Fallon Fox, the only openly-transgender MMA fighter, is to have a movie made about her life. Fox's biopic will be produced amid the backdrop of US states legislating against transgender people in the US, with many denying them the right to play sports with the gender they identify as. When Fox first started the sport, she had initially held back that she was transgender over fears it could end her career if she was outed. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Why trans people are self-medicating hormones However, a journalist threatened to out her to the world, so instead she revealed that she was transgender on her own terms in an interview with Outsports and Sports Illustrated in 2013. After revealing she was transgender, debates ensued that questioned whether someone who was assigned male at birth should be allowed to fight in the women's MMA leagues. Advertisement In a statement, the now-retired fighter said: … [Read more...] about Transgender MMA fighter Fallon Fox to have film made about her life
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IT’S a film about fossils, dinosaur remains and the beautiful Dorset coastline – and features passionate same-sex romps between its two main characters. New movie Ammonite promises a scorcher of a romance between pioneering 19th-century palaeontologist Mary Anning and her younger married lover Charlotte Murchison. But the film, starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan as Mary and Charlotte, has angered some of Mary’s descendants, as there is no evidence to show she was a lesbian, or anything more than just friends with Charlotte. Even so, Kate, 45, said: “It was very clear to me that they were quite capable of passionate moments , and Saoirse and I both wanted to embody that . “And for me, at the age I am now, t hat felt quite good, actually .” Saoirse added: “I had a wonderful time. I’ve never done a sex scene so intense and full-on before.” But Mary’s descendant Barbara Anning posted on an online discussion: “I do not believe there is any evidence to back up … [Read more...] about Kate Winslet on passionate same-sex romps and ‘lesbian’ controversy over new film Ammonite
Authorities in India recorded the world's highest daily tally of 314,835 infections on Thursday, as a new wave of the pandemic spreads faster than ever across the country, threatening access to medical supplies and an ailing health system. Health officials in the north and the west of the country said they were going through a crisis, with most hospitals full and running out of essential supplies. India has reported nearly 16 million infections since the start of the pandemic, with the death toll nearing 185,000. Doctors in some areas were advising patients to stay at home. A crematorium in the eastern city of Muzaffarpur said it was being overwhelmed with bodies and grieving families had to wait their turn. "Right now there are no beds, no oxygen. Everything else is secondary," Shahid Jameel, a virologist and director of the Trivedi School of Biosciences at Ashoka University, told Reuters. "The infrastructure is crumbling." The previous record one-day rise in cases was … [Read more...] about Coronavirus digest: India records world’s highest daily rise in infections
This article is updated once a month as well as when a new vaccine is approved. How many people are vaccinated yet? How far have researchers got in the development of a vaccine? There are more than 50 clinical trials worldwide testing potential vaccines, known as candidates, against COVID-19. So far, four of the vaccine candidates have been approved. Please note: To be displayed as approved in the chart, a vaccine needs to be either approved by the US FDA or the European Medicines Agency (EMA) , or cleared for emergency use by FDA, EMA or WHO . More details can be found here . The approved vaccines were developed by: BioNTech-Pfizer Moderna AstraZeneca Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) Still, the majority of vaccine candidates for COVID-19 are still in a preclinical phase. That means the candidate vaccines are being tested in animal experiments, for example, rather than with human patients. When those tests are deemed successful, … [Read more...] about COVID-19 vaccinations: What’s the progress?
As Germany finds itself in the throes of the third wave of coronavirus infections, people are getting tired of restrictions. So the country is debating whether fully vaccinated people should be exempt. The crux of the ethical conundrum is whether it is fair to grant preferential treatment to vaccinated individuals while the majority of the population can not yet get their jabs. Under 10% of Germany's inhabitants have been fully vaccinated. Roughly 21% have received one shot. The government's position on what it terms "freedoms" ("Freiheiten") for vaccinated individuals has evolved over time as vaccine supply has increased and the scientific data regarding the potential infectiousness of fully vaccinated individuals has grown. Watch video 03:27 Germany's COVID-19 response: What has gone wrong? In early April, German Health Minister Jens Spahn proposed treating the fully vaccinated as if they had tested negative, thereby exempting them from most test … [Read more...] about COVID and ethics: Germany debates ‘freedoms’ for the vaccinated