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Model Behind Norman Rockwell's 'Rosie the Riveter' Dies at Age 92

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Mary Doyle Keefe, the model that served as the basis for Norman Rockwell's iconic "Rosie the Riveter" has died this week at her home in Simsbury, Connecticut at the age of 92, CNN reports:

RosieAs a 19-year-old telephone operator, Keefe posed for the famous painting that would become the cover of the Saturday Evening Post on May 29, 1943.

Although she was petite, Keefe was transformed into the iconic -- and burly -- embodiment of the character by Rockwell.

"Other than the red hair and my face, Norman Rockwell embellished Rosie's body," Keefe said in a 2012 interview with the Hartford Currant. "I was much smaller than that and did not know how he was going to make me look like that until I saw the finished painting."

Keefe pocked $10 for the two mornings of modeling work she did in Arlington, Vermont. Rockwell lived in neighboring West Arlington at the time.

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Bullied Transgender California Teen Dies In Apparent Suicide: VIDEO

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A Fallbrook, California trans teen who spoke on YouTube about being the victim of bullying has taken her own life, reports ABC 10 News.

In a video posted last November, Taylor Alesena talked about her loneliness at Fallbrook High School, saying "I've lost friends - tons of friends - and it's been hell.”

Max Disposit, executive director of the North County LGBTQ Resource Center in Oceanside, said that Taylor was constantly cyber-bullied and called names in school but nothing changed when she complained to counselors.

The Fallbrook Union High School District issued the following statement:

"One of Fallbrook High School's students tragically passed away during the spring break, on Thursday, April 2.

“We are attempting to honor the family's request for privacy while also helping our students and staff who have been impacted by this sad event. The district has had counselors on site to support our school community.

“Fallbrook High has a continuum of appropriate services (social, emotional, academic) to ensure every student is supported and successful at Fallbrook High School. It is never easy when something like this happens, but we are working to move forward together and stronger than before."

Last month 16-year-old North Carolina trans teen Ashlyn Haffner died close to his family’s Indian Trail home when he stepped into the path of an oncoming vehicle, the same way Ohio transgender teen Leelah Alcorn died in December of last year.

Watch an ABC 10 report on Taylor’s death, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Two Men Found Guilty in Perth, Australia Gay Bashing Murder

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Two men in Perth, Australia have been found guilty of murdering gay man Warren Batchelor (right) in a vigilante attack, reports ABC.

A_160315genwarren1_1ahabtl-1ahac7cDaniel Wade Jones and Mark Taylor fatally bashed 48-year-old Batchelor at Middle Swan Reserve in November 2013. Mr Batchelor had been having a sexual encounter with another man in a public toilet when the attack took place.

Prosecutors described the murder as a vigilante attack designed to rid the area of gay men.

Both Jones and Taylor denied fatally injuring Batchelor who was king hit, punched and stomped while on the ground, then hit with a pole. He died two days later in hospital.

Taylor's lawyer said it was Jones who struck the victim with the pole and denied that his client injured the victim. He added that Taylor had done "stupid" things such as taking a knife to the toilet, but did not plan to kill anyone.

Jones' lawyer claimed his client did not injure the victim and was not in the toilet at all.

A statement issued by his family described Warren as "a kind, loving and caring man” who they miss every day.


In Phil Robertson's Fantasy An 'Atheist Family' Is Raped, Dismembered And Murdered As Punishment: LISTEN

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Speaking at the Vero Beach Prayer Breakfast last week, anti-gay Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson shared a fantasy in which an atheist man is punished by having his penis cut off and being forced to watch as his wife is beheaded and his two daughters are raped and killed, reports Right Wing Watch.

In the audio clip, aired by TruNews host Rick Wiles - a man who believes an outbreak of Ebola could solve America's homosexuality "problem" - Robertson said:

“I’ll make a bet with you.

“Two guys break into an atheist’s home. He has a little atheist wife and two little atheist daughters. Two guys break into his home and tie him up in a chair and gag him. And then they take his two daughters in front of him and rape both of them and then shoot them and they take his wife and then decapitate her head off in front of him. And then they can look at him and say, ‘Isn’t it great that I don’t have to worry about being judged? Isn’t it great that there’s nothing wrong with this? There’s no right or wrong, now is it dude?’

“Then you take a sharp knife and take his manhood and hold it in front of him and say, ‘Wouldn’t it be something if this [sic] was something wrong with this? But you’re the one who says there is no God, there’s no right, there’s no wrong, so we’re just having fun. We’re sick in the head, have a nice day.’”

Listen to Robertson’s unhinged speech, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Teen Crowned NC's First Transgender Homecoming King Commits Suicide

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Back in February 2014 we reported on Blake Brockington a student at Charlotte, North Carolina's East Mecklenburg High School who became its first transgender Homecoming King. Brockington, who had a difficult childhood and coming out experience, hoped to win in order to set an example for other transgender youth.

Brockington took his own life on Monday.

The Time Out Youth Center confirmed his death on Facebook on Tuesday morning:

Time Out Youth is saddened by the loss of Blake Brockington. The center is open now and we invite youth and volunteers to join us in supporting each other today. Please keep Blake’s friends and family in your thoughts today.

Blake had been living with foster parents last year while still in high school because his father would not accept his gender identity. His plans at the time were to attend the University of North Carolina.

Before being crowned Homecoming King, Brockington spoke with NC's Qnotes:

“I honestly feel like this is something I have to do,” says Brockington, noting few other transgender male students have had the opportunity...

Brockington says winning will mean the most for several younger transgender students he mentors, including a nine-year-old boy.

“He really looks up to me. That’s my heart,” Brockington says of his mentee. “He has support now and he will be able to avoid just about everything I’m going through and I don’t want him to ever have to be scared. I feel like if I do this, that’s one red flag for everybody to say, ‘Nobody should be scared to be themselves and everybody should have an equal opportunity to have an enjoyable high school experience.’”

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Youth in need of support in NC are encouraged to contact Time Out Youth,timeoutyouth.org, 704-344-8335. Their center is located at 2320-A N. Davidson St in Charlotte. Staff and counselors are available. Anyone wanting to talk with someone immediately can call the Trevor Project helpline at 1-866-488-7386 or reach them online at thetrevorproject.org.


Openly Gay 'Still Alice' Writer-Director Richard Glatzer Dead at 63

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Richard Glatzer (above right), who wrote and directed the Oscar winning film Still Alice alongside husband Wash Westmoreland (above left), passed away Tuesday at the age of 63 after a four year battle with ALS.

Via The Hollywood Reporter:

Glatzer and Westmoreland adapted Still Alicefrom a novel by Lisa Genova. Shortly before they took on the project in 2011, Glatzer was diagnosed with ALS, and his condition rapidly deteriorated. Still, he never missed a day of filming.

At the end, Glatzer was able to “speak” only by tapping the big toe of his right foot on a specially designed iPad.

Glatzer and Westmoreland met in 1995 and married in 2013.

“I am devastated,” Westmoreland said Tuesday in a statement. “Rich was my soulmate, my collaborator, my best friend and my life. Seeing him battle ALS for four years with such grace and courage inspired me and all who knew him.

"In this dark time, I take some consolation in the fact that he got to see Still Alice go out into the world. He put his heart and soul into that film, and the fact that it touched so many people was a constant joy to him.

“Thank you to everyone for this huge outpouring of love. Richard was a unique guy — opinionated, funny, caring, gregarious, generous and so, so smart. A true artist and a brilliant man. I treasure every day of the short 20 years we had together.

Julianne Moore took home the Best Actress Oscar last month for her role in Still Alice and reacted to Glatzer's passing on Twitter:

Watch an interview of Moore talking about the film and the husband-directors AFTER THE JUMP...

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