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Americans See a Brighter Future for Transgender Acceptance After Caitlyn Jenner Cover

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Perhaps we can have some faith in humanity. Caitlyn Jenner’s big unveiling last week on the cover of Vanity Fair has sparked much talk and debate about transgender issues, but for all the chatter, many Americans think that Jenner’s coming out will actually help us make some progress.

An NBC news survey by SurveyMonkey found that many Americans, on a basic level, realize that transgender men and women face discrimination in our society. Of those surveyed, 47 percent said that in the next 10 years, acceptance of transgender people will improve “a little,” while 29 percent said that people will become a lot more accepting. Clearly, many Americans realize there is a long way to go when it comes to society embracing transgender men and women. Only 18 percent believed there would be no change, while only 5 percent thought people would be a little or a lot less accepting. 

As for Caitlyn’s cover, 20 percent said it will help a lot with the public’s acceptance of the transgender community while 46 percent said it will help a little and 32 percent said it will not help at all. It seems that Americans have a very positive outlook when it comes to the rest of society embracing transgender men and women. 

At the very least, you can say Jenner’s cover has opened up a conversation about transgender issues, and as long as we are talking and learning about the problems these men and women face, there is always the possibility for progress.

[via NBC]

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Celia Ellenberg Named Vogue’s New Beauty Director

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Vogue has named a new beauty director to replace 15-year vet Sarah Brown. The magazine has tapped Celia Ellenberg to fill Brown’s shoes, starting in July. Ellenberg is a contributor at WSJ mag, beauty editor-at-large for Porter and her work has already appeared in editions of Vogue and on 

There are many changes brewing at Vogue, including plans to absorb’s staff to create So far, Ellenberg has kept pretty mum about her new gig on social media, with the latest entries on her Instagram page being a shot of Rome and a promotion for a story she did for The Edit. 

Sarah Brown is said to be vacating her role this month and will continue at the publication as a contributing editor.

[via Page Six]

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Is Jesinta Campbell on Her Way to Becoming the Next David Jones Ambassador?

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Queensland-native Jesinta Campbell has landed an endorsement as a “friend” of David Jones, featuring in the department store’s upcoming Spring 2015 campaign. The former Miss Universe Australia stunner will feature alongside official brand ambassadors Jessica Gomes and Montana Cox, and has her sights set on one day becoming the face of the retail giant.

Jesinta, who has already been the face of Asics and Fiat-Chrysler, told Sydney Confidential Insider that “It would be a dream come true” to follow the footsteps of Megan Gale, Miranda Kerr and Jessica by fronting David Jones.

Her manager, Sharon Finnigan, also hinted that Jesinta’s first campaign with David Jones could be a springboard to the model eventually becoming the ambassador. “It’s what you work towards, it’s one of the goals you set out for,” Sharon said. (more…)

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Klear Your Kalendars, Khloé Kardashian Is Heading to Australia


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Reality superstar, entrepreneur and all-round sass queen Khloé Kardashian is heading to Australia. The newly blonde bombshell is coming to town next month to promote the launch of Kardashian Kids down under.

Khloé shared the news of her upcoming trip on Instagram, saying, “I couldn’t be more excited to announce @kardashiankids is coming to Australia at @bigwaustralia in August!! I’ll be heading down under next month to celebrate the launch! See you soon, Sydney!”  (more…)

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Iggy Azalea Cancels Pittsburgh Pride Performance Following Concerns from the LGBTIQA Community

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Photo: WENN

Iggy Azalea will no longer be performing at this weekend’s Pittsburgh Pride, amidst protest from the city’s LGBTIQA community who have criticised some of her past tweets, labelling them homophobic and racist.

Azalea announced the cancellation via her Twitter account on Monday, June 8, saying that her involvement “would only serve to further distract from the true purpose of the event”.

“I am a firm believer in equality. Unfortunately in the past as a young person, I used words I should not have,” the 25-year-old said. “I meant no harm and deeply regret ever uttering those words.”

According to Billboard, some of the now-deleted posts read, “When guys whisper in each others ears I always think its kinda homo” and “wondered why my butt felt like it was about to grow legs, flip me off & walk away. then I remembered i played soccer yestrdy w 5 dyke bitches.”

Members of the community, including Pittsburgh City Council President, Bruce Kraus, boycotted the event because of Iggy’s planned performance, which was scheduled for 7pm on June 13. “I have serious concerns about the direction of the Delta Foundation and the exclusionary choices it is making,” Bruce said in a statement.

Some groups were reportedly also planning alternative protest events to be held during Azalea’s performance. 

The Delta Foundation responded to concerns over Iggy on its Facebook page. “If we believed that Iggy Azalea was racist or homophobic, we certainly would not have selected her to headline Pittsburgh Pride,” read the post. “We also don’t believe she would have agreed to come if she was racist or homophobic.”

The news follows the cancellation of Iggy’s Great Escape Tour, which was binned because Iggy felt she deserved “a break” and had a “creative change of heart”. Pittsburgh Pride was one of the limited special performances which was still kept on the books. Sorry, Azaleans. 

[Via Billboard]