Sam Smith surprises with cover of Donna Summer disco classic

By : John Paul King of the washington blade, courtesy of the national lgbt media association
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In a surprise move, out singer Sam Smith has released a new cover version of the iconic Donna Summer disco track, “I Feel Love.”

It’s been a busy year for Smith, who has already enjoyed global hits with songs like “Dancing With A Stranger” and “How Do You Sleep?,” and who came out in March as nonbinary and genderqueer, asking people to use “they” and “them” pronouns in reference to them.

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LGBTQ youth who are making a difference: Prin Ocea

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Prin Ocea is passionate about environmental justice and creating safe spaces for the LGBTQ community, marrying the two whenever possible.

It’s one of the reasons they started Outside the Binary in 2016, a nonbinary peer support group that operates in Tampa twice per month and in St. Petersburg monthly. The group exists for the benefit of nonbinary individuals and Ocea formed it to fill a void. “I had been to trans support groups and I couldn’t relate to a lot of experiences of binary trans people as a nonbinary person,” they recalls. “I wanted a space to be able to talk about the issues I was having and have a community that understood what I was talking about.”

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Indya Moore is the first transgender woman to cover Elle Magazine

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Pose” star Indya Moore is the first transgender woman to land the cover of Elle Magazine. The actress and model appears on the cover of Elle’s June 2019 issue.

The 24-year-old told Elle that her parents were confused when she was assigned male at birth but acted feminine as a child.

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Deaf, genderqueer actor Chella Man lands role on DC’s ‘Titans’

By : Mariah Cooper Of The Washington Blade, Courtesy Of The National LGBT Media Association
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Deaf, genderqueer actor and model Chella Man has been cast as Jericho in DC Universe’s series “Titans.”

Jericho is the son of villain Deathstroke, played by Esai Morales in the series. After Jericho’s vocal chords are severed during his kidnapping, he now communicates through sign language and can control people’s bodies and voices through eye contact.

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The challenges and successes of nonbinary gender pronoun usage

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Easthampton, Mass. (AP) – In coming out to dozens of co-workers at a buttoned-up health research office, Aubri Drake had to start from the beginning. “When you’re born, when you pop out, the doctor takes a quick look between your legs and says ‘It’s a boy,’ or ‘It’s a girl,’” Drake began.

As Drake’s colleagues listened, Drake explained that most people go through life with an identity that matches that first peek at their genitals. But not everyone. For them, that identity isn’t something that can be boiled down to the labels “male” or “female” or the corresponding pronouns “he” or “she.”

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UT president says school is comitted to inclusiveness, despite removing references to gender-neutral pronouns after outcry

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The president of the University of Tennessee told state lawmakers on Oct. 14 that it’s committed to inclusion and diversity even though references to the use of gender-neutral pronouns were removed from a school website.

UT President Joe DiPietro spoke at a hearing before the state Senate Higher Education Subcommittee following outcry from the posting made in August by the University of Tennessee Office for Diversity and Inclusion.

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Harvard joins other colleges by embracing gender-neutral pronouns

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BOSTON (AP) — Welcome to Harvard. Feel free to pick a pronoun on this form: — He. — She. — Ze. — E. — They.

During the registration process at Harvard University, students are now allowed to indicate which pronouns they use, with suggested gender-neutral options like “ze” or “they.” Harvard isn’t the first college to embrace gender-neutral pronouns, but it’s among a wave of major institutions that are widening their policies and pronouns to acknowledge transgender students, as well as “genderqueer” students, who don’t identify as male or female.

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