French model Ines Rau becomes first transgender playmate

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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French model Ines Rau is Playboy’s first transgender playmate.

Rau, 26, will be featured in the centerfold of Playboy’s November/December “Collector’s Edition” issue, the first issue since Hugh Hefner’s death in September.

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Hugh Hefner championed gay rights pre-Stonewall

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Playboy founder Hugh Hefner died from natural causes at his home, the Playboy Mansion, on Wednesday. He was 91.

A pioneer for the straight sexual liberation movement, Hefner was also one of the early advocates for gay rights tracing back to the 1950s.

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Overheard in Orlando: Patty Sheehan, first openly gay Miss contestant and Lance Bass

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Some may doubt it, but Orlando’s first openly gay politician Commissioner Patty Sheehan has made it into Playboy magazine.

No, she’s not June’s centerfold, but the Q&A titled “Fight Hate with Love: A Playboy Conversation with Orlando Commissioner Patty Sheehan,” Patty is asked about her thoughts regarding the mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub on June 12.

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