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Secret transgender Victorian surgeon feted by Historic England

    Dr James Barry, who concealed the fact that he was a woman throughout successful medical career, recognised by Historic England Dr James Barry ‘was the most hardened creature I ever met’, according to Florence Nightingale. Photograph: Oneworld Publications Mark Brown Arts correspondent He died in 1865 and his gravestone reads simply “Dr James Barry, Inspector General of Hospitals”. However, he was one of the most renowned of all Victorian surgeons, and because he was born Margaret Ann Bulkley, he holds an important place in the UK’s transgender history. The site is being marked by Historic England, which on...

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Anglican church set to offer special services for transgender people

General Synod voted in favour of motion saying the often marginalised community should be ‘welcomed and affirmed’ Harriet Sherwood Religion correspondent @harrietsherwood Sunday 9 July 2017 18.53 BSTLast modified on Monday 10 July 2017 01.05 BST The Church of England is set to offer special services to welcome transgender people to the Anglican faith after its ruling body backed a motion seen as a symbol of acceptance of an often marginalised community. The General Synod, meeting in York, voted in favour of the move by 284 votes to 78. It was the second time in two days that it gave overwhelming support to motions seen as positive towards LGBT people, suggesting to some a significant change of mood. Anglican church to vote on ‘welcoming transgender people’ The motion said transgender people should be “welcomed and affirmed in their parish church”, and that bishops consider whether special liturgies “might be prepared to mark a person’s gender transition”. Proposing the motion, Chris Newlands, from Blackburn, Lancashire, said: “I hope that we can make a powerful statement to say that we believe that trans people are cherished and loved by God, who created them, and is present through all the twists and turns of their lives.” He told the synod of the son of two members of a big evangelical church, who he called Nathan. At the age of five, after medical advice, Nathan became Natalie, and returned to school “much happier …...

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John Lewis has become the first UK retailer to remove gender labels from its children’s clothing

The move to avoid ‘gender stereotypes’ has divided customers The department store chain has not only taken “girls” and “boys” labels from clothes, but has also done away with the separate sections in stores. John Lewis own-brand children clothing will now simply say “Girls & Boys” or “Boys & Girls.”   School uniform is the only type of clothing that has not yet been switched, but it will do soon. The clothing style hasn’t changed – you’ll still find floral dresses and skirts, but the retailer is simply proving the point that they can be worn by both girls and boys. They’ve also launched a new unisex clothing line for children, featuring dinosaur print dresses and spaceship tops. Caroline Bettis, the head of childrenswear at John Lewis, said: “We do not want to reinforce gender stereotypes within our John Lewis collections and instead want to provide greater choice and variety to our customers, so that the parent or child can choose what they would like to wear.” The John Lewis website still includes boys and girls sections, but this is currently under review and likely to be brought in line with stores. And the move has been widely praised. The news comes in the wake of the scandal of a National Trust property gift shop selling pink hats for girls emblazoned with “Future footballers’ wife [sic].” Many other retailers have been...

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The Transgender Dating Dilemma Trans women are taught to feel grateful for any scrap of affection we receive.

The Transgender Dating Dilemma Trans women are taught to feel grateful for any scrap of affection we receive. I’m relegated to the role of teacher and therapist in my dating life — and too often, I fear for my safety. Raquel Willis BuzzFeed Contributor “I have to tell you something,” I said. He looked at me, eyes narrowing. We’d just met, so I can only imagine the infinite possibilities swirling in his head. He had just moved to Atlanta from Chicago and had this whole stereotypical macho thing about him. He was an amateur MMA fighter, came from the...

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Recent survey by NI Dept of Education

According to a recent survey by NI Dept of Education in a question on transgender, more than 420 schools were asked if they covered transgender issues? Almost seven out of ten respondents (68%) said they did not cover transgender issues, However, 37% indicated that they would welcome more training on addressing transphobia in the...

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