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Idaho legislature eyes to ban transgender people from modifying birth certificates

The Idaho legislature is asking the governor to sign into law a bill that will ban transgender people from modifying their birth certificates to reflect their gender identity. There is already a federal court ruling that ban such a law.

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In the US, the Idaho legislature is asking the governor to sign into law a bill that will ban transgender people from modifying their birth certificates to reflect their gender identity. The Senate passed the legislation in a 27-6 vote. The state House previously passed the bill.

There is already a federal court ruling that ban such a law. In March 2018, a federal judge ruled that Idaho’s law barring transgender people from making the birth certificate change violated the Equal Protection Clause of the US Constitution. The same judge scrapped the ban and warned against new rules.

And so if signed into law, the new bill would likely trigger costly lawsuits.

Ohio and Tennessee are the only other states in the US where transgender people cannot change their birth certificates.

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Anti-LGBTQIA ‘conversion therapy’ now prohibited by Albanian psychologists

In a move that effectively bans “conversion therapy” in Albania, the country’s Order of Psychologists announced that it will prohibit registered members from offering attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

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In a move that effectively bans “conversion therapy” in Albania, the country’s Order of Psychologists announced that it will prohibit registered members from offering attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

“Conversion therapy” is the most widely-used term used to describe practices attempting to change, suppress or divert one’s sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. It is also called reorientation therapy, reparative therapy, reintegrative therapy, or, more recently, support for unwanted same-sex attraction or transgender identities.

Medical associations are critical of this practice – e.g. the World Psychiatric Association criticized these as “wholly unethical,” and the Pan American Health Organization warned that they pose “a serious threat to the health and well-being of affected people.”

Other countries deal this this, including Malta, Ecuador, Germany, Brazil and Taiwan. Still other countries are in the process of banning the practice, including Australia, Canada, Chile, France, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, and the US.

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Germany’s Bundestag approves ban on ‘conversion therapy’

On 7 May 2020, the German Bundestag (Parliament) passed a bill banning advertising and perpetration of “conversion therapy” to minors. By passing this bill, Germany joins Malta, Ecuador, Brazil and Taiwan to become only the 5th country in the world to ban “conversion therapy”.

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On 7 May 2020, the German Bundestag (Parliament) passed a bill banning advertising and perpetration of “conversion therapy” to minors. By passing this bill, Germany joins Malta, Ecuador, Brazil and Taiwan to become only the 5th country in the world to ban “conversion therapy”. 

“Conversion therapy” is the most widely-used term to describe practices attempting to change, suppress, or divert one’s sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. It is also called reorientation therapy, reparative therapy, reintegrative therapy, or, more recently, support for unwanted same-sex attraction or transgender identities.

The harm done by “conversion therapy” has been well-documented. In 2019, for instance, a study found that reported exposure to conversion efforts before the age of 10 was walso associated with greater lifetime odds of suicide attempts.

 The Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany (LSVD), a prominent non-governmental LGBTIQ organization, in a statement posted on their website, welcomes the effort to ban these harmful practices, but expresses concern that only minors are covered by the important protections of the new bill.

In August 2019, OutRight Action International released a report  – “Harmful Treatment. The Global Reach of So-Called Conversion Therapy” – showing that, while such practices vary across religious, cultural, or traditional contexts and range in their forms of psychological and physical violence, they are prevalent in countries across the globe. They have been condemned by most major psychological, psychiatric, and medical associations, including the World Psychiatric Association, and recognized to not only never achieve their intended outcome, but to instead cause deep, lasting trauma. 

International attention on so-called “conversion therapy” has grown in recent months and years. The UN’s Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is working on a report on the topic due to be issued in June. A nationwide ban is pending in Canada; bans are also being considered in the UK, Ireland, Australia, Chile and elsewhere.

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48 Hours in Luxembourg: A travel guide

If you are looking for a place to visit after the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, then this may be the perfect place for you. Here’s why.

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Luxembourg is Europe’s richest country.  If you are looking for a place to visit after the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, then this may be the perfect place for you. If you are a real money machines à sous en ligne de paripop gamble, you may want to visit this place after you win real money.

Here is why the place is a perfect place to visit.

Getting Around

There are currently 170,000 commuters who come into Luxembourg each and every day. These people come from Belgium, France and Germany. The numbers may go up in the next 40 years. But the country has introduced a new, smooth tram system from Spain. With the introduction of this tram system, cars may become a thing of the past. 

Luxembourg Old Town

Luxembourg Old Town has a rich history and Luxembourgers love to keep this history intact. You could spend a day viewing one of the most remarkable bridges in the 16th century Grand Ducal Palace.

Casemates du Bock

This is a military maze  which was a source of protection for the country’s soldiers during World War I. The underground tunnel protected the soldiers from being attacked by enemies.

The Kirchberg Area

It is connected to the old part by the Grand Duchess Bridge. The EU Court of Judges is hosed in this area. 

Pfaffenthal  Area

The Pfaffenthal area at the bottom of the Alzette Valley is connected to the main city through a huge glass elevator which zips you up 71 meters high in the air in seconds. You will see wonderful views of the green valley. There are also old style homes, restaurants, as well as homes for the elderly which looks like castles.

Schueberfouer Funfair

During the months of August to September, locals join the funfair which is a traditional practice that began in 1340.  If you would like to know more about the Schueberfouer funfair, did  you know that you can play americancasinosites casino online game and stand a chance to win big, or you can visit the Luxembourg City Museum which has wonderful exhibitions about the funfair. 

Also: The country’s food is amazing.

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UNAIDS calls on Hungary to respect the rights of transgender people

UNAIDS recommends that countries provide for legal gender recognition, with clear processes and requirements that are in line with international human rights obligations.

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Both international and European human rights bodies have affirmed the right of people to legally change their gender and name to match their gender identity, recognizing that the right is fundamental to the enjoyment of many other rights. UNAIDS is therefore concerned that the Government of Hungary is proposing to remove the right of the people of Hungary to legally change their gender on legal documents.

The 2016 United Nations General Assembly High-Level Political Declaration on Ending AIDS recognizes that such legislative discrimination can create barriers to people’s health and well-being, barriers that governments have committed to removing. The proposed change to the Hungarian Registry Act would replace the term “sex/gender” with the term “birth sex”, defined as “biological sex based on primary sex characteristics and chromosomes”, and will not allow changes to “birth sex” once recorded. A step such as this has the potential to cause serious harm.

UNAIDS is also concerned that the proposed changes are being made using emergency powers at a time where communities are unable to effectively protest against the proposed legislation or participate in public discussions on it, thus circumventing proper democratic processes and the right to political participation. Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, the focus should be on removing barriers to health care, not building them.

“All countries have an obligation to empower people to be recognized for who they are, without discrimination or stigma. I encourage all countries to continue to ensure that people are able to legally change their gender and name,” said Winnie Byanyima, UNAIDS Executive Director.

Stigma and discrimination, including discriminatory laws, against transgender people has been shown to increase violence, abuse and harassment against transgender people and to cause significant harm to their physical and mental health and well-being, their inclusion in society and their ability to access work and education. Transgender people are 12 times more at risk of acquiring HIV than other people and are being left behind in their access to HIV testing, treatment and care services. Evidence shows that where people are able to legally change their gender and name, they experience less discrimination, violence and stigma and have greater inclusion in society.

UNAIDS recommends that countries provide for legal gender recognition, with clear processes and requirements that are in line with international human rights obligations.

“This proposed step from the government traumatizes the transgender, gender diverse and intersex community. It puts people at risk of stigma, discrimination, abuse, harassment and violence for who they are,” said Barnabás Hidasi, of the Transvanilla Transgender Association.

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Take a once-in-a-lifetime trip along the Pacific Coast

If you love traveling and have been thinking of taking a once in a lifetime trip, consider planning an adventure along the beautiful Pacific Coast.

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If you love traveling and have been thinking of taking a once in a lifetime trip, consider planning an adventure along the beautiful Pacific Coast. The western shores of the United States offer some of the most spectacular views in the country, as endless ocean comes roaring into sandy beaches and rocky cliffs. The wide-open vistas will rejuvenate you and the beautiful towns along the way will captivate you with their charm. 

One of the ways you can easily pay for great travel adventures is to refinance your debts. If you are a recent graduate with high interest student loans there are great options available that let you refinance your existing loans and greatly reduce your monthly payment and overall interest owed. With the money you save you’ll be able to really enjoy life and take the journey of a lifetime along the Pacific Coast.

Gualala, California

As you travel the coastal highway to Gualala, you’ll be mesmerized by the beautiful ocean views. Each slow turn of the highway reveals a new scene that fills you with awe. Gualala is a small hamlet on the ocean road and is a wonderful place to spend your first nights. Hotels on the ocean cliffs offer beautiful rooms with decks or balconies and come complete with romantic jacuzzi tubs for two. 

When you are in Gualala it truly feels like time stands still. Whales can be seen at Whale Watch Point or at the 150-year-old Point Arena Lighthouse a short drive north. There is also a Pygmy forest along the coast with pines, cypress and even miniature redwood trees. 

Mendocino, California

A little over an hour north, you will find the artist village of Mendocino. Everything is picture postcard beautiful in this special place. There are stately country B&Bs and wonderful little shops and art galleries. You can get an espresso and a wonderful baked treat at a local spot and enjoy time people watching as you sit on the patio. It’s incredibly peaceful and blissful in Mendocino. Once you pass the small shops you’ll be at the cliffs where the ocean meets the deep blue sea. 

The sound of the ocean, the white water churning below and the horizon with the curve of the Earth seem perfect, like they were crafted by an artist’s hand. In the evening you can enjoy a great meal and retire to your accommodation for a great night’s sleep.

Gold Beach, Oregon

As you go further north along the western coast, the ocean scenery begins to change. The beaches seem wilder and you’ll find forests along the shore. There are arch rocks and offshore rock formations that are magnificent. Soon after you cross into Oregon, you’ll reach the idyllic town of Gold Beach. Visiting Gold Beach is like stepping back in time, and it may make a case to be one of the friendliest towns in America. There are perfect, quiet beaches and the wild Rogue River also empties into the sea at Gold Beach. There’s an amazing, two story bookstore in town with a great coffee shop. It’s wonderful to grab a book and a mocha and sit in one of the upholstered chairs there in the afternoon sunlight. 

If you want to add some action to your day, schedule a Jet Boat ride up the wild Rogue River. You’ll rocket along at 60 mph at times and then slow to glide through beautiful canyons and cliffs as eagles and ospreys circle above.

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1 in 5 Russians advocate ‘eliminating’ LGBT community – poll

Almost one in five Russians believe that members of the LGBTQIA community should be “eliminated.” This is according to the results of a poll done by the Levada Center, which showed that 18% of respondents believed in the “elimination” of LGBTQIA people.

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LGBTQIA hatred in Rusia.

Almost one in five Russians believe that members of the LGBTQIA community should be “eliminated.” This is according to the results of a poll done by the Levada Center, which showed that 18% of respondents believed in the “elimination” of LGBTQIA people.

The surprising thing is: The current response is actually already “better”, since in 2015, 21% advocated for LGBTQIA “elimination.”

Similarly, 32% said this year that gays and lesbians should be “isolated from society,” down from 37% five years ago.

Over the past five years, 9% of respondents now favor helping the LGBTQIA community, up from 6%; and 32% say they should be “left alone,” up from 24%.
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“The stigmatization of socially vulnerable people has decreased over the past 30 years, and norms that require helping and not isolating from them have expanded,” Levada sociologist Karina Pipiya was quoted as saying by the Kommersant newspaper.

Levada Center also stressed the “positive” developments, even if the changes are minimal – e.g. over the past five years, 9% of respondents now favor helping the LGBTQIA community, up from 6%; and 32% say they should be “left alone,” up from 24%.

Levada Center’s results showed similar “improved” attitudes toward sex workers, HIV-positive people and the homeless.

Levada Center conducted the survey among 1,614 respondents in 50 Russian regions between February 20-26.

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