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Ronan Farrow Talks with TIME Editor About Laverne Cox, the 'Trans Tipping Point': VIDEO

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Ronan Farrow, who in recent weeks has covered the ban on transgender military service and efforts to repeal Maryland's transgender rights law, sat down with TIME editor Nancy Gibbs and GLAAD's Tiq Milan to talk about TIME's new issue which features Orange is the New Black actress Laverne Cox on the cover.

Said Milan:

"For 92% of Americans, everything that they know about transgender people is from the media, so having Laverne Cox out there and Janet Mock out there is so important. But also, social media has been huge with galvanizing the community. There are so many trans people, thousands of trans people, who don't have access to physical community, but they create these communities online…and they're supporting each other and they're sharing information and they're organizing."

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Evan Wolfson Dodges Questions About Jo Becker Book in Gay Marriage Segment with Ronan Farrow: VIDEO

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After a discussion about the recent string of marriage equality wins in Oregon, Pennsylvania, and other states and another approaching showdown at the Supreme Court, MSNBC host Ronan Farrow decided to ask Freedom to Marry President Evan Wolfson about the controversial Jo Becker book Forcing the Spring, which painted a picture of the gay marriage battle as one which began with Chad Griffin and the Prop 8. case, to the exclusion of many activists (Wolfson included) who have been working on the effort for years.

"What did you think of that book?" Farrow asks.

Wolfson wisely offers an answer that prompts New Yorker writer and former Clinton aide Richard Socarides to respond, "I'd say that was a very diplomatic answer showing a lot of leadership."

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If you recall, Farrow gave Beck a grilling about her book in an interview last month.

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Ronan Farrow Examines the Ban on Transgender Military Service: VIDEO

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MSNBC's Ronan Farrow, who earlier this month blasted efforts to repeal Maryland's transgender rights law, returns to the topic of trans rights with a look at the military's policy banning trans people from serving openly.

Farrow welcomes U.S. Navy veteran Landon Wilson, who was discharged because of the ban on transgender service in the military, and Fiona Dawson, who is producing Transmilitary, a documentary about the military's discriminatory policy.

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NYT Reporter Jo Becker Defends Marriage Equality Book in Grilling from Ronan Farrow: VIDEO

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MSNBC host Ronan Farrow used a segment of his show to discuss NYT reporter Jo Becker's new book Forcing the Spring: The Fight for Marriage Equality which has come under heavy criticism for a narrative advocates have called absurd, distorted, and just plain wrong.

Becker is asked if she regrets any of the language she used, including comparisons of AFER's Chad Griffin to Rosa Parks, and starting the book with "this is how a revolution begins" as if the movement for marriage equality began when AFER took up the Prop 8 case.

Becker regrets none of it.

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George Takei Slams Arizona's Anti-Gay Bill in Talk with Ronan Farrow: VIDEO

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Actor and activist George Takei joined Ronan Farrow yesterday to offer his articulate assessment of SB 1062, the Arizona bill that would allow businesses to discriminate against gays, and other bills like it under consideration in other states.

Said Takei:

"The health of the economy is what politicians are supposed to protect. Not this phony religious freedom. That argument is just a veil over personal prejudice and you cannot write personal prejudice into civil law and you certainly cannot write religious values into civil law. And so these legislators don't know the constitution. They apparently don't listen either because in the legislature they were told that this is going to do serious damage and stain the reputation of a beautiful state."

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Ronan Farrow and Mia Farrow Rip Woody Allen Over Globes Win

Ronan Farrow and Mia Farrow ripped Woody Allen during last night's Golden Globes tribute, at which Diane Keaton accepted a Cecil B. DeMille Award in Allen's honor.

FarrowSaid Ronan on Twitter:

"Missed the Woody Allen tribute - did they put the part where a woman publicly confirmed he molested her at age 7 before or after Annie Hall?" tweeted the 26-year-old government insider.

Allen's ex-wife Mia Farrow was equally dismissive:

Farrow had been enthusiastically live-tweeting the awards ("Yay Spike Jonze" was among her astute observations) until it came time for the tribute to Allen. It was then that Farrow, who appeared in 12 of Allen's films while they were dating, demonstrated her advanced shade-throwing skills.

"Time to grab some icecream & switch over to #GIRLS," she tweeted, making no mention of her ex. Her next tweet, which appears to be her last of the night, confirmed her abrupt exit: "Nite all."


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