Fab or Fail? 2013's Cultural Ups and Downs

Events that we all talked about, from Michelle Shocked to The Book of Matt, go head to head.

BY Michelle Garcia

December 20 2013 10:13 AM ET

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Fabulous: GLAAD Changes Its Name
Signaling that its mission has expanded to be a watchdog for bisexual, transgender, and gender-nonconforming people, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation shortened its name to GLAAD. To mark the occasion, transgender journalist Janet Mock (pictured above, left) made the announcement with GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz. “This is a reflection of the work we’re doing today and a reflection of the work the gay and lesbian community needs to be doing,” GLAAD spokesman Rich Ferraro told MSNBC.com in March. “Our name was hindering that in many instances.”

Fail: BET Versus B. Scott
Vlogger and TV personality B. Scott, who is transgender but prefers male pronouns, was hired to appear on the pre-show for the BET Awards this summer. Scott's wardrobe was reportedly approved by producers (black heels, loose black pants, and a flowing dark blue tunic), but he was soon told that his outfit was inappropriate,and that he needed to wear more masculine attire. "[BET said] I needed to pull my hair back, mute my makeup, change into solely men's clothing, and take off my heels and put on flats," Scott recalls being told. "That to me was just so shocking, it was like, 'You're not accepted. We do not approve of you.' It made me feel less than, it made me feel like something was wrong with me."

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