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Re: In the News
« Reply #30 on: August 23, 2013, 03:01:29 PM »
Cosplay Girl is Actually Nerdy Guy

Pictures of the cosplayer seen above have been making the rounds on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, being hailed as “just too cute!” Many women post pictures on the internet of themselves cosplaying and these new photos seem to be more of the same. That’s not to say that this young lady doesn’t look good, but at first glance, it doesn’t seem to be a buzzworthy image…that is until you see the pictures of this beautiful girl without makeup and costume.

That’s right, this cosplayer is actually a man. This beautiful cosplay woman is a the nerdy, glasses-wearing guy. Here’s what people on the internet in China had to say:

    So cute!!!

    Is that really the same guy?

    He’s so good at doing his makeup!

    Wow! A little makeup goes a long way.

    He’s cuter than most girls.

It now looks like girls who love cosplay have some unexpected competition.



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Re: In the News
« Reply #31 on: August 23, 2013, 03:26:08 PM »
Army Releases Photo of Wikileaker Bradley Manning in Wig and Makeup

A photograph of Wikileaks leaker Bradley Manning wearing makeup and a blonde wig was released yesterday by the army as part of documentation related to Manning's trial. It's the first such photo of Manning, who is transgender.

The photograph was attached to emails Manning had sent to a therapist, Capt. Michael Worsley, and an NCOIC, Sgt. Paul Adkins, about gender identity, in which the army private expressed a belief that a career in the military might "get rid of it." Manning's lawyers introduced the email to Adkins and accompanying photograph as part of the trial.

Manning apologized on the day of sentencing for leaking classified State Department... a statement that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange implied was forced: "It took three years and millions of dollars to extract two minutes of tactical remorse from this brave soldier," he said in a statement.

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Re: In the News
« Reply #32 on: August 23, 2013, 03:37:52 PM »
Crossdressing jewellery thief jailed for 10 years

A man who disguised himself as a woman to help steal more than £540,000 worth of jewellery has been jailed for 10 years.

Vasile Bogdan, 35, donned a wig and women's clothing during a series of raids at jewellery stores in east London and Birmingham, Scotland Yard said.

The Romanian national, of no fixed abode, was eventually caught in January after he was apprehended by one of the store's owners.

Bogdan was dressed as a woman when he entered a shop in High Street, Manor Park, on November 25 last year, shortly before a group of men burst in wielding sledge hammers.

They fled with £60,000 worth of gold jewellery before detectives tracked down their escape route and recovered Bogdan's clothes and masks in a nearby park.

On December 4, Bogdan disguised himself as a woman again before a gang of men ransacked a shop in Plashet Grove, East Ham.

They escaped with £35,000 worth of jewellery before clothing was recovered later from a nearby railway line and a housing estate.

The gang struck again on December 22 in Green Street, Forest Gate, when two men disguised as women entered a jewellery store.

A group of men wielding sledge hammers then followed and made off with £350,000 worth of gold jewellery.

On January 5, a gang of 10 men, including one dressed as a woman, targeted a store in Stratford Road, Birmingham, but fled empty handed before discarding their balaclavas, gloves and sledge hammers.

Less than three weeks later, a group of six to eight men smashed display case with sledge hammers at a store in Bethnal Green Road, Bethnal Green, to steal £100,000 worth of jewellery.

They fled into into Weavers Field Park when Bogdan was caught by the jewellery store owner.

He was arrested at the scene and found to be in possession of 950 euro (£818) and £320.

Bogdan was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and pleaded guilty during a court hearing on August 6.

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police's Flying Squad said they are continuing efforts to trace the other men involved in the robberies.

Following the sentencing at the Old Bailey today, Detective Inspector Ralf Kirchel said: "I'd like to thank the jewellery owner store who bravely chased after the gang after they'd robbed his store.

"This gang developed a modus operandi that worked, and they kept repeating it, stealing thousands and thousands of pounds of gold jewellery.

"They are clearly highly organised and put preparation and planning into each offence.

"We know that Bogdan came into the UK on January 23 from Hungary.

"Our investigation is ongoing and does have links to other countries; we will do everything we can to track down the rest of this gang."

Nice coat, hat, & wig, but he should also been charged with looking bad with no makeup

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Re: In the News
« Reply #33 on: August 23, 2013, 04:15:16 PM »
Teen transvestite’s fashion show triumph

 Teenage transvestite designer Kieran Mceleny showcased his first clothing collection at St James’ Church in Trowbridge on Saturday.

The 17-year-old, of Lower Court, pictured, started designing pieces for the collection a year ago and presented eight pieces on the launch night, which included dresses, tops and skirts.

He said: “It went really well and a couple of possible orders came out of it. The Mayor of Trowbridge turned up and said he was impressed with my work.”

Kieran is now adding more designs to the collection, and is inviting people to have a free consultation with him to find out what shape and style suits them.

To see the collection and to contact Kieran, visit http://diamonddays.weebly.com

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Re: In the News
« Reply #34 on: August 23, 2013, 04:28:22 PM »
TransMilitary Web Series Seeks To End Ban On Transgender Military Service

A new documentary web series titled "TransMilitary" hit the web this week, attempting to bring visibility to the lived experiences of transgender individuals serving in the United States military.

Producers hope the stories shared in the series will play an important role in helping to frame the debate around ending the ban on transgender service in the military, a press release for the project pointed out.

The 2011 repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ended institutionalized marginalization of soldiers and officers by their sexual orientation, but had no impact on gender identity -- transgender people are still banned from military service. However, the discussion surrounding transgender military service is evolving to a place previously unprecedented, particularly in wake of Chelsea Manning's announcement that she identifies as a woman.

In the same way that it was important for Americans to see images and to hear the voices of gay and lesbian service members early in the fight for Don't Ask, Don't Tell -- seeing us, hearing our stories -- it changes the equation for many people," said Allyson Robinson, Principal Consultant/FMR. Exec. Director, OutServe-SLDN, in the above preview for "TransMilitary."

The preview released for the project includes commentary from Bryce Celotto, a transgender soldier currently serving in the military who is risking discharge for participating in the series. Other currently serving transgender military personnel will also take part, at their own personal risk.

"I was an army brat and I served in the army myself both as an enlisted soldier and as an officer," Robinson added. "I served in the Middle East, I served in Korea; and yet, none of it was as harrowing, as perilous, as wearing as the fight every day to push down, to keep inside the person that I knew that I was."

http://www.advocate.com/politics/transgender/2013/08/22/watch-transmilitary-documentary-seeks-end-trans-service-ban

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Re: In the News
« Reply #35 on: August 23, 2013, 04:47:30 PM »
Russian journalist Dmitry Kiselyov defends 'homophobic' comments

 Dmitry Kiselyov, a well-known television journalist who presents a weekly news program on state TV, made the comments during a televised debate about a controversial law banning homosexual propaganda to minors in April 2012.

“I think banning gays from distributing propaganda to children is not enough,” he says in the clip.

“I think they should be banned from donating blood or sperm, and if they die in a car crash, their hearts should be burnt or buried in the ground as unsuitable for the continuation of life,” he adds, to a round of applause from the audience.

An online petition titled “No Fascism on TV” calling for him to be fired from the state-owned Russia 24 television channel had gathered over 3,500 signatures by Tuesday afternoon.

Last year an anti-gay group in St. Petersburg, the first city to adopt a version of the law, asked prosecutors to investigate a food and drink company owned by Pepsi for putting a rainbow on its milk cartons.

 On Tuesday a transvestite comedian apparently became one of the first high-profile causalities of the new law when he was fired by state television channel.

Ukrainian Andrei Danilko, who performs as drag queen Verka Serdyuchka, was dropped from a Saturday night comedy show because of fears about violating the new legislation, according to reports. The broadcaster had not commented by Tuesday evening.

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Re: In the News
« Reply #36 on: August 23, 2013, 04:53:13 PM »
Jamaican Cops Rescued Transgender From Angry Mob

Two weeks after a teen transvestite was murdered in Montego Bay, Jamaica, police officers had to rescue another cross-dresser from an angry mob.

This latest incident took place last weekend in Portmore, St. Catherine.

According to reports reaching Urban Islandz, at approximately 9 p.m. on Saturday a group of people spotted the cross-dresser wearing a very short shorts, blouse, bra and a bright orange wig.

He was quickly attacked by an angry mob and ran inside a premises. The mob gave chase and police were called in. Police later called for backup up as the mob grew more boisterous.

One onlooker told Urban Islandz that police officers arrived just in time to save his life. The man’s identity was not released.

Jamaica is not only notorious for reggae music and world class sprinters, but also for its hatred of gays.

A 17-year-old transvestite was mobbed at a street dance in Irwin, Montego Bay.

According to reports reaching Urban Islandz, the teen cross dressing male was dancing with another male when a female recognized him and told others at the party he was not a female.

A man at the party held the teen and discovered he was in fact a male. Patrons reportedly beaten, chopped and stabbed the teen to death.



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Re: In the News
« Reply #37 on: August 23, 2013, 05:27:50 PM »
Transsexual actress Laverne Cox finds unlikely path to stardom with 'Orange Is the New Black'

Star of Netflix series plays key role with help from twin brother M. Lamar, who shows character's earlier life as a man

 She may have been born a he — but now she’s a star.

Netflix’s latest series, “Orange Is the New Black,” has been a critical hit and has left fans buzzing.

Among the most popular characters on the women-in-prison drama is transgender inmate Sophia Burset, who is played by real-life transgender actress Laverne Cox.

 “The reality is you don’t often see trans characters played by trans folks,” Cox told the News, “and there aren’t a lot of trans roles written to begin with.”

In an early episode, directed by Jodie Foster, Sophia’s back story revealed how she was once a former fireman named Marcus who longed to be a woman.

It was a role Cox simply wasn’t man enough to play — although it wasn’t for lack of trying. She underwent an eight-hour hair and makeup test to construct a more masculine look, and then presented herself to Foster.

M. Lamar, twin of Laverne Cox, played the character before she undergoes a sex change to become Sophia.

“Jodie looked at me and said, ‘We’re going to have to hire someone.’ She didn’t think I was butch enough to pull it off!”

Then casting directors realized that Cox has a twin brother, musician M. Lamar.

“He went into the audition and he killed it,” Cox said. “I guess acting runs in the family a little bit.”



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Re: In the News
« Reply #38 on: August 23, 2013, 05:50:57 PM »
Navy SEAL comes out as transgender

After years spent fighting in some of the world's worst wars, former U.S. Navy SEAL Kristin Beck says she knows what she wants.

"I want to have my life," she told CNN's "AC360" in an exclusive Thursday night.

"I fought for 20 years for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I want some happiness."

Beck recently came out as transgender.

She wrote about the experience in a book, "Warrior Princess: A U.S. Navy SEAL's Journey to Coming out Transgender."

It chronicles her life as a young boy and man, known then as Chris Beck.

Beck deployed 13 times, serving in places such as Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq. She earned a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart along the way.

Though she's felt trapped in the wrong body since grade school, Beck didn't come out until after she left the military in 2011.

Doing so earlier would have been too big a risk.

Transgender men and women are banned from service.

"That's a chance that if I took it, I might be dead today," she said.

"There's a lot of prejudice out there. There's been a lot of transgender people who are killed for prejudice, for hatred. When the book came out -- some amazing support and some amazing praises -- but also some pretty amazing bigotry and hatred."

Beck says she doesn't need people to love, or even like, her.

"But I don't want you to beat me up and kill me. You don't have to like me, I don't care. But please don't kill me."

'No one ever met the real me'

Beck explains her years of hiding as living like an onion.

Deep down, under various layers, or skins, she hid her female persona.

"It is a constant, but as you suppress and as you bottle it up, it's not like on that surface," she said.

"You would never notice it because I can push it so deep, but then it does kinda, like, it gnaws at you. So it's always there."

Looking back, Beck believes she might have wanted to become a SEAL because they are "the toughest of the tough."

She thought: "I could totally make it go away if I could be at that top level. ... Maybe I could cure myself."

But the feeling of being born in the wrong body never went away.

And for her entire career, Beck kept her mouth shut.

She says virtually no one, out of the thousands of people she worked with, knew her secret -- it was so well hidden.

"No one ever met the real me," she said.

Though her identity was hidden, the rest of what Beck offered was true.

"I gave true brotherhood. I did my best, 150% all the time, and I gave strength and honor and my full brotherhood to every military person I ever worked with."

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Re: In the News
« Reply #39 on: August 23, 2013, 06:51:04 PM »
Transgender woman dies after assault in NYC

Detectives were investigating Friday the death of a transgender woman who was assaulted last week on a New York City street and later died.

The victim, 21-year-old Islan Nettles, died Thursday, five days after she was attacked.

It was the latest in a of bias attacks this year in New York. Sixty-eight have been reported, from yelled slurs to the May killing of a 32-year-old gay man in Greenwich Village. Last year, 54 attacks total were reported.

Nettles and a friend, another transgender woman, were out Saturday evening in Harlem when they ran into a group of men, and one pounced, punching Nettles in the face, police said. But a witness who spoke to authorities initially did not mention any anti-gay remarks, and the suspect, 20-year-old Paris Wilson, was arrested on an assault charge.

After the attack, Nettles was hospitalized, slipped into a coma and later died.

The witness eventually told detectives about the anti-gay remarks, and the hate crimes task force took over the investigation. Detectives are looking at if the suspect had propositioned Nettles.

In May, police said Mark Carson, 32, was first taunted with homophobic slurs, then shot in the head in Greenwich Village, not far from the site of 1969 Stonewall riots that helped give rise to the gay rights movement.

A suspect was arrested on a charge of murder as a hate crime. The killing, and other bias attacks, sparked a summer protest attended by thousands.

Some of the other bias incidents this summer included an assault last week where two men were attacked in Chelsea.

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