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1. An 18-year-old, all-state soccer player from rural West Virginia writes a moving essay about coming out to his classmates and slow-dancing with the homecoming king [Read more here

2. A new app, Scissr, aims to connect lesbians for networking, friendship, and romance. Developed by a Chicago woman who had a hard time meeting other lesbians, the app is free and launches next week. [Read more here]

3. The National Institutes of Health has awarded San Diego University with a $524,403 grant to study the link between diabetes and female sexuality. Previous research found that lesbians and bisexual women are at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes because “they are more likely than heterosexual women to experience obesity and other risk factors linked with T2D such as cigarette smoking, violence victimization, and depressive distress.” [Read more here]

4. Philippine government prosecutors have filed charges against a US Marine for the murder of a transgender Filipino woman he had met at a bar near Manila. According to police, Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton choked Jennifer Laude, then drowned her in a toilet bowl. [Read more here]

5. Candy, dubbed the “first transversal style magazine,” brought together 14 prominent transgender women for the cover of its Winter 2014-2015 issue. Included in the shoot were Laverne Cox, Janet Mock, and Carmen Carrera. Luis Venegas, the magazine’s founder, said, “It’s the first time such a large number of trans women have been featured on the cover of a magazine. Is it too daring to say that we’ve made history? Time will tell.” [Read more here]

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