You run into an article about a transgender person either being killed or brutally attacked by a complete stranger or acquaintances. In most of these cases, they are often misgendered by the media, police statements, and other professions. According to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), 26 transgender people in 2018 have been killed. The majority of whom were black transgender women. This year, the lives of 23 transgender people were lost at the hand of violence. That’s a 1.1 percent decrease from last year, but more needs to be done to protect them from any further attacks.
In the fall of 1985, a video game console that would end up being popular to not only kids, but also adults was released. That game system was the Nintendo Entertainment System, or NES for short. Every kid on Christmas wanted one, and I have a story to tell about the NES that took place almost four years later, but before I share it, here's a fun fact about it that would surprise you. These are the three best-selling NES games:
Are your Spidey senses tingling? Good, because this article is about our friendly, neighborhood Spider-Man. I recently asked people to submit their photos to me on Facebook, showing off their favorite suits. They were amazing and I can't wait to show them to everyone. I'm more of a DC fan, but I do respect Marvel fans and I watch more Marvel movies than I do DC. The first Marvel cosplay I debuted last year was The Human Spider from the 2002 film, Spider-Man. I attended a Halloween festival in my area two weeks later, wearing that same outfit. Then the day before my birthday, a loss that crushed Marvel fans everywhere: the death of Stan Lee. Finally, I received something amazing: my first Spider-Man suit. It arrived in the mail before Thanksgiving and when I first tried it on, I was giddy and couldn't wait to show it off to my friends. So I posted pics and videos on social media and received positive feedback. Over two weeks later, I went to see Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and yes, I did see that movie in my Captain Spider-Man suit. I've now had my suit for almost a year and have been going to cons and other events in it since. I do plan on buying another suit soon, most likely, Miles Morales. I didn't know that there were around 40 different kinds of Spider-Man suits before today.
Everyone has a story to tell and today is the perfect day to share them with the world. Today is National Coming Out Day, which is observed every year on October 11th. It’s a day to celebrate coming out and also raising awareness for the LGBT community. Back then, coming out to your friends, family, colleagues, etc., wasn’t easy, and in most instances, you were disowned by them. I wrote an article about Boston’s so-called “straight pride” event over a month ago and I went in on them, especially when it first started making headlines and caused controversy. Many straight people still complain about why Pride Month, LGBT History Month, and LGBT rights exist. It’s because they are among the few groups of people who get discriminated against on a regular basis and are being refused services and other accommodations on religious grounds. October is LGBT History Month, so it’s very important to educate everyone of LGBT advocates, heroes, politicians, icons, past and present, of the sacrifices and positive actions they have done for everyone in that community. Before I share my coming out story, I want to point out a few things.
Today, October 10th, is World Mental Health Day, and I have not one, but two personal stories to share with everyone. It’s observed every year on this day to spread awareness of mental health issues worldwide. Before I tell them to everyone, I want to share some important stats about mental illness:
Greetings, Vocal readers. In this article, I'm going to talk about photo ops and what it's like to do them with famous people you have either grown up watching and/or admire so much. A few days ago, I talked to a couple of people on Facebook and shared their photo op experiences with me. Just a heads up: one person in this article has two photo ops. So check out the two people that you're about to meet. I'll share my own photo op experiences near the end of this article.