Airline investigates email suggesting same-sex couples could face in-flight intervention

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is investigating why a customer service email claimed cabin crew could intervene if a passenger felt uncomfortable about being on the same flight as a same-sex couple. A screenshot of the email, widely shared on Twitter, suggests that cabin crew members would decide the “best course of action” in the case of a homophobic complaint. “Same as with the same sex relationship that you gave as an example, if needed be the cabin crew can approach the said party and base on the response they were...
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London gender clinic seeing increasing number of non-binary patients

The UK’s only gender clinic for under 18’s is seeing an increase of young non-binary people, who now make up 11 percent of referrals to the gender identity development service (Gids) in London. From 2018-2019 Gids received around 2,500 referrals – a very small increase from the previous year, compared to the steep increases in referrals seen in the previous three years . At a press conference on July 17, Polly Carmichael, director of the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) in London, said, “Some young people are challenging the stereotypes...

Plaid Cymru’s Adam Price: I stand shoulder to shoulder with my trans siblings

When I was a young gay man in the 1980s, it would have been inconceivable that an event championing LGBT+ people would be held in the heart of Welsh democracy, and I myself there as the first openly LGBT+ party leader in our national Senedd. The 1980s were a dark and difficult period for LGBT+ people. It was the era of Section 28 — a regressive piece of legislation brought forth by the Thatcher government. Enacted on May 24, 1988, Section 28 stated that a local authority “shall not intentionally...
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UK under-18 gender identity services most ‘cautious’ in world

Children with gender identity issues go through one of the most “cautious and painstaking” processes in the world when accessing healthcare on the NHS, say experts from the UK’s gender identity development service. Dr Bernadette Wren, head of psychology at NHS England’s gender identity development service (Gids), said in an interview with the BBC that the UK’s gender-identity development service for children and teenagers was internationally seen as one of “the most cautious, painstaking and thoughtful.” Wren added that young patients currently have to wait around two years after being...
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