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  • Explosion at Ariana Grande concert in UK kills at least 19
    5/22/2017 7:18:34 PM
    Suicide bomber reportedly blew himself up outside arena
  • A milestone year: fifth annual Bisexual Book Awards announced
    5/22/2017 1:11:43 PM

    The fifth annual Bisexual Book Awards, which recognize and celebrate bisexual visibility in novels, will be held on Saturday, June 10 at the Wesbeth in New York City. The event is being presented by the Bi Writers Association (BWA), an organization that promotes bisexual books, bi writers, bisexual writing, and bi-themed arts and culture in the United States while also dispelling myths and stereotypes about bisexuality.

    This year, 106 books were submitted to the Bisexual Book Awards and designated to one of 11 categories: Non-fiction, Memoir/Biography, Fiction, Romance, Erotic Fiction, Speculative Fiction [Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror], Teen/Young Adult Fiction, Mystery, Anthology, Poetry, or Graphic Novel/Memoir. Submissions were evaluated on their quality of overall writing; quality of writing about bisexual material, characters, and themes; and quantity of bisexual material. Two special awards were created to honor the event's fifth year, including Publisher of the Year and Bi Writer of the Year.

    “Our awards help bi-themed books find an audience,” says BWA founder and director Sheela Lambert. “By providing multiple book categories; authors and publishers find that their books can be recognized for the genre they are written in, as well as their bisexual subject matter," says Lambert.

    The Bisexual Book Awards only continue to thrive as the years go by. Notably, there was a 45% increase in book submissions from last year's competition, which Lambert believes signifies the BWA's success in their mission "to encourage writers and publishers to put out more bi-themed books."

    Finalists of each genre will read from their works at the awards ceremony. These authors include:

    • Tiggy Upland / Advice from a Wild Deuce: The Best of Ask Tiggy 
    • Vanessa Clark / The Man on Top of the World 
    • Keelan Ellis / Misinformation 
    • Ann Tweedy / The Body’s Alphabet 
    • C.B. Lee / Not Your Sidekick 
    • Georgia Clark / The Regulars 
    • Alison Cherry / Look Both Ways 
    • Casey Lawrence / Order in the Court 
    • Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli / Women in Relationships with Bisexual Men: Bi Men By Women

    The winners of each of the 11 book categories will be announced at the Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony, where book signings will also be held. Preceding the event, the BWA will be featuring a multi-arts reading by award finalists with live music.

    More venue and schedule details can be found on the event's Facebook and Meetup pages, which also include links to RSVP. Tickets are $15 in advance or at the door.

    For more information on the bi+ community, visit glaad.org/bisexual, and check out GLAAD's resource guide to covering bi-related topics in the media:

    May 22, 2017
  • NYT: Gay Russians Face Discrimination in Brooklyn
    5/22/2017 12:58:58 PM
    masha gessen

    Gay Russians gathered to speak about the importance of being out in their communities at Brighton Beach Pride.

  • We Don't Forgive Billy Bush for Failing to Speak Up About Trump's Character
    5/22/2017 12:49:08 PM
    Billy Bush

    Bush is sorry he was fired from Today but not sorry he was silent about Trump when it mattered.

  • 'Morning After,' Short Screened at Cannes, Takes on Sexual Fluidity
    5/22/2017 12:44:27 PM
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    Morning After centers on a group of sexually fluid friends spending an explorative night together. Director Patricia Chica answers five questions for The Advocate.

  • Lou Reed’s friends insist ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ wasn’t transphobic
    5/22/2017 12:31:54 PM
    the song famously references Holly Woodlawn and Candy Darling
  • Texas lawmakers advance anti-LGBT adoption, bathroom bills
    5/22/2017 12:14:47 PM
    'An unconscionable act of cruelty'
  • Mass Arrest of Indonesian Men at Sauna
    5/22/2017 12:06:28 PM
    Indonesia

    Police rounded up 141 men in Jakarta, accused them of attending a "gay sex party," and charged them with violating antipornography laws.

  • Ruby Rose takes back Katy Perry Twitter diss
    5/22/2017 12:04:20 PM
    the pop star's single 'Swish Swish' is rumored to be about Taylor Swift
  • Chad Griffin urges U.S. to grant visas to gay Chechen men
    5/22/2017 11:45:05 AM
    HRC president remains critical of White House response to arrests
  • PHOTOS: Underwear Run
    5/22/2017 11:37:17 AM
    First annual D.C. Front Runners event raises money for scholarship
  • 'Discrimination Sunday': Texas Lawmakers Advance Anti-LGBT Bills
    5/22/2017 11:33:08 AM
    Texas protest

    A bill allowing discrimination by adoption agencies is headed to the governor, and an anti-trans "bathroom bill" likely will soon be as well.

  • ‘Bachelorette’ contestants under fire for transphobic comments
    5/22/2017 11:14:36 AM
    two suitors have been slammed on social media for questionnaire answers
  • Sessions Wears KKK Gear in Artist's Light Mural
    5/22/2017 10:48:04 AM
    Jeff Sessions

    Artist Robin Bell decorated Washington buildings with, among other things, a projection of Attorney General Jeff Sessions in KKK garb.

  • ‘In a Heartbeat’ film follows closeted boy’s heart chasing his crush
    5/22/2017 10:32:47 AM
    the short will be released online this summer
  • Elected officials in Texas pass two bills late Sunday night that target LGBTQ youth and families
    5/22/2017 9:10:26 AM

    GLAAD Calls on Texas Gov. Abbott to Veto Anti-LGBTQ Adoption Bill

    NEW YORK – Texas lawmakers in Austin took aim at transgender Texans, vulnerable children, and LGBTQ families late Sunday night by advancing HB 3859, which allows adoption agencies to turn away LGBTQ couples, and SB 2078, which includes an anti-transgender amendment that bars students from using the restroom that matches their gender identity.

    “It is appalling to see Texas lawmakers use their anti-LGBTQ agenda to block children from loving families and put the safety of transgender students in jeopardy at their own schools,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD. “Governor Abbott should protect Texas’ reputation and economy by vetoing dangerous legislation like HB 3859 instead of letting Texas lawmakers sneak discriminatory legislation through while the nation’s attention is diverted.”

    In a last minute move on Sunday, May 21, Texas lawmakers in the House added an anti-transgender “bathroom” floor amendment to Senate Bill 2078, a bill originally focused on school districts' safety and emergency operation protocols. This amendment specifically singles out transgender K-12 students by barring them from using the bathroom that matches their gender identity. SB 2078, including the “bathroom” amendment, now goes back to the Texas Senate for approval. If voted through, SB 2078 would then head to Governor Abbott’s desk – who has said that any form of discriminatory “bathroom” legislation was a priority for this session.  

    Also last night, just after the Texas House approved SB 2078, the Texas Senate voted through House Bill 3859 which would allow state-funded or private adoption agencies to use religion as a weapon by refusing adoption requests by marginalized communities, including LGBTQ couples. Further, HB 3859 could bar the State of Texas from suspending contracts with state-funded agencies that subject LGBTQ youth to dangerous and medically discredited “conversion therapy” practices. HB 3859 now heads to Governor Abbott’s desk.


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    May 22, 2017
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  • At Victory Fund brunch, a search for relief from Trump fatigue
    5/22/2017 4:42:18 AM
    'This administration is no friend to the gays'
  • Joshua Johnson Is Part of NPR's New Generation
    5/22/2017 2:41:31 AM
    joshua johnson

    The recently appointed host of 1A hopes to cut through the static of the political news cycle and bring diverse perspectives to public radio. 

  • To Be a Trans Woman of Color and Disrupter in the Trump Era
    5/22/2017 2:15:49 AM
    To Be a Trans Woman of Color and Disruptor in the Trump Era

    After famously calling out President Obama, Jennicet Gutiérrez is preparing for a battle royale with Trump.

  • First Cuba-based local U.S. television reporter worked in D.C.
    5/21/2017 9:49:40 PM
    Hatzel Vela was at WJLA from 2012-2014
  • Notre Dame Grads Protest Mike Pence's Discriminatory Politics with a Walkout
    5/21/2017 4:00:35 PM
    Mike Pence

    Dozens of students, some in rainbow regalia, walked out to protest his hateful policies.

  • Anderson Cooper Apologizes for Trump-Related Bathroom Remark He Made on Air
    5/21/2017 12:34:01 PM
    Anderson Cooper

    The CNN host apologized for a toilet-themed remark he made to Trump apologist Jeffrey Lord.

  • Cannes' Breakout '120 Beats Per Minute' Marries AIDS Activism With the Personal
    5/21/2017 10:54:35 AM
    120 Beats Per Minute

    The film about ACT Up in France is shortlisted for the Palme d'Or. 

  • SNL's Trump Family 'Hallelujah' Illustrates How Easily the Dominoes Could Fall
    5/21/2017 9:10:54 AM
    Saturday Night Live

    SNL closed its season by signaling the possible end of the reign of Donald Trump. 

  • GLAAD Video: Over 50 Notre Dame Graduates walk out during Vice President Pence's commencement address
    5/21/2017 8:49:12 AM

    GLAAD Applauds Student-Led Protest and Tweets Pence’s Worst Anti-LGBTQ Quotes and Actions

    NEW YORK – Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD – the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, released the following statement after more than 50 graduates of Notre Dame University in Indiana participated in a walkout protest during Vice President and former Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s commencement address today. The students cited his history of anti-LGBTQ actions including passage of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in 2015, which legalized discrimination against LGBTQ people and families.

    Video of the Notre Dame students turning their backs and leaving their graduation during Pence’s commencement address is available here. Following the walkout, students tweeted photos of themselves in graduation caps and gowns outside of Notre Dame stadium using #walkoutND. GLAAD began tweeting a series of his previous anti-LGBTQ statements and actions paired with the photos: https://twitter.com/glaad/status/866296393077534721

    “Graduates around the country deserve commencement speakers who inspire them to propel our diverse country forward, and these Notre Dame students bravely told the world that Vice President Pence’s anti-LGBTQ actions fly in the face of unity and inspiration,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD. “These Notre Dame graduates should be applauded for demonstrating true leadership and standing up for freedom and acceptance.”

    Pence has a history of speaking out against LGBTQ people and passing discriminatory laws including Indiana’s RFRA in 2015, which allowed legal discrimination of LGBTQ people and families. Pence amended the law after it was met with outcry from sports leagues, local press, business leaders, and countless other fair-minded notables across the state and the country.

    BACKGROUND INFORMATION – Mike Pence’s Long Anti-LGBTQ Activist Record

    2000: During his congressional campaign, Mike Pence said, “Congress should oppose any effort to put gay and lesbian relationships on an equal legal status with heterosexual marriage.”

    2000: Pence also supported the reauthorization of the Ryan White Care Act only if federal dollars were excluded from organizations who “celebrate” and “encourage” behavior that facilitates spreading of the HIV virus. Further, Pence supported this reauthorization only if “those institutions provided assistance to those looking to change their sexual behavior,” which many interpreted as an endorsement for so-called ex-gay conversion therapy, a practice debunked by the nation’s leading mental and mental health authorities including the American Psychiatric Association.

    2004: Mike Pence co-sponsored a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would define marriage as solely between one man and one woman.

    2007: Pence voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would protect gay, lesbian and bisexual Americans from being legally fired from a job for their sexual orientation.

    2010: Mike Pence voted against the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal which allowed LGBTQ Americans to openly serve their country in military service.

    2012: Pence refused to say on the record if he supported a same-sex couple raising a child together.

    2014: Gov. Pence supported HJR-3, a bill to add an amendment banning same-sex marriage to Indiana’s Constitution.

    2015: Governor Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in a closed-door ceremony surrounded by special interest lobbyists.

    2015: Governor Pence said on ABC’s “This Week” that it was “absolutely not” a mistake to sign RFRA, despite Indiana having to face a $250 million economic panic.

    2015: Even after his approval rating plummets from RFRA, Mike Pence on July 22 told the media he is “studying” the issue of LGBTQ rights and whether or not he’d support protections for the LGBTQ community.

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    May 21, 2017
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  • Two Gay Slurs. Two Different Punishments.
    5/20/2017 7:10:06 PM
    Ducks

    Is "cocksucker" and "faggot" that different?

  • Pence, Ryan, Hatch: LGBT Rights Records of Trump Successors
    5/20/2017 12:21:41 PM
    ap photos

    If Trump does the world a favor and resigns, life won't magically turn into sunshine and rainbows — certainly not for LGBT people.

  • Last Words With Drag Race's Valentina
    5/20/2017 3:21:47 AM
    Last Words With Drag Race's Valentina

    The Advocate spoke with the RuPaul's Drag Race star after she sashayed away.

  • Yvonne Strahovski's 'Handmaid's Tale' Character Resembles Female Trump Voters
    5/19/2017 5:02:24 PM
    Yvonne Strahovski

    The actress spoke about creating the villainous woman who suffers under the rules she helped create. 

  • Study: Gay Men Prefer Bearded Partners
    5/19/2017 3:53:03 PM
    Beard

    Many even wish their current partners were hairier, the report found, indicating "strong preferences for masculine traits."

  • Must-See LGBTQ TV: Don't miss the Billboard Music Awards, 'Supergirl' season finale
    5/19/2017 2:53:51 PM

    Grab the remote, set your DVR or queue up your streaming service of choice! GLAAD is bringing you the highlights in LGBTQ on TV this week. Check back every Sunday for up-to-date coverage in LGBTQ-inclusive programming on TV.

    On Sunday, ABC airs the 2017 Billboard Music Awards, honoring chart topping artists, songs and albums. The awards show features performances from artists including out singers Miley Cyrus and Halsey, and ally Cher was honored with the Icon Award. LGBTQ nominees include Frank Ocean, Halsey, and Sia. Billboard Music Awards: Sunday, 8pm on ABC. 

    This Monday, don't miss the finale of season two of Supergirl. The action packed finale will bring a fight between Supergirl and Superman, as well as a look at Supergirl's attempt to take down Rhea and the introductioin of iconic superman villain General Zod. Supergirl: Monday, 8pm on The CW. 

    Sunday, May 21: Billboard Music Awards (8pm, ABC); Call the Midwife (8pm, PBS); American Gods (9pm, Starz); Veep (10:30pm, HBO)

    Monday: Supergirl (8pm, The CW); Young and Hungry (8pm, Freeform) Jane the Virgin (9pm, The CW)

    Tuesday: Brooklyn Nine-Nine (8pm, FOX); Famous in Love (9pm, Freeform)

    Wednesday: The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu); Arrow (8pm, The CW); Empire (9pm, FOX); Lopez (10:30pm, TV Land)

    Saturday: Doctor Who (9pm, BBC America); Class (10:05pm, BBC America)

    May 21, 2017
  • Gay Chechen Refugees Are Finding a Surprising Ally
    5/19/2017 1:34:59 PM
    Lithuania

    With the U.S. dragging its feet, a small nation steps in.

  • Russian Lesbian Tells Inspiring Tale of Escape by Boat With Canadian Lover
    5/19/2017 12:18:46 PM
    Elena and Meg

    Elena and Meg spent 10 months on the ocean in otder to be together, a story Elena shares in a new book.

  • The GLAAD Wrap: new trailers for 'Battle of the Sexes' and 'More Than T,' 'Star: Trek: Discovery' gets increased order and more!
    5/18/2017 2:03:16 PM

    Every week, The GLAAD Wrap brings you LGBTQ-related entertainment news highlights, fresh stuff to watch out for, and fun diversions to help you kick off the weekend!

    1) The first trailer has been released for Battle of the Sexes, the story of the 1973 tennis match between chauvinist Bobby Riggs (Steve Carrell) and lesbian tennis legend Billie Jean King (Emma Stone). Andrea Riseborough stars as Marilyn Barnett, King's hairdresser and girlfriend. The film will hit theaters September 22, check out the trailer below.

    2) 120 Beats per Minute, a French drama about AIDS activists in the early 90s has been selected to screen this week at Cannes Film Festival. The film follows French ACT UP members as they try to get the government and pharmaceutical companies to respond and create treatment plans. You can watch the trailer for the film below.

    3) Out actress, musician and writer Carrie Brownstein is set to make her feature directorial debut, with MGM's Fairy Godmother, a comedic take on the common fairy godmother story. In casting news, out renowned Shakespearean actor Ian McKellen will play a lead role in Hamlet Revenant, a new adaptation of Hamlet set in a world of political upheaval. Out comedian and actor Nico Santos, of NBC's Superstore, is the newest cast member of Crazy Rich Asians,the forthcoming film based on the popular novel of the same name.

    4) Showtime has announced that it will debut a new documentary More Than T to celebrate pride month. The documentary, directed by out trans director Silas Howard (Transparent), will tell the stories of seven transgender and gender non-conforming people. More than T will premiere on Friday, June 23rd at 7pm. You can watch the trailer below.

    5) In television news, CBS All Access as upped the order of the new Star Trek: Discovery series to be a 15 episode season, as well as having a companion show to follow each episode called Talking Trek. The first trailer has been released for Discovery as well as the first trailer for the upcoming Will & Grace Revival. TNT has ordered a pilot for Highland, a comedic drama from Margaret Cho inspired by Cho's personal history. Nashville's Zach Welles has been upgraded to a series regular character for the show's upcoming season, and the episodes will continue to dig in to his relationship with out country singer Will.

    6) Tegan and Sara have been booked to perform at the inaugural Village Voice Pride Awards. The event is sponersed by Netflix's Sense8 and will "honor global and local heroes in the in the LGBTQ movement working for progress in the community. The event is hosted by out actor Alan Cumming and will take place on June 21st..

    7) Halsey has announced that the song "Strangers" will be a duet with Fifth Harmony's Lauren Jauregui, who came out as bisexual last year. The song will be a love story between two women, and the first time Halsey has used female pronouns in a love song. The track will be on the singer's album Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, out June 2nd. In other music news, indie rock band Grizzly Bear, led by out front man Ed Droste, released a new single on Wednesday, "Mourning Sound." This is the second single to be released off their upcoming album Painted Ruins, which will be released August 18th. Until then, you can listen to the single below, and find it wherever music is sold.

    8) Iron Spike comics is attempting to release a collection of the web comic As the Crow Flies, a story of the only queer, black girl at a Christian summer camp. This paperback volume will include 270 pages of Melanie Gillman's comic, and will help this story reach more readers. You can find out more about the project here!

    May 19, 2017
  • How SB 2095 aims to block transgender Texans from participating in school athletics
    5/18/2017 6:01:12 AM

    The Texas House Committee on Public Education is considering a bill, already passed by the State Senate, which could be used to ban transgender students on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) from athletic participation by allowing the University Interscholastic League (UIL) to label their medical treatment as steroid use. 

    Currently, the UIL already bars the use of steroids but protects students who receive hormones as part of HRT prescribed by a doctor

    So why are politicians at the Texas State Capitol pushing to pass Senate Bill 2095?
     
    Senate Bill 2095 is an anti-trans response to yet another anti-trans policy in place by the UIL which demands birth certificates to be used to determine the gender division for student athletes in Texas. This rule forces transgender athletes to either play against students who do not align with their gender or to go through the long and costly process of amending their birth certificate in order to participate in sports according to their gender identity. The process to amend a birth certificate even more difficult in Texas because there is no legal standard for gender-marker changes. 

    This current discriminatory policy has led to athletes like Mack Beggs, a transgender male wrestler at Euless Trinity, to be forced to compete in the female division, despite repeated calls to be allowed to play with his male peers. Now, instead of correcting the UIL policy to be more aligned with regulations rooted in science rather than anti-transgender fearmongering, such as those adopted by the International Olympic Committee and other sport governing bodies, Texas lawmakers aim to ban athletes like Beggs from participating in sports altogether. 

    SB 2095 is one of the 24 anti-LGBTQ bills constituting the “all-out assault on LGBT people” being waged by members of the Texas Legislature this session. Among them are SB 6 and HB 2899 which would establish state-sanctioned discrimination against transgender Texans by barring them from public accommodations. These anti-transgender bills are rooted in ignorance, fear, and hatred that put the privacy and safety of transgender Texans at risk. 

    Targeting transgender athletes with bills like SB 2095 is not the solution for this self-made problem. If the UIL and Texas Legislature is truly interested in addressing the current misguided and discriminatory birth certificate policy, the LGBT Sports Foundation has created a model policy for trans-inclusive high school sports working with LGBTQ organizations such as GLAAD and the founder of TransAthlete.com, Chris Mosier.

    May 18, 2017
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  • With Sheriff David Clarke, President Trump could add another anti-LGBTQ activist to administration
    5/17/2017 2:14:50 PM

    NEW YORK - This afternoon, reports surfaced that the White House is set to announce the appointment of Sheriff David Clarke to be Assistant Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Partnership and Engagement, adding yet another anti-LGBTQ activist to the most anti-LGBTQ administration in recent memory.

    From saying transgender Americans “suffered from mental disorders” to calling on Americans to “rage, then revolt” following the U.S. Supreme Court’s history marriage equality ruling in 2015, David Clarke's anti-LGBTQ history runs deep. Check out all of Clarke’s anti-LGBTQ record (and more) and via GLAAD’s Trump Accountability Project.

    BACKGROUND INFORMATION: David Clarke – Possible Assistant Secretary, DHS Office of Partnership and Engagement

    Anti-Trans Statements

    • Said transgender people "suffer from mental disorders" and are "freakish": "Folks, more evidence that transgender persons suffer from mental disorders more than physiological disorders...Too often in this assault on the First Amendment, and this very totalitarian attitude from the left that any freakish lifestyle, any marginal lifestyle, is now considered part of the norm, and they're shoving it down our throats. So if you're not careful when you engage in this conversation, they'll look for the trap, and they'll catch you saying something that's clumsy or not well articulated, and then they'll just attack you - they'll attack you with it. 'Transgender phobic' and all this other nonsense."
    • Tweeted that a supportive mother of a transgender elementary school student is guilty of "child abuse."
    • Mocked the idea that transgender people should have a right to use the bathroom: "How did America go from a nation that figured out how to get a man on the moon to one with people confused about what public bathroom to use."

    Anti-Marriage Statements

    • Insisted: "There is no constitutional "right" to marry. It is a "state" sanctioned ritual based on ordering our society."
    • Tweeted in response to the 2015 Supreme Court marriage ruling, said he was "born to kick liberal ass."
    • Responded to the 2015 Supreme Court marriage ruling, called on citizens to "rage, then revolt."

    Statement on Mike Pence’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)

    • Tweeted that Indiana Republicans were “selling true conservatives into PC slavery" when they compromised on a so-called "religious freedom" bill to make it clear that the law could not be used to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. 

    Miscellaneous

    • Claimed President Obama has started a "race war."
    • Claimed "Planned Genocide" is the mission of Planned Parenthood.
    • Said: "Let me tell you why blacks sell drugs and involve themselves in criminal behavior, instead of a more socially acceptable lifestyle: because they’re uneducated, they’re lazy, and they’re morally bankrupt. That’s why."
    • Insisted "Black Lies Matter will join forces with ISIS to being [sic] down our legal constituted republic."
    • Suggested that the president should suspend habeas corpus and send people to Guantanamo Bay without due process: "I suggest that our commander in chief ought to utilize Article I, Section 9 and take all of these individuals that are suspected, these ones on the internet spewing jihadi rhetoric...to scoop them up, charge them with treason and, under habeas corpus, detain them indefinitely at Gitmo."

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    May 17, 2017
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