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TAZMANIA – Legal expert warn that incorrectly using the pronouns ‘he’ and ‘she’ could land Australians before the courts under Tasmania’s controversial transgender rights reforms.
Landmark reforms put forward by the Labor opposition, the Greens include a provision that would make it illegal for people to refuse to name others by their preferred pronoun.
The proposed laws would also allow parents in Tasmania to decide whether their child’s gender is recorded on birth certificates – and enable people aged 16 or older to legally change their gender.
The bill passed Tasmania’s lower house last month and must now pass the state’s 15-member upper house to become law.
Dr Greg Walsh from the University of Notre Dame Australia said the reforms were largely ‘admirable’, but condemned dictating how people use pronouns as ‘completely unacceptable’.
BOOKS – Paul Dorr of Iowa, has been charged after burning four children’s books during a 27-minute Facebook video rant.
Dorr has been charged with 5th-degree criminal mischief.
The charge is a simple misdemeanour in Iowa.
The punishment is up to 30 days in jail and a fine.
Most of the video shows Dorr reading a blog post entitled “May God And The Homosexuals of OC Pride Please Forgive Us!” that he posted on the website of the organization “Rescue the Perishing.”
FACEBOOK – Facebook has banned people from saying if they’re a top or bottom, with the new community standards preventing the discussion of “sexual positions.”
The social media giant rolled out a new content policy in October putting in place tough new rules on what the site describes as “sexual solicitation.”
The policy seeks to tackle content that “facilitates, encourages or coordinates sexual encounters between adults” and bars “sexually explicit language that may lead to solicitation.”
The list of banned content includes “sexual hints such as mention of sexual roles, positions or fetish scenarios,” meaning it is technically no longer permitted for users to say if they are a top or a bottom.
Users should also steer clear of saying “send nudes” on the platform, as the new rules explicitly ban “offering or asking for nude images.”
HIV – Scientists are speaking out against a directive by the Trump administration that has shut down research into a cure for HIV.
A “pause” on research that uses aborted foetal tissue, was announced by the Trump administration this past September.
The move will affect numerous biomedical research programs.
Congressional Republicans have tried to ban all foetal tissue research for years to appease the religious right.
85 Republican House members wrote a letter to the head of the FDA asking for a ban on foetal tissue research shortly before the “pause” was announced.
NAVAL – After gay cadet Kevin Deese was discharged from the Navy after a routine blood test revealed he was HIV-positive, he joined the fight against the military HIV ban.
The military first began screening applicants for HIV in 1985.
The ban on HIV-positive applicants was imposed in 1991 under the George H. W. Bush administration.
President Trump recently implemented a stricter version of the policy, which requires the military to track the number of non-deployable service members.
Those who cannot attain deployable status by the following year are selected for involuntary removal.
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