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Mob attacks transgender woman in broad daylight

Police have opened a hate crime probe after a transgender woman was violently attacked by several people in Dallas, Texas. Footage that went viral over the weekend allegedly shows a mob violently attacking 23-year-old Muhlaysia Booker following a traffic incident on Friday (12 April). The video shows Booker being repeatedly punched and kicked by several men. She is later dragged along the floor. The video ends with three other women helping Booker up. Booker’s relatives told NBC she was beaten unconscious. She also suffered facial fractures and a broken arm. A police department spokesperson said they were ‘investigating this offense and reviewing all available evidence to determine if it will be classified as a hate crime’. ‘Extremely angry’ Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings denounced the attack. ‘I am extremely angry about what appears to be mob violence against this woman’ he said. ‘Those who did this do not represent how Dallasites feel about our thriving LGBTQ community. We will not stand for this kind of behavior’. Booker took to Facebook to thank people for their support: ‘Thank you so much its a blessing being lucky enough to witness the love and respect im getting and thank you to all my genuine friends that been with me through this journey and knowing the real me knowing nobody deserves that’ she wrote. According to Human Rights Campaign, 22 transgender people were killed in the US last year. Since 2013, 95 percent of the 128 transgender killings documented in the US were women. And ...

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Historically black all-male college to accept trans students from 2020

Morehouse College, a historically black all-male school in the US, will admit trans male students by 2020. The college in Atlanta, Georgia, announced the implementation of the Gender Identity Admissions and Matriculation Policy after it was voted in by the Board of Trustees on Saturday (13 April). Under this policy, trans male, non-binary and gender non-conforming students will be eligible to apply to study at Morehouse from next year onwards. Morehouse’s policy follows a similar move by Spelman College in 2017 when the private, historically black all-female school expanded its application to include trans women students. However, some trans rights advocates have criticized Morehouse’s move for not being inclusive enough, as it still excludes trans women. ‘We’re proud to expand our admissions policy’ With around 2,200 students, the prestigious Morehouse College has been described as ‘the West Point of black male development’. The college boasts a number of distinguished alumni, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Spike Lee, Samuel L. Jackson. Morehouse says that its new trans inclusionary policy was developed after 15-months of community engagement with the college’s staff, students and alumni. Terrance Dixon, Morehouse vice president for enrollment management, said the move was a step forward for the college. ‘In a rapidly changing world that includes a better understanding of gender identity, we’re proud to expand our admissions policy to consider trans men who want to be part of an institution that has produced some of the greatest leaders in social justice, politics, business, and the arts for more than 150 years,’ Dixon said. The ...

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Baltimore public school board passes policy to protect trans students

The city school board of Baltimore, Maryland has sent a clear message: it stands with and protects its transgender students. Tell me more On Tuesday, 10 April the Baltimore City Public Schools board of commissioners unanimously voted to pass a policy allowing trans students to use the names, pronouns, and bathrooms aligning with their gender identity. This decision caused the board room, filled with LGBTI advocates, to burst into a round of applause. The progressive policy goes beyond Maryland state guidelines, which recommends modifying school forms to allow students to self-identify their preferred names and pronouns, and that teachers ask students privately how they’d like to be addressed in class. The new policy Under this new policy passed by the school board, trans and gender nonconforming/non-binary students will be allowed to use the name and pronoun that reflects their gender identity, regardless of if they have legally changed their name. The policy also extends the definition of ‘sex-based discrimination’ to include discrimination based on ‘gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation and nonconformance to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity.’ Additionally, the policy allows students to access the restrooms, locker rooms, and other facilities that align with their gender identity. Plus, it will provide a ‘safe non-stigmatizing alternative’ for students who feel uncomfortable in gender-segregated facilities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 2% of American high school students identify as transgender. The CDC also notes that over a third of that 2% have attempted suicide in ...

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Homophobic leaflets distributed at school amid LGBTI-inclusivity lessons row

Homophobic leaflets accusing LGBTI-inclusivity lessons of promoting a ‘gay ethos’ have been distributed outside a primary school in Birmingham. The leaflets, which read ‘We do NOT agree with homosexuality’, were handed out outside Anderton Park School on Thursday (11 April). The leaflets have emerged amid a row over LGBTI-inclusivity lessons at a separate primary school in Birmingham. Parents in the majority-Muslim area have held protests and held petitions against pro-LGBTI ‘No Outsiders’ lessons at the nearby Parkfield Community School. While the No Outsiders program is not taught at Anderton Park School, campaigners have said the lessons taught at each school are ‘the same’. A local LGBTI rights advocate said he was ‘appalled’ by the leaflets. A local parent involved in the campaign against the No Outsiders lessons also spoke out against the leaflets, calling them ‘inflammatory’ and ‘unhelpful’. Leaflets being handed out to parents outside ⁦@AndertonPark⁩ in #Birmingham accusing school of promoting “gay ethos”. Teachers “livid”. Parents determined to be heard. #LGBT pic.twitter.com/Jq4bjtLky4 — Sima Kotecha (@sima_kotecha) April 12, 2019 No Outsiders backlash  The leaflets state that LGBTI-inclusivity lessons ‘promotes a whole-school gay ethos‘. ‘It teaches children it is OK to be gay in all religions… you can be gay and Muslim‘ one leaflet reads, saying that classes teach ‘4-year-old children that ‘they can be a boy or a girl’ and ‘teaches boys it is OK to marry your best friend ‘Abdul’‘. The leaflet adds that the classes ‘discriminate against the beliefs of parents and children’, that the campaigners ‘do NOT believe in homosexuality’, and ...

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Trans fairy tale becomes most funded LGBTI children’s book on Kickstarter

A transgender illustrated fairy tale is officially the most funded LGBTI children’s book in Kickstarter history. Raven Wild is the latest book in the Promised Land series — a collection of illustrated and LGBTI-inclusive children’s books. The team’s latest story focuses on Raven, a young transgender woman on an important mission. When she rescues an injured bird, Raven comes upon a poacher’s plan to steal a gem. This gem has the power to control all creatures. Accompanying Raven on her mission is her childhood friend, Finn, and their journey together creates a love between them. The two previous stories in the series are Promised Land, a gay romance between a farmer and a prince, and Maiden Voyage, a lesbian romance on the high seas. The book’s funding started out well, earning over $15k in mere days. Now Raven Wild has officially made over $34,000 (€30,000) on the website. This is several thousand more than what the first two books earned on the crowdfunding website. Telling your own story The Promised Land team, including co-founders Chaz Harris and Adam Reynolds, as well as illustrators Bo and Christine, worked with trans author Caitlin Spice on this book. ‘I wanted to tell this story because there was absolutely no literature around when I was a child to let me know that there was a name for how I felt; that I was transgender,’ Spice said. ‘I thought I was alone and that nobody else was like me, and I didn’t know how to handle my trans ...

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Exeter Pride and Exeter Mosque Panel Discussion

Exeter Pride in partnership with Inclusive Mosque Exeter is holding a Panel Discussion on Friday 26 April 2019 at Exeter Guildhall. The topic is Religion, Culture and Sexuality and is a timely opportunity to discuss the issues arising when people struggle to reconcile their faith or culture with their sexuality. The doors will open … Read the original article Author:

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New head of Hong Kong’s equality watchdog appears cool on LGBTI rights

The new head of Hong Kong’s equality commission, Ricky Chu Man-kin, did not promise to deliver much anticipated anti-discrimination legislation when he took office on Thursday (11 April). Chu said a ‘hastily made law’ could do more harm than good to society, according to the SCMP. He also said the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) should be neutral to gain trust. LGBTI activists in Hong Kong have been pushing for protection against discrimination based on sexuality or gender identity for years. But, Chu said: ‘Rather than relying on harsh laws, the ultimate goal we would like to see is that there is no discrimination in society’. ‘This involves a change in the culture and needs education’ But, Hong Kong’s only openly-LGBTI lawmaker, Raymond Chan Chi-chuen, slammed Chu’s comments. ‘It is absurd that he says he wants the equal opportunities watchdog to remain neutral.’ ‘You can’t be neutral when it comes to human rights and equal opportunities. It is his job to promote equal opportunities.’ Chu previously worked in anti-corruption commissions in Hong Kong. On Thursday, Chu said he agreed same-sex marriage is a human right. ‘But that does not mean we should ignore other things and get that right at any expense’ he said. LGBTI rights in Hong Kong Same-sex marriage is not legal in Hong Kong. What’s more, there is currently no legislation to protect citizens against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, last month said the government was no closer to ...

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Love, Simon spinoff series is coming with Disney’s new streaming service

Disney released a slew of information about their new streaming platform, Disney+, on Thursday (11 April). The announcements included brand new content, including a spinoff series from the hit movie Love, Simon. Disney gave a straight-to-series order to Leah and the Offbeat, which is based on Becky Albertalli’s young adult novel of the same name. It’s a sequel to Albertalli’s book Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, on which Love, Simon was based. Leah and the Offbeat follows Simon’s childhood best friend, Leah, who used to be in love with him. Throughout the book, Leah grapples with friends and relationships, going to college, and being in a rock band. She’s also keeping a secret from her friends –she’s bisexual. Screenwriters Elizabeth Berger and Isaac Aptaker, who penned the movie, are returning to write the series. They are the only people returning from the movie. The series will have an entirely new cast and the movie’s director, Greg Berlanti, is not involved with the show due to his overall deal with Warner Bros. Disney recently made their purchase of Fox official. They shuttered Fox 2000, the studio arm of Fox focused on mid-budget films, which produced and distributed Love, Simon. This new series comes from the Disney-owned 20th Century Fox Television studio. Love, Simon’s legacy There was a lot of anticipation leading up to Love, Simon — the first same-sex romantic teen comedy from a major film studio. It wound up making a huge impact, with many people discussing the film’s ...

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Court puts equal marriage on hold in Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands’ Court of Appeal on Wednesday (10 April) delayed the implementation of last month’s landmark same-sex marriage ruling. Same-sex couples, therefore, will have to wait months before knowing if they can tie the knot. The Cayman Islands government appealed the Grand Court. On March 29, the court ruled defining marriage as between a man and a woman was unconstitutional. The Grand Court also said the current definition of marriage under the constitution violated numerous rights. Chantelle Day and her partner Vickie Bodden Bush brought the court challenge. The appeals court president on Wednesday, however, said there could be a legal anomaly if same-sex couples married and the March ruling was later overturned. There was shouts of ‘Praise the lord, thank you, Jesus,’ and ‘bigots’ from the public gallery, according to the Cayman Compass. The appeals court will hear the full appeal in August. Government attorney Reshma Sharma argues the Grand Court overstepped its powers by revising the Marriage Law directly, to create what she described as ‘a new species of marriage,’ Cayman Compass reports. Landmark ruling Chief Justice Anthony Smellie of the Grand Court last month ruled in favor of Day and Bush. Smellie’s ruling stated the law must change in all areas of the territory so same-sex couples have the same access to the institution of marriage as heterosexual couples. After Smellie issued the decision, Day said: ‘It shows that love wins and I am really happy that the right result was received today.’ Day and Bush ...

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