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California Cleaner Labels Man 'Buggerer', 'SODOMITE' After Losing Compensation Case: VIDEO


A California man locked in a battle for compensation with a local dry cleaner following damage to throw pillows says he has been on the receiving end of homophobic slurs and abusive language, reports Huffington Post.

Bugger_2When Byron Batista returned to North Hollywood's Rosali Cleaners last January to collect the pillows, he noticed one of them had been badly torn.

The owner - who identified herself as Rosali - refused to give Batista a refund and allegedly began screaming obscenities and slurs at him.

According to Batista, the woman “started saying, 'Fuck you, fuck you, fag’. That's when she took her middle finger and mimicked putting it up her butt."

He says he took the cleaners to court not for the $75 dollars refund but because he didn't want a homophobe to win.

CleanersHowever, he was shocked to discover that the compensation check was made out to Byron "the buggerer" Batista. When he complained to the judge, the cleaners wrote “SODOMITE” next to his name on a follow-up payment.

Batista said that he must now approach the judge again for help.  In the meantime, he wants to ensure that nobody else has to deal with the bigoted cleaners.  

"I don’t mind being targeted. I want the community to know that if they want leather cleaned, this is not the place to go."

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Vox Takes You Inside the Experiences, Dreams and Doubts of A Transgender Woman: VIDEO

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Despite the successful, thought provoking stories of notable trans people like Janet Mock and Bruce Jenner, the everyday trans person faces a starkly different reality. Vox filmed a short vignette around trans woman Lily Carollo, 23, of Burbank, California who despite receiving familial support and having come to full terms with her identity, still finds herself facing everyday challenges and doubts.

Watch Carollo thoughtfully describe her experiences, dreams, doubts and fears using her love for Star Trek and The Beach Boys as a few examples, 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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WATCH: Oprah Talks Trans Identities, Gender Roles And More With Janet Mock


If you missed Oprah's interview with trans advocate Janet Mock on OWN this weekend, you have another chance to watch it as the media mogul posted the full episode from her Super Soul Sunday series to her website today. Oprah's interview follows on the heels of Bruce Jenner's interview with Diane Sawyer, with Oprah and Mock discussing trans issues and how the author of Redefining Realness came to accept her identity as a trans woman and the path that lead her to that realization. Watch the full episode for another viewpoint on trans experiences, AFTER THE JUMP


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Laverne Cox and Janet Mock React to Bruce Jenner's Coming Out as Trans: VIDEO

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MSNBC commentator and author Janet Mock interviewed transgender icon Laverne Cox at the White House Correspondents' Dinner asking her thoughts about Bruce Jenner’s interview with Diane Sawyer Friday night.

Cox responded that she felt viewers tuned in to see a 'spectacle,' but instead saw a "profoundly nuanced, complicated, beautiful human being."

Although Cox applauded the way ABC conducted the interview, she added that Jenner's story is just 'one story' and that even Cox's visibility didn’t save trans youth like Leelah Alcorn's life and urged for structural and policy change to better trans people's lives.

Watch Cox discuss Jenner’s interview with Mock further, AFTER THE JUMP

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Fox News Contributor Worries Trans Awareness in Schools Will Turn Kids Into Cocker Spaniels - VIDEO


Fox News is in a tizzy because of “indoctrination” in Maine where “kids as young as five are getting lessons about transgender issues.”

JazzA panel voiced concern because Horace Mitchell Primary School students were read the book I Am Jazz, the story of a transgender child Jazz Jennings who has become a spokesperson for transkids.

Psychologist Dr Susan Lipkin pointed out that the kids in question may be too young to understand these issues because “there are many men who are ballerinas who are not gay and are not transgender and there are many girls who are great athletes and neither are they.”

Contributor Tammy Bruce added the issue is troubling because kids fantasize about being Superman and sometimes imagine they are a cocker spaniel or a cat.

Watch the panel discussion and the documentary I Am Jazz, AFTER THE JUMP...

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