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Scott signs bill that preserves right to an abortion

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Scott, R-Vermont, signed the legislation Monday, saying he has consistently supported a woman’s right to choose and “the legislation affirms what is already allowable in Vermont – protecting reproductive rights and ensuring those decisions remain between a woman and her health care provider.”

The bill will be among the most expansive abortion rights laws in the country. It will allow for “the fundamental right of every individual who becomes pregnant to choose to carry a pregnancy to term, to give birth to a child, or to have an abortion.”

His support for the bill comes as some states around the country are seeking to restrict or ban abortions.

There has been some push back on the signing from abortion-rights opponents.

Vatican rejects trans people, says they 'annihilate the concept of nature'

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Vatican rejects trans people, says they ‘annihilate the concept of nature’

Statement issued during Pride month described as a ‘harmful tool that will oppress and harm’ LGBTI people

The Vatican has issued a statement rejecting trans people, saying they ‘annihilate…the concept of nature’.

In a new document issued during Pride Month, the Congregation for Catholic Education has issued a crushing statement on trans issues.

The office responsible for overseeing education calls trans people experiencing ‘nothing more than a confused concept of freedom in the realm of feelings and wants’.

‘Male And Female He Created Them’, was released by the Vatican on 10 June without prior announcement.

Florida man arrested for allegedly placing bomb at veterans hospital

A man in Florida was arrested for allegedly placing an improvised explosive device (IED) outside of a Veterans Administration hospital in Bay Pines.

Mark Edward Allen, 60, allegedly made the explosive device found at the hospital, as well as an IED found at a home in St. Petersburg, Florida, according to court documents. He made his initial court appearance on Tuesday.

Allen is charged with possession of an unregistered destructive device.

Joe Biden
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To former Vice President Joe Biden’s benefit, electability has become the unofficial buzzword of the 2020 presidential campaign.

Although it’s still early, most polls show Biden as the clear front-runner among Democrats. A CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll was just the latest to give him a solid lead. Among Iowa’s likely Democratic caucus-goers, 24 percent named Biden their first choice for president—a significant lead in a fractured field that has more than 20 candidates.

Biden’s early strength isn’t particularly surprising. He’s an experienced politician. And his service alongside former President Barack Obama has given him a priceless advantage. On Saturday, to celebrate “Best Friends Day,” Biden even tweeted a picture of bracelets entwining his first name and Obama’s—a not-so subtle reminder that the former vice president was a fixture of the good old days.

Botswana decriminalises gay sex

The High Court in Botswana has announced its decision to scrap laws criminalising gay sex, in a landmark victory for African LGBT+ rights campaigners.

“Any discrimination against a member of society is discrimination against all,” the judges said, as they voted unanimously in favour of changing Section 164 of Botswana’s penal code, which punishes anal and oral sex by up to seven years in prison.

Repealing these laws effectively decriminalises homosexuality.

A Black, Queer, Homeless Portlander Was Found Hanging from a Tree. Police Say It’s Suicide. Her Family Disagrees.

Titi Gulley, left, with her mother Kenya Robinson.

Titi Gulley, left, with her mother Kenya Robinson. PHOTO COURTESY KENYA ROBINSON

(Editor’s note on gender and pronoun usage: From speaking with Gulley’s family, we’ve learned that Gulley’s gender expression was fluid. Her family knew her as a cisgender gay man named Otis who sometimes dressed in drag, and they are quoted in this story using he/him pronouns. But among friends, Gulley typically presented as a woman, used she/her pronouns, and went by the name Titi. Because Gulley is now deceased, we can’t ask her which pronouns we should use, but we have decided to use she/her because that is how she usually presented publicly.)———

On the afternoon of May 27, police officers found the body of a Black, queer, homeless person hanging from a tree in Rocky Butte Park.

According to the Portland Police Bureau (PPB), the death of Otis/Titi Gulley, 31, has been ruled a suicide. Her family, however, isn’t as quick to settle on this conclusion.

Weeks after her death, Gulley’s family is still struggling to find answers about the mysterious circumstances surrounding the end of her life. Since the night of Gulley’s death, they have found the PPB to be unreceptive to their concerns. Kenya Robinson, Gulley’s mother, told the Mercury she believes some of this indifference has to do with Gulley’s identity.

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