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  • Therapy bans, the new battlefield

    by Kiley Crossland/WORLD, posted Tuesday, April 10, 2018 (14 days ago)

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    OLYMPIA, Wash. (BP) -- In the last few weeks, at least four states have taken action on laws barring therapists from counseling individuals about their sexual orientation or gender identity, other than to encourage homosexuality or transgenderism.

    Supporters of the laws argue the bans protect people from ineffective and abusive methods while contending sexual orientation and gender identity are fixed and efforts to change them result in repression and shame. Read More

  • New Trump transgender military policy 'likely' to stand

    by David Roach, posted Monday, March 26, 2018 (29 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Trump administration has issued a new directive that permits transgender military service only "under certain limited circumstances." The policy tweak could render moot legal challenges to President Trump's previous ban of transgender troops, says a former military attorney.

    A presidential memo released late Friday (March 23) revoked Trump's August 2017 directive -- which has been blocked by multiple federal court decisions -- and replaced it with a policy "that transgender persons with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria ... are disqualified from military service except under certain ... Read More

  • Sweden 1st to offer payouts to sterilized transsexuals

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, March 23, 2018 (one month ago)

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    STOCKHOLM, Sweden (BP) -- Transgender Swedes forcibly sterilized to expressly prevent reproduction are eligible for payouts of about $27,000 each under a new law that is reportedly the first of its kind worldwide.

    Sweden's one-house parliament, the Riksdag, adopted the legislation March 21 affecting people forced to undergo sexual sterilization under the Gender Recognition Act of 1972 before changing their gender designation on legal documents. Read More

  • Calif. bill threatens Bible-based therapy

    by Kiley Crossland/WORLD News Service, posted Monday, March 19, 2018 (one month ago)

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    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (BP) -- A proposed law in California could outlaw helping people with unwanted same-sex attraction or gender-identity confusion. If passed, the bill, introduced last month by Assemblyman Evan Low, would be the most expansive ban on therapy related to sexual orientation and gender in the country.

    Other bans across the country restrict the practice of licensed therapists, but this law would label as fraudulent any message that aligns with the Biblical view of sexuality and gender. Read More

  • Religious liberty ruled no basis for transgender policy

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, March 12, 2018 (one month ago)

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    CINCINNATI (BP) -- Religious freedom provides no legal basis to discipline transgender workers who violate workplace gender policies, a U.S. appeals court has ruled in a groundbreaking decision.

    The March 7 decision is the first to extend Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964 to transgender individuals charging discrimination based on sexual identity, and reverses a lower court ruling that had protected the workplace under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). Read More

  • Transgender teens: New study 'no surprise,' says ethicist

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, March 06, 2018 (one month ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A medical journal's finding that the number of transgender teens may be three times greater than previously thought should not shock believers, says a Southern Baptist ethicist, but it should summon them to ministry.

    "It should come as no surprise that more teens are identifying as transgender or gender-conforming," said Andrew Walker, director of policy studies for the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and author of "God and the Transgender Debate." Read More

  • Parents lose custody of transgender teen

    by Kiley Crossland/WORLD, posted Tuesday, February 20, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    CINCINNATI, Ohio (BP) -- An Ohio couple on Friday (Feb. 16) lost permanent custody of their teenage daughter because they didn't want her to undergo sex-change treatment.

    Cincinnati-area Juvenile Court Judge Sylvia Hendon removed the girl from her parents' custody and turned her over to her maternal grandparents, who support the 17-year-old's desire to identify as a boy. The teen moved in with her grandparents early last year.

    The names of the girl and her parents and grandparents are sealed by court order. Read More

  • LGBT acceptance decreasing, GLAAD poll claims

    by David Roach, posted Friday, January 26, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A survey claiming a decrease in Americans' comfort level with homosexual acts and individuals has met skepticism from two Christians who study sexuality and culture. But if the survey accurately reflects public sentiment, they say, it could indicate the Bible's lingering influence on society.

    The pro-homosexual advocacy group GLAAD released data Thursday (Jan. 25) indicating Americans' comfort level with a variety of situations involving lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender individuals -- including learning a family member is homosexual and having a child placed in a class with an LGBT teacher. Read More

  • Wisc. school drops appeal, transgender fight continues

    by Bonnie Pritchett/WORLD News Service, posted Wednesday, January 17, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    KENOSHA, Wisconsin (BP) -- For two years, the U.S. Supreme Court has been able to avoid the inevitable, but the justices will be asked, most likely this year, to define the meaning of "sex" in Title IX.

    Transgender schoolchildren and their attorneys argue gender identity is a protected class under the federal education nondiscrimination law, and judges mostly have agreed. A confluence of cases is headed to appeals courts across the country, pitting transgender students' demands for access to the restrooms and locker rooms of their choice against schools' attempts to maintain privacy for all students. Read More

  • Transgender views follow religious divide, Pew says

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, December 01, 2017 (4 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Christians are just as likely to say that gender is determined solely at birth as are atheists and religious "nones" to say the opposite, according to newly released Pew Research Center findings.

    Nearly two-thirds of Christians, 63 percent, told Pew that gender is determined at birth; while 62 percent of atheists/agnostics and "nones," categorized as religiously unaffiliated, said individual gender can change from biological sex at birth. Read More