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Transgender Big Brother star dies at 32

The transgender Big Brother star Rebekah Shelton, who appeared on the show as Rodrigo Lopes, has died. The 32-year-old was on the reality show in 2009, where – as Rodrigo – she finished fifth. A tweet from her personal account read: “We’re sorry to inform everyone of the sad news that our wonderful and lovely Rebekah died unexpectedly on Wednesday night. “We ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this time.” https://twitter.com/MissRShelton/status/951625784250290176 Some fans then paid tribute. Let’s block ads! (Why?) BBC News – Entertainment & Arts

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First openly transgender woman in British Vogue

A model, writer and campaigner has become the first openly transgender woman to be featured in British Vogue. Paris Lees is included in a feature celebrating 100 years since women have had the right to vote in the UK. She is joined by writer Reni Eddo-Lodge, Women’s Equality Party’s Sophie Walker, artist Gillian Wearing, MP Stella Creasy, blogger Dina Tokio and Gal-Dem magazine founder Liv Little. Lees thanked the magazine for including her in the “special moment”. “Look how far we’ve come,” she said. “It’s insane that I could be…

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Offer transgender patients egg freezing, experts say

Women and girls in the UK transitioning to become men should be able to have their eggs frozen by the NHS, the British Fertility Society has said. Current guidance says cancer patients should be given the chance to preserve their fertility before undergoing treatment that can make them infertile. But the BFS said transgender patients and women whose medicines can make them infertile should also be included. The provision of fertility preservation treatment was “patchy”, it said. Fertility preservation for those transitioning to a different sex is routinely paid for…

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Judge blocks Trump's transgender military ban

A US federal judge has temporarily blocked Donald Trump’s attempt to bar transgender people from the military. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly overruled a presidential memo issued by Mr Trump, which sought to reverse an Obama administration policy change. Ms Kollar-Kotelly’s injunction returns the US military to the status quo – allowing transgender personnel to serve openly and new recruits to join up. The case was filed against in August by a group of unnamed plaintiffs. The judge agreed with the plaintiffs’ assertion that the president’s directives were “not genuinely based…

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Playboy's first transgender playmate hopes to 'pave way for all women'

Men’s magazine Playboy has featured its first ever transgender ‘playmate’ centrefold in its November issue, a move which the model hopes will pave the way for “all women – trans or otherwise – in fashion and other sectors”. Ines Rau, a French fashion model who was featured nude in a 2014 issue of Playboy and has previously worked with Balmain and Vogue Italia, is the first transgender model to appear as a centrefold in the magazine’s 64-year history. Play VideoDon’t Play Up Next Netflix flags record US$ 8 billion content…

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Bath Spa University 'blocks transgender research'

A therapist says he is “astonished” by a university’s decision to stop him studying people who decide to reverse gender reassignment operations. James Caspian wanted to write a thesis on “detransition” as part of his master’s degree in counselling and psychotherapy at Bath Spa University. He said it was rejected by the university’s ethics committee because it could be “politically incorrect”. The university said it couldn’t comment until after an internal investigation. Mr Caspian, a counsellor who specialises in therapy for transgender people, told Radio 4: “I was astonished at…

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Should the family court have to approve hormone treatment for transgender teens?

Today the Family Court will hear the case of a young transgender person known as Kelvin. The ruling will determine whether an adolescent with gender dysphoria who wants to pursue the second stage of hormone treatment requires the Family Court’s authorisation to do so. For the past four years, transgender children and their families, as well as judges, academics and doctors, have spoken out against the mandatory family court process, arguing it’s unnecessary and harmful. Today’s case will determine whether it continues. Today the Family Court will hear the case…

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