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Chicago Trans* Pride takes to the beach Sunday

Jul. 27, 2014 - , Today, Sunday, July 27, Trans Pride will celebrate the broad spectrum of transgender identity and demonstrate trans* visibility with a potluck picnic at Chicago's Ardmore Hollywood Beach. The event was planned and announced by a group of independent Chicago community members.

As beaches are traditionally not trans*-affirming or body-positive spaces, the gathering will stake claim in public space and join together to be present, visible, and proud. At noon, the group and allies will gather with flags and other visible transgender pride items. Guests are encouraged to bring and share coolers, refreshments, sunblock and food.

Chicago Trans* Pride is an independent and public gathering to celebrate the beauty, diversity and resilience of the trans* community in Chicago.

Calendar: Chicago Trans Pride 2014

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Laverne Cox calls Whoopi Goldberg an 'inspiration as an actor'
Jul. 24, 2014 - , Actress Laverne Cox has called Whoopi Goldberg an "inspiration as an actor."

Earlier this month, Cox, who plays a transgender character on Netflix's hit comedy Orange is the New Black, made history as the first transgender actress to be nominated for an Emmy Award.

Appearing on ABC's The View, she told Goldberg that she loves her.

"You've been a huge inspiration to me as an actor. Ten years ago when I was studying with my acting mentor Susan Batson ...I was sort of frustrated with, like, you know, I don't look like anybody else, and she would say, 'Whoopi didn't look like anybody else but the talent, the intelligence, and the humor got her there.'"

"And so, if Whoopi can do it, anybody can do it," Cox added.

In ending the segment, Goldberg told Cox to "kick that career's butt, because you've got what everybody needs."

Michael Sam second guessed himself about coming out gay
Jul. 22, 2014 - , Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted by the NFL, told Good Morning America's Robin Roberts that he second guessed himself about coming out gay.

"I'm doing my job, don't you worry," Sam responded to Roberts' question about how he's prepared for training camp, which opens Monday.

When asked, "What was going through your mind?" on draft day, Sam answered: "I was kind of second guessing myself whether maybe football turned its back on me. And I was like, 'Maybe I shouldn't have done what I did,' you know?"

"You mean coming out publicly like that?"

"Exactly. I had so many emotions going through my head and then I felt a touch over my shoulder and it was [boyfriend] Vito [Cammisano] and I was like, 'I don't care what happens.' I know I did the right thing in my heart and whatever happens happens."

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