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The way Hawaiian culture embraces a particular kind of transgender identity


Kumu Hina premieres on PBS on Monday, May 4 at 10 p.m. EST (9 PM CST).

Photo credit: PBS

Photo credit: PBS Kumu Hina premieres on PBS on Monday, May 4 at 10 p.m. EST (9 PM CST).

HUFFINGTON POST | San Diego Gay & Lesbian News | April 28, 2015

In traditional, Western culture, gender identity is often considered a binary concept: You are either male or you are female.

This restrictive and defining construct makes it difficult for our society to understand people like Bruce Jenner, who recently came out as transgender, because they don’t always fit neatly into a box. While some transgender people move from one end of the gender spectrum to the other when they transition, other transgender people exist somewhere in between, embracing both genders, neither genders or a multiplicity of genders.

Ultimately, by changing and broadening our definition of gender identity, we can not only better understand it, we can truly embrace it. In Native Hawaiian culture, for instance, the idea of someone who embodies both the male and female spirit is a familiar and even revered concept. Gender identity is considered fluid and amorphous, allowing room for māhū, who would fall under the transgender umbrella in Western society.

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Conflict in Ukraine: The Unwinding of the Post-Cold War Order

  Rajan Menon and Eugene Rumer’s Conflict in Ukraine: The Unwinding of the Post-Cold War Order (MIT, Apr.) examines the recent uprising in Ukraine. It’s short and accessible, and as well as discussing the immediate events that led to the Euromaidan protests, the authors provide background on the history of the country pre– and post–Cold War. They likewise look at what Russia’s actions, particularly in the annexing of the Crimea, could mean—not just for Ukraine but for global international relations, calling the resulting conflict “the gravest crisis that has occurred between Russia and the West since the Cold War.”

Angry listeners lash out at country stations for promoting the ‘gay agenda’ with ‘Girl Crush’ song

Little Big Town ('Girl Crush' promotional photo)

 | Raw Story | March 27, 2014

Country music radio stations have placed Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” into low rotation after listeners complained that the song is “promoting the gay agenda,”’s Debbie Lord reports.

The song is written from the perspective of a woman who envies of her ex-boyfriend’s new lover. “I want to taste her lips, yeah cause they taste like you / I want to drown myself in a bottle of her perfume,” Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild sings. “I want her long blond hair, I want her magic touch / Yeah cause maybe then, you’d want me just as much — I got a girl crush.”

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Star Wars adds first lesbian character

Nick Duffy | PinkNews | March 9, 2015

The Star Wars novels are set to add the first canon lesbian character in the franchise’s history.

The long-running sci-fi franchise is set to add a new character, Moff Mors, in Paul S. Kemp’s upcoming novel Lords of the Sith.

Not much is known about Mors, except that she will be a mysterious Imperial character.

A description of the character by Big Shiny Robot says: “Moff Mors is an Imperial who has made some very serious mistakes but she is an incredibly capable leader and spends much of the book working hard to prevent absolute failure. She also happens to be a lesbian.”

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George Takei Salutes His Late Friend And Star Trek Costar Leonard Nimoy

2012-09-25_090451_282326_527508693945255_101978526_nEditors | Queerty | February 28, 2015

Today, the world lost a great man, and I lost a great friend. We return you now to the stars, Leonard. You taught us to ‘Live Long And Prosper,’ and you indeed did, friend. I shall miss you in so many, many ways.”


George Takei offering a remembrance on his Facebook page for his friend and Star Trek costar Leonard Nimoy, who passed away today at age 83

‘Imitation Game’ Writer Graham Moore Wanted To ‘Say Something Meaningful’ During Oscars Speech

 | Huffington Post | February 23, 2015

In what was easily the most moving Oscar speech of the night, winning screenwriter Graham Moore discussed suicide awareness.

“I tried to commit suicide at 16 and now I’m standing here,” Moore said after accepting the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for writing “The Imitation Game.” “I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she doesn’t fit in anywhere. You do. Stay weird. Stay different, and then when it’s your turn and you are standing on this stage please pass the same message along.”

Backstage at the Oscars following the victory, Moore said making the speech was difficult, but necessary.

“It was hard. I’m a writer — when am I ever going to be on television?” Moore said. “This was my 45 seconds in my life to get on TV and I might as well use it to say something meaningful.”

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New Membership Offer for Allies of NLGJA

New Membership Offer for Allies of NLGJA
NLGJA offers longtime supporters a new way to partner toward fair and accurate coverage

For Immediate Release: February 18, 2015
Media Contact: Bach Polakowski or 202-588-9888202-588-9888

Washington, DC– The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association today announced a campaign to encourage allies to join and take part in its programs for members. This change, offering an Ally Membership for $75 a year, goes into effect in preparation for the organization’s 25th anniversary celebration later in 2015.

NLGJA continues to be the premiere network for LGBT media professionals and now will include everyone dedicated to the highest journalistic standards in the coverage of LGBT issues.

“Over our 25-year history, NLGJA has had countless individuals who have shown support of our mission,” said NLGJA Executive Director Adam Pawlus. “By adding this category, we can now bring those individuals into our membership fold. We look forward to expanding the NLGJA family. ”

The new Ally Membership includes anyone who believes in NLGJA’s mission but is not limited by professional affiliation. Those of you who are supporters of NLGJA’s mission but are NOT former, part-time journalists or who hold media-related jobs, or qualify for any other member category, can now take advantage of this special anniversary offering.

Ally members have access to various services and member rates for conferences, summits, conventions and events, where a member rate is offered. It does not include the right to vote, nor run for office.

NLGJA’s anniversary will be celebrated at the Coming Home National Convention. Join old friends and new to celebrate 25 years of NLGJA at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero San Francisco, September 3-6. For more information, visit

About the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association

NLGJA is an organization of journalists, media professionals, educators and students working from within the news industry to foster fair and accurate coverage of LGBT issues. NLGJA opposes all forms of workplace bias and provides professional development to its members. For more information, visit

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