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  • BSA to open Cub Scouting to girls in 2018

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, October 12, 2017 (6 days ago)

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    IRVING, Texas (BP) -- Boys Scouts of America will open Cub Scouting to girls in 2018, the latest move in the BSA's evolution from a gender-specific character development organization limited to biological boys.

    BSA's board of directors unanimously approved the change Oct. 11 at its Texas headquarters and announced plans to roll out a similar program for older girls in 2019 to allow girls to obtain the coveted rank of Eagle Scout. The changes cater to requests from families too busy to enroll sons and daughters in separate programs, BSA leaders said, and is not a tactic to increase membership numbers that have ... Read More

  • Trump reverses Obama transgender military policy

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, July 26, 2017 (2 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- President Trump suddenly reversed military policy on transgender individuals today (July 26), announcing on Twitter the United States would not "accept or allow" people who identify as a different gender than their biological sex to serve in the armed forces.

    "After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow [t]ransgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military," Trump said in a series of three tweets this morning. "Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you." Read More

  • Reformers' wisdom applied to transgender debate

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, July 18, 2017 (3 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Amid contemporary discussion of transgenderism, the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation has helped resurface historic wisdom on gender and sexuality.

    While predating by centuries the modern phenomenon of transgenderism, Martin Luther and John Calvin were among Reformers to denounce those who attempted to blur the distinction between men and women -- an error dating back to the ancient world. Read More

  • Affirm LGBT lifestyles, foster care workers ordered

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, June 01, 2017 (4 months ago)

    CHICAGO (BP) -- Foster care workers and families in Illinois must allow gay and transgender youth to express and explore their chosen gender identity and sexual orientation, according to a new state governmental directive. Read More

  • Mormons pull older teens from BSA, open own program

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, May 12, 2017 (5 months ago)

    The Mormon church is pulling its older teens from the Boy Scouts of America in 2018, but said the decision is not related to BSA policies opening Scouting to gays and transgender males. Read More

  • Billboard sparks debate over gender roles

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, March 02, 2017 (7 months ago)

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (BP) -- A North Carolina billboard that reads, "Real men provide. Real women appreciate it," has generated discussion of gender roles and work.

    While some say the sign expresses a biblical principle that men should provide financially for their families, others argue provision is a shared responsibility not limited by gender roles. Read More

  • Gender-inclusive terms extended to God, mothers-to-be

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, February 03, 2017 (8 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A growing number of institutions appear to be recommending the use of gender-inclusive language, this time extending non-gendered terms to God and expectant mothers.

    Divinity schools at Vanderbilt University in Nashville and Duke University in Durham, N.C., in 2016-2017 course catalogues encourage non-gendered language in reference to God. The guidelines are addressed to students, faculty and administrators. Read More

  • Transgender child on Nat. Geographic cover

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, December 22, 2016 (10 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A 9-year-old boy who considers himself female is featured on the cover of the January 2017 National Geographic. The entire issue is dedicated to subjective gender identity primarily through the eyes of children while excluding biblical authority.

    But the idea of transgenderism or gender fluidity is itself a fallacy void not only of Scripture but also of science, Christian commentators told Baptist Press. Read More

  • 'Modern Family' debuts transgender child character

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, September 28, 2016 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- An 8-year-old girl who lives as a transgender boy will appear on tonight's (Sept. 28) episode of ABC's "Modern Family," portraying a transgender friend of Lily, the daughter of the show's leading gay couple, the series' director has announced.

    Modern Family Director Ryan Case identifies the show's first openly transgender actor on Twitter, saying, "He's 8 years old, from Atlanta, and just happens to be transgender. He plays Lily's friend Tom in this week's Modern Family." Read More

  • Target's bathroom fix falls short, boycotters say

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, August 19, 2016 (one year ago)

    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (BP) -- Target's $20 million plan to add single-stall bathrooms in its U.S. stores does not fix its policy allowing bathroom and dressing room use based on gender identity, the leader of a national boycott against the company said.

    Target announced Aug. 17 the timeline and cost of its plan to install the locking, single-toilet bathrooms for customers who feel uncomfortable using the bathroom with those who identify as transgendered. Details of the plan came the same day Target released its second quarter earnings report showing a 7.2 percent drop in sales. Target's stock dropped 3.3 percent in premarket trade the same day, MarketWatch announced. Read More