Kodi Lee is blind and has autism, and his America’s Got Talent performance will blow you away.

When Kodi Lee walked onto the stage and introduced himself, his disabilities were clearly visible. Kodi Lee, 22, used a cane to help him navigate the America’s Got Talent stage as he held onto his mother’s arm. He told the judges his name and age, and his mother, Tina, explained that he is blind and has autism. Kodi connected with music in early childhood, Tina said. “He listened, and his eyes just went huge, and he started singing,” she told the judges. “I realized he’s an entertainer. Through music and performing, he was able to withstand living in this world, because when you’re autistic, it’s really hard to do what everybody else does. It actually saved his life playing music.” …

It took Moby three tries but he finally figured out how to apologize for lying about dating Natalie Portman.

Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images Celebrities, especially celebrity men, continue to struggle with the elusive correct way to apologize. Unfortunately, Moby is no exception. And even though his first “apology” was very problematic, his second and third attempts are getting us closer to something that shouldn’t be complicated at all. Remember in elementary school when someone would hold your hand and say that meant you two were dating? Apparently, that happens with adults, too. Moby has recently apologized for what happened when he claimed he dated Natalie Portman. “As some time has passed I’ve realized that many of the criticisms leveled at me regarding my inclusion of Natalie in Then It Fell Apart are very valid. I also fully recognize …

BYU’s valedictorian gave a powerful speech on being gay and religious. Mayor Pete just responded.

Recently, Matty Easton, a political science major at Brigham Young University, came out of the closet during his graduation speech. BYU is owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, informally known as Mormons, and has a strict honor code that has resulted in the punishment of LGBTQ students. Historically, the church has forbid same-sex marriage and those who practice homosexual activity are denied access to the temple. “It was in these quiet moments of pain and confusion that I felt another triumph, that of coming to terms, not with who I thought I should be, but who the Lord has made me,” Easton told fellow graduates. “As such, I stand before my family, friends and graduating class …

Alabama, surprisingly, refuses to air big gay rat wedding.

UPDATE: Last week, the world learned that Mr. Ratburn, the shady, big-hearted teacher from “Arthur” was gay. And the world’s collective response? “Uh, I didn’t even know ‘Arthur’ was still a thing.” You know what we call that? Progress! Because it’s [jubilant swear words bleeped out] awesome that there’s more representation on TV and that people are cool with it (although, it’s sometimes tiring that you have to celebrate that the high bar of acceptance is “people aren’t freaking out about it!”)  and that the 58 moms who make up “One Million Mom” aren’t out here crying and screeching about the sanctity of traditional marriage. (Or, if they are, we just aren’t paying attention to them!) (At least I’m not. …

Human atrocity doesn’t start with violence. It starts with prejudice and propaganda.

Not very many things scare me, but extremism in every form does. We hear a lot about the extremism of radicalized Islamic groups, and yes, such groups are worrisome. But labeling an entire religious group with more than a billion followers as dangerous because of the heinous actions of its most radical minority element is also extremism and needs to be called out as such. We hear about child traffickers trying to smuggle children across the border, and yes, those people are worrisome. But making sweeping generalizations about migrants from south of the border and putting asylum seekers into the same category as human traffickers is also extremism and needs to be called out as such. When we don’t recognize …

Someone cleverly reversed the roles of women and men throughout history and it’s simply a brilliant must-read.

If men put themselves into women’s historical shoes for a hot second, how would they handle the heat? Author and Twitter user extraordinaire, A.R. Moxon (@JuliusGoat) shared a thread describing an alternate future where men experience the social and political reality that American women have experienced in the U.S. It’s brilliant. “Try to imagine men’s reactions,” Moxon wrote, “if it was known for a fact the next 45 presidents would be women, and after those 240 years, a man running was considered ‘identity politics.’ We would lose our entire minds.” Try to imagine men’s reactions, if it was known for a fact the next 45 presidents would be women, and after those 240 years, a man running was considered “identity …

How 3 women learned to feel like themselves again after surviving cancer.

Everything looks different after a cancer diagnosis, and that difference only continues once a patient enters remission. Photo by Frank Busch on Flickr. The illness and treatment for the illness affect how a person looks and feels, and those changes can last for years if not forever. At first, you’re so focused on surviving that looks are an afterthought. But once your appearance begins to change, it can affect you as deeply as the cancer itself. As a result, feelings about one’s outward appearance become complicated and difficult to navigate. But with the help of family, friends, and a few professionals (plus a lot of internal fortitude), it can get easier. We asked cancer survivors how they embraced their new …