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  1. Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany Talks About Why Being an LGBTQ+ Ally Is a “No-Brainer”

    As if we didn't have enough reason to love the insanely talented Tatiana Maslany of Orphan Black, in this video from GLAAD's video series, GLAAD: All Access, Maslany tears up while talking about why she considers herself an LGBTQ+ ally.

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  2. The Mary Sue Interview: A Trans Man on Representation, Visibility, and Aydian Dowling

    Recently there has been a lot of talk about Aydian Dowling. He’s in competition run by Men’s Health Magazine, where one of their readers could become their next cover model; someone who has leadership, has helped their community, and exemplifies the fitness goals of the magazine. Aydian has done all those, and then some. Currently he’s way ahead in the magazines public voting poll and it seems like he’s going to win easily. So why is this news outside of the fitness geek circle?

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  3. J.K. Rowling Does NOT Let the Westboro Baptist Church Talk Shit on the Weddings of Gay Wizards

    What a bunch of Muggles, amirite?

    Ireland recently became the first country in the world to approve marriage equality by popular vote, and good old J.K. did not hold back in spreading the good news—even when some Internet users didn't want to hear it.

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  4. Google Honors Sally Ride, the First American Woman in Space, In Their Latest Doodle

    Google has done a great job of honoring female pioneers in STEM careers in their daily doodles, and today provided them with another opportunity. Sally Ride was a physicist and astronaut who was also the first American woman in space, and today would have been her 64th birthday.

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  5. “Still a Fairytale”: A More Detailed Look at How Trans-friendly STEM Jobs Are

    A few weeks ago we posted an article on how trans-friendly STEM jobs are. Many of our trans readers responded with their own stories.

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  6. Things You Shouldn’t Ask Trans People, Even If You Want To

    Especially if you want to.

    This video from BBC Three's Free Speech tackles many of the questions that people tend to want to ask trans people, but really shouldn't—like "Have you had the op?" Paris Lees, Fox Fisher, Veronica Blades, Munroe Bergdorf, Dani Gibbison, Adeleh Sasansara, and Harry Taylor give some hilarious, intelligent, and direct responses.

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  7. Ireland Becomes First Country On Earth to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage By Popular Vote

    Today's another one for the history books. In a popular vote of 62% in favor and 38% opposed, Ireland has become the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage as a nation.

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  8. Cate Blanchett: People Who Think Homophobia, Other Discrimination Are Over Are “Very Foolish”

    Some people in America lately seem to be convinced that we've entered some kind of future utopia where we've moved past racism, sexism, homophobia, and all other kinds of discrimination, and only the people who wish to have meaningful conversations about those subjects even notice such petty differences between people—despite the reality of daily discrimination. And Cate Blanchett has had it.

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  9. #Occupotty 2: Return of Occupotty, The Debate That Never Ends

    #Occupotty 2: Return of Occupotty

    The bathroom debate won’t go away. I’m scrolling though Twitter, tea in one hand, warm cat on my lap, and I read another piece describing awful transphobia toward a seven-year-old girl in Canada. Cisgender people somehow think that trans people are a danger to them in bathrooms; it’s an idea that drives past ignorance and into the desert of bigotry, but it’s an idea uninformed politicians don’t want to shake.

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  10. When Art Targets Marginalized People

    A game was recently removed from Steam, the major platform for PC gaming distribution. It’s a light gun game: a target reticule is all you control as characters pop on screen to shoot. Indeed: Shooting is all you can do. As with all such games, the challenge is in the position and appearance of targets, as well as the type of characters who appear: Some are meant to be shot, some grant bonuses, others result in penalties. The challenge is knowing who to shoot. The game is called “Kill the F*****

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  11. The Bruce Jenner Effect: On Trans Visibility In The Media

    By this point almost everyone that wanted to watch the Bruce Jenner: The Interview from Diane Sawyer on US ABC will have watched it. About 17 million watched the show as it aired; I’d hazard a guess that if you add in DVR, streaming, torrents and time turners that figure is closer to 23 million. That’s a lot of people watching a US sport star come out as transgender.

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  12. Cate Blanchett Talks Women In Hollywood, Her Sexuality, and Her Latest Film, Carol

    “We have to push forward."

    Cate Blanchett has always been an insanely talented actress, and lately she's become something more - an outspoken feminist. As she's moved forward through her career, she's become increasingly vocal in her criticism of the sexism in her industry, which we love. She had reason to discuss those issues further in a recent interview with Variety, where she was discussing her upcoming, female-led film, Carol, which is premiering at the Cannes Film Festival this weekend.

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  13. STEM Jobs are More Trans Friendly than They Once Were, But There’s Still Work to Be Done

    Earlier this month in Florida, Cindy Sullivan, a trans woman who works in IT, testified against a bill that would, among other things, affect her job security. According to the Human Rights Campaign, five out of every six trans men and trans women has experienced employment discrimination.

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  14. [UPDATED] Alice Eve’s Transphobic Comment About Bruce Jenner Underlines A Greater Misunderstanding of Feminism

    Two days ago, Star Trek Into Darkness' Alice Eve posted this great photo of body confidence activist, Harnaam Kaur, on her Instagram with the hashtags #equalpay and #equalrights. Seems like it'd be a feminist post, right? Well, yes and no. While Eve did post the image of Kaur in solidarity with a fellow woman, Eve then felt the need to talk about Bruce Jenner's announcement in the comments for some reason. They have since been deleted (but not before the Internet took notice).

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  15. The Mary Sue Interview: Talking LGBTQ+ Representation, Genre TV, and Fandom With the Cast of Orphan Black

    "Just don't be a dick!'

    "I think there's a lot of mythology about what a man or a woman is supposed to be, a lot of mythology about what gay men and gay women are supposed to be. There's just a lot of storytelling surrounding human beings and what sexuality and gender identity means to your value. It's all a lie. And it's a lie we've been told for many many years, and it's destructive and exclusionary and I resent it. "

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  16. The Mary Sue Interview: Director Eric Schaeffer On Representing The Trans Community In Boy Meets Girl

    Eric Schaeffer's latest film, and his gentlest film to day, is Boy Meets Girl, the coming of age romantic comedy about a Ricky, a transgender woman in Kentucky (played by newcomer Michelle Hendley) with a male best friend (Twilight’s Michael Welch) who develops feelings for a girl (Alexandra Turshen) for the first time. The movie has been celebrated at multiple LGBT film festivals, including winning 10 best picture honors. Schaeffer spoke with us about his new movie (now on VOD and DVD).

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  17. The Mary Sue Interview: Trans Actress Michelle Hendley On Positive Representation In Boy Meets Girl

    It’s not every day that an actress makes her debut on screen in a leading role, but for Michelle Hendley, that is exactly how she entered the film industry. When writer/director Eric Schaeffer was looking for a trans woman to play the lead in Boy Meets Girl, he stumbled upon Hendley’s old YouTube channel and thought she would be perfect fit for the role of Ricky.

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  18. Brian Michael Bendis Unconvincingly Denies Bi-Erasure In All-New X-Men

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    Brian Michael Bendis' All-New X-Men #40 just came out today, but it's already been the subject of intense scrutiny after pages leaked to Tumblr earlier this week revealed a scene in which Jean Grey forces Iceman (Bobby Drake) to admit he's gay.

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  19. Marvel’s Editor-In-Chief Explains Why One of the Original X-Men Just Came Out of the Closet

    Spoilers ahead for All-New X-Men #40!

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  20. Today in Imperfect Representation: One of the Original X-Men Just Came Out as Gay

    Brian Michael Bendis' All-New X-Men #40 won't be released until tomorrow, but leaked pages uploaded to Tumblr show that this issue contains a huge reveal for one of the original mutants. Spoilers to follow.

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