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ASAP Science Wants to Help You Get Your Booty Moving: VIDEO

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It's general knowledge at this point that sitting too much is bad for your health, but how bad is it? Turns out...pretty bad as sitting for too long reduces the effectiveness of insulin, an increase in the production of LDL cholesterol, and the breaking down of muscle tissue which even going to the gym regularly isn't necessarily enough to counteract.

Fortunately, the guys behind AsapSCIENCE have some tips to counteract the negative effects of too much sitting, which should be immensely beneficial to those with desk jobs.

So do you sit too much? Watch the video and find out AFTER THE JUMP...

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Two New Clips From 'Into The Woods' Tell a Tale Of Witches And Beans: VIDEO

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Into the Woods, the film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's 1986 musical due out this holiday season, is starting to drop new clips and trailers left and right, and we've got two more to whet your appetite. First is a minute-long excerpt of the Meryl-Witch telling the poor barren couple (played by Emily Blunt and James Corden) what she needs to craft a potion to cure their curse. Then, you get to see the couple try and uncomfortably swindle poor young Jack (Daniel Huttlestone) out of his cow in exchange for a handful of "magic" beans.

You can't see the movie until Christmas Day, but you can watch the excerpts right now AFTER THE JUMP...

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The film stars Meryl Streep, (future gay icon?) Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Christine Baranski, Billy Magnussen, Daniel Huttlestone, Tracy Ullman, and Johnny Depp

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Indiana Methodist Church To Close After Firing Gay Choral Director - VIDEO

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A church in Indiana is to close at the end of the year following a mass walkout by members prompted by gay choir director Adam Fraley being forced to resign, reports LGBTQ Nation.

Back in January, First United Methodist Church in Alexander lost 80 percent of its congregation after Pastor David Mantor declined to rehire Fraley who had been in the position for six years.

Dr. David Steele, a member of the church for nearly 60 years, was also fired from his leadership position after he advocated on behalf of Fraley.

However, Mantor believes that the closure is due to a “downward spiral” of membership and donations across the whole United Methodist church for the past 30 years.

Watch an interview with Fraley and Steele, AFTER THE JUMP...

The United Methodist Church states that gay men and women are welcome but that they are forbidden from being "certified as candidates, ordained as ministers, or appointed to serve in The United Methodist Church". UMC also believes the practice of homosexuality is "incompatible with Christian teaching" and states that ceremonies that "celebrate homosexual unions" shall not be allowed in churches. 

In October, the Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church upheld an appeals panel ruling reinstating pastor Frank Schaefer, who was defrocked for officiating at his son's wedding to another man in 2007. 

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Appeals Court Denies Gender Reassignment For Trans Prisoner: VIDEO

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The full First Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a ruling that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts must provide an incarcerated transgender woman with medically-necessary gender reassignment surgery, reports Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD).

The Court of Appeals issued an initial ruling in January upholding an earlier finding that the Massachusetts Department of Corrections (DOC) engaged in a pattern of “pretense, pretext and prevarication” to deny Michelle Kosilek (above) treatment against the recommendations of multiple doctors, including those hired by the DOC itself. Born Robert Kosilek, Michelle Kosilek is serving a life sentence for the murder of her wife Cheryl (below, right) in 1990.

Cheryl KosilekThe latest decision was divided with a 3-2 majority and two sharply worded dissents.

Predicting that the case will not stand the test of time, Judge Thompson wrote:

“I am confident that I would not need to pen this dissent, over twenty years after Kosilek’s quest for constitutionally adequate medical care began, were she not seeking a treatment that many see as strange or immoral. Prejudice and fear of the unfamiliar have undoubtedly played a role in this matter’s protraction.”

Jennifer Levi, director of the Transgender Rights Project at GLAD, said:

“I am appalled by this decision, which means that Michelle Kosilek will continue to be denied the life-saving medical care she needs and has been seeking for years.  

"It is difficult or impossible to imagine a decision like this one – that second-guesses every factual determination made by the trial court – in the context of any other prisoner health care case.  

"This decision is a testament to how much work remains to be done to get transgender people’s health care needs on par with others in the general public.

“There is no scientific or medical basis for denying transgender people their health care needs. The consensus position of the medical community is that surgery may sometimes be essential treatment.”

Watch a report on a television interview with Kosilek, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Watch Derby The Dog Run On 3D Printed Front Legs - VIDEO

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Pioneering 3D printing company 3D Systems and Derby's foster mom Tara Anderson have come to the rescue of Derby, a dog born with deformed front legs by creating a set of 3D-printed prosthetic limbs.

Get a dose of the feels as Derby finds a dandy dog's life with the help of technology, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Ireland To Vote On Same-Sex Marriage In May - VIDEO

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The Irish government yesterday announced that a referendum on same-sex marriage will take place in May 2015, reports The Journal.

Although an exact date has not yet been set, it is thought the vote may be held in the first week of the month.

Calling for a respectful campaign from all sides, Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said her officials would now begin work on the wording of the proposed constitutional amendment.

A recent Irish Times poll found that 71 percent of people intend to vote in favor of gay marriage.

Welcoming the announcement, Gay and Lesbian Equality Network chair Kieran Rose said:

“We do not take the outcome of the referendum for granted. Despite the strong support in the polls currently, we know that we will need every single possible vote on the day in order to win the referendum.”

Backed by government parties, the referendum was announced earlier this year by Prime Minister Enda Kenny. Kenny made headlines this month when he visited Dublin's Pantibar for Christmas drinks.

In what was seen as an opening salvo on what is likely to be a highly divisive campaign, the Catholic church in Ireland has released a manifesto outlining its opposition to same-sex marriage.

Watch Armagayddon, a video about absolute horror of marriage equality reaching Ireland, AFTER THE JUMP...

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