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An ad released by a newly formed political group seeks to introduce more of America to families with transgender children.

A new ad seeks to do the thing many transgender people say is most crucial to their movement going forward: humanizing the unfamiliar.

Trans United Fund, a newly formed political group, released an ad on Thursday entitled “Meet My Child,” which features transgender children and their parents. Some of those parents convey the confusion they initially felt about what the word transgender meant and others express fear for their children given the high rates of suicide and violence associated with that demographic. But all of them share the characteristic of accepting the gender identity their children express to feel, a trait that is correlated with healthier outcomes for transgender kids.

Back on the Wall

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Greyson Chance (remember about him?) just released his new music video. And while this kind of generic pop is really not my thing, it’s nice to see that he’s still making music even though he seems to have the same difficulties as Ronan Parke when it comes to translating the amazing voice they impressed the world with into a unique brand now that they’re getting older.

Dear US lawmakers, you are the Weirdos here

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It seems like a simple concept: People go into a public bathroom, do their business and get out. The End. No one is seeing anyone naked, no one shares any toilet seat with anyone. At most you’ll wash your hands next to someone else.  And that’s just the few people who even wash their hands…

But in the spirit of the good, old American tradition of blowing everything completely out of proportion some US states decided that transgender people using the bathroom of their choice is the new battleground on which we’ll decide the fate of society.

And this isn’t about keeping women & kids safe from rapists, it’s about social reinforcement of gender conformity through discrimination. And it doesn’t need self-righteous white dudes like this asshole doing “social experiments” to prove that this discrimination is real by the way.

So that’s where heading: Lawmakers telling us that, if you don’t have the right genitals to fit their definition of your gender, you don’t get to use the bathroom. Instead you get shunned, discriminated and accused of being a weirdo at best or a rapist at worst. Not just in a town or two but in state after state after state after state after state. What the fuck.

Model Monday *9

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Jaden Smith continues to bend gender norms with his latest shoot for Vogue Korea. The 17-year-old shared an outtake image from his shoot titled “Royal Salute” on his Instagram profile where he rocked a black miniskirt over a pair of skinny leg jeans, wore bright purple nail polish and a flower behind his ear.

The most beautiful part about all this? It doesn’t at all look out of place.

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A ten-year-old pulling down a classmate’s pants would be considered a prank in most places. Not an excessively funny one, sure; but a prank nonetheless.

Yet in some countries a mix of “zero tolerance” policies and the idea that our bodies are gross, disgusting things we have to hide and be ashamed of led to practise that ruins the lives of kids every day:

Instead of, let’s say, a talk about respecting They get placed on public sex-offender lists. And many of them will have trouble escaping that stigma for the rest of their lives.

15-year-old Christian from Alabama committed suicide after facing expulsion and registration on a sex offender registry for streaking during a high school football game

One morning in 2007, Leah DuBuc, a twenty-two-year-old college student in Kalamazoo, began writing an essay for English class that she hoped would save her life. She knew that people like her had been beaten, bombed, shot at, killed. The essay aired details about her past that she’d long tried to suppress; by posting it on her class’s server, where anyone who Googled her name could find it, she thought she might be able to quiet the whispers, the threats, and possibly make it easier to find a job. Her story, she warned, “is not a nice one, but hopefully it will have a happy ending.”

DuBuc had grown up in Howell, Michigan, a small town of berry and melon farmers. In high school, she had thrived. She had earned straight A’s, written for the school newspaper, led Students Against Driving Drunk (she voted to change the name to Students Against Destructive Decisions, she says, to stress that “there are lots of bad decisions that can get you killed”), and performed in “Grease” and “Once Upon a Mattress,” while working part time as a cashier at Mary’s Fabulous Chicken & Fish. “High school was bliss for me,” DuBuc said recently. “I tried not to dwell on the stuff that wasn’t good.” But, as she was about to start her freshman year at Western Michigan University, she got a call from a close childhood friend, Victoria, who asked, “Did you know you’re on the public sex-offender registry?”

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