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January 2017

Watch Meryl Streep Golden Globe Award Speech that has Everyone Talking

Actress Meryl Streep strongly criticised US President-elect Donald Trump as she received a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes.

While Streep did not name Mr Trump, the three-time Oscar-winning actress used almost the entire speech to say his actions legitimised bullying.

The president-elect, who is due to be inaugurated in less than two weeks, dismissed the actress as “a Hillary lover” in a telephone interview with the New York Times.

Watch the video here, courtesy of BBC News

US President-Elect, Donald Trump, replied, via twitter, to the comments in her speech.

On the other hand, Ellen DeGeneres praised the speech given by Streep

India Opens First School for Transgender Students Who Dropped Out Of School

Teachers are also transgender

Reuters

A residential school for transgender people has been opened in the Indian city of Kochi, to help adults who dropped out of school finish their education.

Transgender people can face judgement and hostility in India, and around half of them fail to complete their schooling as a result.

Sahaj International is the first school of its kind in India.

It will welcome 10 pupils, aged 25-50.

The students will be prepared for India’s Class 10 and 12 board exams, normally sat when students are aged 15-16 or 17-18 respectively. The curriculum will also include some vocational skills.

Transgender activist Vijayraja Mallika, who heads the school, told the BBC: “The school aims at making transgenders eligible for taking decent jobs and living a dignified life.”

“We have admitted six candidates so far, all male-to-female persons, from 14 applicants. Of the 10 seats, we have reserved one for female-to-male and one for the disabled.”

Teachers are also transgender

The school is in Kerala, which is the first Indian state to adopt a transgender policy against discrimination. It promotes inclusive education, and offers free gender reassignment surgery at government hospitals.

The centre’s organisers said they had arranged sponsors for all the students, to pay for their food, accommodation and studies.

The teachers also belong to the transgender community – a measure designed to protect and encourage the pupils.

The decision comes after India’s first transgender college principal, Manabi Bandopadhyay, resigned from her post claiming that some of her students and fellow teachers had agitated against her because of her sexual identity.

India has an estimated two million transgender people, and in 2014 the country’s Supreme Court ruled that they have equal rights under the law.

As well as the right to marry and inherit property, they are also eligible for quotas in jobs and educational institutions.

But abuse and exploitation are still common. Many transgender people are thrown out of home by their families, denied jobs, and forced into sex work, begging, or dancing at weddings to make ends meet.

‘700 people turned us away’

Even finding a venue for the school was a challenge, as nobody was willing to rent the founders their premises.

“We approached some 700 people and 51 households, and all of them turned us away. They seemed to think that we were looking for space for prostitution,” Ms Mallika said.

Finally, a suitable site was found.

All of the school’s first students come from Kerala, but Ms Mallika hopes to gather more from beyond the state.

“This is a model centre. Once proved successful, we will expand the facilities and admit more people, from across India,” she said.

“Kerala has some 25,000 transgenders, and 57% of them were forced to drop out of school due to stigma. They all should get a decent accommodation the policy initiatives envisaged.”

The school was opened by activist Kalki Subramaniam, who is a transgender woman herself.

“This day is historic for me,” she said.

Reporting by Ashraf Padanna in Trivandrum, Kerala

BBC News

Pakistan Passed law Allowing Transgender People to Legally Marry under Islamic Law

Gay marriage is still illegal, though.

Pakistan might have become the first muslim nation to give legal status to transgender people, and perhaps the first country in the world where the T comes first as regards equal rights.

Last monday, Pakistan declared that marrying transgender individuals is permissible under Islamic law, Reuters reports

The religious leaders also announced that transgender people have full rights when it comes to Muslim burial ceremonies and Islamic inheritance law.

 

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The fatwa — a ruling on Islamic law — said that only a “female-born transgender person having ‘visible signs of being a male’ may marry a woman or a male-born transgender with ‘visible signs of being a female,’ and vice versa.”

This leaves homosexual transgender women and men unable to marry, just like cisgender homosexual couples.

The controversial document, which refers to cisgender people as “normal”, concludes:

“Normal men and women can also marry such transgender people as have clear indications on their body,” it states.

The end of a myth: Ellie is Gay! Creator confirms.

There has been much speculation about whether or not Riley and Ellie in The Last Of Us are lesbians.

The Last Of Us is considered one of the greatest video games of all time. While there has been much speculation about whether or not Ellie, the lead character, was a lesbian, in the sequel, Left Behind, suspicions are confirmed when her romance with Riley, an old friend, is revealed.

During an interview, Neil Druckmann, Creative director for the saga, said: “Now when I was writing it, I was writing it with the idea that Ellie is gay, and when the actresses were working they were definitely working with the idea that they’re both attracted to each other.”

Ashley Johnson, the actress responsible for Ellie’s voice.

“That was the subtext and intention that they were playing with from the opening cinematic when they’re holding each other’s hands for too long, or when Riley bites her on the neck; there’s that chemistry there from the get go that was important for us so that we earned that moment when they kissed each other.”

The kiss shared by Ellie and Riley was described by Kotaku’s Hamilton as “video gaming’s latest breakthrough moment”, declaring it “a big deal”

“So that it wasn’t just out of the blue but also wasn’t so overt that you’re like “Oh of course. Just get on with it.” Druckman added.

The Last of Us: Left Behind was released to critical acclaim. Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating in the 0–100 range, calculated an average score of 88 out of 100, indicating “generally favorable reviews”, based on 69 reviews. GameRankings assigned it an average review score of 90% based on 40 reviews. Reviewers praised the character development, story and subtext, gameplay and combat, and depiction of female and LGBT characters.

Tom Mc Shea of GameSpot found the story insightful, and IGN’s Colin Moriarty named it one of the game’s standout features.

 

By Eleanor Hope. Follow her on twitter or facebook

 

Mariah Carey Doesn’t give a Care about What People Think About Her Performance

Her comeback is hillarous..

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Mariah Carey truly doesn’t care if you thought her New Year’s Eve performance was a disaster. After technical difficulties plagued the pop icon’s performance on ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest, Twitter unleashed its wrath on the singer, but she had the BEST response to the hate.

“Shit happens 😩 Have a happy and healthy new year everybody!🎉 Here’s to making more headlines in 2017 😂,” she captioned a GIF of herself shrugging.

We love you anyway, Mariah <3

Queen Elizabeth to Honour Victoria Beckham for her HIV AIDS Charity work

The fashion designer is to be appointed an OBE for her entrepreneurial work and charity work on the issues of HIV AIDS.

Victoria Beckham / Wikipedia / Fair Use

The campaigner has caused outrage however – seeming to reveal the news days before the official embargo.

Mrs Beckham is a goodwill ambassador for the UN’s anti-AIDS programme.

“Many of us live incredibly lucky, blessed lives and we have a responsibility to help others less fortunate in whichever way we can,” she previously told The Metro, discussing her HIV AIDS campaigning.

“[Defeating the virus] would be a huge contribution to the world for future generations.”

The 42-year-old added: “The main thing I learnt is prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV is possible with affordable, readily available medications.”
Source: PinkNews