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Religious leaders call for end of gay conversion therapy
Religious leaders call for end of gay conversion therapy
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Over 370 religious leaders from around the world are calling for an end to the criminalisation of LGBT+ people and a ban on gay conversion therapy, the pseudoscientific practise of trying to change an individual's sexual orientation. The leaders stated that "certain religious teachings have often, throughout the ages, caused and continue to cause deep pain and offence" to LGBTQ+ people and further have "created, and continue to create, oppressive systems that fuel intolerance, perpetuate injustice and result in violence."

Among those who signed are eight archbishops, including South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu; over 60 rabbis, including former Chief Rabbi of Ireland David Rosen; the Catholic former president of Ireland Mary McAleese and various senior Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists and Hindus.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Two U.S. Supreme Court Justices Question Ruling That Allowed Same Sex Marriage
Two U.S. Supreme Court Justices Question Ruling That Allowed Same Sex Marriage
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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has published an opinion piece in support of Justice Samuel Alito questioning same-sex marriage. Both had voted against the ruling in 2015 that permitted same-sex marriage.

Thomas stated that "those with sincere religious beliefs about marriage now find it increasingly difficult to be a part of society. The verdict would label those who believe that marriage can only exist between a man and a woman as fanatics. And this although they would only refuse to bend their religious attitudes to current legal beliefs".

Regional News • Americas • United States
The Trump Administration has put an end to transgender health care protection
Donald J. Trump at the  September 11th Pentagon Observance Ceremony Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019
Donald J. Trump at the September 11th Pentagon Observance Ceremony Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019 Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / Public domain

While the LGBTQ+ community is celebrating Pride Month, the Trump administration eliminated a regulation that prohibits discrimination in health care against transgender patients. The Affordable Care Act, aa Obama-era regulation commonly known as Obamacare, stated in section 1557 that it "prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in certain health programs and activities."

Deputy executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality heavily criticized the Trump administration, stating it was "horrendous to not only gut nondiscrimination protections but to gut nondiscrimination protections in the middle of a pandemic," and fears that "this rule opens a door for a medical provider to turn someone away for a Covid-19 test just because they happen to be transgender".

Health
Northern Ireland: Gay and bisexual men will be able to donate blood three months after last sexual activity

In a change of policy Northern Ireland is planning on changing the rules for blood donations by gay and bisexual men. The health minister, Robin Swann, said that the decision to change the time period from one year down to three months was based on "evidence regarding the safety of donated blood". Every blood is getting tested after the donation and he said that it's "important for every donor to comply with any deferral rules that apply to them". The chances are planned to take effect from June on.