Transmasculine actor Salem Brophy on transgender pronouns and plays

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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There aren’t a lot of plays like HIR out there,” Salem Brophy says. “I can’t audition as myself and just end up in a rom com… It’s important that Jobsite cast a transgender actor in this role.”

Brophy plays Max, a lead in the Jobsite Theater’s production of the pitch-black comedy HIR, pronounced “here.” It follows a suburban family comprised of a battered housewife, an Afghanistan veteran, a disabled stroke victim and Max, the transgender “leftist teenager,” as they deal with a new and absurd reality.

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Texas to clarify LGBTQ inmate policies as part of settlement

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas has agreed to clarify its policies regarding the treatment of LGBTQ inmates after reaching a settlement with a transgender ex-prisoner who alleges she was raped and beaten while incarcerated.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jeremy Desel tells the Dallas Morning News that the agency has modified policy to provide further clarity that its practices officially comply with the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act. Desel says the state has two years to retrain staff on the changes.

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LGBT representation strong at 90th annual Academy Awards

By : Brian T. Carney OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: DANIELA VEGA at the Academy Awards Sunday night. Screen capture courtesy ABC.

Despite a bloated presentation that clocked in at almost four hours, the telecast of the 90th Academy Awards had some spectacular moments, especially for LGBT movie fans.

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Trial begins for man charged in D.C. murder of trans woman

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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A D.C. Superior Court trial began on Wednesday for a District man charged with first-degree murder while armed for the February 2012 stabbing death of transgender woman Deoni JaParker Jones, 23, at a bus stop in Northeast Washington.

Police and prosecutors charged Gary N. Montgomery, who was 55 at the time of the incident, with stabbing Jones in the head as she stood at a bus stop near her home at East Capitol Street and Sycamore Road, N.E. on the evening of Feb. 2, 2012.

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