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Northern Ireland Charities receive donations from The Hospital Saturday Fund

    Northern Ireland Charities receive donations from The Hospital Saturday Fund together with the Launch of a Fundraising Partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support   We at Focus: The Identity Trust were delighted to join The Hospital Saturday Fund at their recent charity reception at Queen’s University. Our Frances Shiels received our  award on our behalf to continue to provide support to transgender individuals and their families in this part of the world.Twelve Northern Ireland charities received donations from The Hospital Saturday Fund (HSF) at a special reception hosted at Queen’s University Belfast on 4 September 2019. In total,...

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‘I feared my husband was having an affair – but he was actually the other woman’

Dad of two Warren was living a lie telling wife Kelly ‘I’m not having an affair – there’s no one else. The truth is I want to be a woman’ By Karen Pasquali-Jones   News Any woman who finds a strange ­lipstick in the glove compartment of her husband’s van will come to one unpleasant conclusion. But Kelly Allen’s suspicions could not be further from the truth. Her hunky 6ft 2ins husband Warren was not cheating because the only other woman in his life was – himself. The couple had been married for more than a decade and had...

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Parenting a Transgirl in a Hateful World

When the Hate Hits Home Jess Schroeder As a writer, I am always telling a story, whether it’s in my head or on paper or on my Facebook status. It’s just what I do. As a mom, I’m always trying to do the best for my kids and meet their needs, whatever those are. The needs of my kids are sometimes (okay, a lot of times) vastly different from my wants. And the needs of my readers are often different than what I want to put out there. Then sometimes, those worlds collide in an epic cluster of telling...

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Gender Identity and the Body: a response

  I have been reading Rev Vaughan Roberts’ argument about gender identity and the body, which is available here: https://www.bethinking.org/human-life/gender-identity-and-the-body. (Rev Mr Roberts is the rector of St Ebbe’s Church in Oxford and director of the Proclamation Trust). In this, he makes several interesting points: Creation is where the Bible story begins, and it is where a Christian’s thinking about transgender must begin. The Bible tells us that we did not emerge, by accident, from the cosmic soup. It states clearly that we’ve been created by a loving God. That means that, as we think about transgender, we need...

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A woman hoping to become the first transgender MP in Westminster

A woman hoping to become the first transgender MP in Westminster says she wants to use her experiences to help others. Jessica Swift has been selected to stand for the Brexit Party in Grantham and Stamford ahead of the next general election. She said the process of transitioning had shown her how some people could behave badly towards others. The 52-year-old said she would fight for the rights of all groups. “Being transgender certainly gives me a unique understanding of people,” she said. “When you are a white, heterosexual male… you don’t get to see what discrimination really looks...

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