Kendall Jenner Breaks Her Silence on Bruce’s Gender Transformation

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Olympic champion and patriarch of the Kardashian klan clan Bruce Jenner has been the subject of a lot of headlines lately—many speculating whether or not he’s actually going through gender transformation. So far he’s remained mum, but this weekend, while attending the Justin Bieber Roast on Comedy Central, his 19-year-old daughter Kendall Jenner gave us one of the most definitive answers we have to date: During an interview with Us Weekly, she said:

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Philanthropy Friday: Leeway Foundation

Every Friday we spotlight a local LGBT nonprofit in Philadelphia. This week: the Leeway Foundation, which supports women and trans* artists and cultural producers working in communities at the intersection of art, culture, and social change. 

Denise Brown, executive director of the Leeway Foundation.

Denise Brown, executive director of the Leeway Foundation. | Photo by Noelle Theard

Who are you? Denise Brown, executive director of the Leeway Foundation. Through grantmaking and other programs, Leeway promotes artistic expression that amplifies the voices of those on the margins, promotes sustainable and healthy communities, and works in the service of movements for economic and social justice. Leeway believes that art can bridge difference, center those who have been on the margins, and challenge and connect communities and individuals to live in peaceful coexistence.

When was Leeway founded? Leeway Foundation began in 1993 as an organization dedicated to supporting women artists in the Philadelphia area.  In the late 1990s, Leeway’s leadership grew its commitment to art as a means of helping achieve social change. Over the past ten years, Leeway’s donor family, its Board of Directors, staff, and Advisory Council worked to transform the Foundation in several remarkable ways. They engaged people of color in positions of influence, and committed to a process of dismantling racism in organizational relationships, practices, policies, and programs. They moved decision-making power from a single-family member structure to a board comprised of people from the community, and committed to an active framework of personal and political transformation.  They expanded Leeway’s mission to support both women and trans people who make art as a means for transforming individuals and communities.

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Laverne Cox Cast as Transgender Attorney in New CBS Pilot

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Laverne Cox’s star keeps rising—and rightfully so. The badass transgender advocate / actress has graced the cover of Time magazine, put Katie Couric in her place and became the first openly transgender actor to earn an Emmy nomination in her role on Orange is the New Black.  Next on the list, according to Deadline, is a role as a transgender attorney in a new CBS pilot called Doubt. The move would make her the first trans series regular on primetime TV played by an actual transgender actor. More from Deadline:

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Report: Bruce Jenner “Is Transitioning Into a Woman”

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Bruce Jenner is, once again, “trending” on social media, this time because People magazine is reporting that a source close to Jenner has confirmed that the former olympian and reality show star is, indeed, transgender and transitioning into a woman:

People has confirmed that Bruce Jenner has been quietly making a very personal change. The former Olympian will soon be living life as female. ‘Bruce is transitioning to a woman,’ says a source close to the family. ‘He is finally happy and his family is accepting of what he’s doing. He’s in such a great space. That’s why it’s the perfect time to do something like this.'”

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Pope Francis Holds Private Audience With Transgender Man

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This weekend at the Vatican, Pope Francis met with a Spanish transgender man, Diego Neria Lejárraga, after he wrote a letter to the Pope complaining that his church discriminated against him following his gender-reassignment surgery. The Washington Blade says Lejárraga complained about the rejection he felt from his fellow congregants, who even went so far as to abuse him with verbal attacks, calling him names like “the devil’s daughter.”

“After hearing him on many occasions, I felt that he would listen to me,” Neria told a newspaper publisher in Spain.

Human rights groups are applauding the Pope’s move, calling it a historic, forward-thinking move for the papacy. Marianne Duddy-Burke, executive director of LGBT Catholics group Dignity USA told the Blade that the meeting is a “very significant event.”

“For the Pope to meet with a transgender man about to be married, and for that meeting to result in this man feeling more hopeful about his place in the Church, shows a concern for those at the very margins of our church,” she said. “I hope the Pope listened carefully to this man’s experience, and will speak about what he heard.”

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