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CHURCH OF ENGLAND MAKES LANDMARK DECISION ON ACCEPTANCE OF ITS TRANSGENDER MEMBERS

According to Rev Chris Newlands of the Blackburn Diocesan Synod the Church of England has “turned a corner” after its ruling body, The General Synod voted overwhelmingly to welcome Transgender people following the adoption of his motion which called for them to be “welcomed and affirmed in their parish church as part of the “ long and often complex process” of transition* Rev Newlands also called for the Church to provide guidance to help clergy provide services for Transgender people to mark their transition. Opening the debate he said “I hope that we can make a powerful statement to...

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Research into Non Binary

  RF Associates are working with Focus: The Identity Trust to conduct research into the experience of transgender individuals living in Northern Ireland. As a result of dialogue with Focus: The Identity Trust, it is clear there is a dearth of information and understanding of those identifying as “non-binary” in terms of their gender identity in NI. This research will explore the following themes: General lived experience of transgender individuals in Northern Ireland Understanding of “non-binary” (from both those identifying as “non-binary” and those of other gender identities) Perceptions of “non-binary” as a gender identity amongst transgender individuals Perceptions of the impact of recent media discourse on the topic.   Our...

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Why Intersex Genital Mutilation Needs to Stop

Why Intersex Genital Mutilation Needs to Stop “You have to decide for yourself.” by Vera Papisova and Evaan Kheraj Edited by Chloe Gbai JUN 29, 2017 People who are born intersex aren’t different or abnormal, yet doctors still perform often unnecessary surgeries on them without consent. According to intersex advocates Hanne Gaby Odiele, Emily Quinn and Pidgeon Pagonis, intersex people across the world are being subjected to genital surgery that they don’t need and don’t consent to. These surgeries are not only traumatic, they say, they perpetuate the unnecessary shame and stigma associated with being intersex. Organization Intersex International says Intersex Genital Mutilation is the practice of...

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Chelsea Manning Walks Back Into a World She Helped Transform

TODAY, CHELSEA MANNING walked out of the military prison that held her for seven years, and into a world largely remade by her actions. Our very own Nobel Peace Laureat Mairead Corrigan Maguire was pictured here today at the Swedish Parliament Celebrating her release. “Whatever is ahead of me is far more important than the past. I’m figuring things out right now—which is exciting, awkward, fun, and all new for me,” she said in a statement through her ACLU lawyer Chase Strangio. Manning marked the occasion with a photo of her first steps of freedom on Instagram, an app...

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Strasbourg court: Forced sterilisation trans people violates human rights

Strasbourg court: Forced sterilisation trans people violates human rights Tuesday, 11th April 2017 Last week, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that requiring trans people to undergo sterilisation in order to have their gender recognised, violates human rights. In the case A.P. and Others v. France, three transgender people attempted to change the entries on their sex and forenames on their birth certificates, and were refused so by the national courts, as they did not meet the infertility requirement. The applicants held that the authorities had infringed their right to respect for their private life (Article 8 of the European Convention on...

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