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Caitlyn Jenner Receives Outpouring Of Celebrity Support on Twitter

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Caitlyn Jenner's official unveiling today on the cover of Vanity Fair is already receiving an outpouring of support from celebrities across the Twitterverse including the Kardashians and Jenner's two daughters.

Jenner also received wide support from her fellow LGBT public leaders and celebrities including Janet Mock, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Ellen Degeneres.

Jenner's new Twitter account has grown exponentially, reaching one million followers in as little as four hours. Jenner's account broke the record set by President Obama's Twitter account that reached one million followers in four hours and 30 minutes on the first day his profile launched.


ESPN to Award Caitlyn Jenner With Arthur Ashe Courage Award At 2015 ESPYs

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Just hours after Caitlyn Jenner made her debut, ESPN announced that Jenner will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2015 ESPYs in July. You may recall Michael Sam's emotional speech after receiving the award last year. Comedian and actor Joel McHale is hosting the show at Los Angeles' Nokia Theater. 

Jenner has yet to confirm whether she'll attend, but she might be more preoccupied at the moment with the world's reaction to her stunning cover of Vanity Fair.

[h/t Just Jared]


Caitlyn Jenner (Formerly Known as Bruce) Debuts on Cover of 'Vanity Fair': VIDEO

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Caitlyn Jenner (formerly known as Bruce) debuted today on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine, in a cover story shot by Annie Leibovitz.

Jenner tells Buzz Bissinger in the magazine: “If I was lying on my deathbed and I had kept this secret and never ever did anything about it, I would be lying there saying, 'You just blew your entire life.'”

Said Jenner on Twitter:

"I'm so happy after such a long struggle to be living my true self. Welcome to the world Caitlyn. Can't wait for you to get to know her/me."

Vanity Fair also posted a behind-the-scenes video which you can watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Says Jenner in the video:

"The last few days in doing this shoot is about my life and who I am as a person. It's not about the fanfare, it's not about the people cheering in the stadium, it's not about going down the street and everybody giving me a 'thattaboy, Bruce' pat on the back, okay? This is about your life. Bruce always had to tell a lie. It was always living that lie. Every day, always had a secret, from morning till night. Caitlyn doesn't have any secrets. As soon as the Vanity Fair cover comes out, I'm free."

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Pentagon to Extend Non-discrimination Protections to LGB Service Members

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The U.S. Defense Department will move to include sexual orientation as part of its non-discrimination policy by the end of next month, reports the Washington Blade. 

The amendment will protect LGB service members from discrimination and allows them to rise to the highest level of responsibility possible. The amendment doesn't include protections for gender identity, but an official for the Pentagon said the department is looking into further updates considering transgender people (openly transgender individuals are still prohibited from serving in the U.S. military).

Screen Shot 2015-05-31 at 12.19.06 PMThe update is part of an internal review conducted by the Pentagon that lasted 12 months and met its Human Goals Charter in 2014 that listed sexual orientation as an area in which the U.S. armed forces sought to "create a culture of inclusion."

The proposed change is headed to Defense Secretary Ash Carter (right) for final review and approval as early as the middle of next week.


Bruce Jenner Will Debut 'Her' on a 'Vanity Fair' Summer Cover Shot by Annie Leibovitz

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Bruce Jenner plans to make no small statement when he debuts the female identity he has referred to only as "her".

He'll be photographed for an upcoming summer cover and pictorial in Vanity Fair shot by Annie Leibovitz that will debut around the time his docuseries premieres, People reports.

Jenner has indicated that his transition would occur in the spring.

Watch Jenner's full recent interview with Diane Sawyer HERE.


Equality California Launches Transgender Visibility Campaign

EqcailogoThe Equality California Institute and the Transgender Law Center are teaming up to combat some of the prevalent misconceptions about the trans community through educational outreach. The two organizations are partnering with a number of LGBT rights organizations that have established roots and connections to California communities in an effort to introduce people to the concept of people who identify as gender nonconforming. According to the Transgender Law Center’s executive director Kris Hayashi, the initiative’s main goal is to match the trans community’s newfound public visibility with a higher degree of basic understanding.

“These past few years have seen a tremendous increase in visibility for the transgender community that hasn’t necessarily been matched by the rise in public understanding,” Hayashi explained. “Unfortunately, this gap in public understanding contributes to the lethal dangers faced by members of our community daily, from the epidemic levels of violence directed at transgender women of color to the recent string of bills attacking transgender youth and adults.”

While the public comings out of high-profile celebrities like Bruce Jenner may put trans people more on people’s radars in general, efforts to highlight the trans and genderqueer population living within a community can lead to healthier, more thoughtful community relationships. It’s of particular importance that attention be drawn to the fact that trans people are active, vital members of the communities they live in. Increased public awareness and familiarity, argued Equality California Institute executive director Rick Zbur, were crucial components to efforts aimed at curbing systemic violence against transpeople.

“We know that many people in California simply don’t know what it means to be transgender,” “This lack of familiarity is at the root of the anxiety many feel about transgender-inclusive policies, and our opponents waste no time manipulating and capitalizing on that fear.”


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