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Stephen Colbert Worried About the New Gender Reassignment Medicare Rules: VIDEO

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"I know I'm cis hetero Nazi scum. I accept your judgment," says Stephen Colbert in a new segment about recent groundbreaking changes to Medicare which now cover gender reassignment surgeries.

Colbert worries that because of the new rules, he'll now have to accept ugly people:

"The idea of nana and pepaw playing Mr. Potato Head downtown is that it violates the tacit agreement we have reached with the transgender community. I agree to be totally cool with it — which I clearly am, which TIME magazine clearly is, which all the people lobbying for [Carmen Carrera] to be a Victoria's Secret clearly are — as long as you are hot. But now you want me to accept unattractive transgender people? Where does it end? Will I have to accept unattractive non-transgender people? What am I made of? Humanity?"

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Tyra Banks To Produce VH1 Docu-Series On Transgender Women

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Supermodel and America’s Next Top Model reality-show hostess Tyra Banks (left) will produce an eight-episode docu-series following the lives of Chicago transwomen called TransAmerica (not to be confused with Felicity Huffman’s 2005 film of the same name).

The show will feature RuPaul’s Drag Race veteran Carmen Carrera (pictured right) who came out as trans after Drag Race as well as appearances by other notable trans Americans like Calpernia Addams.

The Hollywood Reporter states:

The series is described as an earnest look at a group of millennial women — who happen to be transgender — living, loving and building their careers. The series will explore how their sexuality impacts their lives…

"It would be easy to focus on the transgender aspect, but this series is about so much more," said Susan Levison, executive vp programming for VH1. "This is a show about a group of compelling, gorgeous young friends who are on a unique journey while staying true to their authentic selves. We believe that message resonates."

TransAmerica marks VH1's third series to either star or prominently feature a transgender person or cast. I Want to Work for Diddy helped jump-start the career of Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox in 2008, with the actress earning a spinoff series - TRANSform Me -- in 2010. Cox, a recent GLAAD honoree, credits VH1 for her first break. (Cox, meanwhile, is teaming with MTV and Logo for documentary the Trans Teen.)

The show is set to appear in late 2014 or early 2015.


Towleroad Interview: Lessons On Life, Love and Reality TV From RuPaul

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BY BOBBY HANKINSON

Fans of RuPaul's Drag Race have a lot to celebrate today. Not only does the beloved reality competition return with its sixth season tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern on Logo, but the show's host also drops his new albumBorn Naked (a reference to RuPaul's quote, "You're born naked, and the rest is drag"). To call the show a phenomenon would be an understatement. It's already been renewed for a seventh season, and its Facebook page recently reached more than one million likes.

BornnakedIn addition to becoming the cornerstone of the Logo network (including spin-offs Drag U and Untucked), it's launched its competing queens (and the art of drag) to new levels of prominence. RuPaul thinks the show's success can be at least partially attributed to the changing times.

"I think it's part of the reason the show Downton Abbey is so successful," he said. "In certain ways, we're mirroring the transition in that show from the 19th century to 20th century, but here we are still finding our way from the 20th century to the 21st century."

But it also could be partially attributed to him. As host, RuPaul can drop hilarious bon mots, encyclopedic pop culture references and drag-mama koans with equal aplomb. In or out of drag, he's fiercer than Tyra, more charming than Tim Gunn and could give Oprah a run for her money as a guide to living better. For some, the show is more than the usual throwaway reality garbage. It's a ru-ligious experience.

We had the chance to hear more of the gospel according to Ru last week when we chatted about the upcoming season. Find out how he thinks the show has changed (and how he's changed) since Drag Race debuted, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Laverne Cox and Carmen Carrera Enlighten Katie Couric on Gender Identity: VIDEO

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Trans model Carmen Carrera and Orange is the New Black actress Laverne Cox appeared on Katie today and offered Katie Couric some guidance on gender identity, advising Couric to steer away from a fixation on "private parts" to that of identity and humanity.

Carrera pointed out that in interviews with trans people, interviews "always focus on either the transition or the genitalia" and "there's more to trans people than just that."

Cox joined the interview later and pointed out the disproportionate discrimination and violence that trans people face, adding "by focusing on bodies we don’t focus on the lived realities of that oppression and that discrimination."

Watch the interviews, AFTER THE JUMP...

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