No openly trans person has ever competed in the Olympics, although it has been allowed since 2004, under guidelines laying out how much testosterone an athlete can have in their body. But that rule too is being challenged – not by a trans athlete or a Christian group, but by a South African intersex running star. Intersex people are born with anatomy that doesn’t easily fall into male or female. … [Read more...] about The multimillion-dollar Christian group attacking LGBTQ+ rights
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With great rises also come great falls though – cryptocurrencies have seen stark drops in value in early 2018 because of governing bodies’ reluctance to legitimise the industry, as well as Facebook and Twitter banning forms of cryptocurrency advertising. In June the South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Coinrail was hacked, leading to a sharp price drop. The difficulties which arise from this instability, such as a lack of trust from retailers and businesses, mean cryptocurrencies remain exciting investments that cannot entirely become tangible, disposable income in many cases. … [Read more...] about Cryptocurrency and football: the future or too volatile to be trusted?
The immigration controls were advanced in the name of national needs. But they are not wanted in many parts of Britain, including Scotland and London. The millions who voted remain in 2016 do not want them. They will weaken, at least in the medium term, a variety of sectors of the economy, including agriculture, care services, the NHS, hospitality and construction, on all of which people at the sharp end disproportionately depend. And they will weaken the already fraying solidarity between communities within the nation to some degree, especially when promulgated by such a foolhardy fanatic as the home secretary, Priti Patel. Whether Boris Johnson cares about any of this is doubtful. … [Read more...] about The Guardian view of Boris Johnson: neglecting the nation