The Sydney Morning Herald 22 October 2018Family First Comment: Shock Horror!! Trump’s administration wants to base gender on biology and science… “The department argued in its memo that key government agencies needed to adopt an explicit and uniform definition of gender as determined “on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable”. The agency’s proposed definition would define sex as either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals that a person is born with. Any dispute about one’s sex would have to be clarified using genetic testing.” No wonder the Left hate Trump so much!The Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, the most drastic move yet in a US government-wide effort to roll back recognition and protections of transgender people under federal civil rights law.A series of decisions by the Obama administration loosened the legal concept of gender in federal programs, including in education and healthcare, recognising gender largely as an individual’s choice and not determined by the sex assigned at birth. The policy prompted fights over bathrooms, dormitories, single-sex programs and other arenas where gender was once seen as a simple concept. Conservatives, especially evangelical Christians, were incensed.Now the US Department of Health and Human Services is spearheading an effort to establish a legal definition of sex under Title IX, the federal civil rights law that bans gender discrimination in education programs that receive government financial assistance, according to a memo obtained by The New York Times.The department argued in its memo that key government agencies needed to adopt an explicit and uniform definition of gender as determined “on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable”. The agency’s proposed definition would define sex as either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals that a person is born with, according to a draft reviewed by the Times. Any dispute about one’s sex would have to be clarified using genetic testing.“Sex means a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth,” the department proposed in the memo, which was drafted and has been circulating since last spring. “The sex listed on a person’s birth certificate, as originally issued, shall constitute definitive proof of a person’s sex unless rebutted by reliable genetic evidence.”The new definition would essentially eradicate federal recognition of the estimated 1.4 million Americans who have opted to recognise themselves – surgically or otherwise – as a gender other than the one they were born into.READ MORE: https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/transgender-definition-may-be-erased-in-the-us-20181022-p50b5c.htmlKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
Thousands of African migrants travelling through Niger’s vast desert to reach North Africa and Europe are said to be at risk. According to the International Organization for Migration, a number of them may be dying of hunger and thirst in the Sahara during the crossing. The EU recently approved tough laws to stem the migrant crisis, but migrants continue to attempt dangerous and illegal crossings
Dipalee and Samir are two Bollywood singing sensations who will be performing in Guyana at a Diwali concert this weekend titled “Rewind and Fast-forward”.The performers, along with their band arrived in Guyana a few days ago, and Guyana Times was briefed at a press conference as to what can be expected.The first show is slated for today at 07:00h sharp at the Giftland Mall and will be followed by a similar performance at Number Six Village, West Coast Berbice onBollywood singing sensation, Dipalee and SamirSunday.The singing duo promise a grand show with old favourites and new Bollywood hits. They have done more than 300 concerts over the past five years and are expecting a great turnout.“It’s a combination of old and new and right from the 1950s and 1960s to songs of today. It’s going to be a whole lot of mix and match of all the popular numbers. It’s a lot of good music,” said Samir as he urged all to grab their tickets early.Tickets to these events are $3000, $2000 and $1000, and can be bought at Bhagwans and City Centre on Water Street, Georgetown’s Shoppers Paradise on Regent Street and the Giftland Mall at Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown. At both events, secured parking will be provided.The organisers, Tina Insanally Foundation and Pradeep Samtani, are urging the public to grace the event since all proceeds will go towards the development of the Foundation.