The Social Good Summit draws some of the biggest names in technology, politics and social justice -- and 2016 is no exception. At this year's summit, Jane Goodall, activist Memory Banda and YouTube star Ingrid Nilsen will join other incredible speakers, including Michelle Yeoh, Elizabeth Smart and Babatunde Osotimehin. SEE ALSO: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden to speak at the 2016 Social Good Summit With more than 55 years of research experience, primatologist Jane Goodall is recognized as a leading expert on animal behavior. As a United Nations Messenger of Peace, Goodall travels the globe advocating on behalf of animal and environmental protection. Since having founded the Jane Goodall Institute in 1977, Goodall has established a number of community-based development projects throughout Africa.
New York doll maker Tonner Doll Co. will soon release a doll based on teen activist and TV personality Jazz Jennings -- a doll believed to be the first doll based on a transgender person to hit the market. Jennings, who stars in the TLC series I Am Jazz, posted a photo of the doll on Instagram on Friday. "This is the first transgender doll on the market," she wrote, "and guess what?! It's ME!!!" This is the first transgender doll on the market, and guess what?! It's ME!!! @tonnerdoll did a great job of creating this beautiful item! It will be available in July, and I hope that it can place transgender people in a positive light by showing that we are just like all other people For those asking: the doll is considered to be the first "transgender" doll because it's based on an individual who is trans. Of course it is still just a regular girl doll because that's exactly what I am: a regular girl!
Hollywood keeps getting it wrong when it comes to diverse and accurate portrayals of LGBTQ communities in film. A study released Thursday by LGBTQ media advocacy organization GLAAD finds that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people are "nearly invisible or outdated punchlines in big Hollywood movies." Of the 125 releases from major studios in 2016, only 23 of them, or 18.4%, included characters identified as LGBTQ. Of those characters, gay men are (still) by far the most represented group, at 83%. Bisexual representation appeared in 13% of the inclusive films, while lesbian representation rose from 23% in 2015 to 35% last year.
It's a saying we've all heard many times over: young people are the future. But they're doing amazing things right now that deserve to be recognized and celebrated, too. The LGBTQ community is often critiqued for leaving transgender people and people of color behind, and young people existing at the intersection of these identities are especially vulnerable to having their voices, perspectives, and needs overlooked. SEE ALSO: Laverne Cox boldly addresses the one issue the LGBTQ community doesn't want to talk about Young trans and gender-nonconforming people of color, however, are putting in the work to better the lives of those who share their identities. They're boldly tackling issues even the most seasoned activists are hesitant to take on, breaking boundaries and shattering stigma in the process.
Editor's note: This story includes descriptions of disturbing experiences. Those are the life-changing words that ran through young Memory Banda's head when she was faced with the terrifying reality of child marriage at the age of 13. Banda is from Malawi, where a staggering 50% of girls are married by age of 18 -- usually men two or three times their age. But she decided to take a stand, and ultimately helped end the practice for many girls in her community. On the second day of Mashable's seventh-annual Social Good Summit in New York, Banda, now 18 years old, spoke on stage with Denise Dunning, founder and executive director of Rise Up.