This Is How 23 Countries Feel About Transgender Rights – BuzzFeed News

This Is How 23 Countries Feel About Transgender Rights – BuzzFeed News:

“As the rights of transgender people became a major political issue in the US with fights over bathroom access, many other countries around the world have been locked in fundamental debates over gender identity.”

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8-year-old transgender boy barred from Cub Scouts

8-year-old transgender boy barred from Cub Scouts:

“From the moment he joined, 8-year-old Joe Maldonado eagerly looked forward to camping trips and science projects as a member of the Cub Scouts. But his expectations were dashed after his mother said she received a phone call from a Scouting official who told her that Joe would no longer be allowed to participate because he was born a girl.”

(Via. NorthJersey.com)

Iconic Star Wars Actress Carrie Fisher Dies at 60: ‘She Was Loved by the World and She Will Be Missed Profoundly’

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Carrie Fisher Dies at 60:

“Carrie Fisher, the actress best known as Star Wars‘ Princess Leia Organa, has died after suffering a heart attack. She was 60.

Family spokesman Simon Halls released a statement to PEOPLE on behalf of Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd:

‘It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,’ reads the statement.”

(Via. People)

Our Gender Issue Prompted Many Comments. Here We Respond

Our Gender Issue Prompted Many Comments. Here We Respond:

“We recently published our special issue on what we’re calling the ‘Gender Revolution.’ Humanity’s understandings of gender—both scientific and social—are shifting, and we wanted to explore and explain them.

We knew people would have thoughts and questions about how we chose to cover a concept so in flux. We have received thousands of emails, letters, and comments on social media that span the range of excited, horrified, concerned, and grateful. We’ve responded to the most common ones here—and in some cases, we’ve explained clarifications or corrections we’ve made to our digital editions. We’ll continue to update this page as the discussion continues.”

(Via. National Geographic)

‘Star Wars’ Actress Carrie Fisher Suffers Heart Attack on a Plane, Sources Say – NBC News

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Actress Carrie Fisher, shown in 2007, was taken to a hospital Friday after a “cardiac episode” on a flight from London to Los Angeles. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

‘Star Wars’ Actress Carrie Fisher Suffers Heart Attack on a Plane, Sources Say – NBC News

“Star Wars” actress Carrie Fisher suffered a heart attack on a plane Friday, two law enforcement sources told NBC News.

Schools Are Failing LGBTQ Youth, But Here’s How You Can Help

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Schools Are Failing LGBTQ Youth, But Here’s How You Can Help:

“School can be a tough environment for anyone, but for LGBTQ youth, facing harassment,  bullying, and abuse can make a serious impact in both their short- and long-term health. And according to recent data from the Human Rights Watch, state-run schools are failing LGBTQ youth in the United States by not doing something that should be a requirement: Keeping them safe. Safety is integral to having a healthy and happy learning experience, and when schools fail to keep their students safe, they’re fundamentally failing in their mission.”

(Via. Bustle)