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CANADA – The Canadian dollar coin is getting a facelift this year with a new design on the reverse of its dollar coin.
This year is the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality for adults across the country.
Both the designer and the actual design of the new Canadian dollar coin remain under wraps in a move to maximize the impact of the coin’s release.
Two LGBTQ+ organizations helped guide the design process.
The coin’s design was approved by the government on the 14th of December and will go into production soon.
BAHAMAS – The Canadian government has issued a new travel advice that warns gay couples about the risk of homophobia in The Bahamas.
Canada’s official travel and tourism guidance was updated recently to reflect the risks posed to LGBTQ+ tourists in this popular American holiday spot.
Canada’s travel advice cautions that while Bahamian law does not prohibit sexual acts between individuals of the same sex, homosexuality is not widely socially accepted in that country.
LGBTQ+ activists in The Bahamas agreed with the warning in spite of the country’s popularity with tourists.
GRANT – Transgender pioneer Julia Grant has died at age 64.
Grant featured in the ground-breaking BBC Two documentary series A Change of Sex.
The documentary followed her transition from 1979 to 1999 using the National Health Services and included her surgery and hormone replacement therapy.
Called A Change of Sex, it is believed to be the first time a transgender person’s transition was documented on mainstream television.
Melvin Taylor, a friend of Grant’s, confirmed that the transgender campaigner had passed away, after suffering from a short illness.
GENDER – People living in New York City can now select a third gender on their birth certificates, after new legislation recently came into effect.
The Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, says the measure was introduced to make the city more welcoming for transgender and non-binary people.
New York City residents can now choose between three gender markers on their birth certificates.
A bill for the new legislation was passed in September and was later signed off by the city’s board of health.
The move makes New York one of the few US cities where people can identify as being gender non-binary.
TRUMP – Donald Trump has reportedly received his first court backing on a policy preventing transgender people from serving in the military.
The US court of appeals for the District of Columbia overruled a previous decision by a Washington DC federal judge, which had blocked the policy.
It is the Trump administration’s first legal victory on the proposed ban.
The ruling will have little impact because other federal courts have ruled against the policy.
The US Supreme Court is set to put out a ruling on the issue later this month.
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