Today (06.06.17) marks the 73rd anniversary of Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Normandy. On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which, “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end, the Allies gained a foot-hold in Continental Europe. The cost in lives on D-Day was high. More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 Soldiers to begin the slow, hard slog across Europe, to defeat Adolf Hitler’s crack troops.
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Canadian musician Shawn Mendes (@shawnmendes) can easily pinpoint his favorite part of headlining a world tour: the fans. “Night after night, there are new amazing fans who are excited to see you perform,” says the 18-year-old. “It’s challenging to maintain that same energy you had at the beginning of the tour all the way to the end, but with fans being so supportive, I always pull through.”
After teaching himself to play guitar at age 14 by watching video tutorials, Shawn started posting videos of himself playing and singing online, and his popularity soared. Four years later, he’s on a world tour for the release of his second studio album. His love for music has stayed the same, but the size of the crowd has come a long way since Shawn was singing at home in Ontario, Canada. “The feeling of performing in front of thousands of fans, of having that many people singing along with you, is euphoric.”
This is what we’re working toward! A federal law prohibiting discrimination and guaranteeing equal treatment for all LGBTQ people in the United States – including transgender people. Canadian lawmakers, after many years, have passed a bill expanding non-discrimination laws to transgender people. Now it’s time for the United States to follow suit!