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Sister of anti-trans Republican ‘implores’ him to stop: ‘These families know their children and what is best for them’

A Utah lawmaker who wrote an anti-trans bill that would ban gender-related treatment for minors is facing calls to reconsider from his LGBT+ advocate sister, transgender brother-in-law and transgender niece. Republican representative Brad Daw is one of several lawmakers who have introduced harmful anti-trans bills in a dozen states this year as part of a conservative pushback against trans rights. The bill he authored aims to make it illegal for doctors to prescribe hormone blockers to anyone under the age of 18, a move Brad Daw claims is intended “with...
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Puberty blockers can literally save the lives of transgender teens, new study confirms

Puberty blockers can be “life-saving” drugs for trans teenagers, according to a landmark study that is the first to examine access to puberty blockers and suicide risk. The study, published in medical journal Pediatrics, found that if trans teenagers have access to the medication their chance of suicide and mental health problems significantly declines. Access to puberty blockers for a trans teen who wants them reduces their likelihood of trying to die by suicide in both the short and long term, the study found, as well as significantly reducing their...
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Family of gay, Black teen who was shot to death say police are too biased to investigate possible hate crime

The family of a gay, Black teenager who was shot dead last week have claimed their local sheriff has a “conflict of interest” that prevents him from investigating the death as a hate crime. An attorney told Eyewitness News that the family of Ja’Quarius Taylor has engaged the services of a legal team as they want to ensure that a “full, fair and just investigation” takes place. “We hope the FBI will get involved because of the perceived conflicts of interest and family relations the local sheriff may have,” the...
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Hallmark Channel CEO steps down after backlash over advert showing a lesbian kiss that lasted literally two seconds

The CEO and president of the Hallmark Channel’s parent company has stepped down after a botched attempt to handle backlash over a fleeting lesbian kiss in an advert. Bill Abbott worked with Crown Media for 11 years, and the company did not give a reason for his departure. The Hallmark Channel was originally slammed for showing the 30-second advert by right-wing religious hate group One Million Moms. The advert for wedding-planning website Zola showed two women getting married. While at the altar, they discuss how Zola made their wedding planning...
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Me Too founder Tarana Burke tells Rihanna her biggest failure was not supporting her non-binary child

Tarana Burke has told Rihanna that her biggest failure in life was not supporting her non-binary child when they came out to her. Burke, a civil rights activist, community organiser and founder of the #MeToo movement, made the confession in an interview for a special issue of Dazed magazine co-curated by Rihanna. Asked what her biggest failure in life is, Burke said that it was when she “did not respond well” to her daughter coming out to her as a young teenager. “My daughter is queer and non-binary, and when...
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Elizabeth Warren promises at least half of her cabinet will be women and non-binary people

Elizabeth Warren has promised that, if elected President of the United States, at least half of her cabinet will be women and non-binary people. The Massachusetts senator vowed that her administration would be committed to diversity and inclusion, in a Medium post discussing how she would appoint new government officials in the wake of Donald Trump’s presidency. Currently, of Trump’s 23 cabinet members, just four are women. She wrote: “Our government officials can best serve the American public when they reflect the diversity of the country itself. “The federal government does...
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Traumatising conversion therapy for LGBT children has finally been banned in Mormon state Utah

Traumatising conversion therapy is now officially illegal for LGBT+ children in Utah, where the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS church), commonly known as the Mormon Church, is headquartered. The anti-LGBT+ LDS church dominates politics in Utah and around a third of all Mormons in the US live in the state. Most US states have a Mormon population of between zero and five percent, but according to the latest LDS figures, 68 percent of the Utah population is Mormon. The proportion of the population who are members of...
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This non-binary eight-year-old understands identity and acceptance better than most adults

A non-binary second grader at an elementary school in Pennsylvania has explained her thoughts on identity and acceptance, and she’s more insightful than most adults. The eight-year-old, referred to as “R” in an interview with PublicSource to protect her identity, uses she/her pronouns and wants to be a meteorologist when she grows up. R came out as non-binary last year, shortly before her eighth birthday, and said: “I’m not a girl, not a boy. I’m just me.” The first person she told at school was another child in the playground who...
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Mormon university that bans ‘homosexual behaviour’ allows same-sex dancing for the first time

A Mormon university that bans “homosexual behaviour” will allow same-sex couples to dance on its campus for the first time ever. Brigham Young University (BYU) in Utah is run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, commonly known as the Mormon church. BYU’s honour code prohibits “homosexual behavior”, and students can be expelled for not adhering to the code.  It states: “One’s stated same-gender attraction is not an Honor Code issue. However, the Honor Code requires all members of the university community to manifest a strict commitment to...
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