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"A Letter to the Girl I Used to Be"

When Emily Smith was just 11-years-old, she said out loud she didn't want to live anymore. She told her therapist she did not foresee living past 21.

Emily was right.

In the 2014 Berklee College Union's Poetry Slam Invitational, Best of the Rest, Ethan Smith sent a powerful letter to Emily -- the girl he used to be.

Rush Limbaugh gets schooled on "tranny" and anal sex

Right-wing radio mouthpiece Rush Limbaugh got schooled Thursday by a transgender caller identified as "Tina from Colorado."

Tina objected to Rush using the term "tranny," and proceeded to teach the blowhard why it was an insult.

But that didn't stop the learning curve. Mediate reports:

An increasingly curious Limbaugh asked, “But how do people know that you’re a ‘tranny?’”

California teen has yearbook photo omitted because she wore a tuxedo

Classmates and family members are rallying in support of a California teen whose portrait was reportedly axed from her private school's yearbook and graduation ceremony because she opted to wear a tuxedo.

Georgia accused of sentencing transgender woman to "torture"

Georgia's prison officials will have to explain themselves in court if they continue to refuse hormone therapy to transgender inmates, warns a letter delivered to the state's Department of Corrections on Tuesday by the Southern Poverty Law Center, an advocacy group based in Alabama.

Starting in 2012, department employees violated the Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment by denying hormone treatment to Ashley Diamond, a transgender inmate who had received the treatment for nearly two decades before entering the prison system, the letter alleges.

"RuPaul's Drag Race" to stop using transphobic slur in wake of controversy

Over the past several weeks, popular reality show "RuPaul's Drag Race" landed itself in hot water over the use of terms some activists claimed were transphobic or disrespectful to transgender people.

Transgender teacher returns to classroom as a woman

OAKHURST, Calif. -- A California high school science teacher gave students and colleagues a new lesson in biology Monday, showing up for the first time as a woman a week after her plans to switch genders became suddenly public.

The former Gary Sconce, 56 — an award-winning educator, husband, father and grandfather who has taught at Yosemite High School for 24 years — will now be known as Karen Adell Scot, she said.

“I’m actually going to work as my real 'out' self,” Scot told NBC News. “I stand in front of the class and I’m so filled with joy.”

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Openly transgender soldier speaks to Vocativ magazine

Jake Eleazer, an Army drill instructor, spoke to Vocativ online magazine about being transgender in the military. Jake has been an exemplary servicemember for the past 8 years but since coming out his military career is uncertain as the administrative separation process has begun.

Vladimir Luxuria, Italian transgender activist and former MP, on being detained in Russia

“The second time, I was very afraid,” said former Italian MP Vladimir Luxuria, about her detention in Sochi, Russia after she defied Vladimir Putin’s “gay propaganda” law twice at the Winter Olympic Games earlier this week, wearing a rainbow flag with a pro-gay slogan and even posing for photos with children.

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Petition asks DA to drop charges against bullied transgender student

HERCULES, Calif. -- Family and friends of a transgender student have launched a petition to get the Contra Costa County district attorney to drop a misdemeanor battery charge against Jewlyes Gutierrez.

The 16-year-old sophomore at Hercules High School was charged on Nov. 25 for a school fight caught on a smart-phone video that went viral. Jewlyes has said she felt she was left with no choice but to fight back against three girls who bullied her on campus.

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Are "heteroflexible" and "homoflexible" shades of bisexual? | VIDEO

Let me start by saying that yes, people can be heteroflexible, homoflexible and bisexual. If reading this article makes you feel uncomfortable or gives you a negative reaction, then I suggest you check yourself and your attitudes and preconceptions. Whatever our judgments or over-reactions may be, they say more about ourselves than they do the person or situation that we are judging.

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