Here’s How Horween Created Leather for Florsheim’s New Boot Collection

The latest collaboration between Florsheim Shoes and Horween Leather Co. was a century in the making. The founders of both companies were longtime friends—they were even in each other’s weddings—and the brands have worked side by side for generations.

 

This newest collection’s classic silhouette and colors are an homage to both brand’s heritage. They’re also damn good-looking pairs of boots. Here’s the process of how the tried-and-true leather gets made.

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The Horween Leather factory has been tanning leather in Chicago since 1905. Originally based on Goose Island, the fifth-generation company now operates out of a factory that dates back to the 1880s in Chicago’s Bucktown area. Here’s the process from start to finish.

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After Horween receives leather from its suppliers via railcar—a staggering 600,000 to 700,000 heads of cattle per week—they’re put into mixers that burn the hair off the raw hides with an enzyme wash. This is called baiting, the step before the skins are tanned.

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Behind a caged door lies the secret to the Florsheim collaboration’s beautiful leather: a cocktail of chrome (a mineral salt that provides strength and heat resistance) and other top-secret ingredients that make its leather strong and long-lasting. The factory also vegetable tans leather with tannins from tree bark. The processes are different, yet both yield beautiful leathers.

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Inside the factory, you’ll find one-of-a-kind, often vintage devices—like this giant drum that gives the leather its signature color—that are used in the tanning process. From rawhide to tanned leather, the process takes around six months.

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Each process involves a team of highly trained workers, many of whom have worked in the factory for more than a decade. However, their training can be intense. “If they’re still here after the first month, they’re usually here for life,” says Skip Horween, president of Horween Leather Co.

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Employees lay the recently tanned hides onto a giant, multilevel dryer before inspection.

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Above, the hides—which appear blue from the chrome cocktail—are measured for thickness and later sorted to be made into different products, from wallets to footwear to balls for every kind of sport.

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This “staking” machine prods the leather with pins that move up and down to gauge the leather’s firmness, which ultimately decides which product it will be used to create.

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Here, a worker inspects the leathers for holes and blemishes, which determine the grade of the leather. It’s then separated and moved onto processing.

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Another worker marks each leather to determine where in the factory it will go next.

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The factory also makes various suede and nubuck leathers using the inside of the leather, which is easier to process than traditional leathers because of its exposed “nap” or texture.

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In addition to the leather used in the Florsheim boots, Horween also processes its famous shell Cordovan leather, which is made from the rump of horses and is extremely durable.

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Even if you haven’t heard of Horween, odds are you own a football, basketball, or pair of high-quality boots or sneakers that were tanned in this facility.

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Select hides are hand-sprayed with color for development before mass production. Above, this is a sample being made into white sneakers.

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After coloring, the hides are hung to dry before being sent off to manufacturers like Florsheim for cutting and processing into shoes and small leather goods.

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Stacks of various leather samples wait to be used for sales meetings and trade shows.

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After being shipped to Florsheim’s factory, they’re cut and manufactured into the final Florsheim boots you see here. It’s a long, arduous process, but the result is a sleek, yet classic boot that’s durable and stylish.

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The Florsheim Foundry Collection was made in limited quantities and is available now. [Florsheim Foundry Collection, $ 280; florsheim.com]

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Salt Lake City is poised to announce its first openly gay mayor next week, reflecting changing social tides in conservative Utah.

Jackie Biskupski (D), who nabbed 52 percent of votes in Tuesday’s election but can’t declare victory until incumbent Mayor Ralph Becker (D) concedes, served as the first openly gay legislator in the Utah state House from 1999 to 2011. She will make history again as the first openly gay mayor of the state capital city, joining only a few openly gay mayors in the U.S.

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Pamela Perlich, director of demographic research at the University of Utah’s Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, explained that being openly gay is less controversial in Utah than it used to be, especially since a federal judge in 2013 made Utah the first state to rule against a gay marriage ban after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. More people being open about their sexual orientation fosters more inclusion, Perlich told HuffPost.

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“It is extremely significant to have a lesbian mayor in Salt Lake City,” Troy Williams, Equality Utah executive director, told HuffPost. ”The election of Ms. Biskupski sends a clear signal to Utahans that the LGBT community is ready to give back with public service.”

Biskupski’s sexual orientation was largely a non-issue in the mayor’s race. A UtahPolicy poll found last month that three-fourths of likely Salt Lake City mayoral voters said the fact that she would be the city’s first gay mayor would have no bearing on their vote. If anything, being gay gave Biskupski a slight edge: 12 percent polled said Biskupski’s sexual orientation made them more likely to vote for her, while only 10 percent said the opposite. 

Biskupski is already planning to make LGBT rights a priority, she told The Salt Lake Tribune on Tuesday. One of her first orders of business will be to meet with the leaders of the Mormon church and discuss its recent policy categorizing same-sex couples as apostates, or religious dissenters, and excluding their children from Mormon rites, such as blessings.

“Hopefully, we’ll have a chance to rethink this a bit and move in a different direction somewhere down the road,” Biskupski told the Tribune.

Ellen Koester, a volunteer at Affirmation, a Utah-based group supporting LGBT Mormons, said the voted for Biskupski and has been amazed by residents’ growing acceptance of gay rights in the last decade.

“I think it says everything about Utah’s changing attitudes,” Koester said. ”The citizens of Salt Lake City have realized that Jackie is an excellent candidate for mayor, regardless of her sexuality.” 

It’s especially exciting to her that Salt Lake City would vote Biskupski into office just days after the World Congress of Families, deemed an anti-gay hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, held its conference in the city.

“If that doesn’t say anything about the changing attitudes of Utahns, then I don’t know what will,” Koester said.

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Prince George bears a striking resemblance to his father, Prince William.

For now, that is. 

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The university scientists say their technology could better help police find missing children, claiming the results are 80 percent accurate and superior to the current aging projections used by investigators. 

We’re all for using this tool for good, and you can call us when you’re 40, Prince George. For now, though, can we please stop rushing this adorable baby’s life away?

 

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Prince George bears a striking resemblance to his father, Prince William.

For now, that is. 

A group of computer scientists from the University of Bradford in the U.K. have developed face-mapping technology that analyzes a mix of facial features and information from parents and other relatives. Naturally, they put it to good use by predicting what George might look like at various ages.

If accurate, George’s similarities to William will end, and soon: 

The research team, lead by professor of visual computing Hasan Ugail, imagined what George might look like at age seven, 20, 40 and even 60 using “roughly 30 to 40 facial features,” Ugail told Reuters. The results in the video above are interesting, albeit a bit creepy.

(As Time points out, possible future 60-year-old Prince George looks strangely like Liam Neeson.)

Predicting how members of the royal family may look at different stages of life is something of a trend. You might recall the artists who imagined what the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will look in their 80s, or how Newsweek dreamed up a cover with an aged Princess Diana walking with her daughter-in-law, or perhaps the time a genetics student at MIT theorized what George would look like as an adult before he was even born.

The university scientists say their technology could better help police find missing children, claiming the results are 80 percent accurate and superior to the current aging projections used by investigators. 

We’re all for using this tool for good, and you can call us when you’re 40, Prince George. For now, though, can we please stop rushing this adorable baby’s life away?

 

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The last time we heard about “Hocus Pocus 2”, the Divine Miss M herself expressed an interest in breaking out her buck teeth and broom during an Reddit AMA last year. ”You have to go to send in your cards to the Walt Disney company,” she said. “The ball’s in their court.” 

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With multiple sets of sisters appearing in campaigns or on the catwalk either solo or side by side, model twins are experiencing a major fashion moment. And it’s hard enough to keep track of new faces without those new faces having, well, identical new faces elsewhere. With the Pavlova, Bell, Moosgaard, and Soles girls all making an impact this season, we decided it was high time for an official Vogue.com explainer. Here, your handy guide to modeling’s current crop of doppelgängers.



Amelie & Cecile Moosgaard

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The Moosgaard Twins
Danish newcomers Cecilie and Amalie Moosgaard have been unstoppable since their runway debut at Prada, turning up on the catwalk for Sacai, Sonia Rykiel, and Valentino. While their show list may be comparatively short, the duo have managed to accumulate work with several of the world’s top stylists, including Karl Templer (Sacai and Valentino) and Olivier Rizzo (Prada). Those are the kinds of connections that invariably lead to editorial and campaign work, but for the moment the twins are busy taking plenty of pictures of their own.

Amalie
Instagram: @amaliemoosgaard
Born a few moments earlier, Amalie is the older twin. A lover of interior design, she works part time for Danish home-goods brand House Doctor when she isn’t modeling. In between shows, Amalie has used her time in Paris to shop for books on Saint-Germain-des-Prés and take in local must-sees like Place Vendôme’s luxurious boutiques.

Cecilie
Instagram: @ceciliemoosgaard
After being discovered with her sister on the way back from a family shopping trip in Aarhus, Denmark, Cecilie has come into her own. Whether she’s snapping candid pictures backstage at Prada or zooming in on Paris’s impressive architectural details, Cecilie’s soft-focus images are eclectic and dreamy.



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Odette & Liya Pavlova, Chanel Spring 2016

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The Pavlova Twins
The Pavlovas experienced their breakthrough moments separately last fall, with each snagging a spot in a high-profile show. Lia opened Gucci as an exclusive (becoming an instant favorite of designer Alessandro Michele), while Odette racked up a series of appearances at spring couture, working with Viktor & Rolf and Schiaparelli, before becoming an exclusive for Saint Laurent for Fall 2015. On social media, the twins share a knack for keeping their fans abreast of their latest accomplishments, updating followers with images from each and every show they do, interspersed with behind-the-scenes candids with fellow Russian models like Anabel Krasnotsvetova and Liza Ostanina.

Lia
Instagram: @pavlovalia
A movie buff with a love of independent film, Lia is well versed in the oeuvre of her favorite actor, Jared Leto, citing Requiem for a Dream and Mr. Nobody as her top two movies. Lia even loves the superstar’s band, Thirty Seconds to Mars—and snapped a selfie of herself with Leto and co. backstage at their concert last spring.

Odette
Instagram: @odette.pavlova
Though she’s spent the past few weeks making waves as one of fashion month’s top walkers, Odette always makes time for music, especially for rock bands like Casa Murilo. She also has an appreciation for pop culture classics, as evidenced by her love of David Bowie, Andy Warhol, and the work of starchitect Zaha Hadid.



Kelsey & Baylee Soles

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The Soles Twins
With their edgy good looks and rock ’n’ roll vibe, the Soles twins have been embraced by designers like Hedi Slimane, who tapped both for an exclusive for Spring 2015. Given their different hair colors—Baylee is dark brown while Kelsey is a dirty blonde—it’s a little easier to tell these two apart, but cut and color aren’t their sole differences. Enrolled in beauty class by their dad after a few too many preteen makeup experiments gone wrong, the Soles were scouted by their instructor, who soon became their mother agent.

Baylee
Instagram: @bayleesoles
A vintage collector with an eye for finding all the right pieces, Baylee shares her favorite items on Instagram but generally keeps mum about where she procures them—lest others tap into her secret wardrobe sources. Where most models keep their social updates image-focused, Baylee’s sense of humor makes her GIF-filled Twitter feed a must-read.

Kelsey
Instagram: @kelseysoles
Thirty seconds older, Kelsey went platinum to differentiate herself from her sister after they were continually mistaken for each other during castings. A fellow vintage fan, she’s amassed an enviable collection of denim bought during her international travels.



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Ruth Bell

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The Bell Twins
Instagram: @ruthandmay
The Bell sisters have used this season to distinguish themselves from each other: Emerging on the scene after entering the Elite Model Look U.K. contest back in 2013, which May won. With matching freckled faces and strawberry blonde hair, the Bells were a pair of English roses until Paul Hanlon gave Ruth her signature bleached buzz cut, setting off a chain of events that would lead her to fashion month’s top runways, including Versace, Kenzo, Isabel Marant, and Gucci. May has yet to make her fashion month debut, but given the buzz surrounding Ruth, she’s certain to show up any minute now . . .

Ruth
Instagram: @ruthnotmay
When she isn’t modeling, Ruth is immersing herself in history—particularly where it pertains to geography and African studies. A fan of folksy rock, Ruth listens to bands like Haim while back in her hometown of Deal, but with her love of hiking, rock climbing, and exploration, she is ready for wherever the job will take her.

May
Instagram: @maynotruth
Serious about her studies, May plans on pursuing a career in paramedic science if ever she leaves fashion behind. An avid baker with a skill for crafting healthy sweet treats, May describes herself as the girly girl of the two. While she has yet to hit the Milan and Paris runways, she has kept herself busy, traveling to Iceland and the Seychelles in recent months.

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“Romance spices up a sex life,” he says. And it doesn’t have to be complicated.

“Romance is when the man plans something in advance that’s out of the ordinary, and the woman anticipates that. She’s looking forward to that,” he continues. “It’s one-sided. It’s what he’s going to do for her.”

Gray suggests having a discussion with your partner a week in advance about what this planned event should be. The discussion, he adds, should be a true back-and-forth conversation, not a guessing game in which one person is unclear about what the other is looking for. 

“She’s going to inform him of three things that would really make her happy… His job is to provide that for her,” Gray says. “Then, when they actually do it, her job is to be happy while he provides that. That’s the dance of romance.”

The anticipation in this scenario is what’s truly effective. As the anticipation builds, so does the sense of romance, according to Gray. “At that time, oxytocin is being produced that lowers her stress and increases her romantic feelings,” he explains.

So, Gray continues, make sure that you don’t wait until the last minute when trying to do something “romantic.”

“Most married men wait until the weekend and say to their wives, ‘What would you like to do? I’ll do anything,'” Gray says. “That’s not romantic, and men don’t realize that.”

On that actual date, don’t forget to appreciate each other and resurface the initial spark that brought you together. “You know, when you were dating a guy, no matter what happened, you were happy just to be with him,” Gray says. “You’ve got to find that part of you and be happy no matter what, because he’s doing his best.”

This visible happiness is what helps one romantic gesture turn into a continual cycle of romance.

“When you’re happy with a man doing his best, next time he’ll do better,” Gray says. “That’s what motivates men. So that’s a secret of creating romance: plan in advance.”

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So with all this hair flying around, we were reminded of one of life’s great mysteries: Why are some guys’ beards a different color than the rest of their hair?

We turned to dermatologist Dr. Bobby Buka, founder of Greenwich Village Dermatology in New York, who said it basically comes down to pigments and genetics.

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One type of melanin, a very light type called pheomelanin, is responsible for blonde or red hair, and eumelanin is the darker melanin found in darker-toned hair. How it gets distributed through the shaft of each hair and in what combinations is what determins our hair color, and it can vary by each individual follicle.

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The same goes for each follicle on your head, so those around your jaw and neck might have a different eumelanin-to-pheomelanin ratio than say, what’s on the top of your head.

For what it’s worth, our skin has pigments to protect ourselves from ultraviolet rays, but Buka pointed out that our hair doesn’t need UV protection. So why is there a biological reason that our hair would have pigments? “I can’t see why we would have one,” he said.

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You follow your skin-care routine with religious dedication but still don’t have the Neutrogena-commercial-perfect complexion of your dreams. That could be because you’re still making one of the mistakes dermatologists dread most. We asked eight of the top derms in the country to let us in on the one thing they wish their patients would stop doing when it comes to caring for their skin. And some of their answers might surprise you.

Being lazy about cleansing. “Many patients don’t make it a habit to cleanse twice a day and think they can get by with just rinsing their faces in the morning and that they can get away with sleeping with their makeup on. I always advise thorough, gentle cleansing both in the morning and evening. I particularly like wipe-off cleansers, such as Avène Micellar Lotion Cleanser and Make-up Remover. “–Jeanette Graf, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City

Using so many different products. “I wish patients would stop overdoing it. Dedication to one or two products with proven efficacy is much better than trying to use everything. Using too many products often leads to irritation and can potentially cause ingredients to inactivate, since certain ones are not meant to be combined. A good morning antioxidant, along with sunscreen and an evening retinoid, is a great place to start. If you consistently stick to this simple regimen, you will see a difference in your skin. Just give it a few weeks.” –Joshua Zeichner, an assistant professor in the dermatology department at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City

Picking your pimples. “It’s a surefire way to take something from minor to major. So often we see benign things that, if left alone, would heal and leave only minimal scarring, if anything. When you pick, or squeeze, or scratch, you introduce bacteria. Suddenly the issues multiply, and infection and other issues become part of the picture. And it’s always a shame to have to deal with completely avoidable problems.” —Ranella Hirsch, a dermatologist in Boston who serves on the editorial board of Dermatology Times

Overwashing your face. “Squeaky-clean skin is overcleansed, meaning it’s stripped of its priceless lipids. Your skin should feel supple, not like plastic. Use gentle cleansers with a low lather for the healthiest skin barrier.” –Ellen Marmur, an associate clinical professor in the department of dermatology and the department of genetics and genomic research at the Mount Sinai Medical Center

Overdoing it with a cleansing brush. “For people who have sensitive skin, cleansing brushes can cause irritation. I’m not a fan of the majority of them, unless you have very oily, thick sebaceous skin.” –Jason Emer, a cosmetic dermatologist and aesthetic surgeon in Mountain View, California

Skipping conditioner (yes, this relates to your skin). “Your scalp is skin, and many people forget that. Many thin or oily-haired women skip conditioner because of concerns that it will weigh down their hair. Big mistake. That’s like skipping moisturizer on your skin. Scalp nourishment is critical to beautiful hair.” —Francesca Fusco, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and assistant attending dermatologist at Mount Sinai

Exfoliating the wrong way. “Patients have in their heads that they need to exfoliate to have healthy skin. Unfortunately, that’s only one part of the process of getting soft, supple skin. After exfoliating chemically [with a peel] or physically [with a scrub], it’s critical to apply a moisturizer to seal and heal the skin barrier. Keeping the skin barrier well-hydrated not only improves the feel and look of skin but it also feeds back to improve the way the skin cells turn over. In an ideal world, healthy skin exfoliates on its own. So as your skin becomes healthier, you need to exfoliate less often.” –Heidi Waldorf, an associate clinical professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Being rough with your skin. “I watch patients touch and point to areas of concern on their face, and I’m often taken aback at how rough they are on their skin when they touch it. They rub hard and pick and pull, rather than gently patting it. I see the marks left behind from picking, and I see the skin stretched for no reason in directions it doesn’t necessarily naturally move. Part of the problem may be magnified mirrors that make everything seem bigger and closer and can distort the way the skin looks and how much pressure is safe to apply. I’d love for everyone to be more thoughtful and gentle when touching their skin.” –Doris Day, a clinical associate professor of dermatology at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City

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Look Chic, Go Crazy: Here’s What to Wear to Burning Man

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Reports made the rounds last week that a swarm of biting, flying insects had descended on the arid planes of Black Rock Desert, Nevada, where Burning Man begins this weekend—but guess what? Even a plague-style swarm of coriander-scented winged beetles with a taste for human blood couldn’t dampen the spirits of the dedicated Burners setting up camp. And why would it? Burning Man is glorious! Burning Man is hot passion! Burning Man is a place to let go! Burning Man is a Mad Max–style dune of scrap-metal bricolage-built caravans, concertgoers who hold umbrellas when it’s not even raining, and people who wear bizarre costumes—or people who don’t wear anything at all. It’s a sand-strewn, welcoming oasis for self-expression through art, music, and events like “Polesaw jousting” and endless EDM-centered events lit only by the blur of Day-Glo body paint.

Don’t think you’ve got the guts to be a Burner, to break out of your 9-to-5, shake off that back-to-school stress for one last hurrah, and wear your bandana as underwear? Please, anyone does! Maybe there are finance Burners who can’t get their thrills from watching the Dow rise, and instead opt for scaling a wooden statue in a soda can–crafted skirt! Or those tightly wound Preppy Burners who skip the Sunday rowing club for a shwaggy lesson in Laughter Yoga? Burning Man is a hot plexus of oddities, a breeding ground for flesh-revealing openness and boiling hormones. You should embrace it—maybe even hug it.

So what to wear to the badlands of bizarre? Let your skin breathe—and be comfortable in it. No one really cares what you look like at Burning Man: You could literally be wearing one pastie—anywhere—and that would be okay. So dress for you, and try to break out of your comfort zone. Think about that knit bikini with matching knit sandals that you were too scared to wear in the Hamptons: Hell, accessorize it with a mask! Haven’t found an occasion to wear that bodysuit? Go bare on the bottom and slap on some sky-high heels. Save the covering up for the flight back home. Until then, burn on, you crazy diamond.



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Rosetta Getty mixed media granny square scarf, $ 1,000; modaoperandi.com; Natasha Zinko plaited flared jeans, $ 1,290; modaoperandi.com; American Eagle Outfitters crochet crop top, $ 25; ae.com; Madison Harding Willow clog, $ 145; madisonharding.com

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Anna Kosturova Medina crochet bikini, $ 250; matchesfashion.com; Hecho porset pareo, $ 110; hechomxcty.com; Gurkee Opening Ceremony exclusive Montego sandal, price upon request; for information: openingceremony.us

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Raquel Allegra tie-dyed cotton-blend jersey T-shirt, $ 190; net-a-porter.com; Pamela Love mini pentagram cuff bracelet, $ 280; saksfifthavenue.com

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Eugenia Kim wild rose cocktail headband, $ 215; neimanmarcus.com; Reformation Taurus dress, $ 198; thereformation.com; Old Gringo flora brass western boots, $ 550; cavenders.com

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Emilio Pucci embellished crochet shorts, price upon request; farfetch.com; Glamorous rainbow crochet fringe crop top, $ 41; glamorous.com; Rene Caovilla lace and floral thong sandal, price upon request; bergdorfgoodman.com

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Sonia Rykiel striped organza dress, price upon request; for information: net-a-porter.com; Vix Swimwear beach throw, $ 55; revolveclothing.com

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MSGM embroidered denim jacket, $ 699; farfetch.com; Marco Bologna patchwork denim skirt, price upon request; farfetch.com; Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Core Hi, $ 55; zappos.com

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Zoe Karssen Unicorn Tears T-shirt, $ 79; farfetch.com; Lizzie Fortunato The Medina necklace, $ 645; neimanmarcus.com; Calypso St. Barth manchette silver palm cuff, $ 495; calypsostbarth.com

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Saint Laurent denim waistcoat, $ 774; farfetch.com; Illesteva Milan IV sunglasses, $ 300; barneys.com; Talitha Sasha fringed embroidered silk poncho, $ 2,800; net-a-porter.com; Maison Michel Heidi headband, $ 417; farfetch.com

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Juliet Dunn embroidered tunic kaftan, $ 170; matchesfashion.com; Mullein & Sparrow S/2 Dry Shampoo for Light Hair, $ 9; onekingslane.com; Marni flower appliqué sandal, $ 1,000; modesens.com

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Here’s What Happened When The Internet Was Asked To Photoshop A Couple’s Kissing Photo

They probably should’ve seen it coming. 

Imgur user damnfiddles took to the photo sharing site last week, and asked netizens to “please Photoshop away the kid” in a picture showing a couple locking lips.

 Let’s just say the request wasn’t exactly heeded.

Click through the gallery below to see the Photoshop magic:

 

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Here’s Why it Makes Perfect Sense that Josh Duggar Cheated

Now can we stop? Please? Can we please stop acting as if Conservative, right-wing “Christians” make any sense or are even “good” people? Any extreme is bad. Any. And that goes for people who call themselves “Christians” and it goes double for anyone who calls him or herself a “fundamentalist” anything.

Of course Josh Duggar was on Ashley Madison. Of course he has an alleged penchant for strippers. Can we please stop pretending that religion can somehow alter human nature? Humans are animals. They are sexual creatures. If you cage them, they will claw their way out or claw themselves to death or claw the eyes out of those they purport to love.

I could not feel any sorrier for Josh Duggar. He has desperately needed help for so long and his parents were so busy worrying about their image and their TV show and their commitment to a “religion” that blames the victims of sexual abuse rather than the abusers that they couldn’t be bothered to get him the help he needed. Instead they swept it under the rug and “prayed.”

Let me be clear here. He sexually assaulted his sisters. He’s a criminal. He belongs behind bars for those crimes.

But the Ashley Madison account? The affairs? The strippers? I only have one thing to say on that front — Duh.

Of course he behaved that way. He was kept from a normal life, a normal childhood, a normal upbringing. He was raised to believe that the natural, healthy feelings he was having about sexuality were wrong. He was taught that there shouldn’t even be any kissing until marriage. Are you kidding me? Think about that for a minute — telling an adolescent that they are to bottle up all of their healthy, happy sexual feelings because they are “bad” and “wrong.” It’s sick. It’s dangerous. And, obviously, it’s escalating all around.

In fact, I believe it was that very upbringing that lead him to the criminal behavior with his sisters. He was taught that victims were to blame. He was taught that women were put on this earth to serve men. He was taught that life barely existed outside of the four walls of his family home. What on earth did we expect to happen?

How many more examples do we need? Seriously. If you teach nothing but abstinence, girls get pregnant and contract STI’s. If you damn homosexuality, young people run away or kill themselves. If you teach a child that sexuality is bad or wrong or dirty or only for married people in love making babies, they go on the DL. They join Ashley Madison. They visit prostitutes and strippers. They do untoward things because they are not “allowed” to do perfectly healthy natural things.

I truly believe that if Josh Duggar was taught the scientific truth about human sexuality (and about evolution, while we’re on the subject), if he had been allowed to date, if he had been taught about the health and joy of masturbation, if he had been respected and supported as a human male, none of this would have happened. None of it. Including the molestation of his sisters.

The Duggars are creating monsters. They may mean well. They may be equally brainwashed and ignorant and sheltered and mislead. But they are creating monsters.

Extremism creates monsters. We have to teach science. Not fantasy. We have to respect the reality of humans and their development. Not promote puritanical myths of purity.

The Ashley Madison hack may have been the Godsend we have been needing for so long, the pulling back of the proverbial curtain. Look at the facts. Looks at the history. This shit goes on — the lying, the cheating, the molesting — because we are refusing to accept reality. People are claiming monogamy and cheating all over the place. When are going to stop turning a blind eye to all of the truths that are right there in front of us?

Sex is wonderful. People have sex. Sex is healthy. There is nothing wrong with sex outside of marriage between two enthusiastically consenting adults. Young people are sexual. If we don’t give them information (real sex ed) and an outlet (facts about masturbation and sex before marriage) and support (a sympathetic and knowledgeable ear when they have questions about what they are feeling and experiencing), things are going to go badly. Very badly.

Every sex scandal exposes these truths — the Senator and his aide, the sexts between boss and intern, the golf star and his stable of strippers, the preacher and his addiction to meth and male prostitutes. If we keep people from healthy sexuality, they will pursue it in an unhealthy way. That’s all there is to it.

It’s almost too simple really. We could stop nearly all of this with a little honesty and education. All we have to do is give up on the lying and the religious nonsense and the pretending. And so I am asking, once again – –

Now can we stop? Please?

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The It Shoe of Fall 2015 Has Arrived: Here’s Why We’re Head Over Heels for It

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Fashion can’t get enough of Alessandro Michele’s new vision at Gucci, all magpie this and estate sale that. So it comes as no surprise that the chief item on Vogue.com’s shopping list was those fur-lined loafers: A grand total of five staffers had it down as a must-buy for fall. “I think every time Gucci goes through a reimagining, as it is now, I fall head over heels in love again with that horse bit and want whatever classic-with-a-twist version is next,” explains Vogue Creative Digital Director Sally Singer. “It’s just such a brilliant bourgeois signature—and these are both arch and fluffy.”

Part shaggy slipper, part preppy loafer, the shoe is not only a mash-up of styles but perhaps also a mash-up of memories. The school shoe silhouette itself harkens back to that first pair of loafers we all bought in our teens; the furry sole to a comfortable slide we’ve shuffled around in at home; the horse bit logo to images of Jackie O in the seventies, her Gucci bag casually slung over her shoulder.

So how to wear fall’s most coveted flat? Take cues from our editors and try it out with elevated basics. The eye-catching nature of the shoe means you don’t have to try too hard from the ankle up (though you might want to show it off with some cropped trousers, either of the flared or frayed variety). And it only makes sense to pair fall’s coziest loafer with equally cozy and chic silk pieces, such as a lace-trimmed slip or a loosely belted kimono wrap. Stepping into the new season doesn’t get much comfier—or cooler—than that.

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Here’s Definitive Proof Christmas Is Starting Even Earlier This Year

Every year for as long as you can remember, the Christmas season has somehow started even earlier than the year before.

Given the photo below — that was captured yesterday by James Martinez, an engineering student at Moorpark College in California — it seems that 2015 will be no different. Santa Claus is already gearing up to come to town.

Wondering if this viral photo simply captured Santa getting through his summer reading list and not a canary warning of the coming onslaught of cheer, The Huffington Post found the man in the photograph with the help of Martinez and reached out.

“I am a traditional spoken-word storyteller, and a lore master on a few subjects — faerie folklore, Celtic folklore, etc.,” True Thomas the Storyteller (aka Robert Seutter) — the alleged Mr. Claus — told HuffPost over an email. After getting involved with a reenactment group in the late ’80s, Seutter became their bard, moving on to storytelling at schools and getting involved with storytelling festivals. He also moonlights as a professional Santa.

“I’m a newer Santa, and it’s my goal to become a Christmas lore master,” he wrote. 

Asked whether he noticed that his presence at the library was attracting attention, Seutter replied, “No one approached, it was done very stealthily. I thought all the students around me were sleeping, or zoned on their phones.” Looking back at the photo, that clearly not-stirring student immediately to Thomas’ right does appear to be ready for it to be the night before Christmas already. 

Seutter said that he is researching for his stories all year round. Perhaps it isn’t quite time for this Santa to be making his way into your living room, but do know that Christmas has already begun in London’s iconic department store, Selfridges. It’s only a matter of time, America.

 

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Clothes Still At Your Ex’s? Here’s What to Wear to Pick Them Up

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Congratulations! You are a free woman! Remember? You broke up with your significant other and are now doing amazingly. Nonetheless, there is a constant empty, vacuous pang of sadness, regret, and unhappiness—and it’s brooding in your closet. That rare vintage band tee from Pink Floyd’s 1987 tour in Latvia you used to lounge in? Haven’t seen it lately. Those cherry-red pony hair flatforms you copped at a sample sale? Nowhere to be found. What about those throwback orange tab Levi’s that fit so snugly around your behind? Gone, gone, gone. And where are they all? Well, you’ve left them at your ex’s.

Now what?

You have two options: Either leave your possessions there forever, to rot in eternal bachelordom, under piles of dog hair-ridden and beer-scented laundry. Or, you can return to salvage them with the knowledge that you will have to make eye contact and minimal conversation with someone you once had a full-fledged relationship with. If you are leaning toward the latter, there are two more things to consider: 1) Do I really need to pick those items up? And 2) Do I want to retrieve them simply as an excuse to see my ex?

Picked the second option? Take a hard pass. Chances are the items in question aren’t of any significant sentimental or monetary value. Don’t be the person who claims you need to collect your bodega-bought flip-flops, extra underwear, and a dollar store–purchased, one-strap tank top because, in reality, you want to catch a glimpse of your ex and their new life with a glinting intention of rekindling something. If that’s the case, it’s better letting your stuff burn—don’t barter your dignity for a pair of once-worn Havianas and a glimpse of your past.

But, if you do in fact, really want your things back—and if they are truly worth something—then by all means, go for it—but make sure you look fantastic in the process. The cardinal sartorial rule to remember? Think first-date style: Look as you usually do, but elevated—and, above all, not like you are trying too hard. Skip the circulation-halting, suffocating body-con dresses and NSFW-skin flashes and keep it laid-back and chic. Try a cool silk dress that has a punch of deep contrast paired with low-heeled ankle boots for a quick getaway. Feeling on top of the world? There’s a sleeveless, floral-print dress and leather boots for that. Completely carefree? Throw on a cheery sweater and figure-skimming skinny jeans. And the essential accessories? Pair your look with a large suitcase or box and an Uber with a running meter patiently waiting for you as you smoothly collect your belongings. But most importantly? Make it a point to meet your ex outside rather than inside their home—you want this transaction to be quick, easy, and on your turf. After all, it’s your life and you’re calling the shots now.

 



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Lucia San Miguel pillow case, $ 68; for information: shopsuperstreet.com; Povl Kjer tuft tall white, price upon request; povlkjer.dk; Globe Trotter Special Edition candy 28” suitcase wheels, $ 2,367; luisaviaroma.com; Indego Africa neon pom basket, $ 40; shop.indegoafrica.org; Indego Africa Marrakech basket, $ 66; shop.indegoafrica.org; Indego Africa pom pom basket light pink, $ 48; shop.indegoafrica.org; Indego Africa mini lidded basket pink, $ 48; shop.indegoafrica.org

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Zero + Maria Cornejo wrap Isie dress in silk stone roses print, $ 1,195; zeromariacordejo.com; Chloé Gosselin Cardinalis sandal, price upon request; farfetch.com; One Kings Lane modern farm baskets, $ 185; onekingslane.com; Max Mara Tobruk dress, $ 1,150; matchesfashion.com; Woman by Common Projects leather slide sandal, $ 273; otteny.com

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Stella McCartney Ashley Zigarette-embroidered drill dress, $ 1,572; matchesfashion.com; MoMA French net bag, $ 12; momastore.org; Chloé Faye small shoulder bag, $ 1,390; barneys.com; Emilio Pucci 110mm Zodiac suede over the knee boot, $ 5,575; luisaviaroma.com

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TY Beanie Baby fleecie the lamb toy, $ 6; amazon.com; Frame Denim Le Boyfriend cotton shirt, $ 180; net-a-porter.com; Memorex CD-R 700MB 52x, $ 10; bhphotovideo.com

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Burberry Prorsum cropped patent leather-paneled suede jacket, $ 4,495; net-a-porter.com; Mark Cross Benchley small Saffiano calkskin binocular bag, $ 2,495; shop.nordstrom.com; Victoria Beckham plaid scuba-jersey wrap mini skirt, $ 305; net-a-porter.com; Ted&Muffy Muse brogue, $ 260; tedandmuffy.com; Whitmor document boxes set of 5, $ 12; macys.com

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Dolce & Gabbana embroidered boyfriend jeans, price upon request; for information: brownsfashion.com; Elkin Asshole tank, $ 62; store.elkincollection.com; Fleur du Mal Garçon Cheeky, $ 45; for information: fleurdumal.com; Crosley Radio Executive portable USB turntable red, $ 90; drugstore.com; No. 21 suede striped knotted mule, $ 625; modaoperandi.com

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Maison Margiela wide corduroy trousers, $ 840; farfetch.com; Givenchy open-back blouse, $ 1,805; matchesfashion.com; One Kings Lane asst of 3 reed trunks, $ 29; onekingslane.com; Brother Vellies jardin Babouche, $ 380; brothervellies.com

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Emilio Pucci lace-up cady jumpsuit, $ 2,300; net-a-porter.com; Vintage chrome and brass storage trunks after Maison Jansen, $ 2,400; 1stdibs.com; Michael Michael Kors clog, $ 123; shoescribe.com

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Want To Have Better Orgasms? Here’s What You Need To Know

Imagine being sexually active for your entire adult life and never having an orgasm.

For Loly, a woman in her mid-twenties living in France, that scenario was a reality. Even though she was healthy, sex-positive and actively looking for ways to achieve orgasm, she didn’t find a way to do it until she came across an exercise that changed her life forever. 

Of course Loly isn’t the only person — female or male — who has trouble with orgasming. Even though almost all of us are physically capable of having them, that doesn’t mean we are having them. And for those of us who can orgasm, all too often they can still be hard to come by, show up too soon or take forever to achieve.

So, for the latest HuffPost Love+Sex Podcast, host Noah Michelson (helming the show by himself this week due to co-host Carina Kolodny being out of the studio) went in search of tips, tricks and — ultimately — the truth about how everyone can achieve orgasms. And not just any orgasm but the very best orgasms possible. 

To help him in his quest, Michelson chatted with Jenny Block, author of the recently published book O Wow! Discovering Your Ultimate Orgasm, and Ian Kerner, sex therapist and author of She Comes First: The Thinking Man’s Guide To Pleasuring A Woman:

 

If you want to download and/or listen to the podcast offline, head to iTunes or Stitcher.

This podcast was produced and edited by Katelyn Bogucki and sound engineered by Brad Shannon. Like Love + Sex? Subscribe, rate and review our podcast on iTunes.

Have an idea for an episode? Find us on Twitter at @HuffPostPodcast or email us at loveandsexpodcast@huffingtonpost.com. 

And finally, if you or someone you know is interested in participating in a study conducted by Ian Kerner with researchers at the University of Kentucky aimed at helping men who come too quickly, head here.

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Here’s How April Bloomfield Does Healthy Gazpacho: 3 Exclusive Recipes for the Weekend

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In these sweltering days, it’s perfectly normal to experience cravings of ice cream and ice water exclusively—anything warmer may seem to border on masochistic. Alas, swimming, surfing, and even lounging on the beach require a healthy source of sustenance. Which brings us to gazpacho: The chilled soup—which delivers a burst of flavor in the form of a fruit- or vegetable-based broth—is the quintessential summer meal.

Yet as any aspiring foodie can tell you, a pitch-perfect execution is necessary in the kitchen, with lesser attempts resulting in something that more closely resembles, well, salsa.  With this in mind, we reached out to April Bloomfield. The exacting chef—whose culinary triumphs include her simple, meat-laden menus for The Spotted Pig and The Breslin—recently released a veggie-centric cookbook, A Girl and Her Greens. She took on the fresh produce-driven challenge, creating three exclusive gazpacho recipes for Vogue.com that range from a cucumber and tomatillo blend thickened with protein-rich (and low fat) Lebanese yogurt, to an anti-inflammatory take on watermelon (spiked with refreshing mint) that will help you chill out and fill up.

 

Traditional Gazpacho

 

Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients
2 lbs. heirloom tomatoes, eyes and whites removed
1 medium cucumber, peeled
1 shallot
1/2 jalapeño pepper
1 red bell pepper, seeds and whites removed, skin peeled
2 T Jacobsen sea salt
1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
1/8 cup picked mint leaves
1/8 cup picked opal or green basil, torn
1/4 cup sherry vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup breadcrumbs

Dice the tomatoes, cucumber, shallot, jalapeño, and red pepper separately into medium-size pieces, about three-quarters to one-inch thick. Combine the chopped vegetables in a bowl and add the salt, garlic, mint, basil, sherry vinegar, and olive oil, and toss until the vegetables are well-coated.  Cover the mixture with a lid and pop in the refrigerator until chilled—about an hour or so.

Using a slotted spoon, place the tomato mixture in a blender (leaving the excess liquid in the bowl) and purée until smooth and a rich orangey-red color. Add the breadcrumbs and remaining liquid from the bowl and purée until it is completely smooth and almost creamy. Sprinkle in a bit more salt if need be, and serve cold in a chilled glass. Garnish with a handful of fresh chopped basil and mint.

 

Watermelon Gazpacho

 

Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients
2 lbs. watermelon, seeds removed and diced into 1-inch cubes
8 oz. diced tomato, seeds and whites removed
8 oz. cucumber, peeled and diced into medium-sized cubes
1 red bell pepper, stem and seeds removed, diced into 1/2 inch size pieces
1 ají dulce pepper, stem and seeds removed
1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
juice of one lemon
1/2 cup olive oil
3 T Jacobsen sea salt

Garnish
Thinly sliced red onion
Gaeta olives
Feta cheese
Cilantro
Black mint

Combine the watermelon, tomato, cucumber, bell pepper, ají dulce pepper, onion, and garlic in a large bowl and add the lemon juice, olive oil, and salt. Gently toss until the vegetables are well-coated in the oil and lemon juice. Cover the mixture with a lid and pop in the refrigerator until chilled—about an hour.

Gently spoon the watermelon-tomato mixture in a blender, leaving the excess liquid in the bowl. Purée until smooth and almost creamy in texture. Sprinkle in a bit more salt, if need be, and serve cold in a chilled glass. I like to garnish this soup with a few delicate slivers of red onion, an olive or two, and feta crumbles for added tanginess. A few sprigs of fresh of cilantro and black mint top it all off beautifully and add extra aromatics.

 

Cucumber and Tomatillo Soup

 

Yields: 8 servings

Ingredients
12 cucumbers (or less depending if they are large)—a lovely market mix cut into small/medium pieces, skin left on if not tough
3 garlic cloves, peeled and split in half
3/4 whole jalapeno, thinly sliced
3/4 stale baguette
3/4 cup high-quality red wine vinegar
1 heaping cup of Marcona almonds
7 1/2 cups small tomatillos
2 1/2 cups grassy extra-virgin olive oil
3 cups labneh
1 1/2 green apples, cored and cut into medium chunks
1 1/2 bunches of basil (leaves only)
3/4 bunch chives, roughly chopped

To preserve the lovely pale green color of the soup, the key is to make sure everything is nicely chilled before you start blending (including the pitcher for the blender). It’s best to have all the ingredients premixed in one bowl before blending.

Wash and cut all of the vegetables into small to medium pieces. Trim off and discard the crusts from your stale baguette. Tear the remaining baguette into small bits. Add the red wine vinegar to a bowl with the bread. Run a sharp knife through the herbs once or twice. Add all of the remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix. You will make this recipe in three batches in the blender, filling the blender by no more than half each time; otherwise it won’t blend properly and you will overwork the machine. Puree until smooth and creamy with a beautiful pale-green color, then pass through a fine-mesh strainer.

To Garnish
The beauty of this soup is that it makes a great base for so many finishing ingredients. Raw diced scallops marinated in chili and citrus or lightly poached shrimp would be appropriate, as would topping it with cucumbers, chives, basil, mint, and melon. I like to also add a little more labneh and olive oil for a bit of indulgence.

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Each week HuffPost Gay Voices, in a partnership with blogger Scout, LGBT HealthLink and researcher Susana Fajardo, brings you a round up of some of the biggest LGBT wellness stories from the past seven days. For more LGBT Wellness visit our page dedicated to the topic here.

HPV Vaccination Cuts Anal Cancer Risk By 63%

Many HIV-positive queer men already receive treatment for high-grade anal intraepithelial neoplasia (HGAIN), a condition that can lead to anal cancer. Researchers added in an HPV vaccination to HGAIN treatment and reduced the lifetime risk of anal cancer by a whopping 63%!

#TransHealthFail Summarized

Now that #TransHealthFail has taken off on the interwebs, Mashable has nicely taken those posts and summarized six ways the health care system doesn’t work for trans people. We love seeing the big picture and seeing Mashable cover trans health. 

Still So Little Money For LGBTQ Research

Researchers are still monitoring NIH to see how many of their projects address LGBT health. In the most recent pass (no T this time), they found if you look beyond HIV, only 10 of 27,000 grants in 2012 were for LGB health. Even worse, ¾ of the Institutes at NIH funded no research about us that looked beyond HIV at all. As other researchers point out, this needs to change.

Eating Disorders So Much Worse For LGBTQ College Students

It looks like eating disorders hit LGBTQ students the hardest. A new study found that 16% of transgender college students had an eating disorder, a rate five times higher than that of cisgender students. LGBTQ students were also twice as likely to have induced vomiting and were more likely to use diet pills than straight students. 

HIV Disclosure Rare Among Straight Men Who Sometimes Sleep with Men

This one’s a doozy. A new study of men who identify as straight but sometimes have sex with men found that 1) 58% were HIV-positive and that 2) they usually told their female partners about being HIV-positive, but hardly ever told their male partners. Not cool, guys.

Youth Pride Clinic Helps LGBTQ Teens

Here’s a happy story: after seeing too many frustrated patients and awkward doctors the Children’s National Medical Center added a Youth Pride Clinic, designated afternoons where LGBTQ teens can get help in a judgment-free zone with docs who know what’s up. So simple! Why didn’t we think of that? 

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Here’s How Two Women Changed The Lives Of LGBT Families In Alabama Forever

In towns large and small all across our country, there are parents that RaiseAChild.US considers to be true heros. Such is the case with Cari Searcy and Kim McKeand of Mobile, Alabama, who together fought an intense nine-year battle to improve the landscape for all families in their state. In this Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US “Let Love Define Family™ series installment, contributing writer Beth Hallstrom shares their riveting story of courage and justice.

Imagine sitting at your critically ill son’s bedside with your wife, watching the life ebb from the infant’s tiny body. Your baby is losing weight and desperately needs a feeding tube to sustain him until he receives an open-heart surgery, his only hope for survival, that is still two weeks away.

Your wife, upset and emotional, is unable to learn how to insert the tube. She is bullied by nurses and becomes hysterical so you step in and volunteer to take her place. But, because you are also a woman and living in a state with arcane marriage and adoption laws, you are denied. You are told, “You are not his mother.”  

Cari Searcy and Kim McKeand of Mobile, Alabama, didn’t have to imagine this nightmare, because they had to live it. First they were stunned, then they were furious. And then they waged war against those arcane laws and changed history when they won.

Cari and Kim’s story began like countless other couples’. Natives of small towns in East Texas, they met in college, fell in love and decided to make a life together. A visit to Mobile enamored them with the Azalea City. They moved there in 2000, bought a home and began planning their family. 

Kim chose to be the birth mother with the help of a donor and loved being pregnant, Cari recalled. “I always wanted to be a mother, but I never saw myself pregnant. It worked out perfectly for both of us,” she said.

In December 2005, their son, Khaya, was born and doctors soon discovered a large hole in his heart. The defect was repairable through open-heart surgery, but not until the baby was three months old. 

According to Cari, “When Khaya was two months old, he quit gaining weight. He was hospitalized and the doctors told us his heart was working so hard it was like he was on a treadmill all the time. He was just not receiving enough calories. They told us Kim had to stop breastfeeding and we had to put him on a high calorie formula but he continued to lose weight. The feeding tube was our only choice.”

Before Khaya could come home from the hospital, his mothers — or, from the nursing staff’s viewpoint, his mother — needed to learn to insert, remove and clean the feeding tube.

“Kim was so upset and became even more emotional when they tried to force her to do it. I asked them to teach me instead and there was dead silence in the room. One of the nurses put her hands on her hips and asked me, ‘Are you the legal parent? Do you have legal documentation?’ When I told them no, they told me they couldn’t teach me because I was not his mother. That’s when I started to burn,” Cari said.

Fortunately, Khaya’s cardiologist was making rounds and she demanded to know what was happening around Khaya’s hospital crib. Appalled, she cleared the room, began to cry and proceeded to teach Cari about the feeding tube. 

“She was a godsend,” Cari said.

Cari recalled that it was at that moment that she realized she had no legal standing in Khaya’s or Kim’s lives. Despite the years together, the house and the family, the dog and the cat, she was nothing in the relationship.

“I’m sure straight people aren’t asked for paperwork by hospital staff. No one is asked to produce a marriage license or adoption decree; they take it on faith that the person is the spouse or the parent. “

“It really opened my eyes as to how important that paperwork is and, the next week, we visited our lawyer to begin the process of me adopting Khaya. We figured it would be uncomplicated, an open and shut case. Boy, were we wrong!” Cari said.

The first denial of Cari’s adoption petition was in 2006. Two more followed as Cari and Kim’s legal odyssey took them from Probate Court in Mobile County to a 2014 federal lawsuit seeking to end Alabama’s ban on same sex marriage. The couple’s case also sought to require the state to recognize marriages performed elsewhere, including their own, which was held in California in 2008.

“The only way I could adopt was to make the state marriage law unconstitutional. We felt we had a pretty narrow and easily decided case in federal court because it was not right for me to be unable to adopt my own son,” Cari explained.

While numerous people — gay, straight, singles and couples — cheered Cari and Kim on, they oddly received little support from the LGBT legal community.

“We were told not to push the issue because it might set back the effort to legalize gay marriage nationwide. Meanwhile, our son is growing up and I’m not legally his parent. It hit me that somebody has to do something,” Cari said.

Victory finally arrived in January when a federal judge struck down Alabama’s law but was quickly put on hold when elected officials dragged their feet, waiting to see how the Supreme Court would rule on same-sex marriage. 

“The Probate Court judge, Judge Don Davis, refused to rule on our latest adoption petition until the Supreme Court ruled, even after we won the federal suit that said the law can no longer be used against us. So, in March, we filed suit against Judge Davis. He eventually recused himself and assigned the case to another judge. He never looked us in the eye and made comments that made us feel uncomfortable,” Cari noted. 

After the Supreme Court ruled in June that marriage equality was the law of the land, Cari and Kim’s marriage was recognized. On Friday, July 24, the family stood before Visiting Judge James Reid from adjacent Baldwin County as Cari officially became Khaya’s legal parent.

“It was amazing. It was very surreal when Judge Reid said it was in the best interest of the child to have two legal parents. I broke down and got so emotional. His words confirmed what we’ve known all along: that I’ve been Khaya’s parent his whole life. It was great to be in front of a judge who looked as us like he looks at everyone else,” Cari said.

While the family has been in the spotlight for nine years, Cari said she and Kim shielded Khaya from much of the publicity and attention but, after the adoption hearing, he gave his first media interview.

“He thinks it’s all pretty cool,” Cari said. “It’s been no big deal to him because the case has literally been going on his whole life, but I think Friday opened his eyes to what it all means and how many people’s lives will change because of him.”

Next for the family is expansion through adopting one or two more children. Cari said they have begun to investigate adoption agencies and are eager to give Khaya siblings.

“There were tons of times we thought maybe it just wasn’t meant to be but then someone would come up to us and tell us to keep going for it, so we did. This is America and we shouldn’t have to fight for equal rights,” Cari said.

“It’s amazing that our son made history. Our case helped thousands and thousands of families across our state. It restored our pride in Alabama. We love to hear Khaya talking to his friends when he tells them, ‘We helped change the world.’ He is so proud. And so are we.”

RaiseAChild.US is the nationwide leader in the recruitment and support of LGBT and all prospective parents interested in building families through fostering and adoption to meet the needs of the 400,000 children in the foster care system. RaiseAChild.US recruits, educates, and nurtures supportive relationships equally with all prospective foster and adoptive parents while partnering with agencies to improve the process of advancing foster children to safe, loving and permanent homes. For information about how you can become a foster or adoptive parent, please visit www.RaiseAChild.US.

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7 Products for a Post-Workout Makeover: Here’s What You Need in Your Gym Bag

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It’s a common dilemma: You may have found a favorite high-intensity exercise class, but do you have a good post-cooldown routine for freshening up all worked out? Stepping onto the city streets with wet baby curls and purple-tinged cheeks defies logic when you’ve spent the past hour or so pushing yourself to the limits with the aim of feeling good on the inside and outside.

Fortunately, a gym bag packed with the right essentials can make all the difference. If time is limited, Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes will solve the shower dilemma and buy you some time between the end of class and the route home. These neatly packaged bamboo cloths refresh and exfoliate while removing sweat and excess oil, without stripping skin—genius. Slathering on Shiseido’s Urban Environment sunscreen, meanwhile, restores that essential sun barrier and doubles as a creamy moisturizer, while Klorane’s cult Dry Shampoo renders washing hair, for a while at least, pretty much redundant.

For those who wouldn’t dare entertain such a thought, Yves Durif’s wide-tooth detangling comb deserves bag space: It’s the perfect way to scrape wet hair into a slick, shower-fresh knot. As do Josie Maran’s multitasking color stick and Tweezerman’s arguably life-changing lash curler. The final touch? Pinrose’s collection of slim, single-dose travel fragrances, tagged with kooky and uplifting names like Campfire Rebel and Garden Gangster. Now who wouldn’t feel empowered for the remainder of the evening after a couple of dabs of that?

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Here’s What All Women In Sexless Marriages Need To Know

Stuck in a sexless marriage? You’re not alone. According to data scientist Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, the top-searched marriage complaint on Google is “sexless marriage.” (What’s more, searches for “sexless marriage” are three and a half times more common than “unhappy marriage” and eight times more common than “loveless marriage.”) 

Many of those searching for answers are women struggling to understand why their spouses aren’t reciprocating their desire for sex. We reached out to marriage therapists and sex experts to share the advice they give women stuck in sexually unsatisfying marriages. Read what they had to say below. 

“Many women are the ones with a higher sex drive in their marriages but women commonly don’t discuss this dynamic openly with friends. Also, the media portrayal of relationships makes women think that males have a constant high level of sexual desire. On the contrary, many women struggle in sexless marriages. Outside of therapy, I’d say that finding a support system can be invaluable. There are forums online where women share their experiences, such as the Dead Bedrooms forum on Reddit.” — Samantha Rodman, psychologist and couples’ counselor 

“It may not be you, so stop beating yourself up. It is no indicator of how sexy you are as a woman if he is initiating or not. Many times men stop initiating sex because they are stressed or they are experiencing some kind of erectile dysfunction and they’re too afraid to tell you. Men define their sexuality by their ability to perform and if they cannot achieve an erection upon demand they may withdraw. Keep being affectionate and let him know there is no pressure to get to the ‘finish line.’ Let him know you still want to cuddle and be close and then if you still want a ‘happy ending,’ well, frankly, you can take care of it yourself. If he wants to participate, he might find himself more turned on than he thought himself capable. Don’t wait for him to take charge. It is OK as the woman to be the driving force of your sex life.” – Tammy Nelson, certified sexologist and sex therapist and the author of Getting the Sex You Want 

“Our libido often dips with age and in tandem with life stressors — juggling multiple jobs, kids, family, home and self care. That said, if several months have passed with no sex and it’s troubling you, the matter needs to be addressed. Sometimes, all you need to do is communicate. But there may be physical, psychological or marital issues that require work. If it turns out there is a physical issue — your over-40 husband is having trouble maintaining erections, for instance — a trip to the doctor can do wonders. But if the issue is decreased physical attraction, know that it usually has less to do with appearance and more to do with unexpressed and unresolved unhappiness in the relationship or marriage. If this is the case, you’re in the right place: couples’ counseling.” – Robert Weiss, LCSW, senior vice president of clinical development at Elements Behavioral Health

“If he has erectile dysfunction or the inability to get or maintain an erection, he may have prostate issues and it is important to get that checked out right away. Have him schedule an appointment with a urologist. Rule out any health problems before you begin talking about what could be happening emotionally. When you have ruled out cancer, his testosterone levels have been checked, and you have had discussions around his stress levels, then you can look deeper into your relationship.” — Tammy Nelson 

“If your spouse is not willing to see a sex or relationship therapist (alone or with you), it’s very telling. I recommend going to professional in almost all cases if either partner is still emotionally committed to their sexless marriage. But if your partner really doesn’t give a damn about you or the marriage and the two of you are just co-existing, then you really need to think about what you want the rest of your life to be like.”  – Pepper Schwartz, certified sexologist and the author of Prime: Adventures and Advice on Sex, Love, and the Sensual Years

“The good news is that for most otherwise healthy (emotionally intimate) couples who are both willing to put in work, it’s relatively easy to spark a new fire. To start, a little romance never hurts. And yes, I am talking about toys, new positions, new places and unexpected romance within your relationship. Be intimate, share quiet moments where you simply look at each other, hold hands and talk about your feelings. Nothing, not even sex, is more intimate than having a compassionate partner who has your back. As for the sex itself, try mixing it up. Tell your spouse about your secret sexual fantasy, and ask if he or she is willing to try it. And then ask about your partner’s secret fantasy and offer to indulge it.” –  Robert Weiss

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Hey, Rick Santorum, Here’s Why The Dred Scott Case Has Nothing To Do With Marriage Equality

Conservatives never want to talk about slavery until it helps them push their agenda.

Enter Rick Santorum, the former senator from Pennsylvania and one of the junior varsity GOP candidates. On Thursday night, during the first Fox News 2016 debate, Santorum compared Obergefell v. Hodges, the recently decided Supreme Court case that upheld marriage equality, to the Dred Scott case in 1857.

Asked whether the Obergefell case was still up for debate, Santorum said, “It is not, any more than Dred Scott was settled law to Abraham Lincoln … This is a rogue Supreme Court decision.”

The Supreme Court ruling in Dred Scott’s case determined that black people were property and not, nor ever could be, U.S. citizens.

Now, you’re probably wondering what that has to do with marriage equality — and the answer is nothing.

Conservatives maintain that, just as Lincoln ultimately overturned the decision in the Dred Scott case, they will overturn legalized gay marriage. But there’s a lot of false equivalence floating around. It’s insulting to invoke America’s history of legal racism to explain why states should be allowed to discriminate against same-sex couples (many of which include people of color, incidentally).

Justice Clarence Thomas and Chief Justice John Roberts made similar remarks in June when they compared the decision to slavery and interracial marriage, respectively.

At the time, Santorum said that, as president, he would do all he could to strike down the court’s ruling.

“As president, I will be committed to using the bully pulpit of the White House to lead a national discussion on the importance to our economy and our culture of mothers and fathers entering into healthy marriages so that every child is given their birthright — to be raised by their mother and father in a stable, loving home,” he said. “I will stand for the preservation of religious liberty and conscience, to believe what you are called to believe free from persecution.  And I will ensure that the people will have a voice in decisions that impact the rock upon which our civilization is built.”

Santorum also compared the marriage equality ruling to Dred Scott at that time.

“Now is the people’s opportunity respond because the future of the institution of marriage is too important to not have a public debate,” he said. “The Court is one of three co-equal branches of government and, just as they have in cases from Dred Scott to Plessy, the Court has an imperfect track record. The stakes are too high and the issue too important to simply cede the will of the people to five unaccountable justices.”

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Here’s What Denmark’s Most Stylish Blogger Wears for Copenhagen Fashion Week

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From her Georg Jensen earrings to her Bruuns Bazaar frock, it’s evident that Danish street style star Pernille Teisbaek is a true supporter of designers hailing from Denmark. And what better time for Teisbaek to show some love to her country’s fashion scene than Copenhagen Fashion Week? From a charming Stine Goya dress to a pair of patterned shorts by Cecilie Copenhagen, here is how Teisbaek mixes native pieces into her internationally sourced ensembles for some homegrown chic at the week’s fashionable festivities.

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Here’s What All Women In Sexless Marriages Need To Know

Stuck in a sexless marriage? You’re not alone. According to data scientist Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, the top-searched marriage complaint on Google is “sexless marriage.” (What’s more, searches for “sexless marriage” are three and a half times more common than “unhappy marriage” and eight times more common than “loveless marriage.”) 

Many of those searching for answers are women struggling to understand why their spouses aren’t reciprocating their desire for sex. We reached out to marriage therapists and sex experts to share the advice they give women stuck in sexually unsatisfying marriages. Read what they had to say below. 

“Many women are the ones with a higher sex drive in their marriages but women commonly don’t discuss this dynamic openly with friends. Also, the media portrayal of relationships makes women think that males have a constant high level of sexual desire. On the contrary, many women struggle in sexless marriages. Outside of therapy, I’d say that finding a support system can be invaluable. There are forums online where women share their experiences, such as the Dead Bedrooms forum on Reddit.” — Samantha Rodman, psychologist and couples’ counselor 

“It may not be you, so stop beating yourself up. It is no indicator of how sexy you are as a woman if he is initiating or not. Many times men stop initiating sex because they are stressed or they are experiencing some kind of erectile dysfunction and they’re too afraid to tell you. Men define their sexuality by their ability to perform and if they cannot achieve an erection upon demand they may withdraw. Keep being affectionate and let him know there is no pressure to get to the ‘finish line.’ Let him know you still want to cuddle and be close and then if you still want a ‘happy ending,’ well, frankly, you can take care of it yourself. If he wants to participate, he might find himself more turned on than he thought himself capable. Don’t wait for him to take charge. It is OK as the woman to be the driving force of your sex life.”