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Cross-Dressing Academy Helps Put Men In Touch With 'Femmeselves'

People seem to be more accepting of differences in gender and sexual orientation. But cross-dressing is still misunderstood. Miss Vera's Finishing School For Boys Who Want To Be Girls tries to help.

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'Gary From Chicago,' And The Flip Side Of 5 Minutes

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City of Stars Ryan Gosling
Too Hip to Retire Tim Simonec

Michael Rodriguez is one of more than 60 American service members who sat for a portrait by President George W. Bush. They are pictured together at Bush's 70th birthday bike ride at Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford, Texas. Grant Miller/George W. Bush Presidential Center hide caption

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A Green Beret Sits For A Portrait By His Former Commander In Chief

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James K. Polk, the 11th president of the U.S., was an unassuming figure. First lady Sarah Childress Polk had the Marine Band play "Hail to the Chief" so people would notice when he entered the room. Mathew Brady/Getty Images hide caption

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'Hail To The Chief': Fanfare Sought By Some Presidents, Avoided By Others

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Hail To the Chief

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Cross-Dressing Academy Helps Put Men In Touch With 'Femmeselves'

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Cherry Blossoms Teen Daze
True Sorry Ibrahim Maalouf

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Doctor Launches Vision Quest To Help Astronauts' Eyeballs

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"Strong Swimmer" is a song from Shelby Earl's latest album, The Man Who Made Himself a Name. Genevieve Pierson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Shelby Earl Explains 'Strong Swimmer,' An Ode To Trauma And Recovery

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The Vapors Shelby Earl
On the Indian Ocean Ben Sollee
Back to the Start The Album Leaf
4 BC The American Dollar
Wild Were the Waves Signal Hill
Fly Like an Eagle Steve Miller Band
Canto de Ossanha Baden Powell

Acrobat Samantha Sterman appears in the Only Child Aerial Theatre's latest show, Asylum. Andrew T. Foster/Courtesy of Helene Davis Public Relations hide caption

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Not Your Grandpa's Circus: The Big Top Makes Room For Experimental Companies

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At the Germán Rieckehoff Olympic Village in Salinas, Puerto Rico young athletes train in this swimming pool. Greg Allen/NPR hide caption

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In Competitive Sports, Puerto Ricans Gain A Sense Of Independence

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Will (left) and Brooke Blair composed the music for I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore, the directorial debut of their older brother Macon. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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After 'Green Room' And 'Blue Ruin,' The Brothers Blair Keep Film Music In The Family

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