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The totality of the bill on gender reassignment is in doubt after the government refused to withdraw the provision that allows the sex change for teenagers at 15, a clause included in article 3 that also covers sex change for adults. Currently the government does not have the required majority to pass the bill, as the minor coalition partner of right party ANEL will not support the provision by abstaining from the procedure, while 5 SYRIZA MPs have not decided their position yet. Meanwhile, the Democratic Alignment will also vote against the provision, according to sources, with the POTAMI party being the only ally left that will support the clause. As things stand now, the specific provision has the support of only 144 MPs from SYRIZA (including the 5 lawmakers that are not clear) and 6 from POTAMI. The Greek parliament is in session discussing the bill, with the controversial under-aged sex transition clause causing a great uproar as the Greek Orthodox Church had blasted the intention of the government to allow teenagers to change sex at such a young age.








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The bill for the legal recognition of a change in gender identity without the obligation by interested parties to present any medical certificates was submitted in Greek parliament. The new bill, which will likely casues some backlash, provides that a person who has gender dysphoria, or “feels” his registered sexual identity at birth does not correspond to his inner self will be able to change his gender through a simple legal action.
The Bill on the Legal Recognition of Gender Identity and the National Mechanism for the Development, Monitoring and Evaluation of Action Plans for the Rights of the Child was tabled in Parliament.

Provisions in the bill stipulate that a person has the right to recognize his gender identity as an element of his personality.

In the bill is states that ‘gender identity is defined as the esoteric way a person experiences their sex, regardless of the sex registered at birth on the basis of their biological characteristics, it also includes the personal sense of the individual’s body, as well and the social and external expression of gender, which correspond to the will of the person.”


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At the age of 12, Patrick Mitchell began a two-year journey to realise his dream of becoming a girl. And then he changed his mind.
Patrick Mitchell just wanted to change everything about himself.
Uncomfortable in his own skin, the young schoolboy felt like he didn’t quite fit.
He was just seven years old when he felt like he first heard the phrase “trans”.
It was the start of an emotional journey which, five years later, would see him diagnosed with gender dysphoria, and beg his mother to let him transition into a girl.
“You wish you could just change everything about you, you just see any girl and you say ‘I’d kill to be like that’,” Patrick tells reporter Ross Coulthart in an interview to air on 60 Minutes on Sunday night.
But two years after taking oestrogen hormones and growing his hair long in an effort to address the condition which put him at odds between his biological gender and his own identity, Patrick has changed his mind.
He’s stopped taking the oestrogen hormones which transformed his body and is preparing for surgery to remove the excess breast tissue to transition back into a boy, Woman’s Day reports.
Patrick was just 12 when he first voiced his mental torture to his family.
It had been five years since he’d first heard the word ‘trans’, he says “and because I’d always identified with girls thought, well, this makes sense, I probably am a girl”.
As his conflict grew — both internally, and externally thanks to hitting puberty and being bullied at school — he’d stay up late at night researching trans people and what could be done to look more like a female.
“It was so hard to wake up every morning and see something new on my body, or that I’d grown. It was so depressing — I hated looking in the mirror. I didn’t know who the person staring back at me was.”
His mother, Alison, tells 60 Minutes she could see her son struggling.
Finally, having seen a television story about transgender people, she gently broached the subject with her son.
“I hadn’t even finished the sentence and he had the biggest smile on his face. I hadn’t seen him smile for months,” she said.
With a doctor’s diagnosis, she gave the go-ahead for Patrick to begin his transformation.
“When he was young he would dress up in girls’ clothes and at one stage he did say to me could he be taken to the doctor to be made into a girl,” she said.
But at the start of this year, when teachers started referring to him as a girl, Patrick started feeling different.
“I began to realise I was actually comfortable in my body. Every day I just felt better,” he says.
He again turned to his supportive mum.
“He looked me in the eye and said ‘I’m just not sure that I am a girl’,” Alison says.
It was a massive twist in an emotional journey, and Alison has only admiration for her son.
“That moment … when you know it’s taken every drop of courage for that child to speak up … I didn’t know what the coming days would bring, but I knew his thoughts had caught up with his body,” she says.

source: news.com.au




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China has not been in the forefront of adopting policies to stem climate change. But that seems to be changing rapidly. In an attempt to curb the production of toxic gasses, the country is continuing to pave the way (so to speak) with the construction of one of the world’s first ‘forest cities’.
Designed by Stefano Boeri, who you might remember also designed two vertical skyscraper ‘forests’, the city is currently under construction in Liuzhou, Guangxi Province.
Once completed, the new city will reportedly host 30,000 people and – thanks to the abundance of trees and plants – will absorb almost 10,000 tons of CO2, 57 tons of pollutants per year and produce approximately 900 tons of oxygen annually.
The city will achieve these rather impressive figures thanks to roughly a million plants from over 100 species, as well as 40,000 trees being planted in facades over almost every surface imaginable.
The new Liuzhou Forest City will connect to the existing Liuzhou via a series of fast rail services and electric cars; it will also reportedly house a number of schools and two hospitals. There are also plans to make the city self-sustainable with regards to power, thanks to geothermal and solar energy resources.

source: indy100




photos courtesy of Stefano Boeri


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The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) is examining the prospect of changing its name to overcome Greece’s objections in an effort to be admitted into NATO, according to a report in the Financial Times. FYROM’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Dimitrov is scheduled to visit Athens on Wednesday with the aim of restoring trust between the two countries. Mr. Dimitrov said that even though a name change was under consideration, it was to early to enter into any specifics on the matter. “I will ask Greece to re-evaluate what kind of neighbour she wants-does she want a stable and friendly country that hope for democracy and justice? If we are a good neighbour, I hope that the political forces in Greece understand that it is a historic opportunity”, said Mr. Dimitrov. Greece has been blocking the entry of the small Balkan country into the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation due the ongoing name dispute, accusing FYROM of historical revisionsim and the appropriation of the Greek name of Macedonia.


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US President Donald Trump stuck to his election campaign promise to withdraw the US from the Paris Climate change agreement, despite the barrage of criticism he received from world leaders and pundits around the globe.
In a speech announcing the withdrawal (and potential renegotiation), the president said that the decision was made in order to “fulfil my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens”. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell subsequently hailed Trump “for dealing yet another significant blow to the Obama administration’s assault on domestic energy production and jobs”.

The U.S. now joins Syria and Nicaragua in being the only countries to reject the deal. With the country now at odds with the rest of the world on such a key issue, the diplomatic fallout is likely to be damaging. For a president focused on putting America first, though, this is unlikely to concern Trump for the time being.

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There has been widespread international condemnation of President Trump’s announcement that the US is withdrawing from the 2015 Paris climate agreement.
UN chief Antonio Guterres’s spokesman called it “a major disappointment” while the European Union said it was “a sad day for the world”.
However, senior Republicans and the US coal industry backed the move.
Mr Trump said the accord “punished” the US and would cost millions of American jobs.
In an address at the White House, he said he was prepared to negotiate a new agreement or re-enter the accord on improved terms.
“I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” he said.
The Paris agreement commits the US and 187 other countries to keeping rising global temperatures “well below” 2C above pre-industrial levels and “endeavour to limit” them even more, to 1.5C.
Only Syria and Nicaragua did not sign up to the deal.
Mr Trump characterised the Paris agreement as a deal that aimed to hobble, disadvantage and impoverish the US.
He claimed the agreement would cost the US $3tn (£2.3tn) in lost GDP and 6.5 million jobs – while rival economies like China and India were treated more favourably.
“In order to fulfil my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord… but begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris accord or a really entirely new transaction on terms that are fair to the United States,” he said.
“We don’t want other leaders and other countries laughing at us any more – and they won’t be,” he said.
Mr Trump did not give a timescale for US withdrawal, but White House sources had earlier suggested it could take up to four years.
Former US President Barack Obama, who agreed to the Paris deal, immediately criticised the move, accusing the Trump administration of “rejecting the future”.
The leaders of France, Germany and Italy issued a joint statement rejecting a renegotiation of the agreement.
“We deem the momentum generated in Paris in December 2015 irreversible and we firmly believe that the Paris agreement cannot be renegotiated, since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economies,” it said.
Canada was “deeply disappointed” by President Trump’s decision, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.
This was echoed by UK Prime Minister Theresa May, who expressed her disappointment and told Mr Trump in a phone call that the deal protects the “prosperity and security of future generations”.
Leaders of the Nordic nations – Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, and Iceland – also condemned the move.
A United Nations spokeswoman said it was a “major disappointment for global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote global security”.

source: bbc.com


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