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MTV's "Faking It" will feature an intersex character

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Faking It, the MTV show about two girls whose classmates think they’re a couple, is breaking ground next season by featuring an intersex character.

In the show’s first season, the character Lauren, played by Bailey De Young, raises some questions for the “mysterious pills” she’s seen taking. Next season, it will be announced that she is taking hormones because she’s intersex.

"Part of the overall theme of Faking It is how hard it is to be your authentic self and how important it is to strive to do that," Covington told The Hollywood Reporter. “What I love about Lauren’s journey is that it’s so relatable. When it comes down to it she wonders: Will people know the real her or will they reject her? That’s something that everybody feels at some point. We all have worries that if we show someone else what’s going on inside that we’ll get rejected.”

This show is turning out to be a lot cooler than we originally thought (in some ways, at least). Have you seen it? What do you think?

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Reaching out for help isn’t always easy, but it’s the first step in getting the support you need. Our partners at The Trevor Project want you to know that it’s ok to Ask For Help when you need it. 

When a young person has at least one supportive person to turn to, they are more likely to Ask For Help when they need it – that can be life-saving. Learn more from The Trevor Project on OkToAsk.org 

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7 Brave Campuses for LGBT Students in the South

The struggle for fair access and treatment for LGBT students is still that in many places — a struggle. And while organizing in the South offers a special set of challenges, Southern colleges and universities remain a vital part of the social, political, and cultural landscape. 

Since conviction has always been strong in the face of adversity, Campus Pride has identified seven campuses in particular that stand out as not just good colleges, but “brave spaces” where LGBT young adults have stood up against the politics of bigotry and pushed forward, driving grassroots progress.

Many of these campuses are pioneers in the region advocating for inclusive policies, programs, and practices. In other cases the students have taken up the fight for equitable treatment themselves and are creating “brave spaces” on their own. The designation “brave space” comes from the philosophy that “safe spaces” are a privilege not available in some situations, such as these Southern campuses.

Founded and based in Charlotte, N.C., Campus Pride has provided ongoing support and a hands-on commitment for the work done by and for Southerners, especially on college campuses.

College of Charleston — Charleston, S.C.

Emory University — Atlanta

North Carolina Central University — Durham, N.C.

Tulane University — New Orleans

University of Richmond — Richmond, Va.

University of Houston — Houston

Western Kentucky University — Bowling Green, Ky.

This article was written based on a review of Southern campuses from Campus Pride programs and services. For the purposes of this article, the South was defined as Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. The writing staff included Campus Pride Executive Director Shane Windmeyer and the 2014 Campus Pride Summer Fellows HM Barton, D. Andrew Porter, Andrew Salman, and Isabel Williams. These student leaders have attended or are currently attending Southern campuses.

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Mills College now allows all female identified students to apply, becoming more trans inclusive

For the first time in its 162 years as a school of higher education, one all-women’s college will become the first higher education, all-female institution in America to consider an application from any individual who self-identifies as a woman.

Mills College in California recently changed its admissions policy to allow anyone who self-identifies as a woman to apply to the school. This definition reportedly includes individuals whose gender identity falls outside of the male/female binary and those not assigned female at birth but who identify as women. Those assigned female at birth but who transition to male while enrolled will also not reportedly be asked to leave the university.

"Mills has the most open policy with regards to trans students," Skylar Crownover, the university’s next student body president, told SFGate. "It’s been the unwritten policy of Mills for a while now, but to see it finally put down in words and to see it official is a great step."

According to Brian O’Rourke, vice president of enrollment and admissions at Mills, three to five students out of every 1,000 enrolled identify either as transgender or something other than the gender they were assigned at birth.

Admission of individuals not assigned female at birth to all-female universities has been an issue for some time, most notably surrounding the high-profile case of Calliope Wong and Smith College. Wong was rejected from Smith College because her government financial aid forms identified her as male, and she ultimately did not receive admission to the university. While Smith has said they will continue to address the issue, the university’s policy currently states: “Smith expects that, to be eligible for review, a student’s application and supporting documentation (transcripts, recommendations, etc.) will reflect her status as a woman.”

Mills College’s graduate program is reportedly not affected, however, since it is open to both men and women.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/25/mills-college-transgender-students_n_5710441.html

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