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WATCH: Miley Cyrus And Ariana Grande Perform Soothing Cover Of ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’ for LGBT Youth Group

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Miley Cyrus teamed up with Ariana Grande in the latest installment of her Happy Hippie Foundation's "Backyard Sessions," series performing a touching cover of Crowded House's "Don't Dream It's Over." Cyrus recently launched the Happy Hippie Foundation to provide support to homeless LGBT youth and shot music videos with other singers including Joan Jett and Grande to raise funds for the foundation.

Watch Cyrus and Grande perform a soothing cover of the 80's hit while sitting on an inflatable couch and wearing adorable, goofy animal onesies, AFTER THE JUMP

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Miley Cyrus Announces Launch Of Foundation To Support Homeless LGBT Youth

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Singer-songwriter Miley Cyrus announced this week that she's launching the Happy Hippie Foundation to support homeless and LGBT youth reports the AP. Cyrus said the death of trans teen Leelah Alcorn and Bruce Jenner's coming out as trans spurred her to use the fame and attention she receives and re-direct it into a good cause:

"The position I'm in, I feel like I've got a lot of power. But so many kids don't feel that way. They're under their parents' rule.

"When you have all eyes on you, what are you saying? And that's what I had to ask myself a lot. It's like, I know you're going to look at me more if my (breasts) are out, so look at me. And then I'm going to tell you about my foundation for an hour and totally hustle you."

Cyrus generated media attention when she brought a homeless man as her date to the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, where he accepted an award on the singer's behalf. In the AP interview, Cyrus revealed that not all of her previous relationships could be considered "straight or heterosexual." She declined to elaborate. 

Cyrus recently shot a series of music videos with other stars including Joan Jett and Ariana Grande to help raise funds for the foundation; the video with Joan Jett officially debuted this Tuesday on the foundation's Facebook page.

You can watch Cyrus' kill it with Joan Jett as they perform "Different," AFTER THE JUMP...

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Facebook Suggested Gay Man's Rapist Under 'People You May Know': VIDEO

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Earlier this month, spoken word poet Kevin Kantor delivered the powerful poem "People You May Know" at the 2015 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational.

The poem, recounting Kantor's experience of coming across his rapist's Facebook profile, opens: "When my rapist showed up under the 'people you may know' tab on Facebook, it felt like the closest to a crime scene I've ever been."

Eg0tvL65Kantor hopes his performance will provide a voice to male survivors of sexual assault, especially those who weren't believed when they spoke about being attacked.

"If nothing else, I hope people realize that the systems in place that work to shame and silence male survivors of sexual violence are the same ones that work to invalidate the voices all survivors: women, trans* people, gender non-conforming folk.

"I was asked why I, as a man, didn't 'fight back,' in a society that privileges and presupposes a dominant masculine identity. I believe one of the first steps in advocating for all survivors of sexual violence and abolishing our country's pervasive rape culture is championing the cause of gender equality."

Watch Kantor's performance, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Over 100 Tech Leaders Call for Nationwide LGBT Non-Discrimination Protections: LIST

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The list of technology industry leaders calling for nationwide protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity continues to grow, HRC reports.

“The unified message from these business leaders is clear: Pass LGBT non-discrimination protections and pass them now,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Until legislators finally step up to the plate and take action, this issue is not going to go away. It’s time for elected officials to listen to the overwhelming voice of fair-minded Americans demanding equality for their LGBT loved ones, friends, and neighbors. No American should risk losing their job, be denied housing, or refused service simply because of who they are or whom they love.”

New recent cosigners of the call to action include leaders from YouTube, AppNexus, Coupons.com, Consumer Electronics Association, Hotsuite, Google, Uber Technologies, Intuit, Facebook, GoPro, Cisco, Pinterest, Pandora Media, Yahoo!, Logitech, and many others companies.

Read the full updated list of leaders and the full statement, AFTER THE JUMP...

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New York Corrections Officer Resigns After Threatening To Shoot Gay Neighbors

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A New York part-time prisoner cell block attendant who was arrested following a Facebook exchange with family and friends that included threats to shoot gay people has since resigned from his job, reports the Buffalo News.

Richard “Rick” Pilarski Jr. resigned from the Cheektowaga Police Department last Saturday after he acknowledged the Facebook exchange which was spurred by a news account about California’s proposed “Sodomite Suppression Act” ballot which calls on the death penalty for gay men and women who are sexually active.

One of the offending comments read:

“Wouldn’t this be the greatest thing in the world??? The guys around the corner would be the first 2 faggots in my sights. What you do in your house is one thing but when you fly flags of equal rights and the rainbow flag in a small quiet neighborhood is another.”

Pilarski replied to a relative for sticking up for gay people:

“... shut up you sound like a retard u wana love gays u love them I hate them. I’m not raising my kids to love them if you wana raise your to then go ahead.”

Assistant Police Chief James J. Speyer confirmed:

“We brought him in today and he decided to resign from the position. He was remorseful and apologetic. It is one of those situations where he never intended it to be something that would come out...It should never have happened. We don’t condone it. The Cheektowaga Police Department stands for integrity, honor and respect.”

33-year-old Pilarski was also placed on administrative leave from his job as full-time state corrections officer at Attica Correctional Facility. His Facebook profile has since been deleted.


Gay Couple Pen Adorable Meghan Trainor Parody 'Dear Future Baby' to Highlight Adoption Efforts: WATCH

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Minneapolis couple Joe Morales and Joey Famoso have experienced a tough road on the way to adoption, with their latest attempt to adopt a baby girl falling through at the last second. Instead of dwelling on the heartache of their situation, the two created a viral parody video set to Meghan Trainor’s song "Dear Future Husband," called "Dear Future Baby" - an ode to their future baby boy or girl. The couple wrote and sang the song together to share their message with the world and shared  why they wrote the song with TODAY Parents 

Said Morales:

"We wanted to do something different that stood out, but also showed our personalities. We were very intentional about the words used in the song to illustrate the type of dads we will be. There are so many great families for a birthmother to choose, and by doing this, we hope to be one of the top on her list."

Although the Internet has already generated potential leads for the couple, they’re aware that a lot can happen in the adoption process before they’re connected to a baby. However, the couple remains hopeful after all the support they’ve received from the online community; even Meghan Trainor commented on the parody in On Air with Ryan Seacrest, calling the parody "the cutest thing ever - I’m gonna tweet it."

The couple also has an informational site through their adoption agency and a group page devoted to their adoption efforts on Facebook.

Watch the two sing about what their future baby’s life will be like with them, and the sweet things they’ll do for their baby, AFTER THE JUMP

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