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Military Lifts Ban On Transgender Soldiers!

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They can't go to the bathroom, but they can go to war!

Transgender individuals may currently have the least amount of rights of any American citizens, but Thursday marked an important day in history for the LGBT group.

That's because the Pentagon just officially repealed the ban on trans soldiers in all five branches of the military!

Related: Boy Scouts Of America Lifts Ban On Gay Troop Leaders!

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter made the decision nearly a year after indicating his intention to change the outdated law, and we're happy to see he kept his word!

Ash explained his controversial decision during a press conference at the Pentagon on Thursday, saying:

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Gun Shop Raising Money For Orlando Shooting Victims — By Raffling Off An AR-15 Assault Rifle!

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Just in case we didn't already think gun advocates were out of touch with reality…

Countless organizations have taken the steps to help raise money for victims of the mass shooting in Orlando — but one effort came across more insensitive than charitable.

According to reports, a Chicago-area gun store set up a raffle to raise money for the victims of the massacre.

And the prize of the raffle being offered by Second Amendment Sports is none other than an AR-15 rifle — the same type of weapon that Omar Mateen used to kill 49 people earlier this month.

Related: Mom Who Shot Daughters Left Husband Alive So He Would 'Suffer'

Despite this raffle sounding like something from a rejected Saturday Night Live sketch, the owners of the gun shop insist their efforts were genuine.

Owner Bert Irslinger Jr. told The Chicago Tribune:

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Who's Controversial? Blake Lively Just Doesn't Have Enough Good Things To Say About Working With 'Empowering' Woody Allen

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We're assuming Woody Allen's PR team is on cloud nine as the lovable Blake Lively continues to sing the controversial director's praises time and time again!

Speaking with Hamptons magazine this week, the 28-year-old gushed (again) about working with the "empowering" movie maker, who has been plagued with sexual assault allegations, while filming the upcoming 1930s drama Café Society.

Miz Lively shared:

"[Woody] creates a very pleasant set where everybody's just happy to be there and happy to be making a movie, and happy to be a part of film history. For him to have that confidence in you almost gives you the confidence in yourself to just go with the flow. And those are the moments that he really likes, the found moments, the moments that aren't written but just happen."

Related: Woody Responds To Explosive Essay About Sexual Abuse Allegations

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Rebecca Romijn Backtracks On Her Gigi Hadid & Kendall Jenner Supermodel Diss!

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Rebecca Romijn is having serious regrets right now!

In a conversation with Us Weekly, Rebecca clarified some shady comments she made about Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid back in April. It looks like R.R. has had a BIG change of heart after she declared that the duo were NOT supermodels!

Related: Yolanda Defends Gigi & Kendall!

Essentially, the 43-year-old is suggesting that her controversial message was taken out of context. Apparently the blonde never uttered Gigi and Kenny's names to begin with, which is an error that does occasionally happen in interviews from time to time.

The beauty went on to explain:

"First of all, I was asked my opinion about a social media trend, no specific names were ever mentioned. Secondly, I'm embarrassed that I even used the word ‘supermodel.' It's a dumb word that has always been too loosely thrown around. These two ladies are in a stratosphere that I never came close to in the modeling world, and I know they're working their butts off. That said, it's not a competition and we don't get anything out of pitting women against each other."

Hmm… maybe the momma felt compelled to backtrack on her comments after Stephanie Seymour got bashed for essentially saying the SAME thing. Jenner and Hadid's fan base is strong!

So, do YOU think Rebecca should have backtracked on her comments?

[Image via WENN/Instagram.]

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The Academy Responds To #OscarsSoWhite With Diverse Class Of New Members Including Idris Elba, Oscar Isaac, Michael B. Jordan, & More!

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences is already starting to make good on its promise to double its number of women and diverse members!

On Wednesday, the Academy released a list of the 683 names of the organization's newest invitees, marking the biggest and most diverse class of new voters ever!

Related: 2016's Oscars Ratings Were The Lowest In Years!

Stars like Idris Elba, Oscar Isaac, Michael B. Jordan, and more have been invited to join the elite group, following the Oscars' #OscarsSoWhite controversy earlier this year.

For the 2016 ceremony, all 20 of the acting nominees were white, sparking outrage across the country.

But now, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs is following through on her plan to include more female faces and diverse members in the mix, by also inviting stars like America Ferrera, Eva Mendes, John Boyega, Regina King, Anthony Anderson, and more.

Plus, transgender filmmakers and sisters Lana and Lilly Wachowski were also asked to become members!

YAAAS! We're LOVING this list! Ch-ch-check out everyone who got invited this year (below)!

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Yolanda Hadid's Barely Famous Former Stepdaughters Suggest The Real Housewife Isn't That Sick After All: 'You're Not Dying'

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This will provide some nice drama for their family's inevitable KUWTK rip-off…

Yolanda Hadid needs to keep her extended family in line if she ever plans on being the matriarch of her very own reality show empire.

That's because while the Kris Jenner-in-training is currently suffering through a questionable 4-year-long battle with Lyme disease, two of her Barely Famous ex-stepkids aren't entirely sure she's telling the whole truth!

Related: Did RHOBH Try To Demote Yolanda Hadid To Just A Friend?!

Erin Foster and Sara Foster are related to YoYo through her most recent marriage to their dad David Foster, but while promoting Season Two of their hit VH1 scripted comedy series on Jenny McCarthy's radio show on Wednesday, they accidentally threw a little shade towards the former Real Housewives star, with Sara admitting:

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Miss Teen USA Is Eliminating Their Swimsuit Competition — See What They're Doing Instead!

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FINALLY!

The Miss Teen USA competition is doing away with its swimsuit portion, and we couldn't be happier!

Honestly, we don't understand why the contestants were forced to parade around in bikinis in the first place, considering they're underage TEENS.

Related: Miss Teen USA Contestant Almost Committed Suicide!

On Wednesday, USA Today revealed the pageant made the incredible decision to ditch the misogynistic, sexualized swimwear competition for a more family-friendly alternative!

The 51 girls competing for the crown will be trading in skimpy two-pieces for athletic wear!

In the past, organizers defended the swimsuit event, claiming that it shows the contestants' athleticism. However, the Miss Universe organization believes workout wear is a more age-appropriate way for the girls to be judged on their fitness!

Reigning Miss Teen USA, Katherine Haik, applauds the pageant's move away from bikini exploitation, saying:

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