Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: The Educational Crisis Among the Children of Immigrants

At the Tolleson Elementary School District in Phoenix, Arizona, the school day begins with an expression of hope: After the pledge of allegiance, the kids recite the “Kids at Hope Pledge”—part of a methodology the system uses.

“I am talented, smart, and capable of success,” the pledge goes. “I have dreams for the future and I will climb to reach those goals and dreams every day.”

But maintaining that sense of optimism has been a challenge recently, says district superintendent Lupita Ley Hightower…

Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: A Portrait of Parkland

PARKLAND, Florida—Gerardo Velasco knew what he was looking for in a city: baseball fields and safety. Baseball is for his 15-year-old son, who wants to be a professional baseball player. And about security, he says it’s because he grew up in Nezahualcoyotl, a city on the outskirts of the Mexican capital. “At some point it was considered the poorest in the world and the most dangerous in Mexico,” he says. He did not want his family to live in a place like that.

Until Wednesday, when a young man en…

Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: The Booming Mexico City Neighborhoods Shaken by the Earthquake

This story originally appeared in Spanish on our sister site, CityLab Latino.

When Cinthya Chavez and her husband were looking into buying an apartment in La Condesa, she remembers asking the key question: How did the building fare in the 1985 earthquake? “It is an important reference,” says Chavez. “The neighbor we asked told us that nothing had happened. And, in fact, nothing major has happened to the building,” Chavez adds, minutes after sweeping up some broken glass that fell on her bed durin…