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  • The stepmother of one of Britain's youngest transgender schoolgirls is now living as a man, the family has revealed.
    Jessica, nine, was born a boy but has identified as a girl since she was very young, and has been going to school as a girl for more than a year.
    Her parents split up when she was a baby, when her mother, Ella, began a relationship with a woman called Alex shortly afterwards, with Jessica calling Alex her 'step mum'.

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  • An unsettling animated short created by Jehovah’s Witnesses aims to indoctrinate kids with homophobic values, and teaches them that LGBT people “can change” and must be enlightened.

    The two-minute video is part of a series on the organization’s website called “Become Jehovah’s Friend,” which targets children and explains the religion’s values by applying them in real-life situations.

    In “Lesson 22: One Man, One Woman,” a young girl brings a family portrait she drew at school home to her mother. As the two are looking it over, the girl mentions that her friend Cassie “drew two mommies” in her picture because she has two mothers.

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  • A conservative group says it has been sending men into women's toilets at Target stores to protest the company's policies toward transgender people.

    In response to recent laws in US states, the retailer said transgender people are welcome to use the toilet of their choice at its stores.

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  • A groundbreaking trial to see if it is possible to regenerate the brains of dead people, has won approval from health watchdogs.

    A biotech company in the US has been granted ethical permission to recruit 20 patients who have been declared clinically dead from a traumatic brain injury, to test whether parts of their central nervous system can be brought back to life. 

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  • Christians who oppose gay marriage could be targeted with "false accusations" of extremism under an upcoming bill, a lobby group has warned.

    David Cameron will introduce measures to ban organisations, silence individuals and close down groups that "promote hatred" in legislation to be announced later this month. The bill will be the central focus of the Queen's Speech on May 18, according to The Times.

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  • Student activists are calling on universities to install sanitary towel bins in men’s toilets so that biologically female transgender students who use them do not face discrimination.
    The Mail on Sunday has found that equality rights campaigners at three leading universities have called for the changes – resulting in family groups branding the move ‘madness’.

  • Writer and activist Peter McGraith married his partner David in the first ceremony conducted under the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 covering most of the UK. Here, he asks what effect it's had on gay and lesbian couples - and on marriage itself.

    Do we care if marriage equality contributes to the demise of gay culture, identity and community?

  • Tens of thousands of patients are having “do not resuscitate” orders imposed without their families’ consent, an audit has found.

    Hospitals are failing to tell relations that they do not intend to attempt potentially lifesaving techniques to save their loved ones, according to the Royal College of Physicians.

  • Head teachers are to discuss whether parents in England should be allowed to take their children out of religious education classes, on the grounds that it undermines the teaching of "British values".

    The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), which is holding its annual conference, will hear that pupils need to take part in RE to learn how to respect the views of other people.

  • Citing the Islamic State’s attacks on Christians and other religious minorities, rising bigotry against Jews and Muslims in Europe and Beijing’s campaign against churches in China, a new U.S. government report said Monday that attacks on religious freedom have grown measurably around the world over the past year.

    While President Obama has pursued openings with some key offenders, including Iran and Myanmar, and criticized others such as North Korea and China, the annual report by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) said embattled faith groups are “under serious and sustained assault” in those nations and beyond.


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