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Twitter new policy aimed at combating Internet violence towards transgender people

by Mila Madison   New policy aimed at combating Internet violence towards the transgender community. In an effort to curb online abuse towards marginalized communities, social media giant Twitter has updated their “hateful conduct policy” in their terms of service to protect transgender users from being dead named or misgendered. Those who violate the new policy could have their accounts suspended or ultimately banned from the service altogether. “We recognise that if people experience abuse on Twitter, it can jeopardize their ability to express themselves. Research has shown that some groups of people are disproportionately targeted with abuse online,” the new policy states. “This includes; women, people of colour, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual individuals, marginalized and historically underrepresented communities. For those who identity with multiple underrepresented groups, abuse may be more common, more severe in nature and have a higher impact on those targeted.” The statement goes on to say that they now prohibit abuse aimed at groups who are historically marginalized. “We are committed to combating abuse motivated by hatred, prejudice or intolerance, particularly abuse that seeks to silence the voices of those who have been historically marginalized. For this reason, we prohibit behaviour that targets individuals with abuse based on protected category.” The policy specifically lists the prohibition of targeted misgendering and dead naming of transgender individuals. “We prohibit targeting individuals with repeated slurs,...

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Backlogs for NHS transgender services ‘out of control’

  The Gender The NHS has struggled to keep up with a surge in demand for services at gender identity Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES) warned that “specialised gender services is growing exponentially,” adding that “excessive waits result in acute stress, self-harm, suicidality and resort to self-medication.” “The wait for trans related hormone treatment or surgeries is in multiple years, not months.” GIRES warned that failing to meet the demand would be a “grave mistake,” while LGBT+ charity Stonewall added: “It is vital that NHS England set out a clear plan to increase capacity and reduce waiting times to gender identity services.” Notts...

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Majority opt for self declaring gender in government consultation

Elizabeth Burden November 24 2018, 12:01am,  The Times Many critics in favour of the proposal say the process of applying for a gender recognition certificate is demeaning, intrusive and stressful DAVID CHESKIN /PA Scotland should reform the law to allow people to legally self-declare their gender, according to a majority of people taking part in a government consultation. More than 15,000 people responded to a survey on plans to reform the gender recognition system in Scotland. Sixty per cent backed the plan to allow people to legally change gender without demonstrating a diagnosis of gender dysphoria or that they had...

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Official TDoR figures reveal 369 cases of reported killings of trans and gender-diverse between 1st October 2017 and 30 September 2018. 28 of the trans murder victims were reported to be teenagers. Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide (TvT) lists 1 reported murder in the UK in 2018. Full Name list  & cards: https://transrespect.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/TvT_TMM_TDoR2018_Namecard_EN.pdf https://transrespect.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/TvT_TMM_TDoR2018_Namelist_EN.pdf   ‘Trans Day of Remembrance is a date in which we remember and honour the trans and gender-diverse people whose lives has been taken away from us.        ...

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Response from Focus: The Identity Trust to the UK Government Consultation on The Reform of the Gender Recognition Act 2004

    1. Background 1.1 This response has been prepared by The Board of Trustees of FOCUS: THE IDENTITY TRUST, a Charitable Trust registered by the Charity Commission Northern Ireland (Charity number NI 100557) and member of the Transgender Organisations Network (TON). 1.2 Our Mission Statement is: “FOCUS: THE IDENTITY TRUST exists to provide social, educational and recreational activities for Transgender and Intersex individuals in Northern Ireland and the Border Counties of the Republic of Ireland who have been referred to it by a Gender Identity Specialist or other medical professional. The Trust will endeavour to provide a welcoming,...

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