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The Ladies of The Talk and The View Respond to Transgender Teen Leelah Alcorn's Suicide: VIDEOS

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17-year-old Leelah Alcorn's tragic suicide was a talking point on recent episodes of both The View and The Talk.

Leelah, you'll recall, stepped in front of a tractor-trailer late December after being subjected to months of abuse and isolation at the hands of her parents after she came out to them as transgender.

Choking up on The View Thursday, guest co-host Laverne Cox recounted her own struggles growing up, including a suicide attempt at age 11. 

Said Cox:

CoxI did an 'It Gets Better' video, but I was also very critical of it. It got better for me when I learned how to reach out and get support, when I really did the work to truly love myself. And that's a lot of work, but you can't do it alone. And I don't want to demonize her parents, her parents must be going through the worst thing any parent would go through. But I think what they did by isolating her and not supporting her, she didn't feel like she could reach out for support, I think that's the worst thing you can do.

The ladies of The Talk were also critical of the way Leelah's parents handled things, with Aisha Tyler saying:

Talk2Every parent of a transgender child should understand that this is not a phase, that it's not a fashion trend. When your child comes to you and says "I feel like I'm a girl in a boy's body" you have to listen to your child and love them. They need your support. They don't need you to tell them that they're a bad person or that the devil is in them. 

Sarah Gilbert teared up saying "I just think it's more important to let go of the idea that you have a son than to lose your child" while Sheryl Underwood spoke at length about Leelah's "Christian bully" parents:

TalkThat is not what Christianity is all about. You're going to drive people away from what Christian love is truly all about. And I'd like to see this family, especially this mother, instead of trying to defend something that is definitely wrong to almost every mother in this room, get on your knees and ask your child and ask the Lord to forgive you for anything you did to hurt your child. 

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Laverne Cox Talks New Show, Jenji Kohan, and 'Telling the T' on 'The View': VIDEO

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Laverne Cox stopped by "The View" on Tuesday, gabbing with Rosie O'Donnell and Nicole Wallace. Tragically, Whoopi Goldberg wasn't there for this segment, so we didn't get another taste of their rapport.

For the most part, Cox spoke about her new project Logo documentary "The T Word." The doc follows the lives of young transgender people, who Cox points out face (on the whole) less adversity than you might have feared. Two of the show's castmembers were in attendance at "The View."

Cox also joked, defining the "T" in "T word," giving "trans" as a definition, but also pointing out the usage found among queens on "RuPaul's Drag Race." "T means truth," Cox said, with a laugh. "Trans folks started that by the way!" 

Cox talked her early days as an actress — working in independent film. She also talked her breakthrough — getting cast in "Orange is the New Black." Cox describes the serendipity of finding the show; in the early stages of casting Jenji Kohan had (jokingly) said: "We need to hire someone on this show, and ideally, they will have a twin brother." Along came Laverne and the rest is history.

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What To Watch This Week on TV: Laverne Cox's Trans Documentary

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Check out our weekly guide to make sure you're catching the big premieres, crucial episodes and the stuff you won't admit you watch when no one's looking.

— As the first trans woman on the cover of Time Magazine and the first Emmy-nominated trans actress, Laverne Cox has already helped raise awareness of the trans experience in popular culture, but this time her focus is on real-life coming out, dating and discrimination. Cox tells the story of seven trans youths in her new documentary The T Word airing Friday at 7p.m. Eastern on MTV and Logo.

A pregnant virgin, the return of Top Chef and more TV this week, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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First Look at 'Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word' Spotlighting The Lives of Trans Youth: VIDEO

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Earlier this month, we told you about an upcoming documentary Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word - which chronicles the lives of seven youths from different backgrounds as they explore what it means to be trans-identified in America today. 

The film, part of MTV's Look Different campaign aimed at combating racial, gender, and LGBT bias, has released a first look that you can check out AFTER THE JUMP...

CoxSaid MTV and Logo TV president Stephen Friedman:

Laverne Cox has been a pioneer in bringing transgender issues and stories into the national spotlight, and we are proud to work with her on this new documentary. Every young person struggles to define their identity, but for transgender people that struggle is magnified. 'The T Word' shows how challenging it can be – and how inspiring it is when people discover themselves and truly live their authentic lives.

Following the documentary's premiere October 17, Laverne Cox will host a live "Trans Forum" to further discuss issues and questions surrounding the lives of transgender people. 

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MTV to Air 'Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word' Documentary Highlighting Trans Youth

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Between her role as Sofia in Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black and producing a feature length, independent documentary about Cece McDonald, Laverne Cox has firmly established herself as a modern icon within the transgender community. To date, the bulk of Cox’s work has highlighted the struggles facing adult trans women, but her latest project, Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word, focuses on trans youth.

“For many of us, the ‘T’ in LGBT means more than transgender—it also means truth,” Cox said to New Now Next “The cast members in this documentary are fearlessly living their truths and in sharing their stories will send the message to other trans youth that it’s okay to be who you are.”

Earlier this year Cox accepted a Logo Trailblazers award on behalf of Orange Is The New Black and called on the LGB community to stand in solidarity with trans people dealing with discrimination. As a part of MTV’s Look Different campaign, The show will chronicle the lives of seven youths from different backgrounds they explore what it means to be trans-identified in America today. The T-Word will premiere on both MTV and Logo TV on the on Friday, October 17 at 7PM ET, followed by a round table discussion between Cox and the documentary’s seven cast members.

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Congressional Staffers Blocked From Making Changes On Wikipedia After Anti-Trans Edits Surface

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Someone using an IP address linked to Capitol Hill has been making anti-trans edits on Wikipedia pages - and it's been happening all month long. Twitterbot @congressedits has tracked the activity which is coming from somewhere within Congress and the program has created a record of those edits on the several of the site's pages, such as one on transphobia.

Business Insider reports:

LavIt's impossible to know whether the edits are coming from one or multiple users, but the changes come from an IP address, 143.231.249.138, that has repeatedly been linked to House of Representatives computers. In the "talk" discussion section of one article, an individual making the changes has also claimed to be a staffer on Capitol Hill.

The anonymous user has demonstrated a relatively specific focus on transgender topics. For example, a Wednesday edit to the "Tranny" article changed the phrase "assigned sex" to "biological sex" — a term that has been criticized as transphobic. Articles on "body integrity identity disorder" and "gender identity disorder" were also edited. Even the Wikipedia article on transphobia was edited on Tuesday to include an external link — since been removed for its reported "hateful or abusive content" — defending transphobia.

"This article is too pro-trans," the user complained after his or her edit was removed. "When I attempted to add an alternative point of view regarding this topic ... it was reverted right away."

A Wikipedia editor blocked the IP address due to numerous offensive adjustments several times this month already but on Wednesday, the website decided to put a stop to any further hate speech by barring all Congress staff members from making edits on the site.

According to The Hill, transphobic new edits that surfaced on Wednesday afternoon related to actress Laverne Cox led to the wide ban:

The final straw came on Wednesday afternoon, when someone from the House edited the page for the Netflix hit show “Orange is the New Black” to change the characterization of an actor from “a real transgender woman” to “a real man pretending to be a woman.”

GLAAD responded later that afternoon:

"It's chilling to think that this dangerous misinformation about transgender Americans could be coming from our nation's Capitol," said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. "At a time when transgender people still face horrific rates of violence, trailblazers like Laverne Cox are helping millions understand that ignorance like this can have life-threatening consequences."​​


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