Demi Lovato Gives Confidence Tips + 5 Other Things to Know About Today

+ Demi Lovato Gives Confidence Tips

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Over at Seventeen, Demi Lovato is giving out some great advice! “I used to think that confidence came from what other people thought about me, and boys and everything else. But now I realize that confidence comes from what I feel about myself, and reassuring myself that I can do whatever I want and be whoever I want. Just knowing and setting up my future for a great life.” So that’s how she learned to stay strong!

+ #StandUpWorldCup

+ Watch #StandUpWorldCup PSA

The World Cup is supposed to be about sportsmanship, talent and fun. However, a study from the University of Lancaster reports that domestic violence rises 38% in the United Kingdom when England’s team loses or is taken out of the tournament. In fact, domestic violence also rises when England wins, but not to the same level. Tender Education and Arts has made the #StandUpWorldCup campaign (and above PSA) to show that domestic violence is never acceptable.

+Meaning of Beauty

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What does it mean to be beautiful? Esther Honig took a regular picture of herself and gave it to people in different parts of the world with the direction, “Make me beautiful.” People in those different countries photoshopped her into what they consider beautiful, showing how cultural and elastic the idea of beauty can be.

+ More Marriage Equality News

Virginia Attorney General Herring Attends Arguments In State's Same-Sex Marriage Ban Case

More news on the marriage equality front! A federal judge in Indiana has declared the state’s ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional. Meantime, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Utah said that their state can’t forbid marriage equality. Check out MTV’s interactive map on marriage equality here.

+ Guns for People Convicted for Stalking and Domestic Violence

Relatives Of Gun Violence Victims Hold News Conference In Washington

The NRA wants to make sure people convicted of stalking and domestic violence are still able to buy guns. This is happening because there is proposed federal legislation that would make buying guns forbidden to people convicted of these crimes. The Huffington Post explained, “Domestic abusers who have access to guns are over seven times more likely to kill their partners than those who don’t have such access…One study of female murder victims in 10 cities found that three-quarters of the women killed, and 85 percent of women who survived a murder attempt by a current or former intimate partner, had been stalked in the previous year.”

+ R. Kelly Responds to Son’s News

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R. Kelly has broken the silence about his son Jay coming out as transgender. At first R. Kelly seemed kinda in denial of it, saying, “You don’t really wanna open it up by saying my daughter is becoming my son, because if that were true — don’t even give the blogs that kind of credit. You know what I’m saying? Real talk.” (Actually, you wouldn’t say his daughter is becoming his son, because Jay has always been his son.) But then he gave some general words of support, adding, “No matter what they are or who they are, they’re still your kids, you love them, you know? You’ve got to support them.”

Photo: (Getty, Instagram, Esther Honig)

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