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Gender and Sexuality News Roundup (11/28/18)

November 28, 2018
By CBMW
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One mission of CBMW is to help Christians think through secular and ecclesial trends on gender and sexuality. Through this work, we pore over a lot of different news reports and articles as we attempt to wade through the ceaseless flow of information on the web. In our weekly Gender and Sexuality News Roundups, we aim to distill some of the more pertinent information for you.

The articles below are from a wide variety of sectors and publications, organized generally into three categories. They are presented in aggregate, not necessarily endorsed.

If you see an article that you think should be featured in future CBMW News Roundups, you can send it to [email protected] with the subject “News Roundup.”

 

Ecclesial Trends on Gender and Sexuality

Cupich calls February abuse summit start of a ‘worldwide’ reform, Crux (Christopher White)

“Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, named Friday by Pope Francis to the planning committee for February’s high-stakes Vatican meeting on sex abuse, says the pope is seeking the full involvement of the global Church in assuring the protection of children around the world from clerical sexual abuse.”

INTERVIEW: Cdl. Müller on abuse crisis and its link to homosexuality in priesthood, LifeSite News (Maike Hickson)

“That McCarrick, together with his clan and a homosexual network, was able to wreak havoc in a mafia-like manner in the Church is connected with the underestimation of the moral depravity of homosexual acts among adults.”

Why LGBT Catholics want to change attitudes in Italy, BBC News (Sophia Smith Galer)

“While some churches offer support for the LGBT community, others are still asking young people to see a psychologist or stop attending Church events. Sometimes even celibacy is expected.”

Global Catholic nuns urge reporting of sex abuse to police, Religion News Service (Nicole Winfield)

“The Catholic Church’s global organization of nuns has denounced the ‘culture of silence and secrecy’ surrounding sexual abuse in the church and is urging sisters who have been abused to report the crimes to police and their superiors.”

Younger Mormons far more likely to be troubled by women’s roles in the LDS Church, study shows, Religion News Service (Jana Riess)

“A male leader of the Greatest Generation delegated a question to a female leader of the Baby Boomer generation to try to convince people decades younger that Mormon women are thrilled with their position. Dew focused on the short list of things that women can do in the LDS Church, rather than the longer list of things they cannot.”

 

Secular Trends on Gender and Sexuality

Trump asks Supreme Court to fast-track ruling on transgender military ban, USA Today (Christal Hayes)

“The Trump administration on Friday asked the Supreme Court to fast-track a ruling on the Pentagon’s policy of restricting military service by transgender people.”

These 38 GOP Lawmakers want LGBT Protections Removed from the New NAFTA Deal, Newsweek (Chantal da Silva)

“A group of 38 Republican lawmakers have signed a letter calling on President Donald Trump to scrap protections for LGBTQ workers included in the newly negotiated trade proposal with Mexico and Canada.”

Rainbow Wave’ Hits Statehouses, Governing (Alan Greenblatt)

“Seven states had never elected an openly gay or transgender legislator before this year. Three of them just did in an election that substantially increased the number of LGBT lawmakers overall.”

Baltimore mayor issues order recognizing LGBTQ-owned businesses, The Baltimore Sun (Meredith Cohn)

“The move puts lesbian-gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-owned businesses in the same league as women- and minority-owned businesses that are afforded a certain percentage of product or service work on city contracts or those receiving city incentives.”

Utah group seeks ban on gay conversion therapy for minors, The State (The Associated Press)

“Utah’s most powerful LGBTQ support organization wants legislation that would ban gay conversion therapy for minors.”

Twitter bans misgendering and deadnaming in pro-trans move, PinkNews (Josh Jackman)

“The social media company has changed its rules to ban the practicesand has warned that any user who deliberately targets a trans person in these ways may face permanent suspension.”

Amazon’s Move May Boost Marriage Rates in D.C. and New York City, Institute for Family Studies (Wendy Wang)

“Correlation does not suggest causation, and there are many other factors involved in young adults’ marriage formation decisions. Nevertheless, when there are more men with high-paying jobs on the marriage market, as is the case with Amazon employees, it just might help.”

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Amazon, Brags About Keeping Walmart Out, The Daily Signal (Kelsey Harkness)

“As New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio rolls out the red carpet for half of Amazon’s new ‘HQ2’ in Long Island City, he’s doubling down on his efforts to block another big company from getting a bite of the Big Apple: Walmart.”

The New York Times Reveals Painful Truths about Transgender Lives, Public Discourse (Ryan T. Anderson)

“Why should a doctor perform surgery when it won’t make the patient happy, it won’t accomplish its intended goal, it won’t improve the underlying condition, it might make the underlying condition worse, and it might increase the likelihood of suicide? Sound medicine isn’t about desire, it’s about healing.”

Those who are LGBT and disabled, like me, long for connection, The Seattle Times (Billie Rain-Shadid)

“A significant challenge faced by LGBT people with disabilities is isolation. It is difficult for us to find accessible housing, places to socialize and opportunities to participate in the life of the city.”

The roots of the gender pay gap lie in childhood, The Economist n/a

“Women follow in the mothers’ footsteps when choosing whether to scale back their careers after having children.”

Leaving the EU is concerning for LGBT people’, BBC News (Dustin Lance Black and Ulrika Jonsson)

“Dustin Lance Black is an Oscar-winning screenwriter, married to Olympic diver Tom Daley, who believes the UK would be better off remaining in the EU. Ulrika Jonsson is best known for her TV presenting and staunchly believes in Brexit. . . They discuss the potential impact of Brexit on LGBT communities.”

Anger in India over Twitter’s apology for CEO Jack Dorsey’s phoso, Al Jazeera (Zeenat Saberin)

“Activists call apology over Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s photo holding a sign critical of patriarchy ‘disappointing.'”

Taiwan voters reject same-sex marriage, CNN (Hira Huymayun and Susannah Cullinane)

“Taiwanese voters rejected same-sex marriage in a referendum Saturday, dealing a blow to the LGBT community and allies who hoped the island would become the first place in Asia to allow same-sex unions.”

India’s LGBT+ people shine on prime-time TV, following court victory, Reuters (Roli Srivastava)

“A young man comes out of the closet on a dating show, while a drag queen belts out Bollywood hits in a singing competition – both aired on Indian television programs in the past month, but would have been unthinkable until recently.”

The Judge’ film introduces groundbreaking female Shariah judge, Religion News Service (Aysha Khan)

“‘I’ve been waiting for someone to come along and tell my story to other women and girls around the world,’ [Al-Faqih] said. Cohn’s documentary ‘The Judge,’ which aired this week as part of PBS’ Independent Lens documentary series and is streaming online until Dec. 2, does just that, tracing Al-Faqih’s journey in leading a quiet social revolution.”

Muslim preachers help Kosovo women learn, win their rights, ABC News (Llazar Semini)

“There’s a widespread tradition among many Muslims that it’s better for women to pray at home than in the mosque. But in Kosovo, an old Ottoman-era tradition is bucking that trend, with religious authorities seeking to establish the training of women as spiritual teachers in mosques.”

Gender and Sexuality Miscellany

Do Christians Focus Too Much on the Family, Christianity Today (Kate Shellnutt)

“In a Pew Research Center survey released Tuesday, twice as many Americans said that family was the most meaningful aspect of their lives (40%), compared to the second most popular choice, faith (20%).”

The Great American Heartache, desiring God (Jonathan Leeman)

“Modern people love love. How many romance movies and love songs could we name? Love sells. Love is enticing. We devote a holiday to it every February, and our children give each other stale heart-shaped candies in celebration. Yet, what is love? The world tries to show us love one way; God, another.”

How to Love Women Who Feel Like Men, desiring God (Rachel Gilson)

“Yet most of us, no matter our place on that spectrum, are not troubled by our sex and gender. Being a female or male, and thus a woman or man, simply is. But for people who identify as transgender, it doesn’t seem simple at all.”

When Your Husband Looks at Porn, The Gospel Coalition (Ellen Mary Dykas)

“Jesus Christ has power to bring radical transformation to anyone mired in sin. Through robust accountability and Spirit-enabled self-control, husbands can battle wisely, doing whatever it takes to starve out this sin. Brains can be rewired at the level of neural pathways. Behavioral habits can be retrained. Miracles can occur.”

Are We Really in Danger of Making an Idol of the Family?, The Gospel Coalition (Kevin DeYoung)

“The conjugal family—one man and one woman whose covenant union produces offspring—is profoundly good, a necessary and foundational element of God’s creational design. But it is not ultimate.”

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