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FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the U.S. Army, Pfc. Chelsea Manning poses for a photo wearing a wig and lipstick. Defense Department officials say hormone treatment for gender reassignment has been approved for Chelsea Manning, the former intelligence analyst convicted of espionage for sending classified documents to the WikiLeaks website. (AP Photo/U.S. Army, File)

5 things to know about transgender Americans and the challenges they face

These are pivotal times for transgender Americans, as they gain in visibility yet remain buffeted by bias and misunderstanding. Yet there's growing awareness of the transgender community, fueled by positive portrayals on popular TV shows, an array of campaigns to expand transgender rights, and recurring reports of homicides and suicides claiming the lives of transgender people. Transgender is an…

  • Transgender child can be shock for parents, … The Canadian Press - Thu, 16 Apr, 2015
    Charlie, age 9, who was born as a male but identifies as a female, is seen at her home in Ottawa on Wednesday, March 24, 2015. Charlie was just three years old, sitting in the tub at bath time, when he looked up at his mom and asked: "Will my penis ever disappear? When will it shrink?" It was a pivotal moment for the family -- and the beginning of a journey that would see Charlie the boy transition into Charlie the girl. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

    Charlie was just three years old, sitting in the tub at bath time, when he looked up at his mom and asked: "Will my penis ever disappear? It was a pivotal moment for the family — and the beginning of a journey that would see Charlie the boy transition into Charlie the girl. "I was a little bit panicked, as you can imagine," …

  • Rights group: Ukraine's disabled … The Canadian Press - Thu, 16 Apr, 2015
    WITH STORY UKRAINE DISABLED CHILDREN - In this photo taken April 14, 2015, blind five-year old boy, Lev plays with a teacher during an art class in the Center for Children with Disabilities, Rodyna, (Family) in Kiev, Ukraine. International rights group, Disability Rights International said in a report released Thursday April 16, 2015, that growing numbers of disabled children in Ukraine are being condemned to life in orphanages and institutions blighted by neglect and abuse. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    An international rights group said in a report Thursday that growing numbers of disabled children in Ukraine are being condemned to life in orphanages and institutions blighted by neglect and abuse. Disability Rights International said its three-year investigation found that Ukraine is expanding its pool of orphanages …

  • Transitioning to opposite gender at … The Canadian Press - Tue, 14 Apr, 2015
    Hershel Russell poses for a photo on the in front of his home in Toronto on Tuesday, April 7, 2015. With speculation rampant over former U.S. Olympian Bruce Jenner's apparent feminization and Jeffrey Tambor's portrayal of a septuagenarian father coming out as a woman in TV's "Transparent," public awareness of transgender issues has likely never been higher. But these icons of popular culture have also shone a light on a segment of the transgender community that has remained pretty much in the shadows — those who transition later in life, often at middle age or into their senior years. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

    With speculation rampant over former U.S. Olympian Bruce Jenner's apparent feminization and Jeffrey Tambor's portrayal of a septuagenarian father coming out as a woman in TV's "Transparent," public awareness of transgender issues has likely never been higher. "I think in part what we're seeing is a generational phenomenon, …

  • Should boys be vaccinated against HPV? … The Canadian Press - Mon, 13 Apr, 2015
    Study: HPV Vaccine Doesn't Increase Unsafe Sex in Girls

    A new study suggests giving boys the HPV vaccine could cut health-care costs over the long run. The researchers used mathematical modelling to estimate the effect of giving HPV vaccine to 12-year-old boys to prevent cancers of the mouth and throat.

  • N.W.T. failed to prevent sex offender from abusing stepdaughter again

    A Northwest Territories man convicted of sexually abusing his 10-year-old stepdaughter was allowed after his release to return to the family home, where he sexually abused the same stepdaughter and other girls living in the house. In the 1990s, the man was convicted and served time for one count of sexual interference …

  • Elton John, Michael Stipe call for support, … The Canadian Press - Tue, 7 Apr, 2015
    FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2015 file photo, singer-songwriter Elton John performs during his “All the Hits Tour 2015” at the Santander Arena in Reading, Pa. Elton John and Michael Stipe are calling for the equal rights of transgender inmates in a statement released Tuesday, April 7, following claims that a transgender woman was mistreated at a Georgia prison. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)

    Elton John and Michael Stipe are calling for the equal rights of transgender inmates following claims that a transgender woman was mistreated at a Georgia prison. "Transgender women in male prisons have an equal right to protection from violence and abuse in prison, and yet they continue to face horrific injustices," according …

  • Ontario will uphold new prostitution … The Canadian Press - Wed, 1 Apr, 2015
    Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne stands at the podium at a press conference in Toronto on March 10, 2015. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says a review of the new federal prostitution law by the attorney general's office has found it is constitutional.Wynne issued a statement the day after the law came into effect in December, saying she had a "grave concern" that it would not make sex workers safer. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

    Ontario will uphold Canada's new prostitution law after a review by the province's attorney general found it to be constitutional, Premier Kathleen Wynne said Wednesday.

  • Suicide-prevention efforts after 1st attempt must last longer, new research suggests

    Their risk of suicide was 40 times higher than the general population, according to what Sick Kids calls the largest suicide prevention study worldwide. Suicide prevention focuses on the immediate post-attempt period, but the facts suggest the success is limited. In the U.S., suicide rates have increased by more than 16 …

  • Indiana governor vows to 'fix' … Reuters - Tue, 31 Mar, 2015
    Gov. Mike Pence pledges to "fix" controversial law

    Indiana's Republican Governor Mike Pence, responding to national outrage over the state's new Religious Freedom Restoration Act, said on Tuesday he will "fix" it to make clear businesses cannot use the law to deny services to same-sex couples. Pence, in a news conference, said the law he signed last week had been unfairly …

  • Indiana governor to allow short-term … The Canadian Press - Thu, 26 Mar, 2015
    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence makes a comment as Scott County Sheriff Don McClain listens during a meeting that Pence held with local officials in Scott County to discuss an HIV outbreak in the area, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Scottsburg, Ind. Pence is preparing to declare a public health emergency in the southern Indiana county where 72 cases of HIV have been confirmed. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has authorized a short-term needle exchange program to help contain an outbreak of HIV in a county with 79 confirmed new infections since January. Pence on Thursday declared a public health emergency in Scott County, about 30 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky. He ordered the state health department …

  • Syphilis risk to anyone who has unprotected sex: AIDS committee

    The Aids Committee of Newfoundland and Labrador says it's not surprised by recent numbers released by Eastern Health that show an increase in cases of syphilis throughout eastern Newfoundland. So far this year, 15 cases have been confirmed — a jump in the number of syphilis cases health professionals expected to see within …

  • 80 years after popular board game debuted, … The Canadian Press - Wed, 18 Mar, 2015
    Hasbro Wants You to Help Design a New Monopoly Board

    Monopoly is turning 80. Based on the real-life streets of Atlantic City, Monopoly is one of the world's most popular board games. The city's mayor, Don Guardian, says Monopoly remains relevant in present-day Atlantic City, where the casino industry is shrinking, taxes are rising, and the city and state are racing to build …

  • Syphilis outbreak reported in eastern Newfoundland

    Eastern Health is reporting an outbreak of syphilis in eastern Newfoundland, with 15 cases confirmed so far this year. Dr. David Allison, medical officer of health for Eastern Health, said the number of cases has steadily increased over the last decade. "That's way above the number of cases of syphilis we would expect …

  • Amherstburg parents want details of new sex ed program

    The parents of four boys at an Amherstburg elementary Catholic school say they want to have more control over what parts of the province's new sex ed curriculum they're children take part in. Tammy and Gregory Moore have four boys at Stella Maris Catholic School in Amherstburg. They don't believe their children are ready …

  • Peter Gallagher fights sinus infection … The Canadian Press - Fri, 13 Mar, 2015
    This image released by Polk PR shows Kristen Chenoweth during a performance of the Roundabout Theatre Company's "On The Twentieth Century," in New York. (AP Photo/Polk PR, Joan Marcus)

    Peter Gallagher knows that sinking feeling all too well. He has battled a severe sinus infection to be able to star opposite Kristin Chenoweth when Broadway's "On the Twentieth Century" opens Sunday. It turned out it wasn't a cold," said Gallagher, who is on antibiotics and is never far from a bottle of water. Gallagher …

  • Robert Campbell to be sentenced in international cyberbullying case

    Campbell pleaded guilty to 63 charges of identity fraud, defamation and criminal harassment in a case that involved 38 people across Canada, the U.S. and U.K. Roland Stieda told CBC News he was harassed for 12 years, after working with Campbell for a few months in 2002. Stieda said the campaign against him included false …

  • Mel Norton's criticism of police chief sparks backlash

    Police and community agencies in Saint John are asking for federal funding to help get sex workers out of the trade. The federal government has made funding available as a complement to new prostitution laws that came into effect in December. Saint John Police Chief Bill Reid said the new laws will not change the way …

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