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Chelsea Manning to be Released

 January 18, 2017  US President Barack Obama has commuted Chelsea Manning’s sentence for leaking documents to Wikileaks in 2010. The 29-year-old transgender US Army private, born Bradley Manning, will be freed on 17 May instead of her scheduled 2045 release. She was sentenced to 35 years in 2013 for her role in leaking diplomatic cables to the anti-secrecy group. The leak was one of the largest breaches of classified material in US history. The commutation reduces Manning’s sentence but is not a pardon, which some campaigners had called for. More on Chelsea Manning The turbulent life of Chelsea Manning Fair prosecution or overreach? When Bradley became Chelsea   Manning also passed on sensitive messages between US diplomats, intelligence assessments of Guantanamo detainees being held without trial and military records from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.The disclosures were considered an embarrassment to the US, prompting the Obama administration to crack down on government leaks.At a sentencing hearing, Manning apologised for “hurting the US” and said she had thought she could “change the world for the better”. Manning’s uncle, Kevin Fox, referring to Chelsea as a man, told the BBC the family was “over the moon”. “It’s sooner than we expected – we didn’t expect his case even to be looked at for another three or four years,” Mr Fox said. Manning lived for four years as a teenager in...

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Transgender Day of Remembrance 2016

Sunday 20th November 3.30 All Souls Church, Elmwood Ave, Belfast BT9 6AZ Transgender Day of Remembrance For the past five years Focus: The Identity Trust in partnership with the congregation and Minister of All Souls Church (Rev Chris Hudson MBE) have held  a Service of Remembrance to celebrate the lives of Transgender Individuals murdered worldwide in the past year and the unknown number of Transgender people who have completed suicide rather than endure the prejudice and discrimination visited upon them by society solely because they are Transgender. This year Focus: the Identity Trust is seeking the active involvement of...

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A seven-year-old boy who was “living life entirely as a girl” has been removed from his mother’s care after a ruling by a high court judge

According to a report by The Guardian: Mr Justice Hayden said the woman had caused her son “significant emotional harm”, and he criticised local authority social services staff responsible for the youngster’s welfare. The judge said the woman had been “absolutely convinced” the youngster “perceived himself as a girl” and was determined that he should be a girl. He said the boy was now living with his father, who is separated from the woman. The youngster still saw his mother. Hayden said “flares of concern” had been sent from a “whole raft of multi-disciplinary agencies”, and he could not...

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Transgender teens: Born in the wrong body

  Transgender issues are in the spotlight now more than ever before. Figures in the world of entertainment and sport, like American television personality, Caitlyn Jenner and boxing promoter Kellie Maloney have come out as transgender in a very public way. But what about children and teenagers in Northern Ireland facing the same journey? A new BBC Radio Ulster documentary explores why some young people believe they were born in the wrong body and the impact it can have on their families. ‘Difficult journey’ Andrew is 13 and just like any other teenager, except for one thing – he...

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Aberdeen TV star becomes first transgender actress to get BAFTA nomination

  Neil Drysdale 0 comments Hollyoaks soap star Annie Wallace is the first transgender actress to be nominated for the Scottish BAFTAs, it was revealed this evening. Annie, 51, from Aberdeen, has played Sally St Claire since October 2015 on the long-running Channel Four soap. She also appeared in Shameless in 2011 as headmistress Miss Heller. And she is the first transgender person to play a regular male-to-female transgender character in British soap history. Annie is now up against Outlander’s Caitriona Balfe and Catastrophe’s Ashley Jensen in the Best Actress Television category. Jude MacLaverty, Director of BAFTA Scotland said: “It’s great....

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