Girls file federal discrimination complaint after transgender track wins

Three Connecticut girls who have run high school track have filed a federal discrimination complaint saying a statewide policy on transgender athletes has cost them top finishes in races and possibly college scholarships.

The complaint filed Monday with the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights was submitted by the conservative Christian law firm Alliance Defending Freedom on behalf of the girls, who are asking for an investigation of the policy and orders that would make competitions fair. The complaint also cites the federal Title IX rules aimed at equal rights in sports for female athletes.

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Hong Kong extradition bill could further endanger Christians, advocates say

Though a proposed change to extradition laws in Hong Kong is on hold for now, Christian leaders and advocacy groups are continuing to speak out, warning that under the proposal those in Hong Kong who support Chinese Christians could be unjustly brought to mainland China for trial.

“If the extradition law is passed, it is a death sentence for Hong Kong,” Lam Wing-kee, a bookseller imprisoned for eight months by the Chinese for selling books critical of the government, told

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Can a Happier Spouse Help You Live Longer?

My husband Don is generally a pretty cheerful guy. He has a great network of friends, takes good care of himself, and does work that is meaningful to him.

Certainly, Don’s happy disposition is a boon for me, as his happiness makes our relationship run more smoothly. But could it have any impact on my health—perhaps even extending my life? A new study by Olga Stavrova of Tilburg University in the Netherlands looked at that very question.

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Blue ribbon Canadian panel proposes guidelines for euthanasia and organ donation

nterest in organ donation with euthanasia is growing in Canada. Although it is still not legal or approved by medical authorities, leading experts in transplant medicine have published guidelines for administering it in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

The authors include health professionals from Canadian Blood Services, the Canadian Critical Care Society, the Canadian Society of Transplantation and the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses. The panel was led by Dr James Downar, an critical and palliative care specialist and a supporter of medical aid in dying (MAID), Canada’s term for euthanasia and assisted suicide.

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U.S. fertility hits its lowest rate ever

The U.S. fertility rate has now hit the lowest ever figures in American history, according to newly released provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control. The figures show a further 2% drop from 1.7655 children per woman in 2017 to 1.728 children per women in 2018.

The rate is again well under the normal “replacement rate” of 2.1 children per woman over the course of her life. The continued decline means that demographers are losing hope that the rate will increase because women who might have been delaying having children until later in life will “catch up”. Instead, it is increasingly looking like low birth rates are here to stay (fertility in the U.S. has been below the replacement rate since 1972).

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‘My Little Pony’ introduces ‘LGBTQ couple’ in children’s cartoon

The “My Little Pony” franchise is selling more than plastic toys to little girls.

A cartoon series based on the Hasbro company’s popular figurines aired an episode in which a same-sex female pony couple take charge of a school-aged pony named Scootaloo. Previously released in Europe, “The Last Crusade” was broadcast Saturday on the Discovery Channel.

In an interview with Buzzfeed News, writer-producer Michael Vogel said he and co-writer Nicole Dubuc were delighted to introduce a same-sex couple, “Aunt Holiday” and “Auntie Lofty,” to the children’s show.

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They’ve been in couples therapy for 17 years. Do they need a new therapist or a divorce?

If you’ve been in couples therapy for nearly two decades, does that mean you have a great therapist, or an ineffective one?

That’s a question raised by the recent revelation of pop singer Pink, who credits 17 years of couples therapy for keeping her marriage intact. “It’s the only reason we’re still together,” she said in an interview with “Today” show co-host Carson Daly.

Pink, whose real name is Alecia Beth Moore, didn’t say who her therapist is or how often they meet, but the length of time she and her husband have been in counseling significantly exceeds that of the typical married couple who seeks help.

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Pride Flag Raised at California State Capitol for First Time

California on Monday raised the LGBTQ-pride flag over the state capitol for the first time in honor of Pride Month.

“For the first time ever, the Pride flag has been raised at the State Capitol!” Democratic governor Gavin Newsom’s office wrote on Twitter.

“In California, we celebrate and support our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community’s right to live out loud — during Pride month and every month,” Newsom said. “By flying the pride flag over the State Capitol, we send a clear message that California is welcoming and inclusive to all, regardless of how you identify or who you love.”

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