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Army General Reaches Deal on Sex Counts (New York Times)
A senior Army officer has agreed to plead guilty to minor charges in exchange for prosecuters dropping more serious ones including forcing a captain to perform oral sex on him. The General’s punishment will not be determined until the hearing ends but similar cases involved the guilty receiving no jail time and retiring at a lower rank.
The head of southereastern Michigan’s Episcopal Church has come out in support of same-sex marriage. Reverend Wendell Gibbs feels that it is unjust to pick whose rights are protected and that such law promote segregation and dehumanization. Despite these views, same sex marriage is still illegal in Michigan so no unions will be held just yet.
A ruling that recognized same sex couples who were married in other states is on hold in Kentucky. The district judge who filed for the stay feels that it is better to wait until a final decision is made by the higher court. Regardless of the outcome, same sex marriages will still not be legal in the state.
Kids with ADHD, Autism More Likely to Have Gender Identity Issues (Psych Central News)
A chart review study of over 1,000 children found that those with autism or ADHD were more likely to express gender variance than their peers without the condition. Furthermore, those with ADHD who expressed gender variance also had higher rates of depression and anxiety. There was no differences for children with a medical neurodevelopment disorder such as epilepsy. Gender variance occurred equally in both males and females.
In other gender identity news, polls show support for the recently passed inclusion of a gender identity clause in Maryland’s non discrimination laws while a similar law in Kansas was put on hold until next session.
A survey of over 1,300 U.S. adults determined that nearly half agree with at least one medical conspiracy theory . The theories ranged in popularity with the belief that the CIA infected blacks with HIV being the least believed. The study also suggests those believing in such theories were more likely to utilize complementary and alternative medicine.
Fourteen individuals were arrested as apart of a massive child porn sting that involved over 200 victims throughout the U.S. and four other countries. Most of the victims were male and in their teens. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations reports this is their biggest operation yet.
A new campaign by DoSomething.org uses text messages to simulate the needs of a newborn. The goal of the campaign, on its third iteration, is to engage with teens and start the conversation about safe sex and teen pregnancy. Each “parenting session” last for 12 hours and is meant to be interactive and witty but not shameful.