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  1. HRCP condemns reports of violence being instigated against transgender persons in Karachi through wave of threatening audio/video messages
  2. After much talk and discussion, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has finally unveiled the population bill, with an aim to incentivise population control in Uttar Pradesh. The news has come on the occasion of World Population Day itself. Yogi Adityanath presented this new policy on population control for 2021-30 in the hopes that following it through might help the government in bringing the population growth to 2.1 per cent by 2026 and to 1.9 by 2030. © Reuters The policy strictly covers measures and incentives that will include contraceptive measures being promoted, a proper and safe system for abortion being put into place along with maintaining safe and improved health facilities across UP. The government also plans on setting up certain ‘health clubs’ to create awareness for population stabilization and also to keep track on the infants, adolescents and older people. © Reuters The new policy shall all oversee that attention to bring down the maternal and child mortality rate to the minimum level through proper nutrition is also being made. As far as incentives are concerned, parents with two or fewer children will be rewarded with facilities like two additional increments in government jobs, promotions, exemption in government housing schemes and also increased employer contribution in PF. विश्व जनसंख्या दिवस के अवसर पर... https://t.co/8JRLgrOUSu — Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) July 11, 2021#UttarPradesh: #YogiAdityanath unveils new Population Control Bill. 'Aim to bring population growth to 2.1%.' pic.twitter.com/T8YoyKbRjl — TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) July 11, 2021Exemptions on water, electricity, house tax, home loan, and other such facilities might also be considered for parents who decided to keep their children count to a minimum. In fact, benefits for being a single child include free education till graduation level and preference in government jobs. The draft bill that has been released today also goes on to clarify, “(a) The personal law governing A allows polygamy. A has three wives B, C and D. A and B, A and C, and A and D shall be counted as three distinct married couples so far as the status of B, C and D is concerned but as far as the status of A is concerned, it shall be counted as one married couple for the purpose of calculation of a cumulative number of children. For example, A has one child from B, two children from C and one child from D, the total number of children of A shall be four. (b) The personal law governing B allows polyandry. B has two husbands A and C. B and A shall be counted as one married couple. B and C shall be counted as another married couple." © Twitter Unveiling the state's new population policy, Yogi Adityanath said, “Increasing population can be a hurdle in way of development. Every community has been taken care of in Population Policy 2021-2030.” He further said that population control is directly connected with awareness among masses and poverty. This is how the internet is reacting to the news of this new population control bill - #YogiAdityanath population control bill pass kare,kisi ki mat sune ur deceision in favor of this bill is final No salah,no queries, no politics, no bargaining, pass it pass it pass it — Arun Kumar (@ArunAbhiShubham) July 11, 2021Almost every state in India has lesser than 2.1 Hindu TFR. So bring it on, 'The Population Control Bill'. Only strict stringent laws please.@myogiadityanath @narendramodi — Aყαɳ (@ajv_IND) July 11, 2021I support You totally. Why are u guys talking about the past ki kiske kitne bhai bhen hai zara present m dekho apne desh ki population aur future bhi aap hi log ho toh atleast think about your country once before saying anything. I support Population Control Bill. — ShwetaRawat (@ShwetaR90649986) July 11, 2021Their factory will be locked: UP population bill 2021 #YogiAdityanath India's population is growing disproportionatly when compared to its resources, resulting in more poverty and misert. The need of the hour is a #PopulationControlBill #जनसंख्या_नियंत्रण_कानून need of hour pic.twitter.com/SuWuVIbZuZ — Amit Yadav (@RaoAmitRSS) July 11, 2021Their factory will be locked: UP population bill 2021 #YogiAdityanath India's population is growing disproportionatly when compared to its resources, resulting in more poverty and misert. The need of the hour is a #PopulationControlBill #जनसंख्या_नियंत्रण_कानून need of hour pic.twitter.com/SuWuVIbZuZ — Amit Yadav (@RaoAmitRSS) July 11, 2021 View the full article
  3. Close to 18 transgenders have enrolled in Government Comprehensive School for Girls that caters to students from their community
  4. Anyone who has at least two living brain cells to use will tell you that being homophobic or anti-LGBTQI+ is simply moronic. This may sound a little harsh, but at the end of the day, it is true. © Reuters Now, most young Indians believe themselves to be rather woke and considerate of others, their individuality and their personal choices. We think that we are good allies to the LGBTQI community. In reality, though, some of us aren’t. © BCCL Simply being accepting of LGBTQI people is not enough, that is the bare minimum. Not having any prejudices against people is a great start, no doubt, but that does not qualify you as an ally. If you want to be an ally, there are certain things that you need to keep in mind. We asked 7 people from the LGBTQI+ community to share what can cis-het men & women do to be good allies to the community, and here’s what they had to say: 1. Stand Up Against Discrimination When You See It - Prateek Shantaram, 24 © iStock Don’t be afraid of calling out someone out when they say something stupid, or inappropriate, especially, if they say those things in front of your LGBTQ friends. The comments may not have been addressed towards them, but it certainly creates a hostile environment. Also, don’t be hesitant in calling your parents out if they say or do something that reeks of prejudice. The idea is to change how people see and think about the community. 2. Take Care Of Their Preferred Pronouns - Kautuk D, 19* © BCCL It is not wise to assume that everyone around you is straight and cis-gendered. This is especially true when you’re meeting someone for the first time. It is always better if you ask them what their preferred pronouns are. It may not bother cis-gendered people, but for trans people, or queer people, this shows that you care for them and that you’re trying to create a safe space for them. If you’re meeting someone for the first time and are concerned about finding out their preferred pronouns, simply introduce yourself, say what your preferred pronouns are, and then ask them what’s theirs. That way, you don’t have to worry about coming across as abrasive or rude. 3. Google, Ask Questions & Listen - Shivam Dasgupta, 23Take care of boundaries, but don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you feel that a question might be a little too personal, only put it forth to a close friend. It is better to ask a stupid question, learn from it, and get rid of your preconceived notions than hold on to prejudiced all your life. Also, Google is a great place to go looking for answers. Pay attention to what people say, listen very attentively. You might just learn something new. 4. Language Matters - Aaroh Thadani, 19 © BCCL Pay very close attention to the language you use. My elder sister is very supportive of me, but at times, without realising, she will refer to something lame, as ‘gay.’ Obviously, when you point this out to her, she will apologise and mean it, but like her, most people don’t pay attention to what they say when they are around their friends. 5. Check Your Biases, Without Getting Defensive - Anumegha Teotia, 27 © iStock No matter how much you try, you will make mistakes. You might do something or say something that stems from some prejudice, because that is how we have been raised, to push away things that don’t adhere to society’s standards. In such a case, check your own biases, and apologise, while you ensure that you will at least try not to repeat that mistake. That is how people learn. When you get called out for some problematic behaviour, don’t get defensive, there is no need to take this personally. Learn why what you did was problematic, how you could have done it in a better way, and move on. 6. Never Out Someone - Varun M, 25* © BCCL Coming out is an extremely personal choice for someone. Whether they choose to come out or not, they have their reasons for the choice they make. If someone tells you in confidence that they are gay or lesbian, do not ever disclose this to anyone else, no matter what. Even if the person has come out and has publicly acknowledged his orientation, it is not your job to go about announcing it. That choice is completely theirs, and theirs alone. 7. Take That Extra Step To Create A Safe Space For Them - Avnesh Ray, 27 © iStock Some things just make people uncomfortable, for reasons that may be personal to them. Without trying to be too nosy, try and accommodate them. Maybe your friend doesn’t like to go to a certain club or a restaurant because something bad happened with them there, maybe they were targeted somehow - if they request, avoid those places. Similarly, someone in your group of friends may have been a little abrasive or hostile about another friend who happens to be gay. Sit that person down and have a one on one conversation with him, explaining that he’s making the other friend uncomfortable and that you will not let this pass. The Bottom Line… It may look like a lot of effort, to be a good ally, but it isn’t. These are some of the very basic steps that you can take as an ally. This is a good way to start, but definitely, not all that you can do. As a rule of thumb, don’t be a jerk to someone, if this seems too much to do. *Names Changed On Request View the full article
  5. It has been two and a half years, since the Honorable Supreme Court Of India passed a judgement, saying that certain sections of the draconian Article 377, were unconstitutional. For a lot of people in the country, especially the LGBTQI+ community, this was a historic moment. © BCCL This judgement ignited hope in the hearts of millions of Indians, that finally, the oppression that they had been subjected to because of their non-conformity to certain skewed perceptions, would finally stop. That finally, they will have a modicum of respect in society, both as human beings, and more importantly, as individuals. But has that really happened? Has life for the people from the LGBQTI+ community changed at all since that fateful day back in 2018? © BCCL We asked 5 people to share their lived experiences and their realities to see, whether, that judgement really became that harbinger of change that it was supposed to be: 1. Troubles With Police - Harsh Sahay, 28 Harsh Sahay says, “I identity as a woman, and this is a concept that perhaps people still don’t completely understand, not because of a lack of trying. I sometimes feel that people just don’t want to think of changing their mindsets, they want to stick to the echo chambers that they have made for themselves.” © BCCL She adds, “I particularly have had several issues with the police. Because of my work in an NGO, I have to deal with the local police on a number of occasions. The looks that I get and the way that I am spoken about is really infuriating. Plus, I need to jump through hoops in order to get a complaint registered with the police.” © BCCL 2. Issues With Housing - Shivam Raj, 29Shivam Says “Housing is always a challenge especially if you’re looking for a place as a couple. First of all, not a lot of people are willing to rent out their properties to homosexual couples, whether you speak of gay men or lesbian women. This is especially true in cities in North India, although Kolkata is no better. © BCCL By some miracle, even if you find a landlord that is willing to rent their flats to us, we still have to deal with the RWAs. Most of the time, they will hide their prejudices under the garb of their policy of not allowing bachelors or live-in relationships, but it actually is homophobia.” 3. Self Validation & Retaliating Back - Angkesh Sarma Bordoloi, 29 © BCCL "The mindset of the people hasn't changed a lot. Being a queer myself, I have experienced many young guys passing homophobic slurs at me because they think it's unnatural. The word "Hijra" being used as an abuse really pains me. © BCCL The scrapping of Article 377 gave me a voice to retaliate back at those slurs and have made me accept the way I was born. I can now try to educate people with valid points, without feeling myself as a criminal. But like I have always believed, an article can only make a difference if society is educated enough to accept the truth." 4. Acceptance and Inclusivity - Palash Borah, 27Palash Borah is the CSR Manager for Blued India, a social networking app, that is dedicated to the people of the LGBTQI+ community. He says, “While the scrapping of section 377 was a great move, the issue of accepting people irrespective of their sexual orientation, caste or religion is still a larger concern. While we have legally taken a step forward - a mindset change is mandatory for all of us.” © BCCL He adds, “ When it comes to acceptance and inclusivity, we have a long way to go. However, it is good to see how brands, social communities and organizations have come forward and have been a strong voice for the community.” 5. A Stark Difference Between The Law & How Society Sees Us - Parineeta S, 37 © BCCL Says Parineeta, “Let’s not take away from the fact that there have been some positive changes. We have been able to carve out a legitimate space for ourselves, where we cannot be ignored, and opening up about several issues has become easier. Take the conversation around preferred pronouns as an example. A few years back that was a completely alien concept. So we cannot say that things are still the same.” She adds, “Moreover, there are several brilliant young minds working as lawyers and key policymakers who will bring about the change that is needed, in due time.” © BCCL She continues, saying, “There is a difference between how the law sees us and how society sees us. We have won on the legal front, and we are winning on the societal front. Sure, things are moving slowly, but things will improve for sure.” View the full article
  6. The LGBTQIA+ community is a growing one. It is a vibrant community that is made up of members and allies. While many of us have been allies for years, new ones are joining every day. During this pride month, let’s take a step towards understanding the community better. While we might understand what each letter stands for, the one new aspect that is confusing new allies are the Pronouns. The most prevalent pronouns in English (he/she) generally refer to a person's gender. These pronouns may not fit queer, gender non-conforming, non-binary, and transgender people, causing discomfort, tension, and worry. It might not seem like a big deal to heterosexuals but messing up someone’s pronouns can cause discomfort and trigger lasting trauma. So it is never too late to learn! © MensXP Let’s Start With Some BasicsThe first step is to understand what LGBTQIA+ stands for, and being on the same page about that is extremely important. Please be aware that even though someone may fit the generally used definition of one of these terms, they may not personally identify this way. That’s okay, they don’t have to! It’s always best to ask, and please listen, how a person refers to themself. ***: *** is a general, societal term that defines whether you are male, female or intersex. The *** is generally assigned by a doctor at birth based on the genitals you’re born with and the chromosomes you have. It does not necessarily match someone’s sexual/gender identity. Gender: Gender is a little more difficult to grasp. It's social and legal status, as well as a set of societal standards for actions, characteristics, and views. Gender identity refers to a person's internal opinion of their gender and how they name themselves based on how closely they agree or disagree with their gender possibilities. Cisgender: Applies to someone whose gender matches their “assigned” *** at birth. Transgender: Applies to a person whose gender is different from their “assigned” *** at birth. Doctors typically assign gender based on sexual organs, but *** and gender are different. Non-binary: Non-binary is a spectrum of gender identities that are not exclusively masculine or exclusively feminine‍. They are identities that are outside the binary constructs of male and female. Genderfluid: This term refers to a person whose gender identity shifts over time or at different intervals. This doesn’t mean the person is confused or wants to play all sides of the spectrum, this just means that the person does not want to confirm just one identity. __ECOMPRODUCT__1817__ Through all this, it is important to remember that Sexual Orientation is an emotional, romantic or sexual attraction to other people; of the same gender, different gender or multiple genders. It has nothing to do with the physical anatomy of the person and forcing people to subscribe to traditional gender norms is what needs to change. © MensXP This vast spectrum is why many new-age parents are choosing to give their children a gender-neutral upbringing and making sure that the new generation grows up to be more accepting, considerate, understanding, and aware. Now, Let’s Talk PronounsWe have all learnt what pronouns are in school. We were taught how to use them in sentences and how to assign a pronoun based on gender or the person or thing. But by assuming someone’s pronouns based on how they look, we reinforce harmful stereotypes about gender expression. For example, the idea that a masculine-looking person always uses he/him/his pronouns is not right! It is important to understand and respect each individual’s identity, which is why the first step is to drop all preconceived notions and assumptions about someone's pronouns or sexual orientation and make a habit of introducing ourselves with our pronouns. © iStock While it can be confusing to remember and use plural pronouns for one person, practice is key. Now, what are the most common pronouns? Here is the list: He/Him- This is a common pronoun that we all know how to use but again it is important to remember that my pronouns are not based on my “***”. She/Her- Just like he/him, this is also an everyday pronoun that is not based on *** and gender. They/Them- This is where the confusion starts! Yes, it is perfectly okay to use these for a single person. Most people use pronouns that are either gender-neutral or gender-fluid but it is best to ask and not assume! Ze (or Zie)/Zir/Hir- This can also be spelt as xe. "Ze" tends to be thought of as a gender-neutral pronoun. A person who goes by "ze" could be a man, a woman, both, neither, or something else entirely. __ECOMPRODUCT__1818__ Why Is It Important To Use Correct Pronouns?Just like using a person's name can be a way to respect them, using their right personal pronouns can be a way to respect them and promote an inclusive environment. Using pronouns is similar to calling someone by their given name. I think we can all agree that none of us like when someone messes up our name or straight-up refuses to learn the right way to pronounce it and instead gives us a nock-name we hate! Using wrong pronouns is the same feeling. Consciously choosing to reject someone's declared pronouns could convey the repressive notion that intersex, transgender, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming people do not exist or should not exist. © iStock It is IMPORTANT to understand that gender and sexual orientation are extremely private topics of conversation. When someone chooses to share their pronouns with you, it is not an invitation to ask probing, personal questions about their gender, *** or preferences. In 2021, we are at a stage where the need for decency, privacy and kindness towards one and another is extremely important. Whether you are a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, an ally, a potential ally or someone who wants to take the first step towards being an open, accepting person, then all you need to do is be part of the conversation and be open to listening! If you want to learn more on how to become a true ally to the LGBTQIA+ community then don’t miss out on the ‘Sensitivity & Allyship’ workshop on MensXP Experiences. To Wrap UpPride Month is not just about celebrating the community and parades but also about starting a conversation about the betterment of LGBTQIA+ people, creating a more inclusive society where loving whoever you want is a right that cannot be taken away. Explore More View the full article
  7. Nearly two decades ago, Invision Community President, @Charles , set out to make a leading online community platform. Around that time, Charles also met his now-husband of 18-years and hasn't looked back since. Until now. Behind the code, product updates and newsletters are a group of people who share a passion for community building. Considering how volatile and toxic the Internet can be, we want to become more visible, transparent and vulnerable. To help you familiarize yourself with the masterminds behind Invision Community, starting with Charles, we're kicking off a new series that'll highlight our team. I interviewed Charles for the first installment. In it, he commented on the state of the Internet: "I do think some times, for or better or for worse, people forget there are real people on the other end," he said. Mr. Warner also touched on Invision Community's evolution over the years. "People don't like change. No one likes change," Charles said, adding "sometimes you say, 'we really need to change something' either in the software, or how you do things, and people push back. It might be we change a feature or maybe internally we change the way we do something. Sometimes you have to move forward. Sometimes it's irritating at first. 'Why did you change that?!' And also you have to recognize that sometimes you're wrong. Sometimes you might change something [and think], 'no, it's not better...' I really find that that's a big thing – to constantly be looking at all those other options and try stuff out. It doesn't harm [anything] to try things." And in the spirit of Pride Month, Charles opened up about being part of the LGBTQ community and also President of a successful company. He hopes it'll inspire others. The full interview is available to watch up top. After watching, please drop us a line in the comments and let us know your thoughts! 🌈
  8. Kim Kardashian shares some sultry snaps which shows her wearing silver earrings with the "om" symbol
  9. Celebrated as the Pride month across the globe, the month of June has become integral for all members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Buoyed by massive, energetic and colourful marches through the city, Pride month is a celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community, while also a medium for raising awareness around the problems and issues they face. Throughout history, the LGBTQIA+ community has been victims of systemic abuses. Fearing rebuke, exclusion and violence, many members of the community withdraw a significant part of their identity from society in an attempt to hide their experienced realities, often leading to various mental illnesses such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Added to that, the stigma surrounding mental health and the supposedly taboo discussions around it, it is understandable how it can prevent an individual from the LGBTQIA+ community from seeking help. In our society the importance of good mental health for an individual is often disregarded, regardless of one’s sexual orientation. However, the LGBTQIA+ community faces increased challenges when it comes to addressing these issues due to the systemic prejudice that exists. Here are three major impacts that this social stigma surrounding the LGBTQIA+ community has on the mental health of those people. Anxiety © Unsplash In their youth, individuals of the LGBTQIA+ community were far more vulnerable to developing anxiety due to social stigma as they internalise feelings of shame for things which were normalised for all cis – heteronormative youngsters. This creates a sense of disparity and conflict of identity within the individual. It’s a well acknowledged phenomenon, especially in India, where struggles with being accepted in society leads to vast majority of the LGBTQIA+ community experience a loss of confidence in society, snowballing the impact of anxiety to much greater levels. Several members of the LGBTQIA+ community also find themselves in extreme financial debt due to the stigma they face when looking for employment opportunities. Our indigenous hijra community have long been victims of this discrimination, leading to them being ostracised by society. Coming out of the closet also presented a high risk of rejection by their families as well as society at large. Though, the cycle of conflict seems to be changing among the youth today, as they slowly find confidence and safety in owning their true identities. Internalised stigma and discrimination contributes immensely to an increase in cases of anxiety among the LGBTQIA+ community. Depression © Unsplash Depression often finds root in Individuals from the LGBTQIA+ community in their childhood due to the bullying, harassment and physical violence they face. From the school, to the playground to even their own homes, the LGBTQIA+ youth aren’t safe from the many forms of prejudice. Even in adulthood, individuals face consistent persecution on the basis of their identity. Today still, non-heterosexual expressions of love are met with fierce resistance by the cis-het society at large. Institutionalised discrimination rarely allows an opportunity for mental health recovery within the LGBTQIA+ community. The sheer frequency of these stigmatic experiences leads to a life severely impacted by depression as well as other health risks such as substance abuse, self-harm and risky sexual behaviours. PTSD © Unsplash An unfortunately common experience faced by many among the LGBTQIA+ community is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD, where the affected can be triggered intensely due to past experiences of abuse from stigma and hate crimes. The stress experienced by the LGBTQIA+ community on a daily basis can range from discrimination at home, work or public places, to internal stressors such as the concealment of ones identity to keep themselves safe from any external triggers. Individuals can develop various coping mechanism such as negative thoughts of self, hyper vigilance and hyper arousal. They become especially attuned to ‘reading a room’, especially public experiences. Anti LGBTQIA+ sentiments aggravate and complicate their recovery. PTSD often lasts for months or several years, often even lifetimes without proper care, healing and rehabilitation due to inaccessibility. At the end of the day, we must acknowledge that we are unfortunately a far distance from attaining true equality. Everyone should have the right to love who they want and identify how they want, without fear of judgement or punishment. This is why the Pride Month radiates bright as the beacon of hope, equality and self-identity against shame and prejudice. View the full article
  10. Business community has already suffered losses due to limited business hours, says Businessmen Group chairperson
  11. "The Sikh community has been given special permission to visit their holy Gurdwaras in Pakistan," says the premier
  12. The National Assembly constituency consists of villages located in the NA-75 Daska city, Gujranwala and Sialkot
  13. Community sharing is community caring. Take it from me: prominently curating your members’ content will profoundly accelerate growth. It’s also pretty darn fun. I’ve run my company, BreatheHeavy, since 2004. While many online businesses shuttered because of social media’s looming presence, mine thrived because of the community. Full disclosure? I had no idea creating a community back in 2004 would become the not-so-secret ingredient to staying alive. Ahh, if only I knew then what I know now. Hindsight is 20/20 (that number gives me anxiety, am I right?), but I never fully understood or appreciated how immensely game-changing community building is. Related: The Importance of Moderation, err... Community Guidance (New Video!) In the past, I focused my efforts on writing news articles (in Wordpress) while my Invision Community community ran rampant. I felt my presence needed to take center stage. That cast a shadow on my community and thus my members. I unintentionally muted their voices by exclusively promoting mine. That was a colossal mistake, but the greatest learning lesson. One year ago, I decided to pivot and shift all my energy towards fostering my community; the results were astounding! I saw more than a 100% increase in unique visits compared to the previous year. The most powerful change I made was shining a light on the content my members created. My website went from being a news site to a community. I constructed a new homepage that featured topics created by myself AND my members. This not only manifested a dynamic, constantly varied homepage, but also incentivized members to post thought-provoking and engaging topics in the hopes their content gets featured. In my community, topics that are featured on the homepage are considerably more viewed and commented on than topics that aren’t. I suspect you’d find similar results. Here’s how I set up my new homepage: I utilized Invision Community’s custom blocks feature. It’s available with the Pages application. I created a new block plugin, selected “topic feed” from the list, then set the permissions in the Feed Configuration tab to only show “featured” topics from members. I also used @opentype's SuperTopics plugin to give a more-polished look. Might sound a bit complex, but it’s rather intuitive. Community leaders can “feature” members’ content by selecting their topic and in the moderation panel, tap “Feature.” Our Picks “Featuring” content isn’t the only powerful tool Invision Community has baked into its software to highlight your members’ content. We’ve also carefully crafted a promotion option to manually select content that’s included on the “Our Picks” page and corresponding block. This is another powerful method to curate community content. We created a guide on how to set up promotion/our picks. With great power comes great responsibility The ability to “feature” content is a privilege only moderators in your community should have access to – at least in the beginning. Avoid giving any member the ability to freely feature their own content onto the homepage - instead, focus on manually curating the content. Be selective and choose what topics you want to represent your community. By creating a standard, your homepage won’t feature any and all content. Instead, it’ll display items you believe will pack the greatest punch. Featuring your members' content visibly shows your desire to embrace your community. It’s one thing to comment on members’ topics, it’s another to feature and promote them for all to see. That’s the secret sauce of curation. Do you agree? Disagree? Have any suggestions? Curate content in your own community? How many questions can I ask in a row? Drop us a line in the comments below!
  14. Remember that 75-year-old Asian grandma from San Francisco who fought back against her attacker with a stick after he punched her in the face? Well, her family had set up a GoFundMe to deal with her medical expenses and she has now pledged to donate the full amount raised to help the Asian-American community fight racism. © GoFundMe In an update on the GoFundMe page, her grandson, John Chen, said: “She said we must not submit to racism and we must fight to the death if necessary. She also stated multiple times to donate all the funds generated in this GoFundMe back to the Asian American community to combat racism. She insists on making this decision saying this issue is bigger than Her. This is my grandma, grandpa, and our family’s decision. We hope everyone can understand our decision.” Once the news hit Twitter, it was apparent her inspiring actions had greatly moved people. Remember this woman’s name: Xiao Zhen Xie She was violently attacked on the streets of her SF community for being Asian and fought off her attacker, then decided to donate the $800,000+ raised for her medical bills back to the AAPI community. #womenshistorymonth #StopAAPIHate — Jodi Hicks (@jodihicks) March 23, 2021 Xiao Zhan Xie is donating all of her GoFundMe funds to support the AAPI community. Like many other Asian elders, she continues to be selfless & care for others despite her trauma. We can't let her be invisible! We must celebrate her goodness & strength. https://t.co/ElldoQQe5y — still wearing a mask (@candicevu) March 24, 2021Can we do more to ensure that she shouldn’t have to go through all that for us to find out how great she is? https://t.co/hiMaCfgyh0 — Paul Nadeau (@PaulJNadeau) March 24, 2021Currently, the donations stand at $933,595 (approx. Rs 6.7 crores), an amount that is still increasing every few minutes. And according to the family’s wishes, all of it will go towards the betterment of Asian communities. Chen also updated Xiao Zhen Xie’s physical and mental condition to the well-wishers, saying, “Her overall mental and physical health has improved. Her eye is no longer swelled to the point of not being able to open it. She is now starting to feel optimistic again and is in better spirits.” View the full article
  15. "Although we have achieved a lot in the short history of our country, much needs to be done to be recognised as a great nation"
  16. We stand beside the Asian American Pacific Islander community today and every day, vows Whatsapp in its message on Twitter
  17. Moderation feels a bit like an outdated term created pre-social media, but it stuck. We’d like to re-frame your thinking in terms of guiding your community versus moderating it. Guidance is an essential component to any thriving community because it creates structure and boundaries for the community. Oftentimes, people think community guidance is about restriction, but in reality it allows your community to express itself in a healthy way. All communities run into issues unless there are clear guidelines laid out for all members. It only takes a couple of toxic trolls to bring down an entire community of thousands of members. As a community leader, it's important to find the balance between allowing freedom of speech and restricting what people can and can't say. An Internet troll tends to want to see what they can get away with and push the boundaries to the brink. They’ll claim that they are not allowed to speak their mind, but I want to stress the importance this: Freedom of speech has some limitations. For instance, you can't just shout ‘FIRE!’ in a crowded room because you believe you have the right to freedom of speech (though some would argue you can, which is why guidance is imperative). There are certain rules that everyone needs to follow in order for an online community to function. The first thing you'll want to do when guiding your community is... to create community guidelines. These guidelines must be visible and easy to access. There, you can lay out all the nitty-gritty rules you want, but essentially it should boil down to this: Be kind. Treat people with respect when posting and remember that there’s a person behind the user name. It's important not to hide behind anonymity just because you can. Being a part of the community means that all members must abide by these guidelines. Now what happens if someone "breaks the rules” or ignores these guidelines? As your community’s leader how do you proceed? You do so by creating actionable rules that can adversely affect a member’s standing in your community if they break them. I know that sounds kind of threatening, but it's important to establish to your community that you're there for them and that your priority is to hear them out, but at the same time you must take action to keep the peace. Invision Community has automatic moderation tools and a warning system section baked into the software. Below is a snapshot of Invision Community's administration panel where community leaders may set up custom automatic moderation rules: Tap here for more specific information on how to implement community guidance/moderation to your community. One important component to these rules is that you enforce them across-the-board to all members and do so consistently. If you leave the door open for one member and not another, it's going to create an unwanted hierarchy and instigate chaos. One of the best ways to be consistent is by walking the walk. Show your community how you want them to post by posting and contributing that way yourself. What that does is it sets a visible precedent. From there, you'll begin to notice other community members contributing in a way that is similar to you (lead by example). This is a great opportunity to consider them to join a new moderators team. Whether they are paid moderators or are volunteering their time, you still want them to be mini leaders inside your community. It's important that you are a positive role model for them. Watch the video up top, then drop us a line in the comments! And hey, while I've got you... check out what our own community has to say about moderation (aka community guidance 😉). Remember, guiding your community starts from the top (a.k.a. you!). Now get out there and moder-... guide! Stay tuned for more Invision Community video content coming soon!
  18. Harness the force as a community leader. A long time ago in the Interwebs far, far away... I proudly signed off all my posts and emails with the title: Owner, Administrator. Anyone in a 10-mile digital radius from me was made well aware: I AM AN OWNER AND ADMINISTRATOR. I AM IMPORTANT I PROMISE. I OWN AND ADMINISTRATE!!! Granted I held off on the all-caps, but still. My assertion permeated throughout all areas of my online presence. Though well-intentioned, my identity as an administrator pushed me away from the community I fostered. I focused more on growing the group rather than being part of the group, thus creating an unspoken hierarchy that placed my members below me. Recognizing your members are living, breathing, sentient people is one of the most important aspects of community building, but I couldn’t see the forest from the trees. Part of me enjoyed the authority and power attached to my role as the website’s administrator. But with that power came isolating separation – the dark side if you will. A community I unknowingly built was unrelatable to me because I was unrelatable to them. Is it possible to remove “me” and “them” from the equation entirely and replace it with an “us?” Our community members aren’t naive to the fact that someone does technically own the community, and that part of your role as a community leader is administrating. It’s less about the title and more of the mindset. How can you connect with your community? By being relatable and approachable. Better yet? Leading by example. Become a community leader Shifting your interpersonal narrative from administrator to community leader can profoundly change your community’s culture for the better. As a community leader, you’ll inevitably perform administrative tasks, including the nitty gritty like group promotions, moderating and reputation (all critical functions for a high-functioning community). However, it’s possible to execute said functions while cloaked under anonymity that the administrator title can provide (that’s not necessarily good or bad, it just is). An important component to community leading is visibility. For many years, I made sure my Invision Community software was up-to-date, licenses paid, the registration system worked, spam defense was light-saber slicing the plastic-surgery-gambling bots to Tatooine. I was a fantastic administrator, but my presence from my community, the very place I worked tirelessly to keep running, was sorely missed. The moment I went “all-in,” meaning I decided to become an integral part of my community outside of the administrator role (by commenting on members’ topics, responding back in private message group chats, reacting to content, listening to feedback and opening up about real-life success and failures) is the moment I evolved into a community leader. I wanted to be seen. My deliberate change of self perception produced exponential growth in terms of traffic and new registrations. More importantly, I became a better community leader. I feel compelled to not only share pop music news with my community, but also what’s going on in my life. It wasn’t a comfortable transition, but a necessary one. Upon stripping away my title from administrator to community leader, I became a role model. I became someone my members came to for more than just technical forum advice. They wanted to see how I was doing. They wanted to share their wins and losses with me after seeing me succeed and fail in public. They saw me as a person; a leader. At the end of the day, community leading means forging connections, sharing your highs and lows and showing up for your members. That starts from within, which may feel incredibly awkward at first, but get comfortable with discomfort and watch you and your community blossom. Thoughts on transforming from administrator to Jedi community leader? Sound off in the comments! And may the +1 be with you.
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