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New Amazon Series 'Transparent' Deals With Issues Of Transgender Identity, Familial Relationships: VIDEO

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Amazon's new original series "Transparent" is set to premiere on September 26th (with all ten episodes available to stream on Prime Instant Video), but until then the wonderful trailer for this darkly comic story will have to tide you over. 

"Transparent" follows the various members of the Pfefferman family as they come to terms with their patriarch, Mort (Jeffrey Tambor), announcing that he is now Maura. The trailer promises a great deal of humor and drama, as well as affecting performances from a stellar cast. 

The Amazon press release reads:

Written, directed and executive produced by Emmy-nominee and 2013 Sundance Best Director winner Soloway, Transparent is a ten episode, half hour novelistic series that explores family, identity, sex, and love. The series stars Tambor as Maura, who has spent her life as Mort—the Pfefferman family patriarch. When she reintroduces herself to her family, everyone’s secrets finally start to come out. This includes her ex-wife Shelly (played by Light), and their children—meandering Ali (played by Hoffmann), record producer Josh (played by Duplass), and sexually conflicted Sarah (played by Landecker). Each family member spins in a different direction as they begin to figure out who they are going to become.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to offer our customers all episodes of Transparent in late September,” said Roy Price, Director of Amazon Studios. “Jill has an amazing ability to create deep, engaging and rich stories and characters. We think customers will enjoy this fresh, humorous, and touching series.”

Though the trailer mostly contains small snapshots of what are surely quite meaningful scenes, stick around for the last few seconds--you're sure to get a bit misty-eyed.

Will you be tuning in? Check out the trailer and decide, AFTER THE JUMP...

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SPLC Urges Amazon to Drop Boy Scouts From Charity List Over Anti-gay Policy

The Southern Poverty Law Center has written a letter to Amazon urging the online retailer to drop the Boy Scouts of America from its charitable program AmazonSmile over the BSA’s discriminatory policy towards gay adults.

The letter came in response to an Amazon spokesman who was quoted earlier this month saying that the company relies on lists published by the SPLC to determine if certain organizations are ineligible to participate in AmazonSmile – presumably to prevent contributions going to designated ‘hate groups’

Boy scoutsWrote SPLC Co-Founder and General Counsel Joe Levin: 

It is true that we do not list the BSA as a hate group. We define a hate group as one that attacks or maligns an entire group of people, typically because of their immutable characteristics, or that knowingly spreads falsehoods in an attempt to denigrate a group of people. The BSA does not meet those criteria.

But the lack of a hate group designation for the BSA does not mean we condone the organization's discrimination and intolerance. The BSA's policy of barring openly gay adults from participation in leadership positions is inconsistent with the SPLC's mission of tolerance, its efforts to end prejudice, and its history of opposition to discriminatory treatment of gays and lesbians. [...]

We further believe that BSA does not meet the criteria for eligibility stated on your website, specifically that participating groups cannot "engage in, support, encourage, or promote intolerance, hate, terrorism, violence, money laundering, or other illegal activities."

There is no question that the BSA's policy toward gay men qualifies as intolerant - by anyone's standards, but especially ours.

We believe the BSA should not be eligible for AmazonSmile. And while we appreciate the fact that Amazon uses our hate group list to disqualify certain organizations, the lack of inclusion on that list should not be read as an endorsement. Thank you for your consideration.

In a similar move last week, LGBT scouts and advocates hand-delivered more than 125,000 petition signatures to Amazon’s company headquarters in Seattle urging the online retailer to drop the BSA from its charity list.  


Amazon Receives 125K Hand-Delivered Petitions to Drop Boy Scouts Over Its Anti-gay Policy

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Earlier this week, LGBT scouts and advocates hand-delivered more than 125,000 petition signatures to Amazon’s company headquarters in Seattle urging the online retailer to suspend its financial support of the Boy Scouts of America until the organization lifts its ban on gay adults.

Screen Shot 2014-05-24 at 10.45.35 AMGay Eagle Scout Pascal Tessier (above, center) launched the Change.org campaign on Tuesday in support of ousted gay Scoutmaster Geoff McGrath (above, right). In April, the BSA removed McGrath from his leadership position in the first enforcement of last year's new rules barring openly gay adults. 

Head over to GLAAD’s flicker page to see more photos from the event.

On Friday, Former Secretary of Defense and newly elected Boy Scouts of America president Robert Gates said he would have pushed for openly gay adults to be allowed the organization had he been in charge last year, but opposes any attempts to re-address the policy at the moment.


Gay Eagle Scout Urges Amazon to Drop Boy Scouts from Charity List

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Gay Eagle Scout Pascal Tessier has launched a campaign protesting Amazon's support of the Boy Scouts, the Washington Post reports:

Pascal Tessier, a 17-year-old from Chevy Chase, Md., who made history when he received the Boy Scouts’ highest ranking earlier this year, held a news conference Monday in front of Amazon.com’s office in Northwest Washington. At the event, he announced his intent to deliver more than 120,000 signatures to the company’s Seattle office in an effort to encourage the online retailer to drop the Boy Scouts from the list of organizations that can benefit from its charitable program, AmazonSmile.

Amazon spokesman Ty Togers told the WaPo that it's the Southern Poverty Law Center's responsibility that the charity is on Amazon's list: "We rely on lists published by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control to determine if certain organizations are ineligible to participate."

Tessier plans to travel to Seattle on Wednesday to petition the company and CEO Jeff Bezos, who also owns the WaPo.


Jeff Bezos Shows Off the Future of Amazon: Drone Delivery - VIDEO

Drone

On last night's 60 Minutes, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos showed off a "surprise" for the first time, delivery drones the company is developing that will make their service even snappier.

Maybe Bezos fot the idea from...Dominos?

Watch the videos, AFTER THE JUMP...

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New Kindle Ad Features Gay Husbands: VIDEO

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The new ad for the Kindle Paperwhite (which aired during last night's American Idol) features a gay married couple as its twist. Bravo, Amazon.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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