• After a series of murders of transgender people in the city, the Washington D.C. Mayor's Office of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Affairs announced a partnership with the U.S. Attorney's Office that will "enhance USAO's ability to bring criminals to justice in cases where hate or bias might have been a factor in a crime committed against an individual from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community." [Autostraddle]
• Were you wondering what that weight-watching, wine-swilling scamp Bridget Jones has been up to lo these many years? If so, you're in luck come November, when Helen Fielding's new book hits the shelves. [GalleyCat]
• Tech entrepreneur Jason Calcanis responded to Jamelle Bouie's piece on how an "implicit network" affects the diversity of tech journalism with an obnoxiously escalating series of tweets that hit nearly every square on the How Not to Talk About Race bingo card. [Gawker]
• Lulu, a new app that allows users to exchange information about dateable men, is drawing ire from users of Reddit. Apparently creepshots of unsuspecting women and girls is cool, but reviewing men is "straight-up harassment." Let's just say they're both awful and leave it at that?
• Famous ginger beanpole Anne of Green Gables has been recast as a sultry blond on the cover of a new edition of the young-adult classic. [BuzzFeed] What's next, book publishers, Pippi Longstocking with a razor-cut bob and a belly shirt?
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