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Horrific Video Portrays Legal Nightmare For Transgender People In Europe: WATCH

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Transgender Europe has launched a new video showing the nightmare that transgender people still face in Europe today.

34 European countries force transgender people to undergo sterilization, divorce or diagnosis of mental illness before they can change their name or gender.

Available with subtitles in 24 languages, watch the disturbing video AFTER THE JUMP...

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CNN Commentator Sally Kohn: 'I'm Gay And I Want My Kid To Be Gay Too' - VIDEO

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Writing in The Washington Post, gay CNN political commentator Sally Kohn has said that she wants her daughter Willa (right) to be gay too.

Willa hansen-kohnKohn picks apart a common theme that nobody would choose to be gay. She argues that although her straight friends can grudgingly admit that they would prefer their children to be straight, admitting that she wants her daughter to be lesbian is like saying “I want her to grow up to be lactose intolerant.”

She continues that although straight people possibly mean well because it’s easier to be heterosexual in a homophobic culture, this attitude complies with and reinforces that culture.

Noting that adults “define happiness as some variation on our own lives,” Kohn says that for her being gay has never been anything but a positive experience and she will work “to destroy any barriers along [her daughter’s] path, not put them up myself.”

She concludes that her daughter will find only support and encouragement, regardless of her sexual orientation:

“Time will tell, but so far, it doesn’t look like my 6-year-old daughter is gay. In fact, she’s boy crazy. It seems early to me, but I’m trying to be supportive. Recently, she had a crush on an older boy on her school bus. She was acting as any precocious, socially awkward child would, which is to say not very subtle. I confided in a friend who has an older daughter. ‘She wants to give this kid a card and presents,’ I e-mailed. ‘The other kid is so embarrassed. It’s painful to watch. What do I do?’

“My friend wrote back with a slew of helpful advice, ending with a punch to my gut: ‘Bet it wouldn’t bother you so much if her crush was on a girl.’

“She was right. I’m a slightly overbearing pro-gay gay mom. But I’m going to support my daughter, whatever choices she makes.”

Watch a 2010 video in which two-year-old Willa explain why Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy should not be allowed to expire (no, seriously), AFTER THE JUMP...

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You Are Not Alone (Maybe): The Arguments for and Against Alien Life - VIDEO

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It's estimated that there are 200 billion habitable planets in the our galaxy.

This PBS explainer looks at the arguments for and against the notion that we are not alone in the universe.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Yes, Neil Patrick Harris Wore Padded Briefs At The Oscars: VIDEO

Neil Patrick Harris underwearIt's not for the reason you may be thinking, though. While padding is usually done for enhancement purposes, Harris' double-density briefs were actually to prevent a Janet Jackson-esque wardrobe malfunction.

In a post-Oscars interview on Live! with Kelly & Michael, Harris reveals that they ran into some snags during dress rehearsal:

So we did the dress rehearsal, and I just had the pair of regular underwear on. But the lights! They see through things! So the Academy or the network or someone said we had to do something so you couldn’t tell my religion, so what they did was they had to take a second pair and sew it to the first to make it so that you couldn’t sort of see through it.

See, this is why you let the gays pick out their own underwear. We're masters at choosing just the right banana hammock to reveal or conceal the size, number, and religion of budgies we want you to know we're smuggling.

You can watch Harris' interview AFTER THE JUMP...

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LGBT Georgians Find Unlikely Ally In Former Defender Of State's Anti-Sodomy Law: VIDEO

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Mike Bowers, the former Georgia Attorney General, has announced his opposition to “deeply troubling” pending religious liberty legislation in the state despite a long history of opposing gay rights, reports Buzzfeed.

Bowers, who served as attorney general from 1981 to 1997, defended Georgia’s sodomy law in the landmark Supreme Court case Bowers v. Hardwick. He also ignominiously rescinded a job offer to Robin Shahar after he found out that she planned to have a same-sex commitment ceremony with her then-partner. In 2013, Shahar was appointed as Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed's LGBT adviser.

Despite this anti-LGBT past, Bowers is expected to hold a news conference tomorrow to discuss his analysis of the pending legislation which is modeled in part on the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

He has said that the legislation would provide an “excuse to practice invidious discrimination” and "permit everyone to become a law unto themselves in terms of deciding what laws they will or will not obey, based on whatever religious tenets they may profess or create at any given time.”

Additionally, Bowers has concluded that the measures could be used to “justify putting hoods back on the Ku Klux Klan” because people could use religious exemptions to the Anti-Mask Act which aimed to reduce the KKK’s presence in the state.

Watch a 2012 interview with Bowers relecting on his time in Georgia politics, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Scott Hines, Out Former Mayor Of Rancho Mirage, California, Dies Following Battle With Depression: VIDEO

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Scott Hines, the gay former mayor of Rancho Mirage, California, died last Saturday night following a battle with depression, reports the Desert Sun.

581985_3530204861565_416052484_nScott Hines was elected to the City Council in April 2010 and served one term. During the 2010 campaign, residents received fliers encouraging them not to let Hines "infect" the city, a message interpreted by many as an attack on the gay community.

Hines, who served as an Air Force intelligence officer until the early 2000s, worked to raise awareness of the plight of the homeless and a number of LGBT issues. In 2013, he appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show to discuss the U.S. Air Force employment of "ex-gay" therapist Dr. Mike Rosebush as head of the Center for Character and Leadership Development.

Writing on Facebook, Hines' husband, Kevin Blessing, said:

"I am less of a person today as I will no longer have this man's wonderful energy around me, at the same time I am so blessed to have had him in my life in the first place."

Blessing also said that Hines had been suffering from liver cancer.

His biological mother Cindy Gough Montgomery (above right, with Hines) also wrote about her son's death:

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Watch Hines on The Rachel Maddow Show, AFTER THE JUMP...

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