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One of the most astounding archaeological discoveries of the 20th century is arguably the life-size terra-cotta army buried alongside China’s first emperor. Now, scientists have figured out how the bronze triggers for the crossbows of the 8,000 terra-cotta warriors were manufactured.
"An openly gay man from Kuujjuaq, Que. is hoping his new Facebook page will put a stop to the controversy that’s been brewing over homosexuality in Nunavut.
On February 11, Iqaluit City Hall raised a rainbow flag supporting gay rights during the Sochi Winter Olympics.
That night, city councillor Simon Nattaq questioned raising the flag, saying it was “not Inuit custom to be gay,” and prompting a lot of discussion in the territory.”
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"I’ve been waiting for someone to ask about it in an interview ."
In an interview with a Game of Thrones fan website, actor Kristian Nairn, who plays Hodor, publically came out as a gay man. In response to a question about his large fan following from the LGBT community, Nairn said, “Well, in all honesty, when you talk about ‘the gay community,’ you are talking about MY community.” Nairn said that he’s well aware of his many fans among “Bears” and thinks that the way his character has been embraced is “really lovely.”
“It’s a privilege, and I really mean that. I’ve never hidden my sexuality from anyone, my whole life in fact, and I’ve been waiting for someone to ask about it in an interview, [because] it’s not something you just blurt out. I’ve tried to lead the questions a few times, to no avail!” Nairn added that his sexuality has “not even been an issue” on the GOT set.
“It’s a very small part of who I am on the whole, but nonetheless, in this day and age, it’s important to stand up and be counted. I have and always will stand my ground.”
"The BC government introduced legislation March 10 that includes a proposed amendment to allow people, including minors, to change the gender designation on their birth certificates without having to prove they have undergone surgery.
Minors must go through the extra step of getting the consent of their parents or guardians, the amendment states.”
"The petitioners believe by regulating the behavior of gay and lesbian Ugandans while not regulating the behavior of heterosexuals, the Act violates article 21 of the constitution."
"Well, I think there’s something that gay people have. It is true that to pass through the transitions that gay people have to in order to come out to themselves, to their families when they’re quite young, it’s a grow-bag, isn’t it? And I think that very often, heterosexual people miss out on that. There’s a feeling of development and sometimes, heterosexual people have never had to go through that self-examination and just knowing themselves, and that sense of coming out, coming to your own defense, and being your own best advocate, and going, “No! I’m going to stand by myself and say this is who I am and you can all fuck off.” That is a wonderful transition to go through, and I suppose a lot of straight people miss out on that, and then maybe their relationship choices are potentially less examined. They could be lazier or less thoroughly thought-through."
In a Holi tradition unique to Nandgaon and Barsana villages, men sing provocative songs to gain the attention of women, who then “beat” them with bamboo sticks called “lathis”. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India.
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“New York City Schools Implement Transgender Inclusion Guidelines”
The New York City Department of Education has introduced new guidelines to help schools respect transgender students and meet whatever unique needs they might have. The guidelines recommend that schools respect trans students’ gender identities and make facilities and activities as inclusive as possible. Here are some of the suggestions for protecting trans students:
- School personnel should not reveal student’s transgender status to other employees, students, parents, or other third parties; it could be an unlawful violation of a student’s privacy.
- Though permanent records can only be altered with a court order or new birth certificate, the school should otherwise use the name and gender preferred by the student.
- Students should be addressed by the name and corresponding pronoun that reflect the gender identity they consistently assert at school.
- Generally, students should be permitted to participate in physical education and sports in accordance with the student’s gender identity that is consistently asserted at school.
- In any activity where students are separated by gender, students should be permitted to participate in accordance with their gender identity.
- If trans students have specific privacy concerns, accommodations should be considered on a case-by-case basis.
The guidelines could go far toward mitigating the bullying and harassment that trans students experience, creating an environment where they can safely explore their identities. California passed a law last year that similarly guarantees full inclusion for trans students. Conservatives attempted to challenge the law with a referendum, but failed to collect the signatures necessary to qualify for the ballot.