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There Is Only One Appropriate Response To Transgender People Believe them.

By Shannon Ashley Photo by Sharon McCutcheon   “God doesn’t make mistakes,” is a popular argument among evangelicals to promote various opinions. In the case of transgender people, I have repeatedly heard them say that “There are only two genders–male and female. And God doesn’t make mistakes.” Except, of course, when he does. I am 36-years-old, and I have long known about the existence of intersex people, aka hermaphrodites. I first learned about them by reading books and looking up backstories to various international films. As much as the evangelical leaders of my youth demonized homosexuals and “crossdressers,” they...

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What does being Transgender mean?

The term transgender / trans* has had different meanings over time. It is an umbrella term for anyone who crosses traditional gender boundaries permanently or periodically. While it may be the case that the term transgender is and has been differently understood over time, to offer this as the ‘meaning’ of the term transgender is to provide an almost meaningless explanation. The Gender Recognition Act of 2004 is much clearer, stating that a transgender individual: (a) has or has had gender dysphoria, (b) has lived in the acquired gender throughout the period of two years ending with the date...

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Transgender Derry woman settles pension case

  By Aileen Moynagh BBC News NI 9 July 2019   Image caption Frances Shiels, 67, from Londonderry was entitled to her state pension in May 2014, years earlier than she would have as a man A transgender woman has settled a case against the Department for Communities to back pay state pension entitlements. Frances Shiels, 67, from Londonderry, was entitled to her state pension in May 2014, years earlier than she would have as a man. However, as she had transitioned she needed proof that she was a woman. To do this, she was required to obtain a...

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Transman fighting to be named as Father on child’s birth certificate

Transman fighting to be named as Father on child’s birth certificate By David Reddish July 16, 2019   Trans dad and documentary star Freddie McConnell has opened up about his legal fight to be listed as the father on his son’s birth certificate. McConnell, who lives in the UK, shared his experience of giving birth as a transgender man in the documentary Seahorse (which we covered, along with the philosophical questions it raises, here on Queerty). Per UK law, whoever gives birth to a child is automatically listed as the mother on a birth certificate. McConnell wants to be the first trans dad to successfully challenge that policy, and receive listing as the father. Related: ‘Seahorse’ director Jeanie Finlay on filming a trans dad giving birth to a beautiful boy UK law also holds that cases of this nature keep the participants anonymous. Several UK publications, including The Daily Mail, sued to have the veil of anonymity lifted. A judge agreed, and McConnell has said he will not challenge. The name of his child, however, remains classified. McConnell wants to keep it that way. “Any parent can relate to that bone-deep urge to just keep your child safe,” McConnell said to BuzzFeedNews. “I thought that we would be anonymous the whole way through because I thought that in these cases anonymity remains in place to protect children involved in the...

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Minister reveals struggle over her daughter’s desire for sex change op

  Cleric admits faith was challenged when Eimear revealed desire to become a man  By Allan Preston   July 6 2019    A minister has spoken about her initial struggle to accept that her child was transgender.   Rev Linda Ballard said it had been a big shock emotionally when Eimear revealed a wish to change gender and become a male. The cleric admitted facing challenges from the religious community, but now wants to change the way people think. Read More Ex-Civil Service chief told of his pride over transgender child Rev Ballard from Bangor was speaking after a recent...

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