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Poetry On Odyssey: A Tribute To The City That Made Me Who I Am Today

Southwest Detroit is more than a city to me, its my home and no matter where I go, I know I will always come back.

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A Tribute To The City That Made Me Who I Am Today

Cheers to the city I was born and raised in.

This is a tribute to Southwest Detroit.

Thank you for all of the amazing opportunities and the even better memories.

I met my first love in your parks.

I got my education in your finest schools.

You gave me my culture and never let me lose my language.

Thank you for all of the adventures whether it was at El Salpicon on a Friday night with my girls

Or at Chatos with my family on a Saturday night watching my cousins play soccer.

Thank you for the amazing memories with the ones I loved most.

You welcomed my parents and made a home for them when no one else would.

You welcomed my family and allowed them to flourish.

People may call you dangerous but I promise you wherever I go I will tell them of the amazing childhood I had

and how close everyone was.

I will tell them about the summer days where the firefighters would invite the neighborhood to get wet at the hydrants.

I will tell them about the winter days where we had snowball fights

I will tell them about the rainy days we filled with tag, hide&seek; and much more

You gave me the best memories I could ever ask for and then more

Wherever I go next, I promise to one day come back and help the new people building homes here.

I promise to help as much as I can

I promise to come back and give another little girl the same hopes and dreams you gave me.

Thank you Detroit, without you I wouldn't be pursuing the career I am.

I would have lost my language and my culture with it

Thank you for never giving up on me


With love,

Angeles

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13 Things You Do For Fun If You're From A Small Town

Living in a small town forces you to be creative, but it also teaches you to appreciate the little things in life.

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With limited places to go and even more limited funds, being a teenager in a small town really allows you to enjoy life's simplest moments. If you grew up like I did, you didn't have beaches or big cities to dedicate your weekends to. Being bored constitutes creative problem solving amongst friends. The first suggestion is almost always to drive somewhere to get food, followed by drinking beer in someone's basement while their parents are upstairs. High school was full of long, destination-less drives with loud music and even louder company. But I guess that was just the universe's way of telling us to enjoy the journey, not the destination!

1. Go for a drive

When boredom strikes, gather all your friends, put on your favorite playlist and just drive. You're sure to think of something else to do while driving, and good vibes are always guaranteed. Maybe it's not the destination or the journey, but the passengers that are the best part.

2. Listen to music in the car

No, the car does not have to be moving in order to have a good time. I remember waiting with my friends for albums to drop, going into the parked car, turning the bass all the way up, and reclining the seats all the way back. Half the time we didn't even have our licenses yet, and had to use someone's mom's car to partake in this experience. You can't even blame us for this one, music always sounds better in the car.

3. Get food even if you're not hungry

Taco bell trips that resulted in an order of 5 baja blasts and no food happened far too often. The local Coney Island was the meeting place to kill a few hours with friends in the middle of the night.

4. Walk around a park

No, not all teenagers that hang out in a park are juvenile delinquents and potheads. Sometimes it was the only place to go to enjoy the summer night because once again, there's nothing to do. There are tons of variations to this one including biking, rollerblading, or really bringing anything with wheels to a park.

5. Go bowling

One of the few things on this list that costs money, but is sure to be a blast, is bowling. Half of your graduating class passing around McDonald's cups of "soda" and participating in some friendly competition is a big night out for us small town kids.

6. Go to the movies

When the newest scary movie comes out in a small town, it's like a red carpet event. You buy tickets in advance and make a whole night of it, and see about 30 people you know in the same theater as you.

7. Play cards

Maybe it's just a midwest thing, but a party without Euchre and Spoons is not a party worth going to.

8. Basement party

Something about being underground really makes teenagers want to be stupid drunk.

9. Post on social media asking who wants to meet up-hoping your crush responds

People use this tactic for one of few reasons:

1. To get the attention of a crush

2. To get a ride somewhere

3. They're bored of the friend they're already with

10. Go 2 towns over to drive around more

Something about driving around unfamiliar territory is kind of exhilarating. A full gas tank is just asking for a mini-road trip, and you may even go to the nearest wealthy town to gaze at the huge mansions and gated communities.

11. Sneak onto your high school football field

Stargazing is somehow more enjoyable when you know you're doing something you're not supposed to. The only thing scarier than climbing the huge fence onto the football field was hiding behind the goal posts when the cops come and assume, once again, you're smoking pot.

12. Ding dong ditch

Nobody's safe from ding dong ditching, toilet paper, or even fish. Yes, fish. A relaxing girls' night of hot tubbing turned into panic as a bag of LIVE goldfish was hurdled over the roof and into the pool, releasing dozens of swimming fish. Might not be the most common prank, but I told you we have to get creative around here.

13. Some reckless shit

When there's nothing left to do and you've already completed activities 1-12, shenanigans are just waiting to occur.

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How Nazis Destroyed The Early LGBTQ+ Movement

Berlin was once the center for the LGBTQ+ movement. Was.

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Many people are unaware of the LGBTQ+ movement before Stonewall. Broad accusations of queer identities becoming "trendy" are often debated without an in-depth discussion of life before the nuclear family.

There is a reason for this lack of contextual factors. And it's not a happy one. Simon LeVay, neuroscience known for his work with gay men, claims that "America was not the birthplace of the gay-rights movement." Berlin was. Was.

The erasure of LGBTQ+ people, especially transgender people, has been amplified through historical revisionism and censorship throughout the years. An example? The Berlin book burning.

The Berlin book burnings occurred in May 1993, by German university students. This was the largest of the orchestrated burnings, but many occurred throughout the nation. These burnings targeted literature that did not fit within Nazi standards or had "un-German spirit." Many of these works were written and published by Jewish authors. The propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, claimed: "The era of extreme Jewish intellectualism has come to an end."

Magnus Hirschfield, a sexologist, was one of the many authors who would see the flames of censorship seize his work. Hirschfield formed the Scientific-Humanitarian Committee, dedicated to the social recognition of LGBTQ+ individuals. It was the first queer advocacy group, ever.

Hirshcfield, along with Arnold Kronfeld, also ran the Institut für Sexualwissenschaft, or loosely translated, Institute of Sexology. Hirschfield pioneered the term "transsexualism," and many transgender people were both clients and employees of the Institute, and presented at conferences. The Institute also provided gender-affirming surgeries -- The "Danish Girl," Lili Elbe, underwent surgery here.

In early Berlin, LGBTQ+ magazines existed. LGBTQ+ bars, bookstores, and travel guides existed. Berlin was the birthplace of the LGBTQ+ movement, and many individuals thrived despite laws against homosexuality.

But this all changed when the Nazis came into power.

On May 6, students broke into The Institute and stole the archives of the library, including 12,000+ books. Only four days later, they were destroyed in the burning.

After Nazism took full reign in Germany, life changed completely for LGBTQ+ individuals. An estimated 100,000 men were arrested for homosexuality under Nazi Germany. Up to 15,000 of these men ended up in concentration camps.

We have lost countless, irreplaceable research due to Nazism. We have lost countless, irreplaceable lives due to Nazism.

And we can't let this happen again. With the rise of the far-right, with the passage of laws targeting LGBTQ+ people under the Trump administration, we are losing the progress we've made over the past several years.

So educate yourself on LGBTQ+ history. Speak out against bigotry.

The more education we provide, the less power bigotry will have.

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