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Oklahoma Told a Straight Doctor This Pro-Gay License Plate Request Was Too Sexual: VIDEO

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A straight Oklahoma City man has been denied a customized license plate supporting the LGBT community, reports KOCO.com.

John keefe oklahoma cityDr. John Keefe II (right, with his wife) filed a request for a vanity plate reading "LGBTALY.” Plates can be a maximum of seven letters.  However, his request was denied because it was “sexual in nature.”

Said Keefe:

“When I am driving around with a license plate that says 'LGBT ally,' it shows to other people, 'Look, I am here for my fellow Oklahomans.’”

Oklahoma Tax Commission spokesperson Paula Ross said that “LGBT” is not on the list of banned words or phrases.

Keefe, who has hired an attorney to appeal the decision, said if his story “reaches just one person, the impact has been made.”

A hearing on the case is expected to take place this summer.

Watch a report, AFTER THE JUMP...

Last December, Alabama issued - and then recalled - a license plate reading "NOHOMO."

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Amazing 13-Year-Old Tom Sosnik Comes Out As Trans In Powerful Speech: VIDEO

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Citing the suicide of trans teen Leelah Alcorn, 13-year-old Tom Sosnik has come out as trans in a powerful speech, reports Pink News.

With amazing clarity and insight well beyond his years, Tom tells his audience:

“For a while, I dismissed the fact that I hated my body. I pretended to be content with what I was assigned until, at a certain point, I broke.

“For some of you this may come as a shock, and for others, well, you knew or you thought that I was transgender.

“Well here’s your reassurance: I am no longer Mia. I never really was. And now I finally stand before you in my true and authentic gender identity, as Tom. I stand before you as a 13-year-old boy."

Tom goes on to tell his audience that his announcement should not be treated as gossip but tells friends and family to feel free to ask him questions because “I know the most about my transition.”

Watch Tom’s powerful speech, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Trans Activist Michael Hughes Discusses Viral #WeJustNeedToPee Campaign With MSNBC's Thomas Roberts: VIDEO

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Michael Hughes had been suicidal for years — and even attempted to take his life once — when he accidentally stumbled upon a book that would change his life forever. 

The book was "Body Alchemy," by photographer Loren Cameron, a compilation of images of trans men before and after their transitions. 

6a00d8341c730253ef01b7c762a0ff970b-250wi"It was the first time I realized that I could do something about it, and there was a path to take to become the person I knew myself to be," Hughes said. "So within a couple of weeks of that I packed up and moved from Texas to Boston, Massachusetts, and changed my name a week later, and started this crazy journey. 

Hughes, of course, is the 45-year-old Minnesota activist who brought the #WeJustNeedToPee campaign to the US, following the lead of Canada's Brae Carnes. The campaign continues to garner significant attention, and this week Hughes appeared on MSNBC to discuss it with Thomas Roberts. 

Hughes also spoke to The Advocate, explaining that for him personally, the campaign marked a major turning point:  

"It was a bit of a tough decision, I knew I was forever outing myself," but "I knew I could get at some of these conservatives by showing them a tall bearded man in a women's bathroom," Hughes says, taking a break from preparing himself for a Wednesday interview on MSNBC about the selfie campaign. Hughes notes that before the unexpected publicity his photos have garnered, he primarily lived stealth — a term used in the trans community when a trans person is not open about their trans status. 

Hughes said despite the campaign's popularity, he's gotten some negative feedback from within the LGBT community. But Hughes, a father of four, said he wishes more trans people would follow his lead and become more visible: 

"Our youngest had to come out to her friends [about having a trans parent] when this broke," he says. "She's so brave and she was so proud to do it. She brought me cupcakes yesterday because she wanted to celebrate with me!

"It's sad that [legislators] imagine us to be these people that are so removed from normal," Hughes laments. "Yet we're as normal as the family next door."

Watch Hughes' interview with Roberts and check out some of the latest photos from the #WeJustNeedToPee campaign, AFTER THE JUMP ... 

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CBS Soap ‘The Bold And The Beautiful’ Reveals Character Maya Avant Is Transgender: VIDEO

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CBS’ 28-year-old soap The Bold and the Beautiful revealed on Wednesday’s episode that popular character Maya Avant, who is a model dating character Rick Forrester, transitioned from male to female at a young age after her sister confronted her with her birth certificate in typical, soap-style secret reveal reports USA Today.

Said actress Karla Mosley, who plays Maya:

"My first reaction was surprise, because 10 or 20 years ago, this is not a story we would be telling, and not in a way that's truthful and not sensational. My second reaction was, 'Thank you.' It's a gift it's a privilege. It’s a real opportunity to educate our viewers here and all over the world."

Bradley Bell, executive producer and head writer behind B&B, says Avant’s story is about love and tolerance.

Said Bell:

"It is about people respecting other people's differences and their uniqueness. In the end, we all want to be loved, and in order to love someone else you first have to love yourself. If you are transgender, gay, straight, it doesn't matter. It's about finding love in life. This is a love story."

Entertainment Tonight interviewed Karla Mosley about her character’s revelation and how she reacted to the news. Check out the interview, AFTER THE JUMP

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Hear What Happened When This Gay Man Came Out To His Muslim Father Despite Therapist's Advice: VIDEO

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The son of a Palestinian refugee who risked everything to come to the United States, Khalid el Khatib stayed in the closet on the advice of his therapist because he did not want to disappoint his father.

However, when the pain became too much Khalid decided he could no longer lie to his family.

In a new video for I'm From Driftwood, Khalid explains that four years later, although some issues remain, he has the full love and support of his father.

Watch Khalid explain his decision to come out to his father, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Homophobic Navy Chaplain Facing Possible Discharge for Telling Student He Could 'Save' Gay People: VIDEO

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Pentecostal chaplain Lt. Comdr. Wesley Modder may be kicked out of the Navy because of his outspoken anti-gay religious beliefs, reports Military Times.

Modder was given a “detachment for cause” letter in February after it was decided he is "unable to function in the diverse and pluralistic environment" because of his intolerance towards gay people and premarital sex.

Currently based at the Navy Nuclear Power Training Command in South Carolina, Modder is fighting the dismissal with attorneys from the anti-gay Liberty Institute.

The February letter cites several specific incidents in which the chaplain offered inappropriate counseling to sailors in the command.  Specifically, he told a female that she was "shaming herself in the eyes of god" for having premarital sex, told another student that homosexuality was wrong and that "the penis was meant for the vagina and not for the anus” and suggested to a student that he had the ability to "save" gay people.

A number of sailors filed equal opportunity complaints against Modder and commanders agreed that allowing vulnerable sailors to be counseled by him is "a recipe for tragedy.”

Liberty Institute attorney Michael Berry said the effort to fire his client reflects a broader cultural change in the military:

"I think what we are seeing is a hostility to religious expression in the military now. What we're seeing is this new modern, pluralistic, Navy where service members are encouraged to be hypersensitive, especially about issues of faith, marriage and family."

Berry added that Modder admits his anti-gay opinions:

"[He] does not dispute that during private, one-on-one pastoral care and counseling sessions, he expressed his sincerely held religious belief that...sexual acts outside of marriage are contrary to Biblical teaching...homosexual behavior is contrary to Biblical teaching...and homosexual orientation or temptation, as distinct from conduct, is not sin.”

Watch an entirely biased Liberty Institute video, complete with end-times warnings, AFTER THE JUMP...

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