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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.”

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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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This Video Makes A Powerful Case For Transgender Pronouns: WATCH

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Willfully misgendering someone who identifies as trans is one of the most common forms of transphobic violence. It robs a person of their right to assert who are and denies them agency merely because they don’t perfectly fit into preconceived notions about what it means to be a man, woman, or person living outside of the gender spectrum. In many ways accidental misgendering can wreak that same kind of havoc, but often times the very act isn’t coming from a place of intentional transphobia. Sometimes you just don’t know how to refer to people.

Adult film star Buck Angel, YouTuber Kat Blaque, author Kate Bornstein, and comedian Ian Harvie sat down with Buzzfeed to discuss why, in their opinion, there’s a pressing need for broader usage of transgender pronouns.

“For a long time a lot of people have felt like that they don't fit into the mold of primarily he or primarily she or maybe they feel that they are a blend of both and that there’s not really a word for that,” Harvie explains. “Everybody else in the world out there can say ‘I am...’ and they identify themselves. Everybody believes them. But when I say ‘I am...’ I don’t know why people just don’t believe us.”

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The DNA of A Transperson As Explained By Hollywood: INFOGRAPHIC

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Written into the DNA of nearly every movie about trans-identified people, writes Scottish comedian Avery Edison, are problematic misconceptions about who trans people are. Projects like "Dallas Buyers Club," "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," and "Transamerica" have done much to introduce the broader public to a variety of trans narratives. More often than not, though, these stories are plagued by shortcomings that seem to have become a part of the way that we conceptualize trans-ness.

In a clever infographic, Edison lays out some of the most common tragic trans tropes written into films and television shows dating back to the mid 20th century.

The tropes range from the emotionally depressing “strand of sadly putting make-up on in front of a mirror” to troubling “hereditary probability of homicidal impulses.” Scathing and funny as Edison’s observations may be, there’s a large grain of truth to them. What good is this new wave of trans-representation in mass media if its shot through with traces of old-school transphobia?

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Indiana Is About To Establish A License To Discriminate Against LGBT People

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An Indiana "religious freedom" bill that would establish a license to discriminate against LGBT people is expected to pass on Monday. 

Anti-gay Republican Gov. Mike Pence has said he will sign Senate Bill 101, which cleared a House committee earlier this week despite opposition from LGBT advocates and major employers. 

BuzzFeed reports on the bill's prospects in the full House: 

“I would predict the bill passes on Monday,” Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma told BuzzFeed News in a phone interview Thursday. ...

Opponents of the bill seem largely resigned to losing.

“It does seem like they have decided that this should be the law in Indiana,” Jennifer Wagner, a spokesperson for the LGBT advocacy group Freedom Indiana, told BuzzFeed News.

While supporters of SB 101 maintain it's about religious freedom, the anti-LGBT group Advance America sheds light on its true purpose: 

SB 101 will help protect individuals, Christian businesses and churches from those supporting homosexual marriages and those supporting government recognition and approval of gender identity (male cross-dressers).

Here are just 3 examples:

  • Christian bakers, florists and photographers should not be punished for refusing to participate in a homosexual marriage!
  • Christian business should not be punished for refusing to allow a man to use the women’s restroom!
  • church should not be punished because they refuse to let the church be used for a homosexual wedding!

The Indiana House defeated several amendments Thursday designed to minimize the bill's harm to the LGBT community, according to a press release from Freedom Indiana

Despite bipartisan concerns, lawmakers defeated amendments to define protecting children as a compelling government interest; include non-discrimination language in the law; prevent local human rights ordinances from being overturned; and require business owners to post signs if they plan to refuse service to certain customers. ...

"We're tremendously disappointed that lawmakers would rather kick these issues to the courts instead of fixing a dangerous bill that has raised countless legal issues and concerns from businesses, faith groups, child welfare advocates and others. 

"We we will continue to fight Senate Bill 101 and hope that lawmakers see that we do not need this legislation to preserve the fundamental right of religious freedom that we all cherish."


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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