Hardwired: The brain's circuitry for political belief

When people’s political beliefs are challenged, their brains become active in areas that govern personal identity and emotional responses to threats, USC researchers found through a new study.

The USC-led study confirms what seems increasingly true in American politics: People are hard-headed about their political beliefs, even when provided with contradictory evidence.

Neuroscientists at the Brain and Creativity Institute at USC said the findings from the functional MRI study seem especially relevant to how people responded to political news stories, fake or credible, throughout the election.

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Sherry Vine Presents Oy To The World for the Challah-days

gaySVTVworld is bringing viewers home for the Challah-days this year with “Oy To The World,” eight days of music and merriment, one for each night of The Festival of Lights, and all gelt free!

The fun begins December 24, the first night of Hanukkah, when the queer network airs its first of eight new hilarious music videos by award-winning LGBTQ directors.

Read more: Sherry Vine Presents Oy To The World for the Challah-days

 

Goodbye Gayiel.567

As the year draws to a close, we here in Sacramento are forced to say goodbye to an old friend, great performer and all around local icon, Gayiel Von. Jim Jordan remembers and pays tribute to her and you can read his words on page 16.

Read more: The December 22, 2016 Issue is Out Now!

 

AHF’s 2017 Rose Parade Float To Honor & Remember Orlando

For the sixth year in a row, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) in partnership with its affiliated organization, Impulse Group United, will take part in the Rose Parade with a float this year that honors the memory of the 49 individuals lost to the violence in the senseless attack on the Pulse Nightclub and LGBTQ community in Orlando, Florida that left 49 dead and scores injured.

AHF decided to dedicate its entry in the 128th Rose Parade® presented by Honda to honor those killed—as well as survivors, families and loved ones—after the June attack. Three survivors of the attack, the owner of the nightclub and several community members involved in the recovery and healing efforts in Orlando will ride on the float, which is titled, ‘To Honor and Remember Orlando.’

Read more: AHF’s 2017 Rose Parade Float To Honor & Remember Orlando

 

Longtime LGBT Ally Mariko Yamada Ends Her Political Career

by Jonathan Taylor

Mariko Yamada, one of the LGBT communities strongest allies and a champion for equality in the California legislature, lost her bid for the California State Senate this November, ending, she says, her political career.

Yamada, a former California Assemblymember from 2008 to 2014, lost to fellow Democrat Bill Dodd in the November 8th election for State Senate District 3 by a 58 to 42 percent margin.

Read more: Longtime LGBT Ally Mariko Yamada Ends Her Political Career

 

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