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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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Transgender woman held in a male prison

This transgender woman faced abuse in a men’s jail despite UK law The UK’s Prison Service broke the law and its own policy to jail a trans woman in a male prison Trans woman was held in male prison. 25 August 2017 by Jane Fa The Prison Service kept a trans woman in a male jail, even after the UK legally recognized her as a woman. We are calling the woman XT for legal reasons. Prison officials put her in a segregated in a dirty, unsanitary cell in a male prison for several months. The Prison Service ignored all requests for a transfer, despite its own guidelines. XT’s story XT was assigned male at birth. However, she lived in her female gender identity for many years. Then, in 2013, a court convicted and imprisoned her for a firearms offence. Prison officials then placed her in an all-male environment. They did not try to establish her gender identity. And they did not hold a ‘case conference’. That is in spite of their own guidelines in force at the the time. These stated: ‘Where there are issues to be resolved, a case conference must be convened and a multi-disciplinary risk assessment should be completed to determine how best to manage a transsexual prisoner’s location.’ Worse followed. XT was placed in the segregation unit at the male prison from May 2014 to July...

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With military ban looming, first openly transgender West Point graduate looks for other work

  Michael Walsh Reporter August 24, 2017   White House sends guidance for the president’s transgender military ban Riley Dosh, 22, of St. Paul, Minn., became the first openly transgender graduate of West Point in May. She dreamed of becoming an air defense artillery officer shooting down intercontinental ballistic missiles to defend the country she loves. “That was the dream job with the Army. That’s what I wanted to do,” she told Yahoo News. Now it seems that all her military training has been for naught. Faced with President Trump’s impending ban, which would prevent transgender people from serving in the armed forces “in any capacity,” she’s thinking about becoming a math teacher or perhaps a data analyst. On her graduation, she received her diploma and an honorable discharge. In the coming days, as the Wall Street Journal first reported, the Pentagon will receive a two-and-a-half page memo with instructions for executing the White House’s new policy: Deny applications from transgender people, stop paying for current transgender service members’ medical treatment and consider “deployability” when deciding whether to remove current members from the military. According to the report, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will be given six months to prepare before fully implementing the administration’s ban. Harper Jean Tobin, the director of policy for the National Center for Transgender Equality, told Yahoo News it’s striking that Trump is expected to roll out his administration’s...

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