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Pakistan takes serious steps towards ending discrimination by extending free healthcare to trans people

Pakistan has extended free healthcare to transgender citizens for the first time, in a move that will help lessen discrimination against trans people. All trans people in Pakistan will now be eligible for free medical treatment, including transition-related care. The government is giving trans people a special health card that will give them access to an existing government health insurance scheme, which was introduced in 2015 to provide health cards for those earning less than $2 a day, although trans people will not face that financial test. Prime minister Imran...
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Queen’s former chaplain converts to Catholicism because Church of England is too ‘politically correct’

The Queen’s former Anglican chaplain has said he is converting to Catholicism because the Church of England has ‘swallowed political correctness’ like trans rights. Gavin Ashenden, who also happens to be a climate change denier, personally quit the Church of England in 2017. He resigned from his position in protest over increasing inclusion of LGBT+ people, and said that it had accepted “values that are anti-Christian”. who served as special chaplain to the Queen from 2008 until 2017, wrote in the Mail on Sunday that the Church of England had...
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Ireland to simplify process for transgender 16- and 17-year-olds to change legal gender

The process by which trans 16- and 17-year-olds change their legal gender in Ireland will be simplified, after a review found that the current requirements are “too onerous”. New legislation will remove the requirement for 16- and 17-year-olds to go through a court process and have their gender certified by two medical practitioners before it’s legally recognised. Instead, 16- and 17-year-olds will be able to self-declare their gender – with parental consent – in the same way as trans people over the age of 18 in the country. In 2015,...
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This is what climate change and transphobia have in common, according to non-binary author Dr Meg-John Barker

Dr Meg-John Barker, a non-binary relationships educator and author of Life Isn’t Binary, Rewriting the Rules and now Gender: A Graphic Guide, talks to PinkNews about gender, feminism, climate change and, of course, gay animals. This interview has been edited for clarity and length. PinkNews: The book immediately gets you thinking about all of the different ways we experience gender, and how important context is – for example, other facets of identity like race or class and how they shape the way you experience gender and the way gender is...
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Trump’s Trans Military Ban Gets Go Ahead By Supreme Court, For Now

The Supreme Court (SCOTUS) announced that they will allow President Trump’s Transgender Military Ban to take effect as of Tuesday, January 22, 2019. According to CNN, the SCOTUS announcement wasn’t a final verdict on the merits of the issue but rather a temporary go ahead while the lower courts proceedings in the matter are decided. “Today’s dual rulings on the transgender ban allow the controversial policy to go into effect for now, but also allow the appeals to go forward in the lower courts,” said Steve Vladeck, CNN Supreme Court...
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