• Grace Durbin on Mental Health

    Why Simply ‘Being There' Can Mean All The Difference In Suicide Prevention

    Why Simply ‘Being There' Can Mean All The Difference In Suicide Prevention

    Before the arrival of social media, people in crisis turned to 911, or people they personally knew. Today, we can reach out to strangers. But what happens when the strangers become 911, and 911 doesn't reflect the socially networked world? This boy was age 17, unabashedly unraveling on Facebook for the world to see and […]
  • Grace Durbin on Queer Culture

    Why You Should Think Twice About Posting #HeterosexualPrideDay

    Why You Should Think Twice About Posting #HeterosexualPrideDay

    When #HeterosexualPrideDay started trending on Twitter, I almost fell over. It made me realize how busy some people are throwing their “pride” around while they step on other people. They victimize and endanger others, and then, they claim they're not hurting anyone. It's bullshit. It was 4 am, and I was just getting ready to lie […]
  • Grace Durbin in Culture

    Be Generous This Holiday Season — Especially To The Homeless

    Be Generous This Holiday Season — Especially To The Homeless

    I was stuck in rush hour traffic when my engine sputtered and my car came to a stop. I've always hated driving in the city, but there I was, halfway through a four-way stop, blocking traffic. I immediately began to panic. He was small, thin and rugged, clothed in torn jeans and a black leather […]
  • Grace Durbin on Police Brutality

    Violence Does Not Discriminate: Why We Must Fight For Human Kind

    Violence Does Not Discriminate: Why We Must Fight For Human Kind

    I am an Oklahoma woman. One small voice in the middle of the Bible Belt, in a city known as the Heart of Oklahoma. I used to believe this was as far as my voice could ever reach. Then, I found out I was pregnant. Nine days before my daughter's birth, my partner left and […]
  • Grace Durbin in Ladies

  • Grace Durbin in Culture

    It's Not Guns, Crime Or Hate: We The People Are The Problem With Society

    It's Not Guns, Crime Or Hate: We The People Are The Problem With Society

    “We the people” have a problem, America. It's convenient to focus vexation at our country's ever-present adversity on impractical venues such as government. After all, we can vote, complain, post bumper stickers and invest in campaigns, but we really can't change much. Yet, what do we do in an effort to make changes? We find someone who resembles […]
  • Grace Durbin in Culture