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GLAAD has continued to put pressure on media outlets to refer to Private Chelsea Manning by her lived name and pronouns. The New York Times and Associated Press announced last week that they would now refer to Private Manning as Chelsea, according to her wishes. GLAAD continues to reach out to CNN and the Washington Post until they consistently refer to Pvt. Manning correctly. Read more.

GLAAD promoted and attended the vigil for Islan Nettles, a 21-year old transgender woman of color from New York, who was killed last week in an anti-LGBT attack. Nettles was walking with friends on 148th Street and 8th Avenue in Manhattan, when a group of men approached and began attacking them, using anti-gay and anti-transgender slurs. Nettles was taken to Harlem Hospital, where she could not be revived and was on life support until August 22. Read more.

GLAAD was a part of a campaign to help openly gay speed skater Blake Skjellerup compete in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. It is possible that Skjellerup may be the only openly gay athlete at the games, hosted at a time when Russia's draconian anti-LGBT laws continue to draw international attention. Skjellerup has pledged that if he goes to the Games, he will be a visible out and proud athlete. Read more.

The U.S. Treasury Department announced last week that legally married same-sex couples will be recognized for federal tax purposes. GLAAD shared the news on our own blog, and also hailed the news in outlets such as the Los Angeles Times, Politico, and Al Jazeera America commenting on the progress. Read more.

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GLAAD and Interscope Records today released “Hands,” a musical tribute to the victims of Orlando, featuring Mary J Blige, Jason Derulo, Tyler Glenn, Selena Gomez, Halsey, Ty Herndon, Imagine Dragons, Juanes, Adam Lambert, Mary Lambert, Jennifer Lopez, the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, Kacey Musgraves, MNEK, Alex Newell, P!nk, Prince Royce, Nate Ruess, RuPaul, Troye Sivan, Jussie Smollett, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, and Meghan Trainor. The tribute will be made available in the U.S. at iTunes exclusively.