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The Church of England has issued new advice about how to help transgender people mark their transition.

 Church of England issued to help transgender people mark their transition. The guidance recommends the Affirmation of Baptism service is adapted to allow transgender Christians to celebrate their new sexual identity. The service would see them addressed by their chosen name, not birth name. It follows pressure at the general synod last year to go further in welcoming the transgender community. In the past, the Church has been criticised for not doing enough to guard against transphobia, and for failing to eliminate the bullying of transgender pupils in faith schools. But some conservative theologians argue that gender is assigned by God...

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I’m the acceptable face of trans — I don’t frighten the horses

Activist and new Vogue columnist Paris Lees says people expect her to be shouty and angry. But she just wants a life free from abuse Julia Llewellyn Smith December 9 2018, 12:01am, The Sunday Times   Paris Lees: why I’m campaigning for trans rights Writer and trans activist Paris Lees is in a tizz when we meet in a cafe near her east London home, apologising endlessly for her lateness (“I was having a bad hair day”), for the coffee machine being on the blink, for me not liking my sandwich, while fretting about how I’m perceiving her. “Everyone expects me to jump down their throat, to be intolerant, angry, shouty, super politically correct,” she says. “But I don’t think I’m like that at all.” Certainly I’d been braced to do battle with a terrifying militant but Lees, 30, comes across as sensitive, thoughtful and hugely articulate, all qualities that have helped her to land a plum job as a Vogue columnist, the first transgender woman to have a regular gig on editor Edward Enninful’s diversity-infused glossy. She is a poster girl for one of the most polarised issues of our age and, as such, many view Lees as a champion of a long-oppressed minority (trans people are estimated to make up anything between 0.01% and 1% of the population). Others, including some feminists, consider her — along with other...

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NI Human Rights Festival “Wipe Out Transphobia”

As their contribution to this years NIHRF NI Human Rights Festival, Focus: The Identity Trust have organised a photographic exhibition. Wipe out Transphobia is a series of photographs of well-known and high profile people who have committed to support Focus: The Identity Trust’s campaign to end transphobic hate crime. The exhibition will be launched this Saturday 8th December and will run until 17th Dec in: Eden Place Arts Centre Pilot’s Row Centre Rossville Street Derry BT48 6LP Tel: 07902172080 Viewing times: Mon-Fri...

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“It’s difficult to overstate the burden of keeping something secret for 25 years.”

  Growing up in Louisiana, Grace Mead had a sense she may be transgender from the age of seven. Many years later, as an established lawyer, she realised transition was her “only possible path” to happiness. She began to “present authentically” and is now the author of Defense of an Other, her debut novel. “I had history of depression that was so entwined with dysphoria it’s difficult to disentangle the two,” she told PinkNews. “I always wanted to be a girl and then a woman but it wasn’t within my vocabulary or my understanding, and it was a thought that was shut down...

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