Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM PROGRESS ch.127

We’ve focused a lot in the past on how children who are raised in families with gay and lesbian parents don’t have any differences then those children raised by straight parents; in some cases, it seemed that they did better academically and developmentally than their counterparts.  But how do the children of gay and lesbian parents deal with questions about their family structure in their day to day lives?  In a study presented last month at an annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, findings were presented about how these children handle their experiences with what researches call “microaggression” from their peers, looking at how they discuss the issue and whether it is used to tease or bully them at school or other extracurricular activities.  Dr. Rachel Farr, an assistant professor in Developmental Psychology at the University of Kentucky, has been following gay and lesbian families with adopted children and joins us today to talk about her findings.

How much is the degrading of our land and what is known as the "ecosystem services" they provide us?  If the degradation continues, how many millions of migrants is it likely to create in the coming decade?  Yesterday, a report by the Economics of Land Degradation Initiative was released putting a monetary value on how costly a mistake over-farming and pollution is costing us and what solutions may help in sustaining the land.  Dr. Zafar Adeel, director of the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment, and Health, join us today to discuss the findings.

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