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State govs issue orders to protect rights of trans students: We ‘will not tolerate discrimination’

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President Donald Trump revoked protections for transgender students in public schools on Wednesday, reversing former President Barack Obama’s May 2016 proposal to allow transgender students the right to use the bathroom of their choice. This action now leaves protections for transgender students in the hands of individual state and school districts.

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On Thursday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a stern directive to the State Education Department that schools must protect transgender students. He wrote, “all students must have the opportunity to learn in an environment free from harassment and discrimination.” The governor also noted that, “schools must ensure that a student’s gender identity or expression is not a basis for discrimination and intolerance.”

“No student should be confused about their rights or fearful of losing these important protections,” Cuomo’s notice continued. “We do not and will not tolerate discrimination in the State of New York.”

Gov. Cuomo was not the only state official to make such a statement. Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy signed an executive order on Thursday in protection of transgender students.

“Connecticut law mandates that public schools be open to all children,” the order outlines, “and that such children have an equal opportunity to participate in school activities without regard to their gender identity or expression.”

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The order protects “bathrooms and locker rooms in public schools and institutions of higher education” as “places of public accommodation” and rules that no person shall be discriminated against based on their gender or sexuality.


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Swiss holding ‘funeral march’ to mark disappearance of an Alpine glacier

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Dozens of people will undertake a "funeral march" up a steep Swiss mountainside on Sunday to mark the disappearance of an Alpine glacier amid growing global alarm over climate change.

The Pizol "has lost so much substance that from a scientific perspective it is no longer a glacier," Alessandra Degiacomi, of the Swiss Association for Climate Protection, told AFP.

The organisation which helped organise Sunday's march said around 100 people were due to take part in the event, set to take place as the UN gathers youth activists and world leaders in New York to mull the action needed to curb global warming.

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UAW strike ‘threatens to upend the economy in Michigan’ — and could destroy Trump’s re-election: report

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At the end of the first week of a major strike by the United Auto Workers, the employment standoff threatens to upend President Donald Trump's 2020 re-election map, the Chicago Times reported Saturday.

Approximately 46,000 workers have been striking against General Motors.

There are two major threats to Trump's campaign from the strike.

The first is that the strike could cause regional recessions -- threatening Trump's political standing in key Rust Belt states.

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Security forces fired live rounds at protesters calling for the ouster of Egyptian president: report

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Egyptian security forces clashed with hundreds of anti-government protesters in the port city of Suez on Saturday, firing tear gas and live rounds, said several residents who participated in the demonstrations.

A heavy security presence was also maintained in Cairo's Tahrir Square, the epicentre of Egypt's 2011 revolution, after protests in several cities called for the removal of general-turned-president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Such demonstrations are rare after Egypt effectively banned protests under a law passed following the 2013 military ouster of Islamist ex-president Mohamed Morsi.

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