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Our Future as a Maritime Power: Leticia Shahani at TEDxDiliman

Dr Leticia Shahani always wanted to be a teacher, and worked as a professor at the University of the Philippines, Queens Borough Community College, New York, Brooklyn College, and New School for Social Research. She also became the dean of the Graduate School at Lyceum of the Philippines. She joined the foreign service and became part of the United Nations Secretariat's advocacy on women's issues until she became the head of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. She served as our ambassador to Romania and Australia, and was also posted as Secretary-General of the World Conference on the UN Decade of Women in Nairobi, Kenya in 1985. After the 1986 EDSA Revolution, Shahani returned to the Philippines, and became an "accidental politician". She won the senatorial seat in 1987, championing legislation particularly important to women, the youth, farmers, the Philippine foreign service, and arts and culture. Today, in addition to serving on several think tanks and advising the government on various issues, including the law of the sea, Sen. Shahani is a farmer working to improve the lives of fellow farmers in Pangasinan. In thespirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently <b>...</b>

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Around the world, the LGBT community celebrates in environments ranging from welcoming to tolerant to violently hostile. Many cities stage gay pride parades on or around June 28, the anniversary of New York's Stonewall Inn uprising in 1969 -- what many consider the beginning of the gay rights movement. New York enjoyed its parade this year on June 26, a celebration given added spirit with the legalization of gay marriage in New York state two days earlier. Some communities in the world still meet with resistance, with activists assaulted and arrested in Russian cities, and an Indian health minister describing homosexuality as a "disease" three days after the New Delhi pride parade on July 2. Collected here are photographs of people celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered pride around the world.

The Big Picture offers special thanks to Charles Meacham for making his photographs available. -- Lane Turner (43 photos total)

People take part in the gay pride parade on Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul on June 26, 2011. (Mustafa Ozer/AFP/Getty Images)

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