‘Josou’ specialist Naoko Tachibana opens crossdressing photography retrospective in Tokyo【Photos】

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Some gender bending with a Japanese twist…

Originally posted on RocketNews24:

1Naoko Tachibana is a photographer and professional ‘josou’ specialist who has helped over 1,000 men to try out crossdressing, giving styling and fashion advice as well as shooting stunning photos of the completed transformation. And josou itself – male to female crossdressing – is the theme of a new solo exhibition of Tachibana’s photographic work, which opens at the Vanilla Gallery in Ginza, Tokyo this month.

Join us after the jump for a peek at the promotional shots for the exhibition, featuring Ladybeard and more!

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Famous Japanese wildlife photographer charms cats across the world 【Video】

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Still more cuteness, this time of the feline variety…

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cattopMitsuaki Iwago is a notable wildlife photographer, and is the only Japanese photographer to have his work grace the cover of National Geographic more than once.

So far he has journeyed to over nine different countries to photograph cats, and he doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. Iwago believes that by studying cats we can better understand people, and has mentioned his affinity for shooting felines during multiple interviews.

Apparently the cats feel the same way about Mr. Iwago – just check out this footage taken from one of his past adventures!

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1 golden retriever + 8 birds + 1 hamster = 1 big happy animal family!

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Are you ready for some cuteness overload? You are warned!

Originally posted on RocketNews24:

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Like humans, dogs have different personalities and temperaments. Some dogs are playful, some are shy. Some bark or growl at every stranger they see, yet others are extremely caring and can even be trusted to watch over little humans.

Biologically, dogs are predators and they are equipped with strong teeth, muscles and instinct to go after smaller animals, but some domesticated dogs have such warm personalities they get along just fine with cats, rabbits, or even tinier creatures such as hamsters and birds. Bob the golden retriever is one of those gentle giants, and he’s been winning the hearts of Instagrammers with adorable pictures of him snuggling up to his little pals. Check them out!

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Call for teaching of LGBT issues to be mandatory in schools

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Scotland leads with an idea that should be made law in every country, state, province and school…

Originally posted on The New Bullying Prevention:

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th_emoticons_aduA NEW campaign to make the teaching of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) issues in schools statutory has been described as one of the “most inspiring” since the referendum.

JORDON2weight-room2Liam Stevenson, 36 and Jordan Daly, 20, met after the referendum vote last year, having been involved in different branches of the Yes campaign.

Yesterday the two came together to call for an end to something that had affected one of their lives drastically, while the other had not even previously considered it.

The Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) campaign calls for the statutory teaching of LGBT issues in all schools across the country, due to statistics showing disproportionately high rates of self-harm and attempted suicide amongst LGBT students.

According to the statistics from LGBT Youth Scotland and campaign group Stonewall, 54 per cent of LGBT students who have experienced direct homophobic bullying are regularly deliberately self-harming. One in four…

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Nigeria: Why the West keeps its hands off

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A breakdown of the podcast posted here earlier…

Originally posted on 76 CRIMES:

Stephen Lovatt speaks on the latest No Strings podcast. Stephen Lovatt speaks on the latest No Strings podcast.

Why don’t Western countries use their economic clout to push Nigeria to repeal the harsh anti-gay law it enacted last year?

That’s an issue addressed in the latest interview on theNo Strings podcast, which provides a voice for the LGBTI community in  Nigeria.

The situation in Nigeria differs from that in Uganda, where economic pressure from the United States is apparently one reason why legislators haven’t reintroduced the Anti-Homosexuality Law that was invalidated last year on procedural grounds.

Why is that so? Author Stephen Lovatt, a gay Catholic physicist from the United Kingdom, discusses that question in the latest No Strings podcast. He suggests that Nigeria’s own economic importance makes Western nations reluctant to tangle with it.

Cover of the book "Faithful to the Truth: How to Be an Orthodox Gay Catholic" by Stephen Lovatt. Cover of the book “Faithful to the Truth: How to be an orthodox gay Catholic” by Stephen Lovatt.

“The USA and…

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Support the brave reporters of 76crimes.com

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A contribution to this cause would be most welcome…

Originally posted on 76 CRIMES:

Prison-bars-fundraiser-620x413-Reporting-Not-FreeSupport truthful news reporting from violent anti-LGBTI countries.

All contributions go to pay expenses of brave  reporters for Erasing 76 Crimes. ht.ly/PbmHo

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Caitlyn Jenner Celebrates Her Independence in July 4 Post

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Yes, it is a country where you are free to be yourself but there are still enormous challenges for non-celebrity trans people, particularly trans femme of any gender and trans women of color…

Originally posted on TIME:

Caitlyn Jenner took to her Twitter account Saturday to wish her followers and fans a happy Independence Day.

And the former athlete, whose coming out as a woman sparked a social media phenomenon and gave fresh visibility to transgender Americans, paid tribute to the United States as a beacon of freedom and tolerance.

“Proud to be an American,” she wrote, in a twist on Lee Greenwood’s famous patriotic song, “where at least I am free to be me.”

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