Bites: Front Man of Dead Or Alive Dies at 57, Ten Trans Soldiers Seek Formal Gender Change & More!

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Lesbian - Senior Lesbian Couple Joins HRC and Equality NC to Say “We’re With Her”

(SFGN) Pearl Berlin, 92, and Lennie Gerber, 80 recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. The couple is featured in a new campaign video for Hillary Clinton, the Advocate reports.

“We are in love and we tell each other that every day,” Gerber said in the 70-second video.

Pearl and Lennie moved to North Carolina in the 1970s. When North Carolina banned same sex marriage in 2012, they began advocating for that right to be won.

Now the two are encouraging people to vote, and to abolish HB2, in the video produced by the Human Rights Campaign and Equality North Carolina.

“Every single vote counts,” Gerber says. “You can’t say, ‘Well, my vote doesn’t count,’ because it does! Sometimes elections are very close. You have to go out and get your friends registered, you get registered, and go to the polls and vote.”

You can watch the video on YouTube at


Bisexual - Pete Burns, Front Man of Dead Or Alive, Dies at 57

Pete Burns, singer for the pop group Dead Or Alive died of cardiac arrest, the Guardian reports.

A statement released by Burns’ partner, Michael Simpson, Burns’ ex-wife, Lynne Corlett, and his manager and former band member, Steve Coy, read: “All of his family and friends are devastated by the loss of our special star. He was a true visionary, a beautiful talented soul and will be missed by all those who loved and appreciated everything he was and all of the wonderful memories he has left us with.”

Burns’ may be best known for the 1980s hit “You Spin Me.” And he appeared in a season of Celebrity Big Brother in 2006.

In comments on gender and identity to the Guardian in 2007, Burns said, “Everyone’s in drag of some sorts, I don’t give a fuck about gender and drag. I’m not trying to be a girl by putting on a dress – gender is separated by fabric. I was brought up with an incredible amount of freedom and creativity. Society has put certain constraints on things.”


Transgender - Ten Trans Soldiers Seek Formal Gender Change

(AP) Within weeks of the Pentagon allowing transgender service members to serve openly, Army officials said 10 soldiers have formally asked to be recognized as their new, preferred gender.

The small number represents only those who have publicly said they are transgender, and doesn't include soldiers who may be considering or beginning gender transition or those who don't yet want to make an official paperwork change.

Gen. Mark Milley, chief of staff of the Army, said the key now is to educate the force, particularly commanders who will have to make decisions about soldiers in their units who request a gender change.

"Is the army ready? Well, we are educating ourselves, and we are trying to get ready," Milley said in an interview with The Associated Press. "We're well-past the issue of debating and arguing about transgender. We are now into execution, to make sure the program is carried out with diligence, dignity, respect."

The Pentagon policy took effect Oct. 1, and Army Secretary Eric Fanning approved the service's new transgender guidelines earlier this month. Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced in June that he was ending the ban on transgender individuals serving openly in the military.

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