Feminists fear that allowing transgender men to identify as women is an attack on women's rights.
Proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act has sparked a bitter divide between transgenders and feminists.

A Winnipeg radio host has been fired over comments he made about transgender people.
Dave Wheeler from 92.1 CITI’s Wheeler in the Morning made a comparison between transgender people and actors who pretend while he was on the air Monday.

The comments were in reference to a recent decision made by actress Scarlett Johansson to withdraw from a movie where she was originally cast to play a transgender character, which came after hearing criticism that transgender actors should be chosen for transgender roles.

A Facebook user has called on businesses and organizations to pull advertising from the station, and the campaign is seeing a response.

(Reuters) - Scarlett Johansson on Friday pulled out of a movie in which she was cast to play a transgender character following a backlash from some members of the LGBT community who believed the part should have gone to a transgender actor.

Johansson, one of Hollywood's biggest stars, had agreed to take a role in "Rub & Tug" as Dante "Tex" Gill, a real-life American crime kingpin who used his massage parlor as a front for prostitution in the 1970s and 1980s. Gill was born a woman but identified as a man.

A spokesperson for the 33-year-old was initially defensive about the criticism, but it seems the actress had a change of heart.

She said: 'In light of recent ethical questions raised surrounding my casting as Dante Tex Gill, I have decided to respectfully withdraw my participation in the project. Our cultural understanding of transgender people continues to advance, and I've learned a lot from the community since making my first statement about my casting and realize it was insensitive,' she said.

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WANE.COM --- The sign is up outside Remnant Fellowship Church off North Street in Auburn.

It reads "LGBTQ is a hate crime against God. Repent." NewsChannel 15 reached out to the church and spoke to Robert Sturges, an elder at the church. He said the sign simply conveys what the Bible says.

"We're trying to reach a certain group of people, Sturges said. "They're being told in our culture that homosexuality, transvestites, lesbianism, and sexual immorality is ok. But the Bible clearly says that those who practice these things will not inherit the Kingdom of God. In fact, it warns them that the wrath of God will abide upon them. And in the judgment, they will be lost and they will be sent to hell forever. We believe that. That's our faith."

Sturges said he wants to remind people who talk about tolerance that his church believes the Bible and they are not afraid to stand firm in their beliefs.

"We do love them," Sturges said. "But we want to warn them that they are headed toward a cliff and if they keep going that way, they'll be destroyed. And that is what the sign is about."


A growing chorus of LGBTQ activists are calling for the vice mayor of Dixon, California to step down after his column proclaiming July as "Straight Pride American Month."

For the first time since publishing an article calling for a Straight Pride American Month, vice mayor Ted Hickman addressed the public, as angry LGBT activists filled a city council meeting.

Hickman started the meeting off by saying he did not give up his First Amendment rights when he became an elected official. Still, many argue this goes beyond free speech and demanded his resignation. Some say they at least expect an apology. Neither came.


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A transgender model who was originally born a man will be competing in this year’s Miss Universe pageant, a first for the global competition.

Angela Ponce, a transgender "woman", will compete in the 2018 Miss Universe pageant after being crowned Miss Spain. This is the first time in the pageant’s history that a biological man will compete to be Miss Universe.

On social media, Angela Ponce said "she" wants to be a “spokesperson for a message of inclusion, respect, and diversity” for the world.

In 2012, Miss Universe organizers announced that it would allow transgender beauty queens after Canadian model Jenna Talackova successfully sued Miss Universe Canada organizers for initially disqualifying her for being transgender.

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A Northern Ireland-based Christian organization which counsels gay people to "move away from homosexual influences" says a new government LGBT action plan aiming to ban gay conversion therapies is "a denial of fundamental human rights".

The Core Issues Trust is headed by Ballynahinch man Mike Davidson (63), who says LGBT people "can choose not to live out homosexuality".

Mr Davidson, a father-of-two who underwent counselling for homosexuality and has been married for 38 years, provides 'sexual attraction fluidity exploration' therapy from his Co Down base.

In a statement, the Core Issues Trust said that banning therapies such as sexual attraction fluidity therapy is "a denial of fundamental human rights as laid down in the European Human Rights Convention" (EHRC) and called for "regulation over restriction or banning".

It stated: "Some clients, seeking viable and meaningful relationships with the opposite sex, find the capacity for that.

"Some wish to modify behaviours and renounce as false the identity they formerly described as 'gay'. Some are married and have children and wish to maintain the integrity of such marriages.

"Despite the fact that the UK is signed up to the EHRC, it continues to fail to protect ex-gay individuals in their right to determine their own sexual identity.

"It now appears to impose a mandatory gay trajectory for those seeking change therapy."

more than 300 children a year in the UK are now starting on a course of puberty-blocking drugs.

The BBC has more than 400 transgender staff, a confidential internal survey has revealed.

The figure represents more than one in 50 of the workforce – about four times higher than the proportion in the population at large.

And it stunned the BBC executive behind the research, who described the total number of trans employees, at 417, as 'very, very high'.

The BBC has more than 400 transgender staff, a confidential internal survey has revealed.

The figure represents more than one in 50 of the workforce – about four times higher than the proportion in the population at large.

And it stunned the BBC executive behind the research, who described the total number of trans employees, at 417, as 'very, very high'.
But Tunde Ogungbesan, the BBC's director of diversity, has now launched a major reform to make the Corporation MORE 'trans-friendly' following the findings.

Mr Ogungbesan also revealed that 11 per cent of BBC employees were lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

But he said he did not regard the BBC as diverse enough, claiming MORE lesbians were needed.

Nicola Williams, from feminist group Fair Play For Women – which objects to men being able to self-identify as women – said she was concerned about possible changes to the Corporation's output.

'The BBC already refers to trans women as 'women' without challenging the idea,' she said.

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Bill Whatcott was charged with “Wilful Promotion of Hatred against an identifiable group, namely the gay community.” The basis for this charge? In 2016 Whatcott had distributed “safe sex” pamphlets at a gay pride parade.

These pamphlets stated homosexuality is associated with sexually transmitted diseases, including HPV of the rectum, which the U.S. Centers for Disease Control says is true. The pamphlets also made negative comments about the Liberal party, and stated accusations and facts about several left-wing politicians accused or convicted of various sexual crimes.

For instance, the pamphlets noted that Toronto’s former deputy education minister, who pled guilty to making and distributing child pornography in 2015, had a hand in designing Ontario’s “perverted sex education curriculum.” Government documents show he at the very least oversaw that curriculum’s design, although whether it is “perverted” may be open to debate.

The pamphlets also included Christian statements indicating that unrepentant support for homosexual acts will lead to “eternal peril” but repentance to “the free gift of eternal life.”

The law under which Whatcott has been charged is considered an “indictable offense” punishable by imprisonment for up to two years and forfeitures. Whatcott expects to return to Toronto court on July 23 to set a trial date.

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A Virginia school district has taken the decision to scrap any notion of “biological sex” from its new sex education curriculum, replacing it with the terminology “sex assigned at birth.” But while Fairfax County Public School District officials voted overwhelmingly in favor of the controversial changes, a majority of parents oppose the action.

Currently, Fairfax County Public Schools students in eighth, ninth and 10th grades are taught that "the development of individual identity occurs over a lifetime and includes the component of sexual orientation and gender identity." The current curriculum says "biological sex" is one of four parts of individual identity.

As reported by
Mattorno says Glenwood United Methodist Church posted warnings to parents via their Facebook page. It read...
"Please avoid taking your children to Magic Springs on June 30th. It is LGBT Pride Day."

In another post, the church posted, "I encouraged our members (especially those bringing children) to avoid attending on that day (for obvious reasons). While homosexuals are free to use the park any day they choose, "Gay Pride" events are typically "in your face" promotions of homosexuality and transgenderism."

FOX 16 reached out to Glenwood United Methodist Church for a comment, the Pastor emailed back saying he does not do interviews on Facebook posts.
As of Tuesday evening, the church's Facebook page has been deleted.

Magic Springs officials say they were not aware of the post but the park welcomes all groups.

Some Connecticut students and parents are calling for a rule change after transgender teens dominated at the high school state track and field competition.

Terry Miller, who was born a male but identifies as a female, came in first place twice during the June 4 meet, running the 100-meter dash in 11.72 seconds and the 200-meter dash in 24.17 seconds.

Another male-to-female transgender athlete, Andraya Yearwood, finished in second place in the 100-meter event.

Now, Bianca Stanescu, whose daughter Selina Soule finished in sixth place in the 100-meter race, is circulating a petition calling on the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) to change its gender policy.

Connecticut had its State Open track and field championships at Willow Brook Park, and one transgender boy, Terry Miller of Bulkeley, broke the State Open records for girls in the 100-meter dash.
The runner-up was Andraya Yearwood of Cromwell, also a transgender boy.

Then, the winner of the 100 meter dash, Terry Miller, also went on to easily win the 200 meter race.

as reported by CBS CHICAGO...
CEO Greg Glassman, is under scrutiny after an affiliated gym in Indianapolis, CrossFit Infiltrate, was instructed by its local owner to cancel their LGBTQ Pride workout.

CEO Greg Glassman, is under scrutiny after an affiliated gym in Indianapolis, CrossFit Infiltrate, was instructed by its local owner to cancel their LGBTQ Pride workout.

Brandon Lowe issued a statement to CNBC, saying, "The unfortunate line that is being read about the gym grossly misrepresents what CrossFit Infiltrate stands for and what it believes. The majority of the reviews and statements being read about the gym largely point out that Infiltrate's community has been incredible and welcoming and that the decision not to host an Indy Pride event is the reason we are called bigots or discriminative. However, let the history of the gym speak for itself and for the position we take in this divisive atmosphere, CrossFit Infiltrate welcomes, serves, and prioritizes training people to be fit and functional in body, mind, and spirit. It never has and never will be anything but welcoming to all human beings who live, move, and breathe in God's world."

On Wednesday the scandal reached the level of CrossFit corporate when an employee of the company, Russell Berger, tweeted his support of CrossFit Infiltrate's stance, saying that he "personally believes celebrating 'pride' is a sin."

He also tweeted that the "tactics of some in the LGBTQ movement toward dissent is an existential threat to freedom of expression."

The tweets have since been removed.

A central Indiana teacher says a school district forced him to resign following a disagreement over a policy that calls for teachers to address transgender students by their preferred name rather than their birth name.

Former Brownsburg High School orchestra teacher John Kluge said the Brownsburg Community Schools policy goes against his religious beliefs and violates his constitutional rights, the Indianapolis Star reported .

"I'm being compelled to encourage students in what I believe is something that's a dangerous lifestyle," the 28-year-old said. "I'm fine to teach students with other beliefs, but the fact that teachers are being compelled to speak a certain way is the scary thing."

Students must have written consent from a parent and doctor to request the name change, according to district documents.

LGBTQ community advocates say the practice is a sign of respect and isn't about religion or politics.

"This is not a request for advocacy," said Sam Brinton, head of advocacy and government affairs for The Trevor Project, a national nonprofit focused on suicide prevention in LGBTQ youth. "This is a request for respect."

Kluge said he reached a compromise with school administration that allowed him to refer to all students by their last name this past school year. He said administrators informed him a few months ago that he would no longer be allowed to do that.

Kluge resigned before the end of the school year, according to a district representative. Kluge said he submitted a tentative resignation letter because officials threatened to fire him and that he had requested to withdraw the letter.

"They're acting as if I have (resigned), even though I'm pleading, 'No,'" he said. "I'm not dead yet. I still want to work here."

The Supreme Court granted a narrow victory to people of faith on Monday, holding 7-2 that the Constitution did not allow the Colorado Civil Rights Commission to order Christian baker Jack Phillips to bake a wedding cake for same-sex weddings because a commissioner said Phillips’ Christian beliefs on marriage were “despicable.”

The Court left open for another case the broader question of whether the government can force people of faith to participate in same-sex weddings when the government does not openly show open hostility to their religious beliefs.

Should You Be Able to Self-Declare Your Gender? - BBC The Big Questions

A man who identifies as female is suing his local fitness gym after experiencing harassment. He is also accusing the gym management of neglecting his well-being.

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A lesbian high school couple believe they were discriminated against by their school, but teachers insist it was their disciplinary record which counted against them.

Multiple school districts in Oregon are reconsidering having their students participate in the state's "Battle of the Books" next school year, because of a book about a 'transgender girl'.

School District officials said they are taking the book "George" under consideration with a group of parents and teachers to decide what, if anything, to do. The book was selected in the state's annual "Battle of the Books" program for 3rd through 5th grade students.

The book tells a coming of age story of a fourth-grader boy who eventually learns to become 'herself' and come out as a 'transgender girl'.

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