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One misconception people have about Haiti is that, poverty runs the country. The media will never show you just how beautiful it is. There is in fact life there. Haitians party, work, raise families, go to school, & vacation there. Haiti is so rich in value but you shouldn’t have to go there yourself to know that. - 🇭🇹🇭🇹🇭🇹

The rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population cannot be construed to be ‘so-called rights’… Their rights are not 'so-called’ but are real rights founded on sound constitutional doctrine.
—  The Supreme Court of India has declared that freedom of sexual orientation is a fundamental right, that privacy is a fundamental right, and that as such, discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is unconstitutional. This is a big deal. (via BuzzFeed)

A university in India has issued its first-ever gender-neutral diploma. NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, issued a certificate to Anindita Mukherjee using the nonbinary honorific “Mx.” instead of “Mr.” or “Ms.” 

Mukherjee uses they/them/their pronouns, and says it was fairly easy to get the NALSAR administration to make the change on their certificate. 

“I made one request to the university administration, and the change was made. For me, this speaks to the immense power administrations have in making lives easier or more difficult for students. The fact that it is presumed I had to struggle points to how rarely we see them making life easier, and how common it is for meaningless hurdles to be created. This is the moment at which I doff my hat at NALSAR’s present administration,” they said.

“The battle on the Mr. and Mrs. front has more to do with marital status and how honorifics are used to place women within roles. To use a gender-neutral honorific serves a somewhat different function, I think,” Mukherjee further said in their email.

“Unfortunately, the way in which we name persons is also gendered, so there are other methods by which determinations can be made of the gender of a person.

“Using a gender-neutral title in that context is more of a statement in that you’re either saying that you do not identify as either a man or a woman, or you’re saying that you think your gender is irrelevant in that context. Whether that assertion alone can undo the structures that constrain women professionally, I doubt, but it does open up spaces for conversations,” they said.

Yes yes yes. A+. 

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Learning to read and write at India’s ‘school for grannies’
The Aajibaichi Shala, or “school for grannies” in a village in Maharashtra gives elderly women an education they were denied as children.

They wear uniforms, carry satchels and eagerly recite the alphabet in class, but the students here are different. the women – most of whom are widows and aged between 60 and 90 – are finally fulfilling a life-long dream to become literate through this unique initiative near Mumbai.
(via AFP Photo/Indranil MUKHERJEE)

Ramadan celebrations around the world

The holy month of Ramadan started on Saturday, May 27, as Muslims all over the world are began their monthlong daytime religious fast.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the 12-month Islamic calendar. It is celebrated by observing a fast every day that begins after a predawn meal, suhur, and is broken with iftar, a meal at sunset.

Here’s a look at vibrant pictures of Ramadan being celebrated around the world. (Yahoo India)

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Queens, New York

A Shiite Muslim man enters the Hussainiya prayer room during the month of Ramadan at the Al-Khoei Foundation in Jamaica, Queens, New York, May 29, 2017. (Amr Alfiky/Reuters)

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Ghouta, Syria

A man reads the Koran during Ramadan in the rebel-held eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta, Syria, May 27, 2017. (Bassam Khabieh/Reuters)

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Tehran, Iran

A Shiite Muslim girl arrives at Imamzadeh Saleh mosque in Tajrish Square in northern Tehran on May 30, 2017, during the holy fasting month of Ramadan. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

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Hyderabad, India

An Indian Muslim offers prayers before breaking his fast on the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad, India, May 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Muslims break their fast with iftar during the holy month of Ramadan on May 29, 2017, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Francois Nel/Getty Images)

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Peshawar, Pakistan

A Muslim man prays as he prepares to break the fast on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan in Peshawar, Pakistan, May 27, 2017. (Fayaz Aziz/Reuters)

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Singapore

Muslims perform tarawih prayers to mark the start of Ramadan at a mosque in Singapore, May 26, 2017. (Edgar Su/Reuters)

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Gaza City, Gaza

A Palestinian man reads verses of the Quran, Islam’s holy book, during the month of Ramadan at al-Omari mosque in Gaza City, Monday, May 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

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Jerusalem

A Palestinian man reads the Quran in al-Aqsa Mosque, on the compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem’s Old City during the holy month of Ramadan, May 28, 2017. (Ammar Awad/Reurters)

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Delhi, India

A Muslim man distributes free iftar (breaking of fast) meals as charity on the first day of Ramadan at the Jama Masjid (Grand Mosque) in the old quarters of Delhi, India, May 28, 2017. (Adnan Abidi/Reuters)

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Istanbul, Turkey

A Turkish army artillery unit marks the end of fasting in the historic Sultanahmet district of Istanbul, Turkey, May 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

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A Muslim woman prays after having her iftar (breaking fast) meal on the first day of Ramadan at the Jama Masjid (Grand Mosque) in the old quarters of Delhi, India, May 28, 2017. (Adnan Abidi/Reuters)

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A man in Ottoman attire poses for pictures as people break their fast in the historic Sultanahmet district of Istanbul, Turkey, May 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

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Manhattan, New York

Egyptian-American Muslim family membres pray the Maghrib prayer on the first day of Ramadan in Manhattan, May 27, 2017. (Gabriela Bhaskar/Reuters)

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Washington Square Arch is seen on the left as Muslim women praying Tarawih prayers are reflected in the window of the Islamic Center at New York University ahead of Ramadan in Manhattan, New York, May 26, 2017. (Gabriela Bhaskar/Reuters)

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A Palestinian man reads verses of the Quran, Islam’s holy book, during the month of Ramadan at al-Omari mosque in Gaza City, May 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

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Jakarta, Indonesia

A whirling dervish performs as Muslim men wait to break their fast at Istiqlal Mosque during the second day of Ramadan in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, May 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

A man rests as he reads the Quran in a mosque during Ramadan in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 29, 2017. (Faisal Al Nasser/Reuters)

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Kashmir, India

Kashmiri Muslims read verses from the Quran, Islam’s holy book, inside the shrine of Shah-e-Hamdan during the holy month of Ramadan in Srinagar, Kashmir, May 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

Source: Yahoo News Photo Staff

Brooklyn, New York

Muslims shop for decorations ahead of the first day of Ramadan in Brooklyn, New York, May 26, 2017.
(Amr Alfiky/Reuters)

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Islamabad, Pakistan

A boy learns to read the Quran at a mosque during the holy month of Ramadan, in Islamabad, Pakistan, May 29, 2017. (Faisal Mahmood/Reuters)

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Indonesian Muslims pray on the first day of Ramadan at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia, May 26, 2017. (Beawiharta/Reuters)

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An elderly man checks a traditional Ramadan lantern before buying it to mark the holy month of Ramadan at the main market in Gaza City, May 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

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Muslims are silhouetted as they scan the horizon for a crescent moon that will determine the beginning of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at a mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia, May 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

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A worker decorates the yard of a coffee shop on the main beach road one day ahead of the holy month of Ramadan, in Gaza City, May 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

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Lahore, Pakistan

Workers wash the courtyard of a mosque in preparation for Ramadan in Lahore, Pakistan, May 27, 2017. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

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North Sumatra, Indonesia

Students perform a prayer on the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at Ar-Raudlatul Hasanah Islamic boarding school in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, May 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

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Muslim men pray in a mosque on the third day of Ramadan in Jakarta, Indonesia, May 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

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A Muslim woman reads the Quran in a mosque on the third day of Ramadan in Jakarta, Indonesia, May 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

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Kashmiri Muslims read verses from the Quran, Islam’s holy book, inside the shrine of Shah-e-Hamdan during Ramadan in Srinagar, Kashmir, May 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

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Men reads verses of the Quran, Islam’s holy book, during Laylat al-Qadr prayers during Ramadan at al-)mari mosque in Gaza City, May 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

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Muslims gather at the Badshahi Mosque for the iftar meal during Ramadan in Lahore, Pakistan, May 29, 2017. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

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Karachi, Pakistan

Commuters travel past plates of food placed for passersby to break their fast during Ramadan in Karachi, Pakistan, May 29, 2017. (Akhtar Soomro/Reuters)

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Ajmer, India

A boy cleans the religious pictures for sale at a shop during Ramadan outside the shrine of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer, India, May 29, 2017. (Himanshu Sharma/Reuters)

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Karbala, Iraq

Men read the Quran at the Imam Hussein shrine during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in the city of Karbala, Iraq, May 29, 2017. (Stringer/Reuters)

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India Declares Freedom Of Sexual Orientation A Fundamental Right
"Equality demands that the sexual orientation of each individual in society must be protected on an even platform.”

A win for India’s LGBTQ community! They now have the freedom to express their sexual orientation! According to India’s Supreme Court, sexual orientation falls under the right to privacy and no one should be discriminated against based on orientation.

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While I’m paying attention to the flooded city of Houston just down the road from me, the city of Mumbai in India is also facing a record breaking flood. Here’s a press report from that city.