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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

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

Kevin Kantor

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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5 Closeted Gay Basketball Coaches Attack 'Tacit And Overt' Discrimination In The Sport: VIDEO

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Five anonymous closeted gay college basketball coaches have spoken to Outsports about homophobia in the game and forced lifestyle contracts that are driving them to suicidal thoughts and out of the profession.

One of the anonymous players says that although the National College Athletic Association and many sports corporations have attacked Indiana’s anti-gay law, they “have been perennially silent about the tacit and overt discrimination being levied against gay people in college basketball on a daily basis.”

“As the rest of the nation moves toward inclusion in the workplace, discrimination in college basketball is taking a heavy toll.

“That toll was present in all of the conversations I had with closeted gay college basketball coaches in Indianapolis and since. Each expressed outright pain they felt living a lie in college basketball. Yet they say that lie has been mandated by coaches, administrators and school policies that at best turn a blind eye to homophobia and at worst promote it.”

LogoJim, an assistant at a Division 1 school, says he hit rock bottom because of “a team atmosphere built around years of anti-gay comments by coaches and team members.” His team “was engaged in homophobia so rampant that it drove him to that brink of suicide.”

Tony adds:

"I think about coming out every day. I want to do it every single day. I try to get myself prepared to do it every single day. But that fear of breaking those relationships or losing my job or losing recruits, it just kills me.

"When I get to be around the gay community and my friends, and when I'm home with my friends, that feeling is just becoming way more important to me than holding onto this job. I love the game but I need to have an authentic life.

"If I can't come out soon, I'm going to have to leave the sport. I can't do this much longer."

Watch Andrew Goldstein (above), the first openly gay American male team-sport professional athlete, explain "Why It Is No Longer OK To Say 'Fag' and 'That's So Gay,'"  AFTER THE JUMP

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Russian LGBT Support Group Attacked with Toxic Gas; Injuries Reported

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Two people have been injured following a toxic gas attack on the offices of LGBT organization Maximum in Murmansk, Russia.

Violetta GrudinaAccording to QueerRussia, activist Violetta Grudina (right) was injured in the April 13th attack.

Although police were called to the scene, they did not carry out an investigation at the time.

Grudina said that she was asked to come to the police station the following day and that an investigation may now be underway.

Police have also indicated that a witness noticed some suspicious activity in the area prior to the attack but did not take any action on the report at the time.

 

Yesterday unknown people attacked the office of the Murmansk LGBT organization Maximum. Two people were injured. On...

Posted by Russian LGBT Network on Tuesday, 14 April 2015
In January, the founder of Russia's version of the "It Gets Better" campaign was been fined 50,000 rubles for violating the country's "gay propaganda" law.

Chicago Uber Driver Charged With Assault After Dumping Kissing Gay Men From Cab: VIDEO

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A Chicago Uber driver has been charged with aggravated assault/use of a deadly weapon and battery after kicking two men out of his cab for kissing, reports the Chicago Tribune.

The incident happened on April 1st when Mahdi Hared was driving Shadi Ramini (above) and Seth Day in the Margate Park neighborhood.

Uber-germany_injunctionRamini and Day allege that Hared drove off as Day was getting out of the car. Day suffered scrapes and bruises on his arms and torso, and road burn on his lower back.

Following the incident, Hared filed a police report claiming injuries. It appears that his passengers are unlikely to face charges.

The now former Uber driver was charged with one count of aggravated assault/use of a deadly weapon and battery.

In a statement, Uber said:

"No rider should ever have to go through an experience like this. Not only is this Chicago taxi driver's behavior unacceptable, it's in clear violation of Illinois' non-discrimination law and Uber's zero-tolerance discrimination policy as outlined in our code of conduct.”

Watch a report on the incident, AFTER THE JUMP...

In June of last year, Chicago couple Steven White and Matt McCrea were kicked out of a taxi for sharing a closed-mouth second-long kiss.

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