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The United States Has Issued The First Nonbinary Passport With Gender ‘X’ Option

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The United States Has Issued The First Nonbinary Passport With Gender ‘X’ Option

The United States has made significant strides when it comes to recognizing individuals’ genders.

They have implemented the “bathroom bill,” which granted access to sex-segregated public facilities for an individual based on a determination of their sex as defined. There are laws put into effect that protect gender identities, and now the Biden Administration has created another way for people to embrace their gender identity while traveling.

The U.S. has issued its first passport with an “X” gender designation. This milestone marks the recognition of the rights of people who do not identify as male or female, said the State Department, according to NPR. President Joe Biden’s administration kept good on their word after promising this move earlier this year to make documents more inclusive for people who identify as nonbinary, intersex, and gender non-conforming.

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Pressure to make this change came after a lawsuit filed earlier this year by Dana Zzyym, an intersex and nonbinary Colorado resident. Dana argued it was impossible to get a passport with their accurate gender because “female” and “male” were the only options available. Lambda Legal represented Dana in the lawsuit and confirmed Dana was the first passport with a gender “X” marker.

Dana also made a statement about the news stating it was thrilling to get the passport finally. She continued explaining the goal was to help the next generation of intersex people win recognition as full citizens with rights rather than travel the globe.

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State Department Spokesperson Ned Price released a statement about the change, saying, “I want to reiterate, on the occasion of this passport issuance, the Department of State’s commitment to promoting the freedom, dignity, and equality of all people – including LGBTQI+ persons.”

The department plans to offer the option to all passport applicants once their system finishes updating along with its forms by early 2022, according to Ned Price.

 

 

 

 

 

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Russia Cuts Off Gas Supplies To Bulgaria And Poland

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Russia Cuts Off Gas Supplies To Bulgaria And Poland

The Russian energy giant Gazprom says it has cut off all gas deliveries to both Bulgaria and Poland after both countries refused to start paying for the supplies in roubles.

Earlier, both Polish and Bulgarian energy providers said they had received official notices from the Russian gas supplier that deliveries were due to be cut.

Gazprom’s announcement comes after some confusion earlier this morning, when data showed gas supplies into Poland through Belarus temporarily reduced to zero before resuming.

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Bulgaria’s gas network had also said the country was still receiving Russian gas as of this morning.

We are yet to see any data of gas volumes into Poland or Bulgaria since Gazprom’s announcement just now.

 

 

 

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New Omicron Variant BA.2 Is Now The Leading Version Of COVID-19 And Considered “Highly Contagious”

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JUST IN: Ghana Records Two New Cases Of Omicron COVID-19 Variant

 

BA.2, the new Omicron variant that led to a surge of new COVID-19 cases in Europe, has now overtaken the U.S. as the most dominant version of the virus throughout the country. This latest data estimate is from a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, whose director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, predicted that BA.2 would quickly become dominate in the U.S

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The first case of the BA.2 was initially identified in the U.S. back in December. Meanwhile, scientists have been closely watching BA.2—which is now the third of the genetically distinct varieties of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

The rapid growth of BA.2 is due partially to its eight gene mutations that spike protein on the virus’s surface, something that is not found in the previous strain, BA.1.

Although BA.2 is more transmissible than BA.1, as of now there are no signs that it causes more severe illness and it’s shown that vaccines continue to protect against the worst outcomes.

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Many U.S. health officials said that they expect cases to rise and are firmly blaming U.S. residents for not doing enough to prevent another potential surge of COVID-19.

 

 

 

 

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JUST IN: China Eastern Plane Carrying 133 People Crashes In Guangxi, Says State Media

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A China Eastern plane carrying 133 people on board has crashed in Guangxi province, Chinese state media is reporting.

The number of casualties and reason for the crash are not yet known.

The crash of the Boeing 737 jet, in a mountainous region, led to a fire in the woods, state media is reporting.

Flight MU5735 was scheduled to leave Kunming at 13:15 local time (05:15 GMT) and was en route to Guangzhou.

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Flight tracking sites report the plane was in the air for just over an hour.

The plane went down near Teng county in Wuzhou province. Guangxi is a southern province neighbouring Guangzhou, a major city in the south-east.

Rescue crews have been deployed to the area, CCTV reported.

According to FlightRadar23 data, the last sourced information on the flight showed it ended at 14:22 local time, at an altitude of 3,225 ft.

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