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A top fashion model has revealed that she is intersex

Hanne Gaby Odiele, 29, was born with undescended testicles, which were removed when she was 10 after doctors warned that they could cause cancer. Intersex people are born with a mixture of male and female sex characteristics. According to the United Nations, the condition affects up to 1.7% of the world’s population. Ms Odiele, originally from Belgium, was born with androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS). Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES “It is very important to me in my life right now to break the taboo,” she told USA Today in an interview. “At this point, in this day and age, it should be perfectly...

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Mark’s History: Kirkstall Road birthplace of film and TV composer Angela Morley

31 December 2018  The other year I was out and about looking to see what I could find when I thought to myself, I wouldn’t mind seeing the new Dunkirk film that was coming out, writes Mark Stevenson. A few minutes later I noticed a boat along the canal that was actually in the Battle of Dunkirk. Coincidence? The same thing happened to me just before Christmas. I saw an advert for the BBC version of Watership Down and a few minutes later I noticed a blue plaque I had not seen before. Film and TV composer Anglea Morley was born in Kirkstall Road, Leeds It...

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What It Means to Be a Man

Words by Thomas Page McBee Photographs by Ben McNutt Transitioning is about more than aligning your body with your mind: it’s about recalibrating your relationship to the world. Five trans men talk to us about their real rites of passage. Getting laid. A first fight. Scoring the winning shot. These teenage rites of passage, especially for boys, and most especially for white boys, have been the subject of countless TV shows, movies, songs, paintings, and more. But where are they from? Whom do they serve? According to sociologist Tristan Bridges, co-author of 2015’s Exploring Masculinities: Identity, Inequality, Continuity and Change, these cultural moments are...

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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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