Donald Trump’s plan to allow doctors to refuse treatment to trans people looks set to go ahead

Donald Trump’s plan to allow doctors to refuse treatment to trans people looks set to go ahead

(NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty) The Trump Administration’s plan to allow doctors to deny treatment to trans people is set to be implemented.

The policy recently announced by the Trump administration would allow healthcare professionals to refuse to treat LGBT+ people if they have a religious objection.

Trump’s proposed rule would remove an Obama-era protection and would allow doctors, hospitals and health insurance companies to deny coverage or treatment based on gender identity.

The Justice Department confirmed to the New York Times that the Department of Health and Human Services have submitted a draft of the new policy. U.S. Attorney General and head of Justice Department Jeff Sessions (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) The White House later confirmed that they were was reviewing federal healthcare anti-discrimination policies.

The 2016 rule was set up to complement other parts of the Affordable Care Act and banned health insurers from putting arbitrary limits on trans healthcare or discriminating based on gender identity.

Due to this rule, transgender Americans were able to access gender confirmation surgeries which previously could have cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Despite mass criticism about the removal of the protections, the policy is set to be rolled out despite estimated costs […]

Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black had a ‘surprise’ baby shower and it looked beautiful

Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black had a ‘surprise’ baby shower and it looked beautiful

(Photo: @ Instagram) Dads-to-be Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black held a “surprise” baby shower and it looked absolutely adorable.

The couple announced they were having a baby via surrogate on Valentine’s Day of this year.

Olympic diver Daley and Oscar-winning screenwriter Lance Black held a baby shower on Saturday, complete with sashes and themed glasses for the joy-filled event.

In several posts to Daley’s Instagram story, the 23-year-old showed off some of the treats of the shower, including rainbow themed snacks and party poppers.

Daley captioned a selfie of the dads-to-be “surprise baby shower” prompting questions about who the surprise was for.

The pair posed for a photo at the shower, showing off an admirable dedication to the theme, with balloons, banners and themed plates. (Photo: @DLanceBlack Instagram) Daley has recently been in the news for his activism, after calling out anti-LGBT laws in the Commonwealth during the Commonwealth games.The 23-year-old said in a recent interview that the upcoming birth of his son had changed his perspective on the world.Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show, Daley told presenter Nick Robinson that the pair were deep in preparations for the arrival of the baby, telling Robinson it was “weeks away.”“We’re so so excited, we’ve […]

Mail on Sunday accused of ‘scaremongering’ about trans children after story about ‘DIY trans pills’

Mail on Sunday accused of ‘scaremongering’ about trans children after story about ‘DIY trans pills’

(Getty) The Mail on Sunday has been criticised after publishing a story about transgender children that has been called “anti-trans scaremongering.”

In the Mail on Sunday on April 22, reporters had a 15-year-old boy purchase oestrogen tablets from an online pharmacy to demonstrate the “frightening ease” of buying the medication as an under-18.

This was reportedly prompted after an investigation by the paper into multiple online forums where transgender youth discussed their transitions and their medical treatments.

The piece was titled: “Cowboy chemists are selling ‘DIY trans’ pills to teenagers and more and more are ‘risking their lives’ by taking black market drugs.” (Photo: Mail on Sunday) Although testosterone, typically used by trans men, is a heavily controlled substance and is more difficult to obtain, oestrogen is more available online partially due to its use in hormonal birth control.

Transgender girls — who are frequently referred to in the Mail on Sunday piece as boys — were reportedly seen to share information with other teenagers on these forums on how to obtain hormonal treatment.

The piece used the now-closed online pharmacy Quality Health Inc to purchase the drugs without an age check.The story has been criticised by many for not discussing in depth the […]

Australian Labor Party says they’ll ban gay cure therapy if elected

Australian Labor Party says they’ll ban gay cure therapy if elected

Labor Leader Bill Shorten (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images) The Australian Labor Party has announced a plan to ban gay conversion therapy across Australia, calling it a “discredited and dangerous” practice.

Australia’s shadow health minister Catherine King announced the plan to federally ban the highly damaging practice on Saturday.

In an interview with The Age , King said that banning the practice nationwide would be her “personal priority” if the Labor Party was elected next year.

“Gay conversion therapy is discredited and dangerous,” she said.

“As the federal shadow health minister, I urge all jurisdictions to follow Victoria’s lead and ban gay conversion therapy. Catherine King (R) (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images) “If this issue isn’t resolved before the next election, and I’m lucky enough to serve as health minister afterwards, it’ll be a personal priority for me.”

The highly disputed practice of ‘curing’ someone of their gender identity or sexual orientation is currently banned in the state of Victoria but legal in the rest of the country.In March of this year, a man launched a petition to end the practice in Australia , saying: “praying the gay away nearly killed me.”The announcement from the Labor Party is a contrast to a […]

California to give fraud convictions to people who carry out gay ‘cure’ therapy

California to give fraud convictions to people who carry out gay ‘cure’ therapy

karendesuyo via Flickr The state will join Illinois and Connecticut in making gay ‘cure’ therapy subject to consumer protection laws.

The California Assembly has voted by 50-18 votes to introduce fraud convictions for people who carry out gay ‘cure’ therapy. Attempting the discredited practice on minors is already illegal in the state.

Democrat Evan Low submitted AB-2943 which will add “advertising, offering to engage in, or engaging in sexual orientation change efforts with an individual,” to the existing civil code.

The new law also states: “Sexual orientation change efforts means any practices that seek to change an individual’s sexual orientation. This includes efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions, or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same sex.

“Sexual orientation change efforts does not include psychotherapies that: (A) provide acceptance, support, and understanding of clients or the facilitation of clients’ coping, social support, and identity exploration and development, including sexual orientation-neutral interventions to prevent or address unlawful conduct or unsafe sexual practices; and (B) do not seek to change sexual orientation.”

Low, who is also the chair of the LGBT Legislative Caucus said: “Study after study has shown that ‘conversion therapy’ is ineffective, damaging, and […]

Nigerian columnist claims that Theresa May is a lesbian following her LGBTQ rights intervention

Nigerian columnist claims that Theresa May is a lesbian following her LGBTQ rights intervention

Earlier this week, Theresa May gave a speech where she said that she “deeply regrets” anti-LGBTQ laws that were introduced in the Commonwealth under British law.

Although the announcement went down well with many, it didn’t go down well with Nigerian columnist Paul Onomuakpokpo. Unable to comprehend why someone straight would support LGBTQ rights, he came to the conclusion that Theresa May was a lesbian.

“It is either that British Prime Minister Theresa May is on the verge of divorcing her husband or she is a lesbian even though she is married to a man,” Onomuakpokpo wrote in the Nigerian Guardian.

He continued: “In either case, the PM might be considering taking a wife from Nigeria or any other Commonwealth country that her ancestors presided over its expropriation and ruination.

“Obviously, May is ruing her mistake of ever getting married to a man. She would have preferred to be a lesbian-husband with a wife. Or why is she rhapsodising about the glories of homosexuality?”

He then suggested that Theresa May should be arrested for deceiving the public, writing: “If May does not hanker after lesbianism, then she should be charged with duplicity directed at sexually perverting millions of other people while she is […]

New rules on hormones might make it even harder for trans athletes to compete in the Olympics

New rules on hormones might make it even harder for trans athletes to compete in the Olympics

(Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images) New rules regarding the testosterone levels of transgender women competing in the Olympics are set to be announced amid an ongoing debate about trans athletes.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC), the main body responsible for overseeing the Olympic games, is expected to announce new rules that would halve half the amount of testosterone permitted in female athletes.

The level of testosterone allowed will go down from 10 to five nanomoles per litre of blood in preparation for the 2020 Olympic Games in Toyko.

These rules are set to apply to 55 different Olympic sports including archery and wrestling, and may further impact transgender athletes’ ability to compete at the highest levels. Archery is one of the 55 sports expected to be regulated under the new rules. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images) The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is also expected to announce new restrictions on the testosterone levels of female athletes in running events, according to The Sunday Times .

The testosterone restriction is expected to be applied to international women’s races at 400m, 800m and 1500m distances.

Openly transgender athletes have been allowed to compete in the Olympics since 2004, with the requirements that they had undergone […]

‘I was a contestant on Dale Winton’s Supermarket Sweep’

'I was a contestant on Dale Winton's Supermarket Sweep'

Supermarket Sweep saw contestants answer quiz questions before filling their trolley with as much valuable shopping as possible Supermarket Sweep was the ultimate mid-morning TV show with its contestants envied by uni students everywhere.

It saw three teams battle it out to fill a shopping trolley with the highest-valued goods – putting all weekly shops to shame in the process.

Teams would answer questions and riddles to gain vital trolley dash time.

Dale Winton presented both runs of the ITV show, from 1993-2001 and again in 2007. Graham Norton leads tributes

Dale Winton: Life in pictures

Dale Winton dies aged 62 Report Kal Sajad was a contestant on the show when it returned in 2007, telling the BBC that Dale was "full of life"."He was a diva but he did it with charm and grace and made a real effort to get to know us before filming."Kal said he had always watched Supermarket Sweep growing up and saw it advertised when he was a university student."I applied with my friend Steve, we got an audition and ended up on the show," he said."During the show, we stopped the cameras so he could get his mascara redone! It’s still so […]

Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black throw surprise baby shower

Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black throw surprise baby shower

Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black baby shower. | Photo: Tom Daley / Instagram Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black threw the cutest surprise baby shower yesterday (21 April).

The Olympic diver and his director husband announced they were having a baby boy in February this year.

Born by a surrogate, the gay couple expect the baby around August to October this year.

The couple posed with baby bottles and ‘Oh baby’ sunglasses, while wearing ‘Daddy to be’ sashes.

Daley posted a series of photos to his Instagram story, including a baby doll sitting under a tap. He also showcased rainbow fruit skewers and a huge table filled with sweet treats.

Then a video of his husband holding two sparklers and dancing around the room. A post shared by Dustin Lance Black (@dlanceblack) on Apr 21, 2018 at 10:07am PDT Dustin posted a cute snap of the couple holding each other and posing in front of the huge table of food.He captioned the photo: ‘DADS to be. #BabyShower’ Tom Daley: ‘Having a child changes your perspective on so many things’ Speaking to Nick Robinson on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show this morning (22 April), Daley said he was so excited to be a […]

Tom Daley says being a dad-to-be has made him want to end anti-LGBT laws in the Commonwealth

Tom Daley says being a dad-to-be has made him want to end anti-LGBT laws in the Commonwealth

(Photo: BBC) Tom Daley has once again called out anti-LGBT laws in the Commonwealth and said that the upcoming birth of his son has changed his perspective on the world.

Daley made the news on April 13 when, after winning a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, he called out the number of countries that criminalise gay sex.

The Olympic diver, who has long been passionate about LGBT rights, took the moment to address the problematic legacy of the Commonwealth on equality.

In an interview with Nick Robinson on The Andrew Marr show, Robinson asked the 23-year-old how being a dad-to-be had inspired him to tackle anti-LGBT laws in the Commonwealth. Robinson and Daley (Photo: BBC) Daley said that the prospect of becoming a father had definitely changed how he thinks about the world.

He said: “You want your child to grow up having an equal opportunity as everyone else that is born, whether they’re gay, straight, male, female, whatever religion you are, whatever ethnicity you are.

“I think that everyone should have the equal opportunity to do the best you can.”Daley continued: It changes your perspective on so many different levels. I was on the way home from Australia and there was […]