “coolest.” According to Jaana Juvonen, the lead author of the study, “The ones who are ‘cool’ bully more, and the ones who bully more are seen as ‘cool.’”

20 percent of U.S. students in grades 9-12 reportedly have experienced bullying, while 28 percent of students in grades 6-12 report the same. Experts agree that most incidences of bullying occur during middle school.

Most experts agree that bullying peaks in middle school, while children are making the transition from children to young adults. Although bullying certainly continues into high school – and even into adulthood, unfortunately – it does seem to subside with maturity.

Even so, approximately 160,000 teens reportedly skip school every day because of bullying, and 1 in 10 teens drops out of school due to repeated bullying. 83 percent of girls, and 79 percent of boys report being bullied either in school or online.

Macartan Mulligan, Co-Founder of NoBullying.com, said, “Bullying Statistics 2014 aim to keep our readers updated with what is going on in the sad world of bullying and cyberbullying. Numbers, sadly, cannot lie.”

He added that parents and teachers should make a point to educate the younger generations about the sad outcome of bullying online and off line. According to Mulligan, it is quite imperative to press for more firm laws condemning all acts of bullying and harassment.

NoBullying.com features many pages dedicated to parents, teens, teachers, health professionals as well as posts related to cyber safety and the latest news about law making concerning curbing Bullying worldwide as well as inspirational Bullying Poems and Bullying Quotes.

The website makes a habit of updating its bullying statistics and cyber bullying statistics regularly because it is essential to understand how widespread the bullying epidemic is.

He also added that anyone suffering from bullying in any form or way can always reach out to the team of NoBullying and they will be given advice on how to stand up to bullying or protect themselves online.







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2014 Womens History Month Celebrates Character, Courage, and Commitment

Rock Island, IL (PRWEB) March 05, 2014

March is Women’s History Month and its 2014 theme celebrates women with courage and commitment. To celebrate strong women who make a difference, Royal Neighbors of America, one of the nation’s largest women-led insurers, has announced its 2014 Nation of Neighbors Program grants that will award $ 100,000 to worthy women who strive to reach their dreams, pay it forward, and make a difference in their communities.

“Royal Neighbors of America has been empowering women for more than a century,” says Cynthia Tidwell, President/CEO. “We encourage people to nominate other worthy individuals in their community who show character, courage, and commitment in making a difference in women’s lives.”

From a teenager’s dream to publish a magazine to build self-esteem for high school girls, to initiatives that combat sex trafficking, bullying, or efforts to help shelter battered women, Royal Neighbors of America’s Nation of Neighbors grants fund dreams and encourage women to change the world. Since 2007, Royal Neighbors has awarded over $ 1.5 million to help nearly 1,200 families and individuals in reaching their goals and rebuilding their lives through the program. Members of Royal Neighbors can nominate worthy individuals at its website. An independent judging panel reviews each nomination and determines the recipients and the monetary amounts to be awarded. Grants are announced in the fall of 2014.

Learn more about the Nation of Neighbors Program and becoming a member of Royal Neighbors.

“We’re proud of our Nation of Neighbors recipients because they so clearly demonstrate the neighbor-helping-neighbor philosophy that is the hallmark of our long history since 1895,” adds Ms. Tidwell.

Royal Neighbors of America, one of the nation’s largest women-led life insurance organizations, exists for the benefit of its members. It offers insurance products to fulfill financial needs of growth, savings, and protection. Members receive valuable benefits and can participate in volunteer activities through the organization’s local chapters to help make a difference in their communities. The organization’s philanthropic efforts are dedicated to changing women’s lives through its national programs, including the Nation of Neighbors Program, and through the Royal Neighbors Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity.

Headquartered in Rock Island, IL, with a branch office in Mesa, AZ, Royal Neighbors serves more than 200,000 members and is licensed to do business in 42 states and the District of Columbia.

For more information about Royal Neighbors of America, visit http://www.royalneighbors.org or call (800) 627-4762.







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