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1,803 Family Cards for Transgenders: TN Minister 3.9.2015 The New Indian Express - Tamil Nadu - http://newindianexpress.com/states/tamil_nadu/
1,803 family cards have been issued for transgenders, more than four lakh fake ration cards revoked in TN.
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Absolution for abortion: the Pope's offer is overdue but doesn't feel like a step forward 3.9.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
The church is modernising, but not nearly fast enough. Why do faith and feminism still feel so hopelessly at odds? Six months ago, I walked out of church in the middle of a service. I had recently married, but the swift exit had nothing to do with leaving anyone at the altar. The service had started out uneventfully: the vicar gave his Sunday sermon, about the importance of solidarity and compassion in the face of adversity. He emphasised how much the followers of different faiths have in common. To underline his point, he gave an example: that the taking of a life is universally considered an unforgivable sin. All fine, except that wasn’t exactly how he worded it. He said: “The taking of a life at any point from conception onwards.” It was a pointed and unnecessary addition, immaterial to the argument at hand. It was the tipping point in a conflict between faith and feminism that I had felt for some time. I stood up, walked out, and haven’t been back since. The turmoil of emotions I experienced that day ...
'How can you be a Republican?': life as part of New York's political minority 3.9.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

From 2004 to 2011, just 11.3% of the city’s 2.9 million registered voters were Republican, and some find it easier to keep their status secret than to come out as openly GOP

At the beginning of August, Alan Hedrick, 29, packed his bags and took a trip to Chicago. When his friends in New York City asked where he was going, his answer was vague: a conference.

Hedrick is one of the 300 members of the Young Republicans Club in New York and his Illinois break was spent at the 2015 Young Republicans National Convention. But because he lives and works in Chelsea, Hedrick does not always feel comfortable sharing his political views and activity with his friends, who are very liberal. “It’s easier to just not say what I am doing than to deal with them berating me,” he says.

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China approves cinema release of first film about gay relationship 3.9.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Censor in Beijing passes French-Chinese romance Seek McCartney in surprise move that suggests strict attitudes may be changing

Chinese censors have approved public screenings of a movie featuring gay characters in leading roles for the first time, in a landmark ruling that has been hailed as a sign of change in the world’s most populous nation.

Seek McCartney, a romance that centres on a relationship between two gay men - one French, one Chinese – will become the first film of its kind to screen in Chinese cinemas. Director Wang Chao broke the news via a post on the Chinese version of Twitter, Weibo. “This is a small step for the film department,” he said. “And a big step for the members of the film industry.”

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New York's greatest design icons: from Macy's balloons to the Yankees logo 3.9.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

The Design Museum asked New York architecture critic Julie Iovine to sum up the spirit of her city in 50 design icons. Here are 10 of her favourites

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day balloons

What is six storeys tall, nine metres wide and 18m long? Any kid at heart in New York City knows the answer: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade balloons. Of the more than 50 on show each year, the largest, character balloons – whether Kermit the Frog, Snoopy, Dora the Explorer or Spider-Man – are so huge (weighing a minimum of 54kg/120lb) that each one takes up to 70 handlers to keep them tethered and afloat during the parade’s three-hour march to Macy’s home in Herald Square.

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Bisexual women at greater eating disorder risk 3.9.2015 New Kerala: Health News
New York, Sep 3 : Young women who are attracted to both sexes or who are unsure about who they are attracted to are more likely to develop an eating disorder than those attracted to only one sex, reveals a new study.
Bisexual women at greater eating disorder risk 3.9.2015 All News-IANS Stories
Young women who are attracted to both sexes or who are unsure about who they are attracted to are more likely to develop an eating disorder than those attracted to only one sex, reveals a new study.
Hope my voice is loved by masses: Amaal Mallik 3.9.2015 All News-IANS Stories
"Sooraj dooba hai" fame composer Amaal Mallik has made his singing debut with "O Khuda" in the forthcoming film "Hero" and the budding composer hopes that music lovers like his voice.
Scotland eyes hosting role after St Lucia pull out 3.9.2015 All News-IANS Stories
Scotland has signalled its interest in stepping in to host the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games, following St. Lucia's decision to pull out.
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The selling of the Krays: how two mediocre criminals created their own legend | Duncan Campbell 3.9.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
With three new Kray films and yet more books on their way, Duncan Campbell recalls that the twins were always better at fame than crime In 1965, David Bailey, already Britain’s most fashionable photographer, took a portrait of the gangster twins Ronnie and Reggie Kray , who looked fiercely well-groomed in suits and narrow ties. At the time, they were not the notorious gangsters they were to become, but former boxers who ran nightclubs and collected protection money from people in awe of their reputation as a two-headed fighting machine. The portrait became gangland’s Mona Lisa: copied, pirated and imitated, it was central to their image and their brand. They aspired to be as famous as Al Capone and Legs Diamond, and were gratified when one of Bailey’s pictures of them, with their brother Charles, appeared later the same year in Bailey’s Box of Pin-ups , his document of 1960s celebrity culture, alongside the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Rudolph Nureyev, Lord Snowdon and Jean Shrimpton. “Their big mistake ...
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Being Laxmi: 'I belong to the oldest ethnic transgender community, the hijra' – video 3.9.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

The transgender rights activist and Hindi actor Laxmi Narayan Tripathi speaks about the challenges facing members of India’s hijra community, many of whom have been victimised or forced into begging or prostitution. Laxmi’s fame has provided a useful platform in the battle to achieve equality, dignity and inclusion for India’s third gender. She is the founder of the sexual minorities rights organisation Astitva, and in 2008 became the first transgender person to represent Asia-Pacific at the UN

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Kentucky clerk unknowingly issued marriage license to transgender man 3.9.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Camryn Colen and his wife obtained marriage license in February from Kim Davis, who has been summoned for denying paperwork to same-sex couples

A transgender man and his wife were issued a marriage license in February by the Kentucky county clerk who, in defiance of a US supreme court order, cited “God’s authority” this week as reason to deny paperwork to same-sex couples.

Related: Kentucky clerk denying licenses to gay couples has married four times

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Exploring the unusual settlements that are open marriages 2.9.2015 Hindustan Times: Lifestyle
Turning the concept of infidelity on its head is the phenomenon of the open marriage As AshleyMadisoncoms hacking draws attention to all forms of cheating we explore this unusual ...
Missouri school to allow transgender student to use girls' facilities 2.9.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Board grants Lila Perry’s request to use women’s bathroom and locker room, saying ‘districts cannot discriminate against students based on their gender’

When a transgender high school student in Missouri received backlash for her request to use the girls’ bathroom and locker room, she found one very important ally: the school board, which granted her permission to use the facilities.

According to Kelli Hopkins of the Missouri school board’s association, 17-year-old Lila Perry has been granted her request because of recent guidance issued by the US Department of Education. While there is no “policy per se on transgender students use of bathrooms”, Hopkins said, there is a policy that says “districts cannot discriminate against students based on their gender”.

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Excessive porn-watching can leave women addicted: Experts 2.9.2015 Hindustan Times: Lifestyle
Experts are putting up a caution sign that excessive exposure to explicit sex on the net may result in some of them turning into porn addicts and ...
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Canada is in a recession, and other things Stephen Harper refuses to admit | Scaachi Koul 2.9.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Everything is great for Canadians, as long as they’re rich, straight, white men. Good luck if you aren’t

Canada’s election season is in full swing – luckily, we Canadians love voting for white men, since our main choices are Stephen Harper, Thomas Mulcair or Justin Trudeau. (There’s always Elizabeth May, but, it’s the Green Party. Let’s be serious here.) Though it might be nice to at least have the choice to not-elect a person of color some day, incumbent Stephen Harper – after nine years as the prime minister – has suggested that we not worry, because everything is fine and we should totally re-elect him.

Related: Canada's prime minister wants to make it harder for people to vote against him | Caroline Konrad

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First gay couple film approved for cinema release by China censors 2.9.2015 DNA: Urban Tales
China has approved for release the first film with gay principal characters, the movie's director said, in what some are calling a breakthrough in the country's heavily-censored media. Director Wang Chao announced on Weibo, a Chinese version of Twitter, that censors had given Seek McCartney permission for a cinema release. "This is a small step for the film department, and a big step for the members of the film industry," Wang posted on Saturday. China only decriminalised homosexuality in 1997, but conservative attitudes remain widespread and discrimination is common, although tolerance is greater in major cities. Those who come out to friends and family in China often face significant pressure to undergo supposed sexuality "treatment" or marry a partner of the opposite sex. The film, a Chinese-French co-production, centres on a secret relationship between two men, one Chinese and one French. But some warned caution, given the Chinese government's unpredictable implementation of censorship. "The fact ...
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Gay marriage protesters converge on Kentucky clerk's office – video 2.9.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Pro and anti gay-marriage protesters gather outside the office of a county clerk who invoked “God’s authority” as she defied the US Supreme Court yet again on gay marriage on Tuesday. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis refuses to resign and now must face a federal judge who could impose fines or send her to jail. Davis turned away several gay and lesbian couples who sought marriage licenses, some for a fifth time

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Denise Marshall obituary 2.9.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
Campaigner against violence towards women and girls, she set up the Poppy Project to support victims of sex trafficking Denise Marshall, who has died of stomach cancer aged 53, was a passionate campaigner against male violence towards women and girls. During her lengthy career within the women’s sector, Marshall was the founder of an internationally acclaimed scheme, the Poppy Project , which housed and supported the victims of sex trafficking into the UK, and a number of other innovative projects that brought about real change for those who had experienced sexual assault and exploitation. Marshall had been subjected to sexual and physical abuse during childhood. Her father died when she was two years old, and her mother married a man who, following a head injury, became violent. Between the ages of seven and 14, Marshall was regularly raped by her paternal grandfather. The abuse stopped after she stabbed him in the leg with a butter ...
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Kentucky clerk denying licenses to gay couples has married four times 2.9.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Records obtained by the Guardian show Kim Davis has been divorced three times before she ‘surrendered’ her life to religion four years ago

A controversial US court clerk who has cited “God’s law” while refusing to issue same-sex marriages licenses has has herself been married four times, it has been revealed.

Rowan County courthouse clerk Kim Davis has defied a US supreme court order demanding she issue marriage licenses to couples – both gay and straight – at her office in Kentucky.

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