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Virgin Atlantic Launches New Gender-Neutral Uniform Policy
(CNN) – Virgin Atlantic has said it is scrapping gendered uniform options in an effort to champion the individuality of its employees.The British airline announced in a press release on Wednesday that cabin crew, pilots, and ground staff can select which uniform they feel most comfortable in – “no matter their gender, gender identity, or gender expression.” Optional pronoun badges will also become available for crew and passengers.The red and burgundy staff uniforms, created by British designer Vivienne Westwood, will no longer be categorized under “male” and “female,” a Virgin Atlantic spokesperson told CNN on Wednesday.Juha Jarvinen, Virgin Atlantic’s chief commercial officer, said in the press release that the company believes it’s important to encourage people to “embrace their individuality and be their true selves at work.”Jarvinen added: “It is for that reason that we want to allow our people to wear the uniform that best suits them and how they identify and ensure our customers are addressed by their preferred pronouns.”Michelle Visage, a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, who showcased the uniform alongside staff, welcomed the move.“As the mother of a non-binary child, and as an ally to the LGBTQ+ community, these efforts by Virgin Atlantic to further inclusivity for its people are extremely important and personal to me,” she said in the press release. “People feel empowered when they are wearing what best represents them, and this gender identity policy allows people to embrace who they are and bring their full selves to work.”Virgin Atlantic said the changes are part of a wider series of initiatives under its “Be Yourself” agenda.The long-haul carrier has also changed its ticketing system.
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Tucker Carlson Says Hospitals Should Expect Threats Over Trans Care
As attacks on hospitals across the country providing gender-affirming care services to trans children increases, with the latest target being a hospital in Ohio, far-right Fox News pundit Tucker Carlson is adding fuel to the fire.During a segment on his show, Tucker Carlson Tonight, on Wednesday, Carlson, who has often made anti-LGBTQ+ comments, attacked hospitals providing gender-affirming health care to transgender young people. Carlson said that being transgender is a fad, and he repeatedly claimed that gender-affirming medicine harms children and called it a “crime.” He also described being transgender as a “fad.”Following a series of tweets from right-wing extremist influencer Matt Walsh accusing Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Tennessee of opening its gender-affirming care division for financial gain, Carlson joined online trolls in targeting the facility. As a result, the hospital received an influx of hate and vitriol, leading to its having to shut down its website, as the Daily Beast reported.Carlson directs his viewers to engage in threatening behavior with a wink and a nod.In what experts describe as an example of stochastic terrorism tactics, Carlson said on his program that hospital employees were criminals who shouldn’t be surprised they “are receiving threatening phone calls.” As the latest attack on children’s hospitals that provide gender-affirming care, right-wing social media accounts have targeted Akron Children’s Hospital, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.In August, right-wing bloggers, news outlets, and social media accounts targeted Boston Children’s Hospital, which runs what was the first transgender health program in the country. A Massachusetts woman was arrested last week for allegedly
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8 Countries to Lead LGBTQ-Inclusive Campaign During Qatar World Cup
(CNN) -- Ten European football teams — the Netherlands, England, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and Wales — will participate in a season-long "OneLove" campaign promoting inclusion and opposing discrimination.Every country except Sweden and Norway has qualified for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and each captain of these eight nations will wear a distinctive OneLove armband — which features a heart containing colors from all backgrounds — during the tournament.The Netherlands FA, which is spearheading the campaign, chose the colors to represent all heritages, backgrounds, genders, and sexual identities; the armband will be worn in Qatar where same-sex relationships are a criminal offense.Sweden and Norway will participate in the initiative during the upcoming Nations League matches, while England will also wear black armbands during both its UEFA Nations League matches to mark the death of Queen Elizabeth II."This is an important message which suits the game of football: on the field everybody is equal and this should be the case in every place in society. With the OneLove band we express this message," said Virgil van Dijk, the Netherlands captain."On behalf of the Dutch team I have been wearing this band for quite a while now.
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Southern Baptists Votes to Expel LGBTQ-Affirming Church
The Southern Baptist Convention's top managerial body voted on Tuesday to cut ties with two congregations — an LGBTQ-friendly church in North Carolina, which left the denomination decades ago, and one in New Jersey cited for unspecified alleged discrimination.After the two-day conference in Nashville, the executive committee voted, despite being under investigation by the Department of Justice, the Associated Press reports. The federal government is believed to have begun investigating the Southern Baptist Convention after a consultancy uncovered sexual abuse within the organization, followed by mistreatment of survivors by church officials. Though the DOJ didn't confirm reports about the subject of its investigation, the organization has suggested it was, according to the news wire.Tuesday's voting committee proclaimed that the College Park Baptist Church in Greensboro failed to be in compliance because of its "open affirmation, approval and endorsement of homosexual behavior."The College Park congregation had voted to leave the Southern Baptist Convention in 1999, the AP reports, and its website declares it's not a part of the organization but is a member of more progressive Baptist associations.The church website reflects a mission of inclusivity and affirmation, stating, "Our church family in Greensboro welcomes and affirms all persons without distinction regarding race, ethnicity, national origin, class, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other category created by humans.
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