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Miley Cyrus Announces Launch Of Foundation To Support Homeless LGBT Youth

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Singer-songwriter Miley Cyrus announced this week that she's launching the Happy Hippie Foundation to support homeless and LGBT youth reports the AP. Cyrus said the death of trans teen Leelah Alcorn and Bruce Jenner's coming out as trans spurred her to use the fame and attention she receives and re-direct it into a good cause:

"The position I'm in, I feel like I've got a lot of power. But so many kids don't feel that way. They're under their parents' rule.

"When you have all eyes on you, what are you saying? And that's what I had to ask myself a lot. It's like, I know you're going to look at me more if my (breasts) are out, so look at me. And then I'm going to tell you about my foundation for an hour and totally hustle you."

Cyrus generated media attention when she brought a homeless man as her date to the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, where he accepted an award on the singer's behalf. In the AP interview, Cyrus revealed that not all of her previous relationships could be considered "straight or heterosexual." She declined to elaborate. 

Cyrus recently shot a series of music videos with other stars including Joan Jett and Ariana Grande to help raise funds for the foundation; the video with Joan Jett officially debuted this Tuesday on the foundation's Facebook page.

You can watch Cyrus' kill it with Joan Jett as they perform "Different," AFTER THE JUMP...

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Wisconsin Teen Commits Suicide Days After Coming Out as Transgender

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Cameron Langrell, a 15-year-old freshman from Racine, Wisconsin committed suicide last week days after coming out as transgender on Facebook.

Cameron's parents believe bullying at school was a contributing factor in the suicide.

The Racine Journal Times has more on the tragedy (note: male-pronouns are used to refer to Cameron):

Last Thursday his mother, Jamie Olender, and stepfather, Eric Olender, came home shocked to find that Cameron had taken his own life in the basement sometime that day.

“There were absolutely zero warning signs,” Jamie Olender said. “He busted out all the lights and his intent was clear.”

He loved to play piano. He also loved dance. Singing was his passion and next year he was set to join the school choir. He would have loved being a high school cheerleader. He wanted to try out for “American Idol.”

“He was always bullied for being feminine,” Jamie Olender said. “We told him to be who you are.”

Cameron’s parents knew their child was unique since he was a toddler. “Ever since he was very little, we knew Cameron felt differently,” she said. “He used to dance, twirl, sing and was all about that kind of attention. His brother would be in a football game and he would try to get people to notice his dance routine.”

OlenderWISN 12 adds Jamie and Eric (right) want the school district to do more to combat bullying. “There needs to be more within the school, not just some outside resource. It needs to be taught in school,” Jamie said.

A spokeswoman for the district released the following statement: "We are heartbroken by the loss of Cameron. Our district crisis team has stepped up to provide support for all of our Horlick students, staff and families these past several days. We have programs in place to ensure all students have a positive place to learn.
We will continue to work with our entire Horlick family to enhance these programs."

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with financial burdens on Cameron's family. 


'Mx' Could Become The First Gender-Neutral Honorific In The Oxford English Dictionary

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Mx, a gender-neutral honorific sometimes used by transgender or genderfluid people, is being considered for the next edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. Mx’s use in business has been on the upswing in the past two years. More and more organizations like banks, universities, and state mail services have begun to recognize the identifier after an increased use by their customers. 

“This is an example of how the English language adapts to people’s needs, with people using language in ways that suit them rather than letting language dictate identity to them,” explained Jonathan Dent, assistant editor of the OED.

According to Dent, Mx’s addition to the dictionary would be the first honorific addition in recent history. Mx, meant to convey gender non-conformity and fluidity rather than express transness, would be a significant step forward in advancing how the general public thinks of people outside of the binary. While many see the move as progressive, there are some who aren’t entirely supportive.

"I think that it's ugly. And whichever way you pronounce it as mix, mux or Mx it's going to sound inept and uncomfortable," explained Roland Sussex, Emeritus Professor of Applied Language Studies at University of Queensland. "The trouble is that you want something that is going to sound OK. And I'm afraid Mx looks like a half-blown scientific formula or expression of some kind. And mux, it just doesn't sound very nice."


WATCH: Oprah Talks Trans Identities, Gender Roles And More With Janet Mock

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If you missed Oprah's interview with trans advocate Janet Mock on OWN this weekend, you have another chance to watch it as the media mogul posted the full episode from her Super Soul Sunday series to her website today. Oprah's interview follows on the heels of Bruce Jenner's interview with Diane Sawyer, with Oprah and Mock discussing trans issues and how the author of Redefining Realness came to accept her identity as a trans woman and the path that lead her to that realization. Watch the full episode for another viewpoint on trans experiences, AFTER THE JUMP

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Kris Jenner Tearfully Breaks Her Silence on Ex-Husband Bruce Jenner's Transition: VIDEO

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Kris Jenner will open up about her ex-husband Bruce Jenner's transition in an upcoming E! special "Keeping Up With The Kardashians: About Bruce," TODAY reports.

"I have these memories of this life," Kris tearfully says in a teaser clip. "And I feel sometimes like it didn't exist."

The two were married from 1991-2015. Here's what Kris tweeted after Jenner came out as a woman in the Diane Sawyer interview:

The two part special airs May 17 and 18 at 9 p.m. ET

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Rick Santorum Surprises Everyone, Says We Should 'Love and Accept' Bruce Jenner as a Woman

BuzzFeed points out a rare moment of compassion and reasonableness from one Rick Santorum:

Santorum“If he says he’s a woman, then he’s a woman,” Santorum, who is weighing running for president again in 2016, said in response to a question from BuzzFeed News during a roundtable with reporters at the South Carolina Republican Party’s convention. “My responsibility as a human being is to love and accept everybody. Not to criticize people for who they are. I can criticize, and I do, for what people do, for their behavior. But as far as for who they are, you have to respect everybody, and these are obviously complex issues for businesses, for society, and I think we have to look at it in a way that is compassionate and respectful of everybody.”

Santorum added that while he hasn't "got into the whole issue" of transgender bathroom use, he doesn't think it's something the federal government should get involved in. “I think those are things that the business community and local agencies and organizations should deal with," he said.


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