Britain plans to cut red tape for transgender people

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LONDON (AP) – The British government plans to make it easier for people to change gender by removing a requirement for a medical diagnosis.

Equalities Minister Justine Greening says people seeking to legally change gender will have to prove they have been in transition for at least two years. But they will not need a diagnosis of gender dysphoria, a requirement seen as intrusive by many trans people.

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Church of England approves motion to ban conversion therapy

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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The Church of England’s General Synod on Saturday approved a motion that urges the British government to ban so-called conversion therapy.

The motion — which members of the church’s national assembly approved during their meeting in the English city of York — describes conversion therapy as “unethical, potentially harmful and not supported by evidence.” It also says the controversial practice has “no place in the modern world.”

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Around the World: Election 2016 and Beyond: Where to Next?

By : Aaron Drake
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aaron drake around the world watermark lgbt gay travelAs the 2016 Election arrives (aka Armageddon), it’s more than just the United States of America that is bracing for our election results. It’s been a busy year of European travel for me—a year of many firsts with stops in London, Paris, Rome, Venice and Barcelona among the highlights—and of course I met many curious locals in each destination. The question on everyone’s lips is, “Is Donald Trump really running for President?” This is usually followed by a gasp or a chuckle. Sadly, there’s no good answer to this question.

It’s been the topic of conversation more than just about any other subject – even in London, where I was the morning the news of the Brexit vote rocked the European Union. Many there were more concerned with the potential of Trump running for president than the U.K. leaving the E.U.! Unfortunately, according to early polls and depending on your news source, at least half of America (or ‘Murica, if you will) isn’t as concerned. Though Trump has alienated women (already at least half of the population) and many minority populations, including LGBTs, he still has plenty of voters in his camp. (And I know the opponents will argue the same against that Nasty Woman. I can hear you over the ice pick I’m repeatedly jamming in my ears.)

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Britain approves funding for HIV-prevention drug

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London (AP) – Britain’s state-funded health service is responsible for paying for an HIV-prevention drug that has been called a “game changer” in the fight against AIDS, a court ruled August 2.

The health service said it would appeal, which means the drug – which advocates say can prevent infection in people at high risk of contracting HIV- is still some way from becoming widely available in Britain.

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Prince William graces cover of U.K. gay magazine

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London (AP) – Prince William has appeared on the cover of the U.K. gay magazine, “Attitude” to speak out against bullying people because of their sexuality.

The second-in-line to the throne is the first member of the royal family to appear on the cover of a gay publication.

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Elton John, David Furnish to tie knot again

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LONDON (AP) – Elton John and his partner David Furnish plan to tie the knot for a second time, following the legalization of same-sex marriage in Britain.

The singer’s spokesman, Gary Farrow, said Dec. 17 that the weekend ceremony will be private.

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Before US, gay marriage accepted in parts of world

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LONDON (AP) – The U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal this month to review rulings that overturned bans on same-sex marriage marked a milestone in gay rights in the United States. Around the world, many countries have come to accept such unions as part of the tapestry of everyday life. But there are still pockets of resistance. Here is a look at some countries that have made same-sex marriage common practice:

BRITAIN WAITS, ACCEPTS:

In 1992, five same-sex couples in London applied for marriage licenses in one of the opening salvos of the battle for what campaigners call “marriage equality.”

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Cameroon criticizes media coverage of murder of gay activist

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Yaounde, Cameroon (AP) – Cameroon has criticized the media’s reporting on the killing of a prominent gay activist that drew statements of concern from the U.S., France, Britain and the U.N.

In the first official response to the killing of Eric Ohena Lembembe, government spokesman Issa Tchiroma said Friday that journalists aided by civil society groups “have launched attacks on our nation, dragging its image into the mud.”

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Marriage equality legal in England and Wales

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London (AP) – Britain on Wednesday legalized gay marriage after Queen Elizabeth II gave her royal stamp of approval, clearing the way for the first same-sex weddings next summer.

Lawmakers cheered as House of Commons Speaker John Bercow said royal assent had been given – one day after the bill to legalize same-sex marriage in England and Wales cleared Parliament.

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