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Trump to Ban Transgender U.S. Military Personnel, Reversing Obama

By Phil Stewart and Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON, July 27 – President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would ban transgender people from the U.S. military, a move appealing to some in his conservative political base but creating uncertainty about the fate of thousands of transgender service members. The surprise announcement by Trump, who as a

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Ban Genital Surgery on Intersex Children, U.S. Rights Group Says

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK, July 25 – Genital surgery should be banned on children whose sex characteristics are ambiguous because the procedures can scar young patients for life and be considered human rights violations, a leading rights group said on Tuesday. Several hundred so-called intersex children in the United States have undergone sex reassignment

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Lebanon’s Restaurant Ad Features Same-Sex Couple

A Crepaway ad has caught people’s attention on social media. Titled “Come As You Are,” it takes the phrase to a whole other level with some taboo-breaking as Crepaway features a same-sex couple for the first time ever in an ad made for a Lebanese company. The ad was shared on the restaurant’s social media platforms early

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Communist-Ruled Cuba Hosts First Transgender Mass

By Sarah Marsh and Anett Rios MATANZAS, Cuba, May 7 – For decades belonging to a religion and being anything but heterosexual was stigmatized in Communist-ruled, macho Cuba, making the Mass held by three transgender pastors in the western Cuban city of Matanzas all the more groundbreaking. Rainbow flags decorated the chapel, while the pastors,

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Transgender Pop Band and Dancers Shake Up India’s Prejudices

By Rina Chandran MUMBAI, July 13 – Transgender people in India have traditionally been an invisible minority in India, seen only at traffic lights begging for alms or blessing newlyweds and newborn babies. But a pop band of transgender women is on the soundtrack of the latest Bollywood blockbuster, showing that two years after a landmark

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Daesh Suspects Held in Turkey Over Transgender Attack Plot: Dogan

ISTANBUL, June 22 – Three suspected Daesh militants were arrested in Istanbul late on Tuesday after a tip-off they had planned an attack on a transgender march, Dogan News Agency said. The suspects – one Turkish national and two from Russia’s volatile Dagestan – were ordered held in custody pending formal charges by an Istanbul court,

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Three Years On, Resentment Simmers Again on Istanbul Streets

By Humeyra Pamuk ISTANBUL, June 21 – For residents of Cihangir, a trendy neighbourhood of cafes and bars in central Istanbul, it almost felt like a return to the summer of 2013, when protesters played cat-and-mouse with riot police amid clouds of tear gas night after night. Two demonstrations ended with police intervention over the

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Wife of Orlando Shooter Knew of Attack, Could Soon Be Charged: Source

By Letitia Stein and Julia Edwards ORLANDO, Fla./WASHINGTON, June 15 – The wife of the gunman who killed 49 people at an Orlando gay nightclub knew of his plans for the attack and could soon be charged in connection with the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, a law enforcement source said on Tuesday.

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The Orlando Massacre

The attack has induced a moment of catharsis among America’s Muslim leaders BY Habiba Hamid Shortly before 2am on June 12, a man parked outside the LGBT nightclub, Pulse, in Orlando, Florida. It was pride weekend. Moments later, he entered the premises and opened fire, armed with an AR-15-type assault rifle, a handgun and many rounds of ammunition,

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The Day Before a Killing Spree, Omar Mateen was Calm, Father Says

By Bernie Woodall and Yara Bayoumy FORT PIERCE, Fla., June 14 – When Omar Mateen met with his father the day before he killed 49 people in a siege of a gay nightclub, he betrayed nothing of the rage that would erupt into the worst mass shooting in modern American history. “I didn’t notice anything

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