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  1. On #Occupotty And The Privilege Of Passing

    I’ve always been on the edge of acceptability. When I was young and pretending to be cisgender, I was bullied, and it pushed me into the world of computer and console gaming, where I could shut out a lot of the world. (Thank you ZX Spectrum 48k, your bouncy rubber keyboard helped me a lot.) Years later, me pretending to be cis went out the window. I was older when I started to transition; this is the standard pattern for transgender women - or at least it was.

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  2. #Occupotty Campaign Spotlights Unjust Bathroom Legislation in US and Canada

    Trans people take to social media to combat, ahem, crappy bathroom laws.

    Michael Hughes, a trans man in Minnesota, only wants to pee safely in the bathroom of his choice. Yet recent proposed legislation in his home state threatens Hughes' ability to do that. This proposed legislation dictates that high school students will be forced to use locker rooms and bathrooms based on the genders they were assigned at birth, which would clearly be problematic for (and unfairly targets) transgender students, and would set a dangerous precedent for public facilities elsewhere.

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  3. Brianna Wu, Margaret E. Atwood, Orphan Black, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, & More Included in 2015 Shorty Awards Nominations

    Also Bob Vila?

    The Hollywood Reporter has just revealed the nominations for this year's Shorty Awards for achievements on the internetz.

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  4. You Can Now Appoint a Facebook “Heir” to Run Your Account After You Die

    Surprise! Mortality!

    Rather than continuing to freeze the accounts of deceased users, starting today Facebook is giving members the option to elect a "legacy contact" to handle their profile posthumously.

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  5. Best Buy Capitalizes On Murder Of Teenage Girl In Callous Serial Tweet

    "Payphones" or "a competent social media team," I guess.

    Your daily corporate social media blunder: Best Buy capitalizing on the murder of an 18-year-old girl!

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  6. Scientific Researchers Are Using Social Media All Wrong, Probably Should’ve Done More Research

    Well, they're using it for research and not cat videos, so...

    Hey, you know how every day a new study seems to pop up that analyzes social media data to form its conclusion? It turns out those little eggs of knowledge that the Twitter bird is laying might not be all they're cracked up to be.

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  7. The Queen of England Sent Her First Tweet, Let’s Commemorate With 9 First Tweets of World Leaders

    We'll be eagerly awaiting her first Vine.

    The Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II, sent her first tweet! She took off a glove to do it. I wonder if she then used it to smack the iPad and challenge it to a duel?

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  8. UK Lawmaker Proposes Maximum Two-Year Prison Sentence for Online Trolling

    An appropriate follow-up to all the GamerGate crap that just won't die—and CelebGate—man, it's just been a really bad few months, hasn't it?—if one UK lawmaker has his way, engaging in online harassment could land you in prison for up to two years.

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  9. Things We Saw Today: Groot Is Super-Buff In This New Avengers Variant Cover

    All that dancing really paid off.

    DO YOU EVEN BENCH, GROOT? (cover by Francesco Francavilla, via Comic Book Resources' exclusive reveal)

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  10. What Do You Do When You’re A 113 Year Old Woman Looking To Facebook? Lie About Your Age, Of Course!

    You'd think after you hit the century mark ladies could stop lying about their age to get ahead. Not if you want to get on Facebook, apparently.

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