One of the most difficult challenges for non-binary Americans -- people whose gender identity doesn't fit traditional male/female definitions -- is having to choose one of those two gender options on their identification documents. But soon, they won't have to -- at least in the state of Maine, which is joining several other states in updating its ID policies. In June 2017, a complaint was filed with the Maine Human Rights Commission on behalf of a South Portland resident, who requested a driver's license with a non-binary gender marker, but was denied as a result of computer limitations. The Maine Human Rights Commission then invited the resident and their lawyer to participate in mediation with the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles, and this week, they came to a historic agreement. Currently, credentials show either an "M" for male or an "F" for female. However, beginning Monday, any Maine residents who wish to change the gender on their driver's license or state ID card from "male" or … [Read more...] about Maine to offer third, non-binary gender option on driver’s licenses, IDs
World Transgender LGBT A baby could become the first person in England and Wales not to have a legal mother if a court grants a transgender man the right to be identified as the child’s father. The unnamed man is fighting to be officially identified as the “father” or “parent” on the child’s birth certificate, The Telegraph reported. He launched a legal case against The Registrar General for England and Wales after a member of staff told him the law states those who give both to children can only be noted as mothers on official documents. A baby in the U.K. could be the country's first to have no legal mother. Getty Images Recommended Slideshows 51 In Pictures: The 50 Most Powerful Military Forces in the World 61 Every World Press Photo Winner Ever: 60 Images That Define Our World A High Court in London heard the man’s gender recognition certificate stated his gender was officially recognized … [Read more...] about Transgender Man’s Baby Could Be First Person Without a Legal Mother
A small group of mostly high school students gathered in front of the White House on Friday as part of the National School Walkout, an anti-gun protest launched by a Connecticut teen following the shooting deaths of 17 people at a Florida high school in February. Following a moment of silence plus 13 seconds to honor the 13 people shot and killed at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999, the group walked to the Capitol where speakers lashed out at Republicans and the National Rifle Association (NRA).The organizers from schools in the D.C., Virginia, and Maryland region collected letters demanding gun control from protesters addressed to legislators and registered voters via text. But like the March for Our Lives protest last month and the first National School Walkout on March 14, the anti-gun walkout protest is being pushed and funded by Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety, which spawned the Students Demand Action group that participated on Friday. Politico reported: … [Read more...] about ‘No Amendment Is Absolute’: D.C. Student School Walkout Organizer Says We Must ‘Regulate the Second Amendment’
News / UK and world by Press Association April 18, 2018, 1:23 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter A campaigner fighting for gender-neutral passports has urged the High Court to rule that the Government’s current policy is “unlawful”. Christie Elan-Cane believes the UK’s passport application process, which requires individuals to indicate whether they are male or female, is “inherently discriminatory”. Elan-Cane, who has campaigned for more than 25 years to achieve legal and social recognition for non-gendered identity, sees the issue of “X” (for unspecified) passports as a key focal point of the non-gendered campaign. During a two-day hearing in London, Elan-Cane’s lawyers will challenge the lawfulness of the policy administered by Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HMP0), which is part of the Home Office, arguing that it breaches human rights laws. Elan-Cane is … [Read more...] about Government policy on gender-neutral passports challenged as ‘unlawful’
This article is available to Members of The Local. Read more about membership here. In 2017, 1.8 million people in Sweden lived alone, representing 39.2 percent of all households (and 17.8 percent of all people), a proportion that has barely changed since 1990. It's tempting to use this fact to back up the image many of us have as Sweden: a big, cold country where no-one makes small talk and personal space is fiercely guarded. The cry of "I want to be alone!" from Greta Garbo's character in the film Grand Hotel is often used to sum up the Swedish love of solitude – but the story of why people are more likely to live alone in Sweden than anywhere else is much more complicated than that. Swedes do tend to place a great deal of importance on independence, and that living alone is a part of that. One proverb states 'ensam är stark' (alone is strong). "In the majority of cases, living alone is a temporary phase, not a lifestyle choice," Gunnar Andersson, a … [Read more...] about Why do so many Swedes live alone?