How To Stop Smoking When Pregnant

How To Stop Smoking When Pregnant

If you’re a smoker when you become pregnant , quitting is the best thing you can do for your baby. But knowing that doesn’t necessarily make it any easier to do. While it may be easy for some women to go cold turkey, others may find the withdrawal stage difficult, especially when dealing with early pregnancy symptoms such as tiredness, nausea and headaches.

NHS Digital recently revealed that just one in six clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in England are meeting the “national ambition” that fewer than 6% of women should be smoking at the time they deliver their baby. It also found wide variation across the country , with smoking rates at delivery more than 17 times higher in some CCGs than at others.

But if you are among that group of women still smoking while pregnant, don’t despair: no matter how far into your pregnancy you are, it’s never too late to give up, as your baby will still reap the benefits.

“As soon as you stop smoking, both you and your baby will be better off,” said Elizabeth Duff, senior policy advisor at the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) . “Carbon monoxide and chemicals will clear from the body and oxygen […]

Emma Gonzalez, Parkland’s gun control activist honored with LGBTI award

Emma Gonzalez, Parkland's gun control activist honored with LGBTI award

Emma Gonzalez accepts the Visibility Award on behalf of the Gay Straight Alliance at her school | Photo: Facebook/Equality Florida The ‘bisexual Cuban’ called for stricter gun control after a mass shooting at her Parkland school has been given a LGBTI award.

Emma Gonzalez, 17, captured the world’s attention when she delivered an impassioned speech after 17 people were gunned down on February 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD) in Florida.

She has taken on the NRA (National Rifle Association) and led a planned nationwide student walkout on March 24.

Gonzalez is also the head of the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) at her high school.

On Saturday night (10 March) she was honored along with her Parkland gun control activists with Voice for Equality award.

Equality Florida awarded the students and invited Gonzalez to address Saturday’s gala dinner.She began by calling for a moment’s silence for the victims of both the Parkland and Pulse shootings. In 2016, 49 people were killed at the gay nightclub, Pulse in Orlando. ‘Just over three weeks ago, we experienced a tragedy that has been described as many things, but for now I’m going to go with “unnecessary”,’ she said in her speech.‘It’s important that we remember these […]

Students forced to write ‘I am a lesbian’ as punishment at Indian school

Students forced to write 'I am a lesbian' as punishment at Indian school

School students in India. | Photo: File image Ten students at a school in India were each forced to write a ‘confession’ letter admitting they were a lesbian.

The Kamala Girls’ School in south Kolkata in West India has come under fire the unusual practice.

On 8 March the girls were hauled into the acting headmistresses’ office after other students accused them of indulging in ‘such behaviour’.

‘We called those students and they admitted it. Considering the sensitive nature of the issue, I asked them to admit it in writing. I have got written admissions from all 10 students, acting headmistress Sikha Sarkar told IANS .

Another teacher at the school said the punishment had been blown out of proportion. The official made the comment anonymously after the students’ angry parents stormed into the Sarkar’s office.

‘It was a simple act of disciplining the students. They were being naughty in class so they were called into the office of the headmistress and were made to sign a confession,’ the unnamed school offical told The Indian Express. ‘The parents were called to sort out the matter and have a discussion but they overreacted saying their girls were forced to sign it… We have given back […]

LGBT: We must destroy ‘the closet’ to be accepting

LGBT: We must destroy 'the closet' to be accepting

Photo via pexels.com Society, in a sense, is a collection of rules and expectations that are collectively accepted and upheld (be it consciously or subconsciously) by a group of individuals. These rules are often established in order to maintain a sense of stability and unity among the members of the group. When one breaks a societal rule, the consequences are typically carried out collectively by the group.

The breaking of a generally-accepted societal rule results in the rule breaker being labeled as deviant. When one obtains a deviant label, they are often ostracized by the group. The collective denial of the deviant’s right to participate in society seems to be the natural human way of maintaining order and reassuring the values of a group of people.

The problem, however, comes when the collectively accepted rules of a society exclude a group of people that don’t have much control over the factor in their lives for which they are being labeled deviant. Queer people in this society have consistently been denied their right to participate in the traditions and practices of the world in which they live because of their sexual orientation.

When people live in a society that demonizes their sexuality, which […]

How artificial intelligence can make the internet better and safer for LGBT people

How artificial intelligence can make the internet better and safer for LGBT people

GLAAD wants it to be easier for LGBT people to find positive content about their community online. In May 2017, the LGBT organization GLAAD posted a video on YouTube of actress Debra Messing receiving an award.

In Messing’s acceptance speech, she praised many Americans for supporting one another and reminisced about the show she starred in NBC’s CMCSA, -1.43% “Will and Grace,” and its influence on telling the stories of members of the gay community.

She also called on members of the Trump administration to “do right” by the LGBT community, including removing Steve Bannon (who has since left) from his post as President Donald Trump’s chief strategist. She did not specify what her criticism of Bannon was. She also said in her speech that Ivanka Trump should work for “women’s issues.”

“You can’t just write #womenwhowork and think you’re advancing feminism,” she said, referring to a hashtag Trump often uses when promoting her products, including a book by that title. “You need to be a woman who does good work.”

GLAAD did not have a robust YouTube GOOG, -2.26% following, but the video started trending — largely because of negative comments about Messing and her speech. It was part of a coordinated […]

Jamie Carragher spitting row: Flintoff and Savage on being in the public eye

Jamie Carragher spitting row: Flintoff and Savage on being in the public eye

Flintoff, Savage and the Ping Pong guy made the comments on their BBC Radio 5 live podcast "I look at the fixtures on a Saturday night to see which teams from the North or the Midlands have played in London and I’m dreading getting that last train home."

BBC Radio 5 live pundit Robbie Savage knows how it feels to be in the spotlight – and the attraction that can bring.

By his own admission, everyday situations can become unpredictable.

It’s an issue that has been in the headlines in recent weeks following incidents involving another football pundit, Sky’s Jamie Carragher, and England rugby head coach Eddie Jones.

Carragher has been suspended by Sky and apologised for spitting towards a car, hitting a 14-year-old, after being goaded by the driver.

Jones was physically and verbally abused as he travelled by train following England’s Six Nations defeat by Scotland last month.In their weekly Flintoff, Savage and the Ping Pong Guy podcast for BBC Radio 5 live, former England all-rounder Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff and ex-Wales international footballer Savage discuss finding yourself at the centre of public interest, how to deal with it and their views on the Carragher incident. Things can turn personal Savage: "I have […]

Rex Tillerson: Secretary of state fired by Trump in Russia warning

Rex Tillerson: Secretary of state fired by Trump in Russia warning

Enable it in your browser or download Flash Player here .Sorry, you need Flash to play this. Rex Tillerson: "I will now return to private life"

Media captionRex Tillerson: "I will now return to private life" Sacked US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has warned of Russia’s "troubling behaviour and actions" in a parting statement after being fired by President Donald Trump.

He pointedly failed to thank Mr Trump or praise his policies.

The former ExxonMobil chief had a series of public rifts with the White House after being appointed last year.

Mr Trump officially fired Mr Tillerson via Twitter, naming CIA Director Mike Pompeo as his replacement. Where it went wrong for Rex

Mr Trump also named Gina Haspel to become the CIA’s first female director. How did Tillerson react? Speaking to reporters at the Department of State, Mr Tillerson said good work had been done to have better relations with China, and rein in North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme. Enable it in your browser or download Flash Player here .Sorry, you need Flash to play this. From "moron" to "castration": a history of Trump v Tillerson bust-ups Media captionFrom "moron" to "castration": a history of Trump v Tillerson bust-ups […]

Alaska votes on their first ever bill protecting LGBTI peple

Alaska votes on their first ever bill protecting LGBTI peple

Alaska Pride Fest. | Photo: Flickr/Mel Green For the first time ever in Alaska’s state legislature, a committee voted on and approved a bill protecting LGBTI people from discrimination.

Several more steps preclude the bill from becoming law. Legislators could also vote it down. However, this is still a significant step.

The bill is HB 184 and it provides equal protection for people based on ‘sexual orientation, gender identity and expression’. Prior to this bill, the state only protected classes like religion, race, age, sex, and more. Democratic Representative Andy Josephson sponsors the bill.

As he explains in his statement, the Alaska State Commission on Human Rights urged such an addition in 2016. Without the bill, the commission has no authority to address LGBTI discrimination.

Five years ago, in 2013, legislators proposed a similar bill. However, it never even advanced to a vote.

‘In the history of the Alaska Legislature, there’s never been any LGBT-friendly legislation that’s moved,’ Josephson said .He further said that for him, civil rights are personal, and LGBTI rights is the ‘last frontier of the civil rights movement’.Only one Republican on the committee voted in favor of the bill. One Republican who opposed it, DeLena Johnson, called the bill ‘unnecessary’. […]

The Methodist Church fires pastor for officiating a lesbian wedding

The Methodist Church fires pastor for officiating a lesbian wedding

The beloved pastor. | Photo: Facebook/Anna Golladay A Tennessee pastor within the United Methodist Church (UMC) lost her license after she officiated a lesbian wedding.

Anna Golladay served the St. Marks and St. Elmo churches in Chattanooga, as part of the UMC’s Holston Conference. Golladay described her congregations as predominantly LGBTQ Methodists and allies.

However, on 26 February, the Conference voted to withdraw her license .

Several days later, on 6 March, Golladay wrote her own blog post about the decision.

She described the two women she married, one of whom was part of the congregation for several years.

‘I am expected to care for her, to be in covenant with she and her family 365 days a year and for their entire lives. The United Methodist Church would agree with that… except on one day and in one scenario,’ she wrote.‘Am I moved by the Holy Spirit to serve? Without question. Will I strive to live a life in keeping with what I preach? I will. However, I also pray in living of that life I am not forbidden to serve as I’m moved by the Spirit.‘The pain doled out by The United Methodist Church must stop. The continued minimization of our queer […]

‘Skinhead lesbian’, House candidate attacks Parkland survivor Emma Gonzalez

'Skinhead lesbian', House candidate attacks Parkland survivor Emma Gonzalez

Leslie Gibson (L) called Emma Gonzalez a ‘skinhead lesbian’. | Photo: Twitter/@gibson_house & Facebook/Equality Florida A state House candidate in Maine hurled slurs at survivors of a mass school shooting, calling one of them a ‘skinhead lesbian’.

Leslie Gibson is the sole candidate running for House District 57 in Maine. He took to Twitter to criticize two of the main people pushing for gun control after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last month.

The February 14 mass shooting left 17 students dead and their peers calling for stricter gun control in the US.

One of the most outspoken activists is Emma Gonzalez who Gibson called a ‘skinhead lesbian’. He also said her activism was unwarranted because she was in a different part of the school when the shooting happened.

‘There is nothing about this skinhead lesbian that impresses me and there is nothing that she has to say unless you’re a frothing at the mouth moonbat,’ Gibson wrote.

Moonbat is a term used for someone with extremely left-wing political views. One of Leslie Gibson’s abusive tweets. | Photo: Twitter In his Twitter tirade, Gibson also called Parkland student, David Hogg a ‘bald faced liar’. He did […]