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India Rules To Recognize Transgender Folks As A “Third Gender”

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  • India’s Supreme Court has ruled that transgender folks have a right to identify as “third gender” or hijra. The ruling also directs the government to provide trans folks in India with quotas in education and jobs and to ensure they have adequate medical care in hospitals. Both Nepal and Bangladesh also recognize third genders. [BBC]
  • Iran will reportedly execute a 26-year-old rape victim named Reyhaneh Jabbari because she fatally stabbed the man she claims drugged and raped her. [CNN]
  • On women and the “confidence gap.” [The Atlantic] Keep reading »

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” Promises It Will No Longer Use The Transgender Slur “She-male”

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  • The reality show “RuPaul’s Drag Race” announced it will no longer use the word “she-male,” a slur against transgender folks. They also promised to quit doing a segment called “Female or She-male?” in which contestants had to guess, based on a photograph, whether a they were looking at a cisgender woman (someone who identifies with the gender she was assigned at birth) or a trans woman. “We did not intend to cause any offense, but in retrospect we realize that it was insensitive,” the channel Logo said in a statement. Good on them for listening to complaints and taking action. [Huffington Post]
  • Paris Hilton confronted Kelly Osbourne at Coachella and called her a “bitch,” Kelly tweeted at Paris to “please grow up,” and Paris feigned dumb. The lifecycle of another starlet feud is complete. [Page Six] Keep reading »

Historic 1969 Stonewall Gay Bar Riots To Be Made Into A Film

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The historic Stonewall Riot, which took place at the Stonewall Inn in New York City on June 28, 1969, is being made into a big screen film starring easy-on-the-eyes actor Jeremy Irvine (“War Horse,” “Great Expectations”). The film will follow the police raid on the West Village bar, which was a gathering place for gay, lesbian and trans folks. Although the NYPD officially raided Stonewall over liquor license violations, it was one of many intrusions on still-suspect gay and lesbian life. Patrons responded by throwing bottles at cops, which brought out the riot police and sparked days of protests. Stonewall is considered one of the main touchstones for the gay rights movement. [History.com; Deadline Hollywood]

Texas Teacher Laura Jane Klug Was Suspended For Being Transgender — But There’s Something We Can Do About It

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This Teacher Was Suspended For Being Transgender And There's Something We Can Do About It

Laura Jane Klug, a fifth grade substitute teacher for Lumberton Independent School District in Texas who also happens to be transgender, was suspended on Tuesday after parents complained to the school.

According to one Lumberton father:

“If it does affect my child and his ability to learn or if it causes questions that I don’t feel are appropriate then undoubtedly there’s an issue with having somebody transgender, transsexual or transvestite, to be teaching that age group.”

The scariest part? Discriminating against teachers based on gender identity is entirely legal in the state of Texas. Keep reading »

UVA Men’s Swim Team: “2 Of Us Are Gay, The Other 3 Don’t Care”

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The Internet has been abuzz lately with Tumblr blogs like I, Too, Am Harvard and I, Too, Am Oxford, which focused on the experiences of students of color amongst the mostly white populations at elite universities. Mostly the signs highlight ignorant remarks based on stereotypes students have been subjected to.

Here’s another Tumblr in the same vein, but with a slightly different take: We Are All UVA. Students of all backgrounds and sexual orientations pose holding signs hashtagged #WeAreAllUVA explaining what they contribute to the big melting pot that is the UVA campus. My absolute favorite is this one: five young men from the UVA swim team holding a sign that reads, “2 of us are gay, the other 3 don’t care.” Keep reading »

Laverne Cox Refused To Play Reality TV’s “Angry Black Woman” Stereotype

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“I remember being really conscious of not wanting to fight with another black woman on camera. I did an interview and the producers were like, “Well, this [other black woman on the show] said this about you. What do you have to say about that?” And I said I’m not fighting with another black woman on TV. Even during my elimination episode, when it came down to myself and another black woman, my mother — after watching — said, “Why didn’t you defend yourself?” And I just didn’t want to give television the satisfaction of seeing two black women going at it. We see that so much.”

“Orange Is The New Black” star Laverne Cox is the subject of a lengthly profile over at Buzzfeed, where she gives a fascinating walk-through of her long road to stardom. After moving to New York City to attend Marymount Manhattan College, Cox worked in nightclubs and acted in student films. Then, in 2008, she got cast on P. Diddy’s reality show, “I Want To Work For Diddy.” Believe it or not, reality TV was a positive experience for her. She credits Diddy for giving her exposure on national television, although she is very realistic and measured about what “a dubious distinction” it is to be “the first black trans woman to appear on a reality TV show.” One matter of principle for Cox, she explained, was refusing to play into the “angry black woman” stereotype that reality TV producers tried to coax out of her and instead held her tongue in situations where she otherwise might have spoken up. In a pop cultural landscape with brats like Justin Bieber and Lindsay Lohan making headlines, it’s refreshing to see a thoughtful, principled actress succeeding. [BuzzFeed]

Guinness, Heineken, Sam Adams Pull Out of St. Patrick’s Day Parades

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  • Guinness and Heineken have pulled their sponsorship from the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City over the parade’s exclusion of LGBTQ folks. Sam Adams also pulled out of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Boston this weekend. NYC’s new mayor Bill de Blasio is also boycotting the parade over their exclusionary treatment. [New York Times]
  • Demi Lovato criticized Lady Gaga for “glamorizing eating disorders” after Gaga had a woman stick her fingers down her throat and barf on her at a SXSW show last week. [E! Online]
  • Madonna dressed up like Daenerys Targaryen from “Game Of Thrones” for Purim, a Jewish holiday where you’re encouraged to dress up in a costume. [The Hollywood Gossip]
  • “Today Show” co-anchor Savannah Guthrie got secretly married this weekend and announced she is four months pregnant. Mazel tov! [US Weekly]
  • Target has apologized for obvious Photoshopping on their girls’ bathing suits. [ABC News] Keep reading »

True Story: I Left Men For A Woman

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“I’m really attracted to you, you know?” I sat in the middle of an Italian restaurant, frozen in disbelief at this audacious declaration. I sipped some wine and awkwardly laughed, my cheeks growing redder by the minute. Waiters and waitresses drifted past. I nibbled a tiramisu and drank another glass of rosé. But all I could think was, I’m really attracted to you, too.

On the surface, this sounds like a typical first date: a guy takes you out to dinner and says he finds you attractive; you flirt back and wonder if he’s going to kiss you goodnight; you’re nervous and jittery; you try to be funny while carefully maintaining that mysterious façade that originally peaked his interest.

Except that this wasn’t a typical date, at least for me.: I was actually out to dinner with a woman. And all I thought about the entire time was how badly I wanted to kiss her. Keep reading »

Don’t Hold Your Breath For A Gay Or Lesbian On “The Bachelor,” Says Chris Harrison

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After 27 seasons of almost painful heterosexuality, we were not optimistic that either “The Bachelor” or “The Bachelorette” would introduce a gay or lesbian contestant. I mean, it took them this long to finally have a Latino “Bachelor.” And in an interview this weekend with The New York Times Magazine, longtime host Chris Harrison pretty much confirmed that any diversity in the casting department is a big HELL TO THE NO.  Keep reading »

RIP Society: South Carolina Wants To Pull Funding From Colleges For Teaching “Gay” Books

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South Carolina legislators are trying to “punish” two colleges in the state for assigning books they don’t approve of. The College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina Upstate incorporated “books on homosexuality” as required reading as part of their new student orientation. The books in question are Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel memoir Fun Home, about the lesbian author’s father and his struggle with homosexuality, and Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio, which tells the story of South Carolina’s first LGBT radio show.

To exact revenge on the institutions, state House legislators have “tentatively approved” a bill to cut $52,000 from the College of Charleston and $17,142 from USC Upstate. The amount of funds being cut are meant to be similar to the amount spent on implementing the reading campaigns. Republican Representative Garry Smith of Simpsonville says he set the cuts into motion after the schools refused to offer alternative reading for students. Keep reading »

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